Little League gets under way with tryouts
|Mike Brusso gives Healy May some batting pointers during Little League tryouts at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
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The Anna Maria Island Little League season got under way when it hosted tryouts all day Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Little players, 130 or so, broke out their gloves, bats and baseballs for a chance to show their stuff to the coaches and parents that attended.
Most of the kids who tried out were younger than age 10 so it's looking like the league will top out with three or four teams at the AAA level and no major league team. There was some discussion about fielding one older team that would play in the Manatee West Little League, but that plan was scrapped when it was determined there weren't enough 12-year-olds to compete.
There will be four teams at the AA level, which will employ a pitching machine for the first half of the season before switching to live pitching for the second half of the season.
T-ball is the biggest - and youngest - division for Anna Maria Little League, with six teams of players set to embark on a first or second year of organized baseball. All teams will be picked after Saturday's draft.
Final seedings set for basketball playoffs
The final regular season games (really) were played in the Anna Maria Island Community Center's basketball league with Anna Maria Glass & Screen, Publix, Duncan Real Estate and Bistros earning the No. 1 seeds for Premier, Division I, Division II and Division III playoffs.
Though nothing earth-shattering really changed, due to a schedule change that wasn't passed along it was reported that last week's games were the final games of the regular season when, in fact, some games remain to be played.
There were no games played in the Premier Division, so there's nothing new to report there. Division I Longboat Observer had the potential to evoke some changes, but they were defeated handily by first-place Publix 48-32, so Publix takes on Larry Pearson Air Conditioning at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24. Second-place Observer plays Air & Energy at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, with the championship game set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26.
Danziger Allergy & Sinus upset first-place Duncan Real Estate 17-15 Friday, Feb. 18, which makes Danziger's Monday, Feb. 21, game a little more interesting. The Anna Maria Oyster Bar versus Steve Titsworth General Contracting game is also set for Monday night with the winners squaring off at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, for the Division II championship.
The only intrigue that was left in Division III was whether or not Bistros would complete an undefeated regular season and if A Paradise Realty would finish winless. Bistros defeated second-place Dips Ice Cream 22-16 Thursday, Feb. 17, while A Paradise defeated Harry's Continental Kitchens 13-12 for its first victory of the season Thursday night.
Thursday, Feb. 24, has Bistros taking on Harry's at 6 p.m. and second-place Dips playing Jessie's Island Store at 7 p.m. in the second semifinal. The winners play for all the marbles at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26.
Danziger 17, Duncan 15
Wyatt Hoffman's fourth-quarter basket provided the eventual winning margin on Friday, Feb. 18, as Danziger Allergy & Sinus upset first-place Duncan Real Estate 17-15 in Division II basketball action. Hoffman finished with six points, while Glenn Bower led the way with nine points. Emma Barlow completed the Danziger scoring with two points in the victory.
Duncan Real Estate was led by Chris Callahan's game-high 10 points, while Ashley Waring scored three points and Kyle Crum added two points in defeat.
Oyster Bar 18, STGC 12
Anna Maria Oyster Bar solidified its hold on second-place in Division II with a six-point win over STGC on Friday, Feb. 18. Matt Bauer scored 10 points to lead the way for the Oyster Bar, which also received four points from Sarah Howard and two points apiece from Zach Evans and Blake Rivers in the victory.
Ally Titsworth led STGC with four points, while Chandler Hardy, Molly McDonough, Emily White and Rachael White completed the scoring for Titsworth with two points apiece in the loss.
Publix 48, A&E 32
Publix cooled off Air & Energy 48-32 on Thursday, Feb. 17, to clinch first place in the Center's Division I despite fielding only five players. Ben Valdivieso led the way with 22 points, including a trio of three-point baskets. Point guard Justin Dearlove added 18 points, while Egan Fridenberg chipped in with eight points in the victory.
Corbin Kitchen scored 25 points to clinch the Division I scoring leader race, while teammate Garrett Secor added seven points in the loss.
Bistros 22, Dips 16
Division III Bistros completed the only undefeated basketball season among all teams in the 2005 Anna Maria Community Center basketball season with its six-point victory over second-place Dips Ice Cream on Thursday, Feb. 17. Hailey Dearlove led the way with 14 points, while Giorgio Gomez added five points and Becca Butler finished with three points for Bistros.
Justin Gargett led Dips with 14 points, while Jerry Mayer added two points in defeat.
A Paradise 13, Harry's 12
Logan Reiber's foul shot provided the winning margin as A Paradise Realty finished its season on a positive note with a one-point victory over Harry's Continental Kitchens on Thursday, Feb. 17. Josh Schmidt led the way with six points and Courtny Schmidt added four points. Ryan Gilman completed the A Paradise scoring with two points in the win.
Cliff Pascal scored six points and Zach Facheris and Mallorie Kosfeld added two points apiece to lead Harry's in the loss. Isaiah Beaton and Savannah Schields completed the Harry's scoring with one point apiece.
Oyster Bar 15, STGC 10
Matt Bauer scored seven points and Nicole Botero added four points to lead Anna Maria Oyster Bar past STGC on Wednesday, Feb. 16, in Division II basketball action. Sarah Howard and Molly Slicker completed the Oyster Bar scoring with two points apiece in the victory.
Trevor Bystrom, Kelly Guerin, Chandler Hardy, Molly McDonough and Ally Titsworth scored two points apiece for STGC in the loss.
LPAC 38, A&E 36
Whitney Bauer scored six of her 10 points in the fourth quarter to help LPAC rally past Air & Energy to record a two-point victory Saturday, Feb. 12, in Division I basketball action at the Center. The victory helped LPAC pull into a division tie with A&E at 4-8, but A&E earned third place by winning two out of three games against LPAC this season.
Matt Shafer led LPAC with 14 points, while Broderick West added eight points. Jarot Nelson and Jason Rappe completed the LPAC scoring with four and two points respectively in the LPAC victory.
Corbin Kitchen scored 17 points to lead all scorers, while A&E teammate Will Osborne added nine points. Kevin Callahan chipped in with eight points and Jordan Sebastiano scored two points for A&E in the loss.
Lady Canes upset win extends basketball season
The Manatee High School Lady Canes upset Fort Myers Cypress 67-57 in Thursday's, Feb. 17, Class 5A Region 3 tournament game in Fort Myers. The win extends the season for Island girls Jessica Cramer, Danielle Mullen, Ryane Carden, Sarah Lanzillo and Ashley Lane.
Freshman guard Megan Dzikas led the way with 17 points, while senior guard Lauren Cruz added 13 points, including six crucial free throws to seal the win for the Lady Canes down the stretch. Islanders Cramer, Carden and Mullen each added four points to the winning total for the Lady Canes, which now hosts Largo in a Region 3 semifinal game on Tuesday, Feb. 22.