Commentary | Lakewood Ranch gymnasts tumble to gold

February 25, 2014 

Lakewood Ranch Gymnastics earned the Florida State team championship for Level 4 gymnasts recently when they compiled a score of 116.025 points. In total, the eight gymnasts tallied 18 individual state titles and they defeated all other 44 United States Association for Gymnastics Level 4 teams in Florida on the team side.

The undefeated season was aided by Rian Hanson's 9.900 uneven bars score and Morgan Denofa's 9.700 floor score.

The Level 3 and Level 2 divisions competing for Lakewood Ranch Gymnastics snagged second place overall, while garnering a combined 42 individual state titles.

Mixed tourney results for Beach Dawgs

The Bradenton Beach Dawgs had two teams, their 11-and-younger and 13-and-younger squads, participate in the recent Nations Baseball Winterfest tournament.

The 11-and-younger team went 3-1 before falling in the semifinal game against the Manatee Outlaws.

For the weekend tourney, Lucas Hartman (home run, six innings pitched, two hits, four strikeouts, win), Wyatt Sevin (5 2/3 innings pitched, three strikeouts, win), Logan O'Leary (4 for 9, three RBIs, two runs, stolen base), Joey Benante (3 for 8, RBI, run, walk, two stolen bases, 2 1/3 innings pitched, three strikeouts, save), Jake Duffy (3-for-8, RBI, run), Dante

Talarico (3 for 7, three RBIs, three runs, two walks) and Connor McCray (3 for 7, RBI, run, walk, two stolen bases) led the way.

Meanwhile, the 13-and-younger team won just once in four games. They received standout performances from Jason Hauck (5 for 11, RBI, eight innings pitched, six strikeouts, win) and Connor Landers (4 for 10, four runs, double).

Gladiators pummel another

The Bradenton Gladiators remained perfect in the Florida Football Alliance following Saturday's game as the minor league football organization heads into the second half of the regular season.

Bradenton polished off the Miami Spartans 28-2 behind touchdowns from Chris Hall, Jeff Charlton, Bonshavior Bean and Craig Carnes.

The Glads are expected to receive a stern test from the Orlando Rage this weekend. That game is in Orlando and is the second meeting between the two sides this year. The last matchup ended with Bradenton earning a 21-15 home win.

The Gladiators hold a two-game lead over the Rage in the NFC West Division and remain one of three unbeaten clubs in the FFA.

Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at jdill@bradenton.com. Follow him on Twitter@Jason__Dill

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