Three local weightlifters finished in the top 3 at the District 8 meet Jan. 25, at Port Charlotte to advance to the FHSAA Finals Feb. 9.
Booker’s Alexandria Bartley was the lone local individual champion, winning the 183-pound weight class. Bartley benched 185 pounds and lifted 165 pounds in the clean and jerk, finishing 60 pounds ahead of Port Charlotte’s Shannon Gribben.
Riverview’s Elexis Ousley finished second in the 154-pound weight class (145, 155).
Ousley’s teammate Shoshanah Bailey finished third in the unlimited weight class. (200,155).
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Coats for kids
Knights of Columbus Councils are helping children in need by providing coats to children in their communities through the order’s Coats for Kids program.
Santa and his elf made a surprise stop Dec. 13, at WineStyles, in San Marco Plaza, by Harley-Davidson motorcycle, during the store’s weekly Friday night wine-tasting event.
Members and guests of the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club ventured Dec. 4 to Orlando, to view holiday decorations at the Grand Floridian and to have lunch at Downtown Disney.