|Kevin Grunke drives the basket for his West Coast Air Conditioning team, while Ben Valdivieso defends for Anna Maria Glass & Screen. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
Cold shooting dominates Premier Division basketball contest
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's winter basketball season
continued with a full slate of end-to-end action throughout the past
week. The highlighted game this week was a Premier Division contest that
came down to the wire between Anna Maria Glass & Screen and West
Coast Air Conditioning.
Both teams were
cold from the field throughout most of the game, with
West Coast holding a 26-23 lead at the end of the third
opened the scoring in the third quarter when after
grabbing an offensive rebound, she went up strong to
the basket and was fouled. Bauer swished both free
throws for a 28-23 WCAC lead.
Anna Maria Glass & Screen's
Breann Richardson got behind the West Coast defense
and teammate Chad Reed found her with a long pass for
an easy lay up to trail 28-25.
West Coast came
right back as Al Barrett drove the lane and found Bauer
underneath. She again was fouled and again swished
both attempts to give West Coast a 30-25 lead.
the Glass & Screen team back with a steal and a
layup followed by an offensive rebound put-back to
pull to within a point at 30-29. Then Glass & Screen
got an important defensive stop on West Coast. They
worked the ball to Franklin Moore on the left side
and he drove hard to the basket for a layin and a 31-30
lead with just over three minutes to play.
came right back with a spinning drive to the basket
before leaving the ball for Bauer, who again was fouled.
She again made both free throws as West Coast retook
the lead 32-31.
the ball quickly upcourt, but missed a 15-footer which
proved costly when West Coast's McDonough came
right back with a strong drive and a layup for a 34-31
lead with 2:31 to play.
A foul and two
free throws by Anna Maria's Ben Valdivieso brought
Glass & Screen to within a point and an offensive
rebound put-back by Luis Leon gave Anna Maria Glass & Screen
its second lead of the game with just over a minute
remaining to play.
stole the ball for Glass & Screen and quickly passed
the ball to Reed, who had the ball poked away by Anna
Maria's Phelps Tracy. Glass & Screen inbounded
the ball to Moore, whose shot rimmed out and McDonough
snagged the rebound for West Coast Air.
had the ball poked away and a mad scramble ensued for
the ball. McDonough ended up getting fouled and making
both ends of the one-on-one foul shot for a 36-35 West
Anna Maria pushed
the ball quickly upcourt and worked the ball to Valdivieso
on the baseline, but his shot rimmed out. Leon grabbed
the offensive board, but his follow shot would drop
and McDonough grabbed the defensive board and called
West Coast then
had trouble inbounding the ball and Reed came up with
the steal, but he had the ball poked away on the way
to the basket. A Barrett steal and a foul sent him
to the line where he made both ends of the one-on-one
opportunity for a 38-35 lead with 10 seconds to play.
Anna Maria Glass & Screen
brought the ball up and looked for an open three-point
opportunity, but West Coast Air defended the permimeter
and forced a desperation shot from 28 feet that fell
short, giving West Coast AC a hard-fought 38-35 victory.
led West Coast with 10 points and three rebounds, while
Whitney Bauer added eight points and four rebounds.
McDonough added six points and 10 rebounds in the victory.
Moore led Anna
Maria Glass & Screen with 14 points and six rebounds,
while Reed added nine points and eight rebounds. Luis
Leon scored six points and pulled down an incredible
19 rebounds in the loss for Glass & Screen.
Island Real Estate
edged Publix by two points for a 59-57 score in the
season's first Premier Division game Saturday
behind 31 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists from
David Buck and 15 points and 10 rebounds from Zach
led Publix with 23 points and six rebounds, while Mike
Wallen added 13 points and three rebounds. Jordan Graeff
added 12 points and eight rebounds for Publix in the
dominated down low with 24 points and 16 rebounds as
Island Real Estate cooled off West Coast Air Conditioning
60-20 on Jan. 11. David Buck added 20 points for Island
Real Estate, which also received six points from Eric
Distelhurst and five points from Grant Lukitch.
scored six points and pulled down seven rebounds to
lead West Coast AC, which also received five points
from Matt McDonough and four points from Sammy Samap
in the loss.
poured in 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead
Publix past Anna Maria Glass & Screen 52-46 on
Jan. 9. Mike Wallen added 11 points, eight rebounds
and three assists for Publix, which also received eight
points from Jamison Urch and four points apiece from
Jordan Graeff and Jake McDonald.
scored 22 points and snagged 13 rebounds to lead Anna
Maria Glass & Screen in the loss. Corbin Kitchen
chipped in with eight points, while Ben Valdivieso
and Luis Leon each finished with six points.
Division I action
Danziger Allergy & Sinus
rode another double-double by Garrett Secor to an easy
40-20 victory over Air & Energy in Jan. 12 Division
I basketball action at the Center. Secor finished with
a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Molly
Slicker added 10 points to the Danziger victory.
Matt Bauer scored
10 points and Jason Rappe scored eight points and grabbed
eight rebounds to lead A&E in the loss.
had two three-point baskets and scored a game-high
15 points to lead Homes of Distinction past Longboat
Observer 29-16 on Jan. 9. Ally Titsworth added six
points and four rebounds, while Brandon Gengler pulled
down 14 rebounds to go along with his two points in
the Homes of Distinction victory.
Kyle Aritt led
the Observer with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while
teammate Donna Barth added two points in the loss.
scored 21 points and dished out four assists to lead
A Paradise Realty to a one-point victory over Danziger
Allergy & Sinus on Jan. 9. Jordan Sebastiano added
10 points and David Landesburg scored four points to
the 38-37 victory total.
scored 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead Danziger,
which also received 14 points from Chris Callahan in
Division II action
Five points from
Molly McDonough paced a balanced scoring attack by
Duncan Real Estate in its 14-2 victory over Sun House
Restaurant on Jan. 11. Savannah Schield added three
points while Sarah Azmi, Jake Rappe and Taylor Wilson
each chipped in with two points in the victory.
Glen Bower led
the Sun House with two points in the loss.
scored 21 points and Becca Butler added eight to lead
Island Family Physicians to a 34-14 victory over Harcorn
Corp. on Jan. 10. Daniel Pimental chipped in with four
points and Stephanie Purnell finished with two points
to complete the Physicians scoring.
scored eight points to lead Harcorn, which also received
two points apiece from Patrick Edwards, Stephanie Schenk
and Emily White in the loss.
Division III action
Neil Carper scored
four points while teammates Sam Azmi, Jake Parsons
and Holly Rizzo each added two points during the Kumon
10-4 victory over Jessie's Island Store on Jan.
led Jessie's with four points in the loss.
Dips Ice Cream
rolled past the Bistros behind 17 points from Lee Bergeron
and six points from Brendan Galagher for a final 23-8
in Division III action on Jan. 14.
led Bistros with six points while Samantha Purnell
added two points in the loss.
scored nine of his 11 points in the decisive fourth
quarter to help Dips Ice Cream overcome a six-point
deficit on the way to a 22-20 victory over Kumon on
Jan. 12. Johnny Mattay added four points for Dips in
Neil Carper led
all scorers with 14 points, while Sam Azmi added four
points and Jake Parsons scored two points for Kumon
in the loss.
On Jan. 10, Luke
Shackleford scored six points and Trevor Albers added
two points to lead Bistros 8-5 over Jessie's
Island Store. Three points from Jacob Blue and one
point apiece from Bo Gurski and Blaine Jenefsky paced
Jessie's Island Store in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
Sara Falk shot
a one-under-par 31 to capture the flight AA low-net
women's golf competition at the Key Royale Club
on Jan. 10. Penny Williams shot 32 to finish one shot
back, while Nancy Grimme's 34 earned her a third-place
Flight A winner
Cindi Mansour shot an incredible four-under 28 to finish
four shots ahead of second-place finisher Dorothy McKinna,
who shot an even-par 32. Rosewitha Fowler and Lorraine
Towne came in a tie for third with a pair of 34s.
A one-over 33
gave first place to Flight B's Margie Jacobs,
while Mardene Eichorn, Sally Keyes and Margaret Schueller
finished in a three-way tie for second place with scores
Jan Turner shot
a 34 to win the Flight B competition over second-place
finishers Dee Bassett and Eunice Warda, who both finished
with a 35.
Flight D winner
was Theresa Schuette, whose 31 was four shots better
than second-place finisher Jeanette Cashman. Lucille
Cooney and Terry Westby tied for third with a pair
Jan. 11 horseshoe competition drew 20 participants,
with Rod Bussey and Norm Good emerging as champions
by defeating Cathy Stoltzfus and Sam Samuels by a 21-13
Jan. 7 horseshoe
action saw Steve Doyle and Tom Rhodes defeat Adin Shank
and Tom Skoloda 21-7 to win Saturday's bragging
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.