Tyrone Mock Trial B Team Ends Season With Loss At Districts

The B Team lost their trial against the Altoona A Team at districts.

The B Team defense team. Front row: Allison Miller, Lindsey Walk, and Shyanne Webster. Back row: Morgan Bridges, Christopher Wilkins, Anna-Lynn Fryer, and Coach Michael Funicelli.

The Tyrone Mock Trial B Team’s season of making history has come to an end. After being the first team in Tyrone history to go 2-0 in their season and qualify for districts, they suffered a close loss to the Altoona A Team.

“I’m sad to say that our season is over but happy to say we made it this far. I’m proud of everyone for all the work they put in, and I couldn’t have asked for a better senior year,” said senior attorney Morgan Bridges.

Even though our season is over I couldn’t be prouder of how far our team went this year. It was a great experience and I’m glad I signed up,”

— said junior witness Meghan McMullen.

The team embarked on their path to success when they exited the annual Pittsburgh tournament with a 2-2 record. Just four days later, they earned their first victory against the Bellwood mock trial team.

On January 31, the team made history by becoming the first Tyrone mock trial team to ever go 2-0 in their regular season when they defeated the Altoona B Team and qualified for districts.

The Tyrone B Team argued as the defense for the fourth time in the case of Silva Morel v. Tiger Tail Technolgies Inc. They lost to a former state championship team, Altoona A.

“Even though our season is over I couldn’t be prouder of how far our team went this year. It was a great experience and I’m glad I signed up,” said junior witness Meghan McMullen.

Two team members went home with individual awards for their performance.

Freshman Anna-Lynn Fryer was awarded the Best Advocate Award and junior Allison Miller was awarded the Best Witness Award.

Everybody worked so hard and I’m looking forward to watching them grow as ‘mock-trialists’ in the future,”

— said Coach Michael Funicelli.

“I felt so proud of myself. Like all my hard work paid off. I finished the season with [an award] and I felt so proud,” said junior witness Allison Miller.

“I was super elated to have won another award. I feel like this never could’ve happened without Morgan’s experience and Mr. Funicelli’s help. I definitely thought that this has been a great learning experience,” said freshman attorney Anna-Lynn Fryer.

The B Team’s season may be over, but the team members are looking forward to next year’s season.

“I really enjoyed the season this year. I’m extremely proud of the team. Everybody worked so hard and I’m looking forward to watching them grow as ‘mock-trialists’ in the future,” said B Team Coach Michael Funicelli.