BUCKSPORT — Tracy’s Karate of Ellsworth recently held this year’s Maine state team championships in Bucksport’s Ralph Jewett Gymnasium.
The tournament brought 200 fighters of ages 4-75 for Bucksport to vie for grand championship trophies. Teams were composed of five members and were required to win a minimum of six matches to be crowned grand champions in their respective divisions.
In the brown belt competition, the team of Colin Ayer, Tess Brophy, Holden Larrabee, Dyllan Marsh and Eliza Smith took first place. Finishing second was the team of Liam Bowman, Olivia Deveau, Izabella Letarte-Suitter and Barrett Terry.
The black belt title went to the team of Matt Edgerly, Natalie Jagels, Nick Parlatore, Jay Peavey and Eric Tracy. The team of Lauren Dawes, Chris Dyer, Gwen Everett, Ed Hatch and Haley Leonardi finished as runner-up.
Black belts promoted to higher ranks were (first degree) Rich Baubonis, Tess Brophy, Taylor Curtis, Sally Ives, Jack Philbrook, Joel Philbrook, Peter Reynolds, Tim Ray, Peter Reynolds and Scott Stevens; (second degree) Paul Cirard and Tom Sweet; (third degree) Kristi Sarchi; (fourth degree) Michelle Morrow; (fifth degree) Matt Edgerly; (sixth degree) Beth Murphy, Kevin Murphy and Shawn Murphy; (eighth degree) Jeff Eaton; (ninth degree) Mike McEnroe.
An awards ceremony was also held to honor students from Tracy’s dojos and nine other dojos throughout Maine and Atlantic Canada. Of the local dojos, Student of the Year honors were given to Natalie Jagels, Piper Marsceill and Beth Murphy.
The event was the 107th karate tournament hosted by Karen and Dennis Tracy. The next tournament is scheduled to be held April 25 at Bucksport High School.