Bradenton’s Ava Krug wins USTA 12 doubles national title on clay

Ava Krug holds her trophies for her performance at the USTA Girls’ 12 National Clay Court Championships.
Ava Krug holds her trophies for her performance at the USTA Girls’ 12 National Clay Court Championships.

Ava Krug, one of the top-rated 12-year-old tennis players in the nation and a Bradenton resident, won the doubles title at the United States Tennis Association Girls’ 12 National Clay Court Championships at The Polo Club of Boca Raton on Saturday.

A student at Out-of-Door Academy, Krug was paired with Pacific Palisades, Calif., resident Tsehay Driscoll as the doubles bracket’s No. 4 seed in the tournament, which began last Sunday. In Saturday’s final, the pair rallied past unseeded Natalie Block and Lara Smejkal for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 win.

Krug also reached the semifinals in the singles draw as the No. 11 seed before falling to No. 4-seed Clervie Ngounoue, 7-5, 0-6, 6-1, on Friday. Driscoll, who was the No. 3 singles seed, went on to beat Ngounoue in the singles championship Saturday, 7-6 (4), 6-2.

Manatee wins Florida 7-on-7 tournament

The Manatee High School football team spent the day in Gainesville for a University of Florida football camp, and the Hurricanes returned with hardware. Manatee won the 7-on-7 tournament at the camp, one of the Hurricanes’ last offseason showcases before preseason practice begins July 31.

The 7-on-7 tournaments are an opportunity for skill-position players and defensive players to build chemistry during the offseason, which will be important for this year’s Hurricanes. Manatee is replacing its starting quarterback and No. 1 receiver from last year.

Marauders hand out scholarship

The Marauders handed out one of the Florida State League Scholarship Committee’s annual $1,500 scholarships to a graduate of Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School on Saturday.

Joseph Schneider, a student at the University of Florida and a bat boy for Bradenton, was honored on the field before Saturday’s 6:30 p.m. game against the Threshers. He also threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Schneider will be honored on a major league field on July 30. Each of the Florida State League’s 12 scholarship recipients will be recognized at Marlins Park in Miami before the Marlins, who help fund the scholarship committee along with the FSL, play host to the Reds. The FSL scholarships are all given to students who are either employees, or children or grandchildren of employees in the league.

Schneider, who graduated from Saint Stephen’s, is majoring in applied physiology and kinesiology, and hopes to use his degree to pursue an athletic training career.

World Cup qualifying comes to Orlando

Florida soccer fans will not have to wait long for another chance to see the U.S. men’s national soccer team. Tickets will go on sale Aug. 10 for the team’s World Cup qualifier against Panama in Orlando on Oct. 6. Season-ticket holders for Orlando City SC will have ticket-purchase priority.

The match will be televised on ESPN2 and is the final home match for the United States during the fifth and final round of World Cup qualifying. The United States is 11-1-6 against Panama all-time and undefeated against the Panamanians during World Cup qualifying.