Five area girls and three area boys were selected for the North American Sport Taekwondo Association 2014 national Cadet Team.

A total of 15 athletes were selected (including alternates), eight female and seven male, in the 9 to 14 age group to compete on the team, which will compete in five district competitions, one state competition, national competition, one international competition and the U.S. Open.

The team will be coached by Chris Rangel of Newton, who directs Ultimate Martial Arts. Rangel was named the 2014 NASTA coach of the year. The UMA was the 2014 NASTA national teams weapons champion and national Olympic sparring team champion.

All of the local athletes selected compete with the UMA.

Athletes selected are listed below:

Female

Hayley Loewen, first degree black belt, 2x national champion, 2x state champion

Maylee Edwards, first degree black belt, 1x international medalist, 2x national medalist, 2x state runner-up.

Blazee Stahl, first degree black belt, 2x national champion, 3x state champion

Miranda Baty, second degree black belt, 1x national champion, 2x state champion

Rachel Lyons (alternate), first degree black belt 2x national medalist, 3x state medalist

Brooke Hallsy, first degree black belt, St. Louis

Jade McCarnoty, first degree black belt, Anchorage, Alaska

Jhoanna Hughes, first degree, black belt Ames, Iowa

Male

Mason Groves, first degree black belt, 2x national champion, 3x state champion

Eli Hernandez, first degree black belt, 1x national champion, 2x state champion

Elijah Edwards (alternate), first degree, black belt, 2x national Medalist, 2x state runner-up

Stephen Baca, second degree black belt, Ames, Iowa

Brice Wagoner, first degree black belt, Madison, Wisconsin

Stephen McCarnoty, second degree black belt, Anchorage, Alaska

Dylan Solberg, first degree black belt, Minnesota