AMICC Instructional leagues all about learning
Craig Humphries presents the Key Royale Club women’s championship award to Joy Kaiser.
Rolli Zeledon attacks the basket as Hailey Jonatzke defends during instructional basketball league action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Though The Islander routinely reports on a variety of youth sporting events ranging from baseball to soccer and beyond, there are a group of young kids and coaches who rarely get any ink due to the fact that they play scoreless games and keep no standings.
The Anna Maria Island Community Center places the focus of its instructional leagues — the youngest players, ages 5-7 — to learning the basics without focusing on whether or not the game was won or lost.
While it’s true that pretty much every kid knows the score of his or her game, it’s still not the primary focus of the instructional leagues.
Take basketball for instance. There are so many skills to learn, such as dribbling, passing, shooting and the positions on the floor. Then there’s the rules, which the referees graciously allow the kids to violate in an effort to get them playing and enjoying the game.
A recent contest between Island Real Estate and West Coast Air Conditioning was fairly typical of instructional league basketball. There were moments of good play by players on both teams and moments that result in a chuckle, but one thing’s for certain — every kid out there had a great time.
For Island Real Estate, Hailey Jonatzke, Thomas Heckler and Katie Carlson showed offensive potential, while teammates Grant Shackelford and Andrew Cortina played good team defense.
West Coast Air Conditioning received strong offensive games from Rolli Zeledon, Conal Cassidy and Josh Pace, while Dylan Jacques, Michael Pears and Ronnie Moore helped the team with their hustle.
No official scores or standings are kept, so if you’re curious about the outcome, ask one of the players.
There was a weeks worth of other basketball action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, with several games noted.
Adam Clark scored 10 points to lead Bob Vita Lawn Service past Beach to Bay Construction 22-18 in Division II action May 8. Mikey Ellsworth chipped in with eight points, while Corey Jacques and Gavin Sentman each finished with two points in the victory. Cameron Brauner led all scorers with 12 points while Beach to Bay teammates George Lardas, Michael Latimer and Cameron Pasco each finished with two points.
Coastal Orthopedics edged A Paradise Realty 22-20 in Division I action May 8 behind six points apiece from Lauren Sapienza and Joey Salinas. Jake Parsons added five points and Montana Modderman completed the scoring with two points in the victory. Paradise was led by Josh Zawistoski’s 10 points and also received four points from Blaine Jenefsky in the defeat.
The Gathering Place squeaked by Rotten Ralph’s 30-29 in May 8 Premier Division action behind the strong one-two scoring punch of Kyle Aritt and Wyatt Hoffman. Aritt finished with a game-high 16 points, while Hoffman finished with 10 points. Rotten Ralph’s was led in the loss by Brandon Gengler’s 12 points and 10 points from Forrest Schield.
Connie’s Landscaping squeaked by Sandbar Restaurant 18-17 in Division III action May 6. Leo Rose paced Connie’s with 10 points, while Dylan Joseph scored six points and Tori Walter finished with two in the victory. Joe Rogers led Sandbar in the loss with eight points, while teammate Connor Gsell added four points.
Local takes 5K Villages series
Longtime Galati Yacht Sales employee Mickey Hooke took first place overall in the final race of the Villages 5K Series April 3 at Lake Sumter Landing.
Hooke reports that he and 16-year-old Jake Brown of St. Paul, Minn., provided some excitement for the spectators as he powered past Brown in the last 350 meters to grab the victory with a time of 16:43. Brown crossed the finish line in 16:45 to finish second overall.
Hooke set a new course record for his efforts as well as breaking his own master’s division record by 42 seconds. The win in race two, combined with a first place in race one, gave Hooke the overall series victory as well.
The victory helped Hooke obtain his fastest 5K performance since entering the male, 45-49 age group.
Key Royale golf news
The women of the Key Royale Club started their summer golf league May 4 with a low-net tourney. Mary Selby and Penny Williams both carded 1-under-par 31s to tie for first place in Flight A. Second place went to Sue Hookem, who was at even-par 32, while Marlyn Thorton and Diane Miller tied for third at 1-over 33.
Flight B winner was Sally Keyes, who posted an even-par 32 to win by one shot over Jane Winegarden and Erma McMullen, who tied for second place. Ginny Nunn carded a 2-over-par 34 to take third place.
Joyce Reith had a chipin birdie on number six, while Joyce Brown had a chipin on number nine.
Two teams emerged from pool play and were left to battle for the horseshoe championship May 8 at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Ron Pepka and Norm Good edged Steve Doyle and Bruce Munro 21-17 in a back-and-forth battle.
The May 5 games also saw only two teams emerge from pool play. In a tight battle, Ron Pepka and Sam Samuels grabbed a 19-16 lead, only to watch in disbelief as Art Kingstad stepped up and threw a double ringer “six pack” to snatch a 23-19 victory.
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.
AMICC baseball schedule
T-Ball (ages 5-7)
Date Time Away Home
May 15 10 a.m. Dental Spa vs. Observer
May 15 11 a.m. LPAC vs. A&E
Pitching Machine (ages 8-11)
May 15 12:30 p.m. Cedars vs. Beach Const.
May 15 2 p.m. Cedars vs. Sato
AMICC basketball schedule
Date Time Away Home
Premier (ages 13-16)
May 12 8 p.m. Tortilla vs. Ralph’s
May 17 8 p.m. Ralph’s vs. Gathering Place
May 18 8 p.m. Ralph’s vs. Tortilla
Division I (ages 12-13)
May 18 11 a.m. Paradise vs. Coastal
Division II (ages 10-11)
May 12 7 p.m. Ross vs. Beach Const.
May 14 7 p.m. Oyster Bar vs. Beach Const.
May 14 8 p.m. Vita vs. Walter
May 17 7 p.m. Ross vs. Walter
Division III (ages 8-9)
May 12 6 p.m. Sandbar vs. Connie’s
May 13 7 p.m. Connie’s vs. Bistro
May 17 6 p.m. Connie’s vs. Sandbar
Instructional (ages 5-7)
May 13 6 p.m. IRE vs. WCAC
May 14 6 p.m. WCAC vs. Jessie’s
May 18 3 p.m. IRE vs. WCAC