Sports – 06-01-2011

Run, dribble, toss, kick, tag in summer sports

The May/June issue of Florida Running & Triathlon Magazine reports Galati Yachts employee Mickey Hooke, 50, of Bradenton, has posted the top 5K performance statewide for the Florida Male 50-54 age group in 2010.

The third-annual Cobbs Corner 5K was Hooke’s Grandmaster age class debut. He ran it in 17 minutes 26 seconds, placing first in his division and third overall. The challenging certified race was held at beautiful Highbridge Park in Ormond Beach Nov. 20.

Training on his own Grassroots Running System, Hooke set three course records in his final three races at age 49 leading to this effort.

Despite racing with an injury, Hooke was able to establish a new master record as well as a new grandmaster record for the course.  This performance is a great achievement for Hooke to go with his No. 1 performance in the 5K Florida Male 40-44 in 2001.

Basketball playoffs approach

With only a handful of games left to play in the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s youth basketball league, there isn’t much drama to unfold in the regular season.  All of the first-place teams in each division are comfortably in front with the exception of Ross Built in Division II, which has Beach Bistro on their heels. Ross takes on last-place Southern Greens June 1 and a win will clinch the division for them.

Cortez Kat Charters in Division III is 6-1 and, while Anna Maria Oyster Bar recently scored a victory over Cortez Kat Charters, they won’t catch them in the standings.

Walter & Associates is undefeated and three games up on second-runner A-Paradise Realty in Division I and that staging also is unlikely to change in the last week of regular-season action. The Premier Division is in the same boat with LaPensee Plumbing comfortably on top with an 8-0 record and no team close enough to take the top seed.

That means any “Cinderella” stories will have to occur in the playoffs, which get started Monday, June 6.

The games of the week were happening May 25, starting with Ross Built’s 12-11 victory over Sandbar in Division II. Jake Ross led the way with 8 points, while Aiden Grumley and Luke Valadie chipped in with 2 points apiece in the victory.

Joe Rogers led Sandbar with 4 points, while Gavin Sentman and Jean-Paul Russo each chipped in with 3 points. Truman Carlson rounded out the scoring for the Sandbar with 1 point in the loss.

Walter & Associates remained undefeated in Division I with a 26-20 win over third-place Holy Cow Ice Cream behind 12 points from Nehimiah Goode. Moriah Goode and Seth Walter both chipped in with 5 points, while Jack Walter added 4 points in the victory.

Preston Horne led Holy Cow with 8 points, while Mikayla Kane and Zach Stewart each added 4 points. George Lardas and Austin Morrow completed the Holy Cow scoring with 2 points apiece in the loss.

Adam Bujarski poured in 27 points to lead undefeated LaPensee Plumbing past third-running Dips Ice Cream 46-40 in the final game May 25. J.T. Goode chipped in with 6 points and Pearce Hogan added 5 points for LaPensee Plumbing, which also received 4 points from Ryan Gillman and 2 points apiece from Thomas Pears and Josh Zawistoski in the victory.

Justin Gargett scored 19 points and Jerry Mayer added 8 points to lead Dips, which also received 4 points from Patrick Edwards and 2 points from Phillip Dudevoire in the loss.

The Division III game of the week saw Cortez Kat Charters sail 16-8 over Agnelli Pool Service May 26. Zach Fernandes again led Cortez Kat Charters with 8 points, while Joey Thiel scored 7. Anna Pears completed the scoring for Cortez Kat Charters with 1 point in the victory.

Franklin Valdez and Shelby Morrow scored 4 points apiece to lead Agnelli Pool Service in the loss.

Signups start up for adult football

The Anna Maria Island Community Center is once again offering five-on-five adult coed flag football for players age 20 and up. Games will be played at the center, mostly on Thursday nights, starting June 16.

Cost per player is $75, including a reversible NFL team jersey and flag set. Participants may register as pairs or couples. Registration ends Monday, June 6.

Team captains will be chosen and will draft a team immediately following tryouts, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7.

Players can register online at or in person at the center.

For more information, contact Tyler Bekkerus at 941-778-1908 ext. 9205.

Indoor soccer registration continues

The Anna Maria Island Community Center is still taking players for its summer indoor soccer league, which starts up June 27 and runs through most of the summer.

Games will be played weekday evenings in two age divisions and competitive levels.

Coaches and team sponsors also are needed.

Magic tryouts June 6-11

Manatee Magic competitive soccer tryouts are set for June 6-11 for boys and girls ages 8-17 at G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton. The Magic player fee is $350 there’s a $50 discount for additional players from the same family.

For the complete schedule and to download the tryout information form, go to For more information, e-mail Guy Virgilio at or Islander reporter Kevin Cassidy at

Key Royale golf news

The women of the Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, individual-low-net game May 24 that saw Liz Lang and Kris Landkammer both card a 6-under-par 26 to tie for first place. Christiana Mason was two shots back in second place.

Landkammer and Mason’s scores were helped by chip-ins on hole number three while Sue Wheeler chipped in on number five.

Horseshoe news

Only two teams emerged from pool play during May 28 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits and were left to battle for the day’s bragging rights. Ron Pepka and Jay Disbrow defeated George McKay and Sam Samuels 21-14.

At the May 25 horseshoe meet, only John Johnson and Norm Good earned the required three wins in pool play and were the day’s outright champions. Ron and P.J. Pepka took second place with a 2-1 record.

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.

Anna Maria Island Community Center Basketball League schedule

Instructional Division (ages 5-7)

June 2      6 p.m.      WCAC vs. Bch. Bums

June 3      6 p.m.      Awards

Division III (ages 8-9)

June 1      6 p.m.      Kat Charters vs. Oyster Bar

June 3      6:30 p.m. Awards

Division II (ages 10-11)

June 1      7 p.m.      Ross Built vs. Southern

June 1      8 p.m.      Bistro vs. Sandbar

June 3      6:30 p.m. Awards

Division I (ages 12-13)

June 2      7 p.m.      A-Paradise vs. Holy Cow

June 3      6:30 p.m. Awards

Premier Division (ages 14-17)

June 2      8 p.m.      LaPensee vs. Sun

June 3      6:30 p.m. Awards

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