|Six-year old Lukias Cook flies over a parking cone on his skateboard during a recent skating session.
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Where did the Devil Rays go wrong?
Local skateboarding and surf aficionados may remember an Islander sports story last year on then 5-year-old Lukias Cook, who was excelling in skateboarding, wakeboarding and surfing. Lukias is now living in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., where he continues to work on his skateboarding skills in the summer before switching to snowboarding in the winter.
Lukias, now 6 and attending kindergarten at Sierra House Elementary, has won four skateboarding contests in the 10-and-under and 12-and-under age divisions. He competes in higher age brackets mostly because there’s no division for his younger age. He recently filmed a television commercial for Underdog skate shop and currently is sponsored by Z-flex, Underdog, Duffs and Surfing World.
Lukias thoroughly enjoys the California skate and snowboarding scene, but he does miss his friends in Florida. Friends can email Lukias at Lukias@sbcglobal.net, or visit him on the Web at www.lukiascook.freeservers.com or www.lukias.com.
Skimboard contest replay
The West Coast Surf Shop-BeachHouse Restaurant skimboarding contest is accepting applications for this extremely popular event, which will take place Aug. 27 at the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach.
Cost for the contest is $30 for an amateur and $60 for professional boarders. Competitive age categories range from the Minis (8 and under) up to the Masters (25 and up) in male/female divisions.
Registration forms may be obtained at West Coast Surf Shop, 3902 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Completed forms and the entry fee should be mailed or delivered to the surf shop.
Get on board for the most exciting event of the summer! For more information, call West Coast Surf Shop at 778-1001.
Key Royale golf news
Cindi Mansour shot a one-under par 31 to best Jane Winegarden (33) by two shots in women’s golf action Tuesday, June 28, at Key Royale Golf Club. Lois Biel, Joyce Reith and Teddy Morgan each shot 34, three shots back of Mansour, to tie for third place.
Weekly horseshoe winners
The husband and wife team of Debbie and Tom Rhodes of Cortez captured the July 2 horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall Park. Bradenton’s Ron Pepka and Bill Starrett of Anna Maria were runaway winners of the June 29 horseshoe competition.
Games get under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday morning, and are free and open to the public. Teams are drawn at random prior to the games. The park is located behind Anna Maria City Hall, at the corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue.
Join Her-icane golf challenge
The Manatee High School Her-icanes girls' soccer team is hosting a fundraising golf tournament at the Bradenton Country Club at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. For $100, you can test your golf skills at Bradenton's most challenging layout in a four-person scramble and help out the soccer program.
Players who register before the Aug. 1 deadline will receive a goody bag, cart and greens fees, a post-tourney banquet and guaranteed fun throughout the day. Also on tap are a straightest-drive contest, two closest-to-the-pin contests, a putting contest and raffles for tons of prizes. The field is limited to the first 100 golfers, so don't delay.
The Her-icanes are also looking for sponsors for the tournament. For $800, your business can purchase the Hat Trick package, which consists of a foursome for golf and the banquet, a tee or green sign on the course and a banner to be displayed at all Manatee Her-icane home soccer games. A golden goal sponsorship includes a foursome and a tee or green sign on the course for $500, or you can simply purchase a tee or green sign for the tournament for $175.
To sign up your foursome, list your four players and their phone numbers with a check written out to Manatee Girls Soccer Booster and mail it to me at 3610 York Drive, Bradenton FL 34205. For more information, call me, Her-icane Coach Cassidy, at 807-1105.
Session 2 basketball camp
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's summer basketball camp is now accepting applications for Session 2. Players age 9-13 are encouraged to sign up for a low cost of $35 for members and $50 for nonmembers. Players will receive a camp jersey and trophies will be awarded for various categories of round-ball shooting, defense, sportsmanship and most improved player.
Session 2 runs noon-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, July 18-29, except for the first day, which starts at 11 a.m. Registration deadline is July 8. For more information, contact the Center’s Andy Jonatzke at 778-1908.