11/21/2013 10:05:00 AM Debate team places at national tourney
The traveling road show known by many debate followers as the national high school debate circuit only touches down in Minnesota a couple of times a year. Populated entirely by programs from major metropolitan areas and private prep schools, it is a rather daunting display of school debating. With a solid record of victories thus far into the season, the Cannon Falls High School Bomber varsity debate team decided to enter the Minneapple Debate Tournament. The result was to be the beginning in a series of solid November performances.
With an outstanding four wins and two loss record for the preliminary rounds, the Bomber squad of senior Megan Bauer and junior Sydney Erhardt were seeded twenty-third in a field of one hundred five, and advanced to the Double Octafinals (round of thirty two). They then beat a strong Maple Grove team to advance to the Octafinals (final sixteen), where they eventually lost to Trinity Prep of Florida, which ended up a semifinalist. Only two Minnesota schools, Blake Academy and St. Paul Academy, advanced further than the CF team.
Rounding out the month, the varsity squad took second place in a field of thirty eight teams at the Forest Lake Tournament and fourth of nineteen at the Eastview contest, but didn't place at this past weekend's St. Francis tournament.
The novice team of freshman Miranda Felton and junior Cassidy Parrott began November with a very successful record, winning ten rounds and losing only four in three tournaments, while taking sixth and eighth places. Then, at last weekend's St. Francis tournament, they decided to jump from the novice division to the more experienced junior varsity level. Although in a tougher division, they finished in a season-high fourth place with a four wins and one loss record, and each of them won individual speaker awards.
Although the novice team of freshmen Nolan Hartl and Logan Bauer weren't able to compete in all of the tournaments this month, they had three wins, and saved their best performance for the recent St. Francis tournament.
The team of Matt Delk and Tony Learmann, both juniors, only began their debate career two weeks ago, but already have four wins.
Next week's Robbinsdale contest will round out the regular season for the squad. On December 4 and 5, the novice and junior varsity teams will close out their season with the State Novice/JV championships. The varsity squad, meanwhile, will have a December tune-up tournament with a new topic, preparing for January's Section and State tournaments.