Carroll Talking Saints Clean Up in Wyoming

Thursday, November 9, 2017

HELENA – The Carroll Talking Saints forensics team swept to victory at the Northwest College Trapper Rendezvous, held in Powell, Wyoming, November 3-4.

The team won first place in school sweepstakes by sweeping the top four places in BP debate and the top eight speaker awards. The team added 17 awards in speech and drama.

Leading the team was sophomore Kelsie Watkins from Snohomish, Washington, who reached finals in six events, winning impromptu. Sophomore Michael Fuller from Helena, reached five finals, including four top-three trophies.

“Except for the frigid cold and snow, it was a wonderful weekend in Wyoming,” said coach Brent Northup. “Many of the students were competing in speech and drama for the first time this year, so it was great to knock off the rust. Kelsie was out of this world. We need to clone her.”

The championship round of debate was an all-Carroll affair, featuring four Carroll teams. The first-year team of Josh Mansfield of Pocatello, Idaho, and Teigen Tremper of Whitefish won the event. Finishing second were senior Jake MacDuff of Seattle and junior Haley Meredith of Jerome, Idaho. Also in the finals were junior Conor Coutts of Enumclaw, Washington, and senior Luke Kendall of Stevensville, Montana, and the sophomore team of Watkins and Peri Dropping of Redmond, Washington.

Carroll also swept extemporaneous speaking, winning the top three awards. Mansfield won extemp, with junior Frank Stumbo of Shelley, Idaho, second and Kelsie Watkins third.

Mansfield also placed third in impromptu and fourth in prose. He was named the second-best speaker in debate.

Dropping was the top speaker in debate, with partner Watkins finishing third. Kendall and Meredith placed fourth and fifth.

Fuller won five awards – including four top-three trophies – in impromptu, informative, prose, poetry and program oral interpretation.

The semester ends in McMinnville, Oregon, on November 10-12 at the Northwest Forensics Conference regional championship tournament at Linfield College.