Local Roundup | Manatee's Kinnan near top of list for USA Today award

October 17, 2013 

Prep Football: Kinnan second in USA Today vote

Manatee's Joe Kinnan is making a run toward winning the Region 3 title in USA Today's contest for America's best high school football coach.

As for Wednesday evening, Kinnan has garnered 37.1 percent of the votes, second to Marcus Boyles of Petal, Miss., who has 38.6 percent.

Kinnan reached the regional round after he was voted the best coach in Florida last week.

To vote for Kinnan in the regional round, head to contest.usatodayhss.com and click the "vote now" button. Choose Region 3 on the following page.

Voting for the regional winner ends noon Friday.

Regional winners advance to the national round, and the coach voted the best in the country will receive $2,000 toward his school's athletic department. There will also be cash prizes awarded to coaches who finish second through fifth.

ELSEWHERE -- Palmetto played Sarasota at Palmetto and won 7-0. Martin Clemente ran in a fake field goal for a 21-yard touchdown. This was the last game of the season and Palmetto ended 5-1. The coach said, "I'm very proud of these kids. They came together in the end and won some important games again Booker and Sarasota, especially after Sarasota was coming off of a win over Manatee last week."

Prep volleyball: Braden River beats Bayshore 3-1

Bayshore Bruins lost 3 games to 1 to Braden River. Braden River won the first game 25-21; followed by a Bayshore win of 25-22. Braden River took the next two games 25-16 and 25-17. The non-district match was played at Bayshore.

Cat Bradshaw had 8 kills, 2 aces, 7 digs and 2 blocks.

Bayshore's record is now 9-10. They play at St. Stephen's on Thursday and then everyone heads to districts next week.

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