Kobe Strader, Cole Murphy and Kaitlyn Strader show their top finished medals won at the USA National Karate Do Championships held recently in Florida.
Team of 3 Places
At Karate Nationals
Cole Murphy, and Kaitlyn and Kobe Strader, of the USA Martial Arts Training Center Team in Weston participated in the USA National Karate Do Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The trio brought home two second place and one third place medals.
The five-day event was held at the Broward County Convention Center on July 15 through July 19. Over 1,400 athletes from around the United Stated participated in three areas of competition, Kumite (point sparring), Kata (form exercise) and Weapons Kata (weapons form).
To participate these athletes had to qualify in February at the state qualifier held in St. Albans, WV. After qualifying, Kobe, Kaitlyn, and Cole trained with their Coach Marcus Strader in preparation for the July event.
Winning 3rd place in the nation in the 14-15 year old short weapons division was Kaitlyn Strader. Her brother Kobe won 2nd place in the nation in 10-11 year old weapons division. From Upshur County, Cole Murphy won 2nd in the nation in 10-11 year old weapons division
The three member team would like to thank their parents, family and community for their support. Especially Scott Linger of the Weston Shop 'n Save and the Weston Moose Lodge and Moose Riders group, John and Christy Turner and William P. King and his wife.
Next week when the 2015 Lewis County Minutemen football team hits the practice in preparation for the upcoming season a new but familiar face will be in charge of the Minutemen football program. Dustin Cogar, a 2002 LCHS grad and long-time assistant coach will be the head coach for the Minutemen. This will be his first time as head coach.
Coach Cogar, at age 31, may be young for a head coach, but he has eight years of experience as an assistant coach under former head coach Eddie Vincent. Cogar has also been in the weight room for the Minutemen the past eight years during Vincent's tenure. Cogar, a former Lewis County High School and Fairmont State University football player, is a student of the game. Cogar was a member of the LCHS football team in 2001 that made the school's first playoff appearance during that season. Cogar would also make five other appearances as assistant coach in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014. That makes him the only person in the Lewis County football program to be a member of all six Lewis County teams that have made state playoff appearances.
Coach Vincent believes that Coach Cogar is ready for the new challenge and is confident that Cogar will carry on the tradition that Coach Vincent and his staff have established the past eight seasons.
Coach Cogar sees success for the Minutemen football team will be achieved with a hard-hitting defense, solid special teams and a ball control offense using the wing-t offense. Cogar thinks a huge part of the Minutemen success has been the preparation and planning for the season and games and says that will continue.
Despite having a young squad this season, senior wing back Damien White sees no drop off for Lewis County. Having only 13 seniors and juniors, White does not see that as a problem because the younger players have a lot of talent. What they need to do now is get the experience.