The Pelican under-19 Rugby Club may only be 2 years old, but it already is a state champion.
The club plays in the Florida High School Rugby Union, made up of clubs from around the state.
The Pelicans, who are based in Tampa but have players from throughout the area, defeated Jupiter 11-10 in the state final. They are now in the region tournament this weekend in Murfreesboro, Tenn., against seven other state champions from the South. The national championship is May 30 in Pittsburgh.
The Pelicans, who play most of their games in Tampa, are in the north division of the FHSRU and play against teams from as far away as Niceville and as close as Largo. They defeated the Northeast Nomads of Fort Lauderdale to advance to the state championship against Jupiter.
The match was close thanks to a try (like a touchdown in football) by Robbie Cribb and a last-second kick to goal by Cribb that gave the Pelicans a one-point victory.
"We knew we'd be in for a tough game," Pelicans coach David McFadden said. "The championship match was brutal."
Other members of the team: Charles Messal, Alan Gancar, Fernando Serrano, Niccanor Pumba De Erizcano, Steven Gonzalez, Chris Calvo, Jamie Rien, I.B. Olasanya, Mike Mastermaker, Nick Calvo, Dale Russell, Lee Tracy, Mark Bambach, Jake McFadden, Danny Del Pino, Andrew McNeil, Steven Wertepny, Roman Rodriguez, Jesse Hotchkiss, Zane Johnson and Tony Chalk.
St. Petersburg's Danielle Collins won the Gator Bowl junior tournament in Gainesville on April 28 when she won four singles matches during the three-day tournament. Collins, who is 14, played in the girls 18 age group.
• Kevin Manning, director of tennis at Largo's Shipwatch Yacht and Tennis Club, placed second in the men's singles at the Bocage Senior Invitational on April 20 in Baton Rouge, La.
Shipwatch Yacht and Tennis Club won the ladies doubles satellite tennis league, which pits doubles teams against 14 area tennis clubs. Feather Sound was second, and Countryside Country Club was third. Lynne Noring, Gloria Dodson, Cindy Hanlon, Elaine Novas, Sylvia Scoble, Denise Rosenblatt, Sue Magnus, Lois Baird, Kitty Winterhalter, Patti Hannin, Joan Guenther, Laurie Reel, Shirley Sproul, Dianna Nicholson, Judith Pursing and Joanne Kupsis play for Shipwatch.
There will be a local qualifier for the second annual PGA McGladrey Team Championship on Saturday at St. Petersburg Country Club. It is an amateur, three-person best-ball tournament, with winners advancing to a sectional tournament and ultimately the national tournament Oct. 20-22 at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina. For online registration and information, go to www.pga.com/teamchampionship.
• The County Golf Association held its weekly tournament April 28 at Pasadena CC. The team best-ball tournament was won by Ernie Muschner, and Joe Lallier won the regular division with 72. Ed Mottern and George Viprino won the senior division with 73. The overall net winners were Bob Healey and Sylvia Healey with 61. The women's division was won by Jean Thompson and Nan Sher with net 64.
Warren Woolsey defeated W. Ray Hood in a playoff April 26 to win the Elders Class of the Florida State Championship held at the Clearwater Horseshoe Club. The men's championship went to Jessie Wayne Goforth, and the junior title went to Leland Reynolds. The women's championship was won by Verdell Woollard.
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