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Sabella hangs tough during a long ordeal

Nick Sabella’s resiliency humbles us.

The 2005 Manatee High grad is hanging in there after yet another bout in his ongoing fight with benign brain tumors.

Since Nick’s ordeal began almost six years ago, the former Hurricanes infielder has undergone four tumor surgeries, two infection surgeries, a shunt insertion and removal.

A bone graft awaits.

We’re pulling for you, Nick.

n Hugs from family and friends to Darrell and Renee Tri, adoptive parents of Ethan Ted Tri.

n Congrats to Tommy Plaster, retired from Bayshore High after 37 years teaching and coaching in Manatee County, plus three in Georgia.

n Volleyballers Caryle Carson, Shelby Counihan, Hailey Hall, Lisa Inglis, Taylor Jones, Mackenzie Kosfeld, Libby Quinn and Brianne Wilson are in Orlando for AAU Under-17 Nationals.

You go, girls!

n Happy 53rd to June Jackson from Fred, Neil, Brian, Kathy and Paulette.

n James Simpson, a city of Bradenton public works department worker, bagged his first hole in one, acing the 131-yard, par-3, eighth hole at the Manatee County Golf Course.

Water Distribution Superintendent Doug Dobbs was a witness.

n That’s 50 years of wedded bliss for Larry and Edie Hubbard.

n Southeast alum and USF wide receiver A. J. Love is Ryan T. Boyd’s guest, 2 p.m. Monday on 1490-AM WWPR.

n Eloise and Bill Lisch are wed 39 years.

Diane and Ernie Lisch are wed 28 years.

Or is it the other way around?

n Kyle Lindbloom graduated from MTI as an EMT, and a paramedic’s degree at Santa Fe College is next.

Hurrah from mom Susan Simmons, stepdad Stephen Hayes and dad Kelvin Lindbloom.

n Two-time champion Paul Reisterer won the 12th annual Beech Mountain Open, outside cozy Banner Elk, N.C.

Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine was runner-up, followed by Jim Simpson, Ken Apple, Cliff Simpson and Jim and Kathy Knapp.

“We decided we’re too old to play golf nine days straight!” Romine joked.

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