Bulldogs edge Cats by two points at divisional tourney
Ruby Davis has a ligher moment as the speech and debate team gets ready for divisionals last week. (Chris Peterson photo)
Editor | January 27, 2021 7:00 AM
The Columbia Falls speech and debate team took second at the Western A divisional tournament over the weekend, falling to rival Whitefish by just two points, 156-154.
The Wildcats were lead by Grffin Conger, who took first in original oratory in speech. In debate, Trey Finley and Emma Stephens took first in policy debate and Eddie Chisholm took first in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
The razor-thin margin shows just how tough the competition is this year.
“These results show how tight it is. A two-point gap is one more competitor making it to semifinals, or an entry taking third instead of fourth. When the gap gets this close it really comes down to the last placings, and any one thing happening different can change the result,” coach Blake Ladenburg said.
This is a familiar place for both Columbia Falls and Whitefish, who had a similar result at the 2018-2019 state tournament, when the result ended in a three-point gap between the two teams.
Ladenburg said he expects the state tourney, which starts this weekend, will also come down to the wire.
He said the team continues to work on its performances.
“We have taken second for the past two weekends, and have been on an upward trend each week. We know where we can still make gains and will be working hard this week to make sure that happens,” he said.
The State A tournament is being hosted virtually by Sidney, and takes place this Thursday through Saturday. Some judging slots for State still need to be filled. If you are interested in judging please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complete Wildcat divisional results:
Memorized Public Address
3rd Lillian McDonald
4th Julia Sowerwine
8th Taylor Stephens
3rd Taylor Stephens
2nd Julia Sowerwine
8th Paige Moriarty
5th Paige Moriarty
6th Chloe Coberley
5th Aiden Judge
2nd Griffin Conger
3rd Chloe Coberley
2nd Ruby Davis
6th Zack Tillman
3rd Eleanor Hollingsworth and Finley Sundberg
Public Forum Debate
6th Brayden Crawford and Aiden Rohn