The Premier Sports Campus hosted a Memorial Day Weekend tournament, and Manatee County's Monster Lacrosse team came up big, to say the least.
The Bradenton-based lacrosse club fielded teams in the U-11, U-13 and U-15 divisions at the local Laxpalooza Lacrosse Tournament and took home the championship in each.
In the U-15 division, the Monsters took down Tampa Elite Lacrosse 6-4 in the championship to win the title. The U-13 division of the Laxpalooza Southeast Classic, however, was where the Monsters made their biggest statement.
Facing Wellington Lacrosse Club, the Monsters blew out the Parkland team 11-1 to claim a second championship. In U-11, Monsters also faced Wellington Lacrosse Club-White and finished off the sweep with a 6-2 win.
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Monsters Lacrosse didn't field a high school team. That division was won by Team Maverick, which cruised to an 11-3 win against the Tenacious Toucans in the championship game.
Manatee comes up empty
The Suncoast Travel Ball Championships returned to Bradenton this weekend for the Memorial Day Classic, and Manatee County teams were shut out in division championships.
Tournaments were played with every age group between 8U and 16U with the exception of a unique 15U division.
In 16U, the Tampa Venom claimed a 6-5 win against Patriots Baseball in the championship game at Braden River. The 14U title went to another Tampa Bay-area team, with the Plant City Pirates beating Iron Pigs 13u, 10-7.
Other nearby champions included the Rawlings Vipers, a Tampa team that won the 12U division; the Tampa Bay Bulls in 10U; and the Pinellas Park Crushers in 8U.
Cape Coral's SWFL Starz in 13U, the West Coast Warriors from Tarpon Springs in 11U, the FL Surge from Navarre in 9U and the Boynton Hammerheads in the machine pitch 8U division rounded out the winners from the weekend in Bradenton.
SUP Championships return
The Sarasota SUP Championships, an annual paddleboard competition, will be held June 20 at Siesta Key. The "Battle of the Paddle" event will have 5- and 10-kilometer races staged in both the early morning and afternoon.
The afternoon competitions include team sprint races, obstacle courses, live music and are promised to be the "big fun" of the day, according to a press release, while the morning will feature the more competitive races. Danny Ching, the No. 3 paddler in the world, will compete in the 10K elite race. Those interested in competing may email Bob Alfieri at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David B. Wilson, Herald sports writer, can be reached at 941-745-7057. Follow him on Twitter @DBWilson2.