Eric Rodwell of Clearwater Beach and his USA2 teammates won the most coveted prize in bridge — the Bermuda Bowl.
The tournament took place Aug. 29 through Sept. 12 at the Hotel Transamerica, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The USA2 squad included two first-time winners: Zia Mahmood and Ralph Katz. Nick Nickell, Bob Hamman, Jeff Meckstroth and Rodwell all had multiple wins in the event, including four times as teammates.
Rodwell learned to play bridge in 1952 at age 11 and has been playing competitively since he was 21.
He is a multiple world champion in contract bridge, winning the Bermuda Bowl five times and is one of only 10 players who have won the so-called triple crown of bridge: the Bermuda Bowl, the World Open Pairs and the World Team Olympiad. He was named ACBL Player of the Year 2008.
Rodwell and his wife, Donna, live on Clearwater Beach.
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The Tarpon Springs High Marching Band was awarded Grand Champions in the Bands of America 2009 Super Regional Championship Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in Atlanta's Olympic Georgia Dome. One of 45 bands participating, Tarpon Springs swept all categories in the AAA Class Division and earned a spot in the top 12 finals competition.
During the finals, the Tarpon Springs High School Outdoor Performance Ensemble was awarded Grand Champions and earned top ranking for Most Outstanding General Effect, Most Outstanding Music Performance and Most Outstanding Visual Performance. In addition, the band was selected as the "fan favorite" based on a 60,000 text message vote from spectators viewing the live internet broadcast.
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