Smile Deep adult division runners-up from team Big D, from left, Damir Glavan, Erin Vogel, BJ Grant, Zoran Kolega, Scott Dell and Danny Burton join Paul Hayward, center, and winners from Los Frijoles Blancos, Matthew Jones, Tobin Howell, Colin Yates, Logan Paynter and Sam Lynch, all players at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. Islander Photo: Courtesy AMICC
Jimmy Franko, Trevor Franko, Tyler Pearson, Zach Fernandez, Alex Rodriguez, Cameron Paso, Tynon Dolan and coach Larry Pearson pose on winning the youth division of the Smile Deep 4 v 4 soccer tournament. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Conal Cassidy of White Magic carries the ball forward during Smile Deep soccer tournament action. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Smile Deep soccer tourney nets fundraising goal
The May 17 Smile Deep 4v4 soccer tournament brought 100 adults and kids to the Anna Maria Island Community Center for a day of soccer, fun, camaraderie and fundraising for a deserving mentor.
The tourney raised some $7,000 from fees, raffle ticket and T-shirt sales, and donations continue on the fundraising website, gofundme.
The event was called to help defray some of the expenses for Paul Hayward’s battle with renal cancer. It was put on by a host of friends who call themselves the Smile Deep gang.
Hayward, a former college coach, shared his skills when he came to Anna Maria Island and became a mentor for many young soccer players at the center.
The center, Don Meilner & Sons Construction, Gulf-Bay Realty, AMI Doughnuts, Stir it Up Yogurt Shack, Valadie and Galagan-Rodriguez families, Mike and Kelly Smith/Celebvidy, Pink & Navy Boutique, Cortez Deep Sea Fishing Charters, Moores Restaurant, SteamDesigns.com, Michael Saunders & Co., Island Pest Control, Wash Family Construction, JKImprints, Island Dental Spa, KelleyB Art, Sarasota YMCA Waterpark, Slim’s Place, Fran Maxon Realty, Anna Maria Realty, Will and Beth Case, and DJ Chris Grumley were event sponsors.
There was some pretty good soccer to boot. The adult division had nine teams but, in the end, it was kids who took the prize. Students — Los Frijoles Blancos — from the Saint Stephen’s High School soccer program won it all in dramatic fashion. After playing Big D to a 2-2 tie in regulation time, the Blancos won in sudden-death overtime thanks to a golden goal from Colin Yates.
The youth division also saw nine team entries, including five from the Manatee Magic. The winner was Gesh Monsters, comprising Braden River Rage players. They defeated White Magic 4-1 in the finals behind four goals from Tynon Dolan.
White Magic’s lone goal came from Robbie Fellowes early in the second half.
Basketball continues in center gym
The basketball league at the Anna Maria Island Community Center completed its second week of action in the youth divisions and the contenders and pretenders are emerging.
The two-team 8-10 division has Beach Bums on top with a 3-0 record, though they barely escaped with a 14-12 victory May 17. David Daigle led the way with 8 points while Sean Rodriguez scored 4 points and Will Batey finished with 2 points in the victory.
Island Real Estate was led by Thomas Heckler’s 6 points. while Shawn Balvin added 4 points and Dante Tilelli had 2 points in the loss.
The 11-13 division is pretty tight with Eat Here on top of the standings with a 3-1 record followed by Sandbar and BridgeTender Inn with matching 2-3 records.
BridgeTender rolled to a 34-22 victory over Sandbar in basketball action May 17 behind a game-high 19 points from Michael Latimer. Leo Tilelli added 6 points and nine rebounds for BridgeTender, which also received 4 points each from Daniel Sentman and Abby Clark in the victory.
Brooke Capperelli led Sandbar with 8 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Joe Rogers added 6 points and nine rebounds. Tuna McCracken scored 4 points, while Ava Zink and Hannah McCracken scored 2 points each, with Hannah McCracken adding nine rebounds in the loss.
The 14-17 division has Dips Ice Cream on top of the standings with a 4-1 record, just ahead of Beach Bistro at 3-1 and West Coast Air Conditioning at 3-2. Walter & Associates follows with a 2-3 record, while Heritage Paper Company is still in search of its first victory.
Dips Ice Cream and Beach Bistro squared off on May 17 and Dips came out on top 60-56 behind 30 points and 10 rebounds from Christian Hampton. Josh Ruckteshell added 10 points and seven rebounds, while Jake Ross finished with 5 points in the victory.
Beach Bistro was led by Alex Gilman’s 23 points and 14 points and eight assists from Ryan Gilman. Josh Robertson added 8 points and 13 rebounds, while Chris Johnson finished with 7 points and six rebounds in the loss.
Manatee Magic posts tryout schedule
Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization is holding tryouts May 27 to June 4 for the Manatee Magic, its competitive soccer teams for girls and boys ages 8-17.
Cost for the season is $400 for a 12-16 game season, training and home and away uniforms.
Tryouts will be held at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton on the south side of the park near the concession stands at the following dates and times:
May 27 5:30-7:30 p.m. U9-U10
May 28 5:30-7:30 p.m. U11-U12
May 29 5:30-7:30 p.m. U13-U14
May 29 5:30-7:30 p.m U15-Up
May 31 10-11 a.m. U9-U10
May 31 11:30-12:30 p.m. U11-U12
May 31 1-2 p.m. U13-U14
May 31 2:30-3:30 p.m U15-Up
There is no cost to tryout. Players must pay for the season prior to the first scheduled game.
In the event tryouts are rain outs, rescheduled times will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. for U9-10 June 2, U11-U12 June 3, U13-U14 and U15-Up June 5.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key Royale golf news
The women of the Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, low-gross and low-net golf match in two flights May 13.
Phyliss Roe fired a 9-over-par 41 to edge Joy Kaiser by one shot in the low-gross category for Flight A. Liz Lang rode a chipin birdie on number two to a 4-under-par 28, giving her first place in the low-net category, three shots ahead of Debi Wohlers.
Christina Mason’s 16-over-par 48 was good enough for first place in the low-gross category in Flight B. Kathy Porter was one shot back in second place. Joyce Lathrop carded a 3-under-par 29 to win the low-net category in Flight B, one shot ahead of Roxanne Koche.
Dom Livedoti and Tim Sofran were the outright winners during May 14 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits after garnering the only 3-0 pool play record.
Two teams emerged with 3-0 records to battle it out May 17. Hank Huyghe walked past Tom Rhodes and Sam Samuels 21-19 to earn a trip to the winner’s circle.
Play gets underway at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays 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 Youth Basketball Schedules
May 24 10 a.m. Lodge #110 vs. Dojo Martial Arts
May 21 6 p.m. Beach Bums vs. Island Real Estate
May 24 11 a.m. Island Real Estate vs. Beach Bums
May 23 6 p.m. Sandbar vs. Bridge Tender
May 24 noon Sandbar vs. Eat Here
May 27 6 p.m. Bridge Tender vs. Eat Here
May 23 7 p.m. Beach Bistro vs. Walter & Assoc.
May 23 8 p.m. Dips Ice Cream vs. WC Air Conditioning
May 24 1 p.m. WC Air Conditioning vs. Beach Bistro
May 24 2 p.m. Walter & Assoc.vs. Heritage Paper
May 22 6 p.m. Island Pest Control vs. Sato Real Estate
May 22 7 p.m. LaPensee Plumbing vs. Slim’s Place
May 22 8 p.m. Agnelli Pool vs. Ross Built
May 22 9 p.m. Beach to Bay vs. Jessie’s
May 21 7 p.m. Southern Greens vs. FL Discount Signs
May 21 8 p.m. FL Discount Signs vs. Beach to Bay
May 21 9 p.m. Beach to Bay vs. Tyler’s Ice Cream