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Youngsters of all ages set to grapple

This Saturday at Manatee High, the AAU Kids Wrestling state championship takes place. The folkstyle event carries a $20 entry fee and $12 with an AAU card.

There are five different age divisions. The tournament begins with a weigh-in from 8-9 a.m. It’s also a pre-registered event, so wrestlers must go to to pre-register, which allows pre-bracketing.

For those without Internet access, entries can be phoned or faxed in to 794-2220.

The tourney is also part of the I Own Florida series, which began in early December and the winner of the award must win one of the seven tournaments in the series plus a state championship.

Wrestling is set to start at 10:30 a.m. on four mats, with awards provided for the top three finishers in each weight class.

Blast from the past

The Bradenton Marauders announced their finale to Realize Bradenton’s 2011 “Shout the ’60’s” event, according to a news release.

From March 5-April 16, the event is turning downtown Bradenton to the 1960s with “groovy tunes, funky beats and tie-dyed clothes.”

To wrap up the event, the Marauders are encouraging fans to come in character and stay for a concert by the Yesterdayze following the Florida State League clash against the Fort Myers Miracle at McKechnie Field, scheduled for 7 p.m.

Tickets for the events are $7 for adults, $6 for students, seniors and military personnel and $5 for children 12-and-younger.

‘Smooth’ to pull punches

Area boxer, Darel “Smooth” Harris, has his second professional fight lined up.

The bout against Angel Albelo is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa. Tickets are on sale for $25-45. A VIP table, which seats eight, costs $560. For more information, call 725-1010.

Runners honored

Ten regional winners were announced recently for the Brooks I.D. Program National Racing Series.

Manatee High cross-country coach Rae Ann Darling Reed took home the Southeast region. The honor capped a year that saw Darling Reed race 43 times, setting personal records in the half-marathon (1:32:32) and 4-mile (27:41). She also finished as the overall female winner eight times, runner up 10 times and third six times.

Hockey club rebounds

The Manatee County Hockey Club’s Golden Manatees rebounded from a loss to Central Division leaders Newsome Blue, to rout Wharton 8-2 in Brandon on Friday.

Paul Lochner scored a natural hat trick, including a short-handed goal.

The Golden Manatees victory improves their record to 10-5-0 and 20 points, which puts the club in fourth place in the Central Division.

Manatee returns to the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex for a match against Seminole this Friday night.