Gateway, West Coast AC take division titles
|Trevor Bystrom sees something he likes in front of him as he carries the ball past Air America defender Jerry Meyer during Division III soccer league action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
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Gateway Solutions clinched the Anna Maria Island Community Center Soccer League Division II crown with a pair of victories last week, including an important 3-1 pennant clincher of nearest pursuer Island Real Estate on Thursday, Oct. 28. The Division I crown was wrapped up as well when West Coast Air Conditioning thumped second-place ReMax Gulfstream Realty 9-6 in Thursday's late game.
The only team that hasn't officially clinched its respective division crown is Island Animal Clinic, though they took a big step toward doing just that when they handily defeated third-place Air America 6-2 Friday, Oct. 29, to improve to 8-1 on the season with one game remaining to play.
Second-place Harry's Continental Kitchens easily won its game Friday night to finish the season at 8-2 which, technically, ties them with Island Animal Clinic for first place in Division III.
Since Pine Store hasn't won a game all season, the chances for that occurrence would have to be filed somewhere between slim and none, but stranger things have happened.
Island Animal Clinic took care of business against Air America Friday, Oct. 29, receiving three goals from Trevor Bystrom and a strong game in goal by Max Miller, who finished with eight saves on the night.
Miller was tested early when Air America's Daniel Pimental one-timed a failed clearing pass towards the upper right corner of the goal. Miller reached high to snag the shot and somehow tiptoed along the goal line in a precarious balancing act in order to deny Pimental.
Bystrom finally broke through for Island Animal Clinic in the eighth minute when he stole the ball in the midfield and rushed through the middle of the Air America defense. Bystrom then beat two defenders around the left and finished with a deft left foot that slid just inside the far post for a 1-0 lead.
Air America put together a strong effort and kept the ball deep in the Animal Clinic end of the field. Pimental got off a shot from a difficult angle that slid wide of the goal, resulting in a throw-in for the Animal Clinic. They threw the ball in, but a missed trap gave Pimental a half chance to shoot from 12-yard mark. However, Jack Titsworth denied Pimental with a thunderous tackle to keep them off the scoreboard.
Air America finally broke through to tie the score in the 20th minute when Pimental's corner kick deflected off an Island Animal Clinic defender and into the goal to tie the score at 1-1.
The Air America goal seemed to ignite the Island Animal Clinic offense as it received carbon-copy goals from Bystrom to close out the first half with a 3-1 lead. In both goals, Bystrom carried the ball up the right side before cutting back across the field where he finished with his accurate left foot.
Air America came out for the second half with a strong effort, but Island Animal Clinic goalie Miller twice denied Pimental with a pair of strong saves. Pimental stole the ball deep in the Animal Clinic end and dribbled into the penalty area, where he ripped a left-footed shot that Miller spectacularly saved with a full-out dive to his left. A few minutes later, Pimental received the ball on a cross from Henery Bernet, cut back and connected on a right-footed rocket, but Miller was again up to the task.
Island Animal Clinic added to its lead in the 37th minute when Bystrom got loose up the left side, drawing two defenders toward him. He passed inside to Joseph Darke, who eluded one defender before blasting a shot past the Air America keeper from 18 yards for a 4-1 lead.
Darke scored again two minutes later when he settled a long pass from Sarah Miller and ripped it into the upper right corner of the goal from 20 yards for a 5-1 lead.
Pimental and Titsworth traded goals over the final five minutes of the game as Island Animal Clinic avenged its only loss of the year in convincing fashion with a 6-2 win.
Harry's 7, Pine Store 0
Three goals from Elijah Toussaint and two goals from Savannah Schields carried Division III Harry's Continental Kitchens past Pine Avenue Store on Monday, Oct. 25. Kayla Arritt and Hunter Parrish each added a goal for Harry's in the victory.
Surf Shop 2, Jessie's 2
West Coast Surf Shop and Jessie's Island Store battled to a 2-2 tie in Division III action on Monday, Oct. 25. Giorgio Gomez and Danny Krokroskia each scored a goal for the Surf Shop, while Jessie's received one goal apiece from Julian Botero and Kylie Brownwell.
Gateway 11, Danziger 4
Joey Hutchinson more than likely wrapped up the Division II MVP and scoring crown with seven goals in Gateway Solution's 11-4 victory over Danziger Allergy & Sinus Tuesday, Oct. 26. Hutchinson's scoring outburst increased his total to 32 goals, while teammates Matt Bauer, Kyle Crum, Chandler McClung and Austin Wash each notched single goals for Gateway in the victory.
Jordan Sebastiano had a strong game for Danziger, finishing with three goals, while Mackenzie Kosfeld notched one goal in the loss.
ReMax 11, Mr. Bones 4
Four goals apiece from Ben Valdivieso and Celia Ware helped ReMax to an easy win over Mr. Bones on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Teammate Broderick West chipped in with three goals as ReMax remained in the Division I race.
Blake Wilson poured in four goals of his own to pace the Mr. Bones effort in defeat.
A&E 5, IRE 3
Air & Energy dealt Island Real Estate a 5-3 loss on Wednesday, Oct. 27, to seriously damage any hope they held to catch Gateway Solutions in the Division II standings. Blake Rivers led the way for A&E with two goals, while Martine Miller, Sarah Howard and Raina Lardas each notched single goals in the victory.
Island Real Estate received one goal apiece from Shawn Conover, Daniel Janisch and Kyle Parsons in the loss.
LaPensee 5, Mr. Bones 2
Max Marnie and Preston Reide each scored a pair of goals to carry LaPensee Plumbing to a 5-2 victory Wednesday, Oct. 27. Teammate Kyle Seawall added one goal for LaPensee, while Kyle Arrit and Blake Wilson each notched one goal for Mr. Bones in the loss.
Gateway 3, IRE 1
Gateway Solutions clinched first place in Division II with a 3-1 victory over Island Real Estate on Thursday, Oct. 28, behind two goals from Joey Hutchinson. Gateway also received one goal from Matt Bauer, while Island Real Estate received one goal from Chris Callahan in defeat.
West Coast AC 9, ReMax 6
West Coast Air Conditioning received five goals from Alex Wright and two goals from Andrew Fortenberry on Thursday, Oct. 28, to clinch the Division I crown with a 9-6 victory over ReMax Gulfstream Realty. West Coast also received one goal apiece from Chandler Hardy and Miles Hostetler as they extended the team's unbeaten streak to nine consecutive games.
ReMax was led by Ben Valdivieso who scored six goals in the loss to increase his league-leading total to 51 goals on the season.
Harry's 8, Pine Store 1
Three goals apiece from Hunter Parrish and Elijah Toussaint carried Harry's Continental Kitchens past Pine Store on Friday, Oct. 29, to keep alive the slim title hopes of Harry's. Olivia Alstrom and Max Moneuse each added one goal for Harry's, which now waits in hope of a Pine Store upset win over Island Animal Clinic in the season's last game.
Pine Avenue Store was led by Zach Guerin's eighth goal of the season in the loss.
Register now for basketball
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is now accepting registrations for its 2004-05 youth basketball league. Boys and girls ages 5-17 have until Monday, Nov. 8, to register for the league, including one remaining evening registration from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 4.
Coaches are also needed for the upcoming basketball season and there's a bonus for volunteer coaches - if selected to be head coach, his or her child plays for free.
Registration fee for Center family members is $40 for the first child and $35 for each additional child in the family. Nonmembers fee is $55 for first child and $50 for each additional child. Players will receive a uniform jersey and all players who sign up will be placed on a team in their age division.
Mandatory tryouts, which help ensure league parity, will be held at the following times:
- Ages 14-17, Nov. 9, 7-8 p.m.
- Ages 12-14, Nov. 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
- Ages 8-9, Nov. 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
- Ages 5-7, Nov. 13, 10-11 a.m.
Register now for basketball camp
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's pre-season basketball camp will be held Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for players ages 5-13.
The camp will emphasize specific fundamentals of offense and defense related to ability and age. Cost for the camp is $20 for center members and $35 for non-members. For more information, contact the Center at 778-1908.
Flag football tourney accepting registrations
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will present its first Island Turkey Bowl, a charity flag football tournament with any income designated to help needy families this holiday season.
Cost for the tournament, which is being played at the Center Nov. 20-22, is $25 per player.
The tournament will have several divisions ranging from ages 12-13 up to 38-plus for males and females, and it will be a double-elimination format.
Entry deadline is Friday, Nov. 12, and there is a mandatory coaches meeting Monday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m.
For more information, call the Center at 778-1908.