Jenna Duvall, Sarah Howard and Mackenzie Kosfeld pose with the Manatee County Volleyball tournament championship trophy after their Manatee High team won the tourney by defeating Southeast High Oct. 2.
Jenna Duvall with her Ashley Morrison Jr. Referee award and former Sports Illustrated editor and N.Y. Times best-selling author Don Yaeger.
Islander wins volleyball award
Life-long Island resident Jenna Duvall recently earned the 2010 Ashley Morrison Jr. Referee award for her outstanding work as an R2, or down referee, during her club volleyball season. Jenna, who plays club volleyball for the Manatee Area Volleyball, was one of two players recognized in the state by the Florida Region USA Volleyball organization for her great work refereeing club volleyball matches.
In club volleyball, players have to referee, be a line judge or keep score during other team’s matches. A lot of players try to worm their way out of this important responsibility, but not Jenna, who gladly acted as the R2 for many matches and was justly rewarded for her dedication and hard work by Florida Region USA Volleyball.
Jenna also is a member of the recently crowned Manatee County championship Manatee High volleyball team and serves as a team captain. Coach Jessica Hinkle raved about Jenna’s leadership abilities: “Jenna brings stability and leadership to the team while showing honor and respect to the game and her coaches. She basically demonstrates all of the character traits you would want in a daughter or captain.”
Jenna, in her second varsity season for the Hurricanes, has come into her own this season and is playing a prominent role. Hinkle said Jenna’s play has changed from her junior year to her senior year. “Jenna really came alive during her junior club season,” Hinkle said. “And it has carried over and helped her develop confidence and more court awareness.”
When Jenna was asked how she felt playing such a prominent role, she said, “It feels awesome and makes me feel proud to wear the MHS uniform.”
Jenna, who carries an impressive 4.5 weighted grade-point average plans to major in pre-med at the University of Florida and hopes to become a dermatologist. She said she has no plans to play volleyball in college other than maybe playing intramurals, but she definitely plans on getting certified to referee volleyball matches to make some money.
Oct. 1-2, Jenna and her MHS teammates, including Island residents Sarah Howard and Mackenzie Kosfeld, captured the Manatee County volleyball tournament championship by defeating Southeast High 25-19, 25-16. In addition to being a part of the championship team, Sarah also was honored by being named to the all-tournament team along with tournament MVP and teammate Hailey Hall.
Soccer week 2
It was another exciting week of soccer at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. With only the second week of play completed, there are two undefeated teams in the four age divisions: Fran Maxon Realty in Division III and Sparks Steel Art in Division II, though Sparks has two ties on its record.
The Premier Division is either very competitive or teams treat defense like they do in the Big 12 of college football, as Wash Family Construction and West Coast Surf Shop again engaged in a shootout Sept. 28. WFT outlasted the Surf Shop 9-6 behind an incredible seven goals from Daniel Pimental and a pair of goals from Austin Wash. Chandler Hardy paced the Surf Shop with three goals, while Helio Gomez added two goals and JT Goode chipped in with one in the loss.
The other Premier game had a more modest score, as Beach Bistro edged WFC 5-3 Sept. 27 behind three goals from Julius Gomes and two goals from Phillip Biddulph. WFC was led by Daniel Pimental’s two goals and a single goal from Austin Wash.
Division I has a pair of teams tied for first place, though Mike Norman Realty may have gained the upper hand in defeating Autoway Ford by a 4-2 score Sept. 29. Logan Reiber, Morgan Greig, Michael Duffman and Adam Clark each notched a goal to lead Mike Norman in the victory. Autoway Ford was led by Francesca Parkin and Neil Carper with one goal apiece in the loss.
Mike Norman Realty earned another victory on the week when the team rolled past The Gathering Place by a 6-1 score Sept. 28. Morgan Greig led the realty team with three goals, while Michael Duffman chipped in with two goals and Lauren Sapienza added one goal in the victory. Kieran Grumley led The Gathering Place with one goal in the loss.
There was a bevy of battles in Division II, which appears to be the most competitive division with four ties through the first two weeks of the season. Sparks Steel Art appears to be the class of the division, but they’ve tied twice. Sparks rolled past Southern Greens by a 6-2 score behind four goals from Dylan Joseph and two goals from Tyler Yavalar. Michael Latimer led Southern Greens with a pair of goals in the loss.
The second Division II game of the evening saw Wash Family Construction defeat Mr. Bones BBQ by a 3-1 score. Nico Colleja led WFC with a pair of goals, while Gavin Sentman added one goal in the victory. Jake Miller paced Mr. Bones with one goal in the loss.
Sparks Steel Art and Wash Family Construction battled to a 4-4 tie Sept. 29. Colleja led WFC with two goals while Madison Gunn and Leo Tilelli each added one goal in the tie. Dylan Joseph scored a pair of goals to lead Sparks, which also received a goal apiece from Tyler Yavalar and Morgan Burns in the tie.
Southern Greens earned a 4-2 victory over Mr. Bones BBQ on Sept. 27 behind a pair of goals from Michael Latimer and single goals from Reese Helvey and Abby Achor. Jake Miller and Miles Fischer scored a goal apiece to lead Mr. Bones in the loss.
Connie’s Landscaping earned its first Division III victory of the season, defeating Jessie’s Island Store 5-2 Oct. 1. Roli Zeledon led the way with three goals, while Clayton Wilkinson and Corbin Greg each notched one goal. Jessie’s was led by Gerardo Serrduo, who scored both goals in the loss.
Fran Maxon Realty remained undefeated thanks to a 5-0 victory over Connie’s Landscaping Sept. 29. Josh Class scored four goals and Taro de Haan added one for Fran Maxon in the victory.
Look online at www.islander.org for schedules and standings in the soccer league.
Parity was the word of the day during Oct. 2 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits as no teams earned the required three victories. Three teams managed 2-1 records and battled it out for the day’s bragging rights. In the first playoff game, Sam Samuels and Jay Disbrow rolled past the team of Tom Skoloda and Ron Slagh by a 22-5 score. Samuels and Disbrow then dispatched Jeff Moore and Ron Pepka 22-14 in the finals.
Sept. 29 horseshoe action saw the team of Norm Good and Tim Sofran earn the title of champions with the only 3-0 record. The team of Jerry Martinek and Sam Samuels defeated Tom Skoloda and Steve Grossman 22-9 in the battle for second place.
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 news
The women and men of the Key Royale Club joined up for a mixed scramble Oct. 1. The team of Frankie Smith-Williams, Joyce Brown, Dennis Schavey and Bob Elliott combined for a 20.8 score to take first place. Second place went to the team of Lorraine Towne, Webb Cutting, Fred Meyer and Bob King with a score of 21. Jim Dunne won the closest-to-the-pin contest on number three, while Joyce Brown did the same on number eight.
The women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net game Sept. 28 and Penny Williams grabbed the top spot with a 1-over-par 33. Sue Hookem and Diane Miller tied for second place at 34, while Tootie Wagner finished alone in third place with a 35.
The men played a nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match Sept. 27. The team of Pieter Thomason, Vince Mercadante and Carl Voyles combined for an 8-under-par 56 to take first place. Don Ledford, Bob Jorgensen, Chris Collins and Jim Dunne carded a 5-under par 59 to tie the team of Chuck Reed, Danna Cessna and Bob Hanson for second place.
AMICC Soccer League standings
Division III (ages 8-9)
Team Won Lost Tie Pts.
Maxon 2 0 0 6
Jessie’s 1 2 0 3
Connie’s 1 2 0 3
Division II (ages 10-11)
Sparks 2 0 2 8
Southern 2 1 1 7
WFC 1 2 1 4
Mr. Bones 1 3 0 3
Division I (ages 12-13)
Autoway 2 1 0 6
Norman 2 1 0 6
Gathering 0 2 0 0
Premier Division (ages 14-17)
WFC 2 1 0 6
Bistro 2 1 0 6
Surf Shop 0 2 0 0
Fish Hole 1 0 0 3
SVEH 1 0 0 3
Sun 0 0 1 1
Back Alley 0 0 1 1
Ross Built 0 1 0 0
AMICC Soccer League schedule
Date Time Teams
Instructional Division: (Ages 4-5)
Oct. 6 6 p.m. Lapensee vs. Oyster Bar
Oct. 6 6:30 p.m. A&E vs. Isl. Dental
Oct. 12 6 p.m. Oyster Bar vs. Isl. Dental
Oct. 12 6:30 p.m. Lapensee vs. W.C. Air
Instructional Division: (Ages 6-7)
Oct. 6 7 p.m. IRE vs. LPAC
Oct. 8 6 p.m. Beach Bums vs. Dojo Ath.
Oct. 8 7 p.m. Sandbar Vs. Isl. Pest
Oct. 11 6 p.m. LPAC vs. Isl. Pest
Oct. 11 7 p.m. IRE vs. Dojo Ath.
Oct. 12 7 p.m. Beach Bums vs. Sandbar
Division III: (Ages 8-9)
Oct. 6 5:30 p.m. Jessie’s vs. Fran Maxon
Oct. 8 6 p.m. Connie’s vs. Fran Maxon
Division II: (Ages 10-11)
Oct. 6 6:30 p.m. Sparks vs. Mr. Bones
Oct. 8 7 p.m. WFC vs. Sparks
Oct. 8 8 p.m. Southern vs. Mr. Bones
Oct. 11 6 p.m. WFC vs. Mr. Bones
Division I: (Ages 12-13)
Oct. 6 7:30 p.m. Ford vs. Gathering
Oct. 12 6 p.m. Norman vs. Gathering
Premier Division: (Ages 14-17)
Oct. 11 7:30 p.m. Bistro vs. WFC
Oct. 12 7 p.m. Surf Shop vs. WFC
Oct. 7 6 p.m. Fish Hole vs. SVEH
Oct. 7 7:20 p.m Back Alley vs. Ross Built
Oct. 7 8:40 p.m. BTBC vs. Sun