Frey puts gymnastics facility on map

Matt Frey has become the poster child for what the South Florida Gymnastics and Dance organization wants to be. He’s a strong competitor has multiple top-10 finishes, and now he can add to his resume a college scholarship in gymnastics.

Frey recently signed a letter of intent to be a gymnast at the University of Minnesota. He’s the first gymnast who trains at SFGD to accept a college scholarship.

“Obviously, our goals at our facility are to try and provide as many athletes as we can with the opportunity for a college scholarship,” said Matt’s coach, Chris Lakeman, SFGD’s owner. “Matt’s been somebody that I’ve worked with for a long time. His hard work and everything he’s done has opened up quite a few doors, and we are happy to say he’s the first person under the name South Florida Gymnastics that will be receiving a college scholarship under my coaching.”

Frey, who’s a senior at IMG Academies’ Pendleton School, has made it to the Junior Olympic National Competition on several occasions, and he placed 43rd in the all-around competition in 2009.

Frey has been a top-three performer at the state meet the past six seasons. And he’s a regular top-10 qualifier in the region. Frey was unavailable for comment, because he was on his official visit to Minnesota, but Lakeman said Frey’s goals are to win the state and regional competitions this season. In the process, Frey must prepare to be a top collegiate gymnast.

“We are trying to prepare him to be a collegiate gymnast as much as possible,” Lakeman said.

Bangora advances

Out-of-Door Academy star tennis player Sekou Bangoura breezed past Cedrick Commin of France 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the Dunlop Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships on Monday in Miami. According to a USTA news release, Bangoura was resilient and consistent as he outlasted the bigger Commin. Bangoura said he was happy with his movement throughout the match.

“It was a good win (Monday),” Bangoura said in the news release. “The match was a bit sloppy, and there were definitely some questionable calls, but I moved well (Monday) and was able to come out on top.”

The Orange Bowl will be Bangoura’s last junior tennis tournament, as he will enroll at the University of Florida in January.

Ryan T. Boyd, sports writer, can be reached at (941) 745-7017.