Island girls help Manatee Magic to round of 16
|Maddy Valadie, center, and Jacqueline Burgess, right, play on the Manatee Magic U12 girls soccer team. Pictured with them is Lexi Moore, left, who plays for Citrus United. Islander Photo: Courtesy Kyra Valadie.
Maddy Valadie and Jacqueline Burgess play on the Manatee Magic U12 girls soccer team, which competed in preliminary rounds of the Florida Youth Soccer Association Region C Cup Feb. 20-21. The girls played Island Coast Alliance, New Tampa and Gulf Coast and won all three games by a combined score of 4-0. They managed to win their group, which advances the Magic girls team to the round of 16. The games were to continue in Land O’Lakes Feb. 28 and March 1.
Results of the weekend matches were not available at press time for The Islander, but check here next week on their progress to the top.
Another Manatee Magic team with Island ties is the U11 girls, which also won their group. Former Islander and daughter of this sportswriter, Gillian Cassidy is a member of the U11 Magic team that defeated Naples 2-0, Largo United 3-0 and Hudson 4-0 to win their group and advance to Land O’ Lakes.
The Magic girls look to be in good shape to advance to the final 8 after defeating Palm Harbor 1-0 and Braden River 2-0 on Feb. 28.
Little League Family Fun Day
The 2009 Anna Maria Island Little League baseball season gets under way at the Anna Maria Island Community Center on Saturday, March 7. The family fun gets started at 9 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. All ages are invited to Family Fun Day, which officially kicks off the baseball season on AMI. All proceeds benefiting the Anna Maria Island Little League.
AMILL is promising some exciting activities, including a huge slide, bounce house, basketball jam and face painting, as well as hot dogs, hamburgers and more. There will be mini-games played all day long on the baseball field at the Center.
This year, AMILL has approximately 100 children ages 5-15 competing in several age divisions on nine Island teams.
Several of the teams will compete solely on the Island against their Island friends, while teams such as Holmes Beach Ace Hardware in the minors, West Coast Surf Shop in the majors and The Islanders in the junior league division will compete against teams from across the bridge.
For more information and AMILL game schedules contact Bob Vita at 941-224-0557, or by e-mail at Rvita@tampabay.rr.com.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played a low-net-of-partners game on Feb. 25 and the team of Gino DiClemente and Greg Shorten came out with bragging rights for the day after carding a 1-over-par 129. That was two shots better than the 131 earned by Bob Sayles and Boy Lamp, who finished in second place. Third place saw a trio of teams card a 234, including John Sagert and Bob Landgren, Dan Hayes and Bill Gallagher and Lou Winegarden and Gary Harris.
The women of the Key Royale Club played a combination low-net and low-gross game on Feb. 24. Flight AA saw Judy Squire card a 32 to edge second-place finisher Joy Phelan by one stroke, while Flight A had Lois Biel and Joyce Brown tying for first place with even-par 32s. Flight B winner was Sue Wheeler, who carded a 35 to edge second-place finishers Sue Christensen and Terry Westby, who both had 36. Margie Jacob and Mary P. Miller tied for first in Flight C with a pair of 34s, while Erma McMullen won Flight D with a 37.
Low gross winners for the day were Jean Holmes, Sandi Tocco and Judy Crowe, who all carded 41s to easily finish in a tie for first. Second place went to Margrit Layh and Meredith Slavin with 46, while Roxanne Koche came in third with a 48.
Joy Phelan birdied number one, while Roswitha Fowler and Margrit Layh each had chipins on the day.
The Key Royale Club men played a nine-hole, low-net-of-partners game on Feb. 23 with Tom Warda and Jim Helgeson, earning first place with a 2-under-par 62. That was one shot better than the 63 carded by Dick Grimme and John Driscoll. Jim Auch and John Lindwall matched the 65 carded by Blake Graham and Charlie Knopp to share third place.
The ladies teamed up with the men on Feb. 20 for a best-ball-of-foursome match. First place went to the team of Frankie Smith-Williams, Joyce Brown, John Driscoll and Peter Proxy with an impressive 10-under-par 22. Second place went to Marian Mulroy, Oam Alvord, Gordon McKinna and Jerry Brown. Mulroy and Joyce Brown both managed chipins on the day.
Five teams managed the prerequisite three victories during Feb. 28 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Sam Samuels and Leo Hutton grabbed the first-round bye, while Steve Grossman and Adin Shank defeated John Johnson and Dean Rowe 22-17. Jerry Disbrow and Jim Durrough rolled past Debbie Rhodes and Hank Huyghe 21-12. They drew straws again to see who earned a bye into the finals, which turned out to be Shank and Grossman. Samuels-Hutton earned a spot in the finals by defeating Disbrow- Durrough 22-7.
The Feb. 25 games again had five teams emerge from pool play. Samuels, a walking team of one drew the bye and watched as Shank and Rowe edged John Crawford and Bob Brown 21-16. Art Kingstead and Bob Lee doubled up on Durrough and Bruce Munroe 21-10. Shank and Rowe drew the bye into the finals and got to watch as Samuels walked past Kingstad and Lee by a 21-17 score. The finals saw Samuels open play with a six-pack on the way to an easy 21-8 victory over Shank-Rowe.
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.