|Five-year old Christian Daniels flies over the ramp during action at the Holmes Beach Skateboard Contest.
|Cory Wash sails high over the ramp during the Holmes Beach Skateboard Contest.
|Davey Gabbard executes a 360-aerial during skateboard competition at the Holmes Beach skateboard park.
|Stephen Thomas with the trophy
Holmes Beach skateboard contest gets 'big air'
The second annual Holmes Beach Skateboard Contest, held May 20 at the city skate park, drew approximately 50 participants and a large throng of skateboard enthusiasts who cheered on their favorite skaters.
Participants were given two runs of approximately one to two minutes to perform tricks on the park’s ramps and rails. Judges evaluated each skater on their consistency, style and degree of difficulty with the top four in each age group earning prizes. West Coast Surf Shop and V-Town Surf Shop donated prizes for the winners, while Island Young Professionals served food and drinks for the participants.
Judges Tommy Girvalo, Will Glennon, Mark Boltwood and Crazy Horse looked for the perfect heel flip, rock-2 fakie, backside nose grind or the nollie heel flip backside nose blunt from the participants. Skaters getting “big air” were especially well received by the crowd.
Adding to the climate of the day was the never-ending, somewhat humorous commentary from announcer Brad Chambers and the music selections of Island extreme sports icon Chris “EZ” Ambut, who also helped organize the event.
Chase Lewis captured the 8-and-under division with Neil Carper coming in second. Five-year-old Christian Daniels came in third place followed by Henrik Brusso.
First place in the 9-11 age group was won by Jacob Blue, who narrowly came out on top over Giorgio Gomez and Luke Shackelford at third place. Travis Belsito came in fourth place in what was probably the most competitive division.
Cory Wash again got huge air to win the 12-14 age group over Jeff Ray. Michael Harrington finished in third place, while Islander Billy Annis took fourth. Ray also captured the “best trick” contest after the regular competition had concluded.
The 15-17 age division had only three competitors, but they all had mad skating skills. Islander Christian Chamberlain grabbed first place over Davey Gabbard and Corbin Kitchen in that competition.
It’s official: Duncan rules AAA
The secret is out. Duncan Real Estate is the best team in the Anna Maria Island Little League AAA division. Duncan won three games last week with two of them coming in easy fashion.
Saturday morning they rolled Morgan Stanley by a 16-4 margin behind a balanced hitting attack that saw them pound out 11 hits in four innings. Alex Burgess, Glenn Bower, Justin Suca and Michael Dolan led the way with two hits apiece.
Martine Miller, Jack Titsworth and Chris Pate recorded hits for Morgan Stanley in the loss.
May 19 saw Duncan narrowly hold off West Manatee Fire District by one. WMFD scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, only to watch as Duncan came back in the sixth to retake the lead with two runs.
Duncan also defeated WMFD 17-13 on May 16 behind a 5-for-5 hitting performance from Glenn Bower that included a double and three runs scored. Max Moneuse had a big day, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored, while Justin Suca and Michael Dolan each added a pair of hits in the victory.
Daniel Pimental led WMFD with a 3-for-3 performance that included a double and three runs scored. Trevor Bystrom and Daniel Janisch each added a pair of hits and three runs for WMFD in the loss.
Morgan Stanley opened the last week of the season with a 16-12 win over WMFD. Jack Titsworth led the way with a pair of singles and three runs scored. Kyle Parsons doubled and scored three runs while Ally Titsworth doubled and scored four runs.
Jake Rappe and Austin Wash led WMFD, which out-hit Morgan Stanley 12-7 with three hits apiece, while Trevor Bystrom and Tommy Price each added a pair of hits in the loss.
In AA pitching-machine action, Island Real Estate defeated Bark Realty 7-5 to finish the season on a high note. Kalif Mora led the way with a home run and a double, while Lexi Moore added a triple among her two hits.
Joey Salinas went 4-for-4 to lead Bark, which also received two hits apiece from Blaine Jenefsky, Christian Diaz and Anna Albers in the loss.
Islander Thomas is MVP
Stephen Thomas was named team most valuable player for his U14 IMG Academy soccer team at the season ending banquet on May 9 at the El Conquistador Country Club.
Thomas, who led his team in assists from his center-midfield position, previously played for the Manatee Magic and first played the game in the Center’s recreational league.
Thomas and his teammates had an extremely successful first season together, capturing the Region C Cup and finishing second at the Hackworth-Davis State Cup.
George McKay and Norm Good teamed up to win the May 15 games outright. McKay and Good were the only team out of 17 players to post a 3-0 record in pool play. They dominated from the start, allowing only 12 points against them in three games.
Tom Skoloda and Ron Slagh emerged from a four-team contingent that battled for second place. They defeated Cathy Stoltzfus and Ron Pepka to claim runners-up honors.
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.
Manatee boys B-ball camp offered
Manatee High school boys’ varsity coach Brian Reeves is hosting a basketball camp June 5-9. For only $60, players will receive 15 hours of instruction on the fundamentals of basketball and a camp T-shirt. The camp for high school-age players runs from 9 a.m. to noon, while camp for the middle school players runs noon-3 p.m.
To register, contact Coach Reeves at 714-7300, ext. 2147, or you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.