|Former Island resident and daughter of this sports writer, Gillian Cassidy, carries the ball toward the goal during Manatee Lightning soccer action at Palma Sola Park.
Center soccer standings virtually unchanged
A short week of school made for a short week of soccer action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. With no games on Friday, only eight games were completed, leaving the standings virtually unchanged from the previous week.
Island Real Estate remained perfect with a 6-0 record in Division II, while Mr. Bones also remained undefeated, although two points out of first place in the tight first division. Bones tied two games last week to increase its total of ties to five on the season. Air & Energy got back on the winning track with a 5-0 victory over Cannons Marina after suffering its first loss last week to Danziger Allergy & Sinus.
We're at the midway point of the season so teams in Division II and III need to win some games against their respective division leaders or the season will be over in the next couple of weeks. Division I remains wide open as three points separate the first-place team and the basement.
Division III (ages 8-9)
Air & Energy got back to its winning ways with an impressive 5-0 victory over Cannons Marina on Oct. 6 behind two goals apiece from Joel and Adam Hart. Connor Field notched one goal to complete the Air & Energy scoring.
Danziger Allergy & Sinus infected Mike Norman Realty with a 4-0 thrashing on Oct. 6. Danziger received a stellar performance from Andrew Crowton, who notched four goals in the victory.
Cannons Marina moved up the standings thanks to a 3-1 victory over Mike Norman Realty on Oct. 4. Hunter Parrish paced the offense for Cannons with two goals, while Max Moneuse added one goal to the victory total.
Mike Norman was led by Logan Reiber's lone goal in defeat.
Division II (ages 10-11)
West Coast Surf Shop and Harry's Continental Kitchens battled to a 3-3 draw on Oct. 5 in Division II soccer action at the Center. Hailey Dearlove, Giorgio Gomez and Danny Krokroskia each notched single goals to lead the Surf Shop.
Trevor Bystrom led Harry's with two goals, while Daniel Pimental added one goal in the 3-3 tie
Island Real Estate remained the only undefeated team in the Center soccer league thanks to a close 4-3 victory over Pine Avenue Store on Oct. 4. Chandler Hardy paced Island Real Estate with three goals, while Paulo Fonseca added one goal to the IRE total.
Pine Store was led by two goals from Alex Hall and one goal from Kyle Crum in the heartbreaking loss.
Division I (ages 12-14)
Mr. Bones, which recorded its fifth tie on the season in a battle to a 1-1 draw with Longboat Observer on Oct. 5 to remain unbeaten although two points back in the Division I standings. Austin Martin notched the lone goal for Mr. Bones, while Longboat Observer, tied with Mr. Bones for second place, received one goal from Nash Thompson.
LaPensee Plumbing held off still undefeated Mr. Bones on Oct. 3 in a game that ended in a 6-6 tie. Mr. Bones, which has tied an incredible four games, received four goals from Cory Wash and one goal apiece from James Hall and Ally Titsworth.
Joey Hutchinson led the offensive onslaught for LaPensee with four goals, while Troy Kozewski and Heldino Gomez each notched one goal in the tie.
ReMax Gulfstream Realty won its second game of the season on Oct. 3 behind three goals apiece from Jordan Sebastiano and Ben Valdivieso. Matt Bauer completed the scoring for ReMax with one goal.
Martine Miller and Max Marnie led the way for West Coast Air Conditioning with one goal apiece in the loss.
Dan's Market sparks Lightning
Dan's Market, an under-8 team playing in the Manatee Lightning girls soccer league, overcame a two-goal deficit in the last quarter to tie Allstate Insurance 6-6 on Oct. 8 at Palma Sola Park. Breanna Dziczek led the way with five goals, while former Islander Gillian Cassidy, who played her first three soccer years in the Center soccer league, added one goal.
Caroline Dunn, Nicolette Soto and Dziczek each played well in goal, while Shalynn Padgett, Taylor Moran, Lynda Carrell and Brianna Beckwith played well in their first games.
Key Royale golf news
Nancy King shot an even par 32 to hold off Nancy Grimme, who carded a two-over 34 in the Oct. 4 Flight A, low-net golf competition at the Key Royale Club. Joyce Brown and Cindi Mansour both shot 36 to finish in a tie for third place. Mansour also added a chip in on No. 7, while also winning the flight A low-putts competition with 14 putts in her round. Lois Biel had 15 putts to finish one behind Mansour.
Frankie Smith-Williams shot a one-under 31 to win the low net, flight B competition over Rose Slomba, who finished with a 34 and Sally Keyes, who had a chip-in on hole No. 4 finished four shots back in third place.
Bradenton's Ron Pepka teamed up with George McKay of Anna Maria to defeat Tom Skoloda of Anna Maria and Jay Disbrow of Bradenton in a one-game playoff on Oct. 8.
Norm Good of Bradenton and Tom Rhodes of Cortez won the Oct. 5 competition with a perfect 3-0 record. Their victory ended the 18-match Pepka winning streak.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays beside Anna Maria City Hall. Warm ups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.