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Preps play two under lights at McKechnie

Want to catch a couple of good baseball games under the lights at McKechnie Field?

Come on out at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 for the Bayshore Bruins and Braden River Pirates. Then at 7 p.m. Feb. 13, it’s the Lakewood Ranch Mustangs and Manatee Hurricanes.

It’s part of the Jody Friedman Classic, a fund-raiser for the Jody Friedman Memorial Scholarship Fund, started by Carl and Carol Friedman in memory of their son.

Jody was a former MHS, MCC and Georgia Bulldog pitcher who died in a boating accident in 2006.

He was 28.

n Don’t forget tonight’s 10th annual Hurricanes Baseball Steakout and Reunion hosted by the MHS Baseball Boosters at 5 p.m. at Molter Termite & Pest Control, 5306 Manatee Ave. W.

Call (941) 747-8525.

The annual alumni game is 1 p.m. Saturday at G.T. Bray park.

n LRHS cheerleader Christina Morisi is 17 on Monday.

n The Bradenton Central Library is having its giant semi-annual book sale Feb. 18-21. Profits go toward children and teen programs.

nMHS cheerleader Kadi Harbaugh is 18 on Sunday.

n Del Couch has been invited to Sunday’s Grammy Awards in LA.

The Shaman band leader and trumpet player is a member of the producer’s wing of the Grammy association, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

n MHS senior and “Groundhog Day” baby Bradley Hamilton is 18.

Cheers from Jim, Kim and Brice.

n Got a nice note from Tamara VanderWerf in Sweetwater, Tenn.

Husband Dan, who used to be with East Manatee Fire Rescue, is a captain at the Sweetwater Fire Department and in charge of training.

Son D.J. is an honors fifth-grader and played football last year.

Tam is working for a law firm, just as she did with Kallins, Little & Delgado.

nGood luck to Honda Cars of Bradenton’s John Nosal, who is getting a knee replacement.

n MHS Sugar ’Cane Ashley Cronkhite is 17.

n Remember the countywide showcase, “Yes We Can . . . Dance,” March 6 at Braden River High, 6545 S.R. 70 E.

Dance teams from the county’s high schools, some middle schools and elementary schools will perform.

Call Helen Dolbec at (941) 792-8274 or e-mail her at

nLRHS Mustang linebacker Garrett Hardy is 16 on Monday and gets his driver’s license two days later.

“Clear the roads,” joke parents Brian and Becky and brothers Brandon and Garrett.

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