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Sports Notebook: Martial arts event features good times, power-punching and more

The 5th annual Oregon State Hanmadang Martial Art Tournament & Expo makes its return to the Bob Keefer Center in Springfield this weekend. The event, organized by MooDo Taekwondo owner Tim Greathouse, will have a martial arts expo on Friday night, and a tournament on Saturday.

The featured guests at this year’s event are former U.S. Olympic Taekwondo head coach Sang Lee and 1992 Olympic Taekwondo Gold Medalist Herb Perez. The Friday night expo is Star Wars themed, and hosts demonstrations, presentations, contests, and a Guinness World Record power-breaking attempt.

Saturday’s tournament hosts competitions in: power breaking with hands & kicks, creative board breaking, forms competitions, speed board breaking, single elimination events, archery and much more.

What: 5th-annual Oregon State Hanmadang Martial Art Tournament & Expo.
Where: Bob Keefer Center, 250 S 32nd St, Springfield.
When: Friday, May 3 at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 a.m.
Tickets: $10 / Kids under 5 free at the door.

Springfield star commits to JUCO

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Creswell girls flag football wins pod

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Drifters add 16 to summer roster

The Springfield Drifters, a collegiate summer wood-bat team that competes in the West Coast League, continues to fill out its roster for the 2024 season – the team’s third since forming. The Drifters signed 16 players to the roster in recent weeks: Kedren Wainkea Kinzie (University of Hawaii), Kaden Alberghini (Seattle University), John Over (Linfield University), Cooper Mullens (University of Michigan),  Jack Peper (Chaminade University), Jace Hampson (University of Oregon), Ian Wolski (Hawai’i Pacific University), Garrett Cooper (Lower Columbia College), Gabe Howard (University of Oregon), Dylan Osborn (University of Washington),  Dane Woodcook (New Mexico State University), Colin Beazizo (Everett Community College), Carter Nelson (University of Oregon), Blake Sandovik (Everett Community College), Aiden Colin (Cal State Northridge), Garrett Vohs (Bushnell University).

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