Key Royale gets champ; youth basketball begins
Mark Mixon, right, who earned the title of 2010 Key Royale Club champion, is pictured on the golf course with last year’s champion Web Cutting. Islander Photo: Jim Meena
The 2010 Anna Maria Island Community Center basketball season on the horizon, and a pre-season tourney kicked it off April 6. Teams in Premier III, II divisions were each guaranteed two games in the tourney to gear up for the upcoming regular season, which gets started in early May.
In Division III action, Beach Bistro opened tourney play with a 14-7 victory over the Sandbar on April 7 behind a team-high 6 points from Joey Stewart. The Bistro also received four points from Aiden Grumley and two points apiece from Andrew Proctor and Trent Shackleford in the victory. Joe Rogers led Sandbar with four points, while Leo Tilelli added two and Brooke Capparelli finished with one point in the loss.
Connie’s Landscaping defeated the Sandbar 10-6 to advance to the winner’s bracket finals. Leo Rose led the way for Connie’s with eight points, while Truman Carlson added two points. Joey Stewart paced Sandbar with four points, while teammate Andrew Proctor added two points in the loss. Connie’s now awaits the winner of the April 12 game between Sandbar and Bistro to see which team they will play for the title.
Beach to Bay Construction opened the Division II tourney April 7 with a 24-14 victory over Bob Vita Lawn Service behind 10 points from Cameron Brauner and eight points from Michael Latimer. Dayton Modderman added four points, while George Lardas completed the Beach to Bay scoring with two points.
Ross Built got off to a good start in Division II play with an 18-12 victory over Anna Maria Oyster Bar on April 9. Andrew Ross led the way with 8 points while brother Jake added 6. Luke Valadie and Cooper Hardy each scored 2 points to round out the scoring for Ross Built. Oyster Bar was led by Emma Moneuse whose 10 points led all scorers. Tyler Yavalar chipped in with 2 points to complete the scoring for the Oyster Bar in the loss.
Walter & Associates edged Beach to Bay Construction 14-13 April 9 to advance to the semifinals behind 10 second-half points from Moriah Goode that helped make up a five-point halftime deficit. Seth Walter completed the scoring for Walter with four points. Michael Latimer led Beach to Bay with seven points, while Cameron Brauner added four points and George Lardas finished with two.
Ross Built advanced to the winner’s finals, thanks to a 21-11 victory over Walter & Associates April 10. Andrew Ross led the way with 13 points, while Jake Ross and Luke Valadie each added four points in the victory. Seth Walter with five points and Moriah Goode with four points led the way for Walter, which also received two points from Jordan Cooley in the loss.
Anna Maria Oyster Bar stayed alive in the loser’s bracket thanks to a 17-16 victory over Bob Vita Lawn Service April 10. Brandon Mills paced the Oyster Bar with seven points, while Tyler Yavalar and Reese Helvey scored four points apiece. Bradley Duffman completed the Oyster Bar scoring with two points. Corey Jaques and Ethan Bertrand scored six points apiece to lead Bob Vita Lawn Service, which also received four points from Adam Clark in the loss.
The Premier Division pre-season competition opened April 7 with Tortilla Bay Club edging Rotten Ralph’s 50-48 behind a scoring effort led by 16 points from Tommy Price. Daniel Pimental finished with nine points, while Kyle Parsons added eight points for Tortilla, which also received four points apiece from Max Miller and Thomas Pears. Rotten Ralph’s was led by Blake Rivers, whose 19 points led all scorers. Brandon Gengler chipped in with 10 points, while Forest Schield added nine points. Chandler McClung finished with six points and Daniel Janisch added four points to complete Ralph’s scoring in the loss.
The Gathering Place opened with a 41-35 victory over Tortilla Bay Club in Premier division action April 8 behind the one-two scoring punch of Kyle Aritt and Chandler Hardy. Aritt finished with 18 points, while Hardy added 16. The Gathering Place also received three points from Wyatt Hoffman and two points apiece from Denver Hardy and Patrick Edwards in the victory. Tommy Price and Christian Hightower led Tortilla with 10 points apiece, while Daniel Pimental added six points and Kyle Parsons finished with five points. Travis Belsito and Lauren Hightower completed the Tortilla scoring with two points apiece in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
Mark Mixon defeated two-time club champion Web Cutting March 2 to win his first men’s club championship at the Key Royale Club. Mixon held a three-shot lead with two holes left to play in the 18-hole match. Mark still has a hole or two to play before he matches his father Jim’s five championships at the club.
The men played a three-best-balls-of-foursome tourney during their weekly 18-hole golf outing at the golf course April 7. An eagle by Jim Thorton on the par-4 307-yard fifth hole helped lift the team of Thorton, Lew Winegarden, Gary Harris and Bob Elliott to a 20-stroke victory with a team total of 166. Second place went to the team of Vince Fanton, John Sagert, Ernie Hauser and Bob Landgren with a 186. Gino DiClemente, Bob Kral, Ed Havlik and Vince Mercadante were in third with a 192.
The club women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net match April 6. Penny Williams took the top spot in Flight AA with a 1-over-par 33, one shot better than Sue Hookem in second place.
Joyce Reith fired a 6-under-par 26 to grab the top spot in Flight A by three shots over second-place finisher Joyce Brown.
Flight B saw Margrit Lahy card a 4-under-par 28, which gave her a one-shot margin over second-place finisher Donna Soos.
Terry Westby’s 2-under-par 30 gave her a one-shot victory in Flight C over Sue Wheeler.
Frankie Smith-Williams and Mary Pat Swamy both carded 2-under-par 30s to finish tied in first place in Flight D. Margaret Schuller was one shot back in second place.
The men played a nine-hole, best-ball-of-foursome match April 5. The team of Tom Lewis, Tom O’Brien, Fred Meyer and Tom Warda combined to card a 13-under par 21 to take first place by three shots over the team of Bob King, Blake Graham, Jon Lindwall and Dave Kruger.
John Johnson and Herb Puryear were the only tossers to earn the prerequisite three pool-play victories and walked away with bragging rights for the April 10 horseshoe challenge at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Five teams battled it out for second place starting with a first-round match that saw John Crawford and Dave Lansaw defeat Ron Pepka and Dave Nolasname 21-14. The second first-round match saw Sam Samuels and Ron Gagnon defeat Debbie Rhodes and Jerry Bennett 21-12. Samuels-Gagnon then rolled past Jeff Moore and Rod Bussey 23-10 in the semifinal, but they weren’t so fortunate in the finals, dropping a 21-17 decision to Lansau-Crawford.
The April 7 horseshoe games saw two teams emerge from pool play to battle it out for the winged trophy. Herb Puryear and Norm Langland edged Art Kingstad and Carl Thomas 22-17. The win sends Langland back home to the tundra with his first career horseshoe victory.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warm ups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.