In the more than a year since Brian McAllister’s death, the area has found numerous ways to honor the former Manatee High School head coach and tennis community staple.
Manatee renamed the school’s tennis courts Martha B. King Middle School after the coach.
The United Tennis Academy remembered the coach who spent 30 years playing and coaching tennis in Bradenton earlier this month with the Brian McAllister Memorial Tournament, which concluded May 7. The doubles tournament included divisions for men, women and mixed teams with a range of National Tennis Ranking Program divisions.
The United States Tennis Association-sanctioned tournament mostly included local players and some of the county’s most promising high school athletes snagged victories in the top divisions.
19Years Brian McAllister spent as the head coach of the Manatee High School tennis team.
The men’s open doubles division wound up as round-robin format with Boynton Beach’s Mark Mandlik and Inspiration Academy’s Arthur Serafim rolling to a perfect 2-0 record.
The women’s open division, meanwhile, pitted a pair of players from Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School’s Class 1A semifinalist at the Florida High School Athletic Association state tournament against each other. Saint Stephen’s Laura Perazzolo paired with Tatiana Soldatova to beat Eva Tasdemir, another Falcon, and Paradise Traub, 4-6, 6-1, 10-4.
Chargers finish among best in state
The Lakewood Ranch Chargers U11 girls haven’t played together for long and already they’re one of the best teams in Florida. The Lakewood Ranch Chargers, who train at The Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch, tied for first place in the Club Director’s League and end their season ranked No. 8 in the state by GotSoccer.com.
“This is the first year this group of girls has played together, and I’m extremely proud of their accomplishments,” Chargers coach David Quintero said. “For their age, they demonstrate maturity and athleticism that I’m sure will grow each year they play together.”
Lakewood Ranch finished the year at 27-9-4 while scoring 110 goals and allowing 30. The Chargers earned four medals throughout the season, placing at the Largo Halloween Tournament, the Soccer Skills Thanksgiving Tournament, the Disney President’s Day Soccer Showcase and the Sarasota Cup.
This is the first year this group of girls has played together and I’m extremely proud of their accomplishments.
Dan Quintero, Lakewood Ranch Chargers U11 head coach
Summer camps set
Both Lakewood Ranch High School and Braden River High School announced they will host summer basketball camps.
Lakewood Ranch will play host to four sessions of four-day camps running from Mondays through Thursdays. The first session runs June 12-15 and the last runs July 17-20. The Mustangs’ camp will be run by boys head coach Jeremy Schiller and girls head coach Tina Hadley, both of whom coached Lakewood Ranch to the Class 8A semifinals during one of the past two seasons. Parents can register their children by emailing Schiller at email@example.com.
Braden River’s camp, which is run by boys head coach Jason Mickan, consists of three four-day sessions during June. The first session runs June 5-8 and the last June 19-22. Registration is available at bradenriverbasketballcamp.webs.com.
The Pirates will also play host to baseball and softball camps from June 19-22. Parents can register by emailing head baseball coach Craig Page at firstname.lastname@example.org or head softball coach Melissa Dowling at email@example.com.