The competition started with 100 high school teams made up of would-be lawyers arguing either side of a case, and is now whittled down to just a handful–including a South Shore team.
Marshfield, a perennial powerhouse in mock trial competition, made it all the way to the “elite eight” according to attorney and team coach, Don Gibson. But that wasn’t the end for the team.
“The Marshfield High School mock trial team defeated Wayland, in the probate court in Brockton [on Wednesday] 103 to 99, and we are now going to advance to the final four competition which will now be held on Monday, the 20th of March, at 1 o’clock at either the Federal Courthouse in Boston, or the Worcester Superior Courthouse in Worcester, we don’t know which venue we’ll be assigned, nor do we know yet which opponent we’ll have,” said Gibson.
Nor do they know which side of the criminal case they’ll be on–the prosecution, or the defense. A coin flip before the competition decides.
Gibson says this is an impressive team, given that there is only one senior on the team. Last year, Marshfield made it all the way to the final two teams, and right now they are one win away from that milestone.
Marshfield selectman and attorney, Matt McDonough, is also a coach.