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LRHS cheerleaders third at state championships

Lakewood Ranch High varsity cheerleaders took third at the FHSAA state championships at Tallahassee in the small co-ed varsity division.

“My kids were flawless in Finals and made me very proud,” said coach Melissa Koehlinger.

The Mustangs were Hannah Asay, Shannon Bednarz, Alyssa Capawana, Natalie Clifford, Madeline Connin, Tiffany Elder, Kellie Evans, Ellie Gibson, Alexx Hill, Kaitie Hart, Krissy Hatch, Meghan Hennessey, Mercedes Levesque, Mallory Mathis, Christina Morisi, Xiomara Nieves, Justin Parrish, Ashley Plotts, Stacey Railsback, Karlin Reed, Lauren Reed, Abby Reiter, Amanda Richards, Gabby Scapparone, Jessica Sthreshley, Carly Swartling and Hayley Zimmerman.

n Oh, no! School Board member Bob Gause hit the Big 5-0!

n Ruth Leiber celebrated her 107th Saturday at the Sarasota Hotel and Marina with a host of family and friends.

The birthday girl lives in Winter Park, but was a Bradenton resident for 50 years.

“She is an outstanding lady of grace, knowledge, humor, wit — and one hip chick!” said great-niece Elizabeth Harrington from Lynchburg, Va.

n Uh, oh! LRHS’s Mick “Coach K” Koczersut, who has been coaching and teaching here 15 years, has hit the Big 4-0!

n Hurray to PHS teacher Julie Tillett, February’s 106.5 WCTQ’s Teacher of the Month.

Among the March finalists are McNeal Elementary’s Elizabeth Harris, Moody Elementary’s Enza Parker, Myakka Elementary’s Kim Thomas and Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School’s Ron Moran.

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n Christine Torgeson Shaw, a lifelong resident of Anna Maria Island and a Realtor for 25 years, is retiring Wednesday.

A public celebration will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Key Royale Club, 700 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach.

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