A balanced effort helped the Columbia Falls speech and debate team to its third straight win to start the season as the Wildcats placed in each event at the Gail Patrick Miller Tournament in Ronan Saturday.
Eddie Chisholm earned the first-place trophy in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and Isaac Adams was first in dramatic interpretation as the Wildcats compiled 117 points to win the Class A trophy. Frenchtown was second with 81 points and Whitefish was third with 76.
Columbia Falls assistant coach Blake Ladenburg was happy seeing such an even showing.
There were events last year that we struggled to have individuals place. Getting someone to the final round in each event is encouraging for the future, he said.
Despite the strong showing he also noted that there were some individual disappointments, and that with more work we should see more individuals placing.
The teams will compete next weekend in Missoula at a two-day tournament with a format similar to that used at the state tournament. It will be the largest tournament the team has competed in this year, with nearly 650 competitors from all classes.
The larger AA competition really gives our team the chance to improve their skills, and learn how to manage their energy over two-days of competition, head coach Tara Norick said.
After Missoula, the team will be back at home for the Columbia Falls invitational. The team is still looking for more volunteer judges for their tournament on Saturday, Nov. 23. Those who would like to help judge, please reach out to Tara Norick at email@example.com.
2nd Shyane Williams and Emma Stephens
3rd Tre Finley and Calie Johnson
8th Finley Sundberg and Ava Foley
Public Forum Debate:
5th Jesse Rusche and Damon Morris
Lincoln Douglas Debate:
1st - Eddie Chisholm
6th Raphe Salmon
7th Chloe Coberley
1st Isaac Adams
5th Isaac Adams
8th Julia Sowerwine
Memorized Public Address:
3rd Suzanna Rosalez
5th Aiden Judge
2nd Maggie McKeon
3rd Maggie McKeon
Sweeps (team score):
1st Columbia Falls 117
2nd Frenchtown 81
3rd Whitefish 76