Wednesday May 27 2009
Brother, sister bring home the gold
By: Matt Long
Siblings win state judo titles
For the second straight year Folsom’s Curtis Booth has won the California State Judo Championship, but this year he wasn’t the only one in his family to accomplish that feat. Booth, 10, and his younger sister, Ashley, 7, both came home from San Diego following the state championships held May 24-25 with gold medals around their necks. Curtis won the Intermediate B, 10-11 year old, 28-kilogram class, while Ashley claimed the Bantam, 7-8 year-old, 23-kilogram division. “It looks like Ashley is following in her brother’s footsteps,” proud parent Alan Booth said. Ashley lost her first match, but then won two matches in a row with perfect “ippon” throws to defeat the tournament’s top-seed and earn the gold medal. Curtis won all five of his matches, including an opening-round win over his rival Robert Gomez, to win the gold. Like his sister, he finished off his last four opponents by garnering perfect scores on “ippon” throws. After losing to Gomez in consecutive years, Booth has now defeated him the last two years on his way to winning the championship. The brother/sister combo will now prepare for the US Judo Federation Nationals to be held in San Francisco on July 11-12. Both Curtis and Ashley will look to improve on their fourth-place finishes from a year ago. Curtis just finished fifth grade at Sandra J. Gallardo, while Ashley just completed second grade at the Folsom school.