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Date of Issue: March 24, 2010

Round-ball season just around the corner

Anna Maria Island Community Center assistant athletic director Tyler Bekkerus talks to the kids in the instruction division at the conclusion of the basketball tryouts at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Island Photo: Kevin Cassidy

The Anna Maria Island Community Center held tryouts for its 2010 basketball season for kids ages 5-17 last week.

Players were put through a variety of drills in their respective divisions so coaches could assess their dribbling, passing and shooting ability. In addition, they were tested on speed and agility. Coaches then adjourned to the “war room,” where they ranked the players before picking their teams.

The league will have three teams in each division except for division II for players ages 10-11, where there will be five teams. Division I for players ages 12-13 is still short a few players and, as such, will hold one more tryout at 6 p.m. March 24.

The always popular, kick-off-the-season dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 6. Players, parents and Center supporters can feast on a spaghetti dinner donated once again by the Beach Bistro. Cost for the dinner is $6 for adults and $5 for kids. Player parents are asked to bring a dessert to the banquet.

Also on tap at the banquet will be the uniform handout along with the schedule of games.

A kick-off-the-season tournament gets started on April 7 and runs through April 14. Team and player photos will be taken April 10.

For more information, contact Andy Jonatzke or Tyler Bekkerus at 941-779-1908, ext. 9217.

Key Royale golf news

The men of the Key Royale Club played an 18-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome tournament on St. Patty’s Day. The team of Jim Mixon, Bob Kral, Vince Mercadante and Gino DiClemente lapped the field, carding a 106 that put them seven shots ahead of the team of John Saggert, Vince Fanton, Bob Lauderer and Ernie Hauser. Third place went to the team of Pieter Thomassen, Jim Krumme, Greg Shorten and Dave Kruger with a 116.

March 15 saw the men play a nine hole, individual-low-net game that was won by Dick Eichhorn with a 5-under-par 27. Bob Kral and Dave Schroer tied for second place with matching 3-under 29s, while Ernie Hauser, Pieter Thomassen and Jerry Mitcho tied for third with 2-under-par 30s. Jim Mixon, Ed Havlik, Bob Landgren, Matt Behan, Bob Jorgensen and Barry Martin were all one shot back in a tie for fourth place.

Horseshoe news

Five teams emerged from pool play during the soggy March 17 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The first playoff game saw Sam Samuels and Dave Long roll past Tom Skoloda and Bob Munson 24-10, while Bob Lee and Mich Younk easily defeated Dean Rowe and Norm Langeland 22-15. Gene Bobledyk and Fritz Erdrion then played Lee-Younk for a chance to advance to the finals, but the Lee-Younk team prevailed 21-12. The finals saw Samuels and Long roll past Lee and Younk 23-15.

The March 20 proceedings saw only two teams qualify for the knock-out round. Walker and Norm Good, who just came off the disabled list following hip replacement surgery, fell to the team of Ron Pepka and Herb Puryear 21-15.

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.