Girls receive skating honors

Top awards were earned by two local skaters at the U.S. Nationals Figure Skating 2013 Solo Dance Series championship held in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Katherina Frantz of Poland captured a first-place gold medal and Julianna Stanley of Newton Falls received a second-place silver medal. The two competed against the top six skaters from each of the three U.S. sections.

Stanley ranked fourth in the Midwest section for the preliminary ice dance level and Frantz ranked second in the pre-bronze ice dance level.

Their ranking in the Midwest section qualified them to compete in the National Solo Dance event.

The girls and their coach, Giselle Frantz, have worked through the year to get to the National Championship and take home medals.

Also competing with the two was Ariana Zebrasky.

The three prepared for the competition at the Phantoms Figure Skating Club at the Ice Zone.