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TEAM TUMBLEMANIA earns top spots at championship competition

W_-_TEAM_TUMBLEMANIA_2012_USTA_NATIONALSFront L-R: Team members Hannah Tapia-Ruano, Austin Benkoczy and Allison Vargas. Middle L-R: Rachel Morrison, Emma Scott, Madison Weber and Kayley Halbrook. Back L-R: Katie Vaughn and Mary Jo McGrath

MADISON, Wis. – TEAM TUMBLEMANIA of High Springs brought home 12 Top Ten Trophies from the USTA National Trampoline & Tumbling Championships.  Over 2,200 athletes from throughout the United States competed in the individual events of Power Tumbling, Trampoline, Synchronized Trampoline and Double-Mini at the National Championships, held June 18-23 in Madison, Wis.

Individual highlights are as follows:

Allison Vargas (Newberry) NATIONAL CHAMPION! 1st Overall Sub-Advanced Trampoline & Double Mini;

Austin Benkoczy (Fort White) 4th Overall Sub-Advanced Trampoline, 6th Overall Novice Tumbling & Intermediate Double Mini;

Kayley Halbrook (High Springs) 1st in flight & 2nd Overall Advanced Double Mini, 2nd in flight & 7th Overall Advanced Trampoline;

Mary Jo McGrath (Fort White) 2nd in flight & 5th Overall Sub-Advanced Double Mini, 11th Overall Advanced Trampoline;

Rachel Morrison (Fort White) 5th in flight Novice Double Mini, 6th in flight Novice Trampoline;

Emma Scott (High Springs) 4th in flight Novice Tumbling, 5th in flight Intermediate Double Mini;

Hannah Tapia-Ruano (High Springs) 1st in flight & 5th Overall Novice Trampoline, 6th in flight Novice Double Mini;

Katie Vaughn (High Springs) 4th in flight & 7th Overall Intermediate Trampoline, 3rd in flight & 8th Overall Novice Tumbling;

Madison Weber (Alachua) 4th in flight Advanced Trampoline, 5th in flight Sub-Advanced Double Mini;

Mary Jo McGrath and Madison Weber 2nd Overall Advanced Synchronized Trampoline.

Team coaches at the National Championships included head coach Marci Schneider and assistant coach Josh Gillen.

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Herring honored by Turkey Creek Lions Club

W_-_BJ_Student_of_the_Quarter_copy  L-R: Club secretary AnnaMarie Martin; Bill, Debbie and BJ Herring and student awards chair Tony Stefanowicz

ALACHUA – William “BJ” Herring was recently named Student of the Quarter by Santa Fe High School and honored by the Turkey Creek Lions.

BJ and his parents were dinner guests at the Turkey Creek Lions Club meeting at Brown’s Country Buffet. He was presented a monetary gift for furthering his education and a Certificate of Achievement for fulfilling the four Lions’ Pillars: Community Service, Academic Performance, Citizenship and Behavior.

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Santa Fe Babe Ruth 10U perfect season

W_-_Softball_SF_10u_All-Stars_BW_copy ALACHUA – The Santa Fe Babe Ruth 10U Allstar team remains undefeated after a perfect season. They won the District Championship this past weekend and will be representing Alachua County in the Babe Ruth Allstar State Softball Championship in Ocala July 4-8.   The winning team will travel to regional competition in North Carolina.

Players include Riley Schnyder #15, Calen Hayes #17, Annalyn Burnham #14, Tiffany Clark #12, Lindsey Cail #7, Sarah Mcquatters #9, Shayla Nickerson #1, Jaden Robinson #4, Madison Hylton #4, Brianna Boggs #44, Alyssa Raulerson #16, Jenavi Boisseau #8 and Shelby Sparkman #2.  The team’s head coach is Jackie Clark and assistant coaches are Dean Schnyder and Ed Mcquatters.

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High Springs sells golf cart

HIGH SPRINGS – More than a month after the High Springs City Commission voted to sell a city-owned golf cart, it was finally sold on Wednesday, June 20, to a private individual from Alachua.

After being listed as surplus equipment, the golf cart was advertised on Craigslist and placed in front of the High Springs Fire Department with a “For Sale” sign. The City received three offers, but eventually the cart sold to Cindy Brady, a teacher at Alachua Elementary and the wife of City of Alachua employee Hal Brady. Brady bought the golf cart for the same price High Springs paid for it.

Hal Brady said he knew High Springs was currently suffering through a rough financial period and hoped to help. The cart will be used by the Brady family and by the City of Alachua for recreational events, such as Babe Ruth Softball tournaments. During the events, the cart can be used to transport seniors and concession workers.

On May 10, High Springs Commissioner Sue Weller placed an item on the agenda requesting discussion about the golf cart, which was purchased by the City under direction of Vice-Mayor Bob Barnas. According to Barnas, the golf cart was purchased for use at Poe Springs Park, at a time when the City was negotiating with the County to assume management and day-to-day operations of the park. On March 20, the day before the cart was purchased, the City opted to cease expenditure on the park because of construction delays and a cancelled deal with the County.

The golf cart was purchased from an individual for $1,700, which was $200 over the amount budgeted by the City.

“This is not about the golf cart itself,” Weller said on May 10. “This is about making a purchase knowing that we would probably not be going forward with Poe Springs.”

Commissioner Scott Jamison made the motion to sell the cart, and Weller seconded. The motion passed three to two, with Barnas and Mayor Dean Davis voting against it.

“We are pinching every penny we could possibly find, but we are going to buy a $1,700 golf cart,” Commissioner Scott Jamison said during the May 10 meeting. “That’s a toy.”

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Scouting out financial opportunities

W_-_Boy_Scouts_1_IMG_4498_copy  HIGH SPRINGS – Wilson Steen, Manager at Bank of America in High Springs, teaches a class of local Boy Scouts on financial matters.  Also attending were Ms. Bloodsworth, leader, and Jan Galloway Brown, parent.

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