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MCC forensics team prepares to defend championship

March 9, 2019

SCOTTVILLE — The Mason County Central High School Forensics Team is hard at work in the midst of yet another action-packed season to defend its current Class B/CD state champion title.

The team consists of seven seniors, five juniors, nine sophomores and 14 freshmen. The team has already had a successful season, earning 69 individual trophies since February and placing in the top three of every tournament.

The season began with the Maple Invitational, held at Seaholm High School. With 31 entries, the team placed second in the Platinum Division with eight entries in semifinals and three entries — Anya Jones, Amber Forbes and Riley Kruer/Ryland Gigante — competing in the final round.

The following week, the team competed at the Birch Run Invitational at Birch Run High School. The team placed second out of 16 schools, with 22 in semifinals and 12 in finals: Anya Jones, Becca Townsend, Zane DenHartog, Isabella Hradel, Amber Forbes, Jennie Golaszewski, Sawyer Frederick/Rosie Hathaway, Kruer/Gigante, Brooke Bromley, Killian Kruer, Shayla Leonard/Greyson Reid and Roxy Jeffries/Jordyn Baysinger.

The third tournament of the season at Beaverton High School saw the team emerge victorious with a first place out of seven schools. The entire team broke semifinals and 30 broke into finals: Anya Jones, Emily Abbott, Zeke Foisy, Blake Tucker, Jonathan Petersen, Sean Paris, Becca Townsend, Hunter Cilman, Zane DenHartog, Elsa Akins, Isabella Hradel, Amber Forbes, Jennie Golaszewski, Katelynn Ross, Ashlyn Dacey, Lily Stone, Olivia Donahue, Basil Foisy, Josh Gordon, Nicole Bowen, Frederick/Hathaway, Kruer/Gigante, Ava Akins, Sam Gillette, Brooke Bromley, Natalie Linenfelser, Killian Kruer, September Foisy, Leonard/Reid and Jeffries/Baysinger.

Some of that success transferred over into the fourth tournament of the season at Frankenmuth High School, where the team placed second out of 12 schools, with 30 entries in semifinals and 18 entries in finals: Anya Jones, Jonathan Petersen, Becca Townsend, Hunter Cilman, Zane DenHartog, Elsa Akins, Jennie Golaszewski, Lily Stone, Josh Gordon, Nicole Bowen, Frederick/Hathaway, Kruer/Gigante, Ava Akins, Sam Gillette, Brooke Bromley, Killian Kruer, Leonard/Reid and Jeffries/Baysinger.

However, this victory screeched to a halt as the team’s bus fell victim to some black ice, nearly tipping in Clare County. Luckily, no one was seriously injured besides the head coach Tom Richert, who is currently recovering and hopes to return to his team in the near future.

Despite Richert’s absence, the team returned to the road to compete at Grand Rapids Christian High School. The team placed third out of 16 schools, behind Class A schools Portage Northern and Portage Central. The team had 23 entries in semifinals and six entries in finals: Anya Jones, Becca Townsend, Jennie Golaszewski, Katelynn Ross, Olivia Donahue, Kruer/Gigante, Killian Kruer and Jeffries/Baysinger.

Given the ups and downs the team has endured during of the season, they have experienced significant success all around the state, and they hope to secure another state championship trophy in the spring.