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3/8/2013 1:27:00 PM
Speech teams at two large tourneys

The Cannon Falls High School speech team competed in the two largest tournaments of the season within three days this week, both against southern MN teams.

First, the junior speakers spoke at St. Peter High School on Thursday night against 15 teams and earned second place behind Mankato Loyola. On Saturday, the veteran members of the team headed to a 500+ entry tournament at Fairmont HS. CF place 8th out of 16 teams, but the difference between third and eighth was one first place individual award.

CF won three of thirteen categories on Thursday in St. Peter. Matt Breuer led the way with double medals. He individually won Great Speeches and he and his partner Lily French also took the top spot in Duo. Miranda Felton won her third of three junior high tournaments as well.

Earning awards at St. Peter were Brandon Stiles (HM) and Layne Quam (HM) in Creative Expression; Becky Yarbrough (8th) in Discussion; Jordynn Zier (7th) in Drama; Katie Allen (3rd) and Emma Thomley (4th) in Extemp Reading; Lily French (5th), Rachel Hartman (5th) and Graham Pearson (HM) in Humorous; Rianne Lund (2nd) and Aleena Kearns (7th) in Oratory; Paige Holt (8th) and Chris Grovender (HM) in Poetry; Allyssa Lee (HM) and Quinn Sabin (HM) in Prose; and Samantha Hamann (6th) in Storytelling.

Veteran speakers earned nine individual awards at Fairmont on Saturday. In this huge tournament, the CF speakers push themselves to learn and grow as competitors before finalizing their performances for the state tournament run at the end of March.

Our lone champion on the weekend was Sydney Erhardt in Extemp Speaking, accompanied in finals by her teammate Josh Siebenaler, who placed 5th.

Additional award earners on the weekend were Cassandra Dulek (5th) in Creative Expression; Mary Franz (5th) in Drama; Matt Lockett and Mary Franz (HM) in Duo; Kailee Stiles (HM) in Informative; Emma Thomley (HM) in Extemp Reading; Matt Breuer (5th) in Great Speeches; and Matt Lockett (7th) in Prose.

After several two-tournament weeks in a row, the CF speech team regroups with full practices before heading to Owatonna on Saturday.

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