Season ends for Anna Maria Island Little League
|Batting champ Tommy Price, sportsmanship winner Jordan Sebastiano, top rookies Shawn Conover and William Brusso and league MVP Zach Even pose with their hardware.
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|WMFD AAA Little League Champs: Alex Burgess, Jonah Caster, Connor Cloherty, Shawn Conover, Michael Dolan, Joseph Fara, Joey Hutchinson, Max Moneuse, Trent Marshall, Hunter Parrish, Tommy Price, Justin Succa, Elijah Toussaint and Blake Wilson.
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Another season of Island Little League baseball came to an official end on Wednesday, May 25, when the Anna Maria Island Community Center hosted its league awards banquet. Pizza and soda along with trophies being handed out to all participants in T-ball and AA started out the festivities. AAA league ended the evening with WMFD players receiving their trophies for finishing in first place and the announcement of the individual award winners for sportsmanship, rookie of the year, batting title and league MVP.
Jordan Sebastiano, who led the league in hitting for most of the year, earned the prestigious Bill Ogden Sportsmanship Award, while Shawn Conover and William Brusso shared rookie-of-the-year honors. Tommy Price earned the batting title, hitting a robust .659 for the season, which broke a modern-day Center record for highest average.
The Joe Maggio Most Valuable Player award went to Morgan Stanley's Zach Even, who beat out challengers like teammate Matt Bauer, Tommy Price of WMFD and Duncan Real Estate's Jordan Sebastiano.
In last week's column, I misidentified a Duncan player who came through with a big hit. It was Patrick Edwards who hit a three-run triple on Friday, May 20, to help Duncan defeat Morgan Stanley by a 12-9 score.
Speaking of Duncan Real Estate, the team defeated WMFD 15-8 on Monday, May 23, to finish 7-7-2 and alone in second place. Edwards again did his part scoring two runs as did Jake Rappe, Glenn Bower, Austin Wash and Trevor Bystrom. Troy Kozewski led the way for Duncan, going 2-for-4 with three runs scored, while Bystrom added three singles in four trips to the plate. Wash and Glenn Bower each had two hits for Duncan, including a double by Bower, while Jordan Sebastiano also added a double and one run scored. Daniel Janisch had two singles and a double and Grant Bower added a single to complete the hit parade for Duncan Real Estate.
Tommy Price led WMFD at the plate with a pair of singles and three runs scored while Blake Wilson added two hits and two runs scored. Shawn Conover singled and scored for WMFD who also received singles from Michael Dolan and Jonah Castor in the loss.
Sign up now for Her-icane golf challenge
The Manatee High Her-icanes girls' soccer team is hosting a fundraising golf tournament at the esteemed Bradenton Country Club on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 1 p.m. For only $100 per golfer, you can test your golf skills at Bradenton's most exclusive and challenging layout in a four-person scramble.
All players who register before the Aug. 1 deadline will receive a goody bag, cart and greens fees, a banquet after the tournament and guaranteed fun throughout the day. Also on tap are a straightest-drive contest, two closest-to-the-pin contests, a putting contest and raffles for tons of prizes. The field is limited to the first 100 golfers, so don't delay. Sign up now!
The Her-icanes are also looking for sponsors for the tournament. For $800, your business can purchase the Hat Trick package, which consists of a foursome in the tournament including the banquet, a tee or green sign on the course and a banner which will be displayed at all Manatee Her-icane home soccer games. A golden goal sponsorship package includes a foursome and a tee or green sign on the course for $500, or you can simply purchase a tee or green sign for the tournament for $175.
To sign up your foursome, list your four players and their phone numbers with a check written out to Manatee Girls Soccer Booster and mail it to me at 3610 York Drive, Bradenton FL 34205. For more information, call me, Her-icane Coach Cassidy, at 807-1105.
Not too late for Dolphin football
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is still accepting applications for Dolphin football.
Approximately 25-30 players and parents showed up for the May 18 meeting at the Center, which was called to share information about PAL football and to gauge the interest level among Island youth.
Center athletic director Andy Jonatzke was encouraged by the turnout. "The turnout was pretty good considering there were 24 potential players playing in a Little League baseball game." Jonatzke said the Center will continue accepting applications for the next three or four weeks.
PAL has four age/weight divisions starting with flag football for ages 6-7 (as of September 1). Flag football carries no weight restrictions. Mighty Mites must be age 8-10 and under 125 pounds, while JV is for 11- to 12-year-olds under 145 pounds. The oldest division is varsity for age 13-14 players who are under 165 pounds.
For more information, call Jonatzke at 778-1908.
AMICC basketball heats up summer
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's summer basketball camp is now accepting applications. Players ages 9-13 are encouraged to sign up for one of two sessions at a cost of $35 for members and $50 for non-members.
Players receive a camp jersey and trophies will be awarded for various categories such as shooting, defense, sportsmanship and most improved. Session 1 runs Monday-Friday, June 6-17 from noon-2 p.m. except the first day, which starts at 11 a.m.
Session 2 runs runs noon-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, July 18-29. Registration deadline is May 31 for both sessions.
For more information, contact Jonatzke at 778-1908.
Key Royale Golf news
Penny Williams shot a 28 to win the Key Royale Golf Club's low net Class A womens' golf tourney on Tuesday, May 24. Williams, who also won the "tee-to-green" competition with a 19, beat out Dorothy McKinna who finished with a 30. Diane Miller shot 32 to finish in third place while also garnering a 22 in the "tee-to-green" game.
Class B winners were Ruth Williamson and Sally Keyes, who tied for first with a 37, while Dolores Jorgenson finished in second with a 38.
World's largest 3v3 soccer tourney coming soon
Local athletes are invited to participate in Kick-It's 3v3 Soccer Shootout at the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex in Clearwater. The complex, located at 2450 Drew St., will host the tournament Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26
To register for the tourney or to get more information, go to www.kickit3v3.com or call 1-888-997-7529. The Kick-It tournament provides local soccer aficionados with fast, high-scoring soccer coupled with music, games and other activities. Teams also have the opportunity to qualify for the World Championships at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.