Re-printed with the permission of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald
Youngsters make impact on judo scene
When it comes to the Cadet girls under-38 kilogram weight class, the Moose Jaw Koseikan Judo Club is in a class of its own.

While the local judo club entered competitors in 21 divisions and came away with 18 medals at the Saskatoon YMCA Judo Tournament, their most impressive performance came in the aforementioned weight class.

There, local competitors took the top five spots.

Eryn Langdon won the gold ahead of Rebecca Hanson and Tallissa Edwards who had silver and bronze respectively. Jessica Daly was fourth and Cheyenne Caragata was fifth.

"The Cadet girls under-38 is pretty much our standard successful division to run," said Koseikan coach Jim Wiens. "In Swift Current we ran the whole division gold right through to fifth and we did the same thing again."

In Swift Current Hanson was first and Langdon second.

"It was nice to see the names didn't line up the same way as they did in the past," said Wiens.

Not only did Langdon win gold, but she also went up a weight class and won a silver at 44 kg. Then she and Hanson also went up an age class with Langdon winning silver in the Juvenile girls under-41/44 kg and Hanson winning bronze.

Kimberly Daly won gold ahead of Symone Beauchamp who was second in the Cadet girls under-23 kg. Haley Walz also won gold in her Cadet category.

Kiera Heinbinger, Taryn Montgomery, Brianna Walz, Baylee Forbes and Haley Walz each won silver in their respective Cadet girls classes.

In Cadet boys Joey Caragata won gold while Brett Stitch earned silver. Billy Hrechka won silver in his class, while Stephen Edwards was seventh.

Chris Hodgson won gold in the Senior Men's class. Adam Langdon won bronze in the Juvenile boys under-55 kg.

It was a good field of competitors and featured some unfamiliar faces, which is always welcome at this late stage of the season.

"With it being so central in the province it gets a good mix of people," said Wiens. "That's one of the reasons we try to take so many of the kids to it - it brings kids from the northern half of the province that they wouldn't normally get to compete against."

The club will conclude its provincial season with a tournament April 12 in Prince Albert that will serve as the end of the season for Cadet and Juvenile.

Following that some of the older competitors will travel to Calgary for the Calgary Ishi-Yama Rocky Mountain International tournament in May.

Appeared in the Moose Jaw Times-Herald April 3, 2008

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