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Swedes take SWC conference crown for fifth year in row

Repeat champions.

That was the end of the story for the Swede speech team after the finals round at the Southwest Conference meet March 1 in Minden.

Gothenburg placed first with 152 points, followed by the Ogallala Indians who tabulated 138.

The Swedes have won SWC consecutively since 2006 and might have in 2007 but the meet was cancelled because of bad weather.

Emerging as winners in their rounds were Josh Clark in serious prose, Elisa Meridith in poetry and the duet acting team of Chris Block and Jeramie VanAcker.

Speech team adviser Dan Jensen described the day as intense.

“Ogallala has been coming on strong the last few times we have met and they have really shown improvement leading up to this contest,” Jensen said.

The Swedes spent most of the day behind the Indians in points.

In fact, Jensen said Ogallala broke 16 events into finals while Gothenburg had 15 competitors make it to the last round.

“At the end, our kids finaled better than Ogallala did and made up for the points,” he said.

Minden was third with 124 points and proved a challenge, Jensen said, as the Whippets have all year.

Other SWC schools competing and their scores were: Ainsworth, 107; Broken Bow, 76; Cozad, 75; Valentine, 70.

District competition will be in Sidney on March 17.

Other medalists included:

Extemporaneous speaking—2. Chris Block.

Persuasive speaking—4. Josh Clark, 5. Beth Advey.

Informative speaking—3. Brennan Costello, 4. Maddy Costello.

Entertainment speaking—3. Ashlee Bruntz.

Humorous prose—3. Jeramie VanAcker.

Serious prose—5. Elisa Meridith.

Poetry—2. Brennan Costello.

Duet acting—2. Lauren Schmiett and Makayla Franzen.

Oral interpretation of drama—3. Crystal Moore, Amanda Larson, Carlie Stevens, Ryan Ostendorf, Drake Brand; 4. Coltin Bebensee, Morgan Kowalewski, Abie Jensen, Adrienne Massie, Brett Mann.

Also competing was Cale Moore.

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