There were a couple of local teams that won Labor Day tournaments, one for baseball and one for hockey. The Winning Inning's 12-year-old Tigers won the Labor Day Beach Bash tournament in Vero Beach on Sept. 3-5. And the Tampa Bay Lightning Squirt A team won the Labor Day Challenge in Ellenton.
The Winning Inning team, which is based in Clearwater, won five straight games to get the championship against the Tampa Terror. The Tigers defeated the Terror 7-5 to win the title. Members of the team are Trevor Benjamin, Mike Bessell, Ben Botham, Jack Clemons, Hayden Haberson, J.K. Kulaga, Billy Mock, Jonathan Norman, Cameron Pettway, Chase Rogalski, and Lucas Strozinsky. Coaches are Len Milcowitz, Vic Brunk and Dan Murray.
The Junior Lightning team also went undefeated in its tournament. The team, which plays out of the Clearwater Ice Arena and the Tampa Bay Skating Academy in Oldsmar, won five games, including the clincher over the Space Coast Hurricanes. Members of the team are Synjen Amende, Spencer Rose, Megan Rittenhouse, Jake Filuta, Jaxson Anderson, Alex Odom, Patrick Labutis, Colin Saar, Kelly Hill, Bradley Gordon, Sammy Barranco, Max Weinstock, Matthew Angilella, Ryan Ebensberger, Marcus Rose and Benji Harris. Coaches are CJ Anderson (equipment manager), Rob Labutis (assistant coach), David Rittenhouse (head coach) and Chad Hill (assistant coach).
The Clearwater Local Fall Championships were held Sept. 10-12. The boys 18 singles winner was Alejandro Bueno, the 16 winner was Ganesh Rajaram, the 14 winner was Vincent Caracappa, the 12 winner was Daniel Moreno and the 10 winner was Stephen Echevarria. The girls 18 singles champ was Anna Abadias, the 16 winner was Ruijie Jiang, the 14 winner was Anastasha Worlds, the 12 winner was Sashinya Desilva and the 10 winner was Anna Babayan.
• The East Lake Woodlands Fall NTRP tournament was held Sept. 9-11. The men's 3.0 singles winner was Larry Green, the 3.5 winner was Mario Penalosa, the 4.0 winner was William Parker and the 4.5 winner was Ruben Paliz. The women's 3.5 singles winner was Angel Sims, the 4.0 winner was Ann Rainer and the 4.5 winner was Brenda Sturm.
The Florida Junior Tour held a tournament at the Vinoy Club in St. Petersburg on Sept. 10-11. Sam Horsfield of Davenport won the boys 13-15 age group with a two-day score of 133, four shots better than Terrence Zhang of Orlando. The top local finisher was Anthony Quintessenza of St. Petersburg, who shot 75-75--150. In the girls 13-15 age group, Athena Yang of Winter Haven won with a score of 143, four shots ahead of Anna Newell of Tampa. Top local finishers include Madison Glennie of Clearwater (160), Emma Paschal of Palm Harbor (165) and Haydyn Gibson of Clearwater (168).
• The County Golf Association held an individual tournament at East Lake Woodland's North Course on Sept. 8. The regular division gross winner was John Lisenbee, who shot 74. The regular division net winner was Mike Stodart, who shot 72. The senior gross winner was Larry VanderBie, who shot 68. The senior net winner was Jim Hammar, who shot 66.
The CGA's better ball tournament was held Sept. 12 at Innisbrook's Osprey North course. The regular division gross winners were Ben Beckman and Ken Jones, who shot 65. The senior division gross winners were Mark Wheaton/Juice Ahern and Larry VanderBie/Mike Sanderson, who shot 65s. The overall net winners were Greg Rusilko and Pat Maxon, who shot 57.
The Tampa Bay Turners Level 5 team competed in the Judges Cup at the University of Tampa on Sept. 11. Andrea Romero, Addie Bowen, Alyssa Scott and Emily Russek each won first place in the all-around division. Other winners were Romero (vault, beam), Cami Osborne (beam), Taylor Maronie (floor), Bowen (bars), Scott (vault, bars, floor) and Russek (bars, floor).
• LaFleur's Gymnastics of Largo competed in the Aloha Cup in Tampa. In AAU Level 3, winners were Cassidy Fruit (beam, floor, all-around), Caroline Gomes (bars), Amanda Krause (floor), Megan Reed (vault, bars) and Taylor Salgado (vault). In AAU Level 4, winners were Jacqueline Vincent (vault, bars, beam, floor, all-around) and Kira White (vault). In USAG Level 4, winners werers were Brynn Connell (vault), Lilly Kudelko (beam, floor, all-around), Angela Lumia (bars), Carina Lumia (beam, floor, all-around), Peyton Mondello (bars, floor, all-around), Savanna Pendergraft (bars), Emily Rich (floor, all-around), Katie Ross (vault, bars) and Cecilia Svoboda (beam). In USAG Level 5, winners were Elizabeth Clevenger (beam, floor, all-around), Brooke Gephart (beam), Allison Hollaway (vault), Kendell LaPlante (bars, beam, floor, all-around), Nicole Omasta (bars, beam, floor, all-around), Sydney Shannon (vault), Madison Swenson (vault, bars, all-around) and Shea Wheeler (beam).