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Hurricanes' coach has a track record of keeping cool to maintain

Manatee Hurricanes head track coach Mike Smith is a pretty cool customer.

"He shows no emotion," senior sprinter Kavious Price said.

Heh, heh.

Coach let it loose last Saturday when the Canes 4-x-100 relay team of Kelvin McKnight, Jarqueris Laughlin, Sam Vrinios and Price seized an early lead and blew away the field in the Class 4A state championships at Jacksonville.

As Laughlin handed Vrinios the baton and the lead at the relay's midway point, Smith was ecstatic: "There must have been 5,000 people in the stands on the other side of the track and every one of them heard me."

Speaking of state champions, big ups to Bayshore High senior Joy Norman, who won the Class 2A high jump on her final attempt.

Brittany Bomar, Palmetto High alum and former Dazzler dance-team captain, is the new director for Braden River High's Black Pearls dance program.

The Magic of Manatee Sweet Adelines Chorus did it again. They won the Audience Choice award in the Open Division Show Performance category at the recent Sweet Adeline Regional Chorus Competition in Daytona Beach. Their officers are President Ellen Linsley, vice president Bunny Klein, secretary Cheryl Gaynor, treasurer Jeanette Rothberg and board members Luann Ackerman, Mary DeJong, Ruth McKinnen and Pam McMillen.

Alyssa Allen graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

All the best to my man Mike Polin. Friday is his last day as Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine's communications and marketing honcho. He'll pursue a master's degree in language speech pathology at Nova Southeastern University in Tampa.

That wily ol' stork is on the way for Katie and Justin Warren, who expect their first child, a boy, in August.

Danny Murphy graduated cum laude from Western Michigan University's Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Tampa Bay campus. His proud family: mom, Eileen; sister, Patty and her husband, Mike; brother, Eddie and wife, Liz; brother, Kevin and wife, Cindy; and brother, Michael.

Oh, no! Jim Houser hit the Big 6-0! Cheers from wife, Kristin, and family members Isaiah Colegio, Alyssa, Cody and Camden Handy, Barbara Jasper, Paula Albritton, Julia Jasper,

John and Tina Jasper, Sean, Ashley, Landon and Ella Jasper, Marcus Albritton, Sarry and Simone Albritton.

Manatee High's Key Club seeks the community's assistance to complete a $35,000 project for a wheelchair-accessible playground at Riverwalk. Donations can be sent to: Manatee High Key Club, 902 33rd St. Ct. W., Bradenton 34205.

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