+ Thunder walk off with win
The Out-of-Door Academy baseball team scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a bases-loaded walk to defeat Lakewood Ranch 5-4 March 14.
Sophomore Tyler Dietrich hit a triple to lead off the bottom half of the inning. Jake Romine, who had hit a two-run triple earlier in the game, drew a walk to score the winning run.
Austin Hoppe earned the win on the mound for the Thunder, allowing two runs on six hits.
+ Yan finishes second
Michelle Yan shot a combined 10-over-par 154 to finish second in the girls 15 to 18 age group of The Johnson Wales University Series March 9 and March 10, at Timacuan Golf and Country Club in Lake Mary.
The event, which drew 114 golfers across four age divisions, was part of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour.
+ GSJGA continues Winter Tournament Series
The Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association held its third of five Winter Tournament Series events March 13, at Bent Tree Country Club in Sarasota. Individual results include:
• Girls 12 and Under
Alyssa Mercado (95)
• Girls 13-15
Nicole Polivchak (89)
• Girls 16-18
Kadi Pallastrone (82)
• Boys 12 and under
Josh Perna (79)
• Boys 13-15
Jeremy Perna (72), Ron
Johnson (75) and Kelly Sun (76)
• Boys 16-18
David Spreen (77, won first
playoff hole with a par)
Ben Boulch (77)
ODA girls tennis
The Out-of-Door Academy improved to 7-0 with a 5-2 victory over St. Stephen’s March 14.
Caroline Dailey (No. 1), M’Balia Bangoura (No. 2), Alana Sherman (No. 4) and Cheyenne Kerekes (No. 5) all recorded singles victories for the Lady Thunder. Dailey and Bangoura also were victorious at No. 1 doubles.
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Instructor jazzes up routine
The East County’s Sue Encke, a jazzercise instructor, recently attended the annual Jazzercise Live event in Washington, D.C., along with more than 1,500 other customers and instructors from across the world.
Tiny Hands supports students
The Tiny Hands Foundation, with the help of more than 200 volunteers, will fill 1,500 backpacks with school supplies for children in need from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 2, at the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota, 3100 Fruitville Road, Sarasota.
Fund begins wreath sales
The Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund, established in honor of former Out-of-Door Academy student Taylor Emmons, is at it again.