The Dodge City High School debate team is still going strong through the first 4 weeks of their season.

In a split squad effort, the Demon Debaters tied for first in the Black Bear Invitational Debate Tournament in Sterling while also taking five of the top six spots in the Redskin Invitational in Liberal.

Due to tie-breaker rules however, the team was only take the runners-up spot at Black Bear.

According to debate coach Steve Ray, at the Liberal tournament, the DCHS team was ineligible to win the sweepstakes title because it had no novice debaters competing.

"However, the varsity participants showed why their hometown is known as 'America’s Windiest City' by totally dominating the Open Division," he said in a press release.

In Liberal, the team of Aria Knedler and Daemian Grabin went 4-1 on the day with 18 speaker points to claim first in the Open Division.

Amber Nilhas and Daniel Soriano took second place with a 4-1 ledger with 20 speaker points.

The second place finish for Nilhas and Soriano is the team's third medal-winning performance this season.

Going 3-2 on the day was teammates John Pinkerton and Damion Denison, earning fourth place with a total of 23 speaker points.

The team of Cisco Soto and Alex Rangel had a mark of 3-2 and 23 speaker points while the team of Elijah Jones and Roque Orozco took sixth place with a mark of 3-2 and 25 speaker points.

"It was extremely satisfying that everyone on the team had a winning record and that we were able to take five of the top six medals in the Open Division at the meet," said Ray.

The Demon Debaters put together a 10-5 overall mark at the Sterling tournament.

The first place finish albeit a tie, was the team's third first place finish at the tournament in 4 years.

Winning the tie-breaker was Cheney while Wichita Trinity Christian placed third with an 8-7 finish out of a total of 13 schools.

The team of Deymi Martinez and Marleigh Shultz logged a 4-1 mark at in the Novice Division taking second place with 23 speaker points.

Going 3-2 were teammates Brian Nguyen and Alexa Martinez to earn sixth place.

In the junior varsity division, the team of Rileigh Heeke and Tyler Pipenger placed fifth with a 3-2 record.

Next up for the debate team is the Western Kansas Debate Coaches Invitational Tournament Saturday in Ulysses.

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