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Date of Issue: March 04, 2009

Center youth basketball season comes to a close

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Emma Moneuse, left, was named female MVP for the Anna Maria Island Community Center Basketball League Division III (ages 8-9), and Seth Walter was named best defensive player and tied with Andrew Ross for male MVP for the division. Islander Photo: Courtesy Becky Walter

The 2008-09 youth basketball league conducted by the Anna Maria Island Community Center on Anna Maria Island concluded with individual awards on Feb. 11 and, later in the week following playoff games, four crowned division champions: Premier: A Paradise Realty; Division I Dips Ice Cream; Division II Sand Dollar; Division III Jessie's Island Store.

In playoff action, A Paradise Realty edged Rotten Ralph’s 35-34 on Feb. 16 to claim the Premier League championship trophy behind the stellar all-court game of Kyle Aritt, who finished with 21 points. Kyle Sewall added nine points for Paradise, which also received two points apiece from Patrick Edwards and Sheldon Phillips in the victory.

Matt Bauer’s 23 points led all scorers, but it wasn’t enough as Rotten Ralph’s fell short by one point. Chandler Hardy scored five points, Christian Hightower had four points and Wyatt Hoffman finished with two points in the loss.

The Division I championship game on Feb. 17 saw Island Family Physicians’ playoff run end with a 48-41 loss to top-seeded Dips Ice Cream. Justin Gargett scored 16 of his team-high 17 points during the last three quarters to help Dips overcome a one-point, first-quarter deficit. Max Miler added 11 points for Dips, which also received six points apiece from Johnny Mattay and Helio Gomez. Jerry Meyer chipped in with four points, while Brennan Gallagher and Daniel Schroder finished with two points apiece in the victory.

Island Family Physicians was led by Daniel Pimental’s game-high 18 points, while teammate Zach Guerin finished with eight points. Kayla Armer added six points for IFP, which also received five points from Lee Bergeron and four points from Mallory Kosfeld in the loss.

Another unexpected playoff run came to an end on Feb. 17 when E-Training Solutions dropped a 31-16 decision to top-seeded Sand Dollar in the Division II championship match. Cameron Brauner and Burke McCampbell-Hill led the way with 12 and 11 points respectively. Lauren Sapienza finished with six points, while Mikayla Kane added two points for the champs.

Blaine Jenefsky and Logan Reiber each scored seven points to lead E-Training Solutions, which also received one point apiece from Mikey Ellsworth and Bryce Smith in the loss.

Sand Dollar advanced to the Division II championship game by defeating fourth-seeded Panoramic 20-8 in the semifinals.

Second seeded Jessie’s Island Store upset top-seeded Ross Built 7-6 in the Division III championship game as Seth Walter’s free throw in the third quarter proved to make the difference for the Feb. 17 contest. Walter finished with three points to lead Jessie’s, which also received two points apiece from Lucky Schmidt and Mickey Koczetsut in the victory.

Ross Built received two points apiece from Gavin Sentman, Jake Ross and Andrew Ross in the loss.

Ross Built advanced to the Division III championship game by defeating Coastal Orthopedic 22-4 in the semifinal game on Feb. 16.

In Division III, Nicole Sewall won the sportsmanship award over finalists Mickey Koczersut and Emma Moneuse, while defensive player of the year went to Seth Walter. Andrew Ross and Michael Latimer were finalists for that award. Female MVP went to Emma Moneuse, who was picked over finalists Brooke Capparelli and Nicole Sewall. League MVP was shared by Jake Ross and Seth Walter, while Andrew Ross was the other finalist.

Division II saw Jake Parsons take home the sportsmanship award over finalists Josh Zawistoski and Adam Clark, while Joey Salinas captured the defensive player award over Jack Walter and Zawistoski. Madison Gsell won the female MVP award over finalists Lauren Sapienza and Alexia Yavalar. League MVP went to Burke McCampbell-Hill, who won out over Zawistoski and Salinas.

Taylor Wilson won the sportsmanship award for Division I over finalists Nicole Knies and Kayla Armer, while Max Miller and Zach Guerin shared defensive player of the year honors. Female MVP went to Savannah Schield, who won out over finalists Mallory Kosfeld and Taylor Wilson. Division I MVP went to Justin Gargett, who won over finalists Lee Begeron and Max Miller.

Premier League sportsmanship winner was Chris Pate, beating out nominees Wyatt Hoffman and Erin Dolan. Troy Koszewski stole the defensive MVP award from finalists Kyle Aritt and Rainia Lardas, while Dolan captured the female MVP award over finalists Rainia Lardas and Celia Ware. Premier League MVP went to Aritt, who won over finalists Matt Bauer and Joe Karasiewicz.

Horseshoe news

Three teams managed to emerge from pool play with 3-0 records during Feb. 21 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits, with Tom Skoloda and Norm Good drawing the bye for a spot in the finals. The team of Don Bacholtz and Jerry Disbrow dispatched the team of Mike Lovey and Bill Burroughs 22-8 in the semifinals. They followed that up with a 23-10 victory over Skoloda and Good in the finals.

Four teams earned the prerequisite three victories in pool play during Feb. 18 horseshoe action. Bob Lee and Sam Samuels rolled past Steve Grossman 21-6, while John Johnson and Rod Bussey overcame the team of Art Kingstad and Bob Brown 25-12 to advance to the finals.

Lee and Samuels emerged as champs for the day by defeating Bussey and Johnson 23-17.

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.

Key Royale golf news

The Key Royale Club men golfers hosted an 18-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match on Feb. 18 and the team of John Sagert, Hal Sears, Vince Fanton and Bob Landgren lapped the field with a 19-under-par 109. Eight shots back in second place was the team of Earl Ritchie, Jim Dancer, Ed Havlik and Neil Hammer with a 117. Third place went to the team of Joe Dickinson, Dick Eichorn, John Atkinson and Paul Proxy.

The Key Royale women played a combination, individual-low-net and a team-low-net game on Feb. 17. Flight AA winner was Jean Holmes with a 2-over-par 24, one shot better than Penny Williams and Judy Squire, who tied for second place. Flight A winner was Joyce Brown and Donna Soos, who both carded an even par 32, one shot better than second-place finisher Diane Miller. Jan Turner carded a 2-under-par 30 to win Flight B by two shots over second-place finisher Mary Pat Swamy. Flight C winner was Markie Ksiazek, whose 1-under-par 31 was one shot better than the even-par 32s turned in by Mardene Eichorn and Maryanne Kaemmerlin. Theresa Schutt captured Flight D with a 1-over par 33, two shots ahead of Jean Besant.

Lois Biel, Dolores Jorgensen, Sally Keyes and Markie Ksiazek captured the team-low-net challenge with a combined score of 136, while Jan Turner will remember her round thanks to a chipin birdie on hole five.

The men played a nine-hole, individual-low-net match on Feb. 16 and Matt Behan’s 4-under-par 28 earned him a first-place finish. One shot back in second place was Neil Hammer, while Jim Helgeson’s 2-under-par 30 was good enough for third place.

Flag Football returns

The Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football program is accepting registration through Feb. 26. Registration must be completed online at www.islandcommunitycenter.com.

The cost to play is $45, which includes an NFL team jersey and flag set. Games will be played at the Holmes Beach field and the schedule will begin March 23.

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