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Date of Issue: November 18, 2009

Soccer league playoffs get started this week

The regular season of the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s recreational soccer league is officially over, which makes it win or go home time. It doesn’t matter if one team has owned another team in the regular season because both are one loss from watching the rest of the playoffs from the sidelines.

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Bradenton resident Mickey Hooke poses for a picture with Tampa Mayor, Pam Iorio after winning the masters division of the 15th annual Tampa Police Memorial 5K run.

The Premier Division favorite has to be Harcon Corps., but Mike Norman Realty has defeated them twice this season, so it wouldn’t be a monumental upset if they were to do it again.

Division I favorite is Ross Built, but Autoway Ford has defeated Ross Built once this season, so anything can  happen here, too. That’s not even mentioning the much-improved Wash Family Construction team that earned consecutive victories over both Ross and Autoway late in the season.

Sandbar ruled the Division II roost and, as such, is the favorite, but Panoramic is a dangerous team and could give them trouble.

Last, but not least is the Division III double-elimination tournament where the Center’s young soccer players get their first taste of having the games count and scores reported.

All of the playoff action gets started Nov. 12 at the Center. Don’t miss it.

In the last week of action, Ross Built edged Mr. Bones BBQ 2-1 Nov. 4, getting one goal apiece from twins Jake and Andrew Ross. Neil Carper notched the lone goal for Mr. Bones in the loss.

Ross Built held onto the top seed in Division I with a 7-2 thumping of Autoway Ford Nov. 3 behind three goals from Andrew Ross and two goals apiece from Jake Ross and Lauren Sapienza. Michael Latimer led Autoway Ford with two goals in the loss.

Mr. Bones BBQ smoked Wash Family Construction 5-2 Nov. 3 behind a hat trick from Ben Connors and two goals from Neil Carper. Tyler Yavalar and Jacob Talucci each added single goals for Wash in the loss.

Mr. Bones BBQ defeated Autoway Ford 2-1 Nov. 2 as Neil Carper notched a pair of goals to lead the way. Nico Calleja scored the only goal for Autoway Ford in the loss.

There were no such upsets in Division II, where Panoramic and Sandbar earned victories in their last regular season games Nov. 4. Sandbar shutout West Coast Surf Shop 2-0 behind single goals from Jason Partridge and Joe Joe Rodgers. Panoramic earned a 3-0 victory over Sparks Steel Art behind single goals from Morgan Burns, Dylan Joseph and Joey Thiel.

The Premier Division’s regular season ended Nov. 2 with Haron Corp. defeating Wash Family Construction 4-1 behind three goals from Trevor Bystrom and one goal from Julian Botero. Austin Wash notched the lone goal for Wash Family Construction in the loss.

Hooke tops in Tampa run

Galati Yacht Sales staff member Mickey Hooke, a former Islander, was the top runner in the masters division of the 15th annual Tampa Police Memorial 5K run Oct. 10. Hooke, who is the current masters course record-holder with a time of 16:42, overcame 84 degree heat and 95 percent humidity to run a 17:38 and finish sixth overall.

The yearly event, which is held on the streets of downtown Tampa, included speakers Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and Cindy Roberts, widow of Tampa Police Department Cpl. Mike Roberts, who was killed in the line of duty Aug. 19.

Key Royale golf news

The Key Royale Club women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net game Nov. 3. Flight AA winner was Joy Phelan with a 2-under-par 30 to edge Penny Williams by one stroke. Third place went to Cindy Miller, who finished at even-par 30.

Joyce Brown, Linda Kelly and Tootie Wagner each carded a 2-under-par 30 to tie for first place in Flight A.

Flight B winner was Sue Wheeler with an even-par 32, five shots ahead of Barbara Mason-Estok, Joanne Ozdich, Joyce Reith and Jan Turner, who all tied for second.

Dorothy McKinna’s 1-under 31 was good enough to capture Flight C. She finished two shots ahead of Lorrain Towne, while Pat Rice was five shots back in third place.

Nell Bergstrom carded a 2-under-par 30 to win Flight D by three shots over second place finisher Erma McMullen with Jane Winegarden one shot back in third place.

The side game of the day was low putts with Joanne Ozdich, Sandi Tocco and Lorraine Towne tying for first with 14 putts on the day.

Horseshoe news

Five teams emerged from pool play during Nov. 7 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. In the first quarterfinal, Jeff Moore and Tom Skoloda edged Herb Puryear and Bruce Wagner 21-17. The second quarterfinal match saw walker John Crawford take an easy 21-12 win over Fritz and Norm Good.

Moore and Skoloda stayed alive in a close semifinal match, defeating Sam Samuels and Jay Disbrow 23-16 to advance to the finals. Crawford wasn’t to be denied on this day, easily defeating Moore and Skoloda 24-6.

Jeff Moore and Jerry Bennett were the only team to emerge Nov. 4 from pool play with an undefeated record and were the day’s outright champs. Four teams battled it out for second place honors with Tom Rhodes and Norm Good advancing to the consolation finals with a 24-12 win over John Nelson and Jay Disbrow. Sam Samuels and Norm Langeland edged walker Steve Grossman 21-16 to advance to the final match of the day.

In a back-and-forth match, Good and Rhodes squeezed out a 21-18 victory over the team of Samuels and Langeland to take second place.

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.

AMICC Soccer League final standings

Division II
Sandbar                        10            0               2            32
Panoramic                    7              3               2            23
Surf Shop                     3              9               0            9
Sparks                          2              10             0            6

Division I
Ross Built                    10            2               0            30
Autoway                      6              5               1            19
Wash                            4              8               0            12
Bones                           3              8               1            10

Premier Division
Harcon                         9              1               1            28
Norman                        5              6               1            16
Wash                            1              8               2            5

AMICC Soccer League playoff schedule
Division III Tournament (ages 6-7)

Nov. 12      6 p.m.      Game 1: WCAC vs. Lapensee
Nov. 12      7 p.m.      Game 2: Jessies vs. Bistro
Nov. 13      6 p.m.      Winner Game 1 vs. Isl. Pest
Nov. 13      7 p.m.      L Game 1 vs. L Game 2
Nov. 14      9 a.m.      Winner’s bracket finals TBA
Nov. 14      1 p.m.      Championship game
Nov. 14      3 p.m.      Coaches game

Division II (ages 8-9)
Nov. 13      6 p.m.      Game 1: Sandbar vs. Sparks
Nov. 13      7 p.m.      Game 2: Panoramic vs. Surf Shop
Nov. 14      2 p.m.      Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Nov. 14      3 p.m.      Coaches game
Nov. 14      4 p.m.      All-star game

Division I (ages 10-11)
Nov. 12      6 p.m.      Autoway vs. Wash
Nov. 13      8 p.m.      Ross Built  vs. Bones
Nov. 14      11 a.m.    Championship game
Nov. 14      1 p.m.      All-star game
Nov. 14      3 p.m.      Coaches game

Premier Division (ages 12-15)
Nov. 12      7:15 p.m. Game 1: Norman vs. Wash
Nov. 14      10 a.m.    Winner Game 1 vs. Harcon
Nov. 14      noon        All-star game
Nov. 14      3 p.m.      Coaches game

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