Vin's People: National anthem in good hands for Grapefruit League

February 28, 2014 

Wakeland Elementary School's Mikaela Boelkins, Emma Craig, Olivia Hodge, Melanie Van Peenen and Emily Watrobsky sang our national anthem at the Pittsburgh Pirates' Black and Gold game Tuesday.

Michelle Montezeri did the honors Wednesday against the New York Yankees.

Beginning with Saturday's game, the lineup of folks performing this distinct honor at McKechnie Field's Grapefruit League games are:

Saturday -- Jordan Lutz, Tampa Bay Rays

Monday -- Jessica Cary, Boston Red Sox

Thursday -- Brooke Bonderer, Barry Yoderer (O Canada), Toronto Blue Jays

Friday -- Ben Bakker, Minnesota Twins

March 9 -- Ellery Carlson, Boston Red Sox

March 10 -- Jessica Tilickey, Baltimore Orioles

March 14 -- Christal Cashmore, Philadelphia Phillies

March 15 -- Robin Fernandez, Tampa Bay Rays

March 17 -- Matthew Huff, New York Yankees

March 20 -- Nicole Wishon, Baltimore Orioles

March 22 -- Stephanie Roberts, Philadelphia Phillies

March 25 -- Diana Walters, Paul Villaluz ("O Canada"), Toronto Blue Jays

March 27 -- Thomas Jomisko, New York Yankees.

• A bow to Southeast High School's Lady Seminoles Class 5A state basketball champions.

Coached by the inimitable John Harder, they are Johnelle Clarke, Dertaevia Gatheright, Janelle Gould, Shauntavia Green, Daisha Kelly, Kristina Logan, DeAngela Mathis, Bevin Mays, Breyonna Reed, Keshawna Robinson, Jazmine Sutton, Marline Valcin, Mirline Valcin, Jasmine Williams and Moriana Williams.

• The Suncoast Mummers String Band has two concerts on tap. The first is 8 p.m. Friday at Neel Auditorium, State College of Florida, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. The second is 7 p.m. March 7 at Renaissance on Ninth, 1816 Ninth St. W. Bradenton. Call 941-729-4069 for details.

• Bayshore High School's Krista Edwards, Ashley Perry and Arianna Priebe are delegates,

while Julia De Camargo and A'driana Sams are alternates for American Legion Auxiliary Girls State.

• After his first season of professional baseball in the Gulf Coast Rookie League, Cord Sandberg reported Thursday to spring training at Clearwater with the Phillies.

Baseball website FanGraph pegged the ex-Manatee Hurricane as the fourth-best outfielder in the Philadelphia farm system: "He has above-average, left-handed power, but is still learning to tap into it in game situations. He has good bat speed. Sandberg has a patient approach and has an idea at the plate. Defensively, he should be above average in left field thanks to his range and solid arm."

• Former NBA ref Bob Delaney will officiate Bayshore Elementary School's "Positive Behavior System" dodgeball game at 9 a.m. Friday, part of his fifth-grade Leadership Academy the past six years at the school.

Vin's People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 941-745-7055. Twitter: @vinmannix

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