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Date of Issue: March 12, 2008

Islander helps ice hockey team to undefeated season

sport pic
Gulf Coast Flames
J.C. Bradley, Jeremy Butterworth, Tanner Cowieson, Trent Cowieson, Joey Fabec, Zachary Facheris, Drew Fineberg, Caleb Fizer, Matt Grabowski, Sam Johnson, Jimmy Jones, Nate McPherson, Zack Mitchell, Sean Murray, Blake Redden, Reid Simpson and Widell Jackson.

 

Islander Zachary Facheris helped his Gulf Coast Flames ice hockey team win the U12 state title March 1-2. Zachary, a defenseman helped his team shut out five straight opponents. They defeated the Space Coast Hurricanes 10-0 in their first match and followed that up with a 13-0 win over the Tampa Bay Junior Lightning. The Flames also defeated the Palm Beach Predators 6-0 and the Space Coast Hurricanes 9-0 before winning the title with a 4-0 over the Orlando Stars in the finals.

In addition to winning the state title, the Flames also put together an undefeated regular season. Next up for Facheris and his mates is a chance to win the Southeastern District title in Charleston, S.C., March 13-16. If they win there, they’ll compete for the national title in New Jersey in April.

Congratulations and good luck to Zachary and his teammates!

 

Island baseball starts up

The Islanders Little League major’s division team got off to a great start in their March 3 Little League game at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton. They jumped out to a 5-0 lead against Cooney’s Auto that they held onto until the fourth inning, but the final score was Cooney 14, Islanders 5. The Islanders saw some nice pitching from Lee Bergeron, who allowed three runs in three innings of work.

Hunter Parrish got it going for the Islanders when he led off the game with a single and moved to second when Bergeron walked. Max Moneuse singled in Parrish in front of Derek Gargett, who doubled home Bergeron and Moneuse. Gargett and Garrison Clark who reached base when he got plunked by a pitch also came around to score.

But Cooney’s Auto came back - thanks to some big bats - led by Munoz, who went 4-for-5 including a pair of doubles. Grasso was 4-for-4 with three runs, while Butler added a pair of singles and two runs scored in the victory.

 

Horseshoe news

Sixteen teams showed up to compete during horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits on March 5 with three teams emerging from pool play. The first semifinal match saw Leo Hutton and Dean Rowe roll over the team of Tom Rhodes and Bob Lee by a 24-12 score. Their victory sent them to the finals against Debbie Rhodes and Gene Bobeldyk, who proved too strong in a 22-18 victory.

The March 1 games saw four teams emerge from the 14 that entered pool play. The first semifinal had Adin Shank and Jerry Disbrow defeating Tom Rhodes and George McKay 23-11, while Leo Hutton and Bob Mason rolled over John Crawford and Norm Good by a similar 21-11 score. Hutton and Mason cruised in the finals, taking a 22-5 victory to earn the day’s bragging rights.

Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups 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

The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole, best-ball-of-foursome match on March 5. The team of John Atkinson, Dick Grimme, Chris Collins and Bob Kelly matched the 49 carded by Bill Gallagher, Don LaTorre, Omar Trollard and Bob Dickinson. Second place went to the team of Tom Lewis, Bob O’Brien and Don Ruggles with a 50. Third place went to Larry Fowler, Dale Hudson and Jim Hilgesson.

The nine-hole match on March 3 was a better-ball-of-foursome game that saw Paul Keyes, Bob Jorgensen, Don Ledford and John Driscoll fire a 9-under-par 23 to take first place. Second place went to the team of Richard Westby, Russ Olson, Matt Behan and Charlie Knopp.

The women let the men play Feb. 29 in a two-best-balls-of-foursome match. Nell Bergstrom, Joyce Brown and Gordon McKinna fired a 53 to edge by one stroke second-place finishers Marian Mulroy, Dorothy McKinna and Tom Warda.

Tom Warda chipped in on holes three and seven, while wife Eunice chipped in on number eight. Not to be outdone, Nell Bergstrom chipped in on number six.

 

MAYSO offers new futsal league

Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization (MAYSO) is offering a new spring soccer league for ages 7-adult. Street soccer, or futsal, is played with a low-bounce ball and four players and a goalie on the field.

Cost for the eight-game season is $40 for MAYSO registered players, $50 for non-Florida Youth Soccer Association registered players and $60 for players registered with another FYSA sanctioned club.

The season will run April 5 to May 25 with most of the games being played on Saturdays and some Sundays. The age/gender divisions are U8, U10, U12, U14, high school, men’s, women’s and coed, and players may register as a team with a maximum of 10 players per roster.

The deadline for registration is March 24. For more information, contact MAYSO assistant director of coaching Erik Barbon at 941-932-0800 or e-mail him at barbonet@verizon.net.

 

Anna Maria Island Little League schedule

 

Juniors

7 p.m.March 13Islanders vs. JR5Palmetto

10 a.m.March 15JR3 vs. IslandersBirdie Tebbetts

 

Majors

 

7 p.m.March14Islanders vs. Freedom BankG.T.Bray field 3

7 p.m.March 17Trident vs. IslandersAMICC

 

Minors

6:30 p.m.March 13New Youngsters vs. SunAMICC

3 p.m.March 15Sun vs. Affordable ApplianceG.T.Bray field 1

5 p.m.March 15Surf Shop vs. Dick’sG.T.Bray field 3

6:30 p.m.March 18Pinnacle vs. Surf ShopAMICC

 

Anna Maria Island Community Center basketball standings

Premier LeagueWonLost

WCAC102

IRE75

Cycles66

Ralph’s111

 

Division I

Sun  92

Lumber93

Paradise48

A&E210

 

Division II

Dips102

Kumon84

Jessie’s012

 

Division III

Duncan102

Ross84

Orthopedics    66

LPAC39

Beach Bistro39

 

Anna Maria Island Community Center basketball schedule

Premier Division (ages 14-17)

6 p.m.March 13Ralph’s vs. WCAC

7 p.m.March 13Cycles vs. IRE

10 a.m. March 15Championship game

Noon March 15All-stars game

4 p.m.March 15Coaches game

Division I (ages 12-13)

6 p.m.March 14Lumber vs. Paradise

7 p.m.March 14A&E vs. Sun

11 a.m. March 15Championship game

2 p.m. March 15All-stars game

4 p.m.March 15Coaches game

Division II (ages 10-11)

6 p.m.March 12Kumon vs. Jessie’s

1 p.m.March 15TBA vs. Dips

3 p.m. March 15All-stars game

4 p.m.March 15Coaches game

Division III (ages 8-9)

4 p.m.March 15Coaches game

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