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Canes’ foe reawakens old ghosts

Seeing Fort Pierce Central at Hawkins Stadium in tonight’s Class 7A-Region 3 final against Manatee is going to bring back memories.

Many moons ago when yours truly was sports editor for the Boca Raton News, I followed Boca High and Atlantic High on numerous road trips to games at Fort Pierce’s Lawnwood Stadium.

Don’t recall them ever getting out of there victorious, either.

The home cooking was strong at Fort Pierce.

Not that the Cobras needed any.

Every time they’d go down to Boca for a track meet, Bobcats head football coach Rod Montgomery would be flabbergasted by the plethora of athletes Fort Pierce brought for field events alone.

Every one looked like they were 6 feet 3, 230 pounds or bigger.

“We’ve got two kids that size,” Montgomery would cry out. “They’ve got a whole busload!”

Gooooo Canes!

n And you go, Palmetto Tigers, in tonight’s Class 5A-Region 3 final at Immokalee.

n The beloved Jeanne Parrish is 93. May she stay forever young.

n Ditto for Marge Vita, who is 80.

n And Joe Harrison is 57 Sunday.

n Speaking of venerable high school football stadiums, the new all-weather turf at Ohio’s North Canton Memorial Stadium was named Don Hertler Sr. Field this season.

The Imperial Lakes winter resident coached Hoover High for 20 years, leading the Vikings to a 163-43-3 record.

n Say it ain’t so! Kenny Terrell hit the Big 7-0!

n So is Tom Campbell.

n Like good foot stompin’ rock ’n’ roll and Santa Claus, too?

Then head over to Woody’s River Roo, 5717 18th St. E., Ellenton, on Sunday when Big Daddy will get the joint jumping at 1 p.m.

They’ll also be bringing along some Christmas cheer for the kids.

Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves will arrive at 3 p.m. for free photos and fun for the family.

Call 941-722-2391.

n Richard Bennett is 82.

n Gene Martin is 72.

n The Rev. Herb McMillen, a pastor at First Church of the Nazarene, is 66.

n And Amber Bates is 26.

n Manasota ARC and The Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County will salute the “10 Magnetic Men of Manatee,” at 6 p.m. Saturday at a Diamond Jubilee fundraiser at the Bradenton Municipal Auditorium, 1005 Barcarrota Blvd.

The irresistible honorees are Dr. John Ayres, State Sen. Mike Bennett, Jim Butler, Dan Callaghan, Bruce Cassidy Sr., Dr. Richard Fletcher, Scott Kallins, Hugh Miller, Billy Rice and Dr. Andy Varga.

Call Dawn Mishler at 941-518-4997.

n Jennifer Simpson Mott is 25.

Cheers from Adam, Janie Mo, Pepi, Jodie, Joey, Jim and Jane.

Vin’s People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 941-745-7055, or