It was a Top 5 finish for Manatee High School’s JROTC at the Florida State Raider Challenge championships in Lake Wales last weekend.
Manatee had two squads of eight cadets.
Its all-male team tied for first overall, but lost the tie-breaker to place second, while the mixed team of male and female cadets took fourth.
The event boasted a 68-team field.
Among events Manatee dominated were the cross country rescue, where the mixed team took first and the male team second; the physical training test which the male team won; academics with the male team taking third and the mixed team fifth, and the rope bridge with the mixed team taking fifth.
Led by Command Sergeant Major (Ret.) Thomas Zoch, the MHS JROTC includes Jonathan Alt, Challen Arellano, Hugo Arellano, Hivon Betancourt, Chris Booth, Aaron Boyer, Martinez Carolina, Christian Diaz, Mathew Hyatt, Alex Ladue, Jared Maguire, Christian Marsden, Cameron Ogle, Nick Paserillo, Connor Powers, Oscar Rodriguez, Rachel Rohde, Louis Rottes and Alexandria Salinas.
Outfielder Lastings Milledge had a good year in his first season with Tokyo’s Yakult Swallows of Japan’s Central League and signed a three-year $4.4 million contract with a mutual option for 2016.
Now 27, the former first-round pick out of Lakewood Ranch High School hit .300 with 21 home runs.
Big ups to Jordan Sanders. The Braden River High School senior saxophonist auditioned and was accepted to Boston’s Berkley School of Music and also received a $10,000 yearly scholarship.
Read more Friday in Vin's People on Bradenton.com.