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VIN MANNIX column | Volleyballers got game on college level

Props to volleyballers Maggie Holbert and Taylor Jones.

An ex-Saint Stephen’s setter, Holbert and the Randolph-Macon College Yellowjackets of Ashland, Va., repeated as Old Dominion Athletic Conference champions and were runnersup in the 16-team NCAA D-III regional finals.

After defeating ninth-ranked Colorado College in the semifinals, they lost to fifth-ranked Christopher Newport of Newport News, Va., in five sets.

Holbert’s Yellowjackets finished 25th in the final NCAA D-III American Volleyball Coaches Poll.

As for Jones, the ex-Manatee Her-i-cane made the NCAA D-II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association All-Conference Rookie team. Jones and the Chowan University Braves of Murfreesboro, N.C., were CIAA tournament champions.

The proud parents are Sharon and Patrick Holbert and Fred and Lisa Jones, respectively.

n Uh, oh! Mark Wells is about to hit the Big 5-0!

The milestone lands on the U.S. Postal letter carrier Saturday.

Cheers from mom Diana Kimball.

n MacAllister’s Grill & Tavern owners Malcolm and Karen Ronney named their bundle of love, Iona Marion.

Iona is a beautiful island off Scotland’s west coast and the site of a former monastic colony founded by Ireland’s St. Columba in 563 A.D.

n Hizzoner Wayne Poston, Palmetto Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant and yours truly will be among the judges for the 13th annual Christmas Boat Parade, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11, starting at the Bradenton Yacht Club.

We will take bribes.

n Carol and Dave Grantham are wed 28 years. That woman deserves a medal.

n Listen to tonight’s Manatee-Palm Bay Bayside Class 5A-Region 3 final at the Manatee Booster Club party, 7 p.m. at Lee Roy Selmon’s Restaurant, 6510 Cortez Road.

n Debbie Crowe says Shake Pit will take the overflow.

n That wily ol’ stork is on final approach for Christine and Dana Smith. Son Cameron’s baby brother is due Dec. 15.

n Gulf Shore Animal League is taking pet photos with Santa 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Dec. 11-12 at PetsMart, 4425 Cortez Road.

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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 Please include a phone number for verification.