Community Sports | Bradenton hockey star scores selection to elite competition

jdill@bradenton.comOctober 15, 2013 

CappelloBradenton's Francesca "Franki" Cappello, 11, was selected to play in the all-girl ice hockey tournament called "Hocktoberfest" in Canada as part of the 14-and-younger Tampa Bay Jr. Lightning. PROVIDED PHOTO

Bradenton's Francesca "Franki" Cappello is going to an elite hockey competition this week.

The 11-year-old was selected to play in the all-girl ice hockey tournament called "Hocktoberfest" in Canada as part of the 14-and-younger Tampa Bay Jr. Lightning.

The squad is participating in the Bantam BB division. The event starts Thursday and concludes Sunday in Windsor, Ontario.

Cappello plays for the Gulf Coast Flames boys team in the PeeWee A division in Ellenton.

After learning how to skate a little more than two years ago, Cappello switched to hockey and now the King Middle sixth-grader is heading to an elite competition.

Admirals ice Sarasota

The Manatee Admirals, a high school hockey team, defeated rival Sarasota 8-2 recently behind five third-period goals to improve to 2-0 in the Florida High School Hockey Association's Lightning Conference.

The early October encounter saw freshman Ian Deckard, freshman Michael Corleto and sophomore David Tmej compile two-goal games. Deckard hails from Palmetto, Corleto is from Sarasota, and Tmej is from Bradenton.

The Admirals opened the season with a 12-0 victory over Bloomingdale in late September.

They face Bloomingdale again Friday in Brandon.

Manatee is one of four unbeaten teams and sits two points shy of Jesuit, East Lake and Plant for first place in the conference. However, the Admirals have played one fewer game than those three clubs.

Storm roll to title

The North Manatee Storm's Junior Midget team stayed unbeaten with a 32-14 victory over the East Manatee Bulldogs this past Saturday. The victory gave the Storm (8-0) the No. 1 seed in the South Division heading into the Foundation for Youth Development playoffs in two weeks.

The Pop Warner outfit received strong contributions from Dainon Harker (three touchdown passes), John Jones (receiving touchdown), Ademole Adeobe (receiving touchdown and interception on defense), Dajor Murrell (receiving touchdown), Rory Houston (rushing touchdown), Vaughn Hayes (4-for-4 on extra points), Kory Waters (interception), Jett Gillum (interception), Jakir Fordham (fumble recovery) and the blocking on offense from Mateus Urbanski, Ryan Overstreet, Jesse Dugan, Brandon Waiters and Jackson Sauerbeck.

Meanwhile, the Tiny Mite division team peeled off its sixth win this season with Jakobe Murrell (two touchdowns), Jonathan Styles (touchdown) and Tommy Mercado (touchdown) scoring in the 28-14 triumph over the Bulldogs. The defense was led by Kayden Carroll, Colton Davis, Jair Henderson, Mark Kennon, Troy Perales, Anthony Samuels and Carmelo Shelley.

Beach Dawgs split

The 11-and-younger Bradenton Beach Dawgs Red team went 2-2 this past weekend in the 12-and-younger USSSA Fall Travel League, getting an 11-1 victory over the Lutz Locomotive and a 10-7 win over the Suncoast Vipers.

Top performers included Satchell Norman (4-for-4, five runs, RBI, two doubles, four stolen bases), Logan O'Leary (4-for-9, four runs, two RBIs, first career home run, double, two stolen bases, walk), Lucas Hartman (3-for-10, two runs, RBI, walk, four innings pitched, win, six strikeouts, one hit allowed) and Wyatt Sevin (3-for-5, run, two RBIs).

The 12-and-younger Beach Dawgs White squad went 0-4 during weekend action, but received standout performances from Corbin Blackstone (5-for-9, three runs, two RBIs, six stolen bases), Will Clem (2-for-4, two walks, three stolen bases) and A.J. Thompson (3-for-9, run, three RBIs, double).

Pet friendly run Saturday

The Doggie Bones 5K is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Nathan Benderson Park. Registration closes Tuesday, and it costs $30 for the chip-timed 5K run, $15 for the kids fun run or $20 for the 1-mile run/walk.

This is the second annual event, and it benefits Nate's Honor Animal Rescue.

For more information, contact Dari Oglesby at 941-747-4900 or visit

Jason Dill, Herald sports writer, can be reached at 941-745-7017. Follow him on Twitter @Jason­_Dill.

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