An Air & Energy player prepares a throw-in during Anna Maria Island Community Center instructional league soccer action. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
Soccer players from Air & Energy and Coastal Orthopedic chase the ball during instructional league action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Soccer continues at center
“The beautiful game” continues at the Anna Maria Island Community Center in six age divisions, ranging from the youngest instructional division players up to premier and adult divisions, but the season is winding down and heading toward playoffs.
And when the playoffs begin, the regular-season record no long matters. It’s win or go home.
With that said, seedings can take an important role in playoff matchups, as typically the first-place team is pitted against the last-place team.
The standings stayed pretty much the same during the past week in all cases except for Division I, where Spinnakers Vacation Cottages started its move up the table. After a season that began with four consecutive losses, they’ve gone on a streak to move from last place into third.
The team is buying into coach Nate Talucci’s system, and players are settling into what are now becoming familiar roles. The offense is centered around Henrik Hellem-Brusso, Jacob Talucci, Jackie Burgess and the rapidly improving McKenzie Para, while Gillian Cassidy, Adam Clarke, Harrison Franke and Max Driscoll anchor a much-improved defense.
A third-place finish means Spinnakers could avoid a first-round match with undefeated Autoway Ford and may instead play second-place Wash Family Construction, which was defeated by a 4-1 score Oct. 21 by Spinnakers.
Leading the way for Spinnakers was Talucci, who scored three goals, while Hellem-Brusso added one goal. Nico Calleja scored the lone goal for Wash in the loss.
In other Division I action last week, Spinnakers defeated Mr. Bones BBQ 5-2 behind two goals apiece from Burgess and Talucci. Hellem-Brusso and Cassidy also notched goals in the victory.
Division II leader LaPensee Plumbing continued its winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Eat Here Oct. 19. LaPensee was led by a goal each from Sullivan Ferriera, Katie Krokroskia and Joe Rogers in the victory. Jovan Vasquez scored the lone goal for Eat Here in the loss.
Division III Gettel Toyota showed why it’s the only team with an undefeated, untied record when it rolled past West Coast Surf Shop by a 7-2 score Oct. 17. Daniel Fritz led the way with three goals, while Emilee Bell, Jack Groves, Charlotte Pardue and Ava Zink each notched single goals in the victory. Luke Marvin scored both goals for West Coast in the loss.
Second-place Island Pest Control improved to 3-3 on the season thanks to a 6-3 victory over Surf Shop Oct. 19. Julius Petereit and Sean Rodriguez led the Pest Control effort with three goals apiece in the victory. Luke Marvin scored two goals and Ryan Joseph added one in the loss.
Premier Division’s lone game of the week Oct. 17 was like the shootout at the OK Corral when Ace Hardware defeated Beach Bistro 8-6. Julius “Nanni” Gomes led the way with four goals, while Chandler Hardy chipped in three goals. Gabe Salter completed the scoring with one goal in the Ace victory. Austin Wash and Alex Burgess led Beach Bistro with two goals apiece, while Lexi Davis and Helio Gomez added one goal apiece in the loss.
Basketball moves to playoffs
There’s only one week of the regular season play remaining for the Anna Maria Island Community Center adult coed basketball league and teams are jockeying for the top two spots in the standings and a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Unique Mobile Detailing currently holds down first place with Beach to Bay Construction and Bowes Imaging both one game back, tied for second place. Mobile Detailing can nail down the top spot in the standings with a victory over Bowes Imaging Oct. 25. A Mobile Detailing loss and a victory by Beach to Bay Construction, which plays Southern Greens, could produce a three-way tie for first place.
The game of the week saw Southern Greens improve to 3-3 on the season thanks to a 58-54 victory over Agnelli Pool & Spas Oct. 18. Robbie Bennett led the way for Southern Greens with 30 points. Wayne Grant added 19 points, while Kevin Austin scored 4 points and Chuck McCracken added 3 points in the victory. Aaron Duduks scored 19 points to lead Agnelli, which also received 14 points from Nate Coleman and 13 points from Tyler Krauss in the loss.
Two teams emerged from Oct. 22 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits and were left to battle for bragging rights. Hank Huyghe and Jerry Disbrow rolled past Tom Skoloda and George McKay by a 21-12 score.
Oct. 19 horseshoe action saw Team Norm — Norm Good and Norm Langeland — defeat Jerry Disbrow and Sam Samuels by a 23-16 score.
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 Soccer League standings
Division III (ages 8-9)
Teams W L T Pts.
Gettel Toyota 5 0 0 15
Isl. Pest Control 3 3 0 9
Island Real Est. 1 2 2 5
The Feast 1 2 1 4
WC Surf Shop 1 4 1 4
Division II (ages 10-11)
LaPensee 5 1 0 15
Crady Massage 3 1 1 10
Eat Here 0 6 1 1
Division I (ages 12-14)
Autoway Ford 5 0 1 16
Wash FC 4 2 0 12
Spinnakers 2 4 1 7
Mr. Bones 1 6 0 3
Ross Built 5 1 0 15
Meilner & Son 4 1 1 10
Sato Real Estate 3 2 0 9
Island Pest 2 2 1 7
Jessie’s 2 1 1 7
FL Dis. Sign 2 3 1 4
WC Air Cond. 1 4 0 3
Wash FC 1 4 0 3
Euphemia 1 4 0 3
AMICC Soccer League schedule
Instructional Division (ages 4-5)
Oct. 26 6 p.m. Gulf Bay vs. Bowes Imaging
Oct. 26 6:30 p.m. White Egret vs. Isl. Dental
Instructional Division (ages 6-7)
Oct. 26 7 p.m. Beach Bums vs. Tyler’s
Oct. 28 6 p.m. Beach Bums vs. Coastal
Oct. 28 7 p.m. A&E vs. Tyler’s
Division III (ages 8-9)
Oct. 26 6 p.m. The Feast vs. Gettel
Oct. 28 6 p.m. Surf Shop vs. IRE
Division II (ages 10-11)
Nov. 2 7 p.m. LaPensee vs. Crady Massage
Division I (ages 12-13)
Oct. 26 7 p.m. Wash vs. Autoway
Oct. 28 7 p.m. Mr. Bones vs. Spinnakers
Premier Division (ages 14-17)
Nov. 1 7 p.m. Ace Hardware vs. Beach Bistro
Adult Coed Division
Oct. 27 6 p.m. Euphemia Haye vs. Sato
Oct. 27 7 p.m. Jessie’s vs. Island Pest
Oct. 27 8 p.m. WCAC vs. Wash
Oct. 27 9 p.m. Meilner vs. Ross Built
AMICC adult basketball standings
Unique Mobile Detailing 5 1 0
Bowes Imaging 4 2 0
Beach to Bay Construction 4 2 0
Southern Greens 3 3 0
Agnelli Pool & Spa 2 4 0
Island Sun 0 6 0