The 2018-2019 season has been a year of overcoming adversity for Menlo Mock Trial. In May of 2018, Thom Scher resigned as head coach after a decade of working with the team. He is now the coach of Stanford Mock Trial, and just last year, led the team to a 3rd place victory at the national collegiate mock trial competition. Along with Thom, MMT’s 3 JV coaches resigned, along with 2 varsity coaches. Tracy Tefertiller, who has worked with MMT’s pretrial team for four years, stepped in as head coach.
In August, after a weekend of tryouts, 30 students were chosen for the JV and Varsity teams. After a number of scrimmages both internally and with Stanford Mock Trial, MMT traveled to Sacramento to scrimmage several of California’s top teams. Apart from a team-wide bout of food poisoning, this tournament was a success! Menlo then went into a 2-week long break filled with Tracy Tefertiller’s version of holiday fun (checkboxes and NorCal prep)!
Next up, NorCals. Former coach Thom Scher came back to run this annual, highly selective invitational tournament, hosted by Menlo and Trinity Pacific. Despite close competition and top-notch teams, Menlo defended their title as NorCal champions! Only a week later, the team hopped onto a 6-hour bus ride to sunny Santa Barbara. The annual tournament is held in the beautiful historic Santa Barbara courthouse where MMT had the chance to scrimmage a number of high ranked teams from Southern California and prepare for the county competition.
Just 4 days after returning, MMT entered into the Redwood City Courthouse for the first time in a year, ready to defend the title of County Champions. After 3 weeks of grueling competition with local teams (and a number of bad coughs and high fevers), Menlo made it to semis and just 2 days later stepped into the final round against Hillsdale. Menlo swept both semis and finals (6-0, 8-0). MMT is again the County Champions with a 90-0 win streak over the past 9 years!
Now Menlo is heading to the state competition in Sacramento. Wish us luck! 🙂