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The Lenox Skate Park in Canastota hosted a skateboard tournament Sept. 10. Two competitions were held, the first being a S-K-A-T-E tournament where two entrants compete against one another in a single elimination format.

The first skater performs a routine which must be copied by the second. Judges determine the winner of each round and assign the letters S-K-A-T-E to the loser. A total of 50 skaters performed, and the winner was Andrew Grabowski, 13 years old, of Oneida.

The second part of the tournament is a freestyle event called the Jam Skate. Three age categories divided the entries. Three one-minute runs with the two best runs averaged determined the final score. The skaters were asked to attempt at least three tricks on rails, ramps and flat ground.

A clean basic run can out score a sloppy one, even if the sloppy run lands a big trick.

Winner of the free-style event was Michael Russitano, 12, of Canastota, in the 12-year-old group. Russitano beat 13 other skaters to win the event. Ryan Carswell, 13, of Canastota, won the 13- to 15-year-old bracket by besting 18 other skaters. Kenny Packard, 17, of Morrisville, won the 16 years and older group, beating out eight other competitors.

Sponsoring the event was Black Mamba Skateboards of Mattydale. Shop owner Scott Irving provided the judges and organized the tournament with Lois Brown from the town of Lenox. Product prizes were awarded to the winners.

For more details and tournament results, visit blackmambaskateboards.com.

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