The Southern States Natural Extravaganza Weekend got off to a great start with the Southern States Novice Classic on Friday, July 13, 2007. Looking at all these great athletes who were only too eager to get on stage and show what they were working with and also for a chance to win the Overall and compete in the Open Division on Saturday.
Colton Leonard made his 1st trip to the bodybuilding stage a memorable one by winning the Teen Division, with a very balance look. Nick Klugiewicz made some adjustment from his last outing at the Natural USA, but came up a little short and placed second. You can look for these two guys to make some noise in the NGA in the next year.
Novice Figure Divisions:
With only 7 months of training under her belt, Priscilla Barrera placed 1st in the Novice Short Class, even though she was very nervous for all to see backstage when she stepped out on stage she showed something entirely different with great stage presence and a great physique. Shannon Wood placed second, and Patricia Hickman followed her in third, Katelyn Fruge’ came in fourth, and rounding out the class was Deidre Perez who finished fifth.
Jennifer Brown finished first, followed by Janet Salazar who to me was one of the most relaxed competitors this entire weekend. Tanaya Hudson, who was the tallest competitor at 6’2” finished third. Randi Herrera finished fourth, followed by Mea Williams at fifth, and Shannon Watson in sixth.
In the Overall it was Short Class Winner who won and will be moving on to the BIG SHOW on Saturday. Novice Women Lightweight winner Christine Boss displayed great muscularity and fine lines. She also proved that she can pose by taking home the Novice Classic Women Best Poser Award.
Women's Novice Bodybuilding:
Heather Driskill could not find a good show in Oklahoma so she made the trip down to Galveston to win the Heavyweight Division. In the Overall, Lightweight Winner Christine Boss walked away with the trophy, but opted to sit out the BIG SHOW.
Men's Novice Bodybuilding:
Derrick Craig made some major adjustments from his last time out at the Natural USA to win the Novice Lightweight Class, Nick Klugiewicz finished second, followed by Glen Lemelle who obviously put on some size from the last time we saw him on stage, and rounding out the class was Tim Epting of Denton.
Ryan Grand traveled in from Georgia to place first in the Novice Middleweight. James Hallbeck placed second. Don Stricklin won the Novice Heavyweight, followed by a very much improved Michael Johnson, and Colton Leonard finished third and also won the Novice Men Best Poser.
Don stricklin out muscled the other Class Winners to win the Novice Men Overalls and accepted the invitation to compete in the BIG SHOW the next day.
Saturday, July 14, 2007 was the final day of the Southern States Natural Extravaganza, and the Audience was happy to finally get a chance to see the Open and Pro Competitors.
Special Awards were given to Fitness Concepts for Gym Participation, NGA Pro Women’s Bodybuilder received the NGA Texas Athlete of the Year for 2006, and Dave “Shredder” Goodin received the NGA Lifetime Achievement Award for his continued work with Drug-Free Bodybuilding and Athletics.
Jesse Grand of Smyrna, GA followed her win at the Pro Heart Of America with all 1st place votes to win the Southern States Pro Invitational, she was followed by a very determined Valerie Reed, who after placing low at last years show took some time off to work on her detail and that she did and was rewarded 2nd place. Patrice Arnold made her Pro Debut and was given 3rd, Bridgette Grosvenor placed 4th with Dana Stegall rounding out the top five.
Drexel Long, a 6times NCAA All American Track Star, made the transition to bodybuilding quite smoothly by winning her very 1st Pro Show, a single point separated Dana Easterling from winning, so she had to settle for 2nd place. Frances Parker rocked the audience with a flawless posing routine and was rewarded for it by winning the Women’s Pro Best Poser Award along with a check for $250.00 and placed 3rd in this lineup, Pam Orman of Clinton, MS rounded out this class with a fourth place finish.
Pro Men’s Division winner was Jay Slaughter Jr. who did put on a little more size from his Pro Debut last year, 2nd place went to Clif Koons who at 48 years young proved that the old saying that age is nothing but a number is really a true statement. Mario Reed made his return back to completion after a year and a half layoff placed 3rd, Timothy Brown finished 4th and also won the Pro Men’s Best Poser Award and collected the $250.00 prize that goes along with it.
Masters Figure 1st place went to Julie Mayeaux of Baton Rouge, followed by Patty Walker, and Shannon Watson finished 3rd. Christine Boss continued her winning ways by winning the Masters Women Bodybuilding Division, Janett Martell placed 2nd. Don Stricklin won the 40-49 Masters Class, 2nd went to Glen Lemelle.
R.C Allen won the 50+ Masters Class, with 2nd place going to Tim Epting. Don Stricklin continued his winning weekend by taking the Overall Masters Division and in the process won his Masters Pro Card and will be competing in the NGA Natural Night of Champion Pro Masters Men on November 3, 2007 in Stafford, TX.
Toni Popp traveled all the way from Montana to take the Open Figure Short Division. Priscilla Barrera won the Open Tall Division. Priscilla Barrera went on to win the Overall Figure Division and was awarded her Pro Card. Look for this young lady to make her mark on the Pro Figure Division.
Women's Open Bodybuilding:
Janett Martell won the Open Women Lightweight Division. Roxanne Edrington won the Middleweight Division. In the Overall Roxanne Edrington proved to be a little too much for Janett as she took home the Award along with the Open Women Best Poser Award.
Men's Open Bodybuilding:
Kevin Ofurum won the Open Men Lightweight Division with his deceptive size, 2nd place went to West Monroe, LA’s Kendall Guice who looks better every time out, 3rd place went to Kevin Fisher who made his return back to the stage after taking some time off for work and school. Brandon Arnold placed 4th, followed by Michael Barrera.
Dewayne Malone walked away with the Middleweight Division with and very much improved Andy Hughes taking 2nd place. Michael Bradley took home to Mississippi the 1st place trophy in the Light Heavyweight Division, Joseph Tait who is an athlete with a boat load of promise took placed 2nd, and really had the audience rocking and cheering his every move as he also took home the Open Men Best Poser Award.
Beau Thurman traveled in from Baton Rouge to win the Men’s Heavyweight, he was followed by one of Houston’s well known up and coming competitor Nick Del Toro, and rounding out this class was Don Stricklin who took home more hardware than anyone this weekend. The Overall Trophy and Pro Card went to Middleweight Winner Dewayne Malone who has quickly worked his way to the top and expects to do the same in the Pro Division and he turns his attention to the NGA Pro-Am World Cup in Atlanta on September 8, 2007.