Soccer season blisters in first weeks of action
|Conal Cassidy dribbles the ball during U5 Manatee United soccer action at Palma Sola Park in Bradenton.
|Air & Energy's Madison Driscoll back-heels the ball to change directions, then does a hard cut-back to get past Americo Title's Austin Morrow during soccer action at the Holmes Beach soccer field.
Soccer season started up hot. Really hot temperatures prevailed for the first week of games, that is. So hot that kids were nearly "melting" on the sidelines.
Further, the season is only two weeks old and the list of unbeaten teams has dwindled to three teams. Autoway Ford in Division III, Island Sun in Division II and Island Family Physicians in Division I all sport unblemished records and are atop of their respective divisions.
Air & Energy notched its second win on the season when the team defeated Americo Title by a 5-1 score in Division III action on Sept. 30. Madison Driscoll led the way with three goals, while brother Max added a single goal. Kalif Mora also chipped in with one goal, while Ana Albers played a strong game in the goal for Air & Energy. Henrik Brusso notched the lone goal for Americo Title in the loss.
Morgan Stanley rolled over Division II Cannons Marina by a 7-0 score in earlier Saturday soccer action. Trevor Bystrom and Jacob Titsworth each scored three goals, while Jack Titsworth chipped in with one goal in the victory.
Autoway Ford smoked Mr. Bones in Division III soccer by a 5-1 score on Sept. 30 behind two goals apiece from Neil Carper and Robby Officer. Joey Cucci added one goal for Autoway Ford in the victory. Blain Jenefsky scored the lone goal for Mr. Bones in the loss.
Autoway Ford earned a shut-out victory over Air & Energy on Sept. 29, getting three goals from Neil Carper and one goal from Maddy Valadie in Ford’s 4-0 victory.
The Sun received four goals from Joel Hart during its 7-2 Division II victory over Island Real Estate on Sept. 28. Arianna Collins, Connor Field and Adam Hart each added one goal in the victory. Trevor Albers and Daniel Pimental each scored one goal for IRE in the loss.
Ooh La La! Bistro edged Americo Title 2-1 in Division III soccer action on Sept. 27. Josh Zawistoski scored a pair of goals to lead Ooh La La, while Americo Title received one goal from Henrik Brusso in the loss.
LaPensee Plumbing received one goal each from Sarah Howard and Daniel Landesberg to edge Harry’s Continental Kitchens by a 2-1 score in Division I soccer action on Sept. 26. Matt Bauer notched the lone goal for Harry’s in the loss.
Martine Miller and Troy Kozewski each scored two goals to lead Island Family Physicians past Danziger Destroyers 4-2 in Division I soccer on Sept. 25. Chelsea Crowton and Ally Titsworth each scored one goal for Danziger in the loss.
Islanders help Manatee Magic to tournament title
Island residents, Martine Miller, Ally Titsworth, Erin Mulrine and Christina Papazian helped their U14 Manatee Magic teammates win the Magic Kickoff Classic held on the Sept. 16-17 weekend.
They defeated Cape Coral 1-0 in the championship game behind a penalty kick by Mulrine with less than a minute to play. In pool play action, the Magic girls opened the tournament with a tough 2-0 win over Cape Coral behind one goal apiece from Titsworth and Madison Bradley. Miller along with Corey Nolan scored one goal apiece in their hard-fought victory over Valrico in their second match of the tourney.
The Magic closed pool play with a 6-0 romp over another Cape Coral team behind a hat trick by Miller. Mary Isminger, Katherine Byrne and Mulrine each added single goals in the victory. Longboat Key’s Christina Papazian was sited for her outstanding play in goal throughout the tournament for the Magic.
Over the Labor Day weekend, the U14 Magic girls played in the Atlanta Cup tournament that had over 750 teams in all age groups entered.
The U14 Magic had a great experience, advancing to the semifinals of the tournament, where they lost 1-0 on a penalty kick with less than a minute to play in regulation.
Former Islander Mickey Hooke runs into record books
Mickey Hooke, 45, and now a Bradenton resident and longtime employee at Galati Marine in Anna Maria, set three records in two races on the Grassroots Running System.
At the 14th Annual Canes Cross Country Classic Sept. 4 at G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton, Hooke placed first overall with 16:53, establishing a new Master’s Division record by 11 seconds. Hooke was the only runner to finish in under-17 minutes on the 5K course.
Hooke was at it again on Sept. 16 in the third annual Reptile Run at the extremely tough Saddle Creek Park in Lakeland. Hooke finished first overall with a time of 17:37, which broke the course record by 22 seconds. His time also set a new Master’s Division record and was the only time under 18 minutes for the day.
Key Royale golf news
John Atkinson teamed up with Anthony Tripolino to fire a five-under-par 27 to capture first place in the Key Royale Club’s nine-hole, best-ball-of-partners golf competition on Sept. 25. The team of Dick Mills and Bob King finished in a tie for second place with Charley Knopp and Matt Behan, all with scores of 28.
Sept. 22 saw the weekly coed golf play a best-ball-of-foursome game. Frankie Smith-Williams, Sue Hookem, Terry Westby and Gorden McKinna combined to shoot a six-under-26 to win first place by a stroke over the team of Teddy Morgan, Al Morgan, Joyce Brown and Dorothy McKinna.
Norm Good and partner John Johnson were the only horseshoers to post a 3-0 pool play record and were the day’s outright champions Sept. 27 at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.
On Sept. 23, five teams advanced to the finals with 2-1 pool play records. George McKay and Herb Ditzel took out the team of Ron Pepka and Hank Huyghe by a 22-16 score. The other elimination game had Sam Samuels and Doug Yox thrashing Tom Rhodes and Tom Skoloda by a 21-8 score.
Through the luck of the draw, the waiting team of Bill Bartlett and Cathy Stoltzfus played the team of McKay and Ditzel, losing by a 21-10 score. McKay and Ditzel then lost to Samuels and Yox by a 21-13 score with Samuels and Yox earning the day’s bragging rights.
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.
AMICC Soccer League schedule
Date Time Team vs. Team
Division I (ages 12-14)
- Oct. 4 6 p.m. ReMax vs. Danziger
- Oct. 7 9 a.m. Danziger vs. Harry’s
- Oct. 7 10 a.m. LaPensee vs. ReMax
- Oct. 9 6 p.m. Physicians vs. ReMax
Division II (ages 10-11)
- Oct. 5 6 p.m. Cannons vs. Sun
- Oct. 7 11 a.m. Cannons vs. Surf Shop
- Oct. 7 Noon IRE vs. M.Stanley
- Oct. 10 6 p.m. Surf Shop vs. M.Stanley
Division III (ages 8-9)
- Oct. 7 1 p.m. Autoway vs. Americo
- Oct. 7 2 p.m. Ooh La La vs. Mr. Bones
- Oct. 7 3 p.m. M.Norman vs. A&E
Instructional League (ages 5-7)
- Sept. 28 6 p.m. Beach Bistro vs. LPAC
- Oct. 4 6 p.m. Orthopedic vs. Duncan
- Oct. 5 6 p.m. LPAC vs. Duncan
- Oct. 9 6 p.m. Bank of Am. vs. Sparks
- Oct. 10 6 p.m. LPAC vs. Orthopedic