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Date of Issue: March 30, 2005

Sports
Wolverines winTurkey Bowl
The Wolverines dominated team "Good fellas" by a 42-6 score to win the first-ever flag football tournament, dubbed the Turkey Bowl, at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Team members include Antwon Brown, Ted Cava, Chad Gould, Danny Heath and Jay Hoffmeister. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
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Varsity soccer Her-icanes tie to remain undefeated

The Manatee High School Her-icanes girls varsity soccer team earned a hard-fought 2-2 tie against visiting Sarasota Riverview on Monday, Nov. 22.

Riverview led the game 2-1 with 11 minutes to play when Islander Wetherly Wigelsworth got fouled at the 35-yard marker. Kim Kern (granddaughter of Ellie and Tom Kern of Island Lumber) took the free kick and hit a low liner that the Riverview keeper mishandled. Senior forward Angela Sheehan pounced on the loose ball and deposited the ball into the empty net to knot the score at 2-2.

The tie leaves the Her-icanes record at 5-0-2 heading into Friday's home matchup with District 11 rival Lakewood Ranch.

The junior varsity squad, which tied Riverview 1-1, received a goal from Megan Fournier, who finished off a cross from Tierney Greene as the JV improved its record to 1-2-3 on the season.

Both teams had games Tuesday, Nov. 30, before hosting Lakewood Ranch on Friday, Dec.3. Come on out and support the Manatee Her-icanes. Kickoff is 6 p.m. for the junior varsity game and 8 p.m. for the varsity contest.

Former Dolphin players football notes
Nine former Anna Maria Island Dolphin football players saw action for the Manatee Hurricanes freshmen football team this season. Most of them were part of the team that shocked the Police Athletic League two seasons ago by winning its version of the Superbowl. Coach Tom Moore would be proud to see so many of his former players stick with football and make their school team.

Sean Price, Jason Schneider, Shane Pelkey and Nick Ross played on an offensive line that helped pave the way for an effective running game in their Wing-T offense. The rest of the former Dolphins showed up on the defensive side of the ball, which was the heart and soul of the team.

Andrew Burgess, who played outside linebacker and was defensive captain, accumulated 13 tackles in one game for the Hurricanes. He was supported up front by defensive tackle Tanner Pelkey and fellow outside linebacker Corey Williamson. Jimmy Campos saw most of his action at either cornerback or safety, while Nick Sato played primarily safety. The highlight of Sato's season had to be the game-winning interception he made in the corner of the end zone that clinched the Oct. 14 7-6 victory for Manatee over Palmetto.

Victories against Southeast, Bayshore and Lakewood Ranch gave the Manatee freshmen the Manatee County championship. They finished the season with an impressive 7-1 record with their only loss coming to undefeated Booker High of Sarasota.

Fall Ball focus: Fun, fundamentals
Annie Williams' first foray into organized girls' softball couldn't have gone any better as one of 10 members of the Melonheads girls softball team. To start with, the focus on Fall Ball is for the girls to enjoy themselves while learning the rules and nuances of the game of softball.

"Coaches Bill Caraffe, Scott Beach and Bert Baney all did a fantastic job of teaching the girls the basics of the game while also keeping things fun," stated Lisa Williams, Annie's mom. "They have helped Annie and all of the girls with their confidence, which has translated into improved play."

Annie apparently went from batting with her knees shaking to taking healthy cuts at the ball. In one of her final games, she turned a single into a homerun by hustling around the bases.

No records or statistics were kept for the Melonheads, but you can be sure of one fact: The girls had fun!

Holiday soccer tourney registrations open
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's 11th annual holiday indoor soccer tournament is now accepting registration for boy and girl teams ages 6-14. There will be four age divisions starting with under 8, under 10, under 12 and under 14. Cost for entering a team in the double-elimination tournament is $100, including 6-12 players. Each participant receives a tournament T-shirt and trophies are awarded members of winning teams and team MVPs in each age group will also be awarded.

The tournament will be played Dec. 12-21 evenings from 5 to 10 p.m. in the Center gymnasium and Center indoor soccer rules apply.

Due to the increased popularity of this event, each age division is limited to the first six teams that sign up and teams to supply their own shirts of the same color to play. Deadline for registration is Thursday, Dec. 9 at 9 p.m.

For more information, contact Andy Jonatzke at 778-1908.

Basketball dinner Dec. 2
The Anna Maria Island Community Center basketball league "kick off the season" dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in the gym. Uniforms, picture schedules and season schedules will be handed out immediately following dinner.

The Beach Bistro is once again donating dinner with ticket income going to the Center. The cost is $6 for adults and $5 for kids.

For more information, contact Jonatzke at 778-1908.

Cheerleaders registering
With the Anna Maria Island Community Center's basketball season starting up, cheerleaders are needed. Prospective cheerleaders can sign up at the Center, Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Center is also hosting a free cheerleading clinic from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at the Center gym. For more information, contact the Center's Jonatzke at 778-1908

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