AMI soccer playoffs start up with upset victories
In most sports leagues, teams battle throughout the regular season to earn favorable seedings and improve their chances of advancing in the championships.
Top-seeded Jessie’s Island Store fashioned an undefeated season in the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s adult soccer league and a first-round playoff matchup June 19 with last-place Slim’s Place, which won only two games during the regular season.
So what happened? No. 8 Slim’s Place scored a 4-3 upset victory over the top seed and sent them home, but Jessie’s didn’t go home alone. No. 3 seed LaPensee Plumbing and No. 4 Ross Built also lost to lower-seeded teams in their first rounds in the chase for the Island Cup.
Slim’s defeated Jessie’s 4-3 in a penalty-kick shootout after playing to a 3-3 tie in regulation. Danny Anderson, Erin Vogel and Shawn Wampole converted their penalty kicks for Slim’s, while Aron Parkin and Danny Burton converted their penalty kicks for Jessie’s.
Anderson, PJ Smargisso and Zach Gilliland scored goals during regulation play for Slim’s Place. Goalie Will Case was strong between the pipes with 13 saves, while Kelsea Bachman added an assist for Slim’s Place in the victory.
Jessie’s Island Store was led in the loss by Burton’s hat trick and nine saves from goalie Pedro Gonzalez.
No. 2 seed Island Pest Control avoided the upset trend with a tight 2-1 victory over Beach to Bay Construction. Eric Pullen and Andrew Turman scored for Island Pest Control, while Ray Gardner finished with 10 saves in the victory.
Damir Glavan notched the lone goal for Beach to Bay, which also received 17 saves from goalie Rico Beisert in the loss.
Agnelli Pool & Spa continued the upsets with a 4-1 victory over third-seed LaPensee behind a pair of goals from Alisha Keene and a goal each from Matt Kretzman and Chris Klotz.
Tyler Krauss scored the lone goal for LaPensee, which received 12 saves in the loss from goalie Aaron Dudukes.
Sato’s 3-1 victory over Ross Built was the third lower-seeded team to win in the first round of the playoffs. Josh Bernet scored two goals and Matt Plummer added a goal and an assist for the winners. Allyson Titsworth added an assist, while Jason Sato made 11 saves in goal to preserve the victory.
Adam Bujarski notched the lone goal for Ross Built in the loss, while Scott Rudacille made 10 saves in goal.
The chase for the Island Cup continues with semifinal games June 25 and the Island Cup final set for 8 p.m. Thursday, June 26.
Basketball season winds down
With only one regular-season game remaining, the seedings are all but set in the center’s adult basketball league. Duncan Real Estate has a one-game lead on Bug Guys, with Gator Man Pools another game back in third place. Island Sun is alone in fourth place at 3-4, followed by 2-5 The Feast and 1-6 Island Gourmet.
The playoffs get started July 1 with the championship game set for July 15. Stay tuned.
In June 17 action, Duncan edged Gator Man 64-61 behind 25 points, five rebounds and five assists from Ray Gardner and 21 points and seven rebounds from Jordan Demers to remain atop the adult basketball standings with only one regular-season game to play.
Aaron Dudukes paced Gator Man Pools with 22 points and 11 rebounds to drop another game into third place. Brandon Osmond added 22 points in the loss, while Deo Brown finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.
The second game of the evening saw the Sun burn Island Gourmet 95-72 behind huge games from Matt Ray and Teagan Purtill. Ray finished with 36 points, 17 rebounds and five assists, while Purtill added 32 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Jason Mican added 20 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, and the Sun also received 12 points and five rebounds from Karri Shepherd in the victory.
Scott Elisio led Island Gourmet with 40 points and 13 rebounds in the loss, while Craig Boers finished with 21 points and eight rebounds.
The Feast moved out of last place with a 65-50 victory over the Bug Guys in the final game of the evening behind 33 points and 13 rebounds from Antwan Jackson. Cameron Kawcak added 13 points and eight rebounds and Jonathan Ely chipped in with 12 points to round out the scoring for The Feast.
The Bug Guys, which dropped out of a tie for first place with the loss, was led by Matt Dwyer’s 15 points and nine rebounds and 14 points and seven rebounds from Brandon Kerns.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match June 17 with a slight twist — no drivers allowed.
Debi Wholers, Ginny Upshaw and Kris Landkammer had no problem working the course without their drivers, as they all fired 1-under-par 31 to finish in a tie for first place in Flight A.
Sue Wheeler also carded a 1-under-par 31 to take first place in Flight B, while Janet Razze and Terry Westby both finished at even-par 32 to tie for second place.
Two teams emerged from pool play and were left to battle for the day’s bragging rights during June 18 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
It a tight, back-and-forth battle, Hank Huyghe and Jay Disbrow slipped past Steve Doyle by a 22-18 score to earn a trip to the winner’s circle.
Steve Doyle was a walker again June 21 and strolled to a 21-7 victory over Tim Sofran and Jerry Disbrow to earn bragging rights for the day.
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.