Commentary | Manatee Magic soccer teams place in United Halloween tournament

October 22, 2013 

Cameron Gonzales, a fifth-grader at Ballard Elementary School in Bradenton, won a state championship in the intermediate division in point fighting and finished in second place in the traditional forms division and third place in the traditional weapons division over the weekend at the Blitz Martial Arts Championship in Orlando. PROVIDED PHOTO

The Manatee Magic soccer program sent four teams to the Largo United Halloween tournament Oct. 5-6, and three sides placed.

The Magic's 14-and-younger squad took second place after holding opponents scoreless in 280 minutes of tournament action.

The team went 2-0-1 in pool play, receiving two goals from Jo Jo Coulter and one from Gabby Coulter.

That led them to a rematch with Oldsmar, who played the team to a 0-0 draw during pool play, in the championship where they fell 3-2.

Other team members included: Morgan Burns, Grace Bowers, Danielle Capparelli, Gianna Hager, Felicia Cardenas, Emma Moneuse, Lily Meaker, Olivia Glavan, Brooke Capparelli, Shelby Morrow, Brooke McIntosh and Maddie Oliszewski.

The 12-and-under boys club went 2-1 in pool play, while the 13-and-younger squad went 1-1-1 in pool play.

Both sides finished third.

The 11-and-younger team lost two one-goal matches en route to a 1-2 finish in pool play.

Chopping the competition

Bradenton fifth-grader Cameron Gonzalez snatched a state championship in the 10-11 intermediate age division in point fighting at the Blitz Martial Arts Championship recently.

The competition, held in

Orlando, also saw the purple belt earn second place in the traditional forms division and third place in the traditional weapons division.

With the performance, the Ultimate Tiger Martial Arts student earned the overall state title in his division based off the point fighting result. The Blitz Martial Arts Tour is seven tournaments where points are accrued for first through fifth-place finishes, and Gonzalez was the points leader going into the point fighting event.

Two world champion sensei's train Gonzalez: Justin Ortiz and Robyn LeBuffe.

Storm teams unbeaten

The Manatee Storm had two teams complete their regular seasons unbeaten. The Tiny Mites defeated the Manatee Mustangs featuring a 57-yard touchdown run from Tommy Mercado at the end of the game to secure the victory. Mercado added another score earlier in the game, as did Demarius Smith. Carter Dietz, Jake Samuels, Kayden Carroll, Liam Fernandez, Rudy Garcia, Dominic Cardillo, Myreon Lowe, Ashton Dunbar, Travion Pendergrass, Jonathon Styles and Jakobe Murrell were credited with clearing the way on the touchdowns. Anthony Mack, Jake Wyatt, Carmelo Shelley, Jair Henderson, Troy Perales, Mark Kennon, Colton Davis, Landon Pizano and Kale Bunce were credited with the leading a defense that held the Mustangs to 14 points.

The Storm's junior midget outfit edged the Mustangs 24-16 in overtime to finish the season 9-0. John Jones tallied his third touchdown for the winning score, behind blocking from Jackson Sauerbeck, Brandon Waiters, Jesse Dugan, Jackson Dietz, Mateus Urbanski and Korey Waters. Vaughn Hayes converted all three extra points, while the Storm's defense forced three turnovers led by Jett Gillum, Ryan Overstreet, Harrison Fuller, Gage Clarke, Rory Houston and Ademole Adeobe.

Local lifters dominate

Muscle Works Gym in Bradenton had some major success earlier this month at the Southern State Championships, sanctioned by the APF/AAPF.

Orlando Barbell hosted the meet, and Muscle Works claimed the team trophy for the second time in three years because of some strong lifting from various competitors.

Vincent Lysobey (165-pound men's open class) tallied a 1,680-pound total (733 squat, 402 bench, 545 deadlift). Margaret Kirkland (118.5-pound women's open class) secured 1,068 total pounds (468 squat, 215 bench, 385 deadlift). Brantly Kelly (198-pound masters class) totaled 1,533 pounds (657 squat, 287 bench, 589 deadlift). Jason Pritchard (181-pound open class) snagged 1,557 pounds (605 squat, 396 bench, 556 deadlift). And Joe Sansevere (181-pound 60-64 year old class) earned a state record with a 425-pound squat to pair with 270-pound bench press and 408-pound deadlift for a 1,103-pound total.

Each lifter won first place individually, with Kirkland named best lifter and Pritchard named best push pull lifter.

Outlaws claim title

The 941 Outlaws won the 18-and-younger IBC Cure for Cancer baseball tournament at Fort Myers' Terry Park over the weekend. The club won three games en route to the title, polishing it off with a 5-4 victory over the Hialeah Warriors.

Jerad Paperella, Jared Taylor, Derek Paparella and Jake Dominick led the offense with multiple extra- base hits in the three wins.

Charlie Skantze threw a two-hit shutout, while Jared Taylor also recorded a win on the hill to get the Outlaws into the championship game.

Daniel Schroeder tossed the club's third complete game to pick up the final victory.

The Outlaws next head to Lakeland for the JUCO All Star/High School Showcase tournament.

Volleyball rec league

Adult co-ed volleyball is returning to G.T. Bray park for the winter season starting Dec. 11.

There are eight regular-season games, with teams participating in a single elimination playoff tournament.

An information meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at G.T. Bray's recreation center.

Teams must provide their own jerseys, and the team entry fee is $250 with a maximum roster of 12 players.

Registration is Nov. 12-24 at the recreation center. For more information, contact Ashley D'Arpino at 742-5923, ext. 6062.

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

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