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IRSC Swim Team Sweeps 2020 NJCAA Swimming and Diving National Championship
Fort Pierce - The Indian River State College (IRSC) Swimming and Diving Team claimed two new national titles to extend their record-breaking consecutive winning streak at the 2020 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Swimming and Diving National Championships held at the Ann Wilder Aquatic Complex on the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce, March 4 through 7.
The IRSC Swimming and Diving Team extended record-breaking winning streaks, which now number 46 consecutive Men’s title wins, and 42 overall and 38 consecutive title wins for the Women’s team. This unmatched performance continues the longest unbroken U.S. championship winning-streak in any sport at the collegiate level. Excelling across the board, the Women’s team captured their title with a total of 1,262 team points while the Men’s team secured their title with 1,112.5 team points, and took home first-place finishes in 14 events—including a pair of relay races.
In addition to securing national title wins, IRSC swimmers earned individual distinctions. Gabriella Tolento was named NJCAA Female Diver of the Year, and in a three-way-tie, IRSC teammates Savanna Best, Emma Colvin, and Hannah Kiely earned the title NJCAA Female Swimmer of the Year. IRSC Men’s Swim Team member Jarryd Baxter was named NJCAA Male Swimmer of the Year in a two-way-tie with Billy Cruz Zuniga from Iowa Central Community College.
Indian River’s Head Swim Coach Sion Brinn received recognition as the 2020 NJCAA Female Swim Coach of the Year.
National Wild Turkey Federation Palmetto Coastal Sportsmen Chapter, Dinner & Auction
Article & Photos by: MaryAnn Ketcham
Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. That is the mission of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Through volunteerism and fundraising, this organization, founded in 1973, strives to conserve the wild turkey and preserve America’s hunting heritage. They continue to be a leader in upland wildlife conservation in North America.
Locally, the Palmetto Coastal Sportsman Chapter enthusiastically supports its parent organization. Recently, they hosted their Annual Dinner and Auction at the Adams Ranch in Fort Pierce. Incidentally, the iconic sprawling ranch also happens to illustrate how environmental stewardship helps preserve both habitat and wildlife.
Chapter President Denise Helms said, “It is a great pleasure to partner with a remarkable ranch such as Adams whose wildlife conservation efforts are in alignment with ours."
The delightful evening event drew a great many supporters eager to win prizes galore through raffles, silent, and live auctions. Prize items included overseas adventures, quality collectibles logoed with the NWTF insignia, treasured giclee prints, rifles, and other assorted hunting gear plus much, much more.
Dinner was comprised of a mouthwatering grilled onsite steak with all the fixings, including salad and dessert home-cooked by Carter’s Grocery of Fort Pierce.
Event sponsors include- Bev Smith Automotive Group, Dyer Fort Pierce Chevrolet, White’s Tackle, Adams Ranch, Inc., CamLocker, Budweiser, Southern Eagle Distributing, Berardinelli, Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Co., Quail Creek Plantation, The Langford Group, Inc., and Boars Head Indian River Provisions.
For more information, please visit Facebook.com/NWTF Palmetto Coastal Sportsmen
Dodgeball Tournament at the YMCA of the Treasure Coast
Stuart - On March 7, 2020 the YMCA of the Treasure Coast held a Dodgeball Tournament. The community was invited to come out and enjoy the fun.
The event was held in the gymnasium from 10:00 am - 2:00 am.
The YMCA of the Treasure Coast is located at in Stuart at 1700 SE Monterey Road.
Contact them at: (772) 286-4444 for more information on hours and programs available.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River & Okeechobee Counties, 9th Annual Golf Tournament
In Photo: Sponsor Christine Smith of the Kendacar Foundation with Chris Rooks and Nancy L. Sullivan
Article & Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham
“Fore” the children, a record ninety golfers participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters 9th Annual Golf Tournament!
“This record number demonstrates that BBBS is reaching more of the Indian River County community and ultimately more children through mentorship,” said CEO Stacey Watson-Mesley.
The natural beauty of The Moorings At Hawk's Nest Golf Club in Vero Beach, an Audubon International course, set the stage for a day replete with “fowl” language with a friendly exchange of words such as “birdie and eagle.”
In addition to playing 18 challenging holes in glorious weather, attendees savored a lavish lunch buffet with on-course refreshments. They helped raise additional funds with the purchase of mulligans and raffle tickets.
The success of this year’s outing, thanks to committee members Bud Angelus, Don Gervais, Bradley Lorimier, Chris Smith, Dr. Joe Vargas, and Bonnie Wilson, should propel even more golfers to join the action in future years.
Tournament sponsors include Kendacar Foundation, Inc., Bradley Lorimier, Jack & Pat Bingleman, Don & Barbara Gervais, Dave & Bonnie Wilson, Dale Sorenson Real Estate, Archie S. Wingfield, Jr. Charitable Trust and many others.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters seeks to spark the potential within young people with its one-on-one Community and School-Based mentoring and BBBS Reads programs. Their branding affirms- Together, We Are Defenders of Potential!
Help bring about a positive impact in the life of a child, become a volunteer mentor, and help defend and foster potential.
Join Big Brothers Big Sisters for the 20th Anniversary of Taste of St. Lucie and sample some of the tastiest cuisine St. Lucie has to offer! The event takes place on April 22nd from 5:30-8:00 pm and will once again be held at Treasure Coast Lexus.
For more information, please visit BBBSBigs.org
In Photo: Ryan Culver and Sponsor Matt Piscitelli of The Flavored Fork
In Photo: Sponsors Dr. Joe Vargas and Bud Angelus
In Photo: Golf Committee and Board Member Bonnie Wilson & Dave Wilson
In Photo: Robin Bessin and Ann Parker
In Photo: Claudia Jaecklein and Lorena Cook