ETBU Debate Takes Second Place at Tournament; Wins Professional Division Championship
MARSHALL, Texas (9/17/13)- The East Texas Baptist University Debate Team competed at the Lee College Kickoff Classic Debate Tournament September 14-15 in Baytown, Texas and returned with a second place sweepstakes finish. The squad finished the two-day competition just behind LSU at Shreveport and ahead of much larger universities including Stephen F. Austin, the University of Arkansas at Monticello, and Texas A&M International.
Dr. Cole Franklin, coach of the ETBU team also won the professional division championship and was ranked as the fifth place speaker in the professional division. He posted a 5-2 record in the seven preliminary rounds and defeated competitors from LSU at Shreveport in the semifinal and final rounds to take the title.
Sophomore Dakota Hiltzman of Gladewater finished with a 5-2 preliminary record and lost his first elimination round. He ended the competition as a quarterfinalist in the varsity division and was the second place speaker in the varsity field.
Junior Kenny Adcock of Joshua and freshman Charles Quigley of Houston both competed in the novice division and each posted 5-2 preliminary records. They also advanced to the quarterfinal round before facing elimination.
Other ETBU debaters competing at the event, but not advancing to elimination rounds were junior Payton Beggs of Wichita Falls and senior Ryan Stokes of Nacogdoches in the varsity division and freshman Katelynn "Ro" Burns of Pittsburg, sophomore Amanda Gill of Austin, sophomore Madysen Neathery of Wake Village, and junior Amanda Oswalt of Grand Prairie in the novice division.
This was the first tournament of the year for the ETBU Debate Team. they will next compete at the University of Arkansas at Monticello Weevil Wars debate tournament Oct. 4-6.
Marshall News Messenger: ETBU Debate Team Earns Second Place Sweepstakes
By Austin King - News Messenger
MARSHALL NEWS MESSENGER (9/20/13) -East Texas Baptist University’s Debate Team has launched its fall semester of competitions over the weekend at the Lee College Kickoff Classic Debate Tournament where the team achieved a second place sweepstakes finish.
The two-day competition took place at the Baytown College Saturday and Sunday. ETBU competed with other colleges such as Stephen F. Austin State University, University of Arkansas at Monticello and Texas A&M International.
"This was our first tournament of the semester,” said Dr. Cole Franklin, ETBU debate team coach. "At our last tournament last year, we competed at the national tournament and we ended up having two championship speakers. We’re excited for this year. We had another good showing at our first tournament.”
Franklin won the competition’s professional division championship and was ranked the fifth place speaker at the professional record.
"There are three divisions in the competition, a novice division for students who have little to no experience in debate, a varsity division where students with experience who have not graduated compete and a professional division where anyone can enter,” Franklin said. "I entered the professional division where lawyers, corporations, locals, students, anyone can enter.”
Sophomore Dakota Hiltzman of Gladewater finished the tournament as a quarterfinalist in the varsity division and ranked as second place speaker in his division. Junior Kenny Adcock of Joshua and freshman Charles Quigley of Houston competed in the novice division and each advanced to the quarterfinals before being eliminated.
Other ETBU debaters competing at the event, but not advancing to elimination rounds included junior Payton Beggs of Wichita Falls and senior Ryan Stokes of Nacogdoches in the varsity division. Freshman Katelynn "Ro" Burns of Pittsburg, sophomore Amanda Gill of Austin, sophomore Madysen Neathery of Wake Village and junior Amanda Oswalt of Grand Prairie competed in the novice division.
This year the debate team is looking towards competing in numerous competitions; five in the fall semester and four or five in the spring. ETBU will also host a tournament in November.
"We will be hosting a college debate competition Nov. 15 and 16,” Franklin said. "This will be the second year we’ve held it. Last year we had 11 teams compete from five states. This year we hope to have more, as many as we can accommodate.”
The team’s next competition is in just a few weeks when they will travel to University of Arkansas at Monticello for the Weevil Wars debate Oct. 4 to 6.
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