Vin's People: 8-&-Under all-stars sweep teams, 65-0

June 14, 2013 

Was that a baseball or football score coming out of Heritage Harbour?

The Manatee Cal Ripken 8-&-Under All-Stars tuned up for the June 20-23 district tournament in Ocala in overpowering fashion at the recent Suncoast Travel Ball Tournament.

Manager Lee Heintz's ballclub swept Fort Meade, Sarasota and Riverview by a combined score of 65-0.

The closest score was 7-0; the biggest rout, 27-0.

The roster includes Christopher Conboy, Justin Cook, Alex Heintz, bat boy Sam Heintz, Judson Hildreth, Ashton Lamb, Mason McReynolds, Jack Muller, Ryan O'Sullivan, Dylan Reiser, Tristan Schellinger, Jaden Stockton, Rylen Stockton and Lucas Viera. Coaches are Mike Stockton and Shane Reiser.

Manatee's first district tournament opponent June 20 is North Central Florida. Another tournament title would send it to West Palm Beach in July.

• That's 50 years of wedded bliss for Myakka City's Sharon and Tommy Howze, who celebrate their golden anniversary Saturday.

• A warm welcome home to Jo Hatley. The Bradenton native and Southeast High School alum has returned after several years in banking in Panama City and Long Beach, Miss., to take a job with HomeBanc in Lakewood Ranch.

• Props to Principal Jennifer Gilray, Athletic Director Bob Bowling and the Pirate students and coaches in Braden River High School's athletics program, Class 7A winner of Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award.

• Bob McComas alert! The Slippery Rock University sports information director and former Herald sports guy will be back in B'town for a couple of days beginning Sunday.

He's now in Orlando at the national SID convention and wants to look up his ol' pals when he gets here.

• Alta (Wescott) Klimmer is getting ready to go up for her 60th class reunion at Lake Placid Central High School in upstate New York.

• Blake Riley-Hawkins, a recent Lakewood Ranch High School graduate, will be a wrestling walk-on at Ohio State, the same path brother, Kyle, took a couple of years ago at the Big Ten program.

Blake wrestled at 132 pounds for the Mustangs. Kyle, a junior academically, wrestles at 184 for the Buckeyes.

• Niece Lauren Pierce has been 18 for all of six months and just got her second jury duty summons.

• Lastly, my sister, Jeanne Evans, said the South Jersey house our parents bought in 1970 for $30,000 -- the place Mom raised my siblings after Pop died in 1972 -- has been put on the market by its latest owner.

For $310,000.

Vin's People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 941-745-7055. Twitter:@vinmannix

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