First-Year Talking Saints Shine in Oregon

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

HELENA – The Carroll College Talking Saints won 38 awards and finished third in sweepstakes at the Mahaffey tournament at Linfield College in Oregon on November 10-12. Boise State and Lewis & Clark finished ahead of Carroll, with all three squads having strong tournaments among the nearly 30 colleges competing in this regional championship event.

First-year Josh Mansfield of Pocatello, Idaho, led a strong frosh showing by winning six awards, with his debate partner Teigen Tremper of Whitefish winning five.

Mansfield won awards across three genres. He and Tremper finished second in junior World Debate, with Mansfield named top speaker. Mansfield also won novice prose and was second in junior impromptu. His strong overall showing earned him the second-place individual sweepstakes award for first and second year students – and the third best showing overall among all students.

The Carroll team dominated extemporaneous speaking and impromptu speaking, winning 14 awards in those events. The Talking Saints advanced five teams to the championship rounds of debate, and won eight speaker awards.

Other successful Saints included seniors Tori Hill of Sidney, Montana, and Becca Poliquin of Hamilton, Montana, who reached the semifinals in open debate while winning four other awards. First-year Parker Gunderson of Billings won four awards reaching finals in debate, prose and extemp.

"We were pleased with the showing, especially by our new team members," said coach Brent Northup. "I personally was happy with all those extemporaneous speaking awards since my license plate says 'Extemp.' Assistant coach Mark Schmutzler poured his heart into providing extra hours of practice for our students."

The Talking Saints "regular" season concludes in Forest Grove, Oregon, on January 26-28 with the regional championship tournament at Pacific University. The team will then point towards national championships in Colorado at Colorado College and at Stanford University in California.