Weirton Bando members place at martial arts event
Several Weirton Bando members placed in the late Clarence West’s Hall of Fame Martial Arts event at Winterville Elementary School this month. Members who placed, front, from left, are Kennen Smith (third place kids 7-8 sparring) and Olivia Smith (second place kids 8-9 girls sparring, second place kids kata). Standing are assistant instructor Patrick Long, Hannah Waggoner (second place female intermediate youth sparring), Braden Smith (third place 13-14 boys novice kata), David Rutter (first place young men’s 16-17 advanced sparring), Howard Shields (first place executive men’s 50-plus sparring) and Weirton Bando instructor Cordell Blackshere. Not pictured is Carlos Shields (first place novice boys 10-11 sparring).