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Two local students from Kim's Taekwondo Academy placed in the AAU National Taekwondo Championships June 28 through July 3 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., including one that won Gold.

Angel Whiteman of Genoa and Tre Mettie of Graytown qualified for Nationals by winning age-group gold, silver or bronze medals on May 1 at the AAU Ohio State Championships in Columbus. Both local competitors are trained by Kim's Academy owner/instructor Master Saemter Kim.

Whiteman, 18, who took silver in patterns at the Ohio State Championships, is a second-degree black belt in taekwondo. She has been training for nearly 13 years.

Mettie, 11, won gold medals in both sparring and patterns at the Ohio State Championships. The fifth-grader said he was “happy and surprised” he won two Golds. Both were even more pleased to place in Florida.

Whiteman started TDK when she was seven and it has been almost 12 years since. She started at a different school before arriving at Kim’s in October 2009 because her father, who passed away earlier that same month, wanted her to train at a WTF school, and she says she wanted to honor him.

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Oregon board votes leave City League for new league
The Oregon School Board voted unanimously to pass a resolution Wednesday to leave the Toledo City Athletic League and join a new league starting the 2011-12 school year.

If the league is successful in finalizing its formation, the league will include Clay, Whitmer, Fremont Ross, Findlay, Lima Senior, Central Catholic, St. John’s Jesuit, St. Francis DeSales, St. Ursula Academy, and Notre Dame Academy. The new league remains unnamed.

Of the 10 schools, eight will compete in boys athletics, and eight will compete in girls athletics. Clay is the smallest public school among the group.

Athletic Director Mike Donnelly cited a concern over future funding of athletics by Toledo Public Schools as one reason seven schools are leaving the CL. Clay, Whitmer, St. John’s, St. Francis, Central, Notre Dame, and St. Ursula were already competing in the CL, and in 2011-12, Findlay and Fremont Ross were originally planning to join them.

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Since 1972-73, 10 different schools have competed for the Suburban Lakes League championships. This upcoming school year will be the final year.

At every school, there have been championship teams. Almost every community believes it’s high school students can compete with other schools, even when their community’s school has a smaller enrollment.

Take Rossford, for instance. Rossford dominated in the Northern Lakes League in the late 1960s when Eastwood, Lake, Genoa, and Elmwood were members. It was a smaller school in the league then, but today it is a much smaller school than growing enrollments at Perrysburg, Sylvania, Anthony Wayne, and Springfield.

If you asked a Rossford old-school resident why the school remains in the NLL, when many of its team struggle year after year, they will deny the school is not competing. Granted, certain classes win championships, especially in sports where enrollment and depth is not a significant factor. But over time, high school students are high school students, no matter where you go, and it shows when you average out the numbers.

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