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Date of Issue: January 28, 2009

Weekend Beach Soccer Blast what a blast!

Soccer on the beach: A slide show of photos from soccer mom Lee Ross.

The first-ever Island Beach Soccer Blast was just that — a blast for each and every one of the 140 kids who participated in the two-day event Jan. 24-25 at Coquina Beach. Kids of all different levels of playing experience and age got out on the sand and got in their kicks.

This wasn’t a tournament where wins and losses and brackets were tracked, except maybe by the kids themselves. This tourney was all about playing the game for the pure fun of it. Every team in the four age groups, ranging from 4-5 up to the 10-12 level, took part in three games and all players received T-shirts and trophies to commemorate the experience.

Five-year old Lila Bowers, playing in the first soccer game of her life, shook off some early insecurity about whether she even wanted to play and exploded for five goals. She’s now hooked on the game. She couldn’t wait to play her next game.

Tournament organizer Rich Bell, a former Island resident and owner of a new startup company,Youth Sports Training Inc., wanted to give back to the community in memory of his late mother, Nancy Stork. He said she taught him that it’s far better to give than to receive, and this was an attempt to live up to her ideals.

Thanks to Rich and his family, the many volunteer coaches and referees, sponsors like Fran Maxon Real Estate, Bay Area Foot and Ankle, Sparks Steel Art, AMS Agricultural, Duffy’s Tavern, Dick’s Sporting Goods and others, a whole bunch of kids and their parents had a fantastic weekend playing soccer with their friends.

Great job, Rich! Do it again.


Basketball winds down

The 2008-09 basketball season at the Anna Maria Island Community Center is winding down to its last few games of the season, which will decide champions in a few of the divisions.

Premier Division is a two-horse race between A Paradise Realty and Rotten Ralph’s Restaurant, which are separated by one game in the standings. Fronius and Dips Ice Cream now find themselves tied atop the Division I standings thanks to a recent three-game winning streak by Dips. Sand Dollar has pretty much wrapped up the top seed in Division II with a perfect 7-0 record, which gives them a three-game lead. Division III has Ross Built and Jessie’s Island Store tied for first with 5-2 records. With some close races like this, it’s anyone’s championship to grab in the playoffs.

Here’s a look back at basketball action for the week of Jan. 19-24:

Coastal Orthopedic edged Air & Energy 14-9 in Division III action on Jan. 24. Luke Valadie scored six points and Josh Class added four points to lead Coastal to their second victory on the season. Emma Moneuse and Leo Rose added two points apiece in the win. Tyler Yavalar led the Air & Energy effort with five points, while Michael Latimer added four points in the loss.

Division III Jessie’s Island Store slipped past Ross Built on Jan. 24 24-21 to climb into a tie for first place. Seth Walter poured in 14 points to lead Jessie’s, which also received six points from Mickey Koczetsut. Gavin Lutus and Jean Paul Russo completed the scoring with two points apiece. Jake and Andrew Ross scored eight points apiece to lead Ross Built, which also received seven points from Gavin Sentman in the loss.

Sand Dollar showed why it’s undefeated in Division II with a 38-8 victory over E-Training Solutions on Jan. 24 behind 12 points apiece from Andrea Bachler and Burke McCampbell-Hill. Cameron Brauner added 10 points for Sand Dollar, which also received two points apiece from Mikayla Kane and Joe Class in the victory. Blaine Jenefsky led E-Training Solutions with six points, while Mikey Ellsworth added two points.

Longboat Observer kept pace with Sand Dollar thanks to a 22-6 win over Panoramic earlier in the day. Josh Zawistoski paced the Observer with 10 points, while Andrew Zink and Jack Blanvelt each added four points. Jacque Lynn Armer, Jake Parsons and Alexia Yavalar each scored two points to lead Panoramic in the loss.

Rotten Ralph’s slipped past Island Real Estate in Premier Division action on Jan. 24 behind 18 points from Matt Bauer and 16 points from Chris Callahan. Daniel Janisch added four points, while Chandler Hardy, Wyatt Hoffman and Blake Rivers each finished with two points. Island Real Estate was led by 16 points from Forest Schield and 10 points from Joe Karasiewicz. Trevor Bystrom added nine points for IRE, which also received two points apiece from Zach Evans and Chris Pate in the loss.

Sand Dollar edged the Observer 10-7 on Jan. 23 to extend its lead in the Division II standings. Cameron Brauner and Burke McCampbell-Hill scored four points apiece to lead Sand Dollar, which also received two points apiece from Lauren Sapienza and Mikayla Kane in the victory. Josh Zawistoski scored six points and Joey Salinas added one point for Observer in the loss.

Ross Built cooled off A&E by an 18-10 score in Division III action on Jan. 23 behind eight points from Andrew Ross and six points from Gavin Sentman. Maya Sapienza and Brooke Capperelli each added two points in the victory. Michael Latimer led A&E with eight points, while Tyler Yavalar added two points in the loss.

Dips Ice Cream won its third consecutive game, defeating Fronius 39-23 on Jan. 22 to climb into a tie for first place. Justin Gargett led the way with 19 points, while Brennan Gallagher, Jerry Meyer, Max Miller and Connor Field each added four points to the victory. Travis Belsito scored nine points and Taylor Wilson added seven points to lead Fronius in the loss.

Panoramic edged E-Training Solutions in Division II action on Jan. 22, getting six points from Alexia Yavalar and four points from Jacque Lynn Armer. Adam Clark added three points and Emma Terry finished with two points in the victory. Mikey Ellsworth scored eight points and Blaine Jenefsky finished with six points to lead E-Training in the loss.

Kyle Aritt poured in 20 points to lead A Paradise Realty past IRE in Premier Division action on Jan. 21. Troy Koszewki chipped in with 12 points, while Kyle Sewall added 10 points in the victory. Forest Schield scored 12 points and Joe Karasiewicz added eight points to lead IRE, which also received six points from Trevor Bystrom in the loss.

Coastal Orthopedic upset first-place Jessie’s Island Store in Division III action on Jan. 21. Luke Valadie led the way with four points, while Josh Class added two points and Leo Rose scored one point in the victory. Seth Walter led Jessie’s with five points in the loss.

Dips Ice Cream rolled past Island Family Physicians 44-12 in Division I action on Jan. 20 behind 12 points from Justin Gargett and 10 points from Max Miller. Brennan Gallagher and Helio Gomez each added six points, while Daniel Schroder finished with five points. Zach Guerin and Lee Bergeron led IFP with three points apiece, while Mallory Kosfeld, Kayla Armer and Isaiah Beaton each finished with two points in the loss.


Flag football is back

The Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football program is registering players Feb. 2-Feb. 26 for the season. Games will begin March 23. Cost to play is $45, including a reversible NFL team jersey and flag set. Registration must be completed online at


Horseshoe news

Four teams emerged from pool play with the prerequisite 3-0 records to do battle in the playoffs for Jan. 24 bragging rights during horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.

The first semifinal saw Gene Bobeldyk and Norm Good roll past Al Norman and Bob Mason 21-8. John Crawford and Jim Rush eased past Debbie Rhodes and Greg Fetterman 21-15. The final match was tied at 18-18 when Norm Good threw a “six pack,” or double ringer, to lift Bobeldyk and Good into the winner’s circle.

Only two teams heated up in the frigid temperatures on Jan. 21. Debbie Rhodes and Al Norman easily defeated John Johnson and Jim Roush 21-14.

Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

AMICC basketball schedule

Premier Division (ages 14-17)

Jan. 28       8 p.m.A Paradise vs. IRE

Jan. 31       10 a.m.       Ralph’s vs. A Paradise

Jan. 31       11 a.m.IRE vs. Academy

Feb. 3       8 p.m.A Paradise vs. Ralph’s

Division I (ages 12-13)

Jan. 29       8 p.m.IFP vs. Fronius

Feb. 2       8 p.m.Dips vs. IFP

Feb. 3       7 p.m.       Fronius vs. IFP

Division II (ages 10-11)

Jan. 29       7 p.m.       Panoramic vs. E-Training

Jan. 30       8 p.m.       Observer vs. E-Training

Feb. 2       1 p.m.       Observer vs. Panoramic

Feb. 3       2 p.m.Sand Dollar vs. E-Training

Division III (ages 8-9)

Jan. 28       7 p.m.       Orthopedics vs. Ross Built

Jan. 30       7 p.m.Ross Built vs. A&E

Jan. 31       12 p.m.       Jessie’s vs. Orthopedics

Instructional League (ages 5-7)

Jan. 28       6 p.m.       Bistro vs. Sandbar

Jan. 29       6 p.m.       Walter vs. Bistro

Jan. 30       6 p.m.       Walter vs. Sandbar

AMICC Basketball League

standings as of Jan. 24

Premier Division

Team       Wins       Losses

Paradise       5       2

Rotten Ralph’s       4       3

Bradenton Prep       2       4

IRE2       6

Division I

Fronius       4       3

Dips4       3

IFP  2       4

Division II

Sand Dollar       7       0

Observer       4       3

Panoramic       3       5

E-Training       1       7

Division III

Jessie’s       5       2

Ross Built       5       2

A&E       2       5

Coastal       2       5

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