Cameron Gonzales, an 11-year-old member of the U.S. Martial Arts team and Bradenton resident who attends Sugg Middle School, recently participated in the first Tafisa World Martial Arts Games in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.
Competing at the Richmond Olympic Oval, which hosted two events during the 2010 Winter Olympics, Gonzales won the gold medal in the 11-12 year old Japanese/Okinawan Traditional Forms division, gold in the Japanese/Okinawan Traditional Wooden Bo division and the silver medal in the Point Fighting Division.
Two different local matchups highlighted Saturday's slate of the Foundation for Youth Development Tampa Bay Pop Warner football league's action.
The East Manatee Bulldogs tangled with the North Manatee Storm at Buffalo Creek Park, while the Manatee Mustangs traveled to the Palmetto Youth Center to battle the Palmetto Trojans.
The Manatee Wildcats were also in action, and faced the Palm Harbor Panthers at Palm Harbor Middle.
Mitey Mites: Kevion Wilson tallied the first score for the Bulldogs
in a 26-0 victory against the Storm. Kevin Everhart tallied two scores, a 73-yard run and a 12-yard run. Isaac Ashley recorded a fumble recovery for the stout Bulldogs defense, while Tavon Derisma capped the scoring with a 78-yard touchdown run and kicked the point after attempt through, which counts as two points in Pop Warner football. Calin Heath had an interception, while logging the most tackles for the Storm. Other Storm defensive gems came from Troy Perales and Jonathan Styles, who both had two tackles for a loss, and Dalton Ausborn, who had a fumble recovery.
The Manatee Mustangs edged the Trojans 6-0 and the Wildcats reeled off a 34-7 victory against the Panthers in the other Mitey Mite contests.
Junior Pee Wees: The Bulldogs routed the Storm 39-0, the Mustangs shut out the Trojans 32-0 and the Wildcats suffered a 20-0 loss to the Panthers.
Pee Wees: In a battle of two exemplary defensive efforts, the lone points came on a Michael Gagnon interception return to provide the Bulldogs with the narrow 7-0 triumph over their division rivals to the north of the Manatee River. The Bulldogs are 3-0 on the season, and square off against the South Tampa Titans in another divisional game next week.
The Trojans defeated the Mustangs 20-6 and the Wildcats earned a tight 12-8 over the Panthers win in other Pee Wee action.
Junior Midgets: Storm quarterback Logan Pizano's three touchdowns paced his team to a 34-0 victory. Ryan Petitfrere, Jakir Fordham and Alejandro Mont spearheaded a rushing attack that balanced the offense, while linebacker's James Lowe and Orlando Perales each recorded a sack and led the team in tackles en route to their second shutout of the season.
In the other games involving area clubs, the Trojans bested the Mustangs 13-0 and the Wildcats were routed 38-0 by the Panthers.
Unlimited: A 33-0 victory - the team's third straight shutout - happened for the Bulldogs behind the defensive effort of Roger Whobrey (fumble recovery), Napoleon Harris (interception, six sacks, and two tackles), Phil Nguyen (six tackles), Tyler Burnham (six tackles), Brandon Dossey (five tackles), Danyel Black (five tackles), Jadareon Mann (three tackles) and Drew Mitts (three tackles). Nguyen and Burnham also combined to produce three sacks. Meanwhile, the offense was paced by Cameron White's four rushing touchdowns and 100 rushing yards. A.J. Brooks also scored, finding pay dirt from 20-yards out as the Bulldogs stayed unbeaten.
In another unlimited division contest, the Wildcats beat the Panthers 40-16.
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