Youth basketball takes shape, soccer tryouts announced
Youngsters are playing basketball in age divisions at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, and the teams to beat are rising to the top in the standings. Though there are no unbeaten teams, favorites are becoming apparent.
The 8-10 Division has pretty good parity, but Beach Bums appears favored to go all the way. It currently sits at 4-2, a game ahead of 3-3 Beach Bistro and two games in front of 2-4 Manatee Cancer Center.
The Premier Division appears to be a two-horse race between Walter & Associates at 6-1 record, one game better than Heritage Paper Company at 5-2. The Feast at 2-5 and 1-6 Eat Here follow in the standings.
The 11-13 Division has Walter & Associates and Ross Built tied with 6-1 records. Ross Built defeated Walter & Associates 42-28 on April 26, while Walter & Associates returned the favor on May 6, earning a 46-34 victory.
Walter & Associates was in action May 11 against third-ranked Sand Dollar, which came into the game with a 3-3 record. Both teams got off to slow starts offensively with Walter & Associates grabbing an early 8-6 lead, but Joey Stewart got hot in the second quarter, scoring 10 points to give Sand Dollar a 22-20 lead at the half.
Walter & Associates, which outrebounded Sand Dollar 49-23 for the game, started capitalizing on its size advantage to take a 37-34 lead after three quarters. JP Russo scored 10 points in the quarter, while Dayton Modderman added 5 points to the 17-12 run.
Walter & Associates closed the game out with a 14-5 fourth quarter to win the game by a comfortable 51-39 margin.
Russo led all scorers with 26 points, including 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Modderman added 15 points and 22 rebounds, while Jack Heckler finished with 6 points and 16 rebounds in the victory.
Joey Stewart led Sand Dollar with 21 points and 5 rebounds, while Corey Jacques added 10 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
The 8-10 division game of the week saw Beach Bistro edge Beach Bums on May 11. David Daigle paced Beach Bistro with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist. Abby Clark and Sean Rodriguez each added 6 points in the victory.
Daniel Sentman scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead Beach Bums, which also received 6 points from Ava Zink in the loss.
Walter & Associates edged The Feast 40-39 in the Premier League game of the week May 11. W&A rode a balanced attack that saw six-out-of-seven players score, and was led by 9 points from Seth Walter and 8 points each from Neil Carper and Phil Rottes. Eric Crawford added 7 points and eight rebounds, while Jack Walter added 6 points and 12 rebounds in the victory.
Ryan Gilman’s 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists paced The Feast, which also received 12 points from Alex Gilman and 10 points and 11 rebounds from Chris Johnson in the loss.
Locals fair well in Island Run
The 11th annual Island Run, which benefits the Children’s Academy of Southwest Florida, attracted 194 runners to the May 4 starting line. The 5K course that wound through the Anna Maria City streets, tested runners with higher than expected temperatures and the incline of the Crescent Drive bridge at the 2.5 mile mark.
Michael Lamb, 23, of Bradenton, was the overall winner with a time of 16:40, while Anna Neal took first overall among females with a time of 21:30.
Longtime Galati Yacht Sales employee Mickey Hooke set another state masters record with a time of 17:47. Other notable finishers include Islanders Sandy Meneley, who won the grandmasters division with a time of 23:20, and Erma McMullen, who took the Veteran Grandmasters division with a time of 32:54.
Other winners include Jane Asha Gauge, masters 22:45; Rich Mann, grandmasters 20:11; John Batts, senior grandmasters 21:23, Lollette Knox 29:18; and Jim Hicks, veteran grandmasters 25:42.
Adult basketball continues
The adult-coed basketball league at the Anna Maria Island Community Center is about midway through its season, but the race for the top seed remains fairly tight. The Sun is on top at 4-1, closely followed by 3-2 Bowes Imaging Center and Island Real Estate. Duncan Real Estate and Southern Greens follow at 2-3, while Gator Man Pools is languishing at the bottom of the standings at 1-4.
Gator Man Pools earned its first victory of the season, defeating Southern Greens 55-53 May 7. Aaron Dudukes led Gator Man with 23 points, 10 rebounds and three assists, while Matt Dwyer added 18 points, 5 rebounds and two assists. Joe Combs and Richard Fosmore rounded out the Gator Man scoring with 6 points each in the victory.
Jordan Demers scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead Southern Greens, which also received 11 points and four assists from Jonathan Moss and Scott Eason. Ryan Moss added 10 points and six rebounds in the loss.
In other action May 7, Bowes Imaging Cener got rolled 75-35 by the Sun and Island Real Estate edged Duncan Real Estate 54-48.
MAYSO announces soccer tryouts
The Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization has announced tryouts for Manatee Magic, its competitive soccer program.
The cost to play the Magic season, September-March, is $400 and includes home and away uniforms and a backpack.
Tryouts will be held at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton 6-7:30 p.m. May 28-June 5 for age groups as follow:
• U9-10 Boys: May 28, June 3.
• U9-10 Girls: May 28, June 3.
• U11-12 Boys: May 29, June 4.
• U11-12 Girls: May 29, June 4.
• U13-16 Boys: May 30, June 5.
• U13-16 Girls: May 30, June 5.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 941-807-1105.
Key Royale golf news
Key Royale Club’s week of golf ended May 10 with a best-ball-of-threesomes match. The team of Jim Dunne, Bob Dickinson and Earl Huntzinger took first place with a 5-under-par 27.
The men played an 18-hole, combined team score game May 8. The team of Tom Lewis, Tony Hiewyk, Vince Mercadante and Earl Ritchie matched the 22-under-par 106 carded by Jim Thorton, Gary Harris, Carl Voyles and Bob Elliott to finish in a tie for first place.
Thirty-six women took over the course May 7 for a shotgun start to the summer golf season.
Helen Pollock got her summer off to a good start, carding a 3-under-par 29 to take first place in Flight A. Joy Kaiser and Pam Alvord tied for second place at even-par 32.
Maxine Mitchell’s 4-under-par 28 gave her a two-shot victory in Flight B over Terry Westby and Joyce Brown who tied for second at 2-under-par 30.
Kathy Porter fired a 4-under-par 28 to earn a two-shot victory over Barb Renk in Flight C. Joyce Lathrop finished in third place at even-par 32.
Marcia O’Brien’s 6-under-par 26 was the low round of the day and gave her first place in Flight D. Sally Keyes took second place with a 4-under-par 28, while Judy Hanson, Markie Ksiazek, Erma McMullen, Luanne Collins and Joanne Ozdych tied for third at 1-under 31.
The men played a modified-Stableford or quota points match May 6. Bob Soos and Barry Anderson tied for individual honors at plus-3. The team of Craig Humphreys, Gary Duncan and Charles Kutrumbos tied the team of Bill MacMillan, Blake Rees, Lex Halakan and Rich Papini at plus-3.
Tom Lewis carded a 4-under-par 60 to take first place in the men’s 18-hole, individual-low-net match May 4. Larry Fowler was two shots back in second place with a 2-under-par 62.
Only one team emerged from pool play during May 7 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Tom Skoloda and Rod Bussey were the day’s outright champions.
Bruce Munro and Skoloda edged Karl Thomas and Bussey 21-14 to earn bragging rights during May 4 horseshoe action.
Play gets underway 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 Youth Basketball Schedules
Date Time Opponents
Division II (ages 8-10)
May 22 6 p.m. Bistro vs. Beach Bums
May 23 6 p.m. Manatee Cancer Center vs. Bistro
May 23 7 p.m. Beach Bums vs. Manatee Cancer Center
Division I (ages 11-13)
May 22 6 p.m. Sand Dollar vs. Duncan Real Estate
Premier (ages 14-17)
May 21 6 p.m. Heritage Paper vs. Walter & Assoc.
Anna Maria Island Community youth baseball schedules
T-Ball (ages 5-7)
May 17 6 p.m. Miller Electric vs. Air & Energy
May 20 6 p.m. Miller Electric vs. Air & Energy
Coach Pitch (ages 8-11)
May 17 7:15 p.m. Beach to Bay vs. Paradise Bagels
May 20 7:15 p.m. Beach to Bay vs. Paradise Bagels