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Date of Issue: January 21, 2009

Basketball kids back in action after holiday break

The Anna Maria Island Community Center’s winter basketball league is back in action after a three-week hiatus over the Christmas break. And a lot has changed in two of the four age divisions during the week. Premier Division saw Rotten Ralph’s fall out of first place after losing two games, while A Paradise Realty went to the top of the standings thanks to a newly forged two-game winning streak. Fronius put together a two-game winning streak of its own to overtake Island Family Physicians for first place in Division I.

Division II ranking hasn’t changed much as Sand Dollar remains undefeated and in control, though Longboat Observer is back to .500, which is good enough for second place. Meanwhile, Jessie’s Island Store and Ross Built continue to battle it out for Division III supremacy.

Fronius earned the top spot in Division I on the strength of a 32-28 victory over Dips Ice Cream on Jan. 16. Savannah Schield scored 17 points to lead Fronius, which also received five points from Jefferson Bachler and four points apiece from Travis Belsito and Chris Galati. Taylor Wilson completed the Fronius scoring with two points in the victory. Justin Gargett scored 15 points to lead Dips, which also received six points from Daniel Schroder. Connor Field scored four points and Helio Gomez finished with three points in the loss.

Longboat Observer got back to the .500 mark on Jan. 16 thanks to a 16-12 victory over E-Training Solutions. Josh Zawistoski led the way with eight points, while Jack Blanvelt, Madison Gsell, Joey Salinas and Andrew Zink each added two points to the victory. Blaine Jenefsky led E-Training Solutions with eight points, while Amanda Bosch-Nyberg and Mikey Ellsworth each finished with two points in the loss.

Sand Dollar continued its domination of Division II on Jan. 16 with a 26-13 victory over Panoramic. Burke McCampbell-Hill led all scorers with 14 points. Sand Dollar teammate Cameron Brauner added four points, while Mikayla Kane and Lauren Sapienza finished with two points apiece in the win. Jacque Lynn Armer paced Panoramic with seven points, while Adam Clark added four and Emma Terry finished with two points.

A Paradise Realty made it to the top of the Premier League by knocking off Rotten Ralph’s by a 46-34 score on Jan. 15. Kyle Aritt scored 21 and Troy Koszewski added 14 to lead Paradise. Kyle Sewall and Patrick Edwards scored four points, while Erin Dolan and Sheldon Phillips each scored two points to complete the Paradise scoring. Chandler Hardy scored 12 points, while Blake Rivers and Chris Callahan each scored six points to lead Rotten Ralph’s. Daniel Janisch chipped in with seven points and Christian Hightower finished with four points in the loss.

Seth Walter scored four of his game-high eight points in the fourth quarter as Jessie’s Island Store edged Air & Energy 14-12 in Division III action Jan. 15. Brandon Mills added four points, while teammate Jean Paul Russo finished with two points in the victory. Michael Latimer scored six points to lead A&E, which also received two points apiece from George Lardas, Leo Tilelli and Tyler Yavalar in the loss.

Ross Built smothered Coastal Orthopedic by a 24-2 score in Division III action on Jan. 14. Andrew Ross led the way with 12 points, while brother Jake added six points. Morgan Burns, Brooke Capperelli and Maya Sapienza each scored two points in the victory. Emma Moneuse scored two points to lead Coastal Orthopedic in the loss.

Paradise Realty foreclosed on Island Real Estate 41-29 in Premier Division action on Jan. 14. Kyle Aritt and Troy Koszewski led the way with 13 and 12 points respectively. Sheldon Phillips added four points, Kyle Sewall three points and Erin Dolan scored two points to complete the scoring for Paradise. Trevor Bystrom and Joe Karasiewicz paced IRE with eight points apiece, while Forest Schield added five. Zach Evans chipped in with four points for IRE, which also received two points apiece from Chris Pate and Julian Botero.

A&E received 10 points apiece from Tyler Yavalar and Michael Latimer in their 20-9 victory over Coastal Orthopedic in Division III action on Jan. 12. Emma Moneuse scored five points and Luke Valadie added four points for Coastal in the loss.

Bradenton Prep won its first Premier Division game of the season, edging Rotten Ralph’s 25-23 on Jan. 12. Edward Brown led the way with 11 points, while teammate Jason Shkodnik added 10 points. Devin Coulter and Sienna Bonner each finished with two points in the victory. Matt Bauer led Rotten Ralph’s with 11 points, while Daniel Janisch added eight. Wyatt Hoffman and Chandler Hardy completed the scoring with two points apiece.

On Jan. 12 at the Center court, Travis Belsito exploded for 19 points to lead Fronius to an exciting 25-24 victory over Island Family Physicians in Division I action. Denver Hardy and Savannah Schield completed the Fronius scoring with three points apiece in the victory. Lee Bergeron led Island Family Physicians with 12 points, while Mallory Kosfeld scored eight points and Kayla Armer added four.


Indoor tourney comes to a close

The Anna Maria Island Community Center New Year’s indoor soccer tournament came to a close on Jan. 11 with two championship games. The East Manatee Hurricanes edged out the Islanders 5-3 to claim the U8 title. Nick Anderson and Cameron Leffert scored two goals apiece to lead the Hurricanes, which also received one goal from Ross Springstead in the victory. The Islanders were led by Dylan Joseph, who scored two goals and Leo Tilelli, who added one.

Ross Built rolled to the U10 title with two goals apiece from Henry Howell, John Rivera and Andrew Ross in an 8-1 victory over the East Manatee Hurricanes. Jake Ross and Jake Lafeminia added one goal apiece to complete the Ross scoring. Mike Pastujon notched the lone goal for the Hurricanes in the loss.


Sign up now for Little League

Registration and tryouts for the 2009 Little League season at the Anna Maria Island Community Center will be held from 5-7 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 23, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Center baseball field. Youths ages 5-16 who live within the AMICC Little League boundaries are eligible to play. Registration is required, even though a child may have played previously.

AMICC Little League will have five age/ability groups, including T-ball, pony, minors, majors and junior/senior divisions. The league will provide instructional clinics highlighting hitting, fielding and pitching, and also host fun activities, including “Friday Night Lights,” where games will be played under the Center field lights and include parents and players. Also on tap are Family Fun Day and a home run derby day.

For more information, including a description of the league boundaries, contact Robert Vita of the Center at 941-778-1908, ext. 9210, or e-mail him at


Flag Football returns

The Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football program is also accepting registration Feb. 2-26. Registration must be completed online at

The cost to play is $45, which includes an NFL team jersey and flag set. Games will be played at the Holmes Beach field and the schedule will begin March 23.


Horseshoe news

Frigid — to Floridians — temperatures on Jan. 17 limited the field for the horseshoe competition at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. John Johnson and John Crawford earned bragging rights for the day, defeating Al Norman and Jerry Disbrow 22-13.

Four teams emerged from pool play on Jan. 14. The first semifinal saw Jerry Disbrow and Ted Powers defeat Al Norman and Bruce Munroe 21-13. Gene Bobledyk and Bryan Wagar edged Hank Huyghe and David Batchelder in the other semifinal match to advance to the finals. Disbrow and Powers rolled in the finals, posting a 21-8 victory.

Play gets under way 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

The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole, better-ball-of-partners game on Jan. 14. The team of Jim Mixon and Hal Sears carded a 7-under-par 57 to edge second-place finishers Bob Elliott and Jim Thorton by one stroke. Vince Fanton and John Sagert matched the 59 carded by Bob Dickinson and Jim Helgesen to finish in a tie for third place.

The ladies of Key Royale Club played an individual-low-net game on Jan. 13. Flight AA winner was Penny Williams with an even par 32. Judy Squire was a shot back in second place, while Marilyn Thorton and Jean Holmes finished in a tie for third at 35.

Flight A winner was Judy Crowe with a 1-over-par 33. Beverly Neville, Donna Soos and Cindi Mansour finished in second place with 35s.

Flight B went to Marcia Helgeson with a 5-under-par 27. Meredith Slavin was alone in second place with a 29 while Jan Turner was in third with a 2-under 30.

The men played a nine-hole two best balls of foursome tournament on Jan. 12. The team of Fred Miller, Garth Bryant, Richard Wheeler and Bill Lowman earned bragging rights for the day with an 11-under par 53. Two shots back was the team of Gordon McKinna, Fred Meyer, Jim Finn and Jerrry Brown who matched the 55 carded by Bob Dickinson, Omar Trolard, Neil Hammer and Bill Gallagher.

AMICC Basketball League standings as of Friday, Jan. 16

Premier Division

Team       Wins       Losses

A Paradise       4       1

Rotten Ralph’s       3       3

IRE2       3

Bradenton Prep       1       3

Division I

Fronius       3       1

IFP  2       2

Dips1       3

Division II

Sand Dollar       4       0

Observer       2       2

Panoramic      1       3

E-Training       1       3

Division III

Jessie’s       4       1

Ross Built4       1

A&E       2       3

Coastal           0       5

AMICC basketball schedule

Premier Division (ages 14-17)

Jan. 21       8 p.m.IRE vs. Paradise

Jan. 24       10 a.m.       Academy vs. Paradise

Jan. 24       11 a.m.       Ralph’s vs. IRE

Jan. 26       8 p.m.       Ralph’s vs. Academy

Division I (ages 12-13)

Jan. 22       8 p.m.       Fronius vs. Dips

Jan. 24       12 p.m.       Fronius vs. IFP

Jan. 26       7 p.m.Dips vs. Fronius

Jan. 27       8 p.m.IFP vs. Dips

Division II (ages 10-11)

Jan. 22       7 p.m.E-Training vs. Panoramic

Jan. 23       8 p.m.       Observer vs. Sand Dollar

Jan. 24       1 p.m.       Panoramic vs. Observer

Jan. 24       2 p.m.E-Training vs. Sand Dollar

Jan. 27       6 p.m.       Panoramic vs. Sand Dollar

Jan. 27       7 p.m.E-Training vs. Observer

Division III (ages 8-9)

Jan. 21       7 p.m.       Orthopedics vs. Jessie’s

Jan. 23       7 p.m.       A&E vs. Ross

Jan. 24       3 p.m.       Jessie’s vs. Ross

Jan. 24       4 p.m.       Orthopedics vs. A&E

Jan. 26       6 p.m.       Jessie’s vs. vs. A&E

Instructional League (ages 5-7)

Jan. 21       6 p.m.       Sandbar vs. Bistro

Jan. 22       6 p.m.       Bistro vs. Walter

Jan. 24       6 p.m.       Sandbar vs. Walter

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