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Forensics makes strides at Ball State

October 2, 2015

After two days of competition at the Mid-American Forensics League’s first two tournaments of the year, Monmouth posted a heartening showing against the best forensics teams in the nation, including Western Kentucky University, Bradley University, and Illinois State University. Despite not taking home any awards, the first competition of the year yielded powerful learning experiences, as Monmouth adjusts to a new season following the most successful campaign in the revived team’s history.

Sophomores Anthony Adams and Michael Horath, along with transfer Junior Shoshana McClarance represented the Scots in five events, garnering both praise and suggestions for improvement from judging coaches from around the nation. Adams competed in rhetorical criticism and impromptu speaking, Horath competed in prose interpretation and McClarance debuted in poetry interpretation and dramatic interpretation. While Adams and Horath are holdovers from last year’s team, the weekend also marked McClarance’s first collegiate competition, after taking a year off from speech for the first time since middle school. Despite fielding such a small group in the nation’s toughest forensics league, Director of Forensics Rebecca Buel found the silver lining. “I think this was an excellent opportunity for the team to gauge the competition for the season,” she said. She later said that she wants to use the experience to adjust and perform better for the rest of the season. Buel made it clear that she appreciated exposing the Scots to several of the top teams in the nation and up-and-coming teams that took the same route to rebuilding that Monmouth committed to taking when Buel was hired.

From the competitors’ perspective, despite a tournament weekend filled with perennial national contenders, the Scots are optimistic about the future of the team. Horath, one of the team’s captains, said that “(the team) absorbed all that we could from the competition, and that should set us up for success in the future,” echoing the same optimism that Buel showed after the weekend. McClarence also showed some of the same excitement, saying that she is excited to “move forward and continue to see people who have such a drive for social justice.

The Scots travel again this weekend to Illinois State and Bradley for the 74 Swing, hoping to improve individual standings against many of the same schools and individuals at the first MAFL weekend.

Anthony Adams
Sports Columnist

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