A bow to Tonja Brown McKinney, a 1978 Southeast High alum and future FSU Athletic Hall of Fame inductee.
The former NCAA 400-meter hurdles champion will be among honorees saluted at halftime of FSU’s Sept. 3 game with Louisiana-Monroe.
Now an assistant track coach with Palmetto High, Tonja was ranked No. 3 in the United States and No. 5 in the world in her event before retiring.
Husband Johnny (J&J Bar-B-Que) McKinney, children Jeremiah, Johnathan and Jessica, and grandma Lorine Brown are proud.
Peter Warrick, another SEHS great, was inducted by FSU last year.
n Dan and Karen Weaver are 39. Again.
n It was like old times for a couple of Bradenton kids on the first day of summer.
Boyhood pals J.R. Murphy and Michael Ohlman were catchers in the Class-A South Atlantic League All-Star game June 21 in Salisbury, Md.
J.R., who represented the Yankees’ Charleston RiverDogs, played for the South.
Michael, with the Orioles’ Delmarva Shorebirds, played for the North.
Both had baseball scholarships to Miami, but turned pro after the 2009 draft in which J.R. was a second-round pick and Michael, an 11th-rounder.
The Yankees have since promoted J.R. to their FSL ballclub in Tampa.
n By the way, Michael’s No. 1 fan, grandma Rona Livingston, is 76.
n Singer and pianist Eli Mattson, the runner-up in season three’s “America’s Got Talent,” will be busy Saturday night at McKechnie Field. He’ll sing our national anthem pregame, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch and perform a post-game concert.
n Eleni Sokos is 23.
n MHS senior Marsha Ambroise was selected to attend the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State this month in Washington.
n Kim Bailey is 52.
n Good to hear Brian Schultz’s voice, literally.
His vocal cords were affected by neck surgery and he couldn’t talk for several months.
He’s good now.
“He hasn’t shut up for three days,” wife Julia joked.
n Good luck to father-and-son partners Patrick J. and Patrick S. George and their crew at the new Jersey Mike’s, 4020 14th St. W. They are Garret Barth, Anthony Catlett, Tiffany Curtiss, Aaron Gilbert, Don Johnson, Michele Lakey, Mark Mallioux, Chris Martin, Jenny Sutton, Jose Torres, Grey Tinkham, Colson Vautrinot, Daphne VonCannon and Shai Williams.
n MHS honors senior Emilee May Zavadil is 18. Cheers from parents Richard and Jennifer.
n A moment of silence for Frank Arpaia, an old-fashioned lawyer and judge with a common touch, who served the community for nearly five decades and was named one of the “Legends of the Bar” by the Manatee County Bar Association in 2004. He passed June 7 at the age of 80.
n Speaking of old school attorneys, Bob Hoyle has joined the firm of Harrison, Kirkland, Pratt & McGuire.
n Spc. Matthew Hendriks of Bradenton was honored as a member of the Army’s Culinary Arts Team that earned 21 medals in Army competition.
n Check out VFW Post 10141’s July 4 bash with fried chicken and all the fixins. A $5 donation goes toward the honor guard’s new uniforms.
Call Maureen Graham at 794-6394.
Vin’s People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 745-7055.