Commentary | Rowers shine at opening spring competition

February 19, 2013 

The spring rowing season kicked off with the recent Novice Regatta held at Bill Fredericks Park at Turkey Lake in Orlando.

Manatee County Youth Rowing claimed seven medals among the 12 entries that featured 33 teams competing.

Palmetto High won four, Manatee High captured two, and one went to Southeast High.

Here's a list of the winners: Luke Myhree (Palmetto, silver in men's novice single); Crystal Chouinard, Chelsie Gullet, Kaylie Smith, Callie Bedford and coxswain Colleen Monaghan (Palmetto, bronze in their women's novice four flight); Erin Gilbert, Amelie Bennett, Alexi Earhart, Sydney Estes and coxswain Cody Tsai (Manatee, bronze in their women's novice four flight); Seth Doranth, Konrad Strzalkowski, Lucas Doranth, Cameron Evans and coxswain Amber Davis (Southeast, bronze in men's novice four); Jarrett Tsai and Alex Martinez (Manatee, gold in men's novice double); Grant Fletcher and Trevor Lovett (Palmetto, silver in men's novice double); Ryan Chastain, Courtland Higgins, Tyler Gingras, Peter Myhree and coxswain Austin Pratico (Palmetto, bronze in men's freshman four).

DAWGS take third place

The Bradenton BEACH DAWGS competed in the President's Day Classic at Braden River this past weekend.

The 10-and-younger club took third place, losing 4-3 in the semifinals. The BEACH

DAWGS split their pool play games (11-6 loss to Lakewood Ranch Marauders and 15-0 victory over Sarasota Snipers). From there, the team triumphed 7-5 in the quarterfinals against the Manatee Outlaws.

Bradenton's leading hitters for the tournament were Danny Fritz (3-for-11, two doubles, eight stolen bases), Lucas Hartman (3-for-11, double, five runs batted in), Logan O'Leary (4-for-10, double), Jeremie Swafford (3-for-8, four RBI, four runs, three walks), Cam Bender (3-for-9, four runs, three stolen bases) and Wyatt Sevin (seven runs, seven stolen bases).

O'Leary struck out eight batters in 5 2/3 innings pitched in the Beach Dawgs' quarterfinal game to get the win.

The 11-and-under group, were beaten 8-4 by the Venice Hit Factory.

Noah Font (3-for-5, two RBI, four stolen bases), A.J. Thompson (two hits, triple) and Jake Evans (two hits, three stolen bases) led the offensive production. Font also pitched four innings, while racking up five strikeouts on the hill.

Gladiators stay unbeaten

The Bradenton Gladiators are off to a 2-0 start. Last season, the minor-league football team went unbeaten during the regular season and reeled off playoff victories en route to an Alliance Bowl appearance.

The Gladiators didn't come away with victory, but they are continuing their mission of finally winning the Florida Football Alliance championship. And they did so this past Saturday with a 33-0 rout of the Bay Area Tigers in NFC Central Division action.

Bradenton leads the division by a half game over the Orlando Rage. Those two teams square off this weekend in Orlando with first place on the line. The Gladiators don't return to Bradenton with a home game until mid-March.

Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7017 or via email at Follow him on Twitter @Jason__Dill

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