Commentary | Bradenton represented at elite soccer event

November 26, 2013 

Bradenton's Rebecca Byrnes, representing the Chargers Soccer Club, is participating in this week's U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program's Girls Thanksgiving Interregional tournament.

The event began Sunday in Boca Raton and features teams representing the four regions in four different age groups.

Byrnes is a member of the Region IV team in the 18-and-younger group (players born in 1996).

The midfielder's side earned a 2-2 draw in their first match of the event, which took place Monday against Region II.

The other 1996 match was a draw, and Byrnes' club returns to action Wednesday before completing group play Friday.

Admirals ice competition

The Manatee County High Admirals are off to a rousing start as they head into their final regular season meeting of the hockey season before the Thanksgiving break.

The Admirals are 9-1-0, and lead the Lightning Conference with 18 points -- three clear of nearest rivals East Lake.

Manatee has scored 79 goals in those 10 games, with Bradenton's David Tmej (12 goals) leading the Admirals in goals.

Sophomore forward Charlie Schukay, of Bra

denton, is the club's top point getter (22) and paces the team in assists (14).

The Admirals have won four consecutive games, with a 5-3 victory over Jesuit last Friday being the most recent.

Manatee next plays Wiregrass (6-2-1, 13 points) in Oldsmar on Tuesday.

Egan claims title

Bradenton Christian alum Emily Egan won the female overall title at Saturday's Harvest Hustle 5K in Lakewood Ranch. The race, which started and finishes at the Harvest United Methodist Church, featured several participants.

The 22-year-old Egan clocked in at 20 minutes, 13.4 seconds for the female championship.

Meanwhile, Charlie Hurt claimed the overall title when he ran the course in 15:59.3.

Other female winners included: Debbie Jayne Kinsey (Masters, 22:50.6), Jodi Mailman (Grand Masters, 23:05.4), Becky Bedford (Senior Grand Masters, 30:39.3) and Maria Georgiev (Veteran Grand Masters, 31:40.6).

Other male winners included: Thomas Kotkiewicz (Masters, 19:19.5), Bob Sievert (Grand Masters, 20:56.9), Tom Chiotti (Senior Grand Masters, 23:40.9) and Charlie Grotevant (Veteran Grand Masters, 24:22.5).

Baseball teams excel

The fifth annual Wreaking HAVOC Fall Championship youth baseball tournament was held at three venues across Manatee County over the weekend, and featured several local teams in a variety of divisions.

In the 8-and-younger division, the Braden River Havoc won the title 14-4 over the Riverdawgs at the Lakewood Ranch Complex.

The Manatee Outlaws finished runner-up in the elite bracket of the 11-and-younger division after losing 11-10 to the Bloomingdale Bandits at Braden River Park.

The Parrish Piranhas earned the No. 1 seed after an unbeaten pool play performance in the 12-and-younger division, but fell to the Bandits 3-2 in the semifinal game at Braden River.

And the Manatee Matrix won the select bracket of the 16-and-younger division with a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Young Guns in the championship game at G.T. Bray park.

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

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