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Elite soccer tournament coming to Lakewood Ranch

Elite soccer tournament coming to Lakewood Ranch

The Premier Sports Campus of Lakewood Ranch is pleased to announce another soccer organization has booked a series of tournaments at the Lakewood Ranch complex.  Elite Tournaments, of Maryland, confirms it will host four soccer events over five weekends between December 2011 and October 2012.

“Our event calendar is getting very full,” said Tim Mulqueen, director of sports at Lakewood Ranch. “We knew that our campus, with the number of fields in one place and the central location of Lakewood Ranch, would attract a lot of attention nationwide, and as word spreads, we are being inundated with inquiries!”

The goal of the tournaments in Lakewood Ranch this winter is to bring big-league players and coaches from across the country together in the U12 –U19 age categories of competitive soccer, and for the coaches association to recruit nationally.

All-star 2B could play in Bradenton this weekend

All-star 2B could play in Bradenton this weekend

BRADENTON, FLORIDA-- A Saturday evening match-up between the Bradenton Marauders and the Clearwater Threshers normally might not draw too much attention from many media outlets or major league baseball scouts.

But this Saturday's game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies Class A affiliates could be different.

Phillies all-star second baseman Chase Utley is currently on a minor league rehab assignment with the Threshers.

Those assignments can last up to 20 days, and with Utley recovering from a knee injury, he isn't likely to return to the big league club's lineup much sooner than that.

'Glee' star headlines high school fundraiser

'Glee' star headlines high school fundraiser

Palmetto, Florida -- On Saturday, May 14, the Palmetto High School Rowing Club will host the first ever Palmetto High School Crew Chopper Dropper Fundraiser. 2,000 numbered golf balls will drop from a helicopter at Rive Isle Golf and Nautical Estates in Parrish.

Jane Lynch, the Emmy Award-winning actress who portrays Sue Sylvester in the hit FOX TV show Glee, is expected to attend the fundraiser and ne honored by the club.  

Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the door or by e-mailing palmettocrew@gmail.com. For more information on Manatee County Government, visit www.mymanatee.org.

PHS crew team shows thanks for new rowing facility

PHS crew team shows thanks for new rowing facility

Manatee County, Florida (mymanatee.org) – Palmetto High School Rowing teams presented Manatee County Commission with an honorary varsity letter “P” this morning in appreciation of the Fort Hamer Rowing Facility which opened in January.

More than 20 Palmetto High School rowing team members, each decked in red crew shirts, gave the Board high praise for the new rowing park and 8,000-square-foot boathouse completed late last year. Manatee County Commissioners approved building the facility nearly one year ago and its construction was fast-tracked and completed by December to accommodate Harvard, Yale and other elite crew teams from around the world.

“Thank you for the amazing opportunity to train at such a beautiful facility,” said Palmetto High senior Jamie Stinson. “I couldn’t imagine a better end to my high school career. Thank you for the greatest year of my four years of high school.”

Major youth soccer tournament in Manatee this weekend

Major youth soccer tournament in Manatee this weekend

LAKEWOOD RANCH, FLORIDA-- Thousands of young soccer players and their families are expected to be in Manatee County this weekend.

64 teams from the Florida Youth Soccer Association will compete in the State Cup, hosted by the Clearwater Chargers.

Starting Saturday morning, about 4,000 players will take part in the event at the Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch.

Easter theme, giveaways for Marauders homestand

Easter theme, giveaways for Marauders homestand

Bradenton, FL -- The Bradenton Marauders returned home this weekend and the team played up the holiday weekend theme.

On Saturday, the Pirates Class A affiliate hosted an Easter egg hunt.

Gates opened at 6 p.m. for the hunt, which began 15 minutes later.

The event was free for fans 14 and under and featured prizes ranging from candy to game tickets to the chance to throw out the first pitch at a Marauders game.

Raise awareness for Autism this weekend!

Raise awareness for Autism this weekend!

Lakewood Ranch, FL -- The Center for Autism Resources & Education is hosting their annual 5k Run and 1Mile Fun Walk this weekend.

This is the 3rd Annual event for C.A.R.E.

The event will begin at  8 a.m. on Saturday, April 16 with registration is at 7 a.m.

For more information, click here