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Community sports | Raul Amaya bouts in Bellator Tournament to be televised

Former Southeast High wrestler Raul Amaya, now an accomplished mixed martial arts fighter, is taking the next step toward his dream of being a big-time MMA fighter.

The undefeated welterweight, who fights out of Champions MMA in Bradenton, was selected for Bellator Tournament Season 6. He’ll square off against a bevy of fighters, with the first bout scheduled for March 2.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Amaya is 9-0 in his MMA career.

The fights are scheduled to air live on MTV2, commercial free-HD on Epix, with preliminary fights streamed live and free around the world on, according to a news release.

Gladiators are back

The Bradenton Gladiators, Manatee County’s only minor league football team, is about to get its 2012 regular season started.

The Gladiators will look to win the franchise’s first Florida Football Alliance championship.

The team’s opener is against the Orlando Phantoms, a new team this year.

The game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Jan. 21. It’s a home game for the Gladiators at the Manatee PAL Complex.


The Bradenton BEACH DAWGS (5-4) split a doubleheader against the Charlotte Thunder on Sunday. They lost the first game 11-7, but finished strong with a 16-7 win in the second game.

Luka Torralva was 3-for-6 over both games with four runs and four stolen bases. Lucas Hartman went 4-for-6 with three runs, six RBIs and two doubles. Spencer Stephens was 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two stolen bases. Noah Font was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and pitched three innings in the second game, striking out eight and recording the victory. The BEACH DAWGS play their next game at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Palma Sola Park.

RIVERDAWGS need players

The Manatee RIVERDAWGS Travel baseball team is looking for two or three players for their 10U team for the spring 2012 season. Call Shawn Sprague at 813-727-3000 or John Dilacqua at 941-388-0717.

Attention officials

The Manatee County Government Parks and Recreation Department is seeking experienced officials for three upcoming leagues, including its flag football league.

Officials are needed for youth basketball, which runs March through May with games at G.T. Bray on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

A final league in need of officials is adult kickball, which won’t begin until May. That league runs to July with games on Friday nights at both G.T. Bray and Lakewood Ranch Park.

For more information regarding any questions, contact Ashley D’Arpino at 742-5923, ext. 6062, or

Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7017.