AMI Little League posts last chance signup op
|West Air Conditioning's Clay Orr lays the ball in over the attempted block by Island Real Estate's Tyler Bekkerus during Premier League basketball action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center
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Anna Maria Island Little League is back and better than ever, according to league and Anna Maria Island Community Center officials.
Andy Jonatzke of the Center announced that every player who signs up by Feb. 12 will receive a free ticket to the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Boston Red Sox (read World Serie's Champs) spring training game on March 20. The Majors' game is part of AMI Little League's opening weekend celebration, which includes a parade, pictures and baseball games starting March 19.
The Island league is for boys and girls ages 5-17. Cost will be $55 per player and $50 for additional siblings. Registrations are now being taken at the Center.
Interested junior or senior league players should call Nichole Pelkey at 778-9637. Saturday, Feb. 12, will be the last day to register for those leagues as well.
Everyone who tries out for AMI ball will be placed on a team, but for parity within the league, mandatory tryouts are at the following times:
- 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, 10-12 year olds.
- 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, 7-9 year olds.
- 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 5-6 year olds.
- Noon Saturday, Feb. 18, 7-9 year olds.
- 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 10-12 year olds.
For more information, call Jonatzke at the Center. 778-1908.
Lady Canes' senior night festivities, Cramer honored
The Manatee High "Lady Canes" basketball team honored seniors Lauren Cruz, who recently eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her career, and Island resident and two-year varsity player Jessica Cramer prior to the start of their Feb. 2 game against Bayshore High School.
Cramer, who has compiled an impressive 3.8 grade-point average, plans to attend Manatee Community College after graduation and then move up to the University of Central Florida, where she will study early child education. Cruz says she will attend either UCF next fall, where she can continue her basketball career, or attend the University of Miami.
Though Cruz's and Cramer's careers are quickly coming to an end, the Lady Canes will still have an "Island flavor" if everyone comes back next season. In addition to Cramer, junior forwards Ryane Carden and Ashley Lane, sophomore guard Sarah Lanzillo and freshman forward Danielle Mullen are all current members of the Lady Canes. Waiting in the wings for a chance at varsity is none other then freshman (and Ryane's younger sister) Catie Carden.
Congratulations to all of the girls and good luck in the upcoming district tournament.
IRE 'four-closes' on West Coast AC
Saturday's Anna Maria Island Community Center Premier Division basketball contest between Island Real Estate and West Coast Air Conditioning was a strange affair from the start, with IRE fielding only four players in the Feb. 5 contest. Despite being down a player, IRE jumped on top with an early 13-2 run fueled by the hot outside shooting by Tyler Bekkerus and strong drives to the hoop from Josh Elsenheimer on the way to an "interesting" 86-71 victory.
Two things became apparent early in the game: Bekkerus was on fire and defense definitely was not the word of the day. Bekkerus opened the IRE scoring when he hit a three-pointer from the left wing despite West Coast Air's Taylor Manning being up in his grill. Bekkerus also came through with a driving, acrobatic layup and a midrange jumper, while Elsenheimer scored six points on drives to the basket. By the time the first quarter had ended, IRE had opened up a 10-point lead which it would never relinquish - even when Phelps Tracy fouled out with just under three minutes to play, forcing them to finish the game with only three players.
Bekkerus, who finished with a season-high 46 points, sandwiched 14 points in the first and fourth quarters around nine points in each of the second and third quarters. He connected on several acrobatic layups in addition to six long-range connections.
Elsenheimer supported Bekkerus with 34 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. Nick Sato added four points and Tracy finished with two points and six rebounds for IRE in the victory.
West Coast Air, which seemed out of sync throughout the game, received 28 points from Clay Orr and 17 points from Taylor Manning in defeat. Brian Cziraky added 14 points and six rebounds, while Todd Test connected on a pair of three-pointers for a total of six points. Jake McDonald added four points and Anthony Rosas finished with two points in the loss.
ReMax 55, West Coast 49
ReMax Gulfstream Realty received a balanced scoring attack that saw eight different players score in its six-point victory over West Coast Air Conditioning on Wednesday, Feb. 2, in Premier Division action. Chase Parker's 13 points and 11 points from Franklin Moore led ReMax, which also received nine points from Luis Leon and eight points from Pedro Alvarez. Kevin Gruenke added six points to the ReMax attack that also received three points apiece from Alisha Ware and Jordan Graeff in the victory.
Taylor Manning's 18 points and 15 points from Dylan Mullen led West Coast in the loss. Brian Cziraky and Eric Fridenberg added eight and six points respectively, while Jake McDonald finished with two points.
Glass & Screen 76, IRE 46
David Buck scored 34 points, including 22 in the second half, as Anna Maria Glass & Screen cruised to a 30-point victory over Island Real Estate on Monday, Jan. 31. Jake Stebbins added 18 points for the victors, who also received 12 points from Zach Schields and four points apiece from Chad Reed, Matt McDonough and Derrick Gargett in the victory.
Josh Elsenheimer led IRE with 25 points, while teammate Tyler Bekkerus added 12 points in the loss. Jamie Urch scored five points, while Phelps Tracy and Ian Douglas each finished with two points in the loss.
Division I: Publix 34, Observer 28
Ben Valdivieso scored 21 of his game-high 26 points after intermission to lead Publix past Longboat Observer on Thursday, Feb. 3, in a battle of Division I first-place teams.
Publix, which now holds a tiebreaker edge over the Observer for the first seed as playoff season approaches, also received five points from Justin Dearlove and two points from Breann Richardson in the victory.
Grant Lukitch led Longboat Observer with 16 points, while Celia Ware scored nine points, including six in the fourth quarter as the Observer staged a late rally. Nash Thompson added three points, while Daniel Riley and Billy Alstrom finished with two points apiece in the loss.
A&E 34, LPAC 31
Garrett Secor scored eight of his 10 points in the fourth quarter to help Air & Energy rally past LPAC for a 34-31 AMICC Division I victory on Tuesday, Feb. 1. Will Osborne led A&E with 13 points, while league scoring leader Corbin Kitchen finished with 11 points in the victory.
LPAC was led by Broderick West's game-high 15 points and eight points from Matt Shafer. Whitney Bauer, Ryan Guerin, Jarot Nelson and Jason Rappe each scored two points to complete the LPAC scoring in the loss.
Division II: Duncan 26, Galati 14
Duncan Real Estate bounced back from its first loss with a 26-14 victory over Galati Marine on Friday, Feb. 4, thanks to 11 points from Chris Callahan and 10 points from Ashley Waring. Kyle Crum chipped in with five points to complete the Duncan scoring as the team improved to 8-1 on the season.
Galati Marine was led by Martine Miler's eight points, while teammates MacKenzie Kosfeld added four points and Kayla Aritt finished with two points in the loss.
Oyster Bar 29, Danziger 24
Matt Bauer exploded for 17 points to lead Anna Maria Oyster Bar to a five-point victory over Danziger Allergy & Sinus on Friday, Feb. 4. Zach Evans added five points to the Oyster Bar attack, which also included four points from Sarah Howard and three points from Blake Rivers in the win.
Glenn Bower scored 11 points and Emma Barlow added nine points to lead Danziger in the loss. Sarah Falls and Dylan Riley each scored two points to complete the Danziger scoring.
Danziger 16, STGC 14
Glenn Bower scored 12 points and Emma Barlow added four points to lead Danziger Allergy & Sinus past STGC on Wednesday, Feb. 2, for Danzigers first victory of the season.
Ally Titsworth, Chandler Hardy and Kelly Guerin each scored four points, while Trevor Bystrom added two points for STGC in the loss.
STGC 16, Duncan 12
Chandler Hardy's season-high seven points helped STGC hand Duncan Real Estate its first loss of the season Monday, Jan. 31. Ally Titsworth added four points for STGC, which also received two points apiece from Kelly Guerin and Molly McDonough.
Chris Callahan's 11 points and one point from Kyle Crum paced Duncan Real Estate in the loss.
Oyster Bar 30, Galati 12
Anna Maria Oyster Bar rode a balanced scoring attack to an easy victory over Galati Marine on Monday, Jan. 31, in Division II basketball action. Matt Bauer's 11 points and eight points from Molly Slicker led the Oyster Bar attack, which included four points from Zach Evans and three points from Blake Rivers. Kelly Dodson and Katie Hunt each scored two points to complete the scoring for the Oyster Bar in the victory.
Martine Miller scored six points to lead Galati Marine, which also received two points apiece from MacKenzie Kosfeld, Stephanie Schenk and Kayla Aritt in the loss.
Division III: Bistros 21, Paradise 9
Bistros ran past A Paradise Realty behind 10 points from Hailey Dearlove and eight points from Becca Butler in Division III basketball on Thursday, Feb. 3. Giorgio Gomez scored two points and Stephanie Purnell added one point as Bistros remained undefeated on the season.
Josh Schmidt scored six points and Logan Reiber added three points for A Paradise Realty in the loss.
Jessie's 11, Harry's 10
Max Miller's fourth-quarter basket provided the winning margin as Jessie's Island Store edged Harry's Continental Kitchens in Division III action on Thursday, Feb. 3. Miller finished with a game-high six points for Jessie's, which also received four points from Daniel Pimental and one point from Julian Botero in the victory.
Danny Krokroskia scored four points and Cliff Pascal added three points to lead Harry's in the scoring department. Zach Facheris chipped in with two points and Taylor Wilson finished with one point to complete the Harry's scoring in the loss.
Dips 26, Jessie's 11
Dips Ice Cream and Jessie's Island Store entered their Tuesday, Feb 1, game tied for second, but Dips' 26-11 victory made a strong statement as to which is the second-best team in the league. Dips received 12 points from Justin Gargett, while also receiving seven points apiece from Zach Guerin and Johnny Mattay. Jospeh Darke completed the Dips scoring with two points in the win.
Daniel Pimental led Jessie's with seven points, while teammates Max Miller and Julian Botero each scored two points in the loss.