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Date of Issue: January 19, 2006

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Kevin Grunke drives the basket for his West Coast Air Conditioning team, while Ben Valdivieso defends for Anna Maria Glass & Screen. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy

Cold shooting dominates Premier Division basketball contest

The Anna Maria Island Community Center's winter basketball season continued with a full slate of end-to-end action throughout the past week. The highlighted game this week was a Premier Division contest that came down to the wire between Anna Maria Glass & Screen and West Coast Air Conditioning.

Both teams were cold from the field throughout most of the game, with West Coast holding a 26-23 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Whitney Bauer opened the scoring in the third quarter when after grabbing an offensive rebound, she went up strong to the basket and was fouled. Bauer swished both free throws for a 28-23 WCAC lead.

Anna Maria Glass & Screen's Breann Richardson got behind the West Coast defense and teammate Chad Reed found her with a long pass for an easy lay up to trail 28-25.

West Coast came right back as Al Barrett drove the lane and found Bauer underneath. She again was fouled and again swished both attempts to give West Coast a 30-25 lead.

Reed brought the Glass & Screen team back with a steal and a layup followed by an offensive rebound put-back to pull to within a point at 30-29. Then Glass & Screen got an important defensive stop on West Coast. They worked the ball to Franklin Moore on the left side and he drove hard to the basket for a layin and a 31-30 lead with just over three minutes to play.

Matt McDonough came right back with a spinning drive to the basket before leaving the ball for Bauer, who again was fouled. She again made both free throws as West Coast retook the lead 32-31.

Moore pushed the ball quickly upcourt, but missed a 15-footer which proved costly when West Coast's McDonough came right back with a strong drive and a layup for a 34-31 lead with 2:31 to play.

A foul and two free throws by Anna Maria's Ben Valdivieso brought Glass & Screen to within a point and an offensive rebound put-back by Luis Leon gave Anna Maria Glass & Screen its second lead of the game with just over a minute remaining to play.

Corbin Kitchen stole the ball for Glass & Screen and quickly passed the ball to Reed, who had the ball poked away by Anna Maria's Phelps Tracy. Glass & Screen inbounded the ball to Moore, whose shot rimmed out and McDonough snagged the rebound for West Coast Air.

But McDonough had the ball poked away and a mad scramble ensued for the ball. McDonough ended up getting fouled and making both ends of the one-on-one foul shot for a 36-35 West Coast lead.

Anna Maria pushed the ball quickly upcourt and worked the ball to Valdivieso on the baseline, but his shot rimmed out. Leon grabbed the offensive board, but his follow shot would drop and McDonough grabbed the defensive board and called time.

West Coast then had trouble inbounding the ball and Reed came up with the steal, but he had the ball poked away on the way to the basket. A Barrett steal and a foul sent him to the line where he made both ends of the one-on-one opportunity for a 38-35 lead with 10 seconds to play.

Anna Maria Glass & Screen brought the ball up and looked for an open three-point opportunity, but West Coast Air defended the permimeter and forced a desperation shot from 28 feet that fell short, giving West Coast AC a hard-fought 38-35 victory.

Kevin Grunke led West Coast with 10 points and three rebounds, while Whitney Bauer added eight points and four rebounds. McDonough added six points and 10 rebounds in the victory.

Moore led Anna Maria Glass & Screen with 14 points and six rebounds, while Reed added nine points and eight rebounds. Luis Leon scored six points and pulled down an incredible 19 rebounds in the loss for Glass & Screen.

Premier action

Island Real Estate edged Publix by two points for a 59-57 score in the season's first Premier Division game Saturday behind 31 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists from David Buck and 15 points and 10 rebounds from Zach Schield.

Tyler Bekkerus led Publix with 23 points and six rebounds, while Mike Wallen added 13 points and three rebounds. Jordan Graeff added 12 points and eight rebounds for Publix in the close loss.

Zach Schield dominated down low with 24 points and 16 rebounds as Island Real Estate cooled off West Coast Air Conditioning 60-20 on Jan. 11. David Buck added 20 points for Island Real Estate, which also received six points from Eric Distelhurst and five points from Grant Lukitch.

Phelps Tracy scored six points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead West Coast AC, which also received five points from Matt McDonough and four points from Sammy Samap in the loss.

Tyler Bekkerus poured in 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Publix past Anna Maria Glass & Screen 52-46 on Jan. 9. Mike Wallen added 11 points, eight rebounds and three assists for Publix, which also received eight points from Jamison Urch and four points apiece from Jordan Graeff and Jake McDonald.

Franklin Moore scored 22 points and snagged 13 rebounds to lead Anna Maria Glass & Screen in the loss. Corbin Kitchen chipped in with eight points, while Ben Valdivieso and Luis Leon each finished with six points.

Division I action

Danziger Allergy & Sinus rode another double-double by Garrett Secor to an easy 40-20 victory over Air & Energy in Jan. 12 Division I basketball action at the Center. Secor finished with a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Molly Slicker added 10 points to the Danziger victory.

Matt Bauer scored 10 points and Jason Rappe scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead A&E in the loss.

Blake Wilson had two three-point baskets and scored a game-high 15 points to lead Homes of Distinction past Longboat Observer 29-16 on Jan. 9. Ally Titsworth added six points and four rebounds, while Brandon Gengler pulled down 14 rebounds to go along with his two points in the Homes of Distinction victory.

Kyle Aritt led the Observer with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while teammate Donna Barth added two points in the loss.

Justin Dearlove scored 21 points and dished out four assists to lead A Paradise Realty to a one-point victory over Danziger Allergy & Sinus on Jan. 9. Jordan Sebastiano added 10 points and David Landesburg scored four points to the 38-37 victory total.

Garrett Secor scored 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead Danziger, which also received 14 points from Chris Callahan in the loss.

Division II action

Five points from Molly McDonough paced a balanced scoring attack by Duncan Real Estate in its 14-2 victory over Sun House Restaurant on Jan. 11. Savannah Schield added three points while Sarah Azmi, Jake Rappe and Taylor Wilson each chipped in with two points in the victory.

Glen Bower led the Sun House with two points in the loss.

Hailey Dearlove scored 21 points and Becca Butler added eight to lead Island Family Physicians to a 34-14 victory over Harcorn Corp. on Jan. 10. Daniel Pimental chipped in with four points and Stephanie Purnell finished with two points to complete the Physicians scoring.

Jordan Hinton scored eight points to lead Harcorn, which also received two points apiece from Patrick Edwards, Stephanie Schenk and Emily White in the loss.

Division III action

Neil Carper scored four points while teammates Sam Azmi, Jake Parsons and Holly Rizzo each added two points during the Kumon 10-4 victory over Jessie's Island Store on Jan. 14.

Blaine Jenefsky led Jessie's with four points in the loss.

Dips Ice Cream rolled past the Bistros behind 17 points from Lee Bergeron and six points from Brendan Galagher for a final 23-8 in Division III action on Jan. 14.

Luke Shackleford led Bistros with six points while Samantha Purnell added two points in the loss.

Lee Bergeron scored nine of his 11 points in the decisive fourth quarter to help Dips Ice Cream overcome a six-point deficit on the way to a 22-20 victory over Kumon on Jan. 12. Johnny Mattay added four points for Dips in the victory.

Neil Carper led all scorers with 14 points, while Sam Azmi added four points and Jake Parsons scored two points for Kumon in the loss.

On Jan. 10, Luke Shackleford scored six points and Trevor Albers added two points to lead Bistros 8-5 over Jessie's Island Store. Three points from Jacob Blue and one point apiece from Bo Gurski and Blaine Jenefsky paced Jessie's Island Store in the loss.

Key Royale golf news

Sara Falk shot a one-under-par 31 to capture the flight AA low-net women's golf competition at the Key Royale Club on Jan. 10. Penny Williams shot 32 to finish one shot back, while Nancy Grimme's 34 earned her a third-place finish.

Flight A winner Cindi Mansour shot an incredible four-under 28 to finish four shots ahead of second-place finisher Dorothy McKinna, who shot an even-par 32. Rosewitha Fowler and Lorraine Towne came in a tie for third with a pair of 34s.

A one-over 33 gave first place to Flight B's Margie Jacobs, while Mardene Eichorn, Sally Keyes and Margaret Schueller finished in a three-way tie for second place with scores of 35.

Jan Turner shot a 34 to win the Flight B competition over second-place finishers Dee Bassett and Eunice Warda, who both finished with a 35.

Flight D winner was Theresa Schuette, whose 31 was four shots better than second-place finisher Jeanette Cashman. Lucille Cooney and Terry Westby tied for third with a pair of 38s.

Horseshoe news

Wednesday's Jan. 11 horseshoe competition drew 20 participants, with Rod Bussey and Norm Good emerging as champions by defeating Cathy Stoltzfus and Sam Samuels by a 21-13 score.

Jan. 7 horseshoe action saw Steve Doyle and Tom Rhodes defeat Adin Shank and Tom Skoloda 21-7 to win Saturday's bragging rights.

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.

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