+ GSJGA tees off Winter Tournament Series
The Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association began its Winter Tournament Series Jan. 13, at the Royal Lakes Course of the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club.
Nearly 50 players participated in the event. Tournament winners include:
Girls 12 and Under
Gabrielle Tomeo (81)
Nicole Polivchak (77)
Victoria Cangero (82)
Kadi Pallastrone (79)
Yumi Fujii (80)
Grace Gildner (81)
Boys 12 and Under
Max Coutsolioutsos (71)
Drew Angelo (78)
Jeremy Perna (70)
Louis DelFabro (75)
Zach Couto (75)
Jeovani Veloz (75)
Jordan Miller (68)
David Spreen (74)
Yuki Fujii (77)
The next GSJGA event will be played Feb. 24, at The Meadows Country Club.
+ Mustang grapplers go 3-1
The Lakewood Ranch High wrestling team went 3-1 at the Dr. McBath Tough Man Duals Jan. 12, at Pasco High.
The Mustangs defeated North Marion (37-34), Lake Wales (57-16) and The Villages, who are ranked No. 11 in the state in Class 1A, (33-33) in a tiebreaker. Lakewood’s lone loss came against Pasco (57-9).
Bailey Sever, Robert Collier, Ty McLeod and Jared Dipsiner all went 3-1.
+ Lady Pirates improve to 14-5
The Braden River High girls basketball team went 2-1 this week to improve its record to 14-5, tying a school record for wins in a season.
The Lady Pirates opened the week with a 64-53 victory over Venice Jan. 8. Cheyenne Ogline and Kelly Logan both had 16 points to pace Braden River. Kiki Mitchell added 11 points, 11 rebounds and seven steals.
On Jan. 10, Braden River defeated Booker 62-45. Ogline finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. Mitchell added 11 points and eight steals. Alexis Stout had 10 points and six steals.
The Lady Pirates wrapped up the week with a 50-36 loss to Sarasota Jan. 11. Madison Jaco finished with 11 points and four blocks to lead the way for Braden River. Logan scored eight points and Ogline added seven points.
+ Sun Coast Senior Men’s Tennis League in full swing
The Sun Coast Senior Men’s Tennis League is in the midst of its 31st season with more than 1600 players from 30 tennis clubs in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.
The league began its season in early November and will continue playing through March.
Here are the leaders through the first two months of the season:
50-1 Payne Park Cardinal
50-2 Longboat Public Cardinal
60-1 Payne Park Red/Bath & Racquet Blue/ El Conquistador Red
60-2 Oaks Blue
60-3 Village Walk Blue/ Meadows Blue/ Cedars Red
60-4 Heritage Oaks Red
60-5 Palm-Aire Red
60-6 Courtside Red/Walton Gold
60-7 Bath & Racquet Gold
70-1 Bath & Racquet Gray
70-2 El Conquistador White
70-3 Longboat Public Silver
70-4 Serendipity Silver/ Longboat Key Silver
75-1 Longboat Public Maroon/ Jacaranda Maroon
75-2 Plantation Maroon
80-1 Longboat Public Platinum
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Gullett student wins speech contest
Gullett Elementary School student Hailey Wahlers took home top honors May 11, after placing first in the Tropicana District Speech Contest.
Girl Scouts give cookies a new cause
Local Daisy Scouts from Troop 180 are helping Feeding Empty Little Tummies feed homeless school children in the area.
Dancing group to host fundraiser
Members of KC and the Sunshine Dancers, a group of Manatee County dancers ages 8 to 20, will show off their dancing skills in jazz, hip-hop and contemporary dance from 7 to 9 p.m. May 28, as the group holds a show titled "Breaking Ground."