The Braden River and Lakewood Ranch High girls weightlifting teams each had several lifters advance out of the Sub-District 8 Qualifier Jan. 9 at Palmetto High.
Braden River’s Sarah Weiss was the lone champion for the Lady Pirates, winning the 169-pound weight class. Michelle Tran (101), Cayton Christman (110), Demi-Shay Watchorn (129) and Linh Lyndsey Nhuyen (154) also advanced.
Lakewood Ranch crowned four champions, including Emily Perez (101), Riley Bohan (129), Theresa Sumunovic (139) and Amanda Johnson (154).
Jenn Trotter (139) also will advance for the Lady Mustangs.
The lifters will now move on to the District 8 meet Jan. 25 in Port Charlotte.
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Food and fun
The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and its Young Leaders Alliance have something to talk about: the organizations collected 764 pounds of nonperishable food and $1,295 cash to benefit The Food Bank of Manatee/Meals on Wheels PLUS.
River Club’s Cheryl Kaufman says she’s still pinching herself.
A little “Ho! Ho! Ho!” can go a long way this holiday season.