|U13 Manatee Magic
Madison Bradley, Phoebe Leo, Erin Mulrine, Martine Miller, Christina Papazian, Catherine Byrne, Jordan Ponto, Nicole Dixon, Ashley Nelson, Ally Titsworth, Melissa DeGroat, Kristin Ferreri, Mary Isiminger, Nicole Marcinko, Julia Pignanelli and Shelby Raye.
Islanders help U13 Magic to tournament title
Islanders Martine Miller, Ally Titsworth and Christina Papazian are starters for the U13 Manatee Magic girls soccer team that captured the title for the Gator Showcase tournament in Gainesville Feb. 17-20. Miller is one of the leading scorers from her forward position, while Titsworth runs the wing from right midfield. Papazian is the last line of defense from her goalkeeper position.
The Magic opened the tournament by defeating Palm Harbor 2-0 on Saturday morning. The girls then received star treatment when they got a tour of the University of Florida campus from members of the UF girls soccer team.
That afternoon, the Magic got back to business by defeating the St. Pete Raiders 6-0. And that evening, the Magic girls attended a soccer game between the Lady Gators and the Florida State Lady Noles.
On Sunday afternoon, the Magic advanced to the tournament finals by tying West Palm 0-0 to set up a rematch with Palm Harbor in the finals. The Magic captured the title when Phoebe Leo headed in a corner kick from Erin Mulrine to give them a hard-fought 1-0 victory.
On March 4-5, the Magic girls opened Region C play in Valrico and easily advanced to the next round. They defeated Azalea Park 6-1 on Saturday morning and followed that up with a 6-0 victory over another Manatee Magic squad. Sunday morning the Magic girls ensured their spot in the next round when they defeated Dunedin 6-0.
Titsworth and Miller each scored several goals in the three games to help the team, which now travels to Ed Radice complex in Tampa March 11-12.
Members of the Magic team include Madison Bradley, Phoebe Leo, Erin Mulrine Martine Miller Christina Papazian, Catherine Byrne, Jordan Ponto, Nicole Dixon, Ashley Nelson, Ally Titsworth, Melissa DeGroat, Kristin Ferreri, Mary Isiminger, Nicole Marcinko, Julia Pignanelli and Shelby Raye.
Center news and notes
Anna Maria Island Little League action is just around the corner with the preseason banquet and uniform distribution taking place on Thursday, March 9, and opening day festivities getting started Saturday, March 11.
Opening day consists of a parade of Little Leaguers, coaches, parents and fans that will travel north from the Island Baptist Church on Gulf Drive to the Anna Maria Island Community Center and Benji Scanio Memorial Field. There, the youngsters will participate in a series of exhibition games.
In addition to the those games, individual and team photos will be taken while those with an appetite can satisfy those hunger pangs with grilled hambugers and hot dogs.
As if that isn't enough excitement, Anna Maria Island Little Leaguers and their parents will spend Sunday, March 12, at beautiful McKechnie Field in Bradenton for a spring training game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
If you're interested in attending the game, contact the Center's Andy Jonatzke at 778-1908.
Also contact Jonatzke for a season game schedule, since it was not received at The Islander by presstime.
Basketball awards dished up
The center's 2006 basketball season officially came to an end with the awards ceremony on Feb. 27. Division champions received their hardware, while individual awards were handed out for each division as well.
The Division III sportsmanship award went to Neil Carper, while Lee Bergeron stole the defensive player of the year award. Female MVP went to Samantha Purnell, while Luke Shackelford captured the male MVP award.
Kalif Mora won the sportsmanship award for Division II, while Kelly Guerin made off with the defensive player award. Female MVP was Hailey Dearlove and male MVP went to Travis Belsito.
Division I sportsmanship was awarded to Kyle Aritt and Brandon Gengler captured the defensive player award. Ally Titsworth ran off with the female MVP award, while Garrett Secor won the male MVP award.
Premier League awards were dominated by league champ Island Real Estate, starting with the sportsmanship award for Zach Schield. West Coast Air Conditioning's Matt McDonough prevented an IRE sweep by winning the defensive player award. IRE got back on track with Celia Ware and David Buck winning the female and male MVP awards respectively.
Congratulations again to all of the players and coaches.
Pickleball comes to Center
Pickleball, the "fastest growing sport in the United States," according to a spokesperson for the Anna Maria Island Community Center is coming to the Center on Monday, March 13, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., when everyone is invited to the Center for a demonstration.
If you're interested in the sport and are over 21 years of age, you can check out the demo and sign up for league play.
For more information, contact the Center at 778-1908.
Bradenton's Ron Pepka and Leo Hutton of Lancaster Pa., subjected the Bradenton duo of Adin Shank and Jay Disbrow to a barrage of ringers to win by a score of 22-11 and emerge from a three-team playoff to win the March 1 horseshoe competition. Shank and Disbrow advanced to the finals by defeating Anna Maria's Steve Doyle and Sam Samuels of Cortez with a 23-9 score.
Anna Maria's Herb Puryear teamed up with John Johnson of Holmes Beach as the only undefeated team after pool play. Puryear's victory continued a hot streak that has seen him advance to the playoffs in eight of his last 11 horsehoe sessions.
Six teams tied for second, forcing a playoff that saw George McKay of Anna Maria and Don Buchholts emerge as the day's bridesmaids.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at Anna Maria City Hall. Warm ups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
If horseshoes isn't your game, how about shuffleboard? The Anna Maria Shuffleboard Club plays Monday through Friday at 1 p.m., also at Anna Maria City Hall. Anyone interested in playing, regardless of skill level is invited to play.
Women's golf news
Penny Williams fired a two-under par 30 to claim first place in the Key Royale Club women's low-net golf competition Feb. 28. Jean Holmes carded a 31 to finish in second in flight AA. Flight A winner was a four-way tie between Phyllis Lamp, Dorothy McKinna, Cindi Mansour and Tootie Wagner with identical scores of 32.
In flight B, Mary Pat Swamy's 32 was good enough to hold off Margie Jacobs, Barb Manson and Marian Mulroy, all of whom tied for second with a trio of 34s. Mary Miller shot 33 to win flight C by one shot over Shirley Cessna, Cherie Kinerk and Markie Ksiazek. Theresa Schuett carded a 33 to win fight D by three shots over Teddy Morgan and Janet Stokes.
Stokes and Marilyn Thorton each holed out on approach shots on No. 7, while Swamy holed out on No. 4.