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Date of Issue: March 31, 2010

Thomas named MHS soccer offensive MVP

Stephen Thomas poses for a photo flanked by MHS varsity coach Rene Mirandella, left, and assistant coach Colby West. Islander Photo: Courtesy Susan Thomas

Winners of the third-annual Jimmie McSwain Mixed-Doubles Tournament pose with McSwain and their hardware at the awards banquet held at the Sandbar Restaurant. Pictured are, left to right, McSwain, Kathy Rose, Shirley Wisniewski, Gil Yankee, Mary Hunter, Kathleen and Peter Horrocks, Sue Herman and Lucianna Diclementi.

Lifetime Anna Maria resident and Manatee High School senior Stephen Thomas is wrapping up his school year with a punt of panache.

A three-year varsity soccer starter, Thomas was recently honored at the MHS soccer awards banquet March 22 as the offensive most valuable player for the 2009-10 season. Thomas, who served as team captain, also was honored by the west region coaches with a selection to the Florida Athletic Coaches Association senior state all-star team. He is the only Manatee-Sarasota area player to make the team.

Thomas, who has been in the advanced placement honors program at Manatee all four years, will graduate in May in the top 1 percent of a graduating class of 475 students with a 4.6 weighted grade-point-average. He will attend Burnett Honors College at the University of Central Florida on an academic scholarship. Mom Susan says that only 450 freshmen are accepted into this “prestigious program.”

Thomas has a sister, Sarah, who also played standout soccer at MHS.

Congratulations to Stephen and his proud family, including artist/dad Richard.

Mixed-doubles tourney serves up ace

The third annual Jimmie McSwain Mixed-Doubles Tournament was played on the Rex Hagen Courts at the Anna Maria Island Community Center March 22-23.

It was a big hit with the participants and tennis fans in attendance. Kudos to tournament director Jimmie McSwain, who repeats an outstanding tourney year after year.

After a series of round-robin matches, individual winners were determined by the number of matches won. On the men’s side, Gil Yankee took first place with Peter Horrocks and Vance Dixon sharing second. Third place also produced a tie between Bill Wallace and Anthony Cirulli. Kathleen Horrocks took first place on the women’s side, while Kathy Rose, Mary Hunter and Shirley Wisniewski tied for second. Lucianna DiClementi and Sue Herman tied for third place.

After the tourney, the 70 or so players and friends retired to the Sandbar Restaurant for an awards banquet.

Key Royale golf news

There was plenty of golf action at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach last week. The women joined up with the men March 26 for a nine-hole, best-ball-of-foursome match. First place went to the team of Frankie Smith-Williams, Joyce Brown, Gordon McKinna and Paul Proxy with a combined card of 7-under-par 25. One shot back in second place were Rose Slomba, Pam Alvord, Gary Alvord and Jerry Brown.

Bob Dickinson carded a 4-under-par 58 to capture the Key Royale Club men’s 18-hole, individual-low-net tourney March 24. Omar Trolard, Joe Dickinson, Carl Voyles and Lew Winegarden tied for second with matching 2-under-par 62s. Bob Kral was alone in third place with an even-par 64.

The Key Royale Club men played a nine-hole, low-net-of-partners game March 22. The team of Ernie Hauser and Bob Landgren combined to card an 8-under-par 56 to take first place by four shots over Carl Winkler and Jim Dunne, who finished with a 4-under 60. Third place saw Frank Vikingstad and Omer Trolard match the 63 carded by Carl Voyles and Peter Proxy.

The Key Royale Club women played an individual-low-net game March16 that saw Sandi Tocco and Judy Squire finish in a tie for first place in Flight AA with matching 2-under-par 30s. One shot back in second place was Jean Holmes. while Cindi Miller took third with an even-par 32.

Flight A winner was Sara Falk with a 3-under-par 29, two shots better than second-place finisher Nancy King. Pam Alvord took third place with an even-par 32.

Denise Burckhardt’s 2-under-par 30 took first place in Flight B by three shots over Jan Turner and five shots ahead of third-place finisher Sue Christenson.

Billie White’s 7-under-par 25 was the low-net round of the day and gave her first place in Flight C. Maryanne Kaemmerlen was three shots back in second place, while Sally Pirris and Joy Nelles tied for third with matching 35s.

Theresa Schutt carded a 2-under-par 30 to win Flight D by three shots over Pat Rice, Mary Miller and Rose Slomba, who all carded 33s.

The game of the day was a team low net won by Grace Sayles, Sara Falk, Denise Burckhardt and Nancy King with a 126 total.

Horseshoe news

Four teams qualified for the knockout round during March 27 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Rod Bussey and Ron Pepka eased past Gene Bobeldyke and Dave Lansaw 22-16, while the other semifinal saw Art Kingstad and Bruce Munro roll past Bob Mason and Steve Doyle 22-5. Bussey-Pepka emerged from a see-saw battle in the finals to win 22-18.

The March 24 horseshoe games saw only Nick Younk and Bob Loutenschleger earn the prerequisite three wins in pool play and they were the day’s outright champs. Seven teams battled it out for second place with Dean Rowe and Ron Gagnon defeating Herb Puryear and Paul Sheatler by a 21-17 score for the honors.

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.