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Vin's People: Return of high school football a beautiful thing

Those Friday night lights are aglow once again and high school football season is back!

So good luck in tonight's regular season openers to Paul Maechtle's Southeast Seminoles at Largo, Dave Marino's Palmetto Tigers at Riverview, Jean Gordon's Bayshore Bruins against Tampa Jesuit, Curt Bradley's Braden River Pirates at Shawn Trent's Lakewood Ranch Mustangs, Allan Gerber's Bradenton Christian Panthers at Lakeland Christian, Tod Creneti's Saint Stephen's Falcons against St. John Neumann, Brett Timmons' Out-of-Door Thunder at St. Pete Catholic and Josh Smithers' Cardinal Mooney Cougars at LaBelle.

Ditto to Joe Kinnan's Manatee Hurricanes in Sunday's ESPN2 heavyweight showdown with Miramar at 2 p.m. at Hawkins Stadium.

n Paul Hunsader is 80 years young Sept. 4. Happy birthday from favorite daughter Cindy Quinn.

n If you're looking for a place to go after a high school football game, Pat and Lynne Goneau and their son Kyle are back in business in Oakmont Plaza at the new Beef O Brady's, 4935 Cortez Road, after a nine-month hiatus.

They'd been at their old Manatee Avenue West location for 10 years.

The new Beef's is 4,100 square feet with 25 flat-screen TVs, two 100-inch projection screens and a capacity of 160.

Among the familiar faces who will be patronizing Beef's once again are Hurricane Hotline at 6 p.m. every Tuesday on WLSS 930 AM, and Manatee Gator Club watch parties, too.

Call Beef's at 941-798-6939.

n Ryan Brown is 21.

Big ups from parents Gene and Gina and sister Rachel.

n Shaya Flathman graces the cover of September's Saltwater Sportsman, holding a 35-pound true black grouper she caught for first place in June's fifth annual Fire Charity Fishing Tournament to raise money for burn victims.

Shaya teamed upwith brother Trever, boyfriend BJ Grant, pal Jon Cannon and boat owner John Smith to win the tournament's offshore division and $2,500 prize money.

Thing is, they spent $5,000 on fuel for the weekend tournament trip from Sarasota Bay to the Dry Tortugas in Smith's 39-foot Contender powered by triple Yamahas.

They sold a lot of the fish they caught to help cover fuel costs.

But the grouper they kept and ate.

"They are absolutely amazing tasting and the filets are pristine white," Shaya said.

n Shake Pit boss Debbie Crowe is 39. Again.

n Check out Kirby Stewart American Legion Post 24's Labor Day barbecue, music and karaoke with Frank Bowling at 2000 75th St. W.


n It's good to be Gillian Palino these days.

The Southeast High IB junior is "Sweet 16" and earned the Girl Scouts' Gold Award for her project, painting rooms in the religious education building at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs.

Her older sister, Dawn Giddens, who teachesat King Middle, was a past Gold Award recipient.

Parents Judy and George, brother Hayden and brother-in-law Kyle are proud.

Vin's People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 941-745-7055. Twitter: @vinmannix