BUCKSPORT — Tracy’s Karate of Ellsworth recently held its 104th tournament at Bucksport High School.
The event was a big draw with more than 200 competitors in attendance. Students from dojos in Ellsworth, on Mount Desert Island and in Deer Isle, Belfast, Bucksport, Bangor, Yarmouth, Houlton, Presque Isle and even parts of Canada came together to compete for trophies in both fighting and throwing.
Immediately following the conclusion of the tournament, all black belts traveled to the main school in Ellsworth for testing. Twenty students were promoted to various degrees in the black belt ranks. Eight of those students were first-time black belts, and seven were classified as juniors (16 years old or younger).
The 20 black belts promoted to higher ranks were (first degree) Natalie Jagels, Lillian Noyes, Erin Leonardi, Haley Leonardi, Carlina Leonardi, Camden Hatch, Robert Giles and Colton White; (second degree) Marleigh Richardson, Caroline Tracy, Andy Hartt, Charlotte Hartt, Sadie Hartt and Jonathan Robinson; (third degree) Chris Dyer, Nick Parlatore, Cameron Sarchi and Mitch Wheeler; (seventh degree) Dean Murphy; (eighth degree) Kristy Tracy-Dawes.
Trophy winners were Owen DiDonato, Ryan Gross, Jordan Brouty, Ziva Marceill, Lillian Noyes, Lauryn Noyes, Elura Dorr, Bridget Kutney, Amy Santos, Dean Murphy, William Wilson, Shawn Murphy, John Baranowski, Tom Anderson, Colton White, Lance Kennedy, Piper Marceill, Natalie Jagels, Aiden Benner, Paige Trader and Steve Trader. Black belt grand champions were Kristy Tracy-Dawes, Eric Tracy, Linwood Bridges and Matthew Edgerly.
Dennis and Karen Tracy oversaw the events with the help of Tracy-Dawes, their daughter. The family has owned Tracy’s Karate since opening it in 1971.
Tracy’s Karate will be holding its next tournament at Bucksport High School on Oct. 27.