The winning streak continues for the Dodge City High School debate team as they took first place in the Russell Invitational Debate Tournament.

On the year, this makes the fifth first place finish for the debate team with the other five tournaments the team were runners-up.

According to DCHS debate coach Steve Ray, all six DCHS squads posted winning records at the meet with four of those pairs claiming medals.

The total mark for the team came to 12-3 in the inaugural Russell tournament beating Hoisington and Hays and 10 other schools that competed.

The senior team of Viridiana Arias and Josh Habiger led the way with a perfect 5-0 mark to win the open division.

The duo of Arias and Habiger finish their regular season with a 17-3 mark winning four medals in all four tournaments they competed in this year.

Providing overall support, the three other varsity teams posted 3-2 marks.

The team of Rileigh Heeke and Tyler Pipenger, took sixth place overall after a tie-break was needed.

Finishing out of medal contention were the teams of Roxana Arjon and Christian Garcia and the team of Roque Orozco and Elijah Jones.

In the novice division, two teams finished in the top five.

The Demons had a three-man team that went 4-1 earning second place which was a rare occurence to have a three-man team, Ray said.

Eduardo Orona and Christopher Montford split five rounds with Austin Jacobs debating throughout all five.

Placing fifth in the novice division was the team of Deymi Martinez and Marleigh Shultz who went 3-2.

The Demons debate team has one meet left this season as a group of four teams compete in Wichita next week in the Collegiate High School Invitational Tournament.

That tournament will lead to the Sunflower Novice State Debate Tournament and the Classic State Debate Tournament that will be held in Blue Valley on Jan. 4-5, 2018.

Following that will be the 6A State Debate Tournament in Emporia.

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