Coach Eddie Shannon has received numerous honors during his storied career.
But being voted into the Florida High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame last Tuesday is No. 1 for the beloved 89-years-young icon.
“This is the highest ever,” said Shannon, who was the 2004 Manatee County Distinguished Citizen. “So many young men I had the chance to help, watch them grow and make a decent life.
“This honor is for them letting me coach so many folks, touch their lives and see them go far.”
Shannon coached at Lincoln High and then Manatee for 34 years and remains a revered presence in our community -- especially on the sidelines under those Friday-night lights every fall.
“It’s a good feeling to be able to do that -- helping a whole lot of young people -- and get an honor like this,” he said. “It’s just tremendous.”
Shannon’s induction is April 29 in Gainesville.
n That wily ol’ stork was just spotted on the horizon for Janey Mo and Pepi Ribley, who expect their first bundle of love late summer in Indianapolis.
n Doug Egger is 65?
n Spring training has yet to begin, but we know who’s going to be in the Pittsburgh Pirates lineup.
Their national anthem lineup, that is.
Stepping up to the plate for Grapefruit League games at McKechnie Field will be:
Wakeland Elementary School chorus -- March 2/Charity Game.
Katie Ducharme -- March 4/Toronto.
Manatee High girls chorus -- March 6/New York Yankees.
Joy Lakin -- March 7/Toronto.
Nicole Wishon singing, Levi Waxler signing -- March 10/Minnesota.
Manatee Players -- March 12/Philadelphia.
Kayla Shaffer -- March 16/Philadelphia.
Ellery Carlson -- March 17/Tampa Bay.
Samantha Aubin -- March 21/Boston.
Tommy Jomisko -- March 22/Tampa Bay.
Jessica Tilicky -- March 23/Detroit.
Meredith Garofalo -- March 24/Houston.
Morgan Lawson -- March 26/Baltimore.
Ted Meekma -- March 29/Minnesota.
Steve Ramsey -- March 30/Tampa Bay.
Heather Wainscott -- March 31/Baltimore.
There was so much talent in the Jan. 28 auditions, singers who did not make the spring training cut will be invited to perform before Bradenton Marauder home games during the Florida State League season.
n MHS sophomore and Key Clubber Jacob Sprague is 16 Monday. Cheers from Kim and Dennis and Jordan.
n United Way board members Bruce Body, Beth Bender and Tim Henning and yours truly will be guest bartenders at Charity Bar Night, 6-9 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch.
Call United Way at 567-4085 for more details.
n It’s good to be Hayden Palino these days. He’s an honor roll fifth-grader at Prine Elementary, a fourth-year altar server at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs and a second-year Webelos in Cub Scout Pack 64 who just completed his “Parvuli Dei” (Children of God) award project from the Diocese of Venice.
n Finally, before accepting a Volunteer Spirit Award at Wednesday’s seventh annual Spirit of Manatee Awards luncheon, the entertainingly loquacious John Vita knew he had to keep his speech short and sweet.
So he left his wife, Tompie, with instructions just in case.
Joked Vita, “I told her, ‘Better have the hook ready.’”
Vin’s People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 941-745-7055, or firstname.lastname@example.org.