The 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships will feature eight skaters who train at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex.
Three teams will competing in the championship pair event during the Jan. 20-27 championships. They include 2010 Olympian Mark Ladwig and new partner Lindsay Davis, Eastern Sectional champions Tarah Kayne and Danny O'Shea and two-time Eastern Sectional silver medalists Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay.
The final two participants from the Ellenton rink are at the novice level. They are 12-year-old Grace Knoop and Noah Chinault, who are the Eastern Sectional champs.
The national event will be held at Omaha, Neb., and is scheduled to be broadcast live on NBC.
All eight competitors are slated to take part in the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex holiday show titled "My Favorite Things: A Holiday Skating Spectacular" running Dec. 1-2. Tickets can be purchased at www.ellentonice.com or calling 723-3663.
The Bradenton Runners Club's 14th annual Turkey Trot 5-miler is scheduled for Thanksgiving Day at DeSoto National Memorial at 8 a.m.
The race is free, however runners are asked to bring something to be shared with the other par
ticipants and a non-perishable food item for donation to the Food Bank/Meals on Wheels. Items such as bagels, bananas, energy drinks and oranges are recommended favorites to name just a few. New to this year's race is a $1 donation per runner to help defer costs of portable restrooms and police support.
Anyone still wishing to register can do so for an hour on race day beginning at 6:45 a.m.
Harvest Hustle 5K
Two Bradenton runners claimed the overall men's and women's titles Saturday at the 14th annual Harvest Hustle 5K.
Bradenton's Michael Lamb, 23, ran a blistering 16 minutes, 10 seconds to best the field by more than a 1½ minutes for the overall men's title.
Bradenton's Emily Egan, 21 clocked in at 19:26 to triumph in the women's division.
Other male division winners included Tom Kotkiewicz (Master, 19:08) and Gary Hansell (Grand Master, 22:06).
Other female division winners included Theresa Young (Master, 22:02) and Patty Lyons (22:45).
Michael Drennon, with a time of 20:29, was the first stroller-division winner.
The Bradenton BEACH DAWGS 10-and-younger baseball team reached the semifinals of the Wreaking Havoc tournament held this past weekend at the Braden River Baseball Complex. The team went 1-1 in pool play in Friday's action, before beating the Parrish Pirates 11-3 in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinal round.
However, that's where the Beach Dawgs bowed out of the tournament, losing to the Trinity Yankees 12-4.
Leading performers in the tournament were Mac May (7-for-12, double, three RBIs, eight stolen bases), Danny Fritz (five hits, seven runs, 10 stolen bases), Lucas Hartman (four RBIs, four runs, four stolen bases), Cam Bender (three hits) and Logan O'Leary (complete game victory in quarterfinal with seven strikeouts and two hits allowed).
Jason Dill, Herald sports writer, can be reached at 745-7017. Follow him on Twitter @Jason_Dill.