This past weekend, the WUDL held our 6th tournament of the year. This tournament stood out for four reasons:
Our largest tournament yet
The introduction of a Junior Varsity Division
Served as the 2nd half of our national qualifier in the Varsity Division
Suitland High School and Dora Kennedy Middle School made their competitive debuts as the league continues to grow
Starting in the Varsity Division, the teams of Scott-Reid and Hinant dominated, going 4-0, while Scott-Reid took the top overall speaker as well. DC International's Frone and Lowenstein took 2nd (and Frone took 2nd speaker). These two teams traded spots from last tournament, and will represent the WUDL at Nationals in Chicago in April.
Oyster Adams' Retherford and Manegio took 3rd place (Retherford also took 3rd place speaker), the school's first trophies in the Varsity Division, while Banneker's Evans took 4th place (securing the alternate position to attend Nationals). DuVal's Collins and Young took 5th place (with Young also grabbing the 4th place speaker award). Banneker's Sadler took home the 5th place speaker award. The Varsity Division showed great competitive parity, with more than half the division winning 2 and losing 2 rounds.
In the newly created Junior Varsity Division, Charles Flower's Smalley and Adepegba took first place (and Smalley was also named the division's top speaker), while Capital City's Encarnacion and Nguyen (2nd place) and DC Prep's Tan and Headley (3rd place) were also undefeated. Stuart Hobson's Epstein and Raqeeb took 4th place (and took 2nd and 3rd place speaker, respectively), and Oyster Adam's Quispe-Lopez and Csedrik placed 5th. Oyster Adams' Elamine took 4th place and Davis took 5th place speaker.
In Novice, there were 9 undefeated teams, so the top spots were chosen based off tie-breakers and speaker points. Kettering's Oluyadi and Oluwasanmi took 1st place, Thomas Johnson's Nyamsi and Davis took 2nd place, Charles Flower's Westbrook and Lanier took 3rd place, Capital City's Munsat and Paxton took 4th, and Dora Kennedy's Trouba took 5th place. Kettering, High Point, Greenbelt, and Eisenhower also had undefeated teams.
The division's top speaker was Temesgen from Columbia Heights, followed by Oluwasanmi (Kettering), Oluyadi (Kettering), Garmon (Sam Ogle), and Davis (Thomas Johnson).
We're excited to see the league's continued growth, and see our top teams push to new heights. We look forward to seeing you on March 18th at Wilson HS.