Team winners at the recent 34th annual Maine State Team Karate Championships included (front, from left) under black belt members Curtis Brown of Deer Isle, Emily Lane of Island Falls, Felicia DeMerchant of New Brunswick, Malachi Fitzherbert of Mars Hill and captain William Wilson of Ellsworth; (middle row, from left) second place under black belt members Carlina Leonardi of Bar Harbor, captain Justin Dawes of Yarmouth, Todd Brophy of Southwest Harbor, Paul Cirard of Ellsworth and Trever Boucher of Caribou; and (rear, from left) black belt members Lauryn Noyes of Ellsworth, Malorie Young of Bar Harbor, Ed Hatch of Bucksport, Shawn Murphy of Ellsworth and captain Eric Tracy of Yarmouth.ELLSWORTH — Champions in two divisions were crowned at the 34th annual Maine State Team Karate Championships held here recently by Tracy’s Karate-Ju-Jitsu.The winning black belt team included Lauren Noyes and Shawn Murphy, both of Ellsworth, Malorie Young of Bar Harbor, Ed Hatch of Bucksport and captain Eric Tracy of Yarmouth.The winning team in the division of brown belts and lower ranks included Curtis Brown of Deer Isle, Emily Lane of Island Falls, Felicia DeMerchant of New Brunswick, Malachi Fitzherbert of Mars Hill and captain William Wilson of Ellsworth.More than 200 martial artists from throughout Maine and into Canada competed on teams of five members, each of which included men, women and children.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe tournament, the 97th such event held by Masters Dennis and Kasren Tracy since 1977, also included individual kumite sparring events, in which winners from previous tournaments competed to championship honors.Trophies honoring Students of the Year from the nine dojos in Tracy’s Institute of Self Defense and nine others in northern Maine and Canada also were presented, along with awards for best attitude, most improved and most dedicated students and most supportive parents.Scholarships totaling $1,200, funded by annual dues paid by all black and brown belts, were present to Young, Matt Coty of Presque Isle and Amanda Charette of Bangor to help further their education.Over the past 45 years, the organization has contributed more than $100,000 in scholarships to deserving students.The next tournament to be held by Tracy’s Karate-Ju-Jitsu will be on April 11, 2015, at Bucksport High School.
The Dark Blues’ faint title hopes were extinguished with defeat to Ireland last week but they will be keen to propel themselves up the table with victory against the tournament’s whipping boys after wins against France and England.Wing Tommy Seymour returns from injury to replace Blair Kinghorn in Rome on Saturday, while centre Nick Grigg makes his first championship start as he takes the place of Pete Horne, whose blunder put Ireland on their way to victory in Dublin.Townsend has made three further changes to the pack, with hooker Fraser Brown, prop Willem Nel and lock Tim Swinson all promoted from the bench in place of Stuart McInally, Simon Berghan and Grant Gilchrist.Lock Richie Gray and prop Zander Fagerson could also make their first appearances of the campaign, having shrugged off injuries to be named among the substitutes.”There were a number of positives in how we took the game to Ireland in attack and defence but this didn’t lead to us scoring enough points to win the game,” said Townsend.”We’ve been pleased with how the players have responded to last week’s disappointment, with the energy they have brought to training and a determination to improve our performance in our final match.””Playing Italy will be a very tough game — it always has been for any Scotland side,” he added. “We are ready for the challenge and have an experienced group of players working hard to finish our campaign with a positive performance and result.”
That raised fears the 20-year-old could be forced to miss some or all of the opening group games with an injury.But Rashford insists he will available for Monday’s Group G meeting with Tunisia.“Thanks for the messages I’ve been getting,” he Tweeted to his 1.13 million followers.“Picked up a slight niggle but nothing to worry about.” 1 Marcus Rashford missed England training on Wednesday Marcus Rashford insists there is “nothing to worry about” despite missing England training.The Manchester United forward was absent from an open training session Russia with the England squad ahead of their World Cup opener next week. Thanks for the messages I’ve been getting. Picked up a slight niggle but nothing to worry about 👊🏾 #ThreeLions— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) June 13, 2018The starlet lit up the Three Lions’ last game against Costa Rica by scoring an absolute belter and looking to take players on at any possible opportunity.England begin their World Cup campaign in Volgograd on June 18.Following that, they face Panama on June 24 before a potential top-of-the-table clash with Belgium on June 24.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.