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Monday, March 25, 2014

For the 28th consecutive year the Rhodes College mock trial program has qualified for the national championship tournament. This extends their unprecedented streak. The next closest school has roughly half that many. This year, Rhodes also joins Yale University, Florida State University and Miami University as the only schools qualifying both their teams to the 48-team national championships to be held in Orlando, Florida the weekend of April 11th through the 13th.

 

Rhodes won their bids by finishing 2nd and 4th respectively at this past weekend’s 24-team opening round national championship tournament held at the Shelby County Court House here in Memphis. Rhodes B defeated Vanderbilt University A, Middle Tennessee State University A, and the University of Texas B, after splitting their opening round with Baylor University A. Meanwhile, Rhodes A defeated Stanford University A, Middle Tennessee State University A and Middle Tennessee State University B, losing only to the undefeated tournament champions and defending national champions from Florida State University. Amelia Yeomelakis (Rhodes B) and Jared Blanton (Rhodes A) won Outstanding Attorney awards.

 

Rhodes A: Jared Blanton and Paul Hubbell (co-captains), Taylor Jackson, Natey Kinzounza, Alex McGriff, Henry Morris, Lee Sands, and Lauren Tesler.

Rhodes B: Mathew Niegos (captain), Jay Campbell, Jacob Hill, Maggie McGowan, Zach Monroe, Elena Mosby, Molly Mugford, Alex Pollard, Elizabeth Ross, and Amelia Yeomelakis.

 

Florida State University B     8-0

Rhodes College B     6-1-1

University of Florida     6-2

Rhodes College A     6-2

University of Arizona     6-2

Florida State University A     6-2

 


Monday, February 24, 2014

Rhodes competed in the last of its regional qualifiers, finishing 4th and 11th at the 22-team Jackson Regional held in Jackson, Mississippi this past weekend. Only one school (Miami University) has ever won more national bids in a single season. Rhodes reconfigured A and B teams will be named tomorrow and then represent the college at the Memphis opening round of the national tournament to be held in the Shelby County Court House the weekend of March 21-23. The top 6 finishers in Memphis will join 42 other teams at the national finals in Orlando this April.

 

After finishing 2nd at the University of Missouri invitational, Rhodes E continued their winning ways by finishing in 4th place with a 6-2 record at the Jackson regional. They took the only ballot from Vanderbilt University A and lost their only other ballot to MTSU B, one of the other 7 qualifying teams. Besides splitting rounds with Vanderbilt and MTSU, they defeated University of Mississippi A and University of Louisiana - Monroe B. First-year student Zach Monroe scored a perfect 40 out of 40 ranks and was named all-regional attorney on both sides of the case and top attorney in the tournament.

Rhodes E: Elizabeth White (captain): Bekah Barr, Corena Hasselle, Jacob Hill, Alex Howell, Matt Koch, Zach Monroe, and Keri Roberson. Rhodes E has been coached by Megan Starling.

 

Rhodes C drew nothing but A-teams all weekend long yet still managed to split all 4 of their rounds, splitting with Samford University A, University of Alabama A, Hendrix College A, and MTSU A. Their 4-4 record was good for 11th place, missing winning the college a record 5th bid by just one ballot.

Rhodes C: Corey Lipschutz (Captain), Mary Madison Tesler, Kelly Schaefer, Sam Holder, Emily Neale, Sammie Fetzer, Veronica Francis, Alec Pollard, and Imran Khan. Rhodes C has been coached by Cole Wyatt.

 

Vanderbilt University B  8 Wins

Vanderbilt University A  7 Wins (CS: 15)

Florida State University A  7 Wins (CS: 14.5)

Rhodes College E  6 Wins

Middle Tennessee State University B  5 Wins (CS: 17 OCS: 66)

University of Texas at Austin C  5 Wins (CS: 17 OCS: 63)

Millsaps College A  5 Wins (CS: 16.5)

Middle Tennessee State University A  5 Wins (CS: 16)

University of Alabama A  4.5 Wins

University of Louisiana Monroe A  4 Wins (CS: 18)

Rhodes College C  4 Wins (CS: 16)


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Following Rhodes B’s successful showing at the Tallahassee regional, the Rhodes A and D teams took their turn, finishing 3rd and 4th respectively at the 22-team Dallas regional qualifier held this past weekend on the University of Texas at Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas. This guarantees the college its other bid to the opening round of the national tournament to be held in Memphis this March. Rhodes A also finished in a 3-way tie for the “Spirit of AMTA” award given to the team which demonstrates the most impressive sportsmanship and civility over the course of the weekend.

Rhodes A defeated St. Thomas University B, University of Texas at Austin B, and University of Texas at Arlington A, also winning a split decision over  Houston Baptist University A. Paul Hubbell won an all-regional attorney award, while Taylor Jackson was top witness in the tournament gaining all-regional honors on both sides of the case. Henry Morris missed an all-regional attorney award by one point.
Rhodes A: Jared Blanton and Paul Hubbell (captains), Taylor Jackson, Alex McGriff, Maggie McGowan, Henry Morris, Lee Sands, Lauren Tesler. Coaches: Mark Pohlmann and Anna Smith

Rhodes D was nearly as impressive. They lost only two ballots in finishing 4th in the tournament. They defeated Southern Methodist University B and University of Houston A, splitting rounds with  Southwestern University A and the host University of Texas at Dallas A. Ian Hunley was the top attorney in the tournament, winning all-regional attorney awards on both sides of the case, while Erin Bailey won an all-regional witness award. Both Elizabeth Ross and Natay Kinzounza came within a point of winning all-regional witness and attorney awards respectively.
Rhodes D: Ian Hunley (Captain), Erin Bailey, Charlie Welsh, Natay Kinzounza, Daniel McGowan, Elizabeth Ross, Joseph Gross, and Kirkwood Vangeli. Coached by Mathew Jehl. 

University of Texas A 8-0
Southern Methodist University A 7-0-1  (combined strength of opponent, 13.5)
Rhodes College A     7-0-1  (cs, 12.5)
Rhodes College D     6-2
Baylor University A     5-2-1


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Rhodes “B” team continued their winning ways, capturing the 20-team Tallahassee Regional tournament held this past weekend. This was the second straight tournament they have won and it secured the college’s first of a possible two bids to the opening round national tournament to be held in Memphis in March. They defeated Eastern Kentucky University A, Central Florida University A, and the host Florida State University B, splitting a round with South Florida University A. Molly Mugford won an all-regional witness award, while teammate Abbie Hicks was named an all-regional witness on both sides of the case. Amelia Yeomelakis won all-regional attorney honors on both sides of the case as well. Rhodes B: Matthew Niegos (captain), Jay Campbell, Nick Cavin, Abbie Hicks, Elena Mosby, Molly Mugford, Amelia Yeomelakis.

 

The bid winners were:

 

Rhodes College B     6-1-1 (19.5 combined strength of opposition)

University of Florida B     6-1-1 (14  c.s.)

University of Tennessee at Knoxville A     6-2

University of Central Florida A     5-2-1 (17.5 c.s.)

Florida State University B     5-2-1 (15 c.s.)

University of Florida A     5-3

Eastern Kentucky University A     4-3-1

 

For complete tournament results click the link below:

 

http://www.collegemocktrial.org/1Tallahassee%20Regional%20Tab%20Summary%20-%20FINAL.pdf


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Three Rhodes Mock Trial teams completed their Invitational seasons this weekend:

Rhodes A competed at the prestigious Downtown Invitational in Brooklyn, New York. Despite narrow losses in split decisions to tournament finalists NYU and UC-Irvine, Rhodes defeated Furman University and University of Michigan to finish in 7th place. Jared Blanton received an award as the Top Attorney in the tournament and Taylor Jackson was the tournaments Top Witness. In this field, these honors are equal to being named the Top Attorney and Witness in the nation.

Rhodes A: Jared Blanton and Paul Hubbell (captains), Taylor Jackson, Alex McGriff, Maggie McGowan, Henry Morris, Lee Sands, Lauren Tesler. Coaches: Mark Pohlmann and Anna Smith

New York University - First
University of California, Irivine - Second
Northwood University - Third
University of California Los Angeles - Fourth
Northwestern University - Fifth
Harvard University - Sixth
Rhodes College - Seventh
Duke University - Eighth

Also competing: Brown University, University of California-Berkeley, Columbia University, Florida State University, Furman University, Miami University, University Michigan, and the University of Virginia. 

The C and D teams also competed this weekend at the Vanderbilt University Commodore Classic. Both teams competed in new configurations and finished in a multi-team tie for eighth place in the 26-team field.  

Rhodes C defeated Vanderbilt University C and University of Illinois B while losing a split decision to the University of Washington A and a full round to Washington University of St. Louis A.

Rhodes D defeated University of Illinois A, University of Central Florida A, split with University of Washington A, and lost a narrow round to Michigan State University A.

Kelly Schaefer and Ian Hunley were both awarded Outstanding Attorney honors.

First Place: Furman University B
Second Place: University of Georgia A
Third Place: Michigan St. University A
Fourth Place: University of Texas A
Fifth Place: Washington University A

Rhodes C: Corey Lipschutz (Captain), Mary Madison Tesler, Kelly Schaefer, Sam Holder, Emily Neale, Samie Fetzer, Veronica Francis, Micah Cohen, Alec Pollard, and Imran Khan.  Coached by Cole Wyatt.

Rhodes D: Ian Hunley (Captain), Erin Bailey, Charlie Welsh, Natay Kinzounza, Daniel McGowan, Breanna Sommers, Elizabeth Ross, Joseph Gross, and Kirkwood Vangeli. Coached by Mathew Jehl. 


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Two of the reconfigured Rhodes College mock trial teams did very well in their first tournament of the 2014 year, finishing first and second at the 20-team University of Missouri invitational held this past weekend in Columbia, Missouri. They also handed the other top 5 finishers their only losses of the weekend.

 

Rhodes B won the tournament with a 7-1 record, defeating Columbia College A, University of Missouri A, Central Missouri University A and splitting a round with Washburn University A. Captain Matthew Niegos won an Outstanding Attorney award, while Molly Mugford was the top witness in the tournament winning an Outstanding Witness award on both sides of the case. Rhodes B: Matthew Niegos (captain), Jay Campbell, Nick Cavin, Abbie Hicks, Trevor Lew, Elena Mosby, Molly Mugford, and Amelia Yeomelakis. Rhodes B is coached by Kevin McCormick and Shayla Purifoy (assisted this weekend by Mark Pohlmann and Anna Smith).

 

Meanwhile, competing with 7 first-year students, Rhodes E also finished with a 7-1 record, finishing second as a result of a slightly lower strength of opposition score. They defeated University of Southern Missouri A, Truman State University A, Washburn University A and splitting a round with Central Missouri University A. Two first-year students won individual awards. Zach Monroe won an Outstanding Attorney award and Jacob Hill was named an Outstanding Witness. Rhodes E: Elizabeth White (captain): Bekah Barr, Henry Castner, Corena Hasselle, Jacob Hill, Alex Howell, Matt Koch, Zach Monroe, and Keri Roberson. Marni Sheps was unable to attend. Rhodes E is coached by Megan Starling (assisted this weekend by Paul Hubbell).

 

(1) Rhodes College B     7-1

(2) Rhodes College E     7-1

(3) University of Missouri A     6-2

(4) Washburn University A     5-3

(5) Central Missouri University A     5-3

 

Rhodes A will return to action this coming weekend at the nation’s most exclusive invitational, the New York University tournament held in Brooklyn. The reconfigured Rhodes C and D teams will compete at the prestigious Vanderbilt University Invitational to be held in Nashville. These will be the final tune-up tournaments before regional qualifiers in February.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, November 25, 2013

All 5 Rhodes mock trial teams competed successfully this past weekend. Rhodes A and B finished a very impressive second at the University of California Invitational held in Irvine, California. Rhodes C, D and E also did quite well on the Rhodes campus at the 3rd annual Rhodes Invitational.

 

The Irvine Invitational is the only tournament all year in which a highly selective group of schools compete with their top two teams in tandem. The 12 invited programs begin divided into four 3-school brackets. Rhodes won its bracket, defeating Miami University and University of California at San Diego. They then advanced to the tournament semi-finals and were successful in defeating the top rated team in the nation, the host team from the University of California at Irvine. Rhodes then met the University of Virginia in the final round. Unfortunately, they came up one point short on one of the six ballots in the final round and finished runner-up in the competition. Rhodes A: Jared Blanton and Paul Hubbell (captains), Maggie McGowan, Alex McGriff, Henry Morris, Lee Sands, Taylor Jackson, and Lauren Tesler. Rhodes A is coached by Mark Pohlmann and Anna Smith. Rhodes B: Matthew Niegos and Amelia Yeomelakis (captains), Bekah Barr, Jay Campbell, Abbie Hicks, Jacob Hill, Ian Hunley, Elena Mosby, and Kelly Schaefer. Rhodes B is coached by Kevin McCormack and Shayla Purifoy.

 

1. University of Virginia

2. Rhodes College

3. University of California at Los Angeles

4. Furman University

5. Miami University

 

Meanwhile, Rhodes finished 4th, 6th and 7th at the Rhodes Invitational. Four Rhodes students won Outstanding Witness Awards: Matt Koch, Annie Rebbe, Elizabeth Ross, and Mary Madison Tesler. Four also won Outstanding Attorney Awards: Elizabeth Ross, Natey Kinzounza, Corey Lipschutz and Zach Monroe.  Rhodes C: Nick Cavin (captain), Erin Bailey, Natey Kinzounza, Matthew Koch, Daniel McGowan, Marni Sheps, Breanna Sommers, Kirkwood Vangelli, and Charlie Welsh. Rhodes C is coached by Matthew Jehl.  Rhodes D: Corey Lipschutz (captain), Micah Cohen, Marissa Evans, Samantha Fetzer, Veronica Francis, Alex Howell, Imran Khan, Alec Pollard, Emily Neale, and Mary Madison Tesler. Rhodes D is coached by Cole Wyatt. Rhodes E: , Elizabeth Ross (captain), Henry Castner, Yan Guo Joseph Gross, Corenna Hasselle, Sam Holder, Trevor Lew, Zach Monroe, Annie Rebbe, Keri Roberson, and Matthew Sterba. Rhodes E is coached by Elizabeth White.

 

Washington University in St. Louis B    8-0             

MTSU A   7-1       

Washington University in St. Louis A    6-2   CS18

Rhodes Team C    6-2   CS15

University of Tennessee A   5-3               

Rhodes Team D    4-4   CS20

Rhodes Team E    4-4   CS12

Millsaps A    2-6       

Mississippi College A    2-6   

University of Tennessee B    2-6

Middle Tennessee State University B   2-6            

Memphis A    0-6      


Monday, November 11, 2013

The Rhodes B, C and D mock trial teams all competed this past weekend. Rhodes B competed at the 20-team “Capital City Invitational” held in Tallahassee, Florida. Teams C and D travelled to Murfreesboro, Tennessee to compete in the oldest running invitational in the country, the 44-team Mid-South Invitational held on the MTSU campus.

Rhodes B defeated Florida State University B, split rounds with Northwood University A and University of North Carolina A, losing only to Penn State University A. Abbie Hicks won an Outstanding Attorney award while Amelia Yeomelakis was named an Outstanding Attorney. Rhodes B: Matthew Niegos and Amelia Yeomelakis (co-captains), Bekah Barr, Jay Campbell, Abbie Hicks, Jacob Hill, Ian Hunley, Elena Mosby, Anne Rebbe, and Kelly Schaefer Flake. Rhodes B is coached by Kevin McCormack and Shayla Purifoy.

Rhodes C had the strongest showing of the weekend. They finished a very respectable 10th place while hitting 3 of their flight’s top 5 teams. Rhodes C beat both University of Louisiana at Monroe A and Vanderbilt University B, before losing to University of Texas A and the undefeated tournament champion, the University of Florida A. Matt Koch missed an Outstanding Attorney award by one point. Rhodes C: Nick Cavin (captain), Erin Bailey, Natey Kinzounza, Matthew Koch, Daniel McGowan, Zach Monroe, Marni Sheps, Breanna Sommers, Kirkwood Vangelli, and Charlie Welsh. Rhodes C is coached by Matthew Jehl.

Rhodes D beat University of Tennessee B, but lost close rounds to Middle Tennessee State University B, Vanderbilt University A, and University of Southern California A. Alec Pollard won an Outstanding Witness award and Mary Madison Tesler came within a point of one. Rhodes D: Corey Lipschutz (captain), Micah Cohen, Marissa Evans, Samantha Fetzer, Veronica Francis, Alex Howell, Imran Khan, Alec Pollard, Emily Neale, and Mary Madison Tesler. Rhodes D is coached by Cole Wyatt and assisted by Maggie McGowan.

In two weeks Rhodes A and B will travel to Long Beach, California to compete at the highly selective University of California – Irvine invitational where all schools must compete in tandem with their A and B squads in order to determine the strongest program. That same weekend, the Rhodes C, D and E teams will compete on the Rhodes campus in the 12-team Blues City Scrimmage.

 

 


 

 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Rhodes A mock trial team performed very well at the elite 18-team Great American Mock Trial Tournament held this past weekend in Washington, D.C.  Rhodes defeated Duke University, Columbia University, and the University of Virginia, losing only to Furman University. That performance left them in a 4-way tie for first place. As a result of a strength of opponent tie breaker, Rhodes ended up placing third. Taylor Jackson won an outstanding witness award and was named the top witness in the tournament. Rhodes A: Jared Blanton and Paul Hubbell (captains), Maggie McGowan, Alex McGriff, Henry Morris, Lee Sands, Taylor Jackson, and Lauren Tesler. Rhodes A is coached by Mark Pohlmann and Anna Smith.

 

1. University of Virginia A     11-5

2. Furman University A    11-5

3. Rhodes College A     11-5

4. University of Virginia B     11-5

5. Penn State University A     10-5-1

6. New York University A     10-6

7. University of California at Berkeley A     9-7

8. Harvard University A     9-7

9. Yale University A     8-8

10. Washington University of St. Louis A     7-8-1

11. Columbia University A   7-9  

12. University of California at Los Angeles A   7-9    

13. Northwestern University A   7-9

14. Miami (Ohio) University A   6-9-1

15. Florida State University A   5-11

16. Duke University A   5-11

17. University of Michigan A   5-11

18. American University A   3-12-1

 

As a footnote, a miscalculation was discovered at the earlier University of Georgia Invitational held in Atlanta. That miscalculation left Rhodes A in 4th instead of 6th place.

 

1. Furman University A     7-1

2. University of Georgia A     6-1-1

3. Southern Methodist University A     6-2

4. Rhodes College A     6-2 (cs 19.5)

5. Harvard University A     6-2 (cs 19)

6. Vanderbilt University A     6-2 (cs 19)

 

 

 


 

Monday, October 28, 2013

 

 

 

The Rhodes mock trial season continued this weekend at the highly competitive 22-team Kentucky Classic invitational held at the Hall of Justice in Louisville. Between the two teams competing, 11 of the participating students were first years.  

 

Rhodes B defeated the University of Iowa and split close rounds with Duke University A, Vanderbilt University C, and Eastern Kentucky University A, finishing in 4th place with a 5-3 record.  Captain Matthew Niegos and newcomer Anne Rebbe, narrowly missed winning outstanding attorney and witness awards by one point.  Rhodes B: Matthew Niegos and Amelia Yeomelakis (captains), Bekah Barr, Jay Campbell, Abbie Hicks, Jacob Hill, Ian Hunley, Elena Mosby, Anne Rebbe, and Kelly Schaefer. Rhodes B is coached by Kevin McCormack and Shayla Purifoy.

 

Rhodes D faced a brutal schedule, going up against teams laden with veteran competitors.  Once again, the new class of mock trial students continued to impress, holding their own against some of top teams in the country. The nine freshmen and one junior finished with split rounds against Miami University A, University of Georgia B, and Loyola University A, and a narrow loss to Vanderbilt University A.   Alec Pollard was just one point shy of winning an outstanding witness award in his very first tournament. Rhodes D: Corey Lipschutz (captain), Micah Cohen, Marissa Evans, Samantha Fetzer, Veronica Francis, Alex Howell, Imran Khan, Alec Pollard, Emily Neale, and Mary Madison Tesler. Rhodes D is coached by Cole Wyatt, assisted this weekend by Maggie McGowan.

 

1. Bellarmine University A     7-1

2. University of Georgia A     6-1-1

3. Penn State  A   6-2 

4. Rhodes College  B   5-3 (cs 16, ocs 71)

5. Vanderbilt University C    5-3 (cs 16, ocs 66.5)

 

Honorable Mention: Miami University A   5-3 (cs 14)

 

Rhodes A travels this weekend to the prestigious Great American Mock Trial Invitational in Washington D.C.

 

 


 

 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

 

 

The Rhodes mock trial season began this past weekend at the highly competitive 26-team University of Georgia invitational held at the Fulton County Court House in Atlanta. Given the number of new faces and the fact that they had only been together for a week and a half of practices, both teams showed considerable promise.

 

Rhodes A defeated University of Richmond A and got some sweet revenge by beating the reigning national champions, Florida State University A, the team they had lost to in last year’s national championship round. They split their rounds with Harvard University A and University of Georgia A, both top 5 finishers, ending up in 4th place with a 6-2 record. Taylor Jackson was the top witness in the tournament, winning the first of what we fully expect to be many outstanding witness awards. Paul Hubbell missed an outstanding attorney award by a point. Rhodes A: Jared Blanton and Paul Hubbell (captains), Maggie McGowan, Alex McGriff, Henry Morris, Lee Sands, Taylor Jackson, and Lauren Tesler. Rhodes A is coached by Mark Pohlmann and Anna Smith.

 

Rhodes C competed with 9 first-year students and a sophomore. Despite their nearly complete lack of college-level experience, minimal practice, and the overall strength of the competition at this particular tournament, they demonstrated why this is the most talented in-coming class in recent Rhodes mock trial history. They came out of the gate swinging, handily defeating Indiana University’s A team. They did so well that their finish then bought them a date with the ultimate tournament champion, Furman University A. They lost that round but then gamely stayed up half the night correcting problems. The next morning they spilt their round with University of Alabama at Birmingham’s A team, coming within a technicality of winning both ballots. On the verge of possibly placing in their very first tournament, unfortunately they ran out of gas Sunday afternoon and lost to Kennesaw State University A, a team they know they could have beaten. Nevertheless, there were many bright spots including Matthew Koch winning an outstanding witness award in his very first tournament. Rhodes C: Nick Cavin (captain), Erin Bailey, Natey Kinzounza, Matthew Koch, Daniel McGowan, Zach Monroe, Marni Sheps, Breanna Sommers, Kirkwood Vangelli, and Charlie Welsh. Rhodes C is coached by Matthew Jehl, assisted this weekend by Amelia Yeomelakis.

 

1. Furman University A     7-1

2. University of Georgia A     6-1-1

3. Southern Methodist University     6-2 (combined wins of opponents: 20)

4. Rhodes College A     6-2 (cs 19.5)

5. Harvard University A     6-2 (cs 19)

6. Vanderbilt University A     6-2 (cs 19)

 

Rhodes B and D teams will have their first tournament this coming weekend in Louisville, Kentucky.

 


 

 

 

 

 

Monday, April 15, 2013

 

Rhodes College had its best national tournament finish in more than 10 years. Rhodes A is the now the national runner up and look to be rated 2nd in the nation to begin next season. They won their 24-team flight but lost a split round to Florida State University for the national championship. Meanwhile, Rhodes B also managed a top 10 finish, finishing in 5th place in their 24-team flight. Rhodes B looks to begin next season rank 17th.

 

Rhodes A won their flight with victories over Washington University of St. Louis, Yale University and Columbia University. Their only loss was a split decision to the University of Michigan. Matthew Jehl won an All-American attorney award, while Pauline Dyer was named an All-American witness. Rhodes A: Matthew Jehl (captain), Jared Blanton, Pauline Dyer, Paul Hubbell, Ian Hunley, Taylor Jackson, Elena Mosby, Kelly Schaefer-Flake, Lauren Tesler, and James Todd. Rhodes A was coached by Mark Pohlmann and Anna Smith.

 

Rhodes B got off to a rough start. Their flight was delayed, and they ended up spending the night on the floor of the Atlanta airport. Working on very little sleep, they lost a split decision in their opening round to the ultimate national champions from Florida State. They then rallied to defeat Fordham University, Drexel University and the University of Illinois. Had they managed one more point on one ballot  and two on another, it would have been a Rhodes versus Rhodes national final round. Matthew Niegos won an All-American attorney award. Rhodes B: William Lay (captain), Nicole Huguley, Maggie McGowan, Alex McGriff, Allison Miller, Henry Morris, Molly Mugford, Matthew Niegos. Cole Wyatt, and Amelia Yeomelakis. Rhodes B has been coached by Kevin McCormack and Megan Starling, with the able assistance of Ben Morrell and Shayla Purifoy.

 

The event began with an address by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ellen Kagan. It is worth noting that only one school’s “B” team managed a top ten finish this year. Lastly, I would be remiss if I did not mention that two Rhodes competitors nearly joined their 3 teammates (Matthew Jehl, Matthew Niegos, and Pauline Dyer) as All-Americans. Both Rhodes B members Maggie McGowan and Amelia Yeomelakis came within one rank point of attaining All-American honors as well.

 

MUELLER DIVISION Top Ten

1  Rhodes College A

2  University of Virginia A

3  University of Michigan A

4  University of California, San Diego A

5. Harvard University A

6. Furman University A

7. Columbia University A

8. Miami University A

9. Wheaton College A

10. Washington University, St. Louis A Account Options>

 

 

NAPOLITANO DIVISION Top Ten

1  Florida State University A

2  University of California, Los Angeles A

3  University of California, Irvine A

4  New York University A

5. Rhodes College B

6. University of California, Berkeley A

7. Brown University A

8. Northwestern University A

9. Duke College A

10. Georgetown University A

 

For complete tournament results, see:

 

http://www.collegemocktrial.org/Robert%20S%20Mueller%20Division%20NCT29%202013%20final.pdf

 

http://www.collegemocktrial.org/Janet%20Napolitano%20Division%20NCT29%202013%20FINAL.pdf

 

 


 

 

Monday, February 25, 2013

 

Rhodes will in fact be taking their maximum allowed 2 teams to the Memphis opening round of the national championship tournament to be held the weekend of March 22-24 in the Shelby County Court House. Both Rhodes B and C teams qualified at this past weekend’s 22-team regional qualifier held in Jackson, Mississippi. As was the case last weekend in Dallas, the top 7 teams won bids.

 

Rhodes B beat Southern Methodist C, University of Mississippi B, and Middle Tennessee State University A, losing only to the second place finisher, the University of Alabama at Birmingham A. Captain William Lay was named an All-Regional Attorney. Rhodes B: William Lay (captain), Nicole Huguley, Maggie McGowan, Henry Morris, Molly Mugford, Elizabeth White, Cole Wyatt, and Amelia Yeomelakis. Rhodes B is coached by Kevin McCormack and Megan Starling.

 

Rhodes C defeated Mississippi College A, Millsaps College A, and the University of Memphis A, losing only to the undefeated tournament champion, Vanderbilt University B. Captain Alex McGriff won an All-Regional Attorney award, while Victoria Lykins was named an All-Regional Witness in her first mock trial regional. Rhodes C: Alex McGriff (captain), Abby Hicks, Ian Hunley, Corey Lipschutz, Victoria Lykins, Elizabeth Ross and Chip Slawson. Rhodes C has been coached by Shayla Purifoy.

 

        Vanderbilt University B     8-0

        University of Alabama – Birmingham     7-1

        Vanderbilt University A     7-1

        University of Alabama A     7-1

        Middle Tennessee State University B     6-2

        Rhodes College C     6-2

        Rhodes College B     5-2-1

        HM: Southern Methodist University C     5-2-1

 

The coaches will now reconfigure our A and B teams in preparation for the national tournament, as we vie to win an unprecedented 27th consecutive trip to the national finals to be held this year in Washington, D.C.

 

 


 

 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Rhodes A performed successfully at their 24-team regional qualifying tournament held this past weekend in Dallas, Texas. This allowed Rhodes to gain the first of two possible bids the college can attain to the opening round of the national championship tournament to be held in Memphis next month. Rhodes A swept Southwestern University B, Collin College B and the host University of Texas at Dallas A before splitting a round with University of New Mexico A. This was good for a 3rd place finish in a tournament where the top 7 finishers move on. Both Matthew Jehl and Jared Blanton won All-Regional Attorney awards. Rhodes A: Matthew Jehl (captain), Jared Blanton, Pauline Dyer, Paul Hubbell, Taylor Jackson, Lauren Tesler, and James Todd. Rhodes A is coached by Mark Pohlmann and Anna Smith.

 

Rhodes D just missed advancing. They soundly defeated the University of New Mexico B, lost a close round to the undefeated tournament champion from Southern Methodist University, and split a round with the host University of Texas at Dallas A. This put them against Baylor University A, in a battle for the last national tournament bid from this regional. Rhodes D beat Baylor on one ballot but lost the other by a point. If they had won the second ballot they would have garnered the college’s second bid. Instead, the split knocked both teams out of bid contention. Allison Miller won an All-Regional Witness award, while both Rachel Harris and Nick Cavin came within one rank of that same award. Rhodes D: Matthew Niegos (captain), Bekah Barr, Jay Campbell, Nick Cavin, Rachel Harris, Allison Miller, Elena Mosby and Kelly Schaefer-Flake. Rhodes D is coached by Ben Morrell.

 

  1.  Southern Methodist University B     8-0

  2.  Southern Methodist University A     7-1  (strength of opposition of 18.5)

  3.  Rhodes College A     7-1  (16)

  4.  University of Texas at Austin B     7-1  (15.5)

  5.  University of St. Thomas A     6-2

  6.  University of Texas at Dallas A     5-3  (18)

  7.  University of Texas at Austin A     5-3  (17.5)

  8.  Baylor University A     5-3  (15)

  9.  Rhodes College D     4-4  (21)

10.  University of New Mexico A     4-4 (17.5)

 

The Rhodes B and C teams will take their shot at acquiring the college’s second bid when they travel to Jackson, Mississippi this coming weekend to compete in that regional qualifier.

 


 

Monday, January 28, 2013

We are very proud to announce that the Rhodes College A team went undefeated to win the Downtown Invitational Classic held this past weekend in Brooklyn, New York. Rhodes A won the nation’s most selective and prestigious mock trial tournament by defeating Furman University, University of Maryland, and University of California – Berkeley. They then tied the reigning national champion Duke University in the 4th round, returning Monday morning to face and defeat Duke in the championship round. Matthew Jehl won an outstanding attorney award, and both Jared Blanton and Lauren Tesler won outstanding witness awards.

 

    1st        Rhodes College

    2nd       Duke University

    3rd       Harvard University

    4th        University of California – Berkeley

    5th        Northwood University

    6th        Miami University

    7th        University of California – Los Angeles

    8th        University of California – Irvine

 

The rest of the field (in alphabetical order): Brown University, Furman University, University of Maryland, New York University, Northwestern University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas, and University of Virginia.

 

Rhodes A: Matthew Jehl (captain), Jared Blanton, Pauline Dyer, Paul Hubbell, Taylor Jackson, Lauren Tesler, and James Todd.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

 

Three of the newly configured Rhodes “regional teams” all performed admirably at this past weekend’s 24-team select invitational tournament held at Vanderbilt University. This was the tune-up before their respective regional qualifying tournaments in February.

 

Rhodes B finished in a very respectable 7th place. They defeated the University of Georgia B and Washington University of St. Louis A, splitting a round with University of Washington B and dropping a split decision to the tournament champions, University of Washington A.  Rhodes B: William Lay (captain), Nicole Huguley, Maggie McGowan, Henry Morris, Molly Mugford, Elizabeth White, Cole Wyatt, and Amelia Yeomelakis. Rhodes B is coached by Kevin McCormack and Megan Starling. Their regional tournament will be in Jackson, Mississippi the last weekend of February.

 

Rhodes C had a bit harder time of it, finishing with a 3-5 record, although each round was quite close. They defeated University of Georgia C, split a round with Drake University A, but lost to University of Washington B and Bowling Green State University A. Rhodes C: Alex McGriff (captain), Abby Hicks, Ian Hunley, Corey Lipschutz, Victoria Lykins, Elizabeth Ross and Chip Slawson. Rhodes C is coached by Shayla Purifoy. They will join Rhodes B in Jackson, Mississippi the last weekend of February.

 

Rhodes D was the surprise of the weekend. They were undefeated and leading the entire tournament going into the final round. Up to that point they had beaten Eastern Kentucky University B, University of Iowa A and Bowling Green State University A. They then fell to the tournament champion, University of Washington A, finishing in a very impressive 4th place. Team captain Matthew Niegos won an Outstanding Attorney award, while first-year witness Jay Campbell won an Outstanding Witness award. Rhodes D: Matthew Niegos (captain), Bekah Barr, Jay Campbell, Nick Cavin, Rachel Harris, Allison Miller, Elena Mosby and Kelly Schaefer-Flake. Rhodes D is coached by Ben Morrell. They will accompany Rhodes A to the Dallas regional the third weekend of February.

 

    1st    University of Washington A     6-0-2

    2nd    Miami University B     6-2  (strength of opposition, 18)

    3rd    Miami University A     6-2  (soo, 15.5)

    4th    Rhodes College D     6-2  (soo, 15)

    5th    University of Washington B     6-2  (soo, 14.5)

    6th    University of Chicago A     6-2  (soo, 14)

    7th    Rhodes College B     5-2-1

 

Rhodes A heads to Brooklyn, New York this coming weekend to face the top teams in the nation at the premier invitational tournament of the year. Rhodes A: Matthew Jehl (captain), Jared Blanton, Pauline Dyer, Paul Hubbell, Taylor Jackson, Lauren Tesler, and James Todd. Rhodes A is coached by Mark Pohlmann and Anna Smith.

 

 

 


 

 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Rhodes A team performed well at this past weekend’s 24-team Tobacco Road invitational tournament held in Durham, North Carolina. Rhodes defeated teams from Miami University, Duke University and the University of Michigan, losing only to the tournament champion from the University of Virginia. Matthew Jehl won an Outstanding Attorney award, while James Todd won an Outstanding Witness award. Lauren Tesler missed a witness award by just one point. Rhodes A (for this tournament): Matthew Jehl (captain), Jared Blanton, Paul Hubbell, Nicole Huguley, Taylor Jackson, William Lay, Lauren Tesler, and James Todd. Pauline Dyer was unable to attend. Rhodes A is coached by Anna Smith and Marcus Pohlmann.

University of Virginia     7-1

Vanderbilt University     6-2 (combined strength of opponents = 18.5)

Rhodes College     6-2 (cs 17)

Columbia University     6-2 (cs 16.5)

George Washington University     5-3 (cs 18.5)

Case Western University     5-3 (cs 14)

Washington & Lee University     5-3 (cs 11)

Eastern Kentucky University     4-2-1 (cs 19)

University of Tennessee     4-2-1 (cs 16.5)

Elon University     4-2-1 (cs 16)

 

 


 

 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Rhodes finished first, second and third at the 2nd annual “Blues City Scrimmage in the South” held on the Rhodes campus. Ten teams from five different schools vied at this past weekend’s competition. Rhodes team members also won several individual awards.

Rhodes Black went undefeated and won the tournament. They defeated the A teams from Middle Tennessee State University, University of Memphis, Millsaps College, and Mississippi College. Nicole Huguley, Allison Miller and Ian Hunley all won Outstanding Witness awards, while William Lay and Amelia Yeomelakis had perfect scores and were the top attorneys in the tournament. Rhodes Black: Elena Mosby (captain), Nick Cavin, Nicole Huguley, Ian Hunley, William Lay, Allison Miller and Amelia Yeomelakis. (Nicole Huguley substituted for Rachel Harris who was unable to participate.) Rhodes Black is coached by Kevin McCormack.

 

Rhodes Red won 7 of their 8 ballots and finished second. Rhodes Red defeated Middle Tennessee State University B, University of Memphis B and Millsaps College B, splitting a round with Middle Tennessee State University A. Victoria Lykins, Henry Morris and Arthur Headley each won Outstanding Witness awards, while Maggie McGowan won an Outstanding Attorney award. Rhodes Red: Maggie McGowan (captain), Arthur Headley, Victoria Lykins, Henry Morris, Brooke Rose, Elizabeth Ross, Kelly Shaefer-Flake and Elizabeth White. Rhodes A is coached by Shayla Purifoy and Megan Starling.

 

Rhodes White also won 7 of 8 ballots, although they had a slightly weaker strength of opposition than their Red counterpart. Like Rhodes Red, Rhodes White split ballots with Middle Tennessee State University A, but they then defeated Mississippi College A, Millsaps College B and University of Memphis B. Abbie Hicks won an Outstanding Witness award and Bekah Barr won an Outstanding Attorney award. Rhodes White: Matthew Niegos (captain), Rebecca Barr, Jay Campbell, Alexa Cline, Abbie Hicks, Corey Lipschutz, and Alex McGriff. (Molly Mugford was unable to participate.) Rhodes White is coached by Ben Morrell and Bill Monroe.

 

    Rhodes Black     8-0

    Rhodes Red       7-1 (combined strength of opposition: 14)

    Rhodes White    7-1 (combined strength of opposition: 10)

    MTSU B             6-2

    MTSU A             4-4

 

Rhodes A concludes this Fall’s invitational season when it travels to Duke University in two weeks to compete in the select Tobacco Road invitational tournament. Meanwhile, the above three teams will be recombined in preparation for the regional qualifying tournaments in February. The third weekend of January will find two of those reconstituted teams competing at a final invitational tournament on the Vanderbilt campus, while the third of the new teams will travel to the University of Missouri for its final tune-up event.

 

 

 


 

 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Rhodes 3 developmental teams competed this past weekend at the 42-team Mid-South Mock Invitational Tournament held at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.

 

Rhodes  Black defeated Samford University A and Middle Tennessee State University B, split a round with University of Tennessee B, losing to the tournament champion, Vanderbilt University A. This earned them a 15th place finish. William Lay won an Outstanding Attorney award, one of 5 attorneys to get a perfect score of 20 ranks. Allison Miller won an Outstanding Witness award, tying with two other competitors for top witness in the tournament.  Rhodes Black: Elena Mosby (captain), Nick Cavin, Rachel Harris, Ian Hunley, William Lay, Allison Miller and Amelia Yeomelakis. Rhodes Black is coached by Kevin McCormack.

 

Rhodes Red split rounds with all 4 of their opponents: University of Central Florida A, Cornell College A, Emory University B, and Kennesaw State University B. This was good for 19th place. Rhodes Red: Maggie McGowan (captain), Rochelle Gillenson , Arthur Headley, Victoria Lykins, Henry Morris, Brooke Rose, Elizabeth Ross, Kelly Shaefer-Flake and Elizabeth White. Rhodes A is coached by Shayla Purifoy and Megan Starling.

 

Rhodes White defeated Miles College A and Central Florida University C, losing to University of Alabama A and University of Georgia C. This resulted in a 23rd place finish. Matthew Niegos won an Outstanding Attorney award. Rhodes White: Paul Hubbell (captain), Rebecca Barr, Jay Campbell, Alexa Cline, Abbie Hicks, Corey Lipschutz, Molly Mugford, and Matthew Niegos. Rhodes White is coached by Ben Morrell and Bill Monroe.

 

    Mid-South Invitational Mock Trial Tournament 

        1.  Vanderbilt University A   7-1

        2.  Vanderbilt University B   7-1

        3.  University of Central Florida A   7-1

        4.  University of Georgia A   6-2

        5.  Fresno State University A   6-2

        6.  University of Georgia B   6-2

        7.  Emory University B   6-2

        8.  Wheaton College A   5-2-1

        9.  Emory University A   5-2-1

      10.  University of Alabama Birmingham B   5-2-1

      11.  University of Tennessee A   5-2-1

      12.  University of Alabama Birmingham A   5-3

      13.  Vanderbilt University C   5-3

      14.  University of Georgia C   5-3

      15.  Rhodes College Black   5-3

      16.  Cornell College A   5-3

      17.  University of Florida A   4-3-1

      18.  Wheaton College B   4-3-1

      19.  Rhodes College Red   4-4

      20.  Kennesaw State University B   4-4

 

 

 


 

 

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Rhodes College A team finished in a respectable tie for 10th place at the Great American invitational mock trial tournament held this past weekend in Washington, D.C. The tournament was a highly selective competition in which only the top rated teams in the nation were invited.

 

Rhodes A defeated Columbia University A and Northwood University A, losing to Harvard University A and UCLA A. Pauline Dyer came within a point of winning an Outstanding Witness award. Rhodes A: Matthew Jehl (captain), Jared Blanton, Pauline Dyer, Nicole Huguley, Emily Hutson, Taylor Jackson, Lauren Tesler, and James Todd. Rhodes A is coached by Anna Smith and Marcus Pohlmann.

 

      1.   University of Virginia A

      2.   Harvard University A

      3    University of Michigan A

      4.   Duke University A

      5.   University of Georgia A

      6.   University of Maryland A

      7.   Eastern Kentucky University A

      8.   University of California, Los Angeles A

      9.   University of California, Berkeley (662) A

    10.   Loyola University--Chicago A, American University A, University of Virginia B, 
            Rhodes College A

 

Rhodes A returns to competition at the Duke University invitational to be held in Durham, North Carolina the weekend after Thanksgiving.

 

 


 

 

Monday, October 29, 2012 

With a group half of which were first-time competitors, Rhodes other two developmental teams swung into action at the 22-team Kentucky Classic invitational tournament held this past weekend in Louisville.

 

Rhodes “Black” team had the most success, finishing in a 4-way tie for 6th place. The defeated Vanderbilt University B and Eastern Kentucky University B, while splitting rounds with Cincinnati University A and Bellarmine University B. Rachel Harris won an Outstanding Witness award in her first college-level tournament. Rhodes Black: Elena Mosby (captain), Nick Cavin, Rachel Harris, Ian Hunley, William Lay, Allison Miller and Amelia Yeomelakis. Rhodes Black is coached by Kevin McCormack.

 

Rhodes “White” team was a little less successful, although their strength of opposition was pretty tough, especially for a first time out. They beat Lewis University A and split with Bellarmine University B, losing to Loyola University A and Cincinnati University A. Captain Paul Hubbell won an Outstanding Attorney award. Rhodes White: Paul Hubbell (captain), Rebecca Barr, Jay Campbell, Alexa Cline, Abbie Hicks, Corey Lipschutz, Molly Mugford, Matthew Niegos, and Jarmonique Smith. Rhodes White is coached by Ben Morrell and Bill Monroe.

 

Rhodes A will return to action this coming weekend in Washington, D.C. at the nation’s second most competitive invitational (the most competitive being the New York City invitational they will attend in January).  The Rhodes Red, Black and White teams will compete 2 weeks from now at Middle Tennessee State University.  

    Kentucky Classic

    1.  Eastern Kentucky University A

    2.  Miami University B

    3.  UCLA B

    4.  Loyola University A

    5.  Loyola University B

    6.  Furman University A, Vanderbilt University A, Cincinnati University A, 
        Rhodes College Black

 

 

 


 

 

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Rhodes mock trial program got off to a very good start this past weekend. The Rhodes A team went undefeated, winning the 24-team University of Georgia invitational held at the Fulton County Justice Center in Atlanta. Meanwhile, the youngest of our 3 developmental teams finished with a quite respectable 4-4 record and a 12th place finish at the 30-team Washington University invitational held in St. Louis.

 

Atlanta, Georgia

Despite having only two weeks to prepare, Rhodes won the 24-team University of Georgia invitational, defeating Washington and Lee A, both Bellarmine University teams, and University of Florida A. Emily Hutson won an Outstanding Attorney award, while Pauline Dyer won an Outstanding Witness award.  Matthew Jehl (attorney) and Lauren Tesler (witness) each missed an individual award by a single point. Rhodes A: Matthew Jehl (captain), Jared Blanton, Pauline Dyer, Emily Hutson, Taylor Jackson, Lauren Tesler, and James Todd. Nicole Huguley and Cole Wyatt were unable to attend. Rhodes A is coached by Anna Smith and Marcus Pohlmann. 

        University of Georgia Invitational

        1. Rhodes College A

        2. Southern Methodist University A

        3. University of Georgia B

        4. Bellarmine University A

        5. Washington and Lee University A

        6. Bellarmine University B

        7. University of Tennessee A

 

St. Louis, Missouri

With only two weeks to prepare and 5 first-time mockers to get up to speed, Rhodes “Red” lost to the Washington University team which went undefeated and won the this year’s tournament. They also lost that same day to last year’s tournament champions from the University of Pennsylvania. They then rallied gamely on day two, defeating University of Dallas A and University of Illinois A. Elizabeth White came within a point of an Outstanding Attorney award.  Rhodes Red: Maggie McGowan (captain), Arthur Headley, Victoria Lykins, Henry Morris, Brooke Rose, Elizabeth Ross, Kelly Shaefer-Flake and Elizabeth White. Rochelle Gillenson could not attend. Rhodes A is coached by Shayla Purifoy and Megan Starling. 

         Washington University Invitational

        1.   Washington University B

        2.   Washington University C

        3.   University of Pennsylvania A

        4.   University of Iowa B

        5.   University of Iowa A

        6.   Middle Tennessee State University B

        7.   Cornell College A

        8.   Washington University A

        9.   Loyola University of Chicago A

        10. Cornell College B

        11. University of Texas at Austin B

        12. Rhodes College Red

        13. Middle Tennessee State University A

        14. Drake University A

        15. University of Illinois B

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Rhodes is pleased to announce our new ORC tournament sponsor: the Jackson Lewis law firm.

For information about tournament sponsorship please contact Marcus Pohlmann at pohlmann@rhodes.edu.

 

 

 


 

 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Rhodes College returned to the nation’s Elite Top Ten for the third consecutive year, finishing 5th in flight at this year’s 28th annual national mock trial finals held in Minneapolis. Having gone undefeated at both regionals and in the opening rounds of nationals, the team lost a close round to the top-seeded team from the University of California-Irvine. Rhodes then rallied to win their next three rounds, however, defeating the University of Southern California, Michigan State University, and Northwood University to achieve their 6-2 record. Team captain Thomas Cull was named an All-American Attorney.

 

The team overcame a bit of adversity on the drive to Minneapolis. Their defendant, Kristin Rempe, became ill and had to return to Memphis. Nonetheless, first-year student Lauren Tesler stepped in beautifully. She joins Pauline Dyer as one of the only first-year students ever to compete for Rhodes A in a national tournament.

 

Also impressive was the fact that 5 of the 6 teams that qualified out of the Memphis opening rounds managed to place at the national finals. Besides Rhodes, this list included University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Middle Tennessee State University, Northwestern University, and the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

 

Rhodes A: Thomas Cull (captain), Jared Blanton, Pauline Dyer, Paul Hubbell,
Emily Hutson, Matthew Jehl, Ben Morrell, Matthew Niegos, Kristin Rempe,
Lauren Tesler, Cole Wyatt.

 

Thomas Cull and Ben Morrell graduate and will be sorely missed. However, the rest of the group returns intact and very much intends to extend their winning ways at the 29th annual finals in Washington, D.C. next year.

 

For a full summary of this year’s tournament, see http://www.collegemocktrial.org/mock/results_nationals.php

 

 


 

 

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Rhodes record for national championship tournament appearances has been extended to 26 consecutive years. As they had done at their regional tournament in Jackson, MS, Rhodes A once again went undefeated to win the 24-team Memphis Opening Round National Tournament, earning their bid to this year’s national finals to be held in Minneapolis three weeks from now. Rhodes A defeated the University of St. Thomas A, the University of Washington B, Southern Methodist University A, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham A. Team captain Thomas Cull also won an Outstanding Attorney award. Rhodes A: Thomas Cull (captain), Jared Blanton, Pauline Dyer, Matthew Jehl, Ben Morrell, Kristin Rempe, Elizabeth White, and Cole Wyatt. Rhodes A is coached by Anna Smith and Marcus Pohlmann.

 

Rhodes B, competing with 5 first-year students, narrowly missed advancing as well. They split rounds with both Southern Methodist University B and Wheaton College A, before ousting University of Georgia B in round three. That pitted them against a veteran A-team the University of Tennessee with a bid to Minneapolis at stake. Unfortunately, Rhodes B came up a handful of points short in a very hard fought round. Rhodes B: Alex McGriff (captain), Devin Bos, Nicole Huguley, Emily Hutson, Taylor Jackson, William Lay, Allison Miller, Matthew Niegos, Lauren Tesler, and Amelia Yeomelakis. Rhodes B was coached by Shayla Purifoy and Kevin McCormack.

 

Qualifying Teams

Rhodes College A 8-0

University of Alabama at Birmingham A 6-2 (combined strength of opponent 18)

University of Texas at Austin A 6-2 (cs of 16, opponents’ combined strength 78)

Middle Tennessee State University A 6-2 (cs of 16, ocs of 67)

Northwestern University A 6-2 (cs 15)

University of Tennessee A 6-2 (cs 12.5)

 

Honorable Mention

University of Washington A 5-3 (cs 19)

Southern Methodist University A 5-3 (cs 19)

University of Portland A 5-3 (cs 15.5)

 

 


 

  

Memphis and Rhodes to host AMTA National Championship Tournament again in 2012

Memphis has once again been chosen as one of eight opening round sites for the 2012 American Mock Trial Association National Championship Tournament. More than 200 students representing 24 qualifying teams will attend the weekend of March 23-25. The 3 regional sites which feed our tournament are Portland, OR, Jackson, MS, and Houston, TX. Besides two teams from Rhodes, among the teams attending will be a team from the University of Texas at Austin, two teams from the University of Washington, and two teams from the University of Georgia.

 

The weekend will begin with registration and an opening ceremony on Friday, March 23rd and will conclude with an awards ceremony on Sunday, March 25th. All rounds will take place in the Shelby County Court House and are all are open to the public free of charge.

 

For more information about the American Mock Trial Association National Championship Tournament and times for the different rounds, select the link below.

 

 


 

 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Rhodes had another strong showing this past weekend at the 26-team Jackson, Mississippi regional qualifier. The Rhodes A and B teams finished 2nd and 3rd respectively, and their team members walked away with 7 of the 20 individual awards. Rhodes 4 teams won 28 out of 32 ballots across their two regional tournaments this year.

 

Rhodes A went undefeated, winning unanimous rounds against Auburn University B, University of Alabama at Birmingham B, Miles College A, and University of Memphis A. Team captain Thomas Cull won an All-Regional Attorney award, while Cole Wyatt won an All-Regional Witness award. First-year student Lauren Tesler, pinch hitting for Pauline Dyer, was tied for top witness in the tournament as she captured her first All-Regional Witness award. Rhodes A: Thomas Cull (captain), Jared Blanton, (Pauline Dyer), Emily Hutson, Matthew Jehl, Jen Kotrady, Ben Morrell, Lauren Tesler, and Cole Wyatt. Rhodes A was coached by Anna Smith and Marcus Pohlmann.

Rhodes B split a round with University of Georgia B, then defeated Samford University A, University of Mississippi A, and the hosts from Mississippi College A. Devin Bos and William Lay won All-Regional Attorney awards, while Taylor Jackson and Nicole Huguley won A-Regional Witness awards. Rhodes B: Alex McGriff (captain), Devin Bos, Nicole Huguley, Taylor Jackson, William Lay, Allison Miller, and Amelia Yeomelakis. Rhodes B was coached by Shayla Purifoy.

The 8 Jackson Regional qualifiers were:

 

1. University of Alabama at Birmingham A 8-0 CS 14.5

2. Rhodes College A 8-0 CS 13

3. Rhodes College B 7-1

4. University of Mississippi A 6-2

5. University of Georgia D 5-3 CS 20.5

6. University of Georgia B 4-2-2 CS 20

7. University of Mississippi B 5-3 CS 13.5

8. Southern Methodist University C 4-3-1 CS 22.5

 

Next up is the opening round of the 2012 National Championship Tournament. Rhodes A and B will reconstitute into their national configurations and compete in Memphis the weekend of March 23-25.

 

 

 


  

 

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Rhodes C and D teams performed quite impressively, finishing 2nd and 6th respectively at this past weekend’s Kansas City regional qualifying tournament. Their success guarantees the college its two bids to the Opening Round of the National Championship Tournament to be held next month. Kristen Rempe was named the tournament’s top witness.

 

Rhodes C, which had swept through the Mid-Missouri invitational undefeated a few weeks earlier, was nearly as successful this time. They defeated Luther College A and University of Missouri B, split with Central Missouri University A, and then defeated the A team from the host University of Missouri Kansas City. Rhodes C was comprised of Elizabeth White (captain), Olivia Carman, Alexa Cline, Nancy Gao, Micah Leonard, C.J. Lewis, Corey Lipschutz, Matthew Niegos, and James Todd. Rhodes C coaches were Kevin McCormack and Aaron Flynn.

 

Rhodes D also did extremely well, splitting with Northwest Missouri State University A and Truman State University A, but then winning out over the U.S. Air Force Academy C and a very strong Drake University A team. Making up Rhodes D were Elena Mosby (captain), Christian Baum, Clayton Christian, Rochelle Gillenson, Paul Hubbell, Maggie McGowan, Kristin Rempe, Julia Robbins, and Elizabeth Ross. Rhodes D was coached by David Goudie and Kashan Pathan.

 

Kansas City Regional Bid Winners

 

1. University of Iowa B 7-1

2. Rhodes College C 7-1

3. University of Iowa A 7-1

4. Central Missouri University A 6-2

5. St. Louis University A 6-2

6. Rhodes College D 6-2

7. Truman State University B 6-2

8. Drake University B 5-3

 

The Rhodes A and B teams compete in two weeks at the Jackson, Mississippi regional qualifier.

 

 


 

 

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Rhodes A mock trial team performed well at the "Downtown Invitational Tournament" held in Brooklyn, New York this weekend. Rhodes finished a very respectable 8th place in a tournament that featured pretty much all the top teams in the country. Rhodes A defeated the University of Washington and the University of Texas, dropped a very close split decision to the host school from New York Univesity, and then lost a very tough round to Univesity of California-Berkeley. Had they beaten Berkeley, they would have been in the final round against UCLA. Team captain Thomas Cull won an Outstanding Attorney award, while Pauline Dyer was named the tournament′s Most Versatile Witness, and cole Wyatt was named the tournament′s top witness for one of his characters and was tournament runner-up for the other role he plays.

 

1. University of California at Los Angeles

2. Harvard University

3. University of Virginia

4. University of California at Irvine

5. University of California at Berkeley

6. Northwood University

7. University of Washington

8. Rhodes College

 

Other teams competing included Columbia University, New York University, Brown University, University of Pennsylvania, Miami University and Furman University.

 

Rhodes C and D compete next at their Regional qualifying tournament in Kansas City the weekend of February 11th. Rhodes a and B will travel to Jackson, Mississippi for their Regional Qualifier two weeks later, the weekend of February 25th.

 

 


 

 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Reconstituted and coming off successful team retreats, 3 of the 4 Rhodes mock trial teams swung back into action this past weekend.

 

Rhodes C went undefeated and won the first ever Mid-Missouri Invitational, held in Columbia, Missouri. They defeated North Missouri University A, Columbia College A, Washburn University A, and Central Missouri University A. C.J. Lewis was named the top attorney in the tournament. Rhodes C: Elizabeth White (captain), Olivia Carmen, alexa Cline, Nancy Gao, Micah Leonard, C.J. Lewis, Corey Lipschutz, Matthew Niegos, and James Todd.

 

Rhodes B struggled some at the highly selective Commodore Classic Invitational hosted by Vanderbilt University. They defeated Vanderbilt University B, but then lost strongly contested rounds to University of Notre Dame B, Vanderbilt University A, and the tournament champions from the University of Georgia. Emily Hutson narrowly missed winning an Outstanding Attorney awards on both sides of the case. Rhodes B: Alex McGriff (captain), Nicole Huguley, Emily Hutson, Taylor Jackson, William Lay, Allison Miller, and Amelia Yeomelakis.

 

Rhodes D fared better at Vanderbilt. They finished in a 4-way tie for 9th place along with Columbia University A and B and Verderbilt University A. Rhodes D defeated Bellarmine university B and Eastern Kentucky University A, losing to Washington University B and University of Iowa. Kristin Rempe won an Outstanding Witness award, while Maggie McGowen just missed an Outstanding Attorney award. Rhodes D: Elena Mosby (captain), Christian Baum, Clayton Christian, Rochelle Gillenson, Paul Hubbell, Maggie McGowan, Kristin Rempe, Julia robbins, and Elizabeth Ross.

 

Rhodes A returns to action this coming weekend, when they travel to the Big Apple to attend the nation′s most exclusive invitational of the year hosted by New York University. The elite field of 18 will include NYU, Columbia, Harvard, UCLA, Berkeley, Brown, Penn, Texas, Michigan and Virginia, Rhodes A: Thomas Cull (captain), Jared Blanton, Pauline Dyer, Matthew Jehl, Ben Morrell, Lauren Tesler, and Cole Wyatt.

 

 


 

 

Monday, November 14, 2011

All 4 Rhodes teams have now placed at an invitational tournament this Fall. “Team Black” joined the group, finishing in 5th place with a 6-2 record at the 48-team MTSU tournament held this weekend in Murfreesboro. They defeated Fresno State University A, Georgia Tech University A, and Elon University C, losing a close round to University of Alabama at Birmingham B. Nicole Huguley won an Outstanding Witness award for Rhodes Black.

 

Rhodes Black: Alex McGriff (captain), Alexa Cline, Rochelle Gillenson, Nicole Huguley, Taylor Jackson, William Lay, Alison Miller, Elena Mosby, and James Todd. Rhodes Black is being coached by Bill Monroe and Aaron Flynn.

 

“Rhodes White” managed a 5-3 record and came very close to placing. They defeated Mississippi Valley State University A and Elon University A, split a round with Vanderbilt University A, and lost an extremely close round to Emory University B. Emily Hutson won and Outstanding Attorney award.

 

Rhodes White: Emily Hutson (captain), Cameron Boone, Devin Bos, Olivia Carman, Ellen Dahl, CJ Lewis, Lauren Tesler, Cole Wyatt and Amelia Yeomelakis. Rhodes White is being coached by Shayla White-Purifoy and Kevin McCormick.

 

“Rhodes Red” finished a disappointing 3-5, although they had the toughest draw of the 3 Rhodes teams, were still adjusting to losing captain Ben Morrell to the Rhodes A team, and had to compete the first day without two of their experienced team members in Matthew Niegos and Paul Hubbell. Rhodes Red lost to the two placing University of Georgia teams, split with University of North Alabama A, and defeated Elon University B.

 

Rhodes Red: Elizabeth White and Matthew Niegos (co-captain), Christian Baum, Nancy Gao, Paul Hubbell, Micah Leonard, Maggie McGowan, Kristen Rempe, Julia Robbins, and Elizabeth Ross. Rhodes Red is being coached by David Goudie and Kashan Pathan.

 

MTSU Division A

 

1. Middle Tennessee State University A 8-0 (tournament champions)

2. University of Georgia C 7-1

3. University of Central Florida B 6-1-1

4. University of Georgia A 6-2 (CS of 18)

5. Rhodes College “Black” 6-2 (CS of 15)

 

All 4 Rhodes teams will conclude their Fall schedule by competing in an 18-team “scrimmage” to be held on the Rhodes campus the first weekend of December. Following that event, the Rhodes A, B, C, and D teams will be named and will compete in the qualifying tournaments this coming Spring term.

 

 


 

 

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Rhodes A team performed quite impressively at this past weekend’s highly selective 18-team “Red Carpet Classic” hosted by UCLA in Los Angeles. Since their initial success at the University of Georgia two weeks ago, Rhodes A lost attorney Ian Engdahl, while stellar witness Pauline Dyer was unable to make this weekend’s trip to L.A. Despite those setbacks, the team pulled together and made a very strong showing. They finished in 3rd place, defeating the defending national champions from UCLA, Miami University B, and University of Iowa A, losing only a very close decision to University of California-Irvine A. Instead of the usual outstanding attorney and witness awards, this tournament named the top 5 participants in several categories and then noted which of those 5 nominees was in fact the “Oscar winner.” Thomas Cull was nominated and won the Oscar as top opening attorney. Ben Morrell was nominated and won as the tournament’s top closing attorney. Maggie Cupit received 3 nominations: top witness, best costume, and top overall competitor.

 

1st Miami University A

2nd University of California at Irvine A

3rd Rhodes College A

4th University of California at Los Angeles B

5th Washington University A

6th University of California at Los Angeles A

 

Rhodes A: Thomas Cull (captain), Jared Blanton, Maggie Cupit, Matthew Jehl, Courtney Montgomery, Ben Morrell, and substitute Paul Hubbell. Rhodes A is being coached by Anna Smith and Marcus Pohlmann (currently on sabbatical).

 

 


 

 

Monday, October 31, 2011 - MOCK TRIAL COMES HOME WITH TREATS IN THEIR BAGS

After three weeks of preparation, Rhodes mock trial teams had a few tricks up their sleeve this past weekend and came away with several treats in their respective bags. This time it was the un-stacked Rhodes White and Black groups competing at the 26-team Eastern Kentucky invitational tournament held in Lexington, Kentucky. Rhodes finished 2nd and 12th in that competition.

 

Rhodes White team defeated Bellarmine University, Ohio State University and Vanderbilt University, only losing quite narrowly to the eventual tournament champions from Furman University. Cole Wyatt was the tournament’s top witness, winning Outstanding Witness awards on both sides of the case.

 

Rhodes White: Emily Hutson (captain), Cameron Boone, Devin Bos, Olivia Carman, Ellen Dahl, CJ Lewis, Lauren Tesler, Cole Wyatt and Amelia Yeomelakis. Rhodes White is being coached by Shayla White-Purifoy and Kevin McCormick.

 

Rhodes Black, competing without their most experienced attorney, William Lay, still managed to defeat Ohio Northern University and split rounds with University of Cincinnati and Miami University, also losing their only round to the tournament champions from Furman. First-year Elena Mosby won an Outstanding Attorney award in her first college mock trial tournament.

 

Rhodes Black: Alex McGriff (captain), Hanna Chen, Alexa Cline, Rochelle Gillenson, Nicole Huguley, Taylor Jackson, Alison Miller, Elena Mosby, James Todd, Elizabeth White, (and William Lay) . Rhodes Black is being coached by Bill Monroe and Aaron Flynn.

 

Furman University 7-1

Rhodes College White 6-2 (combined strength of opponents = 20)

Miami University 6-2 (16.5)

Miami University 6-2 (16.5)

Ohio State University 5-3 (18)

Miami University 5-3 (18)

Vanderbilt University 5-3 (16)

Loyola University of Chicago 5-3 (16)

Bellarmine University 5-3 (14)

Georgia Tech University 5-3 (8.5)

Middle Tennessee State University 4-3-1

Rhodes Black 4-4 (18.5)

 

 


 

Monday, October 24, 2011 - MOCK TRIAL SEASON OFF TO A GOOD START

Despite having only two weeks to prepare, Rhodes’ teams finished 2nd and 3rd at the 18-team University of Georgia invitational held in Athens this weekend.

 

Rhodes A began the season with the challenge of replacing stellar seniors Carly Taylor, Steven Strasberg, Kashan Pathan and Kelsey Hope. They also had to borrow a member from their partner Rhodes team as witness Jared Blanton was diagnosed with strep throat the day the teams left for Athens. Nonetheless, Rhodes A was the only team to go undefeated during the first 4 rounds of the tournament, defeating University of Georgia A, Emory University A and B, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham A. They lost in the championship round to Florida State University A. Pauline Dyer was named top witness in the tournament, while Maggie Cupit also won an Outstanding Witness award.

 

Rhodes A: Thomas Cull (captain), Jared Blanton, Maggie Cupit, Pauline Dyer, Ian Engdahl, Matthew Jehl, Courtney Montgomery, and substitute Elizabeth Ross. Rhodes A is being coached by Anna Smith and Marcus Pohlmann (currently on sabbatical).

 

We are experimenting with a different system this Fall. Instead of designating our other teams as Rhodes B, C, and D, we chose not to stack them until January, leaving them as a mix of returnees and new members. They will be referred to as Rhodes Red, Black and White. Rhodes Red finished the Georgia Invitational with a very respectable 5-2-1 record, good for 3rd place. They lost to Emory A, split with Georgia A, and defeated University of California at Santa Cruz A and University of North Carolina A. Captain Ben Morrell was the #2 attorney in the entire tournament.

 

Rhodes B: Ben Morrell (captain), Christian Baum, Nancy Gao, Paul Hubbell, Micah Leonard, Maggie McGowan, Matthew Niegos, Kristen Rempe, Julia Robbins, (and Elizabeth Ross). Rhodes Red is being coached by David Goudie and Kashan Pathan.