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Date of Issue: February 09, 2006

Anna Maria Sport pic
Johnny Mattay comes up with a steal for Dips Ice Cream as Trevor Albers and Luke Shackelford of Beach Bistro defend.
Anna Maria Sport pic
Luke Shackelford drives for two of his game-high 18 points during Beach Bistro 26-13 victory over Dips Ice Cream.

Basketball: Shackelford sparks Beach Bistro past Dips Ice Cream

Luke Shackelford scored eight of his game-high 18 points in the third quarter to lead Beach Bistro past Dips Ice Cream 26-13 in Division III basketball action on Feb. 4. Bistro grabbed a 10-7 lead in a close first-half battle between the two teams.

Beach Bistro opened the third quarter with an 8-0 scoring run that started when Shackelford scored down low from a nice pass by Trevor Albers. A steal and a layup by Shackelford was followed by a steal from Denver Hardy, who drove, stopped and popped from the foul line for a 16-7 Bistro lead.

Albers and Shackelford hooked up again with Shackelford banking in a shot from 10 feet for an 18-7 lead with 1:07 to play in the third quarter.

Dips finally got on the scoreboard when Johnny Mattay swished a three-pointer from the right wing to pull Dips to within eight points, but Shackelford answered with a 10-footer to give Bistro a 20-10 lead at the end of the third quarter.

The fourth quarter lacked any drama as Bistro closed the game out on a 6-3 scoring run. Mattay did manage another three-point bomb, but two baskets by Shackelford and an offensive rebound putback by Albers put the game away.

Albers finished with four points, while Hardy and Stephanie Purnell each added two points to the Bistro victory.

Dips was led by Mattay’s 10 points and three points from Brandon Gallagher in the loss.

Division III (ages 8-9)

Kumon defeated Jessie’s Island Store 14-10 in overtime during Division III basketball action on Feb. 4. Sam Azmi scored seven points to lead Kumon, which also received four points from Neil Carper. Madison Driscoll added two points and Jake Parsons scored one point for Kumon in victory.

Bo Gurski scored eight points and Blaine Jenefsky scored two points to lead Jessie’s Island Store in the loss.

Azmi scored 10 points and Carper scored nine during Kumon’s 22-7 defeat of previously undefeated Dips Ice Cream on Feb. 2. Joey Salinas added two points and Madison Driscoll scored one point in the victory.

Mattay scored six points to lead Dips Ice Cream, which also received one point from Chris Burdick in the loss.

Beach Bistro defeated Jessie’s Island Store 14-7 on Jan. 31 behind 10 points from Shackelford and two points apiece from Lexi Moore and Gigi Belsito.

Gurski nailed a three-pointer to lead Jessie’s, which also received two points each from Billy Eddy and Josh Zawistoski in the loss.

Division II (ages 10-11)

Duncan Real Estate defeated Saleaway Cruises 16-10 on Feb. 3 in Division II basketball action at the Center. Molly McDonough paced Duncan with five points, while Savannah Schield and Jake Rappe each added four points. Kayla Aritt scored two points and Arianna Collins chipped in with one point to complete the Duncan Real Estate scoring.

Kelly Guerin and Travis Belsito scored four points apiece to lead Saleaway, which also received two points from Julian Botero in the loss.

Duncan Real Estate overcame a scoreless first quarter  to rally for a 20-16 victory over Sun House on Feb. 1 behind 10 points from McDonough. Schield added four points, while teammates Aritt, Rappe and Taylor Wilson each finished with two points in the victory.

Five points from Glenn Bower and four points apiece from Kalif Mora and Justin Gargett paced Sun House in defeat.

Twelve points from Hailey Dearlove and six points from Stephanie Purnell helped Island Family Physicians to a 30-14 victory over Harcorn Corp. on Jan. 31. Becca Butler added five points for IFP, which also received four points from Danny Krokroskia and two points from Daniel Pimental in the victory.

Emily White and Jordan Hinton each scored four points to lead the Harcorn Corp. scoring effort. Patrick Edwards, Jerry Mayer and Sheldon Phillips completed the Harcorn scoring with two points apiece in the loss.

Division I (ages 12-13)

Justin Dearlove poured in 22 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out four assists to lead A Paradise Realty past Longboat Observer 40-30 during Feb. 3 Division I basketball action. Jordan Sebastiano added 10 points and six rebounds for A Paradise, which also received four points from Martine Miller and two points each from Daniel Landesberg and Chandler Hardy.

Kyle Aritt led the Observer with 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Forrest Schield added nine points. Chelsea Crowton and Blake Rivers each scored two points, while Zach Evans grabbed nine rebounds and finished with one point in the loss.

Brandon Gangler scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Blake Wilson added 15 points and five assists to lead Homes of Distinction past Air & Energy 47-36 on Feb. 3. Nash Thompson and Ally Titsworth each finished with eight points in the Homes victory.

Jason Rappe scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Matt Bauer added 12 points and five assists to lead Air & Energy in the loss. Emma Barlow added eight points and Alexa Crawford finished with two points for A&E.

Garrett Secor’s 22 points and 24 rebounds led Danziger Allergy & Sinus past A&E 41-29 on Feb. 2. Chris Callahan’s 14 points and four points from Molly Slicker completed the A&E scoring in the victory. Rappe led Air & Energy with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Emma Barlow finished with seven points in the loss.

Brandon Gengler exploded for 26 points and 17 rebounds, while Blake Wilson added 11 points and six rebounds to lead Homes of Distinction past the Observer on Jan. 30. Thompson added seven points and Titsworth finished with six points in the Homes victory.

Thirteen points and 12 rebounds from Aritt and 12 points from Schield paced the Observer scoring efforts. Evans added seven points and eight rebounds for the Observer, which also received three points from Donna Barth and two points from Rivers in the loss.

Justin Dearlove’s 24 points and six assists paced an A Paradise performance that saw every player score during its 50-23 victory over Danziger Allergy & Sinus on Jan. 30. Miller added eight points, while Hardy and Landesberg each finished with six points. Daniel Janisch, Raphael Kasser and Jordan Sebastiano each finished with two points with Sebastiano also contributing five rebounds to the victory.

Secor’s 16 points and 13 rebounds paced Danziger, which also received seven points from Callahan in the loss.

Premier Division (ages 14-17)

Island Real Estate blew out West Coast Air Conditioning 79-25 in the Center’s Premier League basketball action on Feb. 1 behind David Buck’s triple double. Buck finished with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, while Eric Distelhurst added 20 points and four rebounds. Jacob Shubring and Zach Schield each added 12 points with Schield also grabbing seven rebounds for IRE. Celia Ware completed the IRE scoring with eight points in the victory.

Al Barrett scored nine points and Kevin Grunke added five points to lead WCAC. Phelps Tracy and Sammy Samap each scored four points, while Matt McDonough finished with three points in the loss.

Publix edged Anna Maria Glass & Screen 60-54 on Jan. 30 behind 26 points and eight rebounds from Tyler Bekkerus and 24 points from Mike Wallen. Jordan Graeff chipped in with six points for Publix, which also received four points from Jake McDonald and two points from Joe Karasiewicz in the victory.

Franklin Moore’s 25 points and 19 points and 15 rebounds from Chad Reed paced Anna Maria Glass & Screen in the loss. Corbin Kitchen and Luis Leon each scored four points with Leon also grabbing 15 rebounds, while Breann Richardson added two points in defeat.

Island Little League announces registration

Anna Maria Island Little League is back and better than ever, according to the Center organizers.

Every player who signs up by Feb. 10 will receive a free ticket to the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Tampa Bay Devil Rays game on March 12. The Pirates game is part of the League’s opening weekend, which includes a parade, pictures and baseball games starting March 11.

The League is for boys and girls ages 5-17. Cost will be $65 per player for divisions that feature live pitching or the pitching machine, while tee-ball will cost $55 per player. Additional siblings receive a $5 discount. Registrations are now being taken at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Interested junior or senior league players can register for $75 by calling 778-9637, and Saturday, Feb. 10, is the last day for the older players to register.

Everyone who tries out will be placed on a team, but for parity of the league, mandatory tryouts are at the following times:

  • 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, and 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, ages 10-12.
  • Noon Saturday, Feb. 11, and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, ages 7-9.

For more information, call the Center at 778-1908 and ask for Andy Jonatzke.

Islander inducted to Devil Rays Fan Wall of Fame

Longtime Holmes Beach resident Carol Dennis will be inducted to the Pepsi/Tampa Bay Devil Rays Fan Wall of Fame. Dennis, who retired last may from Manatee High School after 37 years of teaching math was nominated by sister Diane Wallace. He has been a Devil Ray season ticket holder since 1998 and averages attendance at more than 60 games per season. Now that she’s retired, she’s hoping to make all 81 games this season.

Inductees are nominated by someone who in 25 words or less, can communicate why the nominee is a “super fan” and is worthy of induction into the Wall of Fame.

Wallace wrote that since Dennis purchased two season tickets in 1998, she had brought over 223 different guests to the Devil Ray games.

Inductees receive permanent recognition on the Wall of Fame at Tropicana Field, two tickets for one game, a commemorative plaque, an official “Wall of Famer” jersey and some Pepsi/Devil Rays merchandise.

The official induction will take place at Devil Rays Fan Fest on Feb. 18

Congratulations Carol!

Horseshoe news

A record number of participants turned out for horseshoes at the Anna Maria City Hall pits, but none of the 32 players were better than Adin Shank and Sam Samuels. Shank and Samuels defeated Al Norman and Rod Bussey 22-15 in an exciting final match that produced nine lead changes and numerous ringers.

Samuels emphatically ended the match with a double ringer “six pack” to claim the championship trophy. Samuels and Shank advanced to the finals by defeating Bob Lee and Bob Trunse in the first playoff match 22-9.

Don Miller helped partner Chris Lee defeat his dad, Bob Lee, and Debbie Rhodes 21-13 to win the horseshoe competition on Jan. 28. Lee and Rhodes advanced to the finals by defeating Tom Skoloda and Fred Huyghe 21-10 in the first playoff game.

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

Penny Williams fired a one-under par 31 to win the Class AA division of ladies low net golf competition at the Key Royale Club on Jan. 31. Judy Crowe followed with a 33 for second place, while Dorothy McKinna was a shot back in third place.

Class A winner was Diane Miller, whose 33 was one shot better than Cindi Mansour and Nancy King, who tied for second.

Rose Slomba captured Class B with a 33, one shot better than Marian Mulroy and two better than Mary P. Miller.

Markie Ksiazek and Cheryl Kinerk both shot a 33 and tied for first in Class C with Helen Klos finishing in second with a 36.

Class D winner was Jean Tourt, whose 34 was one better than Theresa Schutt and two ahead of third place finisher Teddy Morgan. Tourt and Schutt both had chip-ins on hole No. 4, while Jean Holmes chipped in on No. 5.

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