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Date of Issue: February 16, 2006

Anna Maria Sport pic
Ally Titsworth runs to the ball during Manatee Magic soccer action at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
Anna Maria Sport pic
Manatee Magic forward Madison Bradley fires a shot during the Magic's 1-0 loss to West Pasco on Feb. 11.

Ken Trent leaves lasting legacy: Helping Island kids

The Island community lost an icon when Ken Trent passed away on Feb. 9 at the age of 71. Trent, who was born in Lynchburg, Va., moved to Anna Maria Island in 1969 and lived here until he and Alice, his wife of 51 years, moved to the mainland about two years ago.

Mr. Trent made his mark coaching kids in various sports at what was known as the Anna Maria Youth Center - later to evolve into the present community center. He coached basketball, baseball and soccer, and helped start the county's first youth soccer program at the center.

Trent was one of the pioneers of the Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization and spent many years volunteering as a soccer referee.

Scores of Islanders who grew up playing sports at the center fondly recant stories of Trent's generosity and dedication to the kids of Anna Maria - it comes up whenever get-togethers bring former teammates and friends together.

Later in Mr. Trent's life, you could see that same enthusiasm when he attended his grandsons' - Nick and Brad Gregrich - Little League games at G.T. Bray Park. He was very proud of the many accomplishments on the field of play from the two boys, now 17 and 18 years of age.

Mr. Trent treated each of the many boys and girls that he came in contact with through his years of volunteer work the same - like one of his own.

Trent is survived by his wife Alice, daughter Debbie Gregrich and husband Butch, and their two sons, Nick and Brad.

Farewell Mr. Trent. It will be a long time coming before the Island finds someone with your energy, dedication and generosity when it comes to helping kids.

 

Islanders help Magic to second-place finish

Islanders Ally Titsworth, Martine Miller and Christina Papazian are key players on the U13 Manatee Magic girls' soccer team that has compiled an impressive 8-3-1 record this season.

Titsworth is a starter at outside midfield, Miller is one of the leading scorers from her forward position, and Papazian anchors a defense that has allowed the fewest goals in the league.

The Island girls and the rest of their Magic teammates dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to West Pasco on Feb. 11 at the G.T. Bray soccer fields that dropped them into second place in the standings.

The Magic were the better team throughout the majority of the game, but failed to capitalize on several good scoring chances.

 The first came in the 10th minute of the first half when the Magic received consecutive corner kicks. Phoebe Leo served the ball into the goal area, where Titsworth settled and fired a left-footed shot that just went wide.

Early in the second half, West Pasco received a free kick 20 yards out, but Papazian was equal to the task with a strong save.

The Magic came right back upfield when Nicole Dixon passed forward to Leo, who outran the West Pasco defender up the left side, cut back and ripped a shot on goal. The Pasco goalie made the save, but the ball laid prone on the ground for what seemed like an eternity. Madison Bradley crashed the goal, but the West Pasco goalie somehow gathered the ball in to make the save.

The Magic continued to maintain possession with Bradley, Miller, Leo and Titsworth all getting loose on nice runs, only to be turned away by the strong West Pasco defense.

West Pasco finally broke through with a little help from the strong wind. The Magic defense had some difficulty clearing the ball away against the wind. They cleared it outside to the 30-yard line where a West Pasco player kicked it in the general direction of the Magic goal. The ball floated toward the far corner of the goal where Papazian attempted to tip it away, but she couldn't get enough of the ball, which then trickled into the goal along with Papazian for a 1-0 lead.

The Magic fought hard to get the equalizer, but to no avail.

Their second-place finish for the league is in the books, but the Magic girls can look forward to either Region C or State Cup action.

They head into the cup season with a balanced offensive attack led by Bradley, Leo, Erin Mulrine and Miller. On the defensive side of the ball, they have Papazian covering for anything that manages to elude the strong defense of Catherine Byrne, Jordan Ponto, Nicole Dixon and Ashley Nelson. Other team members include Titsworth, Melissa DeGroat, Kristin Ferreri, Mary Isiminger, Nicole Marcinko, Julia Pignanelli and Shelby Raye.

Congratulations and good luck during the upcoming matches.

 

Basketball season winding down

The Anna Maria Island Community Center's basketball season is winding down and teams are either battling for the top spot or simply jockeying for seeding position in what is the last week of regular season play.

The Premier Division took a weird turn when Publix suffered a forfeit loss to last place Anna Maria Glass & Screen on Feb. 11, which put Island Real Estate in first place. Publix and IRE will meet on Feb. 15 to decide the number-one seed for the playoffs.

Division I has Homes of Distinction and A Paradise Realty tied for first, but they won't play again unless it's in the championship game in the playoffs. Homes of Distinction takes on winless Air & Energy on Feb. 17, while A Paradise battles Longboat Observer on the same date.

In Division II, Island Family Physicians goes into the final week holding a one-game lead over Duncan Real Estate. IFP takes on Harcorn Corp., while Duncan has a game against Saleaway Cruises, so it's doubtful the playoff seedings will change.

Dips Ice Cream has two dangerous games remaining in the regular season and holds a two-game lead over Kumon. Dips takes on Beach Bistro on Feb. 16 before ending its regular season with a battle against Kumon on Feb. 18. If Dips loses both games, Kumon will emerge as the top seed when the playoffs begin.

 

Horseshoe news

George McKay and Bob Mason overcame wind, rain and the team of Debbie Rhodes and Rod Bussey to win the Feb. 4 horseshoe competition at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. McKay and Mason won the championship match 21-7 to culminate a day where 22 players showed up despite adverse weather.

Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warm ups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

 

Key Royale golf news

Judy Crowe carded a one-over 33 to win flight AA during the Feb. 7 low-net ladies' golf competition at Key Royale Club. Bobbie Lindstrom finished one shot back to claim second place, while Sara Falk and Penny Williams both had 35s to tie for third place.

 Joyce Brown and Cindy Miller both fired even-par 32s to claim bragging rights among flight A golfers. Lorraine Manning was a shot back to finish in third place, while Nancy King and Grace Sayles finished in a tie for fourth with a pair of 34s.

Marian Mulroy's 29 was good for first place in flight B. She finished four shots ahead of Sally Keyes and five ahead of Rose Slomba, for second and third place respectively.

Doleres Jorgenson shot an even-par 32 to win flight C with Nell Bergstrom coming in second with a 35 and Markie Ksiazek and Chertie Kinerk tying for third with 36.

Teresa Schuett carded a one-over 33 to win flight D, two shots ahead of Teddy Morgan and four shots better than Lucille Cooney and Dee O'Brien.

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