+ Ranch swim team plans Parents Night Out
The Lakewood Ranch High School swim team will host a Parents Night Out fundraiser from 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sept. 22, at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 3333 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
One of the swim team’s parents, Gene Stasiowski, will be taking the stage during the open-mic portion of the night.
Donation is $10 per person. All profits will be used toward a banquet for the swim team at the end of the swim season.
For more information or tickets to sell, contact Gene Stasiowski, 727-2841 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
+ Bulldog Pee Wees still perfect on season
Thanks to a score by Jernard Porter, the East Manatee Bulldog Junior Pee Wees cruised to a perfect 3-0 on the season with a 7-6 win over the Trojans.
Mitey Mite Blue lost to the Trojans 13-6; Mitey Mite Red beat the Sharks 18-6.
The Junior Midgets lost their first game of the season to the Trojans 44-26.
The Midgets lost to the Trojans 26-6. Dimitri Smith scored on a 55-yard run for the Bulldogs. Dusty Peebles threw for more than 100 yards for the second week in a row. Leading receivers were Erik Ross, Zack Staton and Smith.
+ Frantz organizes first charity challenge
All former golfers from all high schools in Manatee and Sarasota counties from the past 25 years (1986-2010) are invited to compete in the first High School Golf Charity Challenge beginning at 1 p.m., Oct. 16, at Rosedale Golf and Country Club, 5100 87th St. E.
Organized by Lakewood Ranch boys golf coach Dave Frantz, this four-man scramble event pits former and present players from the 13 area schools in three flights of competition. Present and former coaches, and all supporters are welcome to play as well.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Tampa Bay area’s Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk Oct. 29-31.
For more information, contact Dave Frantz, email@example.com.
+ BRSC announces 2010 Halloween Havoc
The Braden River Soccer Club will host its eighth Halloween Havoc soccer tournament Oct. 22-24 on BRSC’s home fields near Lakewood Ranch High School, 5500 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.
Team registration continues through Oct. 4. Registration fees are $325 for U9/U10, $375 for U11/U12 and $425 for U13/U14/U15.
Teams will be notified of their acceptance by Oct. 13. Registration fees from teams not accepted will be returned. Teams withdrawing from the tournament after notification of acceptance will forfeit their registration fee.
Registration can be completed online at www.bradenriversoccer.org/Halloween_Havoc.html. Teams also can contact Tournament Director: Brenden Moriarty by mail, 6215 Braden Run, Bradenton, Fla., 34202; by phone, 526-9112 or 524-0621; by fax, 744-0086; or by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
+ FLrunners.com ranks Ranch No. 1
Flrunners.com last week ranked Lakewood Ranch’s girls cross country No. 1 in the state in Class 3A.
Writer Andy Holmes put the Mustangs above defending state champion Chiles.
And the Lady Mustangs certainly lived up to the hype at the Hagerty Open Sept. 11 at Seminole State College in Oviedo. Five Lady Mustangs finished in the top 10 in the Girls 5K Run. Olivia Ortiz won the event at 19:03.69, followed by teammate Kristin Zarrella at 19:09.58. Natalie Novak finished fourth at 19:44.64, and Devin McDermott sixth at 20:11.94. Ashley Platt finished eighth at 20:22.41.
The team scores 23 points and posted a team average of 19:42 — the lowest of any team in the state this season.
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