Winning isn’t everything when you’re age 4-5

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Ava Gitt and Savannah Coba take off during the dribbling relay race during the Planet Stone instructional league clinic on Oct. 7 at the Center of Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Kevin P. Cassidy
Coach Patty McBean leads her Planet Stone players through some toe taps during an Oct. 7 instructional league clinic at the Center of Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Kevin P. Cassidy
Two Planet Stone players chase after the ball during the 6-7 instructional league clinic on Oct. 7 at the Center of Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Kevin P. Cassidy

When the parents of players who signed up for the 6-7 age division of the youth soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, received their schedules, only one team was listed.

It may have prompted a few questions. Consider them answered.

The center revamped its instructional league — the age 4-5 and 6-7 divisions — to put the focus where it should be, on instruction.

Even though the center hasn’t kept track of wins and losses and hasn’t kept standings in the youngest age divisions, too much focus was put on teams to win their Saturday games.

Not anymore. The focus now for Beach Bums, kids 4-5, and Planet Stone, the 6-7 division, is on skill development and fun.

Coach Nathan Kragt, who played soccer for the Manatee Magic and at Bradenton Christian School, recently led a group of about 20 youngsters through a series of ball drills called Coerver Skills. Coerver skills develop first-touch and dribbling by training kids to feel comfortable with the ball at their feet.

Kragt started with toe touches, which helps develop the balance needed to have mad ball skills. He then had the kids switch to instep touches, sole rolls and an inside-outside stop, where kids move the ball with the inside of their foot, then the outside, then stop the ball.

Though the program is in its infancy, staying the course will pay off big time for these kids when they start playing competitive games. They’ll have the skills they need.

Kragt and his assistant coach, Patty McBean, who played high school soccer in Canada, threw in fun games like kick the coach with the ball and a dribbling relay before finishing the session by placing the kids into four teams for scrimmages.

Watch out for these up-and-coming players when they move up to the big field.

Speaking of the big field, soccer action continued in the 8-10 and 11-14 divisions. Truly Nolen improved its season to 2-0-1, thanks to a 3-0 victory over Slim’s Place. Aiden

Templeton led the way with three goals, while Evan Talucci made three saves in the shutout victory.

The loss, which dropped Slim’s Place to 0-2-1 on the season, produced a pair of saves from Nick Yatros.

The 8-10 division standings are tight with Bins Be Clean, Wash Family Construction and Progressive Cabinetry all sporting 2-1 records. Blue Lagoon is 0-3.

Action Oct. 7 saw Progressive Cabinetry roll to a 7-2 victory over Bins Be Clean behind five goals from Jack Mattick and a goal each from Kieran Cloutier and Lily Kawahata.

Kawahata also made three saves in goal, while Ewen Cloutier finished with three saves and an assist in the victory.

David Patterson and Connor Samblis each scored a goal to lead Bins Be Clean in the loss.

The second game of the morning saw Wash Family Construction roll to a 6-1 victory over Blue Lagoon behind six goals from Riley Lawson and an assist from Layla Yavalar.

Jack Whiteside made three saves and Lincoln Sauls added two saves to help preserve the victory.

Frankie Coleman scored the lone goal for Blue Lagoon, while Victor Albrecht and Jocelyn Raines contributed three and two saves respectively.


Adult soccer kicks off new season

The adults kicked off a new soccer season at the center Oct. 5. The seven-game regular season runs until Nov. 9 with playoffs Nov. 16 and the championship game Dec. 7.

First-week action saw Acqua Aveda edging Sato Real Estate 5-3 behind three goals from Eric Pullen and a goal each from Rico Beissert and Stephen Adair.

Bobby Troxler led Sato with a pair of goals, while Zoran Kolega scored once. Chelsea Hoffner and Junior Guerra each added assists in the loss.

Mulock Flynn Law slipped past Moss Builders 7-6 in the second game of the evening. Lexi Sato paced Mulock Flynn with three goals and an assist and Aaron Parkin finished with two goals. Sean Flynn had a goal, while a goal and an assist from Jessica Williams completed the scoring for Mulock Flynn.

Shay Coleman’s three goals and an assist paced Moss Builders in the loss, as well as two goals and two assists from Matt Plummer and a goal and two assists from Andre Lewis.

Jiffy Lube rolled to a 7-2 victory over Ross Built in the third game of the night behind five goals from Chris Klotz and two goals from Chris Culhane. Danny Anderson added a pair of assists and Mike Brusso made four saves in goal.

Scott Eason had a goal and an assist and Kevin Roman scored once to carry Ross Built in the loss.

Slim’s Place cruised to a 7-2 victory over Mar/Kis Insurance behind three goals each from Angela Wiles and Damir Glavan. Kris Yavalar chipped in with a goal, while Matt Kretzman added a pair of assists in the win.

Joel Sanchez and Jermais Gramajo scored a goal each to lead Mar/Kis Insurance, which also received an assist from Michel Marquez in the loss.


Horseshoe news

For the second consecutive week, horseshoe action at the city of Anna Maria’s pits saw no need for playoffs. There were again two outright winners.

Dom Livedoti teamed up with Neil Hennessey during the Oct. 4 games to post the day’s only 3-0 pool play record and earn bragging rights for the day.

Livedoti was back in the winner’s circle Oct. 7, this time with Jerry Disbrow to post the lone 3-0 pool play record and take the day’s championship.

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.


Key Royale golf news

More rain and more clean up limited golf action at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach to a nine-hole scramble by the men Oct. 5. The team of Barry Izzard, Dick Mills, Scott Mitchell and Larry Pippel combined on a 3-under-par 29 to match the score carded by the team of John Cassese, Dan Richardson, Larry Solberg and Dave Richardson for a two-way tie for first place.

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