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Countryside skaters put talents on display

Sara Preston Davidson, at 8 the youngest freestyle 4 skater for Tampa Bay Skating Academy, performs during a team championship in Denver. She won three gold medals and one silver.

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Sara Preston Davidson, at 8 the youngest freestyle 4 skater for Tampa Bay Skating Academy, performs during a team championship in Denver. She won three gold medals and one silver.

The Tampa Bay Skating Academy, based in Countryside, recently competed in the Ice Skating Institute's World Recreational Team Championships in Denver.

The group of 10 skaters won the Board of Director's trophy for small rinks by accumulating 187.5 points. The trophy will be on display at the Countryside Mall rink, where the group practices. It also practices in Oldsmar. This is not the first trophy for Countryside. It also won the ISI Winter Classic in Oldsmar in February.

Leading the charge for Countryside was Allyssa Savaglio, 10, who competed at the freestyle 4 level. Savaglio won three gold medals, two silvers and a bronze. Trent Wintermeier, 10, won four golds, most on the team, and silver at the freestyle 3 level.

Another freestyle 4 skater, Jaclyn Savadakis, 12, had three golds and two silvers. The team's youngest freestyle 4 skater, 8-year-old Sara Preston Davidson, earned three golds, a silver and two fourth-place finishes. The only other three-gold winner was 6-year-old Gracye Julian, who won at the Pre Alpha level.

Morgan Gamble, 10, skated at the freestyle 5 level, the highest level by a Countryside team member. She won gold, silver and bronze. Freestyle 4 skaters Caitlin Rice and Grace Gryncewicz each won gold, silver and bronze medals. Skylar Hopkins, 7, won a gold, silver and bronze at the Delta level. The last Countryside skater was Charlene Zuba, 12, who finished fourth at the freestyle 4 level.

The team was coached by Bill Coyle. The ISI competition in Denver featured 87 teams from 23 states and four countries. There was a total of 919 competitors in the events.


Palm Harbor's Lee McCoy won the Ryan Wells Junior Classic at Innisbrook last week with a two-day score of 147. The score was one shot better than a group of three players, including Palm Harbor's Aaron Watson.

• Michael Barbosa of St. Petersburg finished tied for 185th at the U.S. Amateur Championship in Pinehurst, N.C., with 10-over 150. Only the top 64 players advanced to the match play rounds.

• St. Petersburg's Ryan Hicks, 9, won the North Suncoast Junior Golf Association's Tournament of Champions on Aug. 14 at World Woods in Brooksville with 83 for 18 holes. Hicks was named the NSJGA's Player of the Year after winning six of seven tournaments in his age group.


Largo's Alexis Franco won the girls 12 singles championship at the Tampa Palms Local Jr. Summertime Classic on Aug. 18. Yasmin Franco lost in the girls 14 singles final.

• Clearwater's Thomas Komarnicki won the boys 16 singles championship at the Hunter's Green Rookie III tournament in Tampa. St. Petersburg's Evie Sobczak won the girls 12 singles at the same tournament.

• The Royal Racquet Club in Clearwater hosted the Royal Racquet Summer Classic on Aug. 15-18. Nancy Boyce of Oldsmar won the women's 55 singles, Jimmy Gatza of Clearwater won the men's 35 singles and top seed Marc Mazo of St. Petersburg won the men's 55 singles. The Racquet Club also host the USTA Florida Mixed Doubles. The team of Craig Hajdich (Oldsmar) and Karen Olsen (Tampa) won the mixed 35 doubles title.


The St. Pete Stingers, based out of Fossil Park, went 8-1 last month in the Cooperstown Dreams Park American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y. The 12-and-under team went into the championship round ranked sixth out of 98 teams and made it to the round of 16.

Another Florida team, the West Boynton Wolverines, took first place. Standout players included Jensen Keeler, who hit a team-high nine home runs in tournament play. Connor Labrie was the team leader with 22 RBIs and he hit eight home runs. Jeremy Kerr had seven homers. Brett Maxwell had the highest batting average, .760. Top pitchers were Christopher Howd, Josh Hale, Timmy Murphy, Kerr, Keeler and Labrie.

Other players included Nick Bodner, Christopher Clark, Cornelius Copeland, Chris Labrie, Antonion Lovett, John Miller, Angelo Terrasi, Nick Van Nostrand and Drew Vimond.


Largo's Liberty Lanes held its fourth annual St. Petersburg Regional Open on Aug. 15. The tournament was open to professionals and amateurs. Matthew Barnhart won the adult division with a 1,256 series. Eileen Jaeger won the senior division and Tom Nowak was the junior division champion. The professional winner was Lee Vanderhoef.

Rodney Page can be reached at or (727) 893-8810.

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