The Lewis University Mock Trial Team, minus some key players, went through rain, sleet, snow, whiteouts and sub-zero weather to participate in the Hoosier Hoedown hosted by Indiana University at the Marion County Courthouse in Indianapolis. Twenty-two teams started, with a few quitting before the completion of the competition. Four former national champion schools (eight teams) participated in it.
Neither of the Lewis squads played with their regular line-ups and finished in the middle of the pack, 10th and 12th. The Lewis B squad, led by Michael Noe, finished 10th, closing out with a sweep over Indiana B in the final round. The Lewis A squad started strong with a split with Northwestern and a sweep over Northwood B (one of the former national champion schools).
The second day with rounds three and four, proved to be too much with losses to Eastern Michigan and Northwood A. Lewis B was led by Michael Noe, who won Outstanding Witness award with a perfect score and was followed closely by Darrell Boisdorf, who just missed an award. Noe has earned two awards in two weeks.
Anthony Scorzo also won Outstanding Witness for Lewis A. Megan Arehart, David DeSchepper and Audrey Donovan also scored well with high ranks.
“Overall, the showing of the two teams was not what was hoped for, although they had some positive results. The teams were not playing regular line-ups, with some having to take a completely new role, and with that, some took the lead and played those roles better than previously,” commented Head Coach Dr. James Houlihan, professor of Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies and advisor of the Pre-Law program.
The Hoosier Hoedown was the last invitational before regionals. Lewis will play in the Lewis/Joliet/Will County Regional Feb. 22-23 at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet. Supporters are encouraged to come out as it is open to the public. There are four rounds, two each day, with 26 teams from 19 schools.
Coaches include Bill Rock of Block Klukas & Manzella Law Firm in Joliet, Cary Hansing and Paul Namie, an attorney in Valparaiso, Ind. All three of the coaches are Lewis alumni and former award-winning members of the Flyers Mock Trial team.
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.
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