For Immediate Release

The quarter-final round of trials in the Region 4 High School Mock Trial Competition was held on November 4 at Ainsworth and O'Neill.

In the west bracket trials at Ainsworth, Ainsworth Blue eliminated Stuart Blue and Stuart Red eliminated Loup County by unanimous decisions.

In the east bracket trials at O'Neill, O'Neill Public Blue defeated Spencer-Naper Red by unanimous decisions.  Atkinson West Holt Blue prevailed over O'Neill St. Mary's Blue in a split decision.

All of the losing teams were eliminated in the single elimination phase of the competition.

The semi-final trials will be held at Ainsworth on Monday, November 10.  The trials will be held in the District Courtroom.  All trials are open to the public.

The trials scheduled are:

8:30 AM    Ainsworth Blue, plaintiff, vs. Stuart Red, defendant
10:00 AM    Atkinson West Holt Blue, plaintiff, vs. O'Neill Public Blue, defendant

Results, scheduling information, and competition brackets are available on the District Court (8th District) web site at

Nearly all of the judges and lawyers across the Eighth Judicial District assist in the competition by coaching one or more teams or by judging one or more trials. The competition is sponsored by the Nebraska State Bar Foundation, a charitable and educational organization associated with the Nebraska State Bar Association.  District Judge William B. Cassel coordinates the competition schedule.