The 2014 Florida International Senior Games and State Championships began this past weekend in Lee County.
Various events featured Manatee County athletes.
Manatee County's Peter Carlin won the men's 75-79 age division for croquet singles with a score of five points. Judy Carlin snagged third place in the women's 70-74 division.
In archery, Bradenton's Ronald Fulmer finished third with a score of 826 in the compound release for men aged 70-74.
In racquetball, Lakewood Ranch's Robert Lerow finished fourth in the men's 55-59 singles division, while Palmetto's Ivars Blums was seventh. The men's 50-54 singles division saw Bradenton's Leo Da Silva take fourth.
In volleyball, the Parrish team, Almost Obsolete, earned third place in the men's 50-plus age group.
The final sport that featured locals this past weekend was bowling. Bradenton's Edward Ploughman Sr. logged a tie for ninth (doubles) and eighth place (singles) in the men's 65-69 division.
Bradenton's Lorrie Pead and Palmetto's Patricia Bissell teamed to bowl a 738 and gain a tie for fifth place in the women's 55-59 doubles division.
Pead tied for fifth in the mixed doubles, while Bissell garnered a tie for 11th in the mixed doubles in the 60-64 division.
In the women's 65-69 singles division, Bradenton's Debbie Moloney scored a sixth-place finish for her 426.
State College of Florida's Maja Ristic was selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association's Volleyball All-American team Monday. The 5-foot-9 sophomore was included in Division I's first team.
Ristic, a sophomore, was the lone SCF player named to the first or second teams, or honorable mention. She led the Manatees, who reached the NJCAA Division I national tournament in Casper, Wyo., with 474 kills.
Holiday run downtown
The 2014 Jingle Bell Run/Walk to benefit the Arthritis Foundation's research to find a cure is held at various locations in the country. The local 5K race is slated for this Friday, and takes place in downtown Bradenton on Old Main Street.
Interested participants may register up until Thursday for $40 or on Friday for $45. Children ages 12 and younger may register for $20 through Friday.
The race starts at 7 p.m. with the 5K Fun Run/Walk, while the 1-Miler begins 10 minutes later.
It's a festive race party, which includes food and drinks, entertainment, activities for kids, holiday costume contest, raffle and silent auction and awards.
Pre-registered check-in or on-site registration begins at 5 p.m. Friday.
For more information, contact Michelle Bass at 941-708-3901 or via email at email@example.com.
Two local Foundation for Youth Development organizations have teams at this week's 2014 Pop Warner National Cheer and Dance Championships at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.
The Manatee Wildcats have three cheerleading teams, while the Palmetto Trojans have two dance teams scheduled to compete.
The Trojans compete in the theme division with their Junior Pee Wee and Midget teams Thursday.
The Wildcats cheerleading squads were slated for Monday (results not known as of press time), Wednesday and Friday sessions.
Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7017 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @Jason__Dill or his Facebook page at Jason Dill Bradenton Herald.