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Date of Issue: December 24, 2008

Center basketball goes on holiday, indoor soccer on tap

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Island Real Estate's Chris Pate looks to pass as Devin Coulter defends for her Bradenton Prep team during Premier Division basketball action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
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Island Real Estate's Forrest Schield drives past Bradenton Prepís Devin Coulter during basketball action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
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Bradenton Prep player Jason Shkodnic drives to the hoop as Chris Pate and Julian Botero give chase.

After battling for two weeks, players in the Anna Maria Island Community Center basketball league will take a break from hoops until Jan. 12. The break, mostly for Christmas vacation, generally takes many of the young players out of town for family visits. Also, the Center’s revived indoor soccer tournament, taking place Jan. 6-11, will take over the gym.

There was some good action last week as Island Real Estate and Bradenton Prep went at it Dec. 17 in a Premier Division tilt. Island Real Estate jumped out to a big early 20-2 lead behind the play of Forrest Schield, who scored 12 first-half points. Bradenton Prep got back into the game thanks to a 15-4 run in the third quarter behind the play of Jason Shkodnic and Ed Brown, who scored seven and six points respectively in the quarter. With 4:52 to play in the fourth quarter, Bradenton Prep pulled to within 26-22 on a short jumper by Brown, but IRE’s Chris Pate came right back to drain a 15-footer from the wing, giving IRE a 28-22 lead. Bradenton Prep answered with a driving layup by Shkodnic to again pull to within four points. And IRE extended its lead with 3:10 to play when Joe Karasiewicz fouled on a drive to the basket and converted his free throw. Karasiewicz gave IRE more breathing room when he snatched a rebound and drove the length of the court to give IRE a 31-24 lead with 2:46 to play.

Bradenton Prep rushed the ball back up court, but Pate picked Shkodnic’s pocket and passed to Julian Botero, who passed to Schield for a layup and a 33-24 lead with just more than a minute to play. Bradenton Prep got one basket when Brown passed down low to Shkodnic to pull to within 33-26, which was as close as they would come. Karasiewicz made one of two free throws and Schield converted an offensive rebound into a basket as IRE held on for a 36-26 victory.

Schield led all scorers with 19 points, while Karasiewicz added eight points and Pate finished with five. Botero and Trevor Bystrom both added two points to the victory total for IRE. Bradenton Prep was led by Shkodnic with 12 points, while Brown added 10 points in the loss.

In other basketball action last week, Ross Built edged Jessie’s Island Store 18-14 in a Division III contest on Dec. 17. Jake Ross led the charge with 10 points, while Andrew Ross added six points and Connor Gsell finished with two. Seth Walter led Jessie’s with eight points, while Brandon Mills added four points in the loss.

Island Family Physicians eeked out a one-point Division I victory over Dips Ice Cream on Dec. 16. Daniel Pimental led the IFP effort with 15 points. IFP also received eight points from Kayla Armer, while Lee Bergeron and Mallory Kosfeld finished with three and two points respectively. Justin Gargett scored 17 points to lead all scorers, while Jerry Meyer added six points and Daniel Schroder finished with four points in the loss.

Panoramic earned a one-point Division II victory over E-Training Solutions on Dec. 16. Jake Parsons led the way with six points, while Jacque Armer and Adam Clark each finished with two points in the victory. Logan Reiber led E-Training with seven points, while Mikey Ellsworth added two points in the loss.

Jessie’s Island Store rolled to a 14-6 victory over Coastal Orthopedic in Division III action on Dec. 16 behind eight points from Seth Walter. Mickey Koczetsut added four points and Ellie Leibe finished with two points in the victory. Josh Class led Coastal with four points, while Leo Rose added two points in the loss.

Rotten Ralph’s earned a six-point victory over A Paradise Realty in Premier Division action on Dec. 15. Matt Bauer led all scorers with 19 points, while Wyatt Hoffman added six points. Daniel Janisch chipped in with four points for Ralph’s, which also received two points apiece from Chandler Hardy and Christian Hightower. Kyle Aritt scored 15 points to lead Paradise, which also received six points from Kyle Seawall. Patrick Edwards and Troy Koszewski each scored two points in the loss.

Ross Built cooled off Air & Energy in a Division III contest on Dec. 15. Jake Ross scored nine points to lead all scorers, while brother Andrew added four points. Gavin Sentman and Connor Gsell each scored two points to complete the Ross scoring. Michael Latimer scored four points and George Lardas and Cameron Pasco each scored two points to lead A&E in the loss.

Sign up now for indoor soccer

The Anna Maria Island Community Center welcomes players and teams to sign up for its AMICC Indoor Soccer Tournament, Jan. 6-11, with games from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Center gym.

It will be a double-elimination tourney with male and female divisions from U8 up to U16. Cost is $100 per team with each team needing a roster of 6-12 players. The deadline for entry is Dec. 29.

For more information, contact Center athletic director Andy Jonatzke at 941-778-1908, ext. 9205.

AMICC Basketball League standings as of Dec. 19

Premier Division

TeamWinsLosses

Ralph’s31

Paradise21

IRE22

Prep03

Division I

IFP  21

Dips12

Fronius11

Division II

Sand Dollar30

Panoramic12

Observer12

E-Training12

Division III

Jessie’s31

Ross Built31

A&E12

Coastal    03

AMICC Basketball League schedule

Premier Division (ages 14-17)

Jan. 128 p.m.Academy vs. Ralph’s

Jan. 148 p.m.Paradise vs. IRE

Jan. 158 p.m.Paradise vs. Ralph’s

Jan. 208 p.m.Academy vs. IRE

Division I (ages 12-13)

Jan. 138 p.m.IFP vs. Fronius

Jan. 168 p.m.Dips vs. Fronius

Jan. 207 p.m.Dips vs. IFP

Division II (ages 10-11)

Jan. 136 p.m.Observer vs. Panoramic

Jan. 137 p.m.Sand Dollar vs. E-Training

Jan. 166 p.m.Sand Dollar vs. Panoramic

Jan. 167 p.m.Observer vs. E-Training

Division III (ages 8-9)

Jan. 127 p.m.A&E vs. Orthopedics

Jan. 147 p.m.Ross vs. Orthopedics

Jan. 157 p.m.A&E vs. Jessie’s

Instructional League (ages 5-7)

Jan. 126 p.m.Bistro vs. Sandbar

Jan. 146 p.m.Walter vs. Bistro

Jan. 156 p.m.Walter vs. Sandbar

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