Center basketball 11-13 division MVP JP Russo, 8-10 MVP Jack Groves and premier division MVP Phil Rottes accept trophies at the May 29 awards ceremony. Islander Photo: Courtesy AMICC
Seedings set for adult soccer playoffs
The regular season is in the books and the second season of playoffs are set to start in the Anna Maria Island Community Center adult soccer league. Island Pest Control grabbed the top seed with a 7-1 record and will face No. 8 seed Pink & Navy Boutique at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 6, to open the playoffs.
Second-seed Sato Real Estate takes on No. 7 Slim’s Place in the second game of the night, while No. 3 Wash Family Construction battles 1st USA Plumbing. The final game in the first-round playoffs has fourth-seed Beach to Bay Construction facing off against No. 5 seed Discount Signs & Wraps. Second-round matches will be held June 13 with the Island Cup the following night at 7 p.m.
The final week of the league’s regular season May 30 saw Island Pest Control defeat Pink & Navy Boutique 2-0. Greg Ross and Max Gazzo each notched single goals to lead Island Pest Control, which also received five saves from Frank Agnelli in the victory.
Discount Signs & Wraps defeated 1st USA Plumbing 3-2 in the second game of the night to overtake them in the standings and earn a higher playoff seed. Jeff Christianson scored two goals and Ryan Hogan added one to lead the offense, while the defense received eight saves from Troy Shonk to preserve the victory.
1st USA Plumbing received a goal each from Rico Beissert and Matt Kretzman. Tony Frudakis added an assist, while Pedro Gonzalez and Beissert each made eight saves while splitting time in goal.
The last game of the evening saw Wash roll over Slim’s by a 5-2 score. Aaron Parkin had a hat trick to lead the WFC offense, which also received one goal from BJ Grant and 13 saves from Mark Pennell in the victory.
Nick LeDuc scored both goals for Slim’s Place, which also received an assist from Ed Moss and 20 saves from Josh Rio in the loss.
Basketball playoffs under way
The adult basketball league at the center also completed regular season play and now it was win or go home for the June 4 playoff startup. Top seed Island Sun now waits to see whether it faces Gator Man Pools or Southern Greens, which also faced off June 4. No. 2 seed Bowes Imaging Center awaits the winner of the Island Real Estate vs. Duncan Real Estate matchup in the opening game. Second-round games will be June 11, while the championship match is set for 9 p.m.June 11.
Bowes Imaging solidified its No. 2 seeding with a 64-57 victory over Island Real Estate during the final regular-season night of adult basketball action. Matt Ray had a strong all-around game for Bowes Imaging with 26 points, 10 rebounds and three assists, while Brandon Kern added 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Jason Mickan finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists to round out the scoring for Bowes Imaging.
Dylan Bower’s 20 points and 12 rebounds paced Island Real Estate, which also received 12 points and eight rebounds from Jim Lynch and 9 points, three rebounds and three assists from Teegan Purtil in the loss.
Sun nailed down the top seed by edging Southern Greens 55-51 in the second game of the evening. Andrew Terman scored 21 points and Chad Woods added 14 points, eight rebounds and two assists to lead the Sun, which also received 13 points and 10 rebounds from Eric Gledhill in the victory.
Jordan Demers scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Robert Serrano added 14 points to lead Southern Greens in the loss.
Matt Dwyer’s 25 points and eight rebounds along with 23 points, 13 rebounds and three assists from Aaron Dudkes carried Gator Man to an easy 70-54 victory over Duncan in the evening’s last game. Joe Combs finished with 13 points, including three three-pointers to round out the Gator’s victory.
Philip Slack’s 16 points and 11 rebounds and 15 points each from Craig Bores and Justin Jones paced Duncan in the loss.
Center awards basketball teams, players
The regular season of the center’s spring youth basketball league has come to a close and these teams also are trying to stay alive in the win-or-go-home playoffs.
The center also announced the end-of-season awards for each of the three youth basketball divisions.
Joshy Calhoun won the sportsmanship award and Tuna McCracken grabbed the defensive MVP award in the 8-10 division. Ava Zink was the female MVP and Jack Groves captured the overall MVP for the season.
The 11-13 division sportsmanship award went to Nicole Sewall, while Brooke Capparelli captured the female MVP award. Trent Boring was named defensive MVP, while JP Russo was the overall MVP.
The sportsmanship winner for the premier division went to Ryan Gilman with Taylor Wilson grabbing the female MVP award. Connor Field was defensive MVP and Phil Rottes was honored as overall MVP.
Hooke sets another record
Longtime Galati Yacht employee Mickey Hooke ran the seventh annual Spring Lake 5K on May 25 in Brooksville. Hooke ran an impressive 18:38 to take first place overall and break the previous event record by 17 seconds. Hooke is one of only two people to have broken 19:00 on this course, dubbed the toughest 5K in Florida.
The course starts on an uphill, skinny and rooty dirt path before moving to the road for three steep, 1-mile hills before finishing the last third of a mile on flat road.
Hooke’s run also set new masters and grandmasters’ division records for the course.
Key Royale golf news
In observance of Memorial Day, the club women played a “red, white and blue” nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match May 28. They teed up from the reds, whites or blues on predetermined holes and a good time was had by all at the Key Royale Club.
Ginny Upshaw grabbed first place in Flight A with a 3-under-par 29 for a two-shot victory over Penny Williams and Tootie Wagner, who finished tied for second place. Joyce Brown was alone in third at even-par 32.
Liz Lang’s 3-under-par 29 gave her first place in Flight B, while Marcia O’Brien was a shot back in second place. Terry Westby took third with a 1-under-par 31.
Ron Pepka teamed with two players to come away with two days of bragging rights in horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
On May 29, he teamed up with John Johnson for the only 3-0 pool-play record for the day’s outright winners.
It was déjà vu all over again June 1 when he teamed up with Tim Sofran for bragging rights.
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 League playoff schedule
Date Time Opponents
Division II (ages 8-10)
May 29 6:30 Awards Night
June 6 6 p.m. Winner of #3 vs. #2 vs. #1 Bistro
June 7 6 p.m. All Star Game
Division I (ages 11-13)
June 5 6 p.m. Winner of #5 vs. #4 vs. #1 Seed (TBD)
June 6 7 p.m. Winner #2 vs. #3 vs. Winner June 5 game
June 7 7 p.m. All Star Game
Premier (ages 14-17)
June 5 7 p.m. #3 Eat Here vs. #2 Heritage Paper
June 6 8 p.m. Winner June 3 vs. Winner of June 5
June 7 8 p.m. All Star Game