Oak Hills girl takes first place in Pokemon tournament
Maylee Hornak, 8, holds onto title in 2014 Pokémon Video Game Championship Series
Oak Hills resident Maylee Hornak, 8, is on fire in the Pokémon video gaming world, holding fast to her Autumn Regional Champion title two weekends in a row with a first place win in the junior division in the 2014 Pokémon Video Game Championship Series.
She competed in Pleasanton at the first regional games on Oct. 13, as well as Saturday in Phoenix, Ariz.
“I feel happy and proud of myself,” Hornak said of her Oct. 13 win.
“That was great — first game of season, it really starts out the season well and helps to give her a little bit of confidence to go on,” Paul Hornak Sr. said.
“Oh my gosh! It was stressful, but also exciting, we had a lot of confidence she could do it,” said Maylee’s mother, Josie Alba who attended the competition for the first time in Pleasanton. “Knew she could do it and just to see her succeed and see her so happy, it was awesome.”
Maylee Hornak holds the Southern California title this season, Alba said, and placed first and second in the regional competitions, second in Nationals and 24th in Canada at Worlds last season.
Why does Maylee like Pokémon?
“Mostly everything — winning, competition and challenges, that’s mostly it,” Maylee said.
“She’s winning at almost every competition she’s been to, that makes her feel good and she gets a lot out of it — not just in competition but in prizes,” Paul Hornak Jr., 25, said.
According to the www.Pokemon.com/Play website, “the 2014 Pokémon Video Game Championship Series events begin in North America with Regional Championships in October, January, and April as well as National Championships in summer,” and ending with “…the 2014 Pokémon World Championships.”
There are three divisions: junior, senior and masters. Prizes for the junior division include an award for first place, “Nintendo 3DS system, copy of ‘Pokémon X’ or ‘Pokémon Y,’ combination of 72 booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions and 120 Championship Points,” according to the website.
Pokémon is an activity the whole family can enjoy with Paul Hornak Jr. training Maylee Hornak, and leading the way as a competitor himself since 2008.
“He’s not only her chaperone and coach, but he also gets to compete too so its like a win-win for both of them,” Alba said.
According to Paul Hornak Jr., Maylee practices daily online with those not only comparable in age but adults as well. She plays between five and 10 games to “keep her on her toes,” and to help keep her ahead.
“It takes intelligence and mind power, which move to use and what not to use,” Paul Hornak Sr. said. “I think it really does stimulate the brain a lot as opposed to other games.”
And Maylee has a favorite move and character.
“I like flame charge, a fire move, it’s kind of good and does some damage,” she said with her favorite character being Tepig because “he’s cute.”