The Columbia Falls speech and debate team edged Whitefish at the Whitefish Invitational Saturday by just nine points, 165-156.
Whitefish took first place spots in extemporaneous speaking, original oratory, dramatic interpretation, Lincoln Douglas Debate, and policy debate. Columbia Falls won humorous interpretation, impromptu, memorized public address, and had second-place finishes in five events.
“When the points were being compiled at the culmination of the tournament, we were all biting our nails! Each final result would push the total to one side or the other between Whitefish and Columbia Falls,” debate coach Barry Conger aid.
In the end, the total points added to 165 for the Wildcats and 156 for Whitefish. Columbia Falls held onto their undefeated tournament status for the season, extending a winning streak started at the beginning of last year.
Both teams will meet again next weekend on the Class AA playing field at the Kalispell Regional Western Divisionals tournament at Glacier and Flathead. Columbia Falls hosts their tournament on Jan. 5-6.
Head coach Tara Norick praised the Whitefish team for a strong tournament.
“Whitefish continues to be our primary competition. They have a strong balanced team across Speech and Debate and we are working hard to stay competitive against them,” she said.
2nd Shyane Williams and Danielle Schwalk
4th Calie Jo Johnson and Tre Finley
Public Forum Debate:
2nd Laney Conger and Maggie McKeon
2nd Gabby Merrell
1st Ava Chisholm
3rd Noah Golan
Humorous Oral Interpretation
1st Jacob Hohman
2nd Danielle Rosenbaum
3rd Jordyn King
5th Ave’ McDonald
6th Ava Chisholm
Memorized Public Address
1st Jordyn King
2nd Emmalee Hellen
6th Emma Erickson
4th Paige Moriarty
6th Danielle Rosenbaum
4th Kennedy Payne
6th Jacob Hohman