Sports – 01-01-2014

Mickey Hooke races to No. 1 in Islander sports.

Looking back: The Islander’s best in sports for 2013   Happy new year to all and good riddance to the outgoing one. It was a tough one for me, personally, so I’m looking forward to 2014, but first I have …

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Sports – 12-25-2013

Barb Smith and Toni Teasdale came away gold medalists in pickleball from the Dec. 13-15 Florida International Senior Games and State Championships in Estero.

Pickleball standouts, standbys fill weekly sports card   Twelve members of the Anna Maria Island Community Center Pickleball Club competed in the Florida International Senior Games and State Championships Dec. 13-15 in Estero. The group brought home a total of …

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Sports – 12-18-2013

Conal Cassidy cuts back between two defenders during a recent U12 Manatee Magic game at G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton. Islander Photo: Jen Cassidy

Young ‘Magic’ soccer teams conjure competitive league play   Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization’s competitive soccer program, the Manatee Magic, is just past the midway point in its season in the United Soccer League. Magic boasts six teams, four of …

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Sports – 12-11-2013

Mike Pritchett takes on the par 3 third hole at the Key Royale Club golf course with a 145-yard hole-in-one during a nine-hole scramble match Dec. 5. Islander Photo: Courtesy Gary Duncan

Old standbys — golf, horseshoes — fill weekly sports card   Topping another busy week of golf at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach is a hole-in-one by Mike Pritchett during a nine-hole scramble Dec. 5. Pritchett aced the …

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Sports – 12-04-2013

The kids enjoy a dinner of barbecue chicken, corn and baked beans while camping at Highlands Hammock State Park. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy

Highlands Hammock great for camping, hiking, learning   This writer, along with six other fathers, packed up our vehicles with 19 kids, tents and provisions for a Nov. 24-26 stay at Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring. It’s about a …

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Sports – 11-27-2013

AMICC Adult Basketball Champs Beach to Bay Construction,Jordan Demers, Shaun Hubbard, Jon Moss, Ryan Moss, Don Purvis and Robert Serrano. Islander Photo: Courtesy AMICC

Center champions crowned in adult basketball, soccer   Champions were crowned in the adult basketball and soccer leagues at the Anna Maria Island Community Center last week. The adult championship games culminated a long season of exciting roundball and fütball, …

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Sports – 11-20-2013

Anna Maria Island Community Center Soccer League Island Pest Control, 8-10 Division Champions Aubrey Barkley, Kennedy Bullard, Joshy Calhoun, Chloe Fulton, Avery Carnes, Anna Gonzalez, Bryce Higgins, Ethan Mata, Julius Petereit, German Rivera, Javier Rivera and Coach Pedro Gonzalez.

Island Pest and Feast take AMICC soccer league titles   The Anna Maria Island Community Center’s fall recreational soccer season came to a close Nov. 15 with two exciting championship games. Island Pest Control captured the 8-10 division title and …

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Sports – 11-13-2013

Mickey Hookes poses for a photo at the finish line on winning the inaugural USA 10K, Half Marathon Beach Running Championship in Cocoa Beach. Islander Photo: Courtesy Joe Hultgren

No surprises from soccer playoffs, championship matchups   There were no upsets in playoff action in the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s fall soccer league. The 8-10 and 11-13 divisions both will pair No. 1 versus No. 2 in championship …

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Sports – 11-06-2013

Island Pest Control defender Anna Gonzalez clears the ball as Jadon Law and Callen Achor apply pressure for LPAC during soccer action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy

Center soccer playoffs begin   The playoffs, typically called the second season in the Anna Maria Island Community Center recreational soccer league, got started Nov. 4 with teams vying for a spot in the championships set to begin Nov. 15 …

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Sports – 10-30-2013

LPAC player Byron Law carries the ball forward, while Island Pest Control’s Javier Rivera gives chase in Anna Maria Island Community Center Soccer League 8-10 division action Oct. 23 on the center field, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy

Cooler weather comes with center soccer playoffs   The dress rehearsal that is soccer’s regular season for kids soccer is nearly over. With only one week remaining before playoffs in the Anna Maria Island Community Center Soccer League, the matchups …

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