2008 USBF Battle Of York Review.

The U.S. B. F. held its 8th annual Battle of York at the beautiful setting of West York Area Middle School in York, Pennsylvania. This year the numbers were good. We had over 70 competitors registered.

The U.S. B. F. held its 8th annual Battle of York at the beautiful setting of West York Area Middle School in York, Pennsylvania. This year the numbers were good. We had over 70 competitors registered and the quality of physiques was the best I have ever seen at this show.

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The show began promptly as posted with pre-judging at 11 AM with the MsUSBF Figure Short class. Veteran Cathy Ankeny (York, PA) needed her "a game" to beat first time competitor, Lindsay Janeway (Owings Mills, MD). Traveling all of the way down from New York City, Zoila Acevedo was a solid 3rd finisher with a load of potential. The final placing went to Wendye Tobb (Brookeville, MD).

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In the MsUSBF Figure Tall class, Deborah Warner (Baltimore, MD) left no doubt that she came to win. She received 1st place scores from all of the judges. Pennsylvania MsUSBF figure competitors closed ranks and took the next 4 places in the tall class. Finishing 2nd to 4th were Kristin Rodriguez (York), Bonnie Wilson (Red Lion), Samantha Knaub (Seven Valleys), and Bonnie Hoffman (Mt. Wolf).

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Lindsay Janeway came back to take 1st place in the MsUSBF Figure Novice class. Taking 2nd through 5th in the novice figure class was Bonnie Wilson, Samantha Knaub, Bonnie Hoffman, and Michelle Wieger (Dauphin, PA).

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Deborah Warner competed in the 35+ figure class and placed 1st. Bonnie Wilson kept herself busy by coming back to place 2nd in the 35+ figure class. Finishing 3rd through 5th in the 35+ figure class was Cathy Ankeny, Michelle Stoner (Harrisburg, PA), and Zoila Acevedo.

The battle for the overall MsUSBF Figure title and the right to compete as a figure pro was won by Deborah Warner in a close contest against Cathy Ankeny.

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In women bodybuilding master 40+, the 1st place winner was Kimberly Ryman. She is proving to be one of those rare athletes that can compete in both bodybuilding and powerlifting. Coming in 2nd was a vastly improved Sherry Edwards who finished 4th in this class last year. Veteran Lynn Bridges took the final spot. Lynn is one of my favorite competitors. She is very positive and always flashes that beautiful smile.

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Marybeth Forester won a tough Women Open Light class over veterans Kim Ryman and Lynn Bridges. Sherry Edwards won the Women Novice class and 1st place in the Women Open Heavy class over Michele Fadeley. Marybeth came back later in the day to win the Women Open Overall title over Sherry Edwards.

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Masters Men 70+, a youthful birthday boy Ed Cole, (his 73rd birthday was 4 days after the show) displayed outstanding quadriceps separation and biceps peaks to pick up a victory over veteran Ron McNiel. In the Masters Men 60+, a very fit Tony Goodley won the class over Barry Flaharty. Crossing over to take the next two places were Ed Cole and Ron McNeil.

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The Masters Men 50+ class was pack with quality. With outstanding symmetry and lean muscle mass, David Sliney won the class over veteran competitor, Norman Letinski. The other top finishers were Steven Stein, Bryan Ressler, and Dennis Walmer.

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A vastly improved Anthony Reeder dominated the Masters 40+ class. First-time competitor, Darrell Thorne put on a great show to take 2nd place. The remaining top finishers were Frederick Kottmyer, Kristopher Troup, and Robert Holst.

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I know the term, "Total Package" is over used but in the case of Frank Barnes it is more than appropriate. He was the unanimous 1st place vote getter in the Master Men 35+ class. Anthony Reeder and Brian Miller also placed well in this class.

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In a sport that is bursting at the seams with masters, it was good to see the juniors take the stage. Corey Baughman bested J. Joseph Friedman who is just getting started at the very young age of 17.

In the Novice Light class, Darrell Thorne had too much lean muscle mass for Jason Harrison, Casey Bowers, Philip Degaetano, and Kristopher Troup.

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In the Novice Heavy class, Brandon Savoy entered the show late but definitely came to win. Well known Delaware trainer, Fred Smalls, is molding Philip Cohen into a future champ. But today he had to settle for a strong 2nd place finish. Other top finishers were Bryan Ressler, Clinton Fitzkee, and James Martin.

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After winning the Masters 50+ class earlier in the day, David Sliney came back to win the Men Open Bantam class over Steven Stein and Edward Cole. The Men Open Light class was won by Dave Herzog over Kristopher Troup.

Frank Barnes won the Men Open Middle class over LT Thomas, Jason Stevenson , Jeff Scavo, and Brian Miller. One year later, Marlo Diana came back leaner and harder to win the Men Open Light Heavy class over Philip Cohen, Clinton Fitzkee, Dennis Walmer, and James Martin. Anthony Reeder took the Men Open Heavy class over Dave Jannuzzi and Robert Holst.

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The stage was set for the Men Open Overall title and this was a good one. Pulling out a strong victory was Frank "Total Package" Barnes. I expect him to make some serious noise right away in the Men Pros.