Ivan is not afraid to take on the big kids. In this year’s USA Open he defeated 11-year-old challengers for gold medals in kumite (a sparring competition) and kata (a choreographed positioning contest). “They are a lot stronger and bigger,” says Ivan of older opponents. “They have an advantage with their reach, but I stay close to them and find opportunities to attack.” It was the second straight year that Ivan won gold at the USA Open. He is also a two-time USA Karate national champion in both events.
Brady completed a sweep at this year’s Indiana state championships, winning the folkstyle, freestyle, and Greco-Roman events in the novice, 165-pound division. In April, he went 10–0 at the AAU Elementary National Duals meet, earning Gold All-America status.
Mikayla holds school records in the 800 meters (2 minutes, 28 seconds), the 1,600 meters (5:18), the mile (5:27), and the 1.5-mile (8:08) races. She won each of those events at her school’s league championship meet in June. In basketball, she helped her team finish 10–0 and win the league title.
Katie, a pitcher, threw two no-hitters and had two 18-strikeout games for Overlook Middle School this season. She finished with a 5–2 record, 91 strikeouts, and two saves. At the plate, Katie hit .500 with five home runs and 33 RBIs while leading her team to a 10–2–1 record.