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Bradenton duo take low gross honors in boy-girl golf event

(ran NTP edition)

The sports world is full of great duos: Stockton and Malone. Lemieux and Jagr. Dunn and Alstott.

And, of course, Wongluekiet and Nirapathpongporn.

Okay, so Virada Nirapathpongporn and Chan Wongluekiet aren't household names yet. But the Bradenton pair did earn low gross honors at the Greater Tampa Junior Golf Association's girl-boy tournament April 25 at Avila.

Nirapathpongporn and Wongluekiet shot 65, five strokes better than Jeanne Cho and Phillippe Gasnier, also of Bradenton.

The low-net winners were closer to home: Mandy Alpaugh and Joseph Kaplon of Temple Terrace shot 65. That was 2.5 strokes better than two pairs who tied for second.

Later at the association's regular competition at Carrollwood Village, three players fought out a tiebreaker for five holes in the girls 11-12 age division.

The trio was tied at 52 for nine holes entering the sudden-death tiebreaker. When the smoke cleared, Brittany Lincicum of Pinellas Park won the shootout, and Heather Burgner of Lakeland took second over Jacklyn Conklin of Tampa.

GYMNASTICS: Two Carrollwood-area gymnasts recently participated in the United States of America Gymnastics state championships.

Star Futch and Hollie Sells qualified for state with five other teammates from Suncoast Gymnastics Academy in Port Richey.

Futch, 15, competed in Level 8 at the Long Center in Clearwater. She placed 12th overall with 34.725 points. Futch also was seventh in the vault (8.725) and 10th in floor exercise (9.00). She scored 8.55 on the bars and 8.45 on the beam.

Sells, 14, scored 34.875 points overall in Level 9 competition at Saint Leo College in eastern Pasco County. Sells scored a 9.00 on the floor, 8.525 on the beam, 8.70 on the bars and 8.65 on the vault. She also competed in the Level 9 regional meet last week in Fayetteville, N.C., scoring 34.475 points overall.

BASKETBALL: The Tampa Timberwolves, a North Tampa-based youth team, is seeking additional players for Amateur Athletic Union tournaments in May and June. Players must have been born on or after Sept. 1, 1985 to be eligible, with one exception: Current sixth-graders who are 13 can play. Tryouts are held Sunday afternoons in Lutz. Call Ed Tokarz at 948-1902 or Jeremiah Russell at 949-8300 for more information.

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