Basketball races tightening up
With the season winding down and the playoffs looming, the standings have tightened up in the three divisions of youth basketball at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
The Gathering Place’s once big lead has shrunk to only a game, while Sandbar has caught up to Connie’s Landscaping to tie for first place. Division II has two teams — Bob Vita Lawn Service and Ross Built — chasing down first-place Walter & Associates with three games left to play in the regular season.
This all bodes well for exciting playoffs
Andrew Ross and Cameron Brauner leap for the opening tip during Division II basketball action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Ross Built jumped out to a 10-0 lead before holding on to a 23-18 victory over Beach to Bay Construction in Division II basketball action May 28. Though it doesn’t show up in the stat sheet, Jack Coleman played a big role in the victory for Ross Built, playing solid defense, grabbing rebounds and diving on the ground for loose balls.
Offensively, Ross Built was led by Andrew Ross, who finished with 10 points, and brother Jake Ross finished with 5 points. Luke Valadie added 4 points for Ross Built who also received 2 points apiece from Cooper Hardy and Coleman in the victory.
Beach to Bay Construction was led by Cameron Brauner’s game-high 12 points while teammates Michael Latimer, Dayton Modderman and Jean-Paul Russo scored 2 points apiece in the loss.
Walter & Associates rolled past Anna Maria Oyster Bar 21-2 on May 28 to retain their lead over Ross Built in the Division II standings. Seth Walter scored a game-high 16 points while Moriah Goode added 5 points in the victory.
Reese Helvey scored 2 points to lead the Oyster Bar in the loss.
Sandbar defeated Beach Bistro 16-8 on May 27 to pull into a tie for first place in Division III with Connie’s Landscaping. William Bernet led the way for the Sandbar, scoring 9 points while Joe Rogers added 5 points and Josh Class finished with 2 points.
Joey Stewart led Beach Bistro with 6 points while Andrew Proctor and may Sapienza each added 1 point in the loss.
Beach Bistro upset first place Connie’s Landscaping 10-9 in Division III action May 26. Joey Stewart led the way with 4 points while Trent Shackleford, Andrew Proctor and Griffin Heckler each scored 2 points in the victory.
Connie’s was led by Leo Rose’s four points and three points from Dylan Joseph. Taro DeHaan and Clayton Wilkinson each scored 1 point to complete the scoring in the loss.
Walter & Associates rolled past Bob Vita Lawn Service 26-10 in Division II basketball action May 26. Seth Walter scored 14 points and Moriah Goode finished with 12 points to lead the team to victory.
Gavin Sentman and Adam Clark scored 4 points apiece to lead Bob Vita, who also received 2 points from Ethan Bertrand in the loss.
Rotten Ralph’s edged The Gathering Place 42-40 on May 26 to pull a game closer to first place in the Premier League. Forrest Schield scored 16 points and Brandon Gengler added 11 to lead Rotten Ralph’s, who also received 6 points from Daniel Janisch and 5 points from J.T. Goode in the victory.
Kyle Aritt scored 14 points and Chandler Hardy scored 12 to lead The Gathering Place. Wyatt Hoffman added 6 points while Jerry Mayer, Denver Hardy, Helio Gomez and Patrick Edwards each finished with 2 points in the loss.
The Gathering Place rode a balanced scoring attack to a 48-27 victory over Tortilla Bay Club May 25. Kyle Aritt’s 14 points and 13 points from Chandler Hardy led the way for The Gathering Place, who also received 9 points from Jerry Mayer and 8 points from Wyatt Hoffman in the victory.
Max Miller’s 11 points and 6 points from Daniel Pimental paced Tortilla Bay, who also received 5 points apiece from Travis Belsito and Christian Hightower in the loss.
Sandbar defeated Connie’s Landscaping 16-10 in Division III basketball action May 24. Joe Rogers and Josh Class led the way with 4 points apiece while William Bernet, Brooke Capparelli, Leo Tilelli and Connor Gsell each scored 2 points in the victory.
Dylan Joseph scored six points and Leo Rose added four points for Connie’s Landscaping in the loss.
Beach to Bay Construction rolled past Anna Maria Oyster Bar 20-8 in Division II action May 24 behind a game-high 10 points from Cameron Brauner. Michael Latimer added 8 points and Dayton Modderman finished with 2 points in the victory.
Tyler Yavalar scored 4 points while Brandon Mills and Reese Helvey scored 2 points apiece to lead the Oyster Bar in the loss.
Rotten Ralph’s squeaked past Tortilla Bay Club 36-33 in Premier League action May 24. Brandon Gengler scored 12 points and J.T. Goode added 8 points to lead Rotten Ralph’s. Daniel Janisch and Forrest Schield each added 6 points while Gussie Lardas and Blake Rivers each finished with 2 points in the victory.
Tommy Price’s game-high 15 points lead Tortilla Bay Club, which also received 8 points from Christian Hightower and 6 points from Max Miller in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole, individual low net tournament May 26. Jim Thorthon fired a 5-under par 59 to take a three-stroke victory over second-place finisher Danny Hayes, who finished with a 2-under 62. One shot back in third place was Bill Shuman with a 63.
The men played a nine-hole, low net of partners game on May 24. Three teams — Vince Mercadante and Bob Kral, Paul Kaemmerlin and Jim McCartney and Chet Hutton and Matt Behan — all carded 1-under par 63s to finish in a three-way tie for first place. Second place went to Webb Cutting and Bill Martin, with a score of 68.
Two teams emerged from pool play and were left to battle for the day’s bragging rights during May 29 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. In a see-saw battle, walker Jerry Bennett pulled away for a 21-14 victory over John Johnson and Debbie Rhodes.
The May 26 horseshoe games saw only Sam Samuels and Norm Good achieve the prerequisite three victories and were the day’s outright champs. Tim Sofran and Jerry Bennett were the runner-ups.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warm ups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
AMICC Baseball Schedule
T-Ball (ages 5-7)
Date Time Away Home
June 5 10 a.m. Observer vs. LPAC
June 5 11 a.m. A&E vs. Dental Spa
Pitching Machine (ages 8-11)
June 5 12:30 p.m. Sato vs. Cedars
AMICC Basketball Standings
Team Won Loss
Gathering Place 6 2
Rotten Ralph’s 5 3
Tortilla Bay 1 7
Walter & Assoc. 6 1
Vita Lawn Serv. 4 3
Ross Built 4 2
Beach to Bay 3 4
Oyster Bar 0 6
Connie’s 5 3
Sandbar 5 3
Bistro 2 6
AMICC Basketball Schedule
Date Time Away Home
Premier (ages 13-16)
June 2 8 p.m. Ralph’s vs. Tortilla Bay
June 7 8 p.m. Tortilla Bay vs. Gathering Place
Division I (ages 12-13)
June 11 8 p.m. A-Paradise vs. Coastal
Division II (ages 10-11)
June 2 7 p.m. Oyster Bar vs. Ross
June 4 7 p.m. Beach Const. vs. Vita
June 4 8 p.m. Walter vs. Ross
Division III (ages 8-9)
June 2 6 p.m. Sandbar vs. Bistro
June 3 7 p.m. Connie’s vs. Bistro
June 7 7 p.m. Sandbar vs. Connie’s
Instructional (ages 5-7)
June 3 6 p.m. IRE vs. WCAC
June 4 6 p.m. Jessie’s vs. IRE
June 7 6 p.m. WCAC vs. Jessie’s