Youth, adult basketball league takes over center gym
The youth basketball league took off playing on the boards in four age divisions at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Players ages 4-17 will play games evenings Monday through Friday and on Saturdays, with eight-10 games in the regular season. Playoffs will begin May 31, followed by a championship Friday event June 6.
The 14-17 division has five teams and Beach Bistro made an early statement — it will be the team to beat — on winning the season’s first three games. Dips Ice Cream is right behind them at 2-1, while West Coast Air Conditioning is alone in third with a 1-1 record. Heritage Paper and Walter & Associates complete the standings with matching 0-2 records.
The May 9 game of the week in the 14-17 division saw WCAC edge Dips 48-47 behind 21 points from Neil Carper and 11 points and five rebounds from Joey Carder. Lucas Paquin and Tony Sperduto added 6 points each and Paquin contributed a team-high nine rebounds.
Dips Ice Cream was led by Christian Hampton, who scored a game-high 24 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Connor Field added 12 points and eight rebounds, while Jake Ross finished with 7 points in the loss.
The three-team 11-13 division has Eat Here on top with a 2-0 record, while the Sandbar and BridgeTender restaurants follow with matching 1-2 records. Eat Here rolled over Sandbar 36-20 May 9, while Sandbar handily defeated the BridgeTender Inn 25-16 May 10.
That could mean Eat Here would easily handle Sandbar, but not so fast. In the 11-13 division, Eat Here edged Sandbar 21-20 May 10 to take the early lead in the standings. Leo Rose led Eat Here with 10 points and seven rebounds, while Matt Manger added 5 points and eight rebounds. Andrew Proctor, Noah Heskin and Page Charron completed the scoring in the victory with 2 points each.
Brooke Capparelli led Sandbar with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
The two-team 8-10 division saw Beach Bums roll past Island Real Estate by a 30-18 score May 7, but IRE came back more competitive in the second game, resulting in a slim 12-9 loss.
Will Batey, David Daigle and Sean Rodriguez each scored 4 points to lead Beach Bums to victory.
Shawn Balvin and Luke Bisio scored 4 points each and Anthony Nguyen scored 1 point to lead Island Real Estate in the loss.
The center’s adult basketball division got going with three games May 6. The teams play Tuesday nights through May.
The Feast fell to the Sun by a 66-49 score to open the season, while Gator Squad handled Island Gourmet 53-45 in the second game. The final game of the evening was a close matchup, as Duncan Real Estate squished Bug Guys by a 60-53 score.
Ray Gardner led Duncan with 21 points, three rebounds and three assists while Joe Combs chipped in with 17 points, including four from outside the 3-point arc. Chad Woods added 6 points, eight rebounds and 4 assists to round out the victory.
Brandon Kerns paced Bug Guys with a game-high 28 points, while adding six rebounds and three assists. Andrew Termin chipped in with 13 points and six rebounds in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
The women of Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, total-net-putts golf match May 6 and, for good measure, they added a throw-out-a-surprise-hole feature to the contest.
Pam Alvord was the overall winner with 12 putts, one less than second-place finisher Tootie Wagner. Sue Christenson, Pam Lowry, Marcia O’Brien and Sally Martin tied for third place with 14 putts.
Terry Westby, Janna Samuels, Christina Mason, Markie Ksiazek, Kathy Porter, Sharon Tarras, Gloria LaDue, Joey Kaiser, Joyce Brown and Heather Blane tied for fourth place with 15 putts.
Five teams advanced out of pool play with 2-1 records and battled it out for the May 7 horseshoe championship at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
Steve Doyle defeated Tom Skoloda 22-19, while Bob Heiger and Sam Samuels slipped past Jerry Disbrow and Bruce Munro 23-19 in first-round matchups. Heiger-Samuels advanced to the finals by defeating Hank Huyghe and Art Kingstad 24-13 and followed that up with a 21-13 victory over Doyle in the finals to win the day’s bragging rights.
Four teams advanced to the knockout round during May 10 horseshoe action. The team of Hank Huyghe and Tim Sofran defeated Steve Grossman and Rod Bussey 21-19 in the first semifinal, followed by Tom Skoloda and Karl Thomas easing out Steve Doyle and Sam Samuels 21-18 in the second semifinal. In the finals, Huyghe-Sofran rallied from a 15-2 deficit to record a 21-16 victory over Skoloda-Thomas.
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.
AMICC Basketball League schedule
May 17 10 a.m. Lodge #110 vs. Dojo Martial Arts
May 19 6 p.m. Dojo Martial Arts vs. Lodge #110
May 14 6 p.m. Beach Bums vs. Island Real Estate
May 17 11 a.m. Island Real Estate vs. Beach Bums
May 16 6 p.m. Sandbar vs. Bridge Tender
May 17 noon Sandbar vs. Eat Here
May 19 7 p.m. Bridge Tender vs. Eat Here
May 16 7 p.m. WC Air Conditioning vs. Walter & Assoc.
May 16 8 p.m. Dips Ice Cream vs. Heritage Paper
May 17 1 p.m. WC Air Conditioning vs. Walter & Assoc.
May 17 2 p.m. Beach Bistro vs. Dips Ice Cream
May 19 8 p.m. Heritage Paper vs. Beach Bistro
May 20 6 p.m. Walter & Assoc.vs. Dips Ice Cream
AMICC Adult Soccer
May 15 6 p.m. Beach to Bay vs. Agnelli Pool
May 15 7 p.m. Island Pest Control vs. LaPensee Plumbing
May 15 8 p.m. Slim’s Place vs. Jessie’s
May 15 9 p.m. Sato Real Estate vs. Ross Built
AMICC Adult Kickball
May 14 7 p.m. Southern Greens vs. Beach to Bay
May 14 8 p.m. Southern Greens vs. FL Discount Signs
May 14 9 p.m. FL Discount Signs vs. Tyler’s Ice Cream