There was a cool scene outside Hawkins Stadium before halftime of last week’s Kickoff Classic and all the ESPN hoopla.
Mighty Mite squads from the East Manatee Bulldogs and Manatee Wildcats were lined up, anxiously awaiting their moment under the Friday night lights.
The brief scrimmage would be a first for some of the players, ages 7, 8 and 9.
“These kids probably think — ‘Wow, is this the way it’s going to be all the time?’ ” Wildcats VP John Vita joked. “Then Saturday morning, they’ll come out for their first game, have maybe 50 people in the stands and wonder, ‘Hey, where’s ESPN and the big crowd?’ ”
n Carson Brandt is 2 Sunday. Cheers from mom Lauren Brandt.
n Jeremy and Shawna Nance named their bundle of love Carter Rigney Nance.
The proud family includes grands Jeff and Lezlie Nance, John and Cherri Rigney, great grands Mel and Nancy Bennett, Irvin and Margaret Nance and Hugh and Jeanne Holmes, and aunt Kymberli Nance.
n Carmen and Eddie Camarda are wed 18 years. Congrats from daughter Geena and grandma Maggie.
n Valerie Stafford-Mallis was reappointed for another term with Florida’s Rehabilitation Council by Gov. Charlie Crist.
She is the outreach coordinator with Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
n Lt. Nancy Castellow retires Sunday after more than 18 years with Bradenton’s finest.
n Hurricane Hotline with Manatee head coach Joe Kinnan and play-by-play man Dave Bristow is 6 p.m. Tuesdays on 1490 WWPR at a new location — Lee Roy Selmon’s, 6510 Cortez Road.
By the way, Saturday night’s Manatee-Woodland Hills (Pa.) game can be viewed at www.high schoolsports.net
It’s also on the radio at 1490 WWPR and online at 1490WWPR.com.
n Capt. Rich Jasinski, a 20-year veteran with West Manatee Fire Rescue, earned the professional designation of fire officer from the Commission on Professional Credentialing.
It’s based on education, experience and professional development among other criteria and a comprehensive peer review.
n Then there were the neat Marauder Marty bobbleheads for the first 600 Bradenton Marauder fans at McKechnie Field last Friday night.
Only Jon and Jen James’ two girls, Brooke, 6, and Leah, 4, called them “Gobbleheads.”
Vin’s People is by local columnist Vin Mannix. Please call Vin at 745-7055, write him at Bradenton Herald, P.O. Box 921, Bradenton, FL 34206 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.