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Date of Issue: March 21, 2010

Islanders help Hurricanes to second seed in district

Ally Titsworth carries the ball forward during recent action against Bayshore High. Islander Photo: Courtney Taylor

Islanders Ally Titsworth and Erin Mulrine have helped the Manatee High School Hurricanes girls varsity soccer team to earn the No. 2 seed for the Class 5A District 10 tournament. The Hurricanes will kick off the semifinal game at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, against Naples Gulf Coast at MHS. A victory by the Hurricanes would advance them to the district final Friday, Jan. 22, against either Venice or Punta Gorda Charlotte, both also playing Jan. 20. If Venice wins, the Hurricanes would travel to Venice, but if Charlotte pulls off what would be an upset, the Hurricanes will host the championship game.

A semifinal victory also guarantees the Hurricanes a berth in the regional quarterfinals, putting them five wins from a state title.

Titsworth and Mulrine are a big part of the Hurricanes team, both having started every game they’ve played this season. Titsworth is second on the team with nine goals from her left midfield position. Mulrine starts at center mid and leads the team with 10 assists, while also chipping in five goals.

Leading scorer Cori Nolan who has 12 goals and four assists also has Island connections as her mom Trish Nolan grew up in Bradenton Beach.

Good luck girls!

Flag football action

The NFL Flag Football League is going strong at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. There are games being played every night in four age divisions including an adult coed league that plays Thursday nights. The adults have six teams playing and aside from a separated shoulder and a rolled ankle, the older “youngsters” seem to be holding up. Right now, the Raiders and Titans are on top of the adult division with 2-0 records with the Chiefs and Bengals right behind with a win and a loss each. The Lions and Cowboys (oh my) are winless, but the season is still young with lots of games left to play.

Mr. Bones Bengals and Ross Built Raiders are undefeated in 10-12 division as are Tortilla Beach Dolphins in the 8-9 division.

Speaking of the Dolphins, they frolicked past the Sandbar Saints in 8-9 division action Jan. 15. Dolphin quarterback Joey Stewart completed 5 of 7 passes for 114 yards and accounted for three touchdowns. Dylan Doyle had 111 receiving yards and a touchdown, while Ethan Bertrand and Ryan Doyle also crossed the goal line for the Fins.

The Saints were led by QB Andrew Proctor’s 132 passing, running and receiving yards. Kurtin Green-Zelina added 72 yards of offense, including the lone touchdown for the Saints who also received 51 yards of offense from Leo Tilelli in the loss.

The second game of the evening was a 10-12 division game between Ross Built Raiders and Walter & Associates Titans. The Raiders pillaged the Titans to a tune of 44-6 behind a solid performance from QB Jack Shinn, who threw for 144 yards and scored a touchdown and a pair of two-point conversions. Jake Ross had 65 yards of total offense and scored a pair of touchdowns, while teammate Tyler Yavalar added 80 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the victory. The Raider defense, which held the Titans to six points, was led by Jack Shinn and Joey Cucci, who each had an interception.

Offensively the Titans were led by QB Keegan Murphy, who threw for 71 yards, while George Lardas had 35 receiving yards and a touchdown. Jacob Talucci, with 7 flag pulls, and Keegan Murphy with six led the defense in the loss.

Mr. Bones Bengals edged Mike Norman Falcons 26-18 in the second 10-12 division game of the evening. Logan Reiber led the way with 212 yards rushing and all four touchdowns. Chris Gunn and Ben Connors each added an extra point in the victory.

Seth Walter passed for 113 yards and Jake Parsons added 69 yards of total offense, including a touchdown to lead the Falcons in the loss.

Sparks Steel Art Eagles flew past the BeachHouse Cardinals 36-24 during 8-9 division action Jan. 13. Jack Mello ran for 130 yards and a touchdown, while Dylan Joseph added 96 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. Tori Walter chipped in with 53 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Eagles, which also got a 7-yard touchdown reception from Marlin Ellis. Joseph and Leo Rose both had strong defensive games with four flag pulls and an interception apiece.

The Cardinals received two touchdowns apiece from Tyler Pearson and Giampaolo Nicosia. Pearson ran for 97 yards and added 27 receiving yards. Nicosia ran for 56 yards for the Cardinals, which also received 94 yards rushing from Masen Blandford in the loss.

The second game of the evening was a 10-12 division battle of realtors with the Mike Norman Falcons taking on Island Real Estate Ravens. Mike Norman came out on top with a narrow 7-0 victory thanks to a touchdown and the extra point from Jake Parsons. Parsons finished with 53 yards of offense to lead the Falcons in victory.  Seth Walter had a strong defensive game with five flag pulls and an interception, while Morgan Greig added six flag pulls in the shutout victory.

Josh Zawistoski ran for 81 yards to lead the Ravens, which also received 35 yards of offense from Brandon Blandford in the loss.

 The last game Wednesday evening was a 13-16 division game that saw Lapensee Plumbing Ravens defeat the Anna Maria Oyster Bar Panthers 27-15. Tommy Price was 9-for-10 passing for 109 yards and added 77 receiving  yards with a pair of touchdowns and an extra point. Chris Pate added 37 passing yards, 50 rushing yards and 69 receiving yards to go along with one touchdown. Hunter Parrish rounded out the offensive outburst for the Ravens with 91 yards of offense and a touchdown.

The Panthers were led by Jordan Grabski, who totaled 113 yards of offense and scored a two-point conversion while also contributing a pair of interceptions, one that he returned for a touchdown. Nicholas Peters added 60 yards of offense that included a touchdown and an extra point.

Flag football action Jan. 12 started with an 8-9 division barn-burner between Sparks Steel Art Falcons and Sand Bar Saints. The Saints edged the Eagles 20-19 on the strength of a two-point conversion from Joe Joe Rogers, who finished with 47 receiving yards. Michael Latimer provided most of the offense with 87 yards passing, 91 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Andrew Proctor added 130 yards of total offense to the Saints offense. Latimer also had a huge game on defense, finishing with nine flag pulls in the victory.

The Eagles were led by Jack Mello, who ran for 164 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Dylan Joseph added 66 yards of offense and one touchdown, while Marlin Ellis added an extra point in the loss. Leo Rose was strong on defense for the Eagles with seven flag pulls.

The second game of the night was a 10-12 division game between Ross Built Raiders and Holy Cow Cowboys. Ross Built punched holes in the Cowboy defense, piling up 421 yards of offense in their 40-8 romp. Jake Ross ran for 74 yards and added 79 receiving yards and four touchdowns to lead the Raiders who also received 136 yards of offense and one touchdown from Jack Shinn. Emma Monuese added 33 receiving yards and a touchdown to round out the Raider offense. Tyler Yavalar had a pair of interceptions to lead the Raider defense that also received and interception and four flag pulls from Andrew Ross and six flag pulls from Shinn.

Burke McCampbell-Hill ran for 80 yards and added 73 receiving yards to go along with a touchdown and a two-point conversion to lead the Cowboy offense. QB Zach Stewart completed 9 of 15 passes for 117 yards to round out the Cowboy offense in the loss.

The last game Tuesday night was a 13-16 division battle that saw Anna Maria Oyster Bar Panthers edge Tapes Tennis Titans 37-34 behind QB Christian Hightower, who went 15-for-19 passing with 257 yards and five touchdowns. Jordan Grabski caught two TD passes and totaled 147 receiving yards to lead the passing parade that also saw Nicholas Peters add 72 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Richard Almodovar added 76 receiving yards and one touchdown in the victory.

Austin Ferrer passed for 193 yards, ran for 136 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead the Titans, which also received 82 receiving yards and two touchdowns from Max Miller. Kyle Parsons added 99 receiving yards that included one touchdown to round out the Titan offense.

Jan. 11 action saw Tortilla Bay Dolphins grab an 8-9 division victory over BeachHouse Cardinals by a 25-12 score. Ethan Bertrand had a nice all-around day with 94 rushing yards, 24 receiving yards and a touchdown on offense, while managing a team-high four flag pulls on defense. Dylan Doyle, Ryan Doyle and Trent Shackelford each added touchdowns, while QB Joey Stewart threw for 74 yards to round out the Dolphin offense.

The Cardinals received strong games from Masen Blandford, who rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown, while Tyler Pearson racked up 100 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

Mr. Bones Bengals edged Island Real Estate Ravens 26-24 in 10-12 division action Jan. 11. Both teams managed four touchdowns, but the Bengals received a two-point conversion from Chris Gunn to provide the winning margin. Logan Reiber did most of the damage for the Bengals, finishing with 97 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Jean-Paul Russo added 80 yards on the ground and Ben Connors scored a touchdown in the victory.

Josh Zawistoski had a huge day for the Ravens, completing 7-for-11 passes for 42 yards and running for another 117 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Ati Dattoli added 40 yards of offense and a touchdown and Harrison Franke came through with a short touchdown reception in the loss.

The last game Jan. 11 was a 13-16 division game between Galati Yacht Sales Texans and Lapensee Plumbing Ravens. Both offenses managed four touchdowns, but the Texans’ defense made the difference with three interceptions — two that were returned for touchdowns by Aaron Van Hook and Denver Hardy. Van Hook also scored two touchdowns on offense, while also running for 107 yards and adding 72 receiving yards. Luke Shackelford and Chris Galati each added touchdowns, while QB Daniel Doyle threw for 151 yards in the victory.

Tommy Price threw for 133 yards and three TD passes, while also adding a touchdown run to lead the Ravens in the loss. Chris Pate caught two TD passes to finish with 90 receiving yards and Alex Bernhard caught a seven-yard TD pass.

Go to for schedules and standings.

Horseshoe news

The team of Bob Mason and Bruce Munro were the only team to emerge from pool play with the prerequisite three victories and were outright champs Jan. 9. Four teams then battled for the right to say they were second best. Gene Bobeldyke and Bob Lee cruised past Jay Disbrow and Wendell Alton 21-7 in the first semifinal. The second semifinal game was nip and tuck as Sam Samuels and Bruce Wagner edged Rod Bussey and John Johnson 21-19. Second place went to Bobeldyke and Lee as they cruised past Samuels and Wagner 21-12.

The Jan. 6 games saw the duo of Norm Good and Gene Bobeldyke grab the title outright with the only 3-0 pool-play record.

AMICC NFL Flag Football schedule
(All games at AMICC)
Date Time       Teams
5-7 Division
Jan. 20     6 p.m.      Bears vs. Cardinals
Jan. 20     7 p.m.      Ravens vs. Patriots

8-9 Division
Jan. 20     6 p.m.      Sparks vs. Tortilla Bay
Jan. 25     6 p.m.      Beach House vs. Tortilla Bay

10-12 Division
Jan. 20     7 p.m.      IRE vs. Holy Cow
Jan. 25     7 p.m.      Holy Cow vs. Walter

13-16 Division
Jan. 20     8 p.m.      Lapensee vs. Tapes Tennis
Jan. 25     8 p.m.      Tapes Tennis vs. Galati

Adult Coed Division
Jan. 21     6 p.m.      Lions vs. Titans
Jan. 21     7 p.m.      Bengals vs. Chiefs
Jan. 21     8 p.m.      Raiders vs. Cowboys

AMICC NFL Flag Football standings
8-9 Division

Team       won lost  tie    points
Dolphins 3      0      0      9
Eagles     2      0      0      6
Saints      1      2      0      3
Cardinals 0      3      0      0

10-12 Division
Bengals   3      0      0      9
Raiders    3      0      0      9
Falcons    2      1      0      6
Cowboys 0      2      0      0
Titans      0      2      0      0
Ravens    0      3      0      0

13-16 Division
Ravens    2      1      0      6
Titans      1      1      0      3
Raiders    1      1      0      3
Panthers  1      2      0      3

Adult Coed Division
Raiders    2      0      0      6
Titans      2      0      0      6
Chiefs      1      1      0      3
Bengals   1      1      0      3
Lions       0      2      0      0
Cowboys 0      2      0      0