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Date of Issue: November 11, 2009

Galati helps pave way for MHS ’Canes football

Island resident, Nick Galati, a two-year starter on Manatee High School Hurricane’s state-ranked varsity football team has helped his team to the state playoffs.

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Manatee High School’s offensive lineman Nick Galati, right, holds off a Sarasota Riverview High player as teammate Craig Carnes bursts through the hole in recent football action at MHS. Islander Photo Courtesy: Pagemoorephoto.com

He and his teammates were hoping to clinch a district title Oct. 23, but they ran into superstar quarterback Trey Burton and the Venice Indians and came out on the wrong end of a 43-29 score. Burton, who has already committed to Florida, ran for 155 yards and threw for another 253 while contributing on five touchdowns. The win clinched the district crown for Venice.

Manatee came into the game with a 7-0 record and hopes of advancing deep into the state playoffs, but those bright hopes dimmed a little after the tough loss to Venice. As the second-place finisher in the district, Manatee now must go on the road for its Nov. 20 playoff game. If the ’Canes win that game, they could be in for a rematch in Venice Nov. 27.

According to Coach Joe Kinnan, Galati has had a lot to do with the Hurricane’s offensive success this season: “Nick has been playing very well for us. Though he’s undersized for an offensive lineman, he’s very smart and extremely physical.”

When pressed about Galati’s chances of playing football at the next level, Kinnan said he could definitely play at a smaller college and that they may try Galati at defensive end in the spring, which would give him an even better chance.

For now, Galati and his mates are concentrating on winning their remaining two games, one against North Port Nov. 6 and one at Booker Nov. 13, before turning their attention to the first playoff game Nov. 20.

Soccer seeds set

With only a handful of regular-season games remaining, the playoff matchups are set and ready for action in the Anna Maria Island Community Center Soccer League.

There were no real surprises in the end as Division II Sandbar, Division I Ross Built and Harcon in the Premier Division each held onto the top spots. Sandbar finished as the only undefeated team in the three divisions, though they did tie two games. One team to watch is Wash Family Construction in Division I. The Wash kids have been playing strong as of late, including victories in two consecutive games.

Playoff action gets started Nov. 12 and finishes up Nov. 14 as part of a day full of all-star games, championship games, the 6-7 age division tournament and the always popular coaches game.

In Premier Division action last week, Harcon showed they’re the team to beat with a dominating 4-0 victory over second-place Mike Norman Realty Oct. 29. Max Miller, Christian Diaz, Trevor Bystrom and Julian Botero each notched goals to lead Harcon to victory.

Mike Norman Realty rolled past Wash Family Construction 8-2 on Oct. 28 behind three goals apiece from Morgan Greig and Logan Reiber. Hunter Parrish and Chandler Hardy each added single goals in the victory.

Wash Family Construction upset Ross Built by a 2-1 score in Division I action Oct. 29 behind a pair of goals from Tyler Yavalar. Jake Ross notched the lone goal for Ross Built in the loss.

The Wash team upset another team ahead of them in the standings when they defeated Autoway Ford 3-2 Oct. 27. Jacob Talucci led the way with a pair of goals, while Tyler Yavalar added one goal. Michael Latimer scored two goals to lead Autoway Ford in the loss.

The second Division I game of the evening saw Ross Built smoke Mr. Bones 4-1 behind single goals from Jake Ross, Andrew Ross, Sydney Cornell and Lauren Sapienza. Neil Carper scored the lone goal for Mr. Bones in the loss.

The Division II playoffs got a little more interesting thanks to a 2-2 tie between Sandbar and Panoramic on Oct. 28. Christian Daniels led Sandbar with a pair of goals, while Dylan Joseph and Tyler Pearson scored one goal each to lead Panoramic.

The second Division II game of the night saw West Coast Surf Shop roll past Sparks Steel Art by a 4-2 score behind a hat trick from Ethan Bertrand and one goal from Abby Achor. Alley Parnell led Sparks with one goal in the loss.

AMICC Soccer League standings
(3 points per win, 1 point per tie)
                               Won          Lost           Tie         Pts.
Division II (Ages 8-9)
Sandbar                  9                0                2            29
Panoramic              6                3                2            20
Surf Shop               3                8                0            9
Sparks                    2                9                0            6

Division I (Ages 10-11)
Ross Built             8                2                0            24
Autoway               6                3                1            19
Wash                    4                7                0            12
Bones                   1                7                1            4

Premier Division (Ages 12-15)
Harcon                   8                1                1            25
Norman                  5                6                1            16
Wash                     1                7                2            5

AMICC Soccer schedule
Instructional Division: (ages 4-5)
Date                           Time         Teams       
Nov. 10                      7 p.m.        Awards
Nov. 14                      3 p.m.        Coaches game

Division III (ages 6-7)
Nov. 10                      7 p.m.        Awards
Nov. 12-14                 Tournament games
Nov. 14                      3 p.m.        Coaches game

Division II (ages 8-9)
Nov. 10                      7 p.m.        Awards
Nov. 13                      6 p.m.        Sandbar vs. Sparks
Playoff 1 Nov. 13       7 p.m.         Panoramic vs. Surf Shop
Playoff 2 Nov. 14        2 p.m.       Winner #1 vs. Winner #2
Nov. 14                      3 p.m.        Coaches game
Nov. 14                      4 p.m.        All-star game

Division I (ages 10-11)
Nov. 4                        7 p.m.        Ross Built vs. Bones
Nov. 10                      7 p.m.        Awards
Nov. 12                      6 p.m.        Autoway vs. Wash
Nov. 13                      8 p.m.        Ross Built  vs. Bones
Nov. 14                      1 p.m.        All-star game
Nov. 14                      3 p.m.        Coaches game

Premier Division (ages 12-15)
Nov. 2                        8 p.m.        Wash vs. Harcon
Nov. 10                      7 p.m.        Awards
Nov. 12                      7:15 p.m.   Norman vs. Wash
Playoff 1 Nov. 14      10 a.m.      Winner #1 vs. Harcon
Nov. 14                      noon          All-star game
Nov. 14                      3 p.m.        Coaches game