They are 6 weeks into tournament season and for the sixth straight week the Dodge City High School debate team has finished in first or second place.

The Demon Debaters took 2nd place this past weekend at the Crusader Debate Classic at Trinity Academy in Wichita.

In one of the more competitive tournaments, the Demon Debaters compiled a record of 11-4 with three teams to take 2nd place.

Amber Nilhas and Oyuki Camacho led the way for DCHS going 4-1 with 20 speaker points and placing third in the meet.

Taking 6th overall were Teammates Rileigh Heeke and Tyler Pipenger who also dropped a 4-1 ledger on the day, with 23 total speaker points.

Going 3-2 on the day was the team of Aria Knedler and Daemian Grabin, who were unbeaten tourney champs the week before at Ulysses.

The 3-2 finish knocked the Knedler and Grabin team out of medal consideration.

"This was a unique tournament in many ways for us," said Demon debate coach Steve Ray in a press release. "Each school entered was limited to three teams and there was only the one division for varsity debaters.

"That meant there was no room for error. Everyone had to bring their A game because there was such a competitive field and every round was important.

"I’m really proud of these guys for the way they competed. We saw a lot more teams from 5A and 6A schools than we usually do and a lot of teams that debate in the eastern Kansas style, which is quite different from what we have mainly seen so far this year."

According to Ray, the team of Nilhas and Oyuki were debating together for the first time this year with the team of Heeke and Pipenger — who were actually among the few unbeaten teams left heading into the final round — were making only their second appearance ever as varsity members.

Ray added that after stumbling out of the blocks, Knedler and Grabin made a strong comeback.

The Demons ended up just off the pace set by the tournament champions from Bishop Carroll, a team that no Dodge City team encountered in any of the five rounds.

Among the other 17 schools who entered the tournament, finishing 3rd was the team from Independence.

Hitting the road again this Saturday, the Demon Debaters travel to the Hoxie Halloween Debate Festival.

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