Day Two at the judo venue proved to be equally as competitive as Day One.
The level of performance intensified as the day progressed. Gradually, the field was narrowed down to those who would stand on the medal platform victorious.
The day's matches consisted of the following classes: men under 50 kg; men under 54 kg; men under 59 kg; women under 48 kg; and, finally women under 56 kg.
The crowd assembled in the Evergreen Community Centre auditorium not only enjoyed the matches between athletes, but was entertained by exhibition matches involving judo team matches. In these exhibition matches, the weight of the competitors and whether they are male or female made no difference -- resulting in some hilarious moments.
When it came time for the medal presentations, 19 proud athletes lined up to accept their award for placing at the top in their weight class.
The day's results follow:
In the men's under 50 kg class, the gold went to Jason Kloschinsky of Swift Current, Zone 3. Cody Martin of Watrous, Zone 5, captured the silver and Melfort's Joel Sparks of Zone 8 and Kendal's Brett Nielsen of Zone 1 both won bronze.
In the men's nuder 54 kg class, the gold was won by Frazer Will of Star City, Zone 8, while Blackfoot's Raymond Ference of Zone 7 took the silver and Kerry Hjertaas of Regina, Zone 2, won bronze.
Lloydminster's Justin Beausoleil of Zone 7 won the gold in the men's under 59 kg class. Tim Surman of Prince Albert, Zone 8, captured the silver and Chad Obrigewitch of White City, Zone 1, took the bronze.
Melfort's Jennifer Godson of Zone 8 won gold for women's under 48 kg. Silver was won by Tiara Dawm of Moose Jaw, Zone 3, and the bronze went to Stephanie Hendry of Nokomis, Zone 5.
In the women's under 52 kg class, Meaghen Cullen of Moose Jaw, Zone 3, captured the gold; Regina's Christine Spence of Zone 2 won the silver; and Jeri Bell of Air Ronge, Zone 8, took bronze.
In the final class of Day Two, Janelle Dyke of Melfort, Zone 8, won gold in the women's under 56 kg class. Swift Current's Sarah Perrin of Zone 3 took silver and Sarah Natrasany of Regina, Zone 2, captured the bronze.
The judo competition is in its final day today. Matches will take place for men under 64 kg, men 64 kg and over, women under 61 kg and women 61 kg and over. The competition begins at 9:30 a.m., with the medal presentations and closing ceremonies beginning at 1:30p.m.
Appeared in the Nipawin Journal, February 25, 1998