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    2020 Debate State Tournament
    Debate Image Stenzel of Lakeville South wins Lincoln-Douglas crown;
    Chang-Deutsch, Conry of Minneapolis South claim Policy title;
    Swigert, Johnson of The Blake School earn Public Forum championship;
    Foster of Eastview wins title in Congressional


    Ending economic sanctions against Venezuela and encouraging states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals were two of the topics argued at the 2020 Debate State Tournament – the 119th edition and longest-running event of the Minnesota State High School League.

    Logan Stenzel of Lakeville South claimed his first title in the Lincoln-Douglas competition. He defeated Steven Winnick of Forest Lake 7-0 in the final round. Stenzel’s argument against states eliminating their nuclear arsenals followed nine rounds of debate conducted over two days.

    The results of eight rounds of debate proved that Gabe Chang-Deutsch and Clara Conry of Minneapolis South were the best policy debaters. Chang-Deutsch and Conry drew the affirmative argument, arguing for the United States to end its economic sanctions against Venezuela. They defeated Simon Jarcho and Isabel Kleckner of Minneapolis Washburn in the final round.

    Chang-Deutsch fell in the quarterfinals with Eamon Howell last year. Jarcho was the defending champion. He won with Henry Braun in 2019.

    Morgan Swigert and Jack Johnson of The Blake School took top honors in Public Forum. Their victory came after nine rounds of debate and they won 4-3 with a negative argument over Ryan Zhu and Arjan Maheshwari of Edina. Swigert and Johnson argued against the United States ending its economic sanctions against Venezuela.

    Johnson lost with Thomas Gill in the 2019 quarterfinals. Zhu and Maheshwari also fell in last year’s quarterfinals.

    Layla Foster of Eastview of Apple Valley won in Congressional debate. Defending champion Kelso Anderson of Hawley was the runner-up. Foster placed fifth in 2019. Congressional is a mock legislative assembly competition where students draft bills (proposed laws) and resolutions (position statements). Their peers then debate the legislation and vote whether or not to pass it into law. There were six rounds of Congressional debate, concluding with two Super Sessions on Saturday afternoon.

    The Policy debate portion of the tournament has been conducted since 1902 and the Lincoln-Douglas portion of the tournament, which was an invitational event from 1986 through 1989, was added to the tournament in 1990. Public Forum was introduced in 2013 and Congressional was added in 2018. The 2020 tournament was held at the University of Minnesota.

    Results are available on the MSHSL Facebook page.

    2019-20, 2020-21 Section Assignments
    Competitive Section Assignments Image Below this message, you will find a link to the Competitive Section Assignments for 2019-20 & 2020-21 school years. The link will take you to a landing page where you will find the following:

    Competitive Sections – There are 3 menus at the top that are universal to both the list and the map; 1. Activities, 2. Year, and 3. Schools. To view the section assignments for 2019-20 & 2020-21, make sure the year drop down menu in the middle says “2019-2020, 2020-2021”. You will need to click on the ‘+’ sign to expand any of the lists below to view all the schools within a section.
    1. The Activities menu will allow you to see a list of all schools that are registered in that activity
    2. The school menu will allow you to see where that school is listed in the activity you have selected.
    3. If you leave the school the same and change activities to “Activities”. You will see a list of all the activities that the school is registered for and what section they are in.
    4. You can drill down even more if you want to look at a section or class in an activity be using the controls just underneath the drop-down menus.

    Section Map – The same menus and control listed above are also available on the map.
    1. Select an activity first and make sure 2019-2020, 2020-2021 is selected in the year menu.
    2. You can find a school by selecting it in the “School” Menu. It will show on the map with all the locations of the schools in that section. The school you selected shows larger than others.
    3. Note that the school locations have a number on them. This identifies the classification not the section.
    4. Section locations are hosted on the side of the maps. The number indicates how many are in each section and is located above the number of the section
    5. You can drill down even more if you want to look at a certain section in a class by using the controls below the menus at the top.
    6. One additional control on the map is the “Show Coop Teams”. By selecting this you will see additional schools that are in a coop but not the Host School. You will also notice gray arrows starting with the host school and pointing to each additional school in the coop.


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    Three Schools, Three States, One Team: The Tri-State Tigers
    Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/17/2020
    The communities of Campbell, Tintah, Fairmount and Rosholt have a combined population of barely a thousand people. Rosholt is the largest with 423 residents, Tintah is the teeniest with 63. When high school athletes compete, the four little towns are one.

    The teams are known as the Tri-State Tigers. That's because the schools involved in the cooperative athletic programs are in three different states. The Campbell-Tintah school district is in Minnesota, Fairmount in North Dakota and Rosholt in South Dakota. Where the state lines intersect, Tigers rule the countryside.

    "They're all my friends," Alyssa Hensch, a Campbell-Tintah junior, said of her basketball teammate who live in both Dakotas. "Honestly, I wouldn't know them without sports.”

    One day this week, the Tigers girls basketball team was practicing inside the historic little gym in Campbell. That evening, the boys basketball team played the visiting Central Cass Squirrels inside the modern, well-lit gym in Rosholt. The Squirrels are from the town of Casselton, 95 miles away on the prairie west of Fargo, N.D. They traveled on a charter bus.

    For the Tigers, spending time in a school bus is part of the deal for almost all practices as well as games. It's a 12-mile drive from Campbell to Fairmount, and another 19 miles from Fairmount to Rosholt. If conditions are good it can be a 40-minute drive from Campbell through Fairmount and on to Rosholt; vehicles pass signs that proclaim “Welcome to North Dakota/Legendary” and “Welcome to South Dakota/Great Faces, Great Places.”

    “We've grown up having to commute to practice and stuff every day,” said Campbell-Tintah senior basketball player Sam Viger. “So we've gotten used to it.”

    The basketball players from Campbell-Tintah are the only high schoolers in Minnesota who play with shot clocks in every game. That's because both North Dakota and South Dakota use shot clocks (as well as eight-minute quarters instead of Minnesota’s 18-minute halves). During the regular season the Tigers are part of a basketball league, the Eastern Coteau Conference, which consists entirely of South Dakota schools. When the postseason arrives, the Tigers play in the North Dakota High School Activities Association playoffs.

    But wait, there’s more. The Tigers also compete in North Dakota in football, volleyball, softball and golf, but in South Dakota in cross-country, and track and field. The softball team is a five-team coop, with North Dakota schools Hankinson and Lidgerwood joining in.
    The cooperative agreement was originally formed for football in 2007, with other sports added to the arrangement in recent years.

    Boys basketball coach Adam Krueger is Rosholt graduate and teacher who played football for the Tigers coop team. But when he was in school there were no golf, softball or cross-country teams, opportunities which are now available.

    Girls basketball coach Brenda Dahlgren (who teaches in Fairmount) said, “When we were alone, we just didn't have enough athletes. South Dakota probably didn't need us yet, but they're at the edge of their state and they didn't have anybody else to coop with and we knew eventually it would happen. So they took us in and it's been nice. It does give everybody an opportunity.”

    There is tremendous history to be found in the hallways of the century-old school in Campbell, including trophies from both the MSHSL and the NDHSAA. There are displays honoring Campbell native Errol Mann, a kicker who was a member of the Oakland Raiders’ winning Super Bowl XI team; Mike Cannon, another Campbell product who now lives in Hutchinson and is a high-ranking NCAA football official; and Eugene McCarthy, who taught social studies in Campbell in 1939-40 and went on to a political career that took him to the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and five presidential campaigns.

    The 2019 graduating class from Campbell-Tintah consisted of six students, three fewer than in 2018. The local communities, no matter the state, work hard in providing opportunities for their students.

    “We're really lucky because the kids, the schools and the parents are all really flexible,” Krueger said. “If something comes up we make a switch and we don't really hear much.”

    The athletes often spend time together away from their sports.

    “There are a lot of times where we will show up in Fairmount to pick up the Fairmount kids and we'll have Campbell kids already there,” Krueger said, “or we'll get a call that a bunch of Campbell kids are already in Rosholt because they're hanging out with the guys from Rosholt. So they're a really close group.”

    Since the team members don’t attend school together, practice time can be disrupted just a bit with small talk, Krueger said with a grin.

    “The only issue we've ever had with it is they miss each other. Not seeing each other in school, they get to practice and they want to talk and chat about what's going on.”

    Campbell-Tintah sophomore basketball player Mary Rupp said playing for the Tigers is special.

    “It's definitely different,” she said. “But I like how you can experience a whole different aspect of people because you're not stuck in one state or one school. We’ve got lots of friends from the other schools.”

    --See photos from the Tri-State Tigers on the MSHSL Facebook page.

    --Follow John on Twitter @MSHSLjohn, listen to "Preps Today with John Millea” wherever you get podcasts and hear him on Minnesota Public Radio.



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