This is the time of year when ice skating usually grabs the headlines. The Winter Olympics are right around the corner, so figure skating starts appearing on national television.
But roller skaters had their chance to shine last weekend at the Winter Roller Skating League meet in Sarasota. Roller skaters from across the state competed in several categories, and locally Astro Skate of Pinellas Park was well-represented.
There were five skaters from Astro Skate who placed in various competitions at the meet, which drew hundreds of skaters. Aimee Bergeron won first place in Elementary Figures, third in Pick-A-Partner team dance and fifth in Juvenile Solo Dance.
Haley Huffman earned second-place finishes in Elementary C Figures and Elementary B Solo Dance, as well as third place in Beginner Loops. Dick Shipman won three first-place medals in Esquire Figures, Golden Figures and Golden Solo Dance, as well as second place in Esquire Solo Dance.
Samantha West was first in Green Figures, second in Primary Figures and third in Primary Solo Dance. And Fred Wheeler was first in Veteran's Solo Dance and second in Golden Solo Dance.
"We were so proud of the way they skated,'' club president Terry Spence said. "It was a great event for us.''
Astro Skate Club will be hosting Spring Artistic Roller Skating League Meet on Sunday, March 21. For information about the league or the event, call 458-5708.
The BaseLine Wheelchair Tennis Foundation and Admiral Farragut Academy will host a professional wheelchair tennis exhibition on Friday, Feb. 12 at noon and again at 6:30 p.m. at the TradeWinds Island Resort. The exhibition at Admiral Farragut is free, while the TradeWinds event is $25 per person and includes food and beverages. For information, go to www.baselinewheelchairtennis.org.
The SLAPS Golf League recently held a tournament at Clearwater Country Club. The Flight A net winners were Sheila Lefors, Mary Bober and Liz Krupitza, who shot 76s. The Flight B gross winner was Sharon Dagostino, who shot 72.
• The Dunedin Country Club championship was held Jan. 23. The women's champion was Sue Mackintosh, who defeated Nancy Cosmos 5-4 in match play. It is Mackintosh's third club championship. The men's champion was Bob Donaldson, who defeated Thomas Reidl 2-1. It is Donaldson's 10th club title.
• The County Golf Association held its weekly tournament Monday at St. Petersburg Country Club. The regular division gross winners were Jay Bauer and Ken Palladino, who shot 67. The senior gross division winners were Steve Tarkowski and Art Sauve, who shot 72. The overall net champions were Frank Gemmell and Sandy MacDonald, who shot 64. The ladies net winners were Melody Ulen and Carolyn Murphy, who shot 67.
• The Belleair Country Club Women's Golf Association held a Scotch Doubles Alternate Shot tournament on Jan. 26. The team of Jean Lackey and Karen Beltle won with a score of 68.
LaFleur's Gymnastics Club of Largo competed at the Sand Dollar Invitational in Orlando, Jan. 22-24. Level 7 individual winners were Madeline Cappelli (beam), Stella Sardo (vault, floor, all-around), Brandee Tanner (beam) and Stephanie Bratic (floor). Level 8 individual winners were Hannah Gars (all-around), Natalie Morrison (vault, beam), Eva Rapp (all-around), Kayley Swenson (beam, all-around), Jenna Cashmore (vault), Amanda Ismaili (vault, floor), Sarah Spurgeon (bars), Rachel Whisennant (all-around) and Carly Tidwell (bars). Level 9 individual winners were Megan Schell (bars), Meghan Brannon (bars) and Natalie Humbert (vault, beam, floor, all-around).
• The Apollo School of Gymnastics competed at the Suncoast Sports Festival in Tampa on Jan. 23-24. In Level 7, Lillian Zeman finished first in all-around, beam, floor and bars. Jacklyn McGonigle placed first in bars. In Level 8, Brooklynn Fregeau was first on beam and vault. The boys team competed in the Whitlow Invitational in Kissimmee. In Level 4, Hayden McManus was third in all-around, second on parallel bars and third on floor. Andreas Thompson was second on vault and third on parallel bars. Brandon Brogan was second on floor. In Level 5, Jacob Day was third all-around, first on parallel bars and third on pommel horse, vault and high bar. Alex Beckers was second on pommel horse. In Level 6, Christopher Swan was second on pommel horse and third on floor.
The Clearwater Lawn Bowling Club is looking for new members and is offering free lessons for those interested in trying the sport. The instructor is Roy McCartney. For information call 437-7975.
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