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Hamilton Continues Strong Start, Places 2nd at MUHS

posted Feb 8, 2017, 7:13 AM by Barry Holloway   [ updated Apr 1, 2017, 9:32 AM ]
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Milwaukee, WI--Hamilton Forensics followed up their first tournament success by placing second at 2017 Marquette University High School Invitational. The team came just 11 points shy of winning their second straight tournament, and they have now defeated 47 of the 48 competitors they've faced this season. The number of entries advancing to the finals (13), number of entries finishing in the top-3 (6), and points scored (253) were team bests at the Marquette Invite since the tournament began in 2015. 


Tournament Champions
Erin Magoon (Informative Speaking) 
Emma Stokman (Demonstration Speaking)   

2nd Place
Jordan Koeller  (Informative Speaking) 
Mia Leukert (Demonstration Speaking)  

3rd Place 
Amy Yadev (Informative Speaking) 
Ciara Cronin (Special Occasion)  

--Hamilton defeated the 2016 Division 2 State Champions, Ronald Reagan, who finished 45 points behind the Chargers.

--Marquette's tournament presented Hamilton with much stiffer competition than they faced at the Pirate Invitational. The teams that attend the Marquette Invite had an average state rank (based on last year's state tournament) that was ten points higher than the average ranks of those attending the Pirate Invitational. 

--Marquette also hosted four top-ten finishers from last year's state tournament, the Pirate Invitation had none. 

--Four Chargers finished in the top-3 of their category for the second week in a row (Cronin, Leukert, Magoon, Yadev).

--For the second week in a row Erin Magoon (Senior) went 1, 1, 1 in the Informative preliminary rounds. 

--Erin Magoon added to her, team record, career top-3 finishes at an invite (14).

--After not advancing to the finals in her first tournament, sophomore Emma Stokman advanced to the finals and finished as the tournament champion in Demonstration Speaking.

--Kai Warden was one place shy of advancing to the finals in Prose.

--Five Chargers made their debut at a high school forensics meet.
--There were 24 teams at the tournament. 

--Hamilton scored 253 points.

--Homestead was the tournament champion (264 points).