1. Archive

St. Petersburg black belt wins 2 Tae Kwon Do medals

Brett Moldenhauer, a second-degree black belt from St. Petersburg, wontwo bronze medals at the Eastern Pre-National Tae Kwon Do Championships last weekend in West Palm Beach.

Moldenhauer, 19, won 16 of 18 total rounds at the tournament. The event attracted fighters from 10 southeastern states, Canada and the Virgin Islands.

Moldenhauer won medals in both middleweight fighting and forms competition, and upped his overall match record to 102-5.

Moldenhauer, a St. Petersburg Junior College student who trains at

Seminole's Traditional Tae Kwon Do Center and St. Petersburg's West Coast Fitness Center, won seven preliminary two-round fights at the tournament, and advanced to the gold medal round, where he lost the weight-class championship by a close decision.

Moldenhauer was awarded the bronze medal for fighting when his

consolation-round opponent refused to fight him and forfeited.

Two other St. Petersburg martial artists participated in the tournament. Louis Christopher and Johnny Hines both were defeated in the bronze medal round.

Moldenhauer, who has never finished lower than third in any tournament, will compete in the U.S. Tae Kwon Do Union state championships March 3 in Tallahassee, and at the Amateur Athletic Tae Kwon Do Union national championships March 27 in New York.

St. Petersburg QB Club to honor 13 top players

ST. PETERSBURG - The St. Petersburg Quarterback Club will honor 13 of Pinellas County's finest high school football players at their annual awards dinner, Tuesday at the St. Petersburg Hilton and Towers.

University of Florida football coach Steve Spurrier will be guest speaker at the event, which is held each year to honor the most valuable seniors from each of Pinellas' 13 football-playing schools.

All players - who are nominated by their coaches - will receive an engraved plaque at Tuesday's dinner.

The Club also will award $4,000 scholarships to two Pinellas players. The awards, given annually to top senior football players in recognition of scholastic and athletic achievement, this year will go to Osceola running back Chad Nixon and Pinellas Park lineman George Paul.

Florida-USF meet today in baseball at Al Lang

ST. PETERSBURG - The University of Florida Gators, ranked 17th in this week's Collegiate Baseball Top 25, and the No. 23 University of South Florida Bulls, will play each other for the first time this season, today at 2 p.m. at Al Lang Stadium.

General admission tickets for the game are $4, and all seats are available to the public. USF students will be admitted free with valid identification.