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July 8, 2009 > Double win for Fremont in Pokemon gaming

Double win for Fremont in Pokemon gaming

By Marty Friedman

Talk about making headlines. This past May 18, 11-year-old Peter Huang and 19-year-old Huy Ha, went up against some of the Bay Area's toughest Pokemon players in the Pokemon Video Game Regional Championships.

Using all their skills and smarts, Fremont's Ha finished on top of the Senior Division, while Huang was a strong finalist in the Junior Division.

Ha's win earned him a trip to America's Center in St. Louis, Mo., this past June 27 where he faced even tougher players from across the country, in the Pokemon Video Game National Championships. (You didn't even have to participate in the Regionals to play in the Nationals.)

Apparently there was no stopping Huy Ha. Leaving a slew of competitors in the dust, Ha joined the other 15 winners of the Nationals to form the American team. Huang, however, declined the offer to take his skills to the National Championship round.

Ha will next be found taking on Pokemon wizards from Germany, France, England and Japan in the ultimate challenge: the Pokemon Video Game World Championships in San Diego August 14 and 15.

The top winner garners a trophy and much, much more. How does an all-expenses paid trip to your choice of Tokyo, Japan, New York City or Oahu, Hawaii sound? Not to mention other goodies like a complete Nintendo DS Game System and an invitation to compete in the Pokemon Video Game World Championships in 2010.

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