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Palm Harbor karate teams wrap up titles

Pro Karate Center of Palm Harbor had success last month at the AAU Junior and Senior National Championships in Fort Lauderdale. The center won 34 medals at the four-day tournament.

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Pro Karate Center of Palm Harbor had success last month at the AAU Junior and Senior National Championships in Fort Lauderdale. The center won 34 medals at the four-day tournament.

Pro Karate Center of Palm Harbor competed in the AAU Junior and Senior National Karate Championships in Fort Lauderdale on June 18-21. The center brought 22 students to the event and won 34 medals total and nine national championships.

The national champions were Brandon Wilson, Kaylee Wilson, Nicholas Chase, Michael Schuler, Clint Harris, Jeff Hoag and three-time national champion Meaghan Fortune. Pro Karate Center's other team members are Luke Johnson, Jeremy Adams, Eilijah Stroud, Sam Maiocco, Joslin Bjelland, Adam Kayne, Susan McFadden, Andrew Chase, Kyle McCullen, Daniel Valaderes, Katie Brummer, Jonathan Murphy, Austin Murray, George Liona and Peter Rowe.

There were teams from Illinois, Hawaii, California, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Panama and Canada that competed in the four-day tournament.


Seminole's Alexandra Cercone spent last week in England playing in the junior girls doubles draw at Wimbledon. Cercone teamed with Brooke Bolender in the first round against Fatma Al Nabhani and Yana Buchina. The duo lost 7-5, 6-3. Cercone tried to qualify for the junior singles draw but did not make it into the opening rounds.


The Largo Golf Course Junior Golf Program held a tournament to end session one of the program on June 26. There were a total of 24 golfers ages 6-17. In boys ages 6-9, Casey Stavinga won with a six-hole score of 27. The girls 6-9 winner was Oliva Schlei (48), the boys 10-13 winners were Matt McKenna and Steven Leonard (43), the boys 14-17 winner was Kyle AuCoin (34) and the girls 14-17 winner was Jessica Scott (48).

• The 92nd Florida State amateur tournament was held on June 25-28 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach. Blayne Barber of Lake City won the tournament with a four-round total of 277. Peter Kolosvary of Safety Harbor was the only Pinellas County player to make the cut. He shot 312.

• The County Golf Association's weekly tournament was June 29 at Isla Del Sol. The regular division gross team winners were Justin Meier and Ernie Meier, who shot 69. The senior division gross winners were Bill Johnson and Bobby Kilgore, who shot 69. The net team winners were Jim Hammar and Joe Kalinowski, and Dick Feeney and Fred Kummer, who shot 60.

• The Florida Women's State Golf Association held a junior golf championship in Venice on June 23-24. Kristine Odaiyar of Ocala won the girls 16-18 event with 71. Justine Knox of Dunedin finished tied for 28th with 84. In the girls 13-15 age group, Alessandra Kutz of Sanford won with 71. St. Petersburg's Shane Crutchfield tied for 12th with 83. Oldsmar's Jasmine Wade tied for 19th with 88. In the girls 10-12 group, Dree' Fausnaugh of Orlando won with a nine-hole score of 37. Haydyn Gibson of Clearwater shot 43, Mariana Ocano of St. Petersburg shot 58 and Ryanne Jackson of Seminole shot 65.

• There will be a golf clinic for girls of all ages on Saturday at Largo Golf Club at noon. The clinic is free and will focus on chipping and putting. The clinic will be taught by Pam Scott, who has run the PGA Girls Golf Club in Largo since 1995. For information, call (727) 786-2918.

Track and field

The Running Soles Track Club of St. Petersburg competed in the Area 7 AAU national qualifier on June 25-28 at Clearwater High School and had several athletes qualify for the Junior Olympics national meet in Des Moines, Iowa on Aug. 1-8. Tekoa Cason (sub bantam girls 1,500 race walk), Jabari Reed-Diop (bantam boys 100, 400 meters), Luke Peterson (sub midget boys 300, 1,500), Roman Baez (midget boys 1,500), David Hunter (sub midget boys 300), Hunter, Baez, John Hockin and Nikolas Deloach (4x800), Kalju Jake Nekvasil (midget boys 800), Javon Fritts (sub youth boys shot put, discus, javelin, 3,000-meter race walk), Charleston Fritts (intermediate boys 3,000-meter race walk, discus, javelin) and Deloach, Nekvasil, Baez and Hockin (4x400) advanced to nationals.

Palm Harbor karate teams wrap up titles 07/04/09 [Last modified: Saturday, July 4, 2009 4:30am]
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