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Tournament worthy legacy for Choate Jr.

The Chad Choate Jr. Scholarship fund continues to grow.

Since its 2004 inception, the Chad Choate Jr. Memorial Tournament has raised $98,250 for 81 students.

It’s a legacy worthy of the devoted father of four and member of the 1983 Manatee Hurricane state champions, who passed in 2003.

The 2009 Chad Choate Jr. Scholarship recipients are Christopher Chaw, Courtney Choate, Alex Garner, Candice Goodman, Megan Howard, Emily Jaudon, Jay Jaudon, Keith Jaudon, Sarah Beth Scott, Sara Sharpin, Chandler Watson, Krystal Weaver and Kyle Whalen.

The sixth annual golf tournament is Oct. 3 at IMG Academies Golf & Country Club.

Call 747-3704 or 748-4028 for details.

Or email:

n Steven Nicholas is 18 on July 14 and Boston College-bound.

Ed and Ann Marie are proud.

n Southeast High’s Nolettes dance team has a yard sale Saturday at 5146 Harbor Road in Bradenton from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., to pay for dance camp at USF from July 27-30.

Call 744-7400.

The Nolettes are Michelle Donato, Laura Lundsten, Haley Parker, Meg Rivera, Margaret Sanchez, Shelby Shinn and Deedee Thomas.

Team director is Erin Cox and coach, Katie Hillman.

n Shake Pit burgermeister Robert Smith, ex-MHS lineman and now a Team Florida Manatee County Olympic weightlifter, is 19.

Cheers from his “amazing girlfriend,” Hannah Crowe.

n The MHS Class of 1974 holds its 35th reunion 6 p.m. July 18 at Gecko’s, 4310 East SR 64, Bradenton.

RSVP by Monday to Cheryl Longstreet Marino, or 755-8778.

n Kathryn Idema, who hails from Gnadenhutten, Ohio, the Buckeye state’s oldest Moravian community, is 100 on July 21.

Cheers from Leita Davis.

n Leah Secondo will be inducted into the State of Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame in October.

Secondo, a familiar face with Channel 7’s high school football coverage, played field hockey from seventh grade through Fermi H.S., Enfield, Conn., and Southern Connecticut State.

She is already in the Enfield Athletic Hall of Fame, and the New Agenda: Northeast Women’s Hall of Fame in Natick, Mass.

Secondo remains close to the sport, covering college field hockey finals for the NCAA D-I on CBS College Sports. the ACC on Fox Sports Regional Networks, and the Big 10 on the Big Ten Network.

n Rebekah Welker is “Sweet 16.”

Cheers from parents Cindy and Donny, brother Kris and grandma Mamie Sessions.

n Myakka City Bullriding is back 5 p.m. Saturday at Circle S Rodeo Arena on Clay Gully Road. Call 322-4005 or 720-4231 for details.

n Tyler Jensen is 22 and sister Lacie, an MHS cheerleader and weighlifter, is 17. Cheers from Traci, Mark, Stevie, Steve, Donna and Austin.

n Greg (Smitty’s) Smith is a grandpa again. Daughter Jackie and husband Mike Benitez named son Nathan’s sister Jacqueline Ava.

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