With their top fighters' appearance at the junior national championship on the horizon, member of the Moose Jaw Koseikan Judo Club put together an admirable performance at the final provincial tournament of the season.
Three of the club's four national competitors put together medal performances at the tournament in Prince Albert, two of those gold.
Stephanie Legault, competing in the juvenile girls under-63 kilogram division, put together a 3-0 record to win gold in her category, while Kailey Large was a perfect 2-0 in junior women's under-78kg and also a gold medalist.
"They both had really good tournaments and showed they're ready to go," said Koseikan head instructor Cliff Wiens. "Everyone who fought this weekend did a great job, it was a great way to wrap up the season."
Junior competitor Brian Smith -- who will be taking to the mat in his second national tournament this weekend and will also represent Saskatchewan at senior nationals -- put together a 1-2 record in the men's under 90 kilogram category, battling a familiar opponent in all three matches.
"He ended up having to fight Jim," Wiens said, referring to his black belt and Koseikan instructor son. "They had some good matches, though, and that's good to see knowing what's going to be on the line next time Brian fights."
Koseikan's fourth junior national competitor, Mark Kerr, opted out of the Prince Albert tournament in order to offset any opportunity for injury.
"He was a little worried about getting hurt so close to nationals and wanted to save himself," Wiens said. "That's fine, too, because anything can happen when you fight in a tournament."
In total, the club's 13 competitors picked up 12 medals, seven of those gold.
Cadet boys Leigh White, Levi Cordick and Alex McGillis went undefeated in their respective divisions, a feat echoed by Tom Glasrud in the juvenile boys category.
With their competitive schedule finished for the season, the club will now focus on final belt grading early this week before preparing for their annual awards banquet May 11.
Koseikan results from Prince Albert are as follows:
Cadet Boys under 46-kg -- 1. Leigh White (3-0)
Cadet Boys under 34-kg -- 1. Levi Cordick (2-0)
Cadet Boys under 46-kg -- 1. Alex McGillis (3-0)
Juvenile Boys under 74-kg -- 1. Tommy Glasrud (2-0)
Juvenile Girls under 63-kg -- 1. Stephanie Legault (3-0)
Junior Women under 78-kg -- 1. Kailey Large (2-0)
Senior Men over 90-kg -- 1. Jim Wiens (2-1), 2. Brian Smith (1-2)
Juvenile Girls over 63-kg -- 2. Danielle Pakula (2-2)
Juvenile Boys under 50-kg -- 2. Jeremy Williams (2-2)
Junior Men under 66-kg -- 2. John Smith (1-2)
Senior Men over 90-kg -- 2. Brian Smith (1-2)
Juvenile Girls under 63-kg -- 3. Marisa Kerr (3-2)
Juvenile Boys under 50-kg -- 4. Garth Rivers (0-2)
Appeared in the Moose Jaw Times-Herald April 14, 2001