Islanders provide spark for Manatee Magic girls
|Ally Titsworth battles for the ball for her Manatee Magic soccer team during a 1-1 tie with the Pinellas Raiders.
|Manatee Magic goalie Christina Papazian takes a goal kick during Manatee Magic girl’s soccer action at G.T. Bray Park.
|Erin Mulrine and Martine Miller double-team a Pinellas Raider player during Manatee Magic girl’s soccer action.
The U14 Manatee Magic all-girl's soccer team tied the Pinellas Raiders 1-1 on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the G.T. Bray Park's soccer field in Bradenton. The Magic, playing in Division I, includes Islanders Ally Titsworth, Martine Miller and Erin Mulrine and Longboat Key's Christina Papazian - all regular starters.
Papazian anchors the defense in goal, while Titsworth and Mulrine start in the midfield and Miller is one of the team's forwards.
The girls are probably a bit frustrated after Saturday's result given the fact that they controlled the ball for most of the game and the Raiders were content to play more of a long-ball game.
The Magic jumped to a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute when Mulrine took a pass inside from Cori Nolan and after withstanding a strong challenging tackle from Pinellas sweeper Sonia Jacob, dribbled forward and hit a strong shot that found the far corner of the net to give the Magic the lead that they took into halftime.
Early in the second half, it looked like the Magic would extend its lead when Mulrine hit a beautiful corner kick, but teammate Miller headed it just over the crossbar.
It was at this point that the Raiders started applying pressure to the Magic defense, but defenders Ashley Nelson, Catherine Byrne, Nichole Dixon and Jordan Ponto were equal to the task. When they managed to get past the Magic back line, Papazian was able to come through with saves. She made a good save after the Magic failed to clear the ball and a Raider player got off a rocket from the 18-yard line in the 55th minute and came through five minutes later when she went high to snag a curling corner kick that had goal written all over it.
The Magic defense had to be strong in the 66th minute when they surrendered a free kick that they cleared down field for a Magic counter attack. Miller ran onto the through ball from Mulrine, just beating the hard-charging Raider goalie, but with a Raider defender on her back, her left-footed shot went just wide of the goal.
Pinellas countered and on its fifth corner kick of the half, they finally broke through. Angela Tayagui served the ball near post where Emily Debito headed it just over Papazian's hand to tie the score at 1-1 with three minutes to play.
The Magic launched a desperate attack that almost bore fruit. Cori Nolan got loose up the left side, cut back and passed inside to Mulrine. Mulrine settled and ripped a rocket that clanged off the crossbar, ending any hope of a dramatic Magic victory.
The tie leaves the Magic girls with a 3-0-1 record. Other members of the U14 Manatee Magic team are Alexa Body, Madison Bradley, Carlye Carson, Mary Isminger, Shelby Raye, Leland Van Alstyne and Ashley Wiggins.
Key Royale golf news
The women of Key Royale Club teed up for nine holes of golf on Nov. 28. The individual low-net competition was paired with low putts per team.
Marilyn Thorton posted a one-over-par 33 to finish two shots ahead of Sue Hookem and Cindy Miller in flight AA. Flight A winners were Diane Miller and Mary Selby, who tied with an even-par 32 to finish one shot ahead of Gloria Dooudera, Sara Falk and Nancy King. Flight B produced another tie, with winners Rose Slomba and Markie Ksiazek both firing an even-par 32 to finish one shot ahead of Joy Nelles and two shots ahead of Barb Mason and Jan Turner. Shirley Cessna posted a one-over 33 to claim top honors in Flight C, one shot better than Cherri Kinerk and Frankie Smith-Williams, who tied for second. Marilyn Hayes and Ruth Williamson both fired a four-over-36 to capture top honors in Flight D, one shot ahead of Theresa Schutt.
The team of Joyce Rieth, Phyllis Lamp, Diane Miller and Joanne Osdych won the low-putt competition, while Nell Bergstrom on No. 3 and Ruth Williamson on hole No. 5 each won prizes for chip-ins.
Six teams posted 2-1 records and advanced to the playoffs during Nov. 25 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. In the first playoff match, Hank Huyghe and Ron Slagh edged the team of John Crawford and Fritz Erdrich by a 21-18 score. Match No. 2 saw Bill Starrett and Norm Good roll past George Landritus and Ron Pepka 21-12, while the third playoff had George McKay and Dave Leising defeating Carole Watson and Sam Samuels 21-8.
Good and Starrett earned a bye to the finals as Huyghe and Slagh were defeating McKay and Leising 22-13. The break did wonders for Good and Starrett, who edged Huyghe and Slagh by a 21-16 score to earn the day's bragging rights.
The Nov. 29 horseshoe games saw nine teams whittled down to two that posted perfect 3-0 pool-play records and, as such, they battled it out for the championship. Battle they did, as walker Tom Rhodes edged the team of Ron Pepka and Sam Samuels 21-19.
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.
Register now for NFL Flag Football
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is now accepting registration for the 2007 season of NFL Flag Football. Boys and girls in grades one to eight can register on Tuesday and Thursday, Dec. 12 and 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Holmes Beach Public Works Building, located at 5801 Marina Drive between the fire station and the skateboard park.
Players can also register between now and Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Center's temporary offices located in the “office” trailer behind St. Bernard Catholic Church.
Registration fee for Center members is $25 for the first child in a family and $20 for each additional child. Non-members pay $40 for first child and $35 for each additional child.
Each player will receive an NFL Flag Football jersey and flag belt. The season will run from Jan. 6 to Feb. 17 with games being played at the Holmes Beach City Hall fields.
There will be a mandatory mini-skills camp at the Holmes Beach fields on Jan. 6. Players in grades six-eight will run from 10 to 11 a.m., grades three-five from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and grades one-two from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Coaches are needed for the NFL Flag Football season and all prospective coaches must confirm their intent to the Center by Dec. 15 and their child will be allowed to play for free. A background check is required to be considered for any coaching position.
For more information, call the Center at 778-1908.
Signups ongoing for cheerleading, basketball
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is now registering boys and girls for its 2006-07 basketball league and cheerleading squads.
Two days remain to register for cheerleading so don't delay: 7-8 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 7, and 6-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8.
The Center is also looking for cheerleader squad leaders.
Center basketball league registration for boys and girls is also ongoing.
Every child who registers is placed on a team, but all players must attend tryouts at the times and dates listed below.
- Ages 10-11: 6-6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6.
- Ages 14-17: 6-6:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7.
- Ages 12-13: 6-6:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8.
(Ages 5-7, 8-9: registration ended.)
Due to construction at the Center, registration for cheerleading and basketball as well as games this season are at King Middle School, 600 75th St. N.W. in Bradenton.
Calling all Island student athletes and parents. Give us a call or drop an e-mail and let us know about any and all athletic endeavors for your individual effort or high school team. Call me at 807-1105 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with information.