Basketball, football flourish, baseball coming along
|Chris Pate passes the ball for his Danziger Destroyer team during Anna Maria Island Community Center Basketball League Division I action at King Middle School. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
|Emma Barlow drives the ball to the basket for her Oyster Bar team as a pair of Destroyer defenders try to slow her down.
The Anna Maria Oyster Bar solidified its hold on second place in Anna Maria Island Community Center's Basketball League in Division I with a solid 29-21 win over Danziger Destroyers on Feb. 8.
Danziger hung tough and led by one point two minutes into the third quarter, but an 8-0 run sparked by four points and two steals from Martine Miller opened up a 23-16 lead for the Oyster Bar. Danziger's team clawed back on an offensive rebound putback by Kelly Guerin and a long three-pointer from Chris Pate that made the score 23-21 with three minutes to play, but that was as close as the Destroyers would come.
Courtney Bristow grabbed a defensive rebound and passed ahead to Brett Rocklein for a layup. Rocklein put the game away seconds later when Miller stole the ball and found Rocklein on the baseline for a short jumper and a 25-21 lead.
Stephanie Poelsha got fouled and made one free throw to close the scoring for Danziger Destroyers, because the Oyster Bar patiently worked the clock by passing the ball around until Bristow found Emma Barlow for an easy layup and a 29-22 Oyster Bar win.
The win improves the Oyster Bar record to 4-3, good for second place in Division I. Barlow led the Oyster Bar with 10 points, while teammate Ryan Schroeder added seven points and eight rebounds. Miller finished with six points and three steals and Rocklein added four points in the Oyster Bar victory.
Pate led Danziger with nine points and three steals, while Wyatt Hoffman and Guerin each added four points in the loss.
In other basketball news, Dips Ice Cream edged ReMax Gulfstream Realty 17-16 in Division II action on Feb. 7. Justin Gargett led the way with 11 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Jerry Meyer added four points and Daniel Schroeder scored two points and pulled down seven rebounds in the victory for Dips.
ReMax was led by Jacob Baird's seven points and four points and four steals from Travis Belsito. Max Miller chipped in with three points, while Isaiah Beaton finished with two points in the loss.
Greg Ross Development won its first game of the year in Division III, defeating Jessie's 7-4 on Feb. 8. They received two points apiece from Lexi Moore, Bruce Oliver and Chris Pennewill, who also contributed four rebounds and three steals.
Alexia Yavalar led Jessie's with three points and two rebounds, while Samantha Purnell added one point and six rebounds in the loss.
Kumon remained undefeated in Division III thanks to a close 15-14 victory on Feb. 7 over Publix. Neil Carper led the way with 10 points, while Logan Reiber scored two points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds for Kumon. Emma Terry with two points and Lucas Winstad scored one point to complete the Kumon scoring.
Publix was led by Burke McCampbell-Hill with six points, while Cameron Brauner and Joey Salinas each scored four points in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
The men and women of the Key Royale Club got together Feb. 9 for a coed game that allows the worst hole to be thrown off the team score card. First place went to the team of Nell Bergstrom, Jerry Brown, Tom Warda and Bill Proxy with a score of 116. Three strokes back in second place was the team of Frankie Smith-Williams, Dottie McKinna, John Shey and Jim Fin with a score of 116. Joyce Brown managed a chip in on No. 7.
Wednesday, Feb. 7 saw the men tee it up for an 18-hole, best-ball-of-foursome tournament. The team of Earl Ritchie, Ed Havlik, Bill Melvin and Gino Di Clemente sizzled, firing a 17-under-par 47 to finish two shots ahead of the second place team of Bob Dickinson, Bill Gallagher, Neil Hammer and Danny Hayes. Three shots back in third place was the team of Hal Sears, Jim Thorton, Lew Winegarden and Bob Elliott.
The men had a nine-hole, better-ball-of-foursome tourney on Feb. 5 that saw two teams tie for first place with identical five-under-par scores. The team of Hal Sears, Greg Shorten, Mike Selby and Fred Meyer shared bragging rights with the team of Gordon McKinna, Ernie Hauser, Bill Melvin and Bill Proxy. One shot back in second place was the team of Larry Fowler, Chet Hutton, Charlie Knopp and Matt Behan.
The women teed it up for a nine-hole, individual-low-net tournament on Feb. 6. Flight AA winner was Marilyn Thorton with a 35, while Jean Holmes, Sue Hookem, Dorothy McKinna and Cindy Miller all tied for second place at 37.
Flight A winners included first-place winner Mary Selby, who fired a three-under-par 29 to finish five shots ahead of second place Nancy King. Lois Biel, Bobbie Lindstrom and Marian Mulroy finished in third place with 36.
Linda Morris earned bragging rights in flight B with a one-over 33 to finish one shot better than Luan Collins and Markie Ksiazek.
Flight C honors were shared by Pat Rice and Terry Westby with a score of three-over-35, while flight D went to Barb Harold and Roxanne Koch with a score of 34.
Team low-net winners were Lois Biel, Luann Collins, Dolores Jorgensen and Markie Ksiazek. Cindy Miller, Mary Selby and Ksiazek each had chipins on the day.
The Anna Maria City Hall pits have been getting some great turnouts to the twice-weekly games, with 34 players showing up on Feb. 7 and 33 players on Feb. 3.
Five teams emerged from pool play on Feb. 7, but in the end it was the team of John Johnson and Gene Bobeldyk that earned bragging rights with a 22-20 win over the team of Al Norman and Hank Huyghe.
The Feb. 3 games had three teams emerge from pool play. Jim Durrough and Bill Bartlett fell to the team of John Crawford and Rod Bussey by a 22-7 score. The finals were much the same as Crawford and Bussey again rolled, this time by a 22-5 score over the team of Ron Slagh and Herb Puryear.
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.
Anna Maria Little League registration
Registration is under way for the 2007 Anna Maria Island Little League season for boys and girls ages 5-12. Cost is $65 for AA (ages 7-11) and AAA (ages 9-12) while Tee Ball (5-7) will cost $55 per player. There is a $5 discount for each additional sibling signing up.
Registrations are now being accepted by the Anna Maria Island Community Center at its office trailer behind St. Bernard Catholic Church. Organizers say that the absolute last day to register players is March 1 and there will be a special registration day at the Holmes Beach field from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 24. Every player who signs up by March 1 will receive a free ticket to the Center's annual Pittsburgh Pirates outing, with this year's game on March 25, and a Devil Rays baseball bat bag.
Due to the demolition of Benji Scanio Stadium and the ongoing construction project for the new Center, this season's games will be played at Bayfront Recreation Center on Longboat Key.
Every child who signs up will be placed on a team, but tryouts are mandatory. AAA tryouts are 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, AA tryouts are 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, while Tee ball tryouts are also on Saturday, but at 4 p.m.
Coaches are also needed. For more information, contact the Center's Andy Jonatzke at 778-1908.