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Date of Issue: May 14, 2008

Islanders sloppy in 17-6 baseball loss

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Greg Boast, Tim Judy, Tony Cooper and Carol McMillan capture the annual Whitey Horton Memorial golf tournament championship at River Run with a 14-under-par 56. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
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Perez Tile's Chad Blacketer dives back to first base as Islander first baseman Glen Bower waits on the throw in Anna Maria Junior League action.

It looked to be a good matchup for the Islanders Junior League baseball team prior to their May 6 game against Manatee National team Perez Tile. Perez brought an impressive 10-4 record into the game, but the Islanders had pitching ace Blake Wilson on the mound.

Unfortunately for the Islanders, Wilson wasn’t sharp and defense let him down on more than one occasion. Wilson struck out the first batter of the game, but put one on when he plunked Chad Blacketer with a pitch. He then quickly stole second and moved to third on a passed ball. An RBI ground out by Brandon Hackle gave Perez Tile a 1-0 lead.

That should have been it for Perez Tile as Wilson induced Cole Kathrein to hit a “can of corn” to right field. The Islander right fielder never saw the ball until it was sailing behind him, giving Kathrein a double. An error on a pick-off attempt moved Kathrein to third where he easily scored on another passed ball for a 2-0 lead.

Travis Stringer and Zach Hill both walked in front of Dylan Chylinski, who singled home Stringer. Johnny Whitford walked in front of Jay Melendez, who singled home Hill. Three consecutive Islander errors brought six more runs across for Perez Tile, now in the lead 10-0.

Trevor Bystrom relieved Wilson on the mound and induced Stringer to fly out to end the fiasco.

The Islanders looked to get back into the game in the next inning as Pimental doubled and scored on Bauer’s single to right field. Patrick Edwards reached on an error in front of Chris Pate, who blooped a single to left, scoring Bauer. Christian Hightower walked in front of Kyle Parsons, who slapped a two-run single to right field to score Edwards and Pate pull up to 10-4.

After a groundout by Wilson, Bystrom grounded out to plate Hightower to pull to within five runs. Glenn Bower then doubled to center to plate Parsons, but Perez Tile pitcher Melendez induced Bauer to ground into a fielder’s choice to end the inning with the Islanders trailing 10-6.

Perez tacked on two runs in the third on walks by Hackle and Kathrein and consecutive singles by Stringer and Hill.

But Perez put the game away on the 10-run mercy rule in the bottom of the fourth. Melendez and Blacketer had singles and Hackle doubled as part of the 5-run uprising aided by two errors at shortstop by the Islanders that left them on the wrong end of a 17-6 score.

Kathrein led Perez Tile with a pair of doubles and two runs scored while Chylinski and Melendez each had a pair of hits on the day. Blacketer and Hackle each had one hit and scored three runs apiece for Perez Tile which improved to 11-4 on the season with the win.

Pimental led the Islanders with two hits, which actually came in the Islanders’ six-run second inning. Bower had an RBI double. Bauer, Pate and Parsons each finished with one hit in the loss.


Whitey Horton tournament won by Boasts

The annual Anna Maria Island Privateers Whitey Horton Memorial Golf Tournament took place May 10 at River Run Golf Links.

Golfers enjoyed the course, some beverages and a super barbecue lunch cooked up by Privateer “Big John” Swagger after the shotgun — er, cannon start— and the game at the challenging par-70 layout, made more difficult by recently plugged and sanded greens.

The Boast team, Greg Boast, Tim Judy, Tony Cooper and Carol McMillan, combined to card an impressive 14-under-par 56 to win by four strokes. Second place went to the Conquistadors team of Joe and Susan Miller, Mark Burke and Terry Wilson. One shot back in third place was the Delta Southern team of Jeff Richter, Greg Callahan, Bruce Staples and Michael Staples.


Flag football frenzy

 Buccaneer fans would be happy to hear that they are dominating the competition if it were the NFL. But these Bucs are dominating the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s flag football league.

The Ross Built Bucs play in the 8-9 division and AMI Video Bucs in the 13-16 division, and both are sporting perfect 4-0 records and threatening to run away with their respective titles.

Meanwhile, the 12-14 division has three teams tied for the lead with identical 2-1 records, so that division is far from decided.

On May 8, the Ross Built Bucs edged LPAC Eagles 19-12 behind one touchdown apiece from Jake Ross, Andrew Ross and Chris Pennewill. Andrew Ross added an extra point for Ross Built  in the victory.

Tyler Pearson led LPAC Eagles with a pair of touchdowns in the loss.

The second game of the May 8 evening saw the Island Animal Clinic Falcons edge the Pine Avenue Bills by two points in 18-16 action. Chandler Hardy had a pair of touchdowns, while teammate Jack Titsworth added another in the victory.

Zach Evans led the Bills with two touchdowns — one on offense and one on defense — while also adding an extra point. Justin Succa completed the Bills scoring with a one-point conversion in the loss.

On May 6, Tyler Pearson scored three TDs to lead the LPAC Eagles past the Sparks Seahawks in 8-9 division action. Sophie Bernet scored the lone TD for the Seahawks, which also received a one-point conversion from Tyler Yavalar in the loss.

Also on May 6, Chris Galati scored an incredible six touchdowns and, for good measure, added a pair of extra points to lead the Galati Chiefs past the Americo Cowboys 44-27 in 10-12 division action. Anna Maria Galati added another TD for the Chiefs in the victory.

The Cowboys were led by Logan Reiber, who scored a pair of touchdowns, while also adding a two-point conversion. Austin Marrow added a touchdown on offense while Keegan Murphy scored a defensive TD while also added a one-point conversion in the loss.

On May 5, the Mr. Bones Steelers left the Mike Norman Browns feeling blue from their 46-20 victory in the 10-12 division. The Steelers received offensive touchdowns from Connor Field, Morgan Hackworth, Michael Garza, Blaine Jenefsky and Jared Wacaser, while Jenefsky and Josh Zawistoski each added defensive scores. Field, Zawistoski, Hackworth and Garza each added one-point conversions in the win.

Luke Shakleford paced the Browns with three TDs while Jack Blauvelt added a two-point conversion in the loss.

On May 5, the AMI Video Bucs stampeded the Pine Avenue Bills 49-20 in 13-16 action behind two touchdowns apiece from Tommy Price and Brandon Gengler. Daniel Janisch added an offensive and defensive score for the Bucs, which also received a touchdown and three extra points from Mackenzie Kosfeld. Kyle Parsons, Chris Pate, Mallory Kosfeld and Janisch also added extra points for the Bucs in the victory.

The Bills were led by Kyle Aritt, who scored two offensive TDs and one defensive touchdown in the loss.


Center serves up volleyball

The Anna Maria Island Community Center will launch what is believed to be its first-ever volleyball program on May 21 with a season of instruction and games running through July 30. The volleyball program, which is for kids ages 8-13 and 14-17 will be run by coach Ted Rigo.

Rigo brings extensive volleyball coaching experience to the Center. Rigo coached for six years at a high school in New York and coached the Southhampton College varsity team for seven years. He also has more than 15 years of club coaching experience in USAV and AAU.

He also spent 12 years as the varsity coach at Manatee High where he is a history teacher.

Cost for the volleyball program is $50 for Center members and $65 for non-members. The program for the 8-13 age group gets started at  6 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, and following at 7:30 p.m. for the 14-17 group.

Players will have the opportunity to learn all aspects of the sport for what amounts to $5 per lesson. To register or for more information, contact Center athletic director Andy Jonatzke, 941-778-1908, ext. 9205.


Horseshoe news

The husband and wife team of Tom and Debbie Rhodes outlasted eight teams to claim bragging rights for the day in horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits May 7. They defeated the team of Milt Bowser and Skip Meeks 21-15 in the championship match.

The May 3 games saw one team emerge from pool play with an undefeated record to claim “best for the day.” Tom Skoloda and Ron Pepka earned that distinction while Norm Good and Jay Disbrow took second place in a playoff over Steve Doyle and John Johnson.

Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.



AMI Little League schedule


10 a.m.May 17M&L vs. Islanders @ Birdie Tebbetts Field

7 p.m.May 20Islanders vs. JR 4 @ Bray



7 p.m.May 16Islanders vs. B-Town Braves @ Bray 2



6:30 p.m.May 14LPAC vs. Florida Eye Tours

7 p.m.May 16Americo vs. LPAC

11 a.m.May 17Americo vs. Florida Eye Tours


T-ball @AMICC

5:30 p.m.May 16    HB Auto vs. Fitness

9:30 a.m.May 17    M. Stanley vs. Fitness


AMICC Flag Football schedule

(All games at Birdie Tebbetss Field, Holmes Beach)

5-7 age division

3 p.m.May 17    Dips vs. Walter & Assoc.


8-9 age division

6 p.m.May 15Sparks vs. LPAC

4 p.m.May 17    Ross Built vs. LPAC

6 p.m.May 20    Ross Built vs. Sparks


10-12 age division

5 p.m.May 17    Mr. Bones vs. Americo Title

6 p.m.May 17Galati Marine vs. Mike Norman

6 p.m.May 19    Mr. Bones vs. Mike Norman


13-16 age division

7 p.m.May 15    AMI Video vs. Pine Avenue

7 p.m.May 17Animal Clinic vs. Pine Avenue

7 p.m.May 17Animal Clinic vs. AMI Video


AMICC Flag Football standings as of May 8

8-9 division


Ross Built Bucs40

LPAC Eagles32

Sparks Seahawks      04


10-12 division

Americo Cowboys21

Bones Steelers   21

Galati Chiefs     21

Norman Browns   03


13-16 division

Video Bucs40

Pine Ave. Bills13

IAC Falcons13

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