Sports – 01-14-2015

Island sports limited by winter weather, school break   For the adults who congregate outdoors at Anna Maria City Hall on Wednesdays and Saturdays, school break and chilly temperatures have no effect. However, there was no team unbeaten in horseshoe …

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Sports – 01-07-2015

Island Pest Control’s David Hiram carries the ball forward as Slim’s Place midfielder Danny Anderson defends during the Island Cup Final June 26. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy

Sports year in review, July-December   Looking back at the second half of 2014 in sports and naming The Islander sports story/person of the year:   July There was a big announcement in July regarding longtime islander Ken Bowers, who …

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Sports – 12-31-2014

Bradenton Beach resident Ryan Leestma poses with his first-place award for winning the eighth annual Gator Half Triathlon April 13 at Lake Manatee State Park.

Island sports flashback: January-June   My how the time flies. Another year, another year in review of the sports happenings on and around Anna Maria Island. In past years, I’ve compiled my top 10 as a review of the year, …

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Sports – 12-24-2014

King Middle School cross-country coach Jon Syre and his team: Courtney Isom, Camrynn Carson, Sara Goethe, Abigail Drapala, Marisa Wilson, Marisa Armer, Molly Brown, Tavionne Watson, Stephanie Bobrek, Francesca Cappello, Anni Walter, Brooke Capparelli, Victoria Walter. Not Pictured: Lila Naeher, Delaney Naeher. Islander Photo: Courtesy Danielle Capparelli

KMS girl runners capture county cross-country title   King Middle School’s female road runners captured the Dec. 13 Manatee County middle school cross country championship at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton, and they did it thanks to a little help …

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Sports – 12-17-2014

Horseshoes, golf step up, center sports on winter break   While youth and adult sports at the Anna Maria Island go quiet for the winter holidays, golf and horseshoes round out the sports opportunities on AMI. The Key Royale Club …

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Sports – 12-10-2014

Members of the Anna Maria Island Community Center adult soccer finalists, Dojo Martial Arts, left, and Eason Builders, flank Paul Hayward as he holds the newly minted Paul “Ace” Hayward Cup — the championship prize in the Island Cup. Hayward, a soccer enthusiast who, before taking on a battle with cancer, was a routine volunteer in the center soccer program. Islander Photo: Courtesy AMICC

Builders take Island Cup, championship honors ‘Ace’   The Island Cup final Dec. 4 in the Anna Maria Island Community Center adult soccer league came down to Dojo Martial Arts and Eason Builders. The game’s significance came into perspective prior …

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Sports – 12-03-2014

AMICC adult basketball champs: Gator Man Pools Aaron Dudukes, Dale Smith, Joe Combs, Brandon Osmond, Michael Scpondra, Keith Wilking and Cody Sullivan celebrate on winning the Anna Maria Island Community Center Adult Basketball League title. Islander Photo: Courtesy AMICC

Gators champs in community center adult basketball   No, not those Gators. But the island’s gators are on top of the basketball ranks. Gator Man Pools rolled to a 59-47 victory over Duncan Real Estate Nov. 25 to win the …

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Sports – 11-26-2014

Duncan Real Estate’s Jonathan Moss defends Terry Henry from Island Real Estate during playoff action in the Anna Maria Island Community Center Adult Basketball League.

Playoffs underway in center’s adult basketball, soccer leagues   The gym at the Anna Maria Island Community Center is heating up. Duncan Real Estate scored a come-from-behind, 47-45 victory over Island Real Estate in the Nov. 18 opening game of …

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Sports – 11-19-2014

Champions: Anna Maria Donuts Anna Maria Island Community Center Soccer League 8-10 Division winners are: Anthony Monetti, Thomas Heckler, Michael Pears, Noah Wampole, Lincoln Sauls, Fiona Turner Leathem, Francis Lawson, Breya Sauls, Sydney Leechford and Cassie Calvert and Coach Shawn Wampole. Islander Photo: Courtesy of AMICC

Center crowns champions in youth soccer league   Two champions were crowned Nov. 10 as the fall Anna Maria Island Community Center Youth Soccer League closed another season of kicks. The first championship game saw Anna Maria Donuts edge Miller …

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Sports – 11-12-2014

Island resident Sandy Meneley runs into an unplanned water hazard Nov. 1 in the Ironman Florida Triathlon in Panama City Beach. Islander Photo: Courtesy Fuzz Meneley

Island retiree racks up triathlon accolades, medals   She’s an overachieving, over-65 champion. Island resident Sandy Meneley is quite an athlete, and she’s had quite the year in triathlons and other races. She captured first place Nov. 1 in the …

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