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Commentary: Schmitt tapped for scholaraship

Derek Schmitt was named as a nominee for the Dave Andreychuk Scholarship, which is awarded for high school hockey players graduating in the spring of 2011.

Andreychuk is a retired NHL veteran, who captured a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

He also had long stints with the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs among his other NHL stops.

Schmitt is the lone player from the Manatee County Hockey Club’s Golden Manatees nominated for the award.

Manatees win big

Speaking of the Golden Manatees, they blew out Palm Harbor 10-1 in Friday’s game at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex.

Paul Lochner scored five goals in the rout, while Chase Anderson dished out five assists to go with his two goals.

Raven Woodring also added two assists as Manatee remains third in FHSHA Lightning Conference’s Central Division.

The Golden Manatees (12-5-0) are three points behind second-place Plant and face River Ridge in Brandon on Friday.

Gladiators on a roll

Manatee County’s minor league football team, the Bradenton Gladiators, remain unbeaten.

The Gladiators traveled to Sarasota and shut out the Millionaires 21-0. The victory improves the club’s record to 3-0 in the Florida Football Alliance’s AFC West Division.

Bradenton returns home to the PAL Sports Complex the next two weeks against division foes.

First up is the Muck City Starrs this Saturday with kickoff slated for 7:05 p.m.

Wrestlers crowned

The AAU State Wrestling Championships featured titles from five Manatee grapplers recently.

Angelo DeDona (Bantam division, 45-pounds), Noah Wadle (Bantam, 50), A.J. Colagiovanni (Novice, 100), Hunter Reed (Novice, 70) and Jesse Fulk (Schoolboy, 140) captured state titles.

It was Fulk’s 14th state title. Wadle (eighth state title), Reed (sixth), DeDona (fourth) and Colagiovanni (second) increased their state championship totals, too.

In addition to the state titles, Wadle, Fulk and DeDona also took home an I Own Florida championship.

The IOF Series awards trophies to any wrestler who wins five of seven tournaments.

Wadle and Fulk had seven wins, while DeDona had six.

Wadle became the only one in Florida to win three IOF’s in a row, according to a news release.

Krew kick a world title

Bradenton’s The Krew triumphed at the Kick It 3 v. 3 World Championships at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando Jan. 15-17.

The Krew ran through pool play unbeaten, and won its semifinal match in the ’96 Male Open gold division.

The final was supposed to be a rematch against Samba/Celtic FC Boyz, but inclement weather canceled the game.

The Krew were awarded the championship based on their undefeated record during the tournament, according to a news release.

Team members include: John Rodman, J.T. Truitt, Danny Lane, Fabio Vasconcellos, Tristan Rehrig and Winston Porras-Lied.

Rodman (Cardinal Mooney), Lane (Braden River) and Vasconcellos (Braden River) attend area high schools.

Jason Dill, sports reporter can be reached at 745-7017 or via e-mail at