|Manatee High School senior Kim Kern, granddaughter of Tom and Ellie Kern of Anna Maria, passes the ball during the Lady Canes' 3-0 loss to Clearwater High in the Class 5A Regional semifinals. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
|Manatee High senior Christin Chiles of Holmes Beach serves the ball for her Lady Canes volleyball team that finished the season with a 24-5 record and a Regional semifinal appearance.
Loss ends season, high school careers for Island girls
The tears flowed freely following the Manatee High School Hurricanes' 3-0 loss to Clearwater High in the Class 5A Regional semifinals held at Clearwater High on Oct. 29 that ended one of the most successful volleyball seasons in recent Manatee High memory.
The Clearwater Tornados ended the Lady Canes' season with a methodical three-game sweep by scores of 25-17, 25-20 and 25-13, leaving the Hurricanes with a very impressive final record of 24-5.
Due to a late bus, the Lady Canes arrived at the match only 15 minutes prior to it's scheduled 2 p.m. start and it definitely seemed to affect the team spirit. They appeared flat and struggled with their serving and passing. The Lady Canes fell behind 9-3 in the first game, but battled back to trail only 12-10. Unfortunately that was as close as the Lady Canes got to a lead in any of the three games they played that day.
So ends the high school volleyball careers of senior captains Kim Kern and Christin Chiles. Chiles reflected on what will probably be her last competitive volleyball match. "We had a good run in the playoffs and an overall great season with a great group of girls. I wish we could have somehow pulled it out, but it's been fun."
Chiles says her high school athletic career is over and is now looking forward to enjoying the rest of her senior year at MHS.
For Kern, it's now time to move on to soccer season, which has practice on Monday in preparation for the first game of the season, which takes place Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Port Charlotte. Kern also has more volleyball in her future after signing a letter of intent to attend the University of Tampa on a volleyball scholarship. Congratulations Kim!
Division I soccer battle down to the wire
The race for first place is looking like a potential photo finish with still-unbeaten Mr. Bones and Longboat Observer tied atop the Anna Maria Island Community Center Soccer League Division I standings with 17 points and three games remaining to be played. The two teams are scheduled to meet in what could be a winner-take-all match Friday, Nov. 4.
Mr. Bones also has games against ReMax and West Coast Air Conditioning remaining on its schedule, while Observer takes on LaPensee Plumbing in its only other remaining match. Stay tuned.
Divisions II and III soccer had essentially been clinched for the past two weeks. Congratulations to Island Real Estate in Division II and Air & Energy in Division III - both ran away with the first-place trophies.
Division I (ages 12-14)
Broderick West and Martine Miller scored two goals apiece to lead West Coast Air Conditioning past LaPensee Plumbing by a 5-2 score on Oct. 28. Sarah Howard added one goal for WCAC in the victory.
Heldino Gomez paced LaPensee Plumbing with two goals in the loss.
Longboat Observer defeated ReMax Gulfstream Realty 5-4 on Oct. 26 to move into a tie with Mr. Bones for first place in Division I. Observer was led by Celia Ware's three goals and one goal apiece from Blake Wilson and Forrest Schield in the victory.
Ben Valdivieso found the back of the net three times for ReMax, which also received one goal from Jordan Sebastiano in the loss.
Division II (ages 10-11)
West Coast Surf Shop handed Island Real Estate only its second loss on the season with a 4-3 victory on Oct. 28. Giorgio Gomez and Jordan Hinton scored two goals apiece to lead the Surf Shop to its second victory of the season.
Island Real Estate was led by Paulo Fonseca's two goals and one goal from division scoring-leader Chandler Hardy.
Harry's Continental Kitchens and Pine Avenue Store battled to a 1-1 tie on Oct. 26 in Division II soccer action. Trevor Bystrom notched the lone goal for Harry's, while Wyatt Hoffman scored the only goal for Pine Store in the tie.
Pine Avenue Store received goals from five different players in a 5-1 romp over West Coast Surf Shop on Oct. 25. The Surf Shop received single goals from Kyle Crum, Alex Hall, Savannah Hendrickson, Wyatt Hoffman, and Jake Rappe in the victory.
Danny Krokroskia notched the lone goal for the Surf Shop in defeat.
Division III (ages 8-9)
Ryan Gilman registered a hat trick to lead Mike Norman Realty to a hard-fought 3-3 tie with Air & Energy Oct. 27. A&E was paced by two goals from division scoring-leader Joel Hart, while brother Adam added one goal in the tie for A&E.
Max Moneuse scored three goals and Ariana Knepp notched one goal to lead Cannons Marina past Danziger Allergy & Sinus by a 4-1 score on Oct. 27.
Andrew Crowton scored one goal for Danziger Allergy & Sinus in the loss.
Air & Energy breezed past Danziger Allergy & Sinus by a 7-3 score on Oct. 25 behind a hat trick from Connor Field. A&E also received goals from Trevor Albers, Henry Bernet, Joel Hart and Adam Hart as it improved to 9-1-1 on the season.
Blaine Jenefsky scored two goals and Andrew Crowton added one goal for Danziger in the loss.
Basketball signup begins
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's 2005-06 youth basketball season is just around the corner and the Center welcomes players ages 5-17 to register for the upcoming season weekdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. starting this week and running through Nov. 8.
The Center will hold special registration times from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 1 and Nov. 3. League registration cost for Center members is $45 for the first child in a family and $40 each for any additional children. Nonmember cost is $60 for first child, $55 each for any additional children.
Mandatory tryouts for each of the five age divisions will be held at the following times and dates:
- Ages 14-17, 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15.
- Ages 12-13, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16.
- Ages 10-11, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17.
- Ages 8-9, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18.
- Ages 5-7, 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.
Also on tap in November is an instructional basketball camp for players ages 5 to 13. The camp will provide specific instruction on offensive and defensive fundamentals related to ability and age. Cost of the camp is $20 for Center members and $35 for nonmembers.
For more information, call Andy Jonatzke at 778-1908.