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Area referees work Class A state title tilt

We’ll be represented when Trinity Christian of Jacksonville and American Heritage of Delray Beach vie for tonight’s Class A state championship at the Citrus Bowl.

The FHSAA chose one of our Gulf Coast Football Officials Association crews to work the game.

They are referee John Lucas, umpire John Sholtis, head linesman Sean McCue, line judge Tim Weisman, side judge Bill Siedlecki, field judge Jeff Peairs, back judge Tom Lucas and alternate Ron Egan.

n Go ’Canes! Beat St. Thomas Aquinas!

n Say it ain’t so! Tameka Brown hit the Big 3-0! Cheers from parents Gregory and Mary Randall, children Nijah and Jatorrin, and her sisters Makayla, Taccara and LaShawnna.

n Rick Willats and Jennifer Sayko open Mike and Jaymie Carter’s O’Bricks Irish Pub & Martini Bar Dec. 17 on Old Main Street.

n Delinda and Aloysius Papak Jr. brag on daughter Crystal, a Southeast 2005 alum, who graduates Saturday from FSU’s nursing program.

n Edward Camarda is 54. Cheers from mom Maggie, wife Carmen and daughter Geena Marie.

n Well done to Lincoln Middle’s Monica Esquivel, Cory Nocera and Albert Vasquez, poster contest winners for “Through the Tunnel,” METV’s documentary about Lincoln Memorial High football.

n LRHS sophomore Jayne Ohlman is “Sweet 16.” Cheers from parents Tracy and Mike, siblings Michael and Ellie, and grandma Rona Livingston.

n A bow to Lindsay Smith, new third-grade teacher at Palma Sola Elementary.

n Nice week for Shaman bandleader Del Couch.

He was nominated for the Florida Grammy Association board of governors. And while Del was working in his studio, who drops in for a visit but Alabama founder Jeff Cook.

n Big ups to Stewart Elementary’s Cassidy Cosgrove, who grew his hair for a year and donated 13 10-inch braids for Locks of Love.

“He thinks he looks weird now,” mom Becky said. “But I remind him of all the good he has done for other children and how a child with cancer feels not having any hair.”

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