Thursday, February 21, 2013
The game will benefit the Brothers In Arms and is set to be played at the University of Maryland. The game will also be broadcast live on ESPN.
Coach Joe Kinnan said the team will fly into Ronald Regan Washington National Airport on Saturday and will tour Washington, D.C. He said a tour of the Pentagon may happen, as well.
"It's going to be a good experience," said Kinnan, who anticipates 51 players making the trip.
Manatee opened the 2010 season in Pittsburgh, Pa., and the '11 campaign in Olney, Md. But a trip to Seattle last season to play Skyline High was scrapped when funding fell through.
"This is going to happen," Kinnan said about the Gilman game.
An all boys school located in Roland Park, Gilman went 9-2 last season and was ranked second in the state by MaxPreps. The Greyhounds also won Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's Class A title.
The Canes will play another Maryland team when Friendship Collegiate Academy comes to Bradenton on Sept. 13. The teams were supposed to meet last year but couldn't nail down a date, and Manatee wound up hosting Miami Central, the eventual Class 6A state champion.
"We wanted to make right by them," Kinnan said, "by doing this after what happened last year."
The Canes play Tallahassee Lincoln in their spring game.
Listed below is the rest of Manatee's 2013 schedule.
Games are at 7:30 unless otherwise noted.
8/23 East Lake (Kickoff Classic)
9/1 at Gilman, Md, 2 p.m.
9/13 FRIENDSHIP COLLEGIATE ACADEMY
10/11 at Palmetto
10/18 at St. Petersburg*
10/25 UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF NSU
11/1 PALM HARBOR UNIVERSITY*
*-Class 8A-District 7 game
Posted by Bradenton Herald at 5:07 PM