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Date of Issue: March 30, 2005

Sports
Gateway Solution's Joey Hutchinson takes a shot from the left wing during Division II soccer league action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
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Time runs out on soccer league wanna-bes

Time is running out on teams that don't currently lead their respective age division in the Anna Maria Island Community Center Soccer League.

West Coast Air Conditioning holds a fairly comfortable six-point lead over ReMax Gulfstream, thanks in part to a 6-6 tie between ReMax and third-place LaPensee Plumbing. The race to the top in Division III is still close from first to third. Island Animal Clinic, Harry's Continental Kitchens and Air America each won their respective games this past week, so Island Animal Clinic still clings to a three-point lead over Harry's and leads Air America by five points with a week of action left.

Division II currently has Gateway Solutions and Island Real Estate tied atop the standings with 19 points each, while third-place Air & Energy still holds out hope with 15 points.

Air & Energy took on Gateway Solutions on Wednesday, Oct. 20, with a chance to edge closer to the top spot, but Gateway Solutions prevailed thanks to a Matt Bauer goal in the 39th minute. With time running out, Bauer swept in to steal an A&E goal kick before burying the freebee from 18 yards out for the game winner.

Gateway dominated this game in the early going, but a combination of bad luck and some strong goal-keeping from Sage Geeraerts kept the game scoreless until the 11th minute. Joey Hutchinson got fouled on the left edge of the box, resulting in a direct kick for Gateway. Hutchinson took the offering and drove a low, hard shot into the goal mouth. The ball bounced around, resulting in a hand ball on an A&E player, giving Gateway a penalty kick. Hutchinson blasted the free kick top shelf for a 1-0 Gateway lead.

Gateway extended its lead in the 19th minute when Chandler McClung sent a looping ball into the goal area. Matt Bauer hustled in and poked the ball past the hard-charging keeper, where he easily finished into the empty net for a 2-0 Gateway lead.

Air & Energy got back into the game in the last minute of the first half when Sarah Howard got loose up the right wing and crossed inside to Martine Miller, who poked it underneath the keeper's outstretched hands, to pull to within 2-1.

Miller tied the score early in the second half when she got fouled on the left edge of the box resulting in a free kick. She took advantage, sending the free kick into the lower left corner of the goal, setting the stage for Bauer's late-game heroics.

Harry's 6, Jessie's 5
Four goals from Kayla Arritt sparked Harry's Continental Kitchens past Jessie's Island Store on Monday, Oct. 18, by a 6-5 score. Max Moneuse and Savannah Schields each added a goal to help Harry's improve to 6-2 on the season, good for second place in Division III.

Jessie's received single goals from Isaiah Beaton, Julian Botero, Kylie Brownwell, Connor Field and Cody Johnson in the loss.

Animal Clinic 4, Surf Shop 2
Island Animal Clinic retained its three-point lead over Harry's thanks to a 4-2 victory over West Coast Surf Shop in Monday evening's second Division III game. Trevor Bystrom added to his league-leading scoring total with two goals, while Max Miller and Jack Titsworth each notched single goals in the victory.

Giorgio Gomez scored both Surf Shop goals to match Bystrom for the league lead with 16.

West Coast AC 5, LaPensee 4
A hat trick by Alex Wright helped West Coast Air Conditioning cool off LaPensee Plumbing 5-4 in a Division I match on Tuesday, Oct. 19. Chandler Hardy and Andrew Fortenberry also scored goals for West Coast, which increased its lead to six points in the Division I standings with the win.

Max Marnie continued his recent scoring barrage with three goals to lead LaPensee, which also received one goal from Preston Riede in the loss.

ReMax 6, LaPensee 6
ReMax Gulfstream Realty and LaPensee Plumbing battled to a 6-6 tie on Wednesday, Oct. 20, seriously damaging any hope of catching Division I leader West Coast Air in the standings.

Ben Valdivieso scored five goals for ReMax to increase his league-leading total to 41 goals, while teammate Celia Ware added her 19th goal of the season.

Max Marnie scored three goals for LaPensee to up his season total to 17. Preston Riede added two goals and Chris Martin notched one goal in the tie for LaPensee.

A&E 5, Danziger 1
A hat trick by Martine Miller carried Air & Energy to a 5-1 victory over Danziger Allergy & Sinus on Thursday, Oct. 21, to bounce back from a disappointing loss the night before to Division II co-leader Gateway. Raina Lardas and Blake Rivers each added one goal to the victory, which improves Air & Energy to 5-4 on the season.

Danziger's score came from Mackenzie Kosfeld, who made her third goal of the season in the loss.

West Coast AC 6, Mr. Bones 4
Alex Wright scored four goals on Thursday, Oct. 21, to lead West Coast Air Conditioning to its seventh straight win without a loss in Division I. West Coast, which last tasted defeat when ReMax rolled them 17-3 on Sept. 14, also received a goal apiece from Andrew Fortenberry and Miles Hostetler in the victory.

Mr. Bones was led by Blake Wilson's three goals and one goal from Billy Alstrom in the loss.

Air America 3, Pine Store 1
Daniel Pimental scored three goals to lead Air America past Pine Avenue Store on Friday, Oct. 22, in Division III soccer action. Mallory Kosfeld notched one goal to lead Pine Store in the loss.

IRE 3, Danziger 2
Island Real Estate dodged a bullet Friday, Oct. 22, as it edged winless Danziger Allergy & Sinus behind a pair of goals from Kyle Parsons and one goal from Travis Belsito. The win allowed IRE to keep pace with Gateway atop the Division II standings.

Danziger received goals from Mackenzie Kosfeld and Jordan Sebastiano in the loss.

Register now for basketball
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is now accepting registrations for its 2004-05 youth basketball league. Boys and girls ages 5-17 have until Monday, Nov. 8, to register for the league, which is offering two special registration nights Nov. 2 and Nov. 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Coaches are also needed for the upcoming basketball season and there's a bonus for volunteer coaches - their child plays for free if they're selected as a head coach.

Registration fee for Center family members is $40 for the first child and $35 for each additional child in the family. Non-members fee is $55 for first child and $50 for each additional child. Players will receive a uniform jersey and all players who sign up will be placed on a team in their age division.

Mandatory tryouts, which help ensure league parity, will be held at the following times:

  • Ages 14-17, Nov. 9, 7-8 p.m.
  • Ages 12-14, Nov. 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Ages 8-9, Nov. 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Ages 5-7, Nov. 13, 10-11 a.m.

Basketball camp upcoming
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's pre-season basketball camp will be held Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for players ages 5-13.

The camp will emphasize specific fundamentals of offense and defense related to ability and age. Cost for the camp is $20 for center members and $35 for non-members. For more information, contact the Center at 778-1908.

Flag football tourney accepting registrations
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will present its first Island Turkey Bowl, a charity flag football tournament with any income designated to help needy families this holiday season.

Cost for the tournament, which is being played at the Center Nov. 20-22, is $25 per player with a portion of the proceeds going to help needy families.

The tournament will have several divisions ranging from ages 12-13 up to 38-plus for males and females, and it will be a double-elimination format.

Entry deadline is Friday, Nov. 12, and there is a mandatory coaches meeting Monday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m.

For more information, call the Center at 778-1908.

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