Records smashed at annual Dolphin Dash race

The 9th annual Dolphin Dash 5K was held recently in Holmes Beach to benefit Anna Maria Elementary School.

Four new course records were established. Those records were set by Bradenton's Rae Ann Darling Reed (female masters, 20:38), Bradenton's Michael Lamb (overall male, 16:20) and the Port Charlotte husband and wife team of Frank Nicolosi (veteran grand masters, 23:32) and Josephine Nicolosi (female veteran grand masters, 29:26).

Other winners included: Bradenton's Kristin Coyner (overall female, 20:01), Holmes Beach's Sandy Meneley (female grand masters, 23:18), Arlene Jarzab (female senior grand masters, 26:22), Bradenton's Gary Romesser (male masters, 20:19), Wimauma's Matt McMillan (male grand masters, 22:07) and Bradenton's Norm Cornwell, who also represented Australia, with a time of 22:57 in the male senior grand master division.

Inspiration Academy joins Cancer Fight

Cancer survivor Jake Taraska, a student-athlete at the Inspiration Academy in West Bradenton, has raised awareness and funds for the Jimmy V Foundation nationwide, and now has invited Dick Vitale to the academy to launch a fundraiser to benefit the V-Foundation.

Vitale is scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 15, to share his passion the V-Foundation and then throw out the first pitch at the, "Baseball with a Purpose," 22-inning baseball game. The 22 innings equate to the 22 years that the V-Foundation has funded cancer research.

Each player on Inspiration Academy's four teams will participate as they get sponsors for the 22 innings that are played.

The event is open to the public. Contact Rebekah Jenkins at 795-9566 for more information. To RSVP for the event, email

Admirals game on TV

The East Manatee Admirals, who were off this past week from playing in the Florida High

School Hockey Association's Lightning Conference, will have their Friday game at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex broadcasted live on Bright House Sports Network. The match, set for a 9 p.m. start, is against Tampa Wharton.

The Admirals are 16-0-0 and sit atop the conference with 32 points, seven clear of second-place Steinbrenner.

Wharton is in a three-way tie for seventh place with Tampa Jesuit and Lithia Newsome, who all sport a 9-5-1 record.

Indoor Flag Football League starts soon

SoCo (Sarasota County) Club Sport's winter season for a men's indoor flag football league at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex is set to begin Sunday, Feb. 8.

The Sunday night league uses a 5-on-5 format, and costs $575 per team for those that register by this Sunday. Individuals wishing to play are charged $75 if registered by this Sunday.

The price jumps $50 for a team and $5 for an individual after Sunday until the signup deadline of February 6.

The season goes until April 5. Game times are either at 6:30, 7:30 or 8:30 p.m.

Colored shirts are issued to each team. Women are welcomed to join, too.

Visit for more information and to register.

Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7017 or via email at Follow him on Twitter @Jason__Dill or his page on Facebook at Jason Dill Bradenton Herald.