Martial artists have powerful performance

  • Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ray Smith’s Tae Kwon Do won the first place team trophy last weekend during the Powerade State Games. Team members included (from left, front row) Olivia Gross, Christopher Cheatham, A.J. Mack, Lucas Donehoo, Kasey Wells, Jillian Wells, (second row) Jeffen Gimena, Ella-Bleu Forrester, Thomas Goddard, Alex Cheatham, Hannah Lee, Mason Buchan, Evan Stover Joshua Lease, (third row) Quinn Rustin, Ty Hedges, Joshua Forrester, Jaylin Heyward, Katie Unsinger, Caleb Simmons, (fourth row) Morgan Poland, Marlon Duke and J.T. Rustin. Provided

Summerville-based martial artists did well at the Powerade State Games June 21.

Ray Smith’s Tae Kwon Do of Summerville sent 26 students to the Powerade State Games, North Carolina’s largest multi-sport festival and one of the largest state games programs in the United States. Approximately 15,000 athletes competed in 27 different summer sports over the weekend at various locations all around Charlotte.

Opening ceremonies were held at NASCAR’s Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte and the Tae Kwon Do competition was held in Huntersville, N.C.

Ray Smith’s Tae Kwon Do won 56 medals, including 26 gold medals, during the event.

The Summerville school also brought home the first place team award.

Athletes had the opportunity to compete in four categories: Boards, Forms, Sparring and Creative Weapon.

Ray Smith’s Tae Kwon Do Results

Mason Buchan (2nd forms, 3rd sparring), Alex Cheatham (1st boards, 2nd forms), Christopher Cheatham (1st boards, 2nd forms, 1st sparring), Aidan Donehoo (2nd forms, 1st sparring), Lucas Donehoo (3rd boards, 1st forms, 3rd sparring), Marlon Duke (1st forms, 3rd sparring), Ella-Bleau Forrester (2nd forms, 2nd sparring), Joshua Forrester (2nd forms, 1st sparring), Jeffen Gimena (1st forms, 2nd sparring, 1st creative weapon), Thomas Goddard (2nd boards, 3rd forms, 3rd sparring), Olivia Gross (2nd boards, 1st forms, 1st sparring), Jaylin Hayward (1st forms, 3rd sparring), Ty Hedges (1st boards, 2nd forms, 2nd sparring), Joshua Lease (1st forms, 1st sparring), Hannah Lee (1st forms), AJ Mack (1st forms, 1st sparring), Clifford Manson (3rd forms), Morgan Poland (1st forms, 1st sparring), J.T. Rustin (3rd forms, 3rd sparring), Quinn Rustin (1st forms), Caleb Simmons (1st forms, 2nd sparring), Evan Stover (1st boards, 1st forms, 2nd sparring), George Unsinger (1st forms, 2nd sparring), Katie Unsinger (2nd forms), Jillian Wells (1st boards, 2nd forms, 2nd sparring) and Kasey Wells (3rd boards, 2nd sparring).

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