Vin's People: Manatee 8-&-Unders unbeaten in postseason

June 28, 2013 

Those Manatee Cal Ripken 8-&-Under All-Stars are on their way to state.

Manager Lee Heintz's ballclub remained unbeaten in postseason play, sweeping last weekend's district tournament in Ocala, beating North Central Florida, 8-4; Oviedo, 9-6; and South Daytona, 9-1.

The Cal Ripken State Tournament is July 3-8 in Palm Beach Gardens.

The All-Star 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.

• Oh, no! Say it ain't so! Lynne LaVallee Roosa, the real brains at the Luhrsen Law Group, has hit the Big 5-0!

• Adam Mott just earned a bachelor's degree in fire and emergency services from the University of Florida. He's with the Port Charlotte Fire Department.

Cheers from Jennifer, Jodie and Joey Kerns; Jane, Pepi and Weston Ribley; and Jim and Jane.

• That's 59 years of wedded bliss Sunday for Jack and Darlene Stewart.

• Brittany Wilson's going to have an interesting summer. She'll spend five weeks in Ecuador as part of Florida State University's Travel Abroad Program. Brittany will stay with a host family, immerse herself in the language and take twice-daily classes, too.

Rain forest excursions, white water rafting and camping are also on the itinerary.

Brittany's wanted to take a trip like this since her days at Sea Breeze Elementary School, where best friend Mapis Alvarez began teaching her Spanish.

• Mike Kennedy is now director of discipleship at Harvest United Methodist Church.

• Big ups to Andrew Gugliemini, honored by the Florida High School Athletic Association among its 2013 FHSAA Officials of the Year as its top football referee. Blowing the whistle under those Friday night lights around these parts is a tough gig.

The longtime Manatee Hurricane wrestling coach refs with the Southern Independent Conference Officials Association.

• Karen and Dan Weaver are 39. Again.

• Remember Bradenton's Independence Day celebration starts July 2 at McKechnie Field. World War II veterans will be recognized before the Marauders host the Fort Myers Miracle. Postgame there's country music's

David Nail performance and McKechnie's always awesome fireworks.

First pitch is 6:30 p.m.

• Team Denison -- Cindy, Dwayne, Tori and Ariana -- are back from a nine-day vacation in Hawaii. Pop expanded his Hawiian shirt collection, too.

• If it could be arranged, Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston has an idea for bringing Bradenton resident Nik Wallenda's high wire act downtown.

"We could have him walk across Old Main Street on St. Patrick's Day," Hizzoner said. "That'd be a riot."

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

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