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Date of Issue: October 28, 2009

Sandbar ties Panoramic to top off perfect season

The Anna Maria Island Community Center Soccer League Division II game on Oct. 16 between undefeated Sandbar and second-place Panoramic was an epic battle that surely gave the fans in attendance their money’s worth — if there were an admission fee.

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Islander Travis Belsito rides his way to top prize for his division in the DNA Energy Drink-sponsored Wakeskate competition in Fort Myers. Belsito, 14, received $250, a case of DNA and a T-shirt for his winning effort. .

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Travis Belsito shows off his prize money for winning the DNA Energy Drink-sponsored Wakeskate competition in Fort Myers, Fla.

Panoramic was the better team on this night, but Sandbar was undefeated for a reason and they found a way to stay that way.

Panoramic got on the scoreboard early in the first half thanks to some nifty passing. Tyler Pearson won the ball in the midfield and passed ahead to Dylan Joseph, who was stationed on the right wing. Joseph crossed the ball to Morgan Burns, who finished for a 1-0 lead.

Both teams had ample scoring chances, but the defenses for both teams came up huge when they had to. Brooke Capparelli and Maya Sapienza constantly thwarted promising offensive runs by Christian Daniels and Jason Partridge and, if they got past them, goalie Joey Altuchoff came through with a save.

Joseph and Burns provided most of the offensive opportunities for Panoramic, but defenders Rory Welch, Olivia Glavan and Joe Joe Rodgers were stout for the Sandbar.

Sandbar had a little luck in tying the score late in the first half. With the Sandbar pressuring the Panoramic defense, the ball pin-balled around the area before popping up where it was inadvertently handed by a Panoramic defender, giving the Sandbar a penalty kick. Jean Paul Russo blasted the free kick past the goalie to tie the score at 1-1 with the half-time whistle blowing a few minutes later.

The second half was mostly a battle between the 18-yard lines as the aforementioned defenses kept the opposing offenses at bay until late in the game when it appeared the Sandbar would score the game-winner.

Leo Tilleli threw the ball in, and it was kicked directly back to him. He launched a high, looping shot that bounced over goalie Altuchoff’s head, but just wide of the goal. Panoramic had trouble clearing the ensuing goal kick and a mad scramble erupted inside the box for the bouncing ball, which Altuchoff somehow got his hands on to preserve the tie.

In other Division II action last week, Sandbar maintained its record with a 7-0 pasting of Sparks Steel Art on Oct. 14 behind three goals from Christian Daniels. Jason Partridge and Joe Joe Rodgers each notched a pair of goals for Sandbar in the victory.

Panoramic climbed past West Coast Surf Shop in the standings thanks to a 5-2 victory on Oct. 14. Dylan Joseph led Panoramic with three goals, while Tyler Pearson added two in the victory. West Coast Surf Shop was led by a goal apiece from Ethan Bertrand and Aiden Grumley in the loss.

In Premier Division action last week, Harcon defeated Wash Family Construction 5-2 on Oct. 15 behind three Trevor Bystrom goals. Michael Duffman added two goals as Harcon extended its division lead to six points with the victory. Austin Wash led Wash Family Construction with two goals.

Mike Norman Realty defeated Wash Family Construction 6-1 on Oct. 12. Chandler Hardy scored four goals, including three in the first half, while Hunter Parrish added two-second half goals in the win. Austin Wash notched the lone goal for Wash in the loss.

In Division I action last week, Ross Built rolled past Wash Family Construction 6-1 on Oct. 16 to improve to 7-0 on the season. Jake Ross led the way with two goals, while Andrew Ross, Emma Peery, Sydney Cornell and Jack Walter each notched single goals for Ross Built. Wash was led by Blaine Jenefsky’s single goal in the loss.

Autoway Ford blanked Wash 3-0 on Oct. 13 behind single goals from Michael Latimer, Mikayla Kane and Mikey Ellsworth.

The second Division I game of the night saw Ross Built edge Mr. Bones 3-2. Sydney Cornell, Andrew Ross and Jake Ross each notched single goals in the victory. Ben Connors and Bradley Duffman scored for Mr. Bones in the loss.

Key Royale golf news

The women of the Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, individual-low-net game on Oct. 13. Joyce Brown took the top spot in Flight A with an even-par 32, two shots ahead of second-place finisher Diane Miller. Nancy King and Joy Phelan were tied for third at 3-over-par 35.

Flight B winner was Terry Westby with a 3-under 29, three shots ahead of second-place finisher Sue Wheeler. Sally Keyes took third place with a 1-over 34, while Penny Williams and Westby shared the chip-in prize and Williams added a birdie.

Horseshoe news

The Oct. 17 horseshoe games at the Anna Maria City Hall pits saw Jeff Moore “walk” his way to the top spot after putting together a perfect 3-0 record in pool play. Moore ended his day with a six-pack, double ringer to finish off Hank Huyghe and Norm Langland 21-2.

The Oct. 14 games saw Norm Good take first place outright with the only 3-0 pool play record.

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

AMICC Soccer League standings

Won       Lost           Tie              Points
(3 points per win, 1 point per tie)
Division II (Ages 8-9)
Sandbar      7   0        1                22
Panoramic  3   3        1                10
Surf Shop   2   5        0                6
Sparks       2   6        0                6

Division I (Ages 10-11)
Ross Built  7   0        0                21
Autoway    4   2        1                13
Bones        1   5        1                4
Wash         1   6        0                3

Premier Division (Ages 12-15)
Harcon      5   1        1                16
Norman     3   4        1                10
Wash         1   4        2                5

AMICC Soccer League schedule
Instructional Division: (Ages 4-5)
Date                               Time        Teams    
Oct. 21        6 p.m.         Ortho. vs. Oyster Bar
Oct. 21        6:30 p.m.    IRE vs. A&E
Oct. 23        6 p.m.         Panoramic vs. Oyster Bar
Oct. 23        6:30 p.m.    IRE vs. Dental Spa
Oct. 28        6 p.m.         Dental Spa vs. Ortho.

Division III (Ages 6-7)
Oct. 21        7 p.m.         Isl. Pest vs. Jessie’s
Oct. 22        6 p.m.         WCAC vs. LaPensee
Oct. 22        7 p.m.         Isl. Pest vs. Bistro
Oct. 23        7 p.m.         Jessie’s vs. WCAC

Division II (Ages 8-9)
Oct. 21        5:30 p.m.    Surf Shop vs. Sandbar
Oct. 21        6:30 p.m.    Sparks vs. Panoramic
Oct. 23        6 p.m.         Sandbar vs. Sparks
Oct. 23        7 p.m.         Surf Shop vs. Panoramic

Division I (Ages 10-11)
Oct. 22        6 p.m.         Wash vs. Autoway

Oct. 23        8 p.m.         Ross vs. Autoway

Oct. 27        6 p.m.         Bones vs. Ross
Oct. 27        7 p.m.         Autoway vs. Wash

Premier Division (Ages 12-15)
Oct. 21        7:45 p.m.    Norman vs. Harcon
Oct. 22        7:15 p.m.    Wash vs. Harcon

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