Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Family Hopes to Make Splash at Championship

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Family Hopes to Make Splash at Championship

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This week, the Croft family plans on handling business at the River City League Championships.

Sara, Lance and Patrick Croft each took time off work to concentrate on the four-day tournament at the Bolles School. Sara, 15, is a pool lifeguard at the Atlantic Recreation Center in Fernandina Beach. Lance, 12, and Patrick, 7, help their older brother, Alex, mow lawns. Their father even took a week off from his job to attend the race with his wife.

Janet Croft, a full-time homemaker and former swimmer, is excited about watching each of her children compete in five events. Last week, she bought Sara, Lance and Patrick cases for all their medals.

"It ought to be very exciting," Janet Croft said on Tuesday. "I can't even describe to you how it is being a mother having three in the swimming championships."

Patrick has another case for the gold, silver and bronze medals he won at the 6-and-under league championships last summer.

The Crofts are among eight sets of families representing the Fernandina Beach Stingrays in this year's league tournament, which began Thursday and ends tomorrow..

The team siblings are Cliff and Desiree Bremer; Patrick Garvin and Timmy Hendren; Kol and Karlin Greathouse; Conner and Dakota Lawrence; Keather, Kelsey and Kim Cofield; Chris and Mathew Stafford and Carley and Jessie Skinner. Also competing is Katie Skinner, a cousin of Carley and Jessie.

The Stingrays are sending 44 swimmers to the tournament. Last week, 14 swam in the 6-and-under tournament.

BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

The McArthur Family YMCA is hosting the inaugural 3-on-3 Youth Basketball Championship at 9 a.m. today.

Ten co-ed teams ages 9 to 11 and 12 to 13 will compete in the double-elimination tournament at the YMCA gym at 1915 Citrona Drive. The six-week regular season ended last week. The 14- and 15-year-old teams will not play for a title.

In the championship, the winner must score at least 11 points and win by 2. Each game will last no longer than 30 minutes. Each participant will receive basketball medallions.

Jeremy Seldomridge, YMCA program coordinator, said the 3-on-3 tournament was organized to allow more active participation.

"This way everybody gets involved. No one just stands around," Seldomridge said.

SWIM LESSONS

The Martin Luther King Center will offer its final swim lessons Monday through Friday for swimmers on Levels 1-5. Lessons will be offered from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. For more information, call 277-7350.

FOOTBALL LEAGUE

This fall, the National Football League will offer a new flag football league for boys and girls.

Kids from Fernandina Beach, Yulee, Callahan, Hilliard, O'Neal and Bryceville are encouraged to participate. They will be split into four age divisions: 6-9 coed, 10-11 coed, 12-14 boys and 12-14 girls.

The eight-game season kicks off in August, but a pre-season tournament will be held. …

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