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Date of Issue: January 23, 2008

Islanders help Manatee JV soccer to undefeated season

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Islanders Ally Titsworth, Sean Edwards, Lexi Owens and MacKenzie Kosfeld pose for a picture with coach Jeff Nelson, also an Islander, following their 4-0 team victory over Palmetto in the season finale. Islander Photo: Courtesy Erin Kosfeld

The Manatee High School girls junior varsity soccer team defeated Palmetto High 4-0 on Jan. 11 to finish its season undefeated with an impressive 12-0-3 record. The Her-icanes are well represented by Islanders with sophomore team captain Sean Edwards joining freshmen Ally Titsworth, Lexi Owens and MacKenzie Kosfeld on the team that is coached by another Island resident, Jeff Nelson.

Kosfeld was a defender, while Edwards, Owens and Titsworth played midfield on a team that outscored its collective opponents by a 68-4 margin. Edwards and Owens each finished with three goals on the season, while Titsworth was among the team leaders with nine goals.

“With only five returning players, I didn’t know what kind of team to expect, but the girls bonded quickly, which led to their success this season,” stated Coach Nelson.

The only blemishes on the Lady Canes’ fantastic season came in two 0-0 ties against crosstown rival Lakewood Ranch and a 1-1 tie against St. Pete Catholic. Other than that, the girls were perfect.

The soccer season continues for Titsworth as she received a call up to the varsity squad, which plays in the Class 5A, District 12 tournament at MHS this week.

The varsity Lady Canes also boasts Islanders in Amber Wright, Erin Mulrine and Tina Papazian.

The district tournament semifinals will be played at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, with the finals set for at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18.

Come out and support the Her-icanes as they pursue a district championship.

 

Horseshoe news

Five teams emerged from the 13 that tried their luck during Jan. 9 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. The team of Al Norman and Gene Bobeldyk grabbed the day’s bragging rights thanks to a decisive 21-7 victory over George McKay and Charlie Apuzzo.

The Jan. 5 games had an even larger turnout with 16 teams of players. That total was whittled down to four after pool play resulted in a pair of semifinal matches. Fred Huyghe and Tom Rhodes cruised to a 21-5 victory over Ron Pepka and Sam Samuels, while George McKay and Gene Bobeldyk defeated Norm Good and Rod Bussey 25-17 in the other semifinal game. The championship match saw Huyghe and Rhodes edge McKay and Bobeldyk by a 21-18 score.

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.

 

Key Royale golf news

The men of the Key Royale Club played an 18-hole, two best balls of foursome tourney on Jan. 9 with the team of Merritt Fineout, Nub Turner, Dick Rowse and Gerry Taylor torching the course with a 19-under par 109 to earn the day’s bragging rights. Second place went to Gary Harris, Neal Hammer, Ed Havlik and Pete Weir with a 17-under 111. Bob Lamp, Bob Sayles, Larry Fowler and Greg Shorten finished in third place with a 113.

The ladies played an individual-low-net game on Jan. 8 with Penny Williams firing a 4-under-par 28 to take home first place. Mary Selby finished second with a 1-under par 31, one shot ahead of Mardene Eichorn, who matched par at 32. Eunice Warda and Erma McMullen finished third and fourth respectively.

Jean Holmes, Dorothy McKinna and McMullen each had birdies on the day, while Nancy Grimme, Williams, Markie Ksiazek and Margaret Schuller each had chipins.

The men teed it up for a nine-hole, better-ball-of-foursome tourney on Jan. 7. The team of Bob Dickinson, Omar Trolard, Rolph Trolard and Dave Kruger carded a 9-under-par 23 to take home first place. There was a four-way tie with a score of 7-under 25 for second place.

The men and women teed it up on Jan. 5 for their monthly mixed scramble and had such a great turnout, they had two shotgun starts. The win for the 8 a.m. group was captured by the team of Luanne Collins, Lois Biel, Gordon McKinna and Tom Lewish with a score of 21. Second place went to the team of Chris Collins, Lorraine Towne, Larry Fowler and Al Bun with a score of 22.8.

Joyce Brown and Chas McMullen won the closest-to-the-pin contests.

The winner from the 10:15 a.m. group was the team of Barbara Carr, Dan Hayes, Matt Behan and Dave Kruger with a score of 21.9. Second place went to the team of Markie Ksiazek, Charlie Knopp, Nub Turner and Peter Proxy.

Paul Kaemmerlen and Ksiazek each won the closest-to-the-pin honors, while Knopp, Teresa Schutte and Fred Meyer had chipins.

 

Little League on horizon

It’s time for America’s favorite pastime. Play ball!

The Anna Maria Island Little League season is fast approaching. Organizers of the youth sport on Anna Maria Island have announced that there will be two special baseball registration events at the Anna Maria Island Community Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, and 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. Players registered during these times will get a fee discount. Registration continues until Thursday, Jan. 31, with the season set to open on Feb. 25.

      Cost for registration for players ranging from age 5 to 16 are $50 for T-ball, $60 for AA, $85 for minors and $90 for major and junior league players. Late registration cost increases to $60, $70, $100 and $110.

      AMILL and AA ball will be played at the Center field and Major and Junior League games will be played in cooperation with county leagues at the Center, G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton, and Birdie Tebbetts Field in Holmes Beach.

Anna Maria Island Little League day will take place at McKechnie Field in Bradenton Sunday, March 2, as Bradenton’s own Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Tampa Bay Rays. Each registered AMILL player will receive one free ticket to this afternoon spring-training game. And affordable tickets will be available from AMILL for Little League-player family members.

For more information, contact AMILL president Mike Brusso at 941-778-2838.

 

Register now for senior games

Senior athletes can sign up now for the 2008 Gulf Coast Senior Games, which take place Feb. 19-24 at a variety of locations in and around Bradenton. The Senior Games, which is entering it’s 19th year of providing sporting competition for athletes 50 years young and up in 20 different events.

Seniors can choose among archery, basketball shooting, billiards, bocce, bowling, bridge, cribbage, cycling, golf, horseshoes, lawn bowling, punt-pass-kick, racquetball, 5K road race, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis and track and field.

The cost to register is $12 with every entrant receiving a senior games T-shirt. There is an additional fee of $2 for each event/activity entered. To register or for more information, call 941-742-5923.

Anna Maria Island Community Center basketball schedule

Premier (ages 14-17)

8 p.m. Jan. 16    Ralph’s vs. WCAC

Division I (ages 12-13)

8 p.m. Jan. 17    Sun vs. Paradise

8 p.m. Jan. 22    Lumber vs. Paradise

Division II (ages 10-11)

7 p.m. Jan. 17    Kumon vs. Jessie’s

7 p.m. Jan. 22    Dips vs. Jessie’s

Division III (ages 8-9)

7 p.m. Jan. 16    LPAC vs. Duncan

6 p.m. Jan. 17    Bistro vs. Ross

6 p.m. Jan. 22    Orthopedic vs. Ross

Instructional League (ages 5-7)

6 p.m. Jan. 16    BeachHouse  vs. Oyster Bar

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