Caitlin Ferkile of St. Petersburg had a big day recently at the Jubilee Horse Show in Gainesville. Caitlin, a 10-year-old who attends Perkins Elementary, won six ribbons at the competition, her first wins of the season.
Caitlin won blue ribbons in the English saddle seat in equation and pleasure classes in the 11 and under division. She also won championships in the saddle seat equation division for riders 11 and under.
Caitlin rode two horses to earn her ribbons, HVK Marquise and W. Knoll Foxfire "Odie." Because of her performance in Gainesville, Caitlin will compete at the Gasparilla Charity Horse show next month in Tampa. Caitlin trains at Rick Davis Stables in Palmetto under trainer Rick Davis.
St. Petersburg College will send both of its basketball teams to the Florida Junior College state basketball tournament. The women's team, which is 19-7 and ranked seventh in the state, will play Northwest Florida on Wednesday at Chipola JC. The men's team is 18-9 and defeated State College of Florida (formerly Manatee Community College) 79-76 Tuesday to advance to the state tournament. The Titans are 18-9 and will open the state tournament against Chipola CC on Thursday.
The Seminole Lake Local Winter Classic was held on Feb. 19-21 at Seminole Lake Racquet Club. The boys 18 singles winner was Chad Furst, the 16 winner was Briton Richardson, the 14 winner was Rhys Richardson, the 12 winner was John Sakellarides and the 10 winner was Brian Kuntz. The girls 18 singles champ was Naomi Totka, the 14 winner was Daniela Nasser, the 12 winner was Laurel Wanger and the 10 winner was Kendall Miller.
• Alexis Franco of Largo won the Longwood Super Series girls 14s singles tournament in Sarasota on Feb. 19-20. She defeated Meers Luna of Belgium 6-0, 6-1. Franco also teamed with Monica Phipps to win the girls 14s doubles championship. Yasmin Franco teamed with Katie Pollan to win the girls 18 doubles title.
The County Golf Association held a better ball tournament Feb. 24 at Countryside Country Club. The regular division gross winners were Juice Ahern and Mark Wheaton, who shot 64. The senior division gross winners were John Moniz and Jim Shepherd and Larry Vander Bie and Mike Sanderson, who shot 68s. The overall net winners were Barry Tosdevine and Gary Shellenberger, who shot 62. The ladies net winners were Diane Springer and Sara Wold, who shot 71.
• The SLAPS golf league held at tournament at Isla Del Sol on Feb. 10. The low net player was Patty Capen of Belleview Biltmore, who shot 63. The low gross players was Kris Whitcraft of Pasadena, who shot 81. The A Flight net winner was Elaine Crawford of Belleview Biltmore, who shot 66.
• The West Coast Women's Golf Association held a tournament Feb. 14 at the Ritz-Carlton in Bradenton. Local winners were Lisa Hartley of Clearwater, who was the low round and AA Flight winner with 74. Leslie Roberts of Bayou Club took B Flight honors with 81. Linda Jantschek of the Vinoy tied for first in the C Flight with 86. Kris Whitcraft of Pasadena tied for first in the D Flight with 87.
• Holes-in-one are mostly luck, and Ethel Taylor of Spring Hill got very lucky Wednesday night at Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis Club in Treasure Island. Playing in a glow ball night tournament, Taylor aced the par-3 fourth hole without ever seeing the ball go in. As part of a Transitions Championship promotion, Taylor is now qualified to take a $1 million shot at the 17th hole at Innisbrook after Saturday's rounds are complete.
Apollo Gymnastics of Clearwater competed in the AAU second qualifier in Brandon on Feb. 19-20. Level 2 winners were Dilynn Blair (all-around), Lyna Alsaqaf (bars, floor) and Julia Rodriguez (vault, beam). Level 3 winners were Victoria Caldera (bars, floor) and Joana Demollari (beam). Level 4 winners were Brooke Cwiklinski (beam), Veronica Gallo (all-around, floor), Elly Johnson (bars), Eva Lago (vault, bars), Cassidy Millhouse (beam, floor), Anastasia Milonas (beam, floor) and Sherilyn Mansfield (all-around, vault, bars, beam). Level 5 winners were Alexa Atherholt (bars), Madeline Cunnings (bars, floor), Kailey Hart (vault, bars, floor) and Cailyn McCarthy (all-around, vault, floor).
George Higginson of team Clearwater SC1 of the Clearwater Shuffleboard Club, set a world record for speed shuffleboard when he scored 223 points out of a possible 280. He broke the record of 211 set by Torben Hussman of the German national team. In speed shuffleboard a player shoots seven discs on four courts. The total points on all four courts equals a player's score.