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Howlin' Yotes place second at Gem State Classic

2010. 09. 28.

On Saturday, the eyes of the nation focused on Boise State University's blue football field as ESPN's College GameDay drew nearly 100,000 fans to Boise for a Top-25 showdown between Boise State and Oregon State.

Less than a half-mile away in the BSU Student Union Building, another intense showdown took place: The Gem State Classic debate tournament. The College of Idaho, coached by Mack Sermon, finished second behind 20-time defending regional champion Carroll College. The field also included Utah State, Boise State, Linfield, Northwest Nazarene, Pacific University and several community colleges.

Juniors Ben Losinski and Amanda Frickle took first place in senior debate for the Howlin' Yotes, while speech captain John “Sarge” Heinemann finished first in impromptu speaking. Other placers for the Yotes included Ariel Lawson and Tyler Hatch (third in senior debate), Kris Cruz and Lindsey Beltz (fifth in senior debate), Heinemann (fourth in informative speaking), Hatch (third in impromptu speaking, fourth in program interpretive reading), Frickle (third in duo interpretive reading, fourth in poetry interpretive reading), Amy Bennett (third in duo interpretive reading) and Alexis Bennett.

C of I returns to action at the Lewis and Clark College Tournament next week in Portland.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state's oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three undergraduate minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit