Matthew Hansen, a 9-year old taekwondo student in Lakewood Ranch, recently took first and third place in poomse (forms) and sparring. Hansen won in poomse, while taking bronze in sparring at the Taekwondo Grand Prix IV held at Lakewood Ranch High. Hansen is a student at the Lakewood Ranch Taekwondo Academy.
Swim, ride, run
Area athletes fared well in various age divisions of the second annual Longboat Key Triathlon and Duathlon on Sunday. Bradenton’s Drew Maddy (second, male 15-19 years old); Bradenton’s John Ambrozic III (third, male 30-34); Bradenton’s Stephen Higgins (fifth, male 30-34); Lakewood Ranch’s Brian Rell (fifth, male 35-39); Bradenton’s Colman Ryan (second, male 40-44); Bradenton’s Vladimir Galrilov (second, male 45-49); Ellenton’s Wayne Mathe (fourth, male 50-54); Longboat Key’s David Hargreaves (fourth, male 55-59); Palmetto’s John Finley (first, clydesdale under 40); Bradenton’s Chris Peters (second, clydesdale under 40); Bradenton’s Lindy Fireline (second, female 35-39); Lakewood Ranch’s Christy Comito (second, female 45-49); Bradenton’s Susan Farhat (fifth, female 45-49); Bradenton’s Laurie Tinnell (second, female 50-54) and Longboat Key’s Linda Hargreaves (third, female 50-54) all notched top five finishes.
The overall male winner was Tierra Verde’s Chris Pyhel, who navigated the half-mile swim, 20-mile bike ride and 5-mile run in 1 hour, 28 minutes and 35 seconds. The overall female winner was Sarasota’s Rachel Chambers, who clocked in at 1:37:55. Bradenton’s Sandy Birczak won the overall female master’s duathlon with a time of 1:57:25.
Flag football fun
Adults looking for some flag football fun can find it locally. A 4-on-4 flag football league is scheduled for G.T. Bray park this winter. Teams play eight regular season games, followed by a single-elimination tournament. The cost is $325 per team, and each team must provide jerseys, flag belts and a football. Rosters can include up to eight players, with an official roster due upon registration, which takes place Nov. 14-20 at Bray’s recreation center. The season begins Wednesday, Dec. 7, with games played on Wednesday nights throughout the season. For more information, contact Ashley D’Arpino at 742-5923, ext. 6062.
Bulldogs set for playoffs
The East Manatee Bulldogs clinched a playoff spot in the pee wee division during Saturday’s Pop Warner football action. The Bulldogs defeated the North Manatee Storm 34-0 behind standout play from Cody Staton (two touchdown passes, rushing TD), Chase Tench (45-yard TD reception, interception on defense), Jernard Porter (48-yard TD reception, 70-yard rushing TD) and Noah Benghuzzi (39-yard interception return for a TD).
The junior midget club, which is heading to the playoffs, routed the New Tampa Wildcats 46-6 to end its regular season on a high note. Nate Strawderman connected with Kyle Thoma (two TDs), Kyle Struthers (one TD) and Cody Hendrickson (one TD) in a four-TD passing day. The defense was solid, too, as Zach Wyatt recovered a fumble and had an interception.
The Bulldogs downed the Storm in the Mighty Mite division 27-0.
However, the Storm did beat the Bulldogs in the junior pee wee (38-32) and midget (36-28) divisions.
The playoffs begin this Saturday.
The Bulldogs junior pee wee and junior midget cheer squads competed at the Pop Warner Little Scholars Best of the Bay Cheer Jam this weekend at the Manatee Convention Center.
The junior pee wee squad placed first, while the junior midgets were second.
Next up for both squads is the regional competition in Orlando at the end of November.