|Rookie-of-the-year award-winner Chris Pate of Morgan Stanley, batting champ Blake Wilson of league champion team Duncan Real Estate, MVP Tommy Price of West Manatee Fire District and teammate and sportsmanship winner Jake Rappe, pose with their awards from the Anna Maria Island Little League.
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Tommy Price was named as the most-valuable player for the 2006 Anna Maria Island Little League season at the season-ending awards ceremony May 22.
Price was undoubtedly the most-feared hitter during the season, though Duncan Real Estate’s Blake Wilson and West Manatee Fire District’s Connor Cloharty and teammate Daniel Janisch didn’t exactly put opposing pitchers’ minds at ease when they strolled to the plate.
Price finished with an impressive batting average of over .600 to finish in second place in those standings, but he also led the league with eight home runs and was one of the top pitchers and catchers during the season.
Wilson was the league’s top hitter with an impressive .683 batting average — a record, according to league president Andy Jonatzke, also athletic director of the Anna Maria Island Community Center, where the league plays its games.
Before the league went to official Little League rules, Tony Terry, playing for the Island Kiwanis team, posted a batting average close to .800 with several home runs deposited into the canal waters beyond the center-field fence.
Morgan Stanley catcher Chris Pate won the rookie-of-the-year award for his stellar play behind the plate and a batting average of over .300 for the season.
Jake Rappe was awarded the sportsmanship trophy, based on his overall attitude and skill on and off the diamond.
Congratulations to all of the players, coaches and parents for another great season of baseball on Anna Maria Island.
Jimmy Spencer of Anna Maria Island Privateers fame teamed up with Karl Thomas of Vancouver Island, Canada, to be the outright winners of the May 24 horseshoe competition at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.
The Spencer-Thomas team was the only team to win each of its three pool play matches, leaving the other four teams to battle it out for second place. Walker Herb Ditzel of Anna Maria emerged from the three-team battle to claim second place by defeating Ron Pepka of Bradenton and England’s Peter Watson by a 23-16 score.
Debbie Rhodes of Cortez and Tom Skoloda of Anna Maria defeated walker John Johnson by a 21-10 score to win the May 20 horseshoe competition. Johnson advanced to the finals by defeating the team of Pepka and Hank Huyghe 22-9.
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 women were back on the course May 23 after a two-week hiatus due to rain, but Joyce Reith was in midseason form. She posted a one-under-net score of 31 to defeat second-place finisher Cindi Mansour by one stroke and third-place finisher Mary Selby by two to capture first-flight bragging rights.
Mary Miller’s 31 was four shots better than second-place finisher Jean Tourt, who finished with a 25, while Pat Rice shot a 36 to claim third place in flight two.
Dolores Jorgensen was the top putter on the day with 14 putts, while Roswitha Fowler, Jean Holmes, Mary Miller, Joyce Reith and Tootie Wagner tied for second with 15 putts. Jorgensen also had a chip-in on hole No. 9 to add to her round.
Boys basketball camp next week
Manatee High school boys’ varsity coach Brian Reeves is hosting a basketball camp June 5-9. For $60, players will receive 15 hours of instruction on the fundamentals of basketball and a camp T-shirt. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon for high school-age players, while the middle school-age camp runs will be noon-3 p.m.
To register, contact Coach Reeves at 714-7300, ext. 2147, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Her-icane golf challenge
The Manatee High School Her-icanes girls' soccer team is hosting a fundraising golf tournament at the Bradenton Country Club at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. For only $100, golfers can test their skills at one of Bradenton's most exclusive and challenging layouts in a four-person scramble.
Players who register before the Aug. 1 deadline will receive a goody bag, post-tourney banquet, paid cart and greens fees and guaranteed fun throughout the day. Also on tap are a straightest-drive contest, two closest-to-the-pin contests, a putting contest and raffles for tons of prizes. The field is limited to the first 100 golfers, so don't delay.
The Her-icanes are also looking for sponsors for the tournament. For $800, the Hat Trick package includes a golfing foursome, banquet, a tee or green sign on the course and a banner which will be displayed at all Manatee Her-icane home soccer games. A golden goal sponsorship includes a golf foursome and a tee or green sign on the course for $500, or fund a tee or green sign for the tournament for $125.
To sign up your foursome, list your four players and their phone numbers with a check written out to Manatee Girls Soccer Booster and mail it to me, Coach Kevin Cassidy, 3610 York Drive, Bradenton FL 34205.
To sign up for sponsorship or for more information, call me, writer/coach Cassidy at 751-6602.