Jason McKibben

Editorial: Sports

For the love of the game!

Rider Ryan Stutes of Sulphur, LA, hangs on to bronco Savage Nation during the bareback competition at the 80th Annual Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo.
  
Ruth Wagner of Port Charlotte pulls a pink-shafted golf club from her bag at the Venice East Golf Club Wednesday afternoon, March 5, 2008. Wagner lives in a pink home and estimates that about 80% of her wardrobe is pink now that she's retired.
  
Surfers take advantage of the waves caused by Hurricane Ike Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at the North Jetty in Nokomis. Upwards of 100 surfers were out riding the waves.
     
  
Exertion shows on the face of Sarasota County sheriff's deputy Blake Luce as he trains for a power lifting competition.
  
Pickleball players watch the ball go back and forth as they sit out a game. Pictured are Adolph Netzel, left to right, Dan Toothman, Bob Leonard, Wayne Tucker and Gary Anderson.
  
(02/20/2009)(Photo by Jason McKibben) -- Colby College senior forward Adam Choice, center, looks to put up a quick shot after an offensive rebound as the Amherst defense closes in during the first half of their NESCAC quarterfinal game Saturday afternoon in Waterville.
     
  
Bailey, a 4-year-old yellow lab, leaps after a rubber duck thrown by April Schortz during the Splash Dogs competion in Laishley Park Sunday, May 6, 2007. Bailey's jump was 17 feet and 1 inch.
  
Cincinnati Reds slugger Ken Griffey, Jr. takes some pitches during spring training batting practice at the City of Sarasota Sports Complex.
  
Cincinnati Reds fan Emerson Dietz, 10, dives to catch a ball he threw to himself at the City of Sarasota Sports Complex where he and his mother, Lisa Lawson, came to watch the Reds spring training practice. Dietz, who lives in Cincinnati, thought he was going out to dinner with his mom last night but she surprised him with a trip to Sarasota instead.
     
  
Cyclists taking part in the 62-mile portion of the 10th Annual Gulf Coast Cycle Fest gather at the starting line. Hundreds of cyclists came out for the event in which they chose to ride routes of 100, 62, 31, or 15 miles.
  
Venice High's Kayla Ellingsen, 5, high fives assistant coach Pete Dombroski after scoring the first run in the Class 5A state semifinal game against Lakeland George Jenkins. That run was all Venice needed to advance to the championship game as they won 7-0.
  
Mark Cox of Venice High competes in a 100-yard butterfly preliminary heat at the Masters Tri-County swim meet Saturday, September 27, 2008 at the Selby Aquatic Center in Sarasota.
     
  
Anthony Becht, tight end for the Bucs, encourages the crowd to make some noise between the third and fourth quarters Sunday, December 16, 2007 at Raymond James Stadium. Shortly afterwards he caught a touchdown pass from Jeff Garcia to put the Bucs ahead of the Atlanta Falcons 36-3.
  
Venice shortstop Maureen Sandidge, right, gives pitcher Stephanie Sullivan a hug after their 4-2 loss to Jacksonville Bartrum Trail in the FHSSA Class 5A state championship game in Plant City Thursday night, May 8, 2008. The game was the team's only loss this season.
  
North Port little leaguer Nick Brown tosses the baseball to himself as he waits in the dugout with his teammates for the start of Tuesday's District 16 Little League tournament game against Venice American in the 9-10 age group at Chuck Reiter Stadium. North Port started out strong scoring the first five runs, but ultimately lost the game 11-5.
     
  
Cardinal Mooney players warm up before Friday's home game against Palmetto.