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Mock trial competition nearing finale

February 09, 2001|By KELLY RAUSCH, Staff Writer

Teams continued to improve their arguments and deliveries as they prepare for one more trial before the finals of this year's Imperial County mock trial competition.

Thursday's trial results found Central Union High victorious over Holtville, Calexico High narrowly beat Brawley Union and Southwest won over Imperial.

The next and final set of trials before the championship match will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 in the County Courthouse in El Centro.

Those trials will pit Calipatria against Calexico, Brawley Union against Imperial and Southwest against Holtville.

Central, which has a bye Feb. 20, will head into its 11th championship competition in as many years in the county final Feb. 22 at Brunner's in El Centro.

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Likely opponents for Central in the final could be Brawley Union or Calipatria. Both teams have 3-2 records going into the next trial.

Central, which has won the county championship 10 of the past 11 years, is a force to be reckoned with because of its preparation, said Brawley coach David Schofield.

Unlike other schools that have visible weaknesses to prey upon, Central shows no signs of deficiency.

"They're solid all the way through," Schofield said.

El Centro attorney Ronald Serna was one of two attorney scorers during Thursday's meeting between Calexico and Brawley.

While evaluating student performances, Serna said he looks for ability to grasp facts, analyze information, bring out witness testimony and use the law to stop opponents.

Serna had high praise for mock trial.

"I think it's excellent. It's a great opportunity for students to get their hands in the courtroom," Serna said.

"People talk badly about attorneys, but they're a necessary evil," Serna said.

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