Students of Sensei Kevin Bergquist's Island Martial Arts recently tested for belts and every student that tested moved up to the next belt level. IMA also raised about $500 for the Sidekick Foundation and is now accepting applications for scholarships. Contact Bergquist at 807-1734 to obtain an application. Pictured: back row, left to right, Bergquist, Christopher, Justin and Eleni Romeo, Max Staebler, Greyson Wallis and Zack Landman. Middle row, left to right, Alexia Yavalar, Madeline Valadie, Alexandra Howe, Alex Siegal, Jake Ross, Luke Valadie, Tyler Yavalar, Michaelange Dattoli and Dylan Joseph. Front row, left to right, Jacqueline Burgess, Macey Reynolds, Riley Goerg, Jacob Castro, Collin Hicks, Tyler Russell, Tyler Pearson and Cooper Hardy.
|Denver Hardy fires up a shot during Division III basketball action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
|Johnny Mattay comes up with a steal for his Dips Ice Cream team as Trevor Albers and Luke Shackelford of Beach Bistro defend.
Last week of regular B-ball season produces no surprises
Homes of Distinction earned the No. 1 seed in Division I over A Paradise Realty in what was the only really close race for first place heading into the last week of regular-season basketball action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Publix in Premier League and Duncan Real Estate in Division II had mathematical chances to overtake their division's first-place teams, but for that to occur the stars would have had to be in perfect alignment.
Playoff action began Feb. 20 and goes throughout the week with championship games set for Saturday, Feb 25. Division all-star games and the always popular coaches game also take place on Saturday. Good luck to all.
Dips Ice Cream nailed down the top seed in Division III basketball with a convincing 23-10 victory over Kumon on Feb. 18. Johnny Mattay scored 11 points and Lee Bergeron added 10 points to lead Dips, who also received two points from Phillip Dudevoire in the victory.
Neil Carper scored four points to lead Kumon, who received two points apiece from Sam Azmi, Amanda Bosch and Jake Parsons in the loss.
Jessie's Island Store rode the six-point scoring effort from Blaine Jenefsky to a 10-8 victory over Beach Bistro on Feb. 18. Josh Zawitoski and Bo Gurski completed the scoring with two points apiece in the victory.
Samantha Purnell led Beach Bistro with four points, while teammates Trevor Albers and Denver Hardy each finished with two points in the loss.
Dips Ice Cream defeated Beach Bistro 21-12 behind 10 points from Lee Bergeron and nine points from Johnny Mattay on Feb. 16. Phillip Dudevoire completed the Dips scoring with two points in the victory.
Luke Shackelford led Beach Bistro with four points while Trevor Albers, Denver Hardy, Lexi Moore and Samantha Purnell each finished with two points in the loss.
Premier League (ages 14-17)
Matt McDonough had 26 points, six rebounds and five assists to lead West Coast Air Conditioning past Anna Maria Glass & Screen 54-51 in Feb. 18 Premier basketball action. Al Barrett added 13 points for West Coast Air, which also received four points apiece from Kevin Grunke, Ryan Guerin and Sammy Samap.
Franklin Morre's 34 poins and six rebounds paced the Anna Maria Glass & Screen scoring efforts. Chad Reed added eight points and six rebounds for Glass & Screen, which also received six points from Luis Leon in the loss.
David Buck had 34 points, six rebounds and six assists and Zach Schield added 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead Island Real Estate past Publix 61-58 on Feb. 15. Jacob Shubring finished with six points and Celia Ware added five points for IRE in the victory.
Publix was led by Tyler Bekkerus' 21 points and 13 rebounds and 18 points and five rebounds from Mike Wallen. Jamie Urch added 11 points for Publix in the loss.
Division I (ages 12-14)
Justin Dearlove scored 21 points, grabbed nine rebounds and handed out five assists to lead A Paradise Realty to a 36-23 victory over Longboat Observer in Feb. 17 Division I basketball action. Paradise teammate Jordan Sebastiano chipped in with seven points and nine rebounds, while Raphael Kasser added six points in the victory.
Fifteen points and 10 rebounds from Kyle Aritt paced the Observer scoring effort that also saw five points from Forrest Schield and three points from Blake Rivers in the loss.
Fifteen points from Blake Wilson and 10 points from Brandon Gangler carried Homes of Distinction to a 38-26 victory over Air & Energy on Feb. 17. Ally Titsworth added six points, while Troy Kozewski, Stephanie Poelsha and Nash Thompson each added two points to the victory.
Jason Rappe scored 13 points and Nicole Botero added seven points to lead Air & Energy in the loss. Matt Bauer scored four points and Emma Barlow scored two to complete the A&E scoring.
Danziger Allergy & Sinus rode a dominating performance from Garrett Secor to a 39-30 victory over Air & Energy on Feb. 16. Secor scored 29 points and grabbed an incredible 27 rebounds for Danziger, which also received 10 points from Chris Callahan in the victory.
Air & Energy received a strong game from Jason Rappe with 21 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and dished out four assists. Matt Bauer added 10 points for A&E, who also received two points apiece from Alexa Crawford and Ashley Waring in the loss.
A Paradise Realty received 19 points from Justin Dearlove and 16 points from Jordan Sebastiano during its 47-35 victory over Danziger Allergy & Sinus on Feb. 13. Daniel Landesberg added six points for Paradise, which also received four points from Chandler Hardy and two points from Martine Miller in the victory.
Garrett Secor led all scorers with 28 points, while Danziger teammate Chris Callahan managed three points. Kelly Dodson and Sarah Howard completed the scoring with two points apiece in the loss.
Homes of Distinction received 19 points from Blake Wilson and 12 points from Brandon Gangler during its 41-27 victory over Observer on Feb. 13. Ally Titsworth added six points for Homes, which also received two points apiece from Troy Kozewski and Nash Thompson in the victory.
Forrest Schield scored 12 points and Kyle Aritt added 10 points to lead Observer in the victory.
Kelly Guerin scored 18 points, while Julian Botero and Wyatt Hoffman scored six points apiece to lead Saleaway Cruises to a 32-27 victory over Sun House in Division II play on Feb. 18.
Justin Gargett scored 10 points and Kalif Mora added six points to lead Sun House in the loss.
Island Family Physicians received eight points apiece from Becca Butler and Hailey Dearlove during its 21-6 victory over Harcorn Corp. on Feb. 18.
Sheldon Phillips led Harcorn with four points, while Patrick Edwards added two points in the loss.
Molly McDonough scored 11 points to lead Duncan Real Estate to a 15-12 victory over Saleaway Cruises on Feb. 17. Jack Titsworth and Taylor Wilson completed the Duncan scoring with two points apiece in the victory.
Wyatt Hoffman led the Saleaway scoring effort with eight points, while Travis Belsito and Julian Botero each added two points in the loss.
Duncan Real Estate received four points apiece from Taylor Wilson and Savannah Schield during its 11-8 victory over Sun House on Feb. 15. Molly McDonough added two points and Kayla Aritt finished with one point in the Duncan victory.
Sun House received two points apiece from Glenn Bower, Courtney Schmidt, Josh Schmidt and Justin Gargett in the loss.
Anna Maria's Rod Bussey and Herb Puryear emerged from pool play with an undefeated record of 3-0 to win the Feb. 15 horseshoe competition at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Six teams tied for second with 2-1 records, but the team of Adin Shank and John Johnson won the playoff for second place.
Bussey was the winner again on Feb. 11 when he teamed up with Al Norman to defeat Sam Samuels and John Johnson 21-13.
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.
If horseshoes isn't your game, how about shuffleboard? The Anna Maria Shuffleboard Club invites all comers at 1 p.m. every Monday through Friday at the Anna Maria City Hall courts.