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Local youth triathletes meet Lance Armstrong

If competing in the IronKids Triathlon in late May wasn't enough, five young Bradenton athletes got the chance to meet seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong.

Emma Stock, Anna Stock, Sophia Stock, Amelia Skoumal and Elyse Skoumal each finished in the top ten of their respective age groups, before meeting Armstrong, who signed their medals and took a photo with them, at the event in Haines City.

Emma, 12, grabbed second place in the female 13 year old age group with a time of 53:23.

Anna, 10, took fourth in the female 10 year old group with a time of 30:07.

Sophia, 7, snagged second in the female 8 year old division with a time of 17:32.

Amelia, 9, finished seventh in the female 10 year old group with a time of 31:59.

Elyse, 6, took second in the female 7 year old division with a time of 18:59.

Those ages 6-8 competed in a 50-yard swim, 2-mile bike ride and 500-yard run. Competitors 9-11 swam 150 yards, biked 4 miles and ran 1 mile. The 12-15 year olds competed in a 300-yard swim, 8-mile bike and 2-mile run.

Emma, Anna, Sophia and Elyse will compete at the IronKids Nationals in Des Moines, Iowa on September 4.

The kids met Armstrong after the event, a day before he captured the Ironman 70.3 Florida men's pro division.

County Cup bracket play

The Little League District 26 County Cup begins bracket play today. The annual event has a new wrinkle this year: a sponsor.

The Bradenton Marauders are sponsoring the tournament that fields 64 teams in three divisions at Lakewood Ranch, Mana

tee West and Braden River.

The Majors division's single-elimination portion starts today. The championship game is scheduled for 7 p.m. on June 6 at G.T. Bray park.

The Juniors and Minors division also concludes with championship games scheduled for early June.

Bulldogs net one title

Earlier this month, the East Manatee Bulldogs sent several flag football teams to the FYD South Conference Championships.

The Bulldog Navy wildcat team won the conference title, earning a semifinal victory over the Storm Navy team 22-16 and the finals triumph over the Southeast Tampa Seminoles 16-6.

In the semifinals, Cody Staton threw three touchdowns and tallied a two-point conversion. Niko Traylor caught two passes for touchdowns, with a two-point conversion. Dylan Townson chipped in a touchdown reception, with Ashton Maas capping it with a two-point conversion catch from Emma Fazio. Hunter Barnes, Traylor and Townson each recorded interceptions on defense.

In the title game, Staton tossed two more touchdownss with two, two-point conversions. Traylor scored a touchdown with another two-point conversion. Barnes (TD) and Maas (two-point conversion) completed the Bulldogs scoring. Cole Haddad joined Sarah and Emma Fazio with pressure up front to limit the Seminoles offense.

The Bulldogs Bobcat squad fell in the semifinals to eventual conference champion, the Storm Gold club, in triple overtime. Sami Ben-Ghuzzi and Trevor Jackson had interceptions on defense for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldog Red Panther team fell in the title game 12-6.

Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached 745-7017 or via email Follow him on Twitter @Jason__Dill