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Date of Issue: January 30, 2008

Center 'roundball' season on a roll

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A sign beckons tourists to Bradenton's springtime home of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Anna Maria Island's beaches. Baseball and beaches have long been a mainstay of Manatee County's tourist draw. Islander Photo: Courtesy Manatee County Public Library
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2, 4, 6, 8! Who do we appreciate?
Coach Amy Siederman's cheerleading team is enthusiastic for the Anna Maria Island Community Center's basketball league, which started its season this month. They cheer on the sidelines, on the floor at half-time and sell pom-poms to the audience to boost enthusiasm for the game. Islander Photos: Amy Siederman

Basketball season is under way with games being played throughout the week in the new Anna Maria Island Community Center gymnasium. The season continues through February and into March, so get out and catch a game. The concession stand is open, too, so enjoy a hot dog with your game.

Following are the prior week’s game results.


Baseball in paradise

Counting down the days until Major League Baseball’s spring-training season begins?

The Islander is - and we’re also seeking recollections of Island-related encounters with pro ballplayers, as well as building an Anna Maria Island history of our favorite pastime.

Please contact Islander reporter Lisa Neff via phone at 941-870-2054 by e-mail at


Premier Division

West Coast Air Conditioning blew past Rotten Ralph’s by a 51-17 score on Jan. 16 behind a game-high 20 points from Matt Bauer and 14 points from Michael Kirby. Troy Koszewski added six points for West Coast Air, which also received four points from Chandler Hardy and three points from Whitney Bauer. Kyle Parsons and Forrest Schield completed the scoring with two points apiece.

Celia Ware led Rotten Ralph’s with eight points and Joe Karasiewicz added six points. Olivia Moore finished with three points to complete the Rotten scoring in the loss.

On Jan. 15, Island Real Estate rode a balanced scoring attack to edge Connect Cycles by two points, 34-32. Jamison Urch led the way with 10 points for IRE, which also received nine points from Nash Thompson and eight points from Amanda Burnett. Blake Rivers added a three-pointer, while Sage Geeraerts and James Hall each finished with two points in the victory.

Brandon Gengler led all scorers with 15 points, while teammate Kyle Aritt added 13 points. Tommy Price completed the scoring for the Cycles with four points in the loss.


Division I

Patrick Edwards scored six points to lead a balanced Sun scoring attack in an 18-13 victory over A Paradise Realty on Jan. 18. Chris Hightower and Emily White each added four points, while Connor Field and Julian Botero completed the scoring with two points apiece.

A Paradise was led by Max Miller’s six points and four points from Jack Titsworth. Savannah Schield and Trevor Bystrom finished with two and one points respectively in the loss.

Island Lumber edged Air & Energy Jan. 14 by one point, 27-26, behind 15 points from Becca Butler and 10 points from Joey Garbus. Chris Pate completed the Lumber scoring with two points.

A&E trailed by six points after three quarters and rallied by outscoring Lumber 9-4 in the fourth quarter, but fell short. Daniel Pimental and Justin Gargett led A&E with nine points each. Travis Belsito added six points for A&E, which also received two points from Mallory Kosfeld in the loss.


Division II

Logan Reiber and Chris Galatie scored six points apiece to lead Kumon past Jessie’s Island Store 16-6 on Jan. 17. Neil Carper completed the scoring for Kumon with four points in the victory.

Jessie’s was led by Jake Parson’s four points and two points from Joey Salinas in the loss.

Brennan Gallagher and Daniel Schroeder scored six points apiece on Jan. 15 to lead Dips Ice Cream 22-10 past Kumon. Dips also received five points from Blaine Jenefsky, three points from Johnny Mattay and two points from Josh Zawistoski in the victory.

Kumon was paced by Chris Galati’s six points, while Neil Carper and Anna Maria Galati added two points apiece in the loss.


Division III

Ross Built defeated Beach Bistro 11-4 on Jan. 17 behind five points from Jake Ross and two points apiece from Gsell Madison, Parker Lansberg and Maddy Valadie.

Adam Clark paced the Bistro with four points in the loss.

Duncan Real Estate edged LPAC by one point, 11-10, on Jan. 16 as Chase Lewis poured in 10 points. Lauren Sapienza’s free throw proved to be the deciding point in the close victory.

Lucas Winstead and Emma Moneuse paced LPAC with four points apiece, while JT Falls added two points in the loss.

On Jan. 15, Ross Built doubled up on LPAC behind 10 points from Jake Ross. Gsell Madison added four points, while teammate Chris Adkins finished with two points in the victory.

Lucas Winstead led LPAC with four points while Emma Moneuse and JT Falls added two points apiece.

Finally, on Jan. 14, Adam Clark scored six points and Parker Novi added two to lead Beach Bistro 8-5 past Coastal Orthopedics. Coastal Orthopedics was led by Mikey Ellsworth’s five points.


Horseshoe news

Three teams emerged with perfect 3-0 records from the 13 that entered pool play at the Jan. 12 horseshoe proceedings at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Hank Huyghe and John Crawford edged the team of Tom Rhodes and George McKay by a 22-18 score in the semifinals. Their victory advanced them to the finals where they took on the waiting team of Ron Slagh and Debbie Rhodes.

The two teams battled back and forth in an exciting match. Trailing 19-17, Debbie Rhodes threw her sixth ringer of the match to give her team a 20-19 lead, but Crawford threw a clutch ringer on his next turn to give Crawford and Huyghe a 22-20 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 teed it up for a partner’s combined low-net game on Jan. 16. The team of Bob Landgren, John Sagert, Don Ruggles and John O’Brien combined for a 130 to claim first place by four strokes over the second-place team of John Cassese, John Heiselman, Gino DiClemente and Hal Sears with a 134.

The men played nine holes of golf in a better-ball-of-foursome format Jan. 14. The team of Bob Lamo, Bob Sykes, Al Gunn and Tryy Micho fired a 7-under-par 57 to win first place by two strokes over two teams. The team of Austin Rice, Ralph Bassett, Tom Warda and Paul Proxy matched the 5-under par score carded by Danny Hayes, Bill Gallagher, Bob Dickinson and Omer Trolard. Third place went to the team of Ernie Hauser, Vince Fanton, Bob Landgren and John Sagert with 2-under par for the day.

The women teamed up with the men Jan. 11 for a two-best-balls-of-foursome game. The team of Terry Westby, Eunice Warda, Joyce Brown and Hal Sears fired an 8-under-par 56 to claim clubhouse bragging rights for the day. They finished four shots ahead of second-place finishers Rose Slomba, Dorothy McKinna, Tom Warda and Larry Fowler.

Batter up

Little League season is fast approaching and organizers of the youth sport on Anna Maria Island are registering kids in several age divisions for play starting Feb. 25.

Registration for Anna Maria Island Little Leage and Junior League can be accomplished at the Center through Thursday, Jan. 31, with the season set to open on Feb. 25.

Cost for registration for players ranging from age 5 to 16 are $60 for T-ball, $70 for AA, $100 for minors and $110 for major and Junior League players.

AMILL and AA ball will be played at the Center field and Major and Junior League games will be played in cooperation with county leagues at the Center, G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton, and Birdie Tebbetts Field in Holmes Beach.

Anna Maria Island Little League Day will take place at McKechnie Field in Bradenton Sunday, March 2, as Bradenton’s own Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Tampa Bay Rays. Each registered AMILL player will receive one free ticket to this afternoon spring-training game. And affordable tickets will be available from AMILL for Little League-player family members.

For more information, contact AMILL president Mike Brusso at 941-778-2838.

Anna Maria Island Community Center basketball league standings

(As of Jan. 17)

Premier DivisionWonLost

IRE 10

WCAC  10


Cycles 01

Division I

Lumber  10

Sun 10

Paradise 01


Division II

Dips  10


Jessie’s Store01

Division III




Orthopedics 01


AMICC basketball schedules

Premier (ages 14-17)

8 p.m.Jan. 23 IRE vs. Ralph’s

10 a.m.Jan. 26Cycles vs. Ralph’s

11 a.m.Jan. 26 IRE vs. WCAC

8 p.m.Jan. 28Cycles vs. IRE

8 p.m.Jan. 29WCAC vs. Ralph’s

Division I (ages 12-13)

8 p.m.Jan. 24 A&E vs. Sun

NoonJan. 26Lumber vs. Sun

1 p.m.Jan. 26 A&E vs. Paradise

Division II (ages 10-11)

7 p.m.Jan. 24 Dips vs. Kumon

7 p.m.Jan. 26Jessie’s vs. Kumon

Division III (ages 8-9)

7 p.m.Jan. 23 Bistro vs. LPAC

6 p.m. Jan. 24 Ross vs. Duncan

3 p.m. Jan. 26 Bistro vs. Duncan

4 p.m. Jan. 26Orthopedic vs. LPAC

6 p.m. Jan. 28Orthopedic vs. Duncan

6 p.m. Jan. 29 Orthopedic vs. Bistro

Instructional League (ages 5-7)

6 p.m.Jan. 23 Observer vs. Oyster Bar

5 p.m.Jan. 26 Observer vs. BeachHouse

6 p.m.Jan. 28 Oyster Bar vs. BeachHouse

6 p.m.Jan. 29 Oyster Bar vs. Observer

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