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March 11, 2014

Super Regional draws around 800 competitors

VALDOSTA — Approximately 800 martial artists competed in the Valdosta Super Regional Taekwondo Championships held at The Complex at Valdosta State on March 1.

But even with so many participants, Performance Martial Arts Academy students fared well in the even, which drew more than 2,000 spectators, including Valdosta Mayor John Gayle and VSU President William McKinney.

“I cannot say enough thanks about how our community provided support and sponsorship for this event,” Academy chief instructor Mitchell Church said. “Our students and parents went the extra mile to ensure the event was a success.

“I have received calls all week from the high ranking Masters who attended and they were impressed with courtesy and hospitality of the event.”

Fifty-one local students placed in the various events and divisions. In the fourth- and fifth-degree black belt division, Mark Webb took first in traditional forms, traditional weapons, sparring, creative forms, creative weapons, extreme forms and extreme weapons; Jennifer Powell took first in traditional weapons, and placed second in traditional forms and sparring; and Jennifer Hardy took first in combat weapons, and second in traditional forms, traditional weapons and sparring.

In the second- and third-degree black belt division, Margaret Sprott finished second in sparring and combat weapons, and took third in traditional weapons; and Charlie Akins placed third in sparring and combat weapons.

In the first-degree black belt division, Christian Dawson finished first in traditional forms, and second in traditional weapons, sparring and combat weapons; Lukas Smidtas placed second in traditional weapons, and third in combat weapons and sparring; Tyler Howell finished third in sparring; Kimberly Howell placed first  in traditional forms, traditional weapons and combat weapons, and second in sparring; J.T. Howell finished second in traditional forms and traditional weapons, and third in combat weapons; Madison Swain took first in traditional weapons, sparring and combat weapons, and placed second in traditional forms; Joshua Jackson placed first in traditional forms; Matthew Dawson placed first in combat weapons and third in sparring; Teresa Hamilton took second in combat weapons and third in sparring; Annaleigh Coody finished second in traditional forms and third in traditional weapons, sparring and combat weapons; Zachary Coody placed fourth in combat weapons; Patrick Horsley finished first in traditional weapons, sparring and combat weapons; and second in traditional forms; and William Horsley placed first in sparring, second in traditional forms and combat weapons, and third in traditional weapons.

In the color belt division, Ben Melvin placed first in traditional weapons and second in combat weapons; Melissa Swain placed second in traditional weapons and third in sparring; Robby Allen placed first in traditional weapons and third in sparring; Josh Hatton finished third in sparring; Alyssa Donaldson took first in traditional forms, traditional weapons and combat weapons, and third in sparring; Alacia Donaldson placed first in traditional weapons, and third in traditional forms; Sean Deegan finished fourth in traditional forms; Travis Twiford took second in traditional weapons and combat weapons, and third in sparring; Riley Klein placed first in combat weapons, second in traditional forms and traditional weapons, and third in sparring; Jacob Herrin finished third in combat weapons; Jaxon Radney took first in traditional weapons, sparring and combat weapons; Stevie Sipes placed first in traditional forms; Matthew Raison finished first in traditional forms and sparring; Daken Raison took first in traditional forms and sparring; Erik Carreon placed first in traditional weapons, and second in sparring; Sahil Patel finished second in traditional forms and combat weapons, and third in sparring; Shane Vickery took first in traditional forms and sparring; Prince Patel placed second in combat weapons, and third in traditional weapons; Avery Everidge finished second in traditional forms; Austin Everidge took third in traditional forms; Aiden Everidge placed fourth in traditional forms; Brady Woods finished first in combat weapons, second in traditional weapons, and third in traditional forms; Ian Holick-Jett took third in sparring and combat weapons; Braden Howard placed first in traditional forms and sparring, and third in traditional weapons and combat weapons; Jackson Sain finished first in traditional forms and combat weapons, and second in traditional weapons; Alexander Richardson took third in sparring; Carly Warren placed first in traditional forms; Willy Thorp finished second in sparring; Jason Thorp took first in traditional forms and traditional weapons, and second in sparring; Sonya Thorp placed first in combat weapons, and second in traditional weapons; Marcayla Barnes finished second in traditional weapons, and third in traditional forms and sparring; Tamyra Barnes took first in traditional forms and traditional weapons, and second in sparring; and Sandy Coody placed first in sparring, and second in combat weapons.

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