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G.T. Bray crowns fall softball champions

On Nov. 21, the Align Chiropractic and Wellness Center co-ed softball team won the fall league at G.T. Bray with a record of 10-1.

Team members include Tammy Stinton, Wes Rosenboom, Tonya Ball, Matt Bowling, Heather Hodges, Ashley Stinton, Robby Stinton, Robby Stinton Jr., Micah Matthews, Alice Lovett, Jodi Hughes-France, Art Shiver and Chris Thomason.

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The U.S. Baseball Academy has begun registration for its new Sarasota location at Out-of-Door Academy.

Former Major League Baseball scout Tom Pluto is directing the program that runs Jan. 16-Feb. 20.

The training sessions include six weeks of instruction for as low as $99, according to a news release.

The registration process is handled online at

For information, visit the website or call 1-866-622-4487.

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The Heritage Harbor Manatee Cal Ripken Baseball is having a tournament to decide its fall league champions in three age divisions.

The championship games begin at 11 a.m. Saturday with the rookie division (7-8 year-olds). The minors (9-10 year-olds) and majors (11-12 year-olds) follow the rookie division game at noon.

If you want to catch some local baseball, tournament games start at 6 p.m. all week long.

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The Manatee County Hockey Club’s Golden Manatees (7-3-0) jumped into a tie for second place in the Central Division standings following two victories last week.

The Golden Manatees defeated Gaither/Sickles 2-1 on Nov. 22 in Oldsmar before thrashing Sarasota 10-3 at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex last Tuesday.

Manatee only had nine players -- including goaltender Thayer Alley -- in action.

Walter Stern scored and assisted on Matthew Bennett’s goal to account for the scoring.

Leading scorer Paul Lochner returned to the ice with two goals and an assist, while teammate Chase Anderson’s return to the lineup yielded two goals and four assists.

Both players hadn’t played since Nov. 12, the beginning of a four-game winning streak.

Next up is division foe Freedom on Friday night at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex.

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The 15th annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Dec. 10.

The race benefits the Arthritis Foundation and costs $25 for adults who register before Dec. 1. It’s $30 for adults who register after that date.

Children ages 12 and under have a $10 registration fee prior to Dec. 1 and $15 after that date.

For information, visit