Students from local karate academy post top results at state championships

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— Twenty-nine members of Steamboat Springs’ Rocky Mountain Karate Academy traveled to Eagle on Feb. 15 where they posted a number of top finishes in the United States Karate Association’s Colorado State Championships.

Topping the list of results was Jordan Ward who captured a first place in kata and a third place in sparring in the Dragon Girls Intermediate division. Her efforts also resulted in her being named the Grand Champion in the youth kata division.

In kata, the athletes must perform a specific series of movements while attempting to maintain perfect form.

Ward was one of two athletes from Steamboat to win in the kata discipline. Emily Wertz also won in the Teen Girls Beginner division along with a first place in sparring.

Second-place finishers included Henry Cardillo (Youth Boys Advanced), Sydney Ryan (Teen Girls Intermediate), Casey Wolf (Dragon Boys Intermediate) and Collin Drennan (Youth Boys Beginner).

Jackson Creagan (Junior Boys Advanced) and Geoffrey Opper (Teen Boys Intermediate) both placed while Olivia Requist (Teen Girls Intermediate), Sue Nealy (Novice Women Beginner) and Matthias Wolf (Tiny Tigers Beginner) placed fourth.

Steamboat also did well in the sparring classes where athletes go head-to-head earning points based on their control and technique.

First-place finishes came from Grace Schoen (Dragon Girls Beginner), Wertz (Teen Women Beginner) and Stietzel (Novice Women Beginner).

Casey Wolf (Dragon Boys Intermediate), Chase Drennan (Teen Boys Beginner), Chloe Chavaria (Dragon Girls Beginner), Collin Drennan (Youth Boys Beginner), Ryan Drennan (Junior Boys Beginner) and Luca Martorano (Tiny Tigers Beginner) collected second-place finishes. Requist (Teen Girls Intermediate) Ward (Dragon Girls Intermediate) and Beck Vanderbosch (Dragon Boys Intermediate) finished third.

Henry Cardillo (Youth Boys Advanced), Audrey Sumner (Youth Girls Intermediate) and Sue Nealy (Novice Women Beginner) all finished fourth in the final results.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966

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