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Whole family's into judo

Published May 18, 2007


For David Carreras, judo is a family activity that involves three generations.

Now, much of the family can call each other medal winners.

At the Florida Tri State Judo Championships earlier this month in Boca Raton, David Carreras, 39, won an individual state championship in the 90-kilogram (198-pound) class. His 12-year-old daughter, Kristina, got a bronze medal for third place at 28 kilos (61 pounds).

Emilee Carreras competes in the 7-year-olds' division and Carreras' father-in-law, Frank Costa, still coaches at age 65 and oversees the team when traveling to some tournaments.

"Everyone gets involved in some way, " Carreras said.

"My wife, Wendi, and mother-in-law, Marie Costa, always make sure we have a cooler filled with ice packs. In most tournaments, we need to ice down the lumps and bruises from the competitive fighting."

There are approximately 200 students involved with the Florida School of Judo. School founder Ed Maley, 75, has been teaching the sport in Hillsborough County since 1963.

Costa took 20 competitors to the state championships and five team members won individual state titles. Most of the others placed second or third.

Tylor Ferry, a Riverview High freshman, has been part of the Florida School of Judo training program since he was eight years old. His dad, Scott, is his personal trainer and a coach for the program.

Ferry won a gold medal competing in the 15- and 16-year-old division at 60 kilos (132 pounds).

The other two state champions were Jessica Alzamora, who won a gold medal at 28 kilos (62 pounds) in the bracket for 11- and 12-year-old kids. Richard Santacruz, won his title competing against 13- and 14-year-olds at 60 kilos (132 pounds).

Sara Subko won the fifth championship, competing with 9- and 10-year-olds at 34 kilos (75 pounds).

Capturing silver medals were 6-year-old Sara Alzamore at 19 kilos (42 pounds); Christopher Alaynick, 11- and 12-year-olds, 48 kilos (106 pounds); Maxwell Alaynick, 6-year-olds, 28 kilos (62 pounds); and Alexander Alaynick, 11- and 12-year-olds, 54 kilos (119 pounds).

Tim Thierren took a silver medal among seniors at 90 kilos (198 pounds) and Adrian Dodson won a silver medal for ages 9-10 at 34 kilos (75 pounds).

Bronze medal winners were Paul Dodson, seniors, 100 kilos (220 pounds); Jason Huertas, ages 11-12, 42 kilos (92 pounds); and Lucky Marshall, ages 40-50, 90 kilos (198 pounds).

[Last modified May 17, 2007, 07:26:41]

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