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Montana HS wins record 30th straight title -- in speech and debate


This isn't open for debate: 30 consecutive titles -- in anything -- is an impressive feat.

The Loyola Sacred Heart (Missoula, Mont.) speech and debate team captured its 30th-straight state title on Saturday, a streak that is unmatched in any team sport or discipline at the high school level.

“I feel very happy and I think of the 30 years of wonderful kids I have had the privilege of working with,” Loyola coach Matt Stergios told The Missoulian.

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In a nod to the Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii) boys' swim team, which won 29 consecutive state titles from 1958-86, Loyola's debaters wore leis to the awards ceremony.

But speech and debate isn't a sport, you say?

"I treat it like a sport," Stergios told KTVQ.com. "We have team meetings, we have team practices, we set team goals. I talk to the team how other coaches talk to their teams. We have expectations, we support each other, we work together. It's a lot of the same characteristics that go into coaching a successful sports team, I have applied to speech and debate."

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