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Hurricanes ‘Steakout’ at McKechnie

Manatee High baseball’s 12th annual “Steakout” fundraiser will have some new surroundings.

Try McKechnie Field.

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders have joined in on the Hurricanes fundraiser, 5-9 p.m. Feb. 4.

Steak, rib or chicken dinners with all the fixin’s are $20 for adults, $10 for children.

Call head coach Dwayne Strong at 725-2293 or assistant coach Bruce Braithwaite at 720-9224.

The Hurricanes begin play 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at G.T. Bray in the Jody Friedman Pre-season Classic, a four-day tournament which includes games at McKechnie, as well.

The Pirates begin Grapefruit League play Feb. 26 in Charlotte against Tampa Bay, then return to McKechnie, 1:05 p.m. Feb. 27 for their home opener against the Rays.

The Marauders begin their second season of Florida State League play April 7 at Charlotte and return to McKechnie 6:30 p.m., April 8 for their home opener against the Stone Crabs.

Call 747-3031. Or visit or

n FAU senior safety Austin Jensen is 22 and, 11 months after overcoming a horrific car accident, the ex-Hurricane awaits medical clearance to strap on the pads and resume playing.

n Kim Ryan received a “Hometown Heroes Award” from the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes and American Legion last month at Disney World.

It saluted her efforts in organizing more than 100 gift baskets for service members and families at the sixth annual Road to Recovery Conference and Tribute for severely wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

n Don Dover is 80.

n SCF’s Matt Sons is 21.

Cheers from parents Jessica and Tim.

n Speaking of the Pirates, the annual Pirate Booster luncheon is at noon, Feb. 16 at River Wilderness Golf and Country Club, 2250 Wilderness Blvd. W., Parrish,

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased by calling Dave or Liz Pace at (941) 567-5838 or (705) 499-7247.

n UF senior Jenny Wilkinson is 21. The former BCS goalkeeper is majoring in photo journalism.

Her proud parents are Drs. Tom and Suzanne Wilkinson.

n John Kuklinca, a snowbird from Pittsburgh, is 90.

He winters with daughter Marianne Lopata and her husband, Bill. Daughters Sue Miklos of Grove City, Pa., and Janet Kuklinca of Richmond, Va., and their families will help celebrate.

Vin Mannix, local columnist, writes Vin’s People. He can be reached at 745-7055 or