Team Under Pressure, an 11-under basketball team based in Clearwater, recently won the USSSA Sarasota-Bradenton Open. The team, which is based out of First Lutheran, defeated the Sarasota Gators 58-35 in the semifinal and the Florida Phenoms of Naples in the final 49-21.
The team is made up of Julian Thompson, Julian Cooney, Mitch Sowada, Colin Sowada, Joel Kulaga, Rashaad Stewart, Camerron Ellis, Eddie Williams, Paxton Wilson, Danny Neugebaur, Letrell Randall, Jordan Vince and Parker Freedman. The coaches are Tim Thompson, Tony Wilson and Jim Neugebaur.
With the win, Team Under Pressure moved to first in the state in the USSSA rankings. The team is 11-3 in its class and has a 12.7 average points difference.
The St. Pete Fury 12-under fastpitch team won the St. Patrick's Day Classic on March 13-14 at Palma Sola Complex in Bradenton. The team won four straight games to earn the title, including two shutouts. The team also placed second at the Sarasota Sweetheart Ball on Feb. 13-14 and third at the Gasparilla Tournament in Tampa on Feb. 20-21.
Largo Golf Course held its biweekly 18-hole scramble on Saturday, March 13. The scramble, which is open to the public, had a total of 14 teams (53 players). The team of Jim Sipprell (Largo), Gene Diemand (Seminole), Bill Peetoom (Largo) and Nancy Linton (Largo) won the event with a score of 49 (13 under par).
• Cypress Run held its 2010 Blazer tournament on March 14. The team of Tom Forrest and Eric Wiese won the St. Andrews Flight, the team of Mike Mezack and Jeff Leimbacher won the Muirfield Flight, the team of Mike Cobb and Andy Vamvakias won the Royal Troon Flight, and the team of Alan Levine and Gary Gunnels won the Royal Birkdale Flight.
• The Tides Women's Golf Association held a tournament on Feb. 23 and March 10. Mary Bober was the A Flight winner of the event with a score of 66. The B Flight winner was Beverly Papalia and the C Flight winner was Loraine Taylor.
Sarmiento's Super Series Championship was held at the St. Petersburg Tennis Center on March 13-15. In the boys 18 singles, top seed Yaozhong Zhang won the championship. The boys 16 winner was Tommy Mylnikov and the 14 winner was Joel Link. The girls 18 singles winner was Brenna Keller, the 16 winner was Alexandra Kitchen and the 14 winner was Nicole Tyulpa.
The Team Swish adult basketball team competed in the Buffalo Masters in the 40-and-over category. The team finished second. Local players include David James, Matt Berenbaum, Don Makrianes, Dave Makrianes, Eric Trivette and Jerry Woodka. Woodka also played on a team that won the 45-and-over age group.
The Tampa Bay Turners competed in the Purple and Gold Invitational in Baton Rouge, La., on March 5-7. Individual winners were, in Level 4: Jazmine Alderman (vault, floor), Ruthie Jerger (vault, bars, floor, all-around), Jacqueline Hebert (vault, beam, floor, all-around), Kennedy Murrian (bars), Sarah Rieth (bars), Angel Duncan (vault, beam, all-around). Level 5: Casey McLaughlin (bars, beam, floor, all-around), Katie Boyle (bars). Level 7: Emily Long (beam, floor), Emily Broida (bars), Nathania Beltran (vault, floor, all-around). Level 9: Erin Pluchino (vault, bars, floor, all-around), Deni Morgan (beam), Kylie Moran (bars), Chloe Devries (vault), McKenzie Smith (floor). Level 10: Tiffany Henry (bars, all-around). Prep Op: Hannah Mixson (bars, floor, all-around). Emily Vaughan (vault).
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