In a season that has already proved to be very successful, the Dodge City Demon Debaters turned in what might be considered their most productive weekend so far.
The team took pairs to two separate tournaments this past Saturday and returned home with one tourney title and a runner-up trophy from the other.
A group of eight traveled to Great Bend and won the team's third sweepstakes trophy in the season's first month. With a sweeps record of 11-4, the Demons easily outdistanced their closest competition, Valley Center, to secure their fourth title in the past six years at the Tournament of Champions.
DCHS had never won at Great Bend before that streak began despite the fact that the meet is one of the oldest competitions in the the state.
Leading the way for the Dodge City gang were seniors, Daniel Soriano and Alejandro Rangel.
The pair knocked off the tourney's last unbeaten team in the final round in convincing fashion to earn top honors with a 4-1 mark.
They were 5-0 last week when they took first at Hays. Right behind them with a 3-2 ledger were Tyler Pipenger and Deymi Martinez.
Their efforts earned them sixth place. John Pinkerton and Roque Orozco finished at 2-3.
Finally, the duo of Maria Cruz and Joel Soto went 4-1 on the day to nab first place in the novice division. Cruz achieved a rare milestone by receiving a perfect five speaker points in five rounds. In other action, all four pairs that traveled to Sterling for the Black Bear Classic registered winning records against a tough field of 17 schools.
As a result, they were able claim two medals and place second overall as a team. It was the fourth time in the past four years the squad has finished first or second at that meet.
The team of Brian Nguyen and Mariela Lopez finished the day at 3-2 to place second in their division. Teammates Jamie Diell and Mia Ochoa secured a 3-2 mark as well but were relegated to sixth place after tie-breakers were administered.
Finally, Kale Lowery and Kylan Hodges, and the novice pair of Kassie Villasenor and Cassandra Rosales also finished at 3-2 but out of medal contention.
"I was very proud and, honestly, a bit surprised with how well we performed this weekend," said DCHS debate coach Steve Ray. "A marching band event at K-State took a lot of our debaters out of action so almost everyone that competed this week was working for the first time with a new partner. I was impressed with how everyone stepped up to the challenge."
The Demon Debaters will be in action again next Saturday when a group travels to Lyons and another group heads to Liberal.