|Homes of Distinction players Ally Titsworth and Blake Wilson double-team Garrett Secor of Danziger Allergy & Sinus, leading to a 47-36 victory for the Homes team in Division I of the Anna Maria Island Community Center Basketball League. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
|Homes of Distinction guard Blake Wilson drives past Danziger's Kyle Parsons during Division I basketball action at the Center.
Sharp shooting Thompson leads Homes team past Danziger
Nash Thompson scored seven of her 11 points in the fourth quarter to spark Homes of Distinction to a 47-36 victory over Danziger Allergy & Sinus in Division I basketball action on Jan. 27 at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Thompson's outside shooting spearheaded a 15-5 scoring run and broke open what had been an extremely close game.
The fourth quarter began with Homes clinging to a 32-31 lead when Thompson went to work. Teammate Blake Wilson drove the lane, but ran into Danziger big-man Garrett Secor, so he smartly passed the ball out to Thompson, who was stationed just outside the foul line area. Thompson fired up a high arcing shot that hit nothing but net for a 34-31 lead.
After a Danziger turnover, Wilson and Thompson hooked up in almost identical fashion and again Thompson's shot swished through the basket for a 38-31 lead. Thompson's last basket of the game was a back-breaker for Danziger Allergy & Sinus as she took a pass from Ally Titsworth on the left wing and swished a three-pointer to give Homes of Distinction a 10-point lead with 4:08 to play.
A Brandon Gangler steal and a layup was followed by a steal and a layup by Wilson, giving Homes of Distinction 14 consecutive points and a 45-31 lead. Secor ended the Homes scoring run when he was fouled going to the hoop and made one of his two foul shots to pull Danziger to 45-32 with 3:31 left to play.
Titsworth followed up a Wilson miss and converted for a 47-32 lead before Danziger finally scored its first field goal of the quarter at the 1:50 mark when Secor took a pass down low from Katie Hunt and banked it in to pull to within 47-34. Molly Slicker scored Danziger's last basket of the game when she grabbed an offensive rebound off a Secor three-point attempt and banked it in for the 36th and final point of the night.
The victory tied Homes of Distinction with A Paradise Realty for first place in the division with 4-1 records heading into Saturday afternoon action. Wilson led Homes with 16 points, while Thompson finished with 11 points. Titsworth finished with 10 points, while Gangler added eight points and eight rebounds.
Secor led all scorers with 26 points and 18 rebounds, but he was the only Danziger player in double figures. Chris Callahan added six points, while Matt Danziger and Molly Slicker each finished with two points in the loss.
Division I (ages 12-13)
Kyle Aritt poured in 30 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Longboat Observer past Air & Energy 44-37 on Jan. 26 in Division I basketball action at the Center. Zach Evans added seven points and seven rebounds for Observer, which also received five points from Forrest Schield and two points from Blake Rivers in the victory.
Jason Rappe led Air & Energy with 21 points and 13 rebounds, while Matt Bauer finished with 14 points and Nicole Botero added two points in the loss.
Homes of Distinction knocked of previously unbeaten A-Paradise Realty 43-39 on Jan. 23 behind 25 points and 13 rebounds from Brandon Gangler. Ally Titsworth added 10 points and three rebounds and Nash Thompson finished with nine points and three rebounds in the victory for Homes of Distinction.
Justin Dearlove scored 27 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and had three assists to lead A-Paradise, which also received 10 points and three rebounds from Jordan Sebastiano and two points from Martine Miller in the loss.
Chris Callahan nailed a trio of three-pointers for Danziger Allergy & Sinus on their way to a team-high 19 points over Observer 37-29 on Jan. 23. Garrett Secor added 16 points and 13 rebounds for Danziger, which also received two points from Sarah Howard in the victory.
Kyle Aritt led Observer with 15 points and 11 rebounds while Zach Evans added 10 points and eight rebounds in the loss. Forrest Schield and Chelsea Crowton completed the Observer scoring with two points apiece.
Division II (ages 10-11)
Hailey Dearlove scored 11 points to lead Island Family Physicians past Duncan Real Estate 17-12 in the Center's Division II basketball action on Jan. 27. Becca Butler added four points and Daniel Pimental scored two points to complete the IFP scoring in the victory.
Molly McDonough scored six points to lead Duncan, which also received four points from Kayla Aritt and two points from Savannah Schield in the loss.
Duncan 15, Harcorn 6
Earlier in the week on Jan. 25, six points from Aritt and five points from McDonough sparked Duncan to a 15-6 victory over Harcorn Corp. Sarah Azmi and Schield completed the Duncan scoring with two points apiece in the victory.
Patrick Edwards, Sheldon Phillips and Emily White each scored two points to lead Harcorn Corp. in the loss.
Division III (ages 8-9)
Dips Ice Cream remained undefeated - barely - thanks to a two-point victory over Bistros on Jan. 26 in Division III basketball action. Dips received 13 points from Lee Bergeron and five points from Johnny Mattay to finish 18-16.
Luke Shackleford led Bistros with 10 points, while Samantha Purnell, Denver Hardy and Trevor Albers each scored two points in the loss.
Premier Division (ages 14-17)
Anna Maria Glass & Screen received double-figure scoring efforts from three players on the way to a 58-44 victory over West Coast Air Conditioning in Jan. 25 Premier League basketball action at the center. Chad Reed scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Glass & Screen, which also received 15 points and eight rebounds from Luis Leon. Franklin Moore added 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists for Anna Maria Glass & Screen in the victory.
Matt McDonough led West Coast Air Conditioning with 20 points, three rebounds and five assists while Al Barrett added eight points and one assist. Phelps Tracy chipped in with five points and seven rebounds in the loss for West Coast.
Tyler Bekkerus scored 29 of his 35 points in the second half as Publix rallied past Island Real Estate for a 73-68 victory on Jan. 23. Bekkerus finished with seven three-pointers, while teammate Mike Wallen added four long-range bombs of his own to finish with 28 points. Jordan Graeff added six points, while Jake McDonald scored two points and Joe Karasiewicz added one point to the Publix victory total.
David Buck matched Bekkerus' point total with 35 while also adding nine rebounds and three assists for IRE, which also received 23 points and 23 rebounds from Zach Schield in the loss.
An unusually large turnout for a weekday morning produced some exceptional play among the 12 teams that battled it out in the Anna Maria horseshoe pits on Jan. 25.
Two teams emerged from pool play with 3-0 records to battle for the championship, where Sam Samuels of Cortez and Art Kingstad of Holmes Beach defeated the all-Anna Maria team of Bill Starrett and Bob Lee 23-14.
Feb. 21 horseshoe action also saw three teams emerge from pool play with 3-0 records. Art Kingstad and Fred Hryghe of Youngstown, Ohio, defeated Anna Maria's Harry Stoltzfus and Bradenton's Adin Shank 22-8 to advance to the finals against Bob Lee, who was the walking team of one. Lee rolled in the championship match by a score of 23-11.
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.
Key Royale golf news
Marlyn Thorton and Jean Holmes both shot a two-over par 34 to tie for first in the class AA women's low-net golf competition at the Key Royale Club on Jan. 24. Bobbie Lindstrom was a shot back to finish in second place, while Sarah Falk carded a 36 to finish third.
Class A winner Joyce Brown fired a 33 to finish three shots ahead of Roswitha Fowler, Dorothy McKinna, Meredith Slavin, Phyllis Lamp, Sue Hookem and Barb Carr, who each shot 36. Marian Mulroy and Del Reppenhagen tied for third with 37s.
Mary P. Miller carded a one-under 31 to claim top honors in class B, three shots ahead of second-place finishers Sally Keyes and Margaret Schuller. Barb Renk and Joy Nellis finished in third place with a pair of 38s.
There was a tie for bragging rights in class C between Eunice Warda and Cheryl Kinerk, who both posted even-par 32s to finish two shots ahead of Dot Camboni and three shots ahead of Nell Bergstrom and Sharon Conlon.
Caye Hudson posted a two-under par 30 to win class D honors, one shot ahead of Jeanette Cashman and four shots better than Ruth Willimson.