Former islanders all, Edie Force-Van Ostenbridge, right, celebrates her birthday with husband Butch Van Ostenbridge, his godchild, Tara Collandra, 17, who sang the national anthem, and other family and friends at the June 7 Bradenton Marauders baseball game at McKechnie Field.
Manatee Cancer Center, 8-10 division champs Aracelis Aracena, Joshy Calhoun, Jack Groves, Fiona Turner-Latham, Michael Pears, Joe Ross and Silas Banyas.
Walter & Associates, 11-13 division champs Griffin Heckler, Jack Heckler, Dayton Modderman, Gage Nevin, Joseph Peery, JP Russo, Anni Walter and Tori Walter.
Heritage Paper Co.y, premier division champs Adam Clark, Sam Cuva, Burke Hill, Jesse Lawson, Chris Lehman, Austin Miller, Josh Parrish and Tony Sperduto.
Center crowns youth b-ball champs, adults enter playoffs
The Anna Maria Island Community Center’s youth basketball season came to an end June 7 after a one-day delay due to Tropical Storm Andrea.
Not one top seed among three divisions captured its championship as second-seeds Heritage Paper Co. in the premier division and Walter & Associates in the 11-13 division and third-seed Manatee Cancer Center in the 8-10 division all scored upset victories.
Premier’s Heritage Paper defeated No. 1 seed Walter & Associates 50-35 behind 19 points and six rebounds from Austin Miller and 13 points and 11 rebounds from Chris Lehman. Tony Sperduto added10 points and 10 rebounds for Heritage, which also received 2 points each from Adam Clark, Sam Cuva, Josh Parrish and Jesse Lawson in the victory.
League MVP Phil Rottes led the Walter & Associates offensive attack with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Eric Crawford added 8 points and seven rebounds. Neil Carper, Colin Rottes, Jack Walter and Seth Walter completed the scoring in the loss with 2 points each.
Heritage Paper Company advanced to the championship game by defeating Eat Here 39-25 June 5. Austin Miller poured in 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Heritage, which also received 5 points from Burke Hill and 4 points apiece from Adam Clark and Jesse Lawson.
Connor Field’s 9 points and 11 rebounds and 8 points, three rebounds and three assists led the Eat Here offensive attack.
Walter & Associates advanced to the premier division championship game by defeating The Feast 43-32 June 4. Phil Rottes scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Colin Rottes added 12 points to lead Walter & Associates, which also received 5 points from Neil Carper and 4 points from Seth Walter in the victory.
Ryan Gilman scored 13 points and Alex Gilman added 8 points to lead The Feast in the loss.
In the 11-13 division championship, a younger Walter & Associates team carried a 45-33 victory over Ross Built behind the inside-outside combination of JP Russo and Dayton Modderman. Russo scored 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, while Modderman added 20 points and 20 rebounds to lead Walter. Jack Heckler finished with 2 points and 14 rebounds in the victory.
Trent Boring’s 17 points and 24 rebounds paced Ross, which also received 9 points from Jake Ross and 8 points and seven rebounds from brother Andrew Ross in the loss.
Ross Built advanced to the finals with a 47-27 defeat of fifth-seed Duncan Real Estate, which upset fourth-seed Southern Greens 40-33 June 3. Ross Built received 22 points and 19 rebounds from Trent Boring and 19 points and nine rebounds from Jake Ross. Andrew Ross completed the scoring for Ross Built, while Anna Pears grabbed six rebounds in the victory.
Duncan Real Estate was led by Brooke Capparelli and Leo Rose, who each scored 8 points. Leo Tililli added 6 points and 12 rebounds, while Trent Shackelford finished with 5 points in the loss.
Walter & Associates defeated Sand Dollar 51-46 on June 5 to advance to the 11-13 championship game behind 28 points, seven rebounds and two assists from JP Russo and 17 points and 19 rebounds from Dayton Modderman. Jack Heckler added 4 points and seven rebounds and Joseph Peery finished with 2 points in the victory.
Manatee Cancer Center, which won only two regular-season games, swept to the finals and defeated top-seeded Beach Bistro 22-6 in the championship matchup for the 8-10 division. Silas Banyas scored 10 points and Jack Groves added 8 points and 10 rebounds to lead MCC. Joshy Calhoun completed the scoring with 4 points in the victory.
David Daigle, Cameron Gish and Thomas Heckler scored 2 points each to lead Bistro in the loss.
Manatee Cancer Center advanced to the finals by defeating No. 2 seed Beach Bums 22-12 June 4. Silas Banyas scored 10 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Manatee Cancer Center, which also received 6 points from Jack Groves, 4 points from Joshy Calhoun and 2 points from Joe Ross in the victory.
Ava Zink’s 6 points and five rebounds and 4 points and five rebounds from Tuna McCracken led Beach Bums, which also received 2 points and seven rebounds from Daniel Sentman in the loss.
Adult b-ball playoffs start
The center’s adult basketball playoffs got underway June 4 with a pair of first-round games. Island Real Estate advanced with a win over Duncan Real Estate 65-44 behind a game-high 27 points and 14 rebounds from Dylan Bower. Jim Lynch added 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Teagan Purtil finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Emily Taylor helped out with 7 points and seven rebounds, while Bobby Dawes finished with 6 points, six rebounds and five assists in the victory.
Philip Slack scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Duncan, which also received 10 points and 11 rebounds from Todd Keiser and 8 points from Serena Samuels in the loss.
Gator Man Pools defeated Southern Greens 56-42 in the second playoff matchup of the evening behind a balanced scoring attack led by Aaron Dudukes, who finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Joe Combs added 13 points, while Richard Fosmore and Matt Dwyer finished with 10 points each in the victory.
Jonathan Moss scored 14 points and Robert Serrano added 10 points to lead Southern Greens, which also received 8 points each from Jordan Demers and Scott Eason in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
The women of the Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, individual-low-gross golf match June 4. Sue Hookem carded a 43 to take first place in Flight A by one shot over second-place finisher Jean Holmes.
Liz Lang’s 45 gave her the low gross score in Flight B, while Roxanne Koche took second with a 52.
Low-net winner in Flight A was Terry Westby at 2-under-par 30, while Lang’s 3-under-par 29 was low-net winner in Flight B.
Only two teams advanced to the knockout round during June 8 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Hank Huyghe and George McKay defeated Norm Good and John Johnson 23-14 to earn the day’s bragging rights.
John Johnson and Bob Heiger were the only team to earn a 3-0 record in pool play and were the day’s outright champs.
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.