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2019 Debate State Tournament Recap
Home Page Photo Reducing restrictions on legal immigration and not providing military aid to authoritarian regimes were two of the topics argued at the 2019 State Debate Tournament – the 118th edition and longest-running event of the Minnesota State High School League.

Nina Baker of Lakeville South claimed her first title in the Lincoln-Douglas competition. She defeated Rachel Park of Minnetonka 6-1 in the final round. Baker’s argument in favor of not providing military aid to authoritarian regimes followed nine rounds of debate conducted over two days.

The results of eight rounds of debate proved that Henry Braun and Simon Jarcho of Minneapolis Washburn were the best policy debaters. Braun and Jarcho drew the negative argument, arguing against the United States federal government substantially reducing its restrictions on legal immigration in the United States. The defeated Claire Anderson McEligott and Kyra Boorsma Bergerud of Edina 4-3 in the final round. Anderson McEligott fell in the quarterfinals in 2018.

This was the second consecutive year that a team from Minneapolis Washburn won in policy. Alex Dresdner and Grace Klage claimed the title in 2018.

Ayush Patel and Jason Scheller of Eagan took top honors in Public Forum. Their victory came after nine rounds of debate and they won 5-2 with an affirmative argument over Zach Dyar and Liam Will of St. Paul Academy and Summit School. Patel and Scheller, who fell in the quarterfinals last year, argued the United States should prioritize reducing the federal debt over promoting economic growth.

Kelso Anderson of Hawley won in Congressional debate. Grant Davis of Eagan took runner-up honors. Congressional, which was introduced last year, is a mock legislative assembly competition where students draft bills (proposed laws) and resolutions (position statements). Their peers then debate the legislation and vote whether or not to pass it into law. There were four rounds of Congressional debate, concluding with a Super Session on Saturday afternoon.

The Policy debate portion of the tournament has been conducted since 1902 and the Lincoln-Douglas portion of the tournament, which was an invitational event from 1986 through 1989, was added to the tournament in 1990. Public Forum was introduced in 2013 and Congressional was added in 2018. This 2019 tournament was held at the University of Minnesota.


Eden Valley-Watkins Is Ready To Make A Run
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/20/2019 6:25:02 PM

EDEN VALLEY – The past two seasons have been exceptional for the girls basketball team from Eden Valley-Watkins. Two years ago the Eagles finished with a record of 24-4 and last season they were 26-4. That 50-8 total, however, has one caveat: neither time did they make it to the state tournament.

Eden Valley-Watkins has been to state, including in 2001 when the Eagles lost to Fosston 50-45 in the Class 1A championship game. They also went to state in 2006, as well as three times in the 1980s, with two runner-up finishes.

“It’s been a while,” said Tom Jansen, in his 22nd year as the Eagles head coach, after they defeated visiting Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 63-28 on Thursday night.

More than halfway through the 2018-19 regular season, the Eagles are making headlines. They are unbeaten in 15 games and ranked third in Class 2A by Minnesota Basketball News. The Eagles' goals, as emblazoned on team shirts, include but are not dominated by making it to the big show in Minneapolis; the shirts say simply “3-13” because the state tournament starts on March 13.

“Our main goals are to try and get better every day in practice, and then conference champs, playing in the now, always playing right now, we don’t think about the future or the past,” said junior Halle Jansen, the coach’s daughter and one of three 1,000-point scorers on the team.

“We’re playing every game one at a time, but we know (state is ) where we want to get to,” she added.

The other 1,000-point scorers are senior Emma Schultz and junior Olivia Kuechle. Schultz is averaging 16.4 points this season, Kuechle 13 and Jansen 10.6. That trio leads a talented squad that presents multiple problems for opponents.

“The challenge with them is they’re just so quick and long,” said Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted coach Rick Baumann. “And Tom does such a great job of getting those girls to play together. They close out, they pressure you, they make you play faster than you want to play. And they all contribute.”

The Eagles have won by an average score of 64-30 this season. Their closest finish was a 46-36 win over Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on Dec. 14.

The Eden Valley-Watkins players talk about chemistry as one of the main components in their success.

“Our team chemistry is like no other,” said Kuechle.

Schultz said, “We’ve been playing together since fourth and fifth grade. It just builds our chemistry. We know what each other can do, we know where everyone will be at certain points in time, we just know each other so well.”

Coach Jansen concurs.

“The chemistry is fantastic,” he said. “The kids get along with each other so well, they play for each other. There’s no selfishness. We have three 1,000-point scorers, which is kind of odd, but they’re extremely unselfish. And they’re great to coach. They work so hard, they’re super kids, so it’s been fun.”

Last season ended with a one-point loss to Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in the Section 3 championship game. Two years ago, the Eagles fell to Holy Family Catholic in overtime in the section semifinals.

Being unbeaten and highly ranked can mean the proverbial target on the back, but the if Eagles feel any pressure it’s self-inflicted.

“I wouldn’t call it pressure. I would call it more motivation,” Halle Jansen said. “The last two years we lost in overtime and then lost by one point, so I think we’re motivating ourselves to where we want to go.”

So far, everything is working according to plan.

“In their roles they do a great job playing together as a team and they’re consistent,” Baumann said. “It’s tough to play against them. There’s no one girl you can really take away. It’s one of those things that they have so many different weapons and so many things they can do.”

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