BHS debaters finish fourth at state
For the second year in a row, the Baldwin High School debate team finished fourth at the Class 4A State Debate Tournament, just short of gaining a trophy.
The four-man team of seniors Jeff Wagner, Brett Myrick, Matt Noonan and Chris Eichorn finished with a combined 7-7 record. The third-place team had an 8-6 mark. Wagner and Myrick went 4-3, including a victory over state champion Tonganoxie in the final round, and Noonan and Eichorn went 3-4. Charles Holvoet is the team's coach.
"It's kind of sad to work so hard through the season and fall short of our goal," Wagner said of the team's desire to finish in the top three. "I wish we could have gotten a medal for Mr. Holvoet and ourselves."
Still, it marked the first time BHS debaters have gone to state in back-to-back years.
"I think going out for debate was the best decision I made in my high school career," said Eichorn.
BHS also had three teams entered in the two-man competition. Phil Wagner and Daniel Musgrave finished with a 4-2 record and just missed qualifying for the quarterfinals. Eric Jorgensen and Brent Schultz went 2-4 and Curtis Thomas and Dennis Craig went 0-6.
"It was a great experience," said Schultz. "I learned a lot from my opponents and I am looking forward to competing at state next year."