Islanders help Magic to Orange Classic title
Island residents Erin Mulrine, Ally Titsworth and Martine Miller helped the U15 Manatee Magic girls capture the Orange Classic soccer tournament in Fort Lauderdale Dec. 29-30.
The Magic opened the tournament by tying Florida Premier 1-1 behind one goal from Ally Titsworth. The Magic then defeated Plantation 4-0 behind a pair of goals from Martine Miller and one goal apiece from Madison Bradley and Nicole Dixon.
Game three saw the Magic edge NASA Premier of Georgia 1-0 with Kaitlyn Wolfe notching the game winner and putting the Magic in the tournament semifinals.
There, Magic defeated Miami 2-1 behind a pair of goals from Erin Mulrine. The girls then defeated NASA Premier for the second time by a 2-0 score. Both goals were scored by Tori Bolyard.
Bob Lee overcame the cold and walked to victory lane on Jan. 2 in the opening horseshoe competition of the year. Lee defeated the team of Ron Pepka and Tom Rhodes by a 24-15 score.
Gene Bobeldyk and Jerry Disbrow emerged from the crowded pits with a 23-10 victory over Art Kingstad and Dave Lansaw during Dec. 29 horseshoe action.
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.
Key Royale golf news
The men of Key Royale Club started up the new year with a better-ball-of-partners game on Jan. 2. First place went to the team of Earl Ritchie and Bill Melvin with a 25, while one shot back, the team Jim Thorton and Dale Hudson matched Bob Kral and Peter Proxy.
The men played a best-ball-of-partners game Dec. 31 that was won by Tom Nelson and John Heiselman with a 6-under-par 26. Larry Fowler and Gary Harris matched the 5-under- score of 27 carded by Tom Steele and Earl Ritchie to tie for second place. There was also a tie for third place at 4-under-par for teammates Jim McCartney and Paul Kaemmerlen and Omar Trolard and Bob King.
The last coed tournament of the year was played in a best-ball-of-foursome format. Nell Bergstrom, Terry Westby, Hal Sears and Larry Fowler combined to card an 8-under-par 24 to take first place.
Basketball season startup
The Anna Maria Island Community Center youth basketball season gets started on Jan. 14. The annual dinner banquet and distribution of uniforms by team coaches will be held Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. with food donated by the Beach Bistro. Individual and team photos will be taken on Jan. 12 with the regular season starting on Jan. 14.
Once again there are four age divisions for competitive league pland and an instructional division for players in the age 5-7 noncompetitive group. Division III is for players ages 8-9 age and Division II for players ages 10-11. The Premier division features players ages 14-17.
The basketball league also features a cheerleading program with cheers for every team.
Practices are under way for the league’s cheerleading squad and the group will also participate in the banquet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, and photos on Saturday, Jan. 12, although a time was “to be announced,” according to cheer leader Amy Seiderman, who can be reached at the Center at 941-778-1908.
AMICC Basketball League schedule
Premier (ages 14-17)
8 p.m. Jan. 15 IRE vs. Cycles
Division I (ages 12-13)
8 p.m. Jan. 14 Lumber vs. A&E
Division II (ages 10-11)
7 p.m. Jan. 15 Kumon vs. Dips
Division III (ages 8-9)
7 p.m. Jan. 14 Bistro vs. Orthopedics
6 p.m. Jan. 15 Ross vs. LPAC
Instructional (ages 5-7)
6 p.m. Jan. 14 BeachHouse vs. Observer
6 p.m. Jan. 16 BeachHouse. vs. Oyster Bar