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Howlin' Yotes dominate Coyote Classic

2010. 12. 07.

The College of Idaho speech and debate team had a strong showing at its home meet last weekend, racking up 14 top-three finishes at the fourth annual Coyote Classic Speech and Debate Tournament. C of I hosted Boise State University, Northwest Nazarene, Snow College (Utah) and the College of Western Idaho.

First place finishers for the Howlin' Yotes included Leroy Fiscus (novice solo debate), Alexis Bennett and Damien Burbine (novice debate), Ashley Patrick and Karissa Tatom (duo interpretive reading), Alixx Arons (humorous speaking) and Jess Smith (speaker for solo debate). Patrick and Tatom also took third place in open debate.

Dan Mallory picked up two runner-up finishes for C of I, finishing second in novice impromptu and novice extemporaneous. Other top performers for the Yotes included Kat Sillonis (second in open solo debate, third in drama interpretive reading), Marcus Lee (second in novice solo debate), Cydney Middleton and Alixx Arons (second in open debate), Tatom (third in novice extemporaneous) and Ana Sanchez (third in novice impromptu).

The Howlin' Yotes are coached by Mack Sermon. The team next competes January 6-9 at the Great Salt Lake Tournament hosted by the University of Utah.

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