A flood of Spuds: Moorhead sends 26 to State
Post date: Apr 7, 2017 2:43:25 PM
Last April, Moorhead advanced 19 entries to the Class AA State tournament en route to an inaugural state championship.
For a potential encore, the Spuds are bringing reinforcements.
After another strong night of performances, Moorhead clinched its 23rd consecutive Section 8AA title and will send 26 entries (28 speakers) to state, matching the record-setting mark from two years ago. In all, the Spuds will comprise two thirds of the representatives from the section.
Eleven of those speakers are advancing to state with blue ribbons, winning their respective categories. They include Evyn Judisch (Creative), Izzy Larson & Devon Solwold (Duo), Katherine Leiseth (Ex. Reading), Bridget McManamon (Ex. Speaking), Carolyn Solberg (Great Speeches), Sophia Klindt (Humor), Sarah Schulz (Inform), Jessica Anderson (Oratory), Camryn Hodny (Poetry), Noel Kangas (Prose), and McKensie Bedore (Storytelling).
A full list of state qualifiers can be found below.
The successful night also brings new accolades to several speakers.
With his first place finish in Duo, senior Devon Solwold becomes just the fourth Spud to advance to state four times in a career, joining Rachel Clausen (2006-09), Emily Haagenson (2011-14) and Shontel Smith (2011-14) as the only four-star winners in school history.
His duo partner, junior Izzy Larson, will have an opportunity to join him on that exclusive list next year. She, along with seniors McKensie Bedore, Camryn Hodny and Jessica Anderson all earned their third trip to state, becoming three of just 35 speakers to do so in team history.
Several others punched their second ticket to state, including junior Bridget McManamon and seniors Lauren Cartwright, Hannah Hendrickson, Abby Dahlberg, Maryn Cella, Alex Church, Skyler Klostriech and Sarah Schulz.
The state tournament will be held on Friday, April 21 at Apple Valley High School.
State Qualifiers and alternates:
Ian Bahe--1st Alternate
Matt Rosson--2nd Alternate
Sydney Anderson--3rd Alternate
Izzy Larson & Devon Solwold--1st
Abby Dahlberg & Skyler Klostriech--2nd
Chelsea Bubbers--1st Alternate
Simon Beach--1st Alternate
Molly Hauf--1st Alternate
Ella Halgrimson--1st Alternate
Anna Larson--1st Alternate
Anni Yoney--2nd Alternate
Katie Staiger--2nd Alternate
Amelia Bjorklund--3rd Alternate
Margaret Dickey--3rd Alternate
Alyssa Haagenson--2nd Alternate
Alex Seigel--3rd Alternate