A glance at Brevard’s sports stars:
Kelly Slater: The 11-time world champion from Cocoa Beach returns to the world surf tour, one year after breaking a foot during a free surf during the same event at Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.
“My gut feeling has been to use this injury as a platform to overhaul and reset my mind and body,” Slater told World Surf League reporters. “… Sometimes a bad thing is a good thing. I’ll make the best of my time off.”
Slater, 46, who did surf in his wave pool earlier this year, opens against third-ranked Italo Ferreira and Kanoa Igarashi in Round 1 of the Corona Open, which is set to begin Monday.
Lauren Chamberlain: The USSSA Pride softball slugger joined Kelly Slater and Prince Fielder as Brevard-based athletes who have graced the pages of the ESPN Body Issue magazine. One website, Independent.ie, called her “the runaway star” of the issue. She is the all-time NCAA leading home run hitter.
Kelly Kretschman: The former Satellite High softball star delivered the winning run with a long sacrifice fly that was robbed of a home run as the USSSA Pride pro softball team defeated Chicago 1-0 to push their record to 15-0 at that point. She was the league’s MVP a year ago.
Brian Johnson: The former Cocoa Beach High star made his second start of the season for the Boston Red Sox, allowing just one run and three hits in four innings in an eventual win against the Los Angeles Angels. This season, his third in the majors, he has a 1-2 record with a 4.28 ERA in 23 games. He has a 2.35 ERA in his last seven games. According to reports, he will start Tuesday against Washington.
Ashlyn Harris: The former Satellite High soccer star went 1-2 in goal for the Orlando Pride over the past two weeks, but did challenge fans in the media to come see the team after the Pride had moved as high as second place. Saturday, 4,017 fans showed up to watch a 3-0 loss to North Carolina but it was a better crowd than the 3,215 at the Houston game on Wednesday.
Billy Horschel: The former Bayside High golfer climbed to as high as second place in the early rounds of the PGA Quicken Loans National just outside of Washington, D.C. He shot 3-under on Sunday to finish at 6-under for the tournament and a Top 20 finish.
Surfer Caroline Marks talks about her amazing start on the world tour
Caroline Marks: The 16-year-old Melbourne Beach surfer is now ranked No. 1 on the World Qualifying Series after winning in Los Cabos. Mexico. She is ranked sixth on the premier circuit but by virtue of her WQS standing, has nearly clinched a qualifying position for next year’s world circuit.
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