Sports & Recreation

Local Teen to Compete in National Strongman Competition

Local Teen to Compete in National Strongman Competition

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Andrew Clayton recently graduated from Sandalwood High School, and he'll be attending UNF in the fall.  This weekend though, he'll be participating in a unique competition.

Clayton will be traveling to Ohio which is where the North American Strongman Teen Championships will take place.  This strongman competition is similar to the "World's Strongest Man" shows that air frequently on ESPN. 

At this weekend's event, Andrew will be competing in the following events:  Log Clean & Press, Timber Farmer's Walk, Keg Carry & Monster Mat Drag, Truck Tire Deadlift, and Atlas Stones (lifting and placing).

For more on Andrew, be sure to watch the video clip attached to this story.

‘Save Jax High School Tennis’ Fundraiser Features Clinics and Pros

‘Save Jax High School Tennis’ Fundraiser Features Clinics and Pros

A full day of tennis play and exhibitions are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at the San Jose Country Club when Jacksonville-area former touring ATP pros Brian Gottfried, Todd Martin and MaliVai Washington and Amer Delic, a Wolfson High School tennis standout and current touring ATP pro, donate their time in a fundraising effort to “Save Jax High School Tennis.”

Jacksonville United FC Helps to Save Cancelled Duval Countysports Programs

Jacksonville United FC will donate proceeds from their National Premiere Soccer League game against the Knoxville Force on June 25 to the Save Our Sports fundraising effort.  Proceeds from ticket sales and all donations made at the game will go toward funding boys’ and girls’ junior varsity high school soccer programs in Duval County.  The game will be played at 7 PM at Mandarin High School (4831 Greenland Road Jacksonville, FL 32258).

Despite Smoke, Baseball Must Go On

Despite Smoke, Baseball Must Go On

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Even though air quality monitors said Wednesday was on of the worst days in Jacksonville record-keeping, the Suns still played baseball against Mississippi Wednesday night.

A good seabreeze helped to clear out some of the smoke, though it still lingered throughout the game.

Many seats were empty, but Steve Vigue's was not. The Jacksonville native said he spends most of his day inside at a computer, so being out in the smoke tonight didn't bother him.

"Nah, I don't smoke. I've got good lungs," he said.

He goes to a handful of Suns games a year and said there's not much that would keep him away.

The Suns took a loss to the Mississippi Braves, 3 to 1 Wednesday, but will have another chance come smoke or shine Thursday at 7:05 p.m.

 

Casino Ship Loses Power Near Mayport

Casino Ship Loses Power Near Mayport

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Coast Guard responded to a disabled motor vessel with 60 people aboard approximately 600 yards east of Mayport Monday.

Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville was notified at 11:44 p.m. Sunday by the operator of the 155-foot motor vessel Jacks or Better Casino, a charter gaming vessel based in Mayport. The distress signal indicated the vessel sustained a loss of propulsion while transiting inbound to Mayport.

A Coast Guard Station Mayport 45-foot rescue boat crew and commercial tugboat responded.

The Jacks or Better Casino regained propulsion and arrived safely ashore at 3:10 a.m. Monday.

6th Annual Hammerhead Ocean Marathon

6th Annual Hammerhead Ocean Marathon

Looking for a challenge?? Well, sign up for the 6th annual Hammerhead Ocean marathon!The swim marathon has two sepreate legs that are1.25 miles, and 2.5 miles respectively in OPEN WATER. It will be held on August 13, 2011 and begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. at the Jacksonville Beach Pier. Bring your swimming gear, and most importantly your endurance!!! For more information log on to www.hammerheadtriathlonclub.com. See you there! 

First Coast Beach Volleyball Tournament

May 14 & 15 is the next installment of the First Coast Beach Series. First Coast Beach Volleyball is played on the beach, from the pier south to the lifeguard station. Tournaments begin around 9am and last until about 4:00pm.  www.fcva1.com