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By Jack H. Smith
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Speech continues undefeated start to 2019-20 season


December 18, 2019

Another week, another strong performance for the Three Forks High School speech and drama team.

The Wolves finished first in speech at last Saturday’s tournament in Big Timber, the sixth consecutive time they have earned the top spot at a Class B meet this season.

Lexi Welch, Finn Hansen, Kevin Richards, Saryna Smith, AJ Boyd, Katie Anderson all finished first at the meet that featured 17 teams and had 11 speech events. Hannah Rumelhart placed first in drama for the third time this season. Also, placing as runners-up were YenShae Fan, Gabryele Veltkamp, Ally Kamps and Kalli Miller.

“Remaining undefeated during the regular season really isn’t the goal for the Speech team, but this consistent success does speak to the goals that we want to accomplish at the Divisional and State tournament at the end of January. Part of that success is connected to the number of kids that we have participating, but more so, it speaks to the pure number of students that we have competing at a high-level. That number will increase and increase as the season progresses,” said head coach Greg Overman.

Examining the success of the season, Overman feels a large part of that is because of the kids who return to the team year-after-year like Bailey Partain, Ally Kamps, Lexi Welch, Saryna Smith, Michael Boyd, Hannah Rumelhart, Molly Collins, and Kalli Miller.

“Those are students who I truly rely upon and never disappoint. Yet, what surfaced this weekend at Big Timber were the younger participants who are just starting this, have put the work it, and are achieving success for the first time. AJ Boyd, Katie Anderson, Finn Hansen, and Kevin Richards are all first-year participants who won their first meet on Saturday, and while they all had surprised looks are their faces, it won’t be the last time that they win for any of them. There are a lot of freshman/sophomores on this team that are modeling themselves after the success of the older students, and they will have successful futures because of that,” Overman said.

With the Christmas break nearing, Overman sees the season in three pieces.

“November becomes the start of our season, and it becomes awkward because there are so many pieces to get started. December is the middle of our season, and that’s when the pieces start to come together, which we can see is happening because of Saturday. What matters is that those pieces are in place by January,” he said.


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