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Hoop Shoot cranking up for boys, girls

Hoop Shoot is back!

The Elks national free throw competition for boys and girls 8 to 13 begins at three Bradenton gyms beginning next week.

The first is 5:30 p.m. Monday at G.T. Bray.

The others are Dec. 5, 11 a.m. at South County YMCA, 3675 53rd Ave. E., and 1 p.m. at Woodland Baptist Church, 9607 S.R. 70 E.

Call Dan Tabor at 753-4180 for Hoop Shoot at G.T. Bray and the church.

Call Ken Palmer at 756-4795 for the YMCA event.

n Oh, no! Greg “Smitty” Smith hit the Big 5-0!

n If you were a Lincoln Memorial High cheerleader, drum major, majorette or in marching band between 1949 and 1969, the all-classes reunion Dec. 18-20 wants you.

Call Floyd Roundtree at 748-7613.

n USF Sun Doll and LRHS alum Tiffany Blevins is an Athlon Sports Sideline Spirit Competition finalist.

Vote up to 20 times daily on from midnight Nov. 27 to Dec. 11.

n MHS cellist Jeb Eldridge is 16 Wednes- day.

n Speaking of MHS, Jeanne Parrish reminds Gene Gallo to get her a commemorative brick at the Davis Building bash.

n A bow to Corinne Woodland, crowned “Riverfront Diva 2009” at Manatee Players.

Cheryl Carty and Kelly Burnette were first- and second-runners-up, respectively.

n Julia Jane Seery is 1.

Cheers from Jack and Sarah.

n Retired lawman Jake Parrish bagged a 12-point deer in Georgia.

n Listen to Ryan T. Boyd 2 p.m. Monday on 1490-AM WWPR. Call (941) 745-1490.

n Big ups to MHS’s new Mr. Sugar ’Cane, Andrew Morrish, who raised $1,658. Matt Sanchez ($1,560) was runner-up.

More than $5,500 was raised for the dance team.

n Lynn Egger is 39. Again. Doug is amused.

n Bob Daly says several Hogettes, the dudes who sport women’s dresses, garden party hats and pig snouts, to cheer on the Washington Redskins and raise money for charity, will join the Bradenton/Sarasota Redskins Fan Club 1 p.m. Sunday at The Firkin & Fox, 2505 Manatee Ave. E., to watch the Redskins-Cowboys game.

Visit www.redskinsfan

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