Commentary | Manatee Admirals high school hockey team stays hot on the ice

January 14, 2014 

The Manatee Admirals, the county's high school hockey team, is continuing its impressive form after the holiday break.

The Admirals have played twice in 2014, and have earned a draw and a victory in those two games.

Manatee's most recent match took place this past Friday at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, where the Admirals reeled off a 5-1 victory over Seminole.

Manatee was led by sophomore David Tmej's hat trick and senior Raven Woodring's three assists.

The previous week saw the Admirals play Mitchell to a 3-3 draw.

Manatee leads the Florida High School Hockey Association's Lightning Conference with 29 points through 16 games, while Mitchell sits in second place with 27 points.

Ready for some football?

Minor-league football is back as the Florida Football Alliance season gets underway this weekend. The Bradenton Gladiators begin their quest for that elusive FFA championship at the Manatee PAL Complex on Saturday against the South Dade Shockers.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

The Shockers are a new entrant to the league this season, and the opener is a non-conference game.

No charter, no problem

Manatee Babe Ruth Baseball is not chartering for the 2014 season, but

that does not mean players 13-15 years old seeking to play Babe Ruth are out of luck.

The Sarasota Babe Ruth Baseball program's boundaries share Manatee and Sarasota counties with the Manatee program. That means players can play in either program, no matter which county they live in.

Registration is underway for the spring season at the Sarasota Babe Ruth League Complex, located behind the Fruitville Road Boys and Girls Club near Robarts Arena.

Registration takes place each Saturday in January at 9 a.m. Tryouts are set for Jan. 18 and 25 at 10 a.m.

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Distance run this weekend

The first race in the Manasota Track Club's 2014 series is this weekend when the New Balance Ringling Bridge Run takes place Saturday in Sarasota.

The event is a 4-mile run that starts at 7:30 a.m.

Registration is $30 for adults, $15 for youths (ages 1-18) or $65 for a family (two adults and up to four youths).

While registration ends Wednesday, participants can register until race day for a late fee of an extra $5 for all rates.

A race packet pickup is slated for Friday from noon-7 p.m. at the Frank G. Berlin Sr. YMCA branch in Sarasota.

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

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