Division races tight as playoffs approach
|James Richards carries the ball upcourt while East Manatee Hurricane players close in on him during indoor soccer tournament action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
Aside from the Division II pennant race where Sand Dollar remains undefeated and apparently unchallenged, the other three divisions in the Anna Maria Island Community Center Basketball League have two teams battling for top seed as season winds down. A Paradise Realty holds a slim, one-game lead over second-place Rotten Ralph’s, while Dips Ice Cream and Fronius are tied for first place in Division I, as are Jessie’s Island Store and Ross Built in Division III.
Ross Built and Jessie’s will do battle for the top seed on Feb. 4 while Fronius and Dips go at it on Feb. 5. The Premier League game between league-leader A Paradise and second-place Rotten Ralph’s will be played on Feb. 3 with the winner likely earning the top seed for the playoffs.
In basketball action on Jan. 31, Jessie’s Island Store remained in a tie for first place in Division III on the strength of a 22-6 victory over Coastal Orthopedics. Seth Walter’s eight points and six points from Mickey Koczetsut paced Jessie’s in the victory. Ellie Leibe, Gavin Lutus, Jean Paul Russo and Lucky Schmidt completed the scoring for Jessie’s with two points apiece. Coastal Orthopedic received two points apiece from Josh Class, Leo Rose and Luke Valadie in the loss.
Island Real Estate earned its third win in the Premier Division on Jan. 31 despite going 3-20 from the charity stripe in a 38-27 win over Bradenton Prep. Forrest Schield led the way with 13 points. Joe Karasiewicz added 10 points. Celia Ware chipped in with seven points for IRE, which also received four points apiece from Julian Botero and Trevor Bystrom in the victory. Bradenton Prep was led by Ed Brown’s eight points and seven points from Harry Minton. Kyle Victor added six points for Bradenton Prep, which also received two points apiece from Shiloh Magann, Emory Bonner and Robert Gaugenti in the loss.
Rotten Ralph’s pulled to within a game of first place on Jan. 31 in Premier action with a 43-41 victory over division-leader A Paradise. Matt Bauer led a balanced Rotten Ralph’s scoring attack with 18 points while Wyatt Hoffman added 11 points. Daniel Janisch added six points and Chris Callahan scored four points for Ralph’s, who also received two points apiece from Blake Rivers and Christian Hightower in the victory. Kyle Aritt led all scorers with 21 points, while A-Paradise teammate Kyle Sewall added 14 points in the loss. Erin Dolan, Patrick Edwards and Sheldon Phillips completed the scoring with two points each.
E-Training Solutions earned its third win in Division II on Jan. 29 with a 12-8 victory over Panoramic behind five points from Blain Jenefsky. Mikey Ellsworth added three points and Bryce Smith finished with two points to lead E-Training Solutions in the win. Jake Parsons scored four points and Jacque Lynn Armer and Jack Coleman each scored two points for Panoramic in the loss.
A Paradise Realty foreclosed on Island Real Estate with a 53-33 Premier Division victory on Jan. 28. Kyle Aritt led the way with 19 points, while Kyle Sewall added 12 points. Erin Dolan and Troy Koszewski each added eight points for Paradise, which also received four points from Patrick Edwards and two points from Sheldon Phillips in the win. Forrest Schield scored 16 points and Julian Botero added seven for IRE. Celia Ware chipped in with five points, while Amanda Daniels, Joe Karasiewicz and Chris Pate each finished with two points.
Ross Built rode a balanced scoring attack led by Jake Ross’ eight points to a 21-15 victory over Coastal Orthopedic on Jan. 28 to remain in a tie for first place in Division III. Gavin Sentman and Brooke Capperelli each added four points for Ross, which also received three points from Andrew Ross and two points from Connor Gsell in the victory. Coastal Orthopedic’s Luke Valadie exploded for 13 points to lead all players, while Leo Rose added two points in the loss.
Dips Ice Cream cruised past Island Family Physicians by a 62-34 score on Jan. 27 to remain in a tie for first place in Division I. Justin Gargett scored 17 points, Max Miller scored 16 points and Daniel Schroder finished with 11 points to lead the Dips onslaught. Connor Field added eight points, while Jerry Meyer finished with four points in the Dips victory. IFP’s Lee Bergeron scored 19 points to lead all scorers, while teammates Zach Guerin, Mallory Kosfeld and Isaiah Beaton each scored four points in the loss.
E-Training Solutions edged Longboat Observer 8-7 on Jan. 27 in Division II basketball action. Logan Reiber and Blaine Jenefsky led the way with four points apiece in the victory. Madison Gsell scored four points, while Jack Blanvelt scored two points and Joey Salinas added one point in the loss.
Sand Dollar remained the only undefeated team thanks to a 24-12 victory over Panoramic in Division II action on Jan. 27. Burke McCampbell-Hill led the way with 16 points, while teammate Cameron Brauner added eight points in the win. Alexia Yavalar scored six points to lead Panoramic, which also received four points from Jacque Lynn Armer and two points from Jake Parsons in the loss.
Bradenton Prep upset the number-two seed in Premier Division basketball action on Jan. 26 with a 23-18 win over Rotten Ralph’s behind eight points from Jason Shkodnic and five points from Sienna Bonner. Robert Gaugenti added four points, while Shiloh Magann, Devin Coulter and Emory Bonner each finished with two points. Daniel Janisch led Rotten Ralph’s with seven points, while Wyatt Hoffman added four points.
Dips Ice Cream earned an important 42-24 victory over Fronius on Jan. 26 to pull even in the Division I standings. The top seed in this division will earn a bye in the first round of the playoffs, so this win could go a ways to determine the champ. Justin Gargett led the way with 26 points, while Max Miller added six and Jerry Meyer scored four. Brennan Gallagher, Connor Field and Daniel Schroder each finished with two points in the win. Travis Belsito scored nine points and Savannah Schield added eight points to lead Fronius, which also received five points from Taylor Wilson in the loss.
Jessie’s Island Store rode a balanced scoring attack led by Seth Walter’s nine points to a 21-18 win on Jan. 26 over Air & Energy in Division III action. Mickey Koczetsut added six points, while Brandon Mills finished with four points. Michael Latimer led all scorers with 16 points, while A&E teammate Cameron Pasco finished with two points in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole, low-net-of-partners match on Jan. 28. The team of Bob Kral and Hal Sears carded a 3-under par 125 to edge second-place finishers Gary Harris and Bob Elliott, who were four shots back at 129. Third place went to Pieter Thomassesen and Peter Proxy with a 135 net score.
The women of Key Royale Club played a low-net game on Jan. 27. Flight AA winner was Cindy Miller with a 2-over-par 34, while Flight A winner was Marcia Helgeson with a 3-under 29. Meredith Slavin’s 5-under-par 27 was good enough to win Flight B, while Maryanne Kaemmerlin and Mary P. Miller tied for first in Flight C with an even-par 32. Theresa Schutt fired a 2-over-par 34 to capture Flight D.
The men’s Jan. 26 nine-hole game was also a low-net-of-partners game and was won by Gordon McKinna and Tom O’Brien with a 3-under par 61. Two shots back at 1-under 63 was Dick Mills and Jerry Elson. Ralph Bassett and Danny Hayes matched the 4-over 68 carded by Bob Sayles and Bob Lamp to tie for third place.
The Jan. 23 coed game was a best-bal-of-foursome match won by the team of Jane Winegarden, Sue Hookem, Gordon McKinna and Marian Mulroy with a 4-under-par 28. McKinna and Hookem each had chipins that contributed to the team victory.
Only three teams managed the prerequisite three pool-play victories during the Jan. 31 horseshoe games at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Art Kingstad and Al Norman warmed up by beating Gene Bobeldyke and Norm Good 21-11 in the semifinals before rolling past Mike Lovey and Fritz by a 21-5 score.
Four teams were hot enough to earn three pool-play wins on Jan. 28. Norm Good and Jim Rush defeated Adin Shank and Steve Grossman 21-17 in one semifinal, while Sam Samuels and Bruce Munroe came back from an 11-point deficit to defeat Art Kingstad and Don Miller 24-17. Samuels and Munroe then defeated Good and Roush 21-12 in the finals.
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 Basketball Schedule
Premier Division (ages 14-17)
Feb. 4 8 p.m.Prep vs. IRE
Feb. 7 10 a.m. Paradise vs. Prep
Feb. 7 11 a.m.IRE vs. Ralph’s
Feb. 9 8 p.m.Prep vs. Ralph’s
Division I (ages 12-13)
Feb. 5 8 p.m. Fronius vs. Dips
Feb. 9 7 p.m. Fronius vs. IFP
Feb. 10 8 p.m.Dips vs. IFP
Division II (ages 10-11)
Feb. 7 noon Sand Dollar vs. Panoramic
Feb. 7 1 p.m. Observer vs. E-Training
Feb. 10 noon E-Training vs. Panoramic
Division III (ages 8-9)
Feb. 4 7 p.m.Ross Built vs. Jessie’s
Feb. 5 7 p.m. A&E vs. Orthopedics
Feb. 6 7 p.m. A&E vs. Jessie’s
Feb. 6 8 p.m.Ross Built vs. Orthopedics
Feb. 9 6 p.m. Orthopedics vs. Jessie’s
Instructional League (ages 5-7)
Feb. 4 6 p.m. Sandbar vs. Bistro
Feb. 5 6 p.m. Bistro vs. Walter
Feb. 6 6 p.m. Sandbar vs. Walter
AMICC Basketball League standings as of Jan. 31
Team Wins Losses
A Paradise 6 3
Rotten Ralph’s 5 4
Bradenton Prep 4 4
Fronius 5 3
IFP 2 6
Sand Dollar 9 0
Observer 5 4
E-Training 3 6
Panoramic 2 7
Jessie’s 7 2
Ross Built7 2
A&E 2 7
Coastal 2 7