Youth basketball action heats up Center gym
|Julian Botero drives past Chris Pate during Division I basketball action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Things weren’t looking so bright for the Sun in the early stages of its Division I basketball game Jan. 26 against Island Lumber, a team that had defeated them by eight points on Jan. 14.
Island Lumber bolted to an 11-0 lead behind five points from Chris Pate, four from Joey Garbus and two points from Wyatt Hoffman. Had it not been for a free throw and a basket down low by Emily White, the Sun might have experienced a scoreless first quarter.
The Sun didn’t panic, however, and fueled by White’s three points, went on a 12-point scoring run behind the hot shooting of Connor Field, who hit three outside shots to help get the Sun back into the game. The scoring run was finally broken when Island Lumber’s Chris Pate stole the Sun’s inbound pass and sank a baseline jumper to retake the lead at 13-12 as the second quarter expired.
That would be the last sniff of a lead that Island Lumber, which played the game without leading scorer Becca Butler, would come close to. The Sun burned Island Lumber by patiently working the ball and finding an open player. This strategy helped them outscore Island Lumber 10-1 in the third quarter, led by Field’s four points and two points each from Christian Hightower, Patrick Edwards and White.
The Sun really slowed down the pace of the game in the fourth quarter, which limited Island Lumber’s scoring chances. Island Lumber started pressing on defense, which produced a handful of steals, but they were unable to capitalize as the Sun held on for a 28-21 victory.
Field led the Sun with 10 points, while White added 7 points and 11 rebounds. Hightower finished with six points and three steals for the Sun, which also received three points from Edwards and two points from Julian Botero in the come-from-behind victory.
Pate’s 9 points and 8 points from Garbus led the Island Lumber scoring effort that also received four points from Wyatt Hoffman in the loss.
Thomas helps MHS soccer mates to district title
Manatee High School sophomore Stephen Thomas and his teammates are the 2008 Class 5A, District 12 champions after their 2-0 victory over top-seeded, cross-town rival Southeast High School on Jan. 25 at North Port High School in Sarasota County.
Thomas is the starting central midfielder for the third-seeded Hurricanes, which have crafted a 14-7-1 record this year. The Hurricanes received a rebound goal from captain Alex Torres early in the second half to give the Canes a 1-0 lead. The Canes then padded their lead in the 60th minute when Nick Smith hit a nice service to Will Kretzman, who headed it into the goal for a 2-0 lead, which they would not relinquish.
Next up for Thomas and his mates is a regional quarterfinal match against St. Pete’s Northeast High School 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, on their home field at MHS.
Congratulations to Thomas and his team.
Four teams emerged from the 13 that entered the horseshoe pool play round Jan. 23 at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. George McKay and Dave Lansaw defeated the team of R.B. Munro and Debbie Rhodes by a 21-15 score.
The other semifinal match saw John Johnson and Bob Lee run “ringers” around the team of Art Kingstad and Leo Hutton 23-8 to advance to the championship match.
Johnson and Lee were not to be denied on this day as they earned bragging rights over McKay and Lansaw 21-7.
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.
Key Royale golf news
The men of Key Royale Club attempted to play an 18-hole, best-ball-of-foursome tournament - Jan. 23, but the tourney was shortened to nine holes due to inclement weather. The team of Bob Lamp, Bob Sayles, Bob Jorgensen and Larry Fowler combined card a 49 to win bragging rights by one shot. The team of Gino DiClemente, Gary Harris, Gordy Lindstrom and Ben Spillane finished in second place with a 50, while Omar Trollard, Don LaTorre, Bob Dickinson and Ed Havlik finished in third place at 51.
The men played a nine-hole, individual low-net game on Jan. 21 with Dave Kruger earning low round with a 3-under-par 29. Matt Behan and Fred Meyer were both one shot back in second place with a 2-under 30. Bob Kral, Bob Landgren and Tom Warda tied for third place with matching 31s.
The weekly coed game on Jan. 18 was a low-team net format won by the team of Jane Winegarden, Marion Mulroy, Bill Melvin and Fred Meyer with a score of 137. That was two shots better than the 139 carded by the team of Rosmarie Knick, Jim Finn and Al Gunn.
Anna Maria Island Little League continues registration through Saturday, Feb. 2, with the season set to start on Feb. 25.
Mandatory tryouts begin Saturday, Feb. 2 starting at 10 a.m. for AAA league, which is for players ages 9-10. Major League tryouts for players ages 11-12 follow at noon. AAA and majors tryouts will be held at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Junior League tryouts for players ages 13-14 will be held starting at 2 p.m. at Birdie Tebbetts Field, Holmes Beach.
Tryouts for T-ball, ages 5-6, and AA, ages 7-8, will be announced at a later date.
For more information, contact Little League president Mike Brusso at 941-778-2838.
Register for Gulf Coast Senior Games
Senior athletes are urged to sign up for the 2008 Gulf Coast Senior Games which will take place Feb. 19-24 at a variety of locations in and around Bradenton. The Senior Games is entering it’s 19th year of providing sporting competition for athletes 50 years young and up in 20 different events.
Seniors can choose among archery, basketball shooting, billiards, bocce, bowling, bridge, cribbage, cycling, golf, horseshoes, lawn bowling, punt-pass-kick, racquetball, 5K road race, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis and track and field.
The cost to register is $12, plus an additional fee of $2 for each event/activity entered. To register or for more information, call 941-742-5923.
AMICC basketball league standings
(as of Jan. 24)
AMICC basketball league schedule
Premier (ages 14-17)
10 a.m.Feb. 2 Ralph’s vs. Cycles
11 a.m.Feb. 2 WCAC vs. IRE
8 p.m.Feb. 4 Ralph’s vs. IRE
Division I (ages 12-13)
8 p.m.Jan. 31Paradise vs. Lumber
8 p.m.Feb. 2 A&E vs. Sun
noonFeb. 2 Lumber vs. Sun
1 p.m.Feb. 2 A&E vs. Paradise
Division II (ages 10-11)
Jan. 317 p.m. Jessie’s vs. Dips
Feb. 17 p.m. Kumon vs. Dips
Feb. 21 p.m. Kumon vs. Jessie’s
Division III (ages 8-9)
6 p.m. Jan. 31 LPAC vs. Ross
2 p.m. Feb. 2 Duncan vs. LPAC
3 p.m. Feb. 2 Ross vs. Bistro
7 p.m. Feb. 4 Ross vs. Orthopedic
Instructional Division (ages 5-7)
4 p.m. Feb. 2 BeachHouse vs. Observer
6 p.m. Feb. 4 BeachHouse vs. Oyster Bar