|Christin Chiles (center) gets her Manatee Hurricane teammates fired up prior to game three of the championship match in the Manatee County girls' volleyball tournament. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
|Julian Botero carries the ball toward the goal for his West Coast Surf Shop team as Pine Avenue Store midfielder Alex Hall goes for the tackle during Division II soccer action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Young Chiles spikes up varsity volleyball
Most folks in Florida and especially locally are familiar with the Chiles name - as in the late Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles - but there is a Captain Chiles, a teen showing her leadership skills, though not yet in politics. Lifelong Islander Christin Chiles is a starting outside hitter and senior captain for the 11-2 Manatee Hurricanes varsity volleyball team that recently won the Manatee County tournament title over Bradenton Christian.
Chiles, along with fellow senior captain Kim Kern, led a young Hurricanes squad past a BCS team that had captured the Manatee County Tournament the past five years in succession. Manatee High has five freshman players playing prominent roles led by middle-hitter Courtney McDonald, outside hitter Taylor Mealy, defensive specialists Brittany Wilson and Erin Brooks, and setter Christina Rigo, so senior leadership is vital. Other members of the team include sophomore transfer Tara Stutts, German exchange student Julia Prochazka, juniors Adilia Taylor and Amanda Arndt, and fellow senior Shmita Patel.
Winning the Manatee County title is the hallmark for Chiles’ two-year career as a starter on the Lady Canes, but she has her sights set higher. “I really think we can beat Venice and win districts,” stated Chiles, who added that she really wants to advance to the state tournament.
So far on the season, Christin has accumulated 35 kills, 60 digs, 10 assists, five blocks and recorded 52 service points, including 22 aces. Manatee Coach Susan Rigo says that Christin is really an asset to the team right now. “She’s really come into her own and stepped up her level of play. During our recent five-set win at Charlotte High, we were leading 12-10 in the fifth game and needed some breathing room. Christin stepped up and hit a strong serve that came right back to Kern, who put it away. Last year, Christin might have cracked a little bit under pressure, but not now. She’s playing with such confidence.”
Volleyball isn’t the only activity in Chiles’ life. She’s a very good student as evident by her hefty 4.2 cumulative grade-point average and is a member of the prestigious National Honor Society. Christin is also an active member of Reinaunce service club, and is a school leader for Wild Life, an offshoot of Young Life Ministries. Chiles plays the guitar and writes her own songs, which she is currently compiling for a CD that she hopes will soon be completed.
Christin, daughter of Ed and Anne Chiles, plans on attending the University of Florida after graduating MHS. She plans to major in early childhood education, and she’s currently gaining valuable experience in the field by interning under Island resident and teacher Mary Miller in her third-grade class at Prine Elementary School.
For the time being, Christin is working hard with her volleyball teammates and looking forward to their next meeting with Venice in what could be a showdown for the district title.
Center soccer action
Air & Energy won its only game last week to remain undefeated and in first place in Division III (ages 12-14), while Island Real Estate did the same in Division II (ages 10-11) as soccer action continued at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. West Coast Air Conditioning won its only game to vault to the top of the Division I (ages 8-9) standings with a 2-1 record and six points, which technically ties them with LaPensee Plumbing. LaPensee stands at 2-2 after splitting a pair of games last week.
Harry’s Continental Kitchens split a pair of games to stay within three points of Island Real Estate in Division II, while Mike Norman Realty won two games last week to move into second place in Division III, one victory away from tying Air & Energy with nine points.
Instructional Division action is also ongoing for the league’s youngest players, but no scores are kept in what are some very competitive games.
Division II (ages 10-11)
Pine Avenue Store came away with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over West Coast Surf Shop on Sept. 23 to earn its first victory of the season in Division II soccer action at the Center. Goals by Alex Hall, Savannah Hendrickson and Wyatt Hoffman powered the offense, which also received strong performances from midfielders Jake Rappe, Matt Danziger and Elijah Clay-Chapman. Goalie Kyle Crum played well behind defenders Emily Rappe and Michelle Oldham.
The Surf Shop failed to earn its first victory despite strong games from Giorgio Gomez and Julian Botero, who both scored goals in the loss. Stephanie Purnell and Jerry Mayer played strong defensive games as did goalie Hailey Dearlove, who made several strong saves for the Surf Shop.
Harry’s Continental Kitchens sauteed West Coast Surf Shop 5-2 on Sept. 21 in Division II soccer action. Daniel Pimental led the way with three goals, while Jonah Castor and Trevor Bystrom each notched one goal in the victory.
Giorgio Gomez and Julian Botero each scored one goal to lead West Coast Surf Shop in the loss.
Island Real Estate edged Harry’s Continental Kitchens by one goal with a 4-3 score on Sept. 20 in Division II soccer. Paulo Fonseca led IRE with two goals, while Chandler Hardy and Austin Wash each one goal to the IRE victory.
Trevor Bystrom scored a pair of goals to lead Harry’s, which also received one goal from Savannah Schield in the loss.
Division III (ages 8-9)
Mike Norman Realty captured its second win of the week with a 2-0 shutout victory over Danziger Allergy & Sinus in Division III soccer action on Sept. 22. Rip Shafer and Ryan Gilman again led the offense with one goal apiece, while Jake Parsons and Logan Reiber sparked a strong defensive effort in the victory.
Air & Energy swamped Cannons Marina 7-0, getting goals from five different players in the Sept. 22, Division III contest. Brothers Adam and Joel Hart each tallied two goals, while Samantha Purnell, Henry Bernet and Trevor Albers added one goal each in the shutout victory.
Mike Norman Realty edged Cannon’s Marina by a 2-1 score on Sept. 20 in Division III soccer action at the Center. Ryan Gilman and Rip Shafer each tallied one goal for Mike Norman in the victory.
Hunter Parrish notched the lone goal for Cannons in the loss.
Division I (ages 12-14)
West Coast Air Conditioning outlasted LaPensee Plumbing to win a 9-7 shootout on Sept. 23 in Division I soccer action. The win lifted WCAC into first place with a 2-1 record. Max Marnie and Broderick West led WCAC with three goals each, while Darren Phillips notched a pair of goals and Chris Callahan added one to complete the scoring in the two-goal victory.
LaPensee Plumbing was led by Joey Hutchinson’s game-high four goals, while Heldino Gomez had a pair of goals and Brittany Hopkins finished with one goal in the loss.
ReMax Gulfstream Realty broke into the victory column with a 3-2 win over Longboat Observer in Division I soccer action on Sept. 21. Matt Bauer led ReMax with two goals, while teammate Ben Valdivieso added one goal to complete the scoring.
Observer was led by Billy Alstrom and Celia Ware with one goal apiece in the loss.
Mr. Bones BBQ Restaurant and Longboat Observer battled to a 2-2 score on Sept. 19 in Division I soccer action at the Center. Cory Wash scored both goals for Mr. Bones, while Kyle Aritt and Blake Wilson notched goals for Longboat Observer in the tie.
LaPensee Plumbing earned a hard-fought 5-4 Division I victory over ReMax Gulfstream Realty on Sept. 19. Joey Hutchinson led LaPensee with three goals, while Brittany Hopkins added two goals in the victory.
Ben Valdivieso provided all of the ReMax offense with four goals in the loss.
Bradenton’s Ron Pepka teamed up with Kathy Stoltzfus of Anna Maria to defeat Debbie Rhodes of Cortez and George McKay of Anna Maria to win the horseshoe competition Sept. 24 at Anna Maria City Hall. Pepka also won the Sept. 21 contest as well, but this time he had to go it alone as the walker. He defeated the team of Jay Disbrow of Bradenton and Stoltzfus. Pepka is on an 11-match winning streak that he will attempt to extend during Wednesday’s competition.
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.
Cindy Mansour shot an even-par 32 to capture the Class A, ladies low-net competition on Sept. 20 at Key Royale Club. Mansour also won the tee-to-green half-handicap competion as well. Nancy Grimme and Tootie Wagner finished tied for second, two shots back of Mansour with a pair of 34s.
Class B winner was Sally Keyes with a 35 that placed her two shots ahead of Rose Slomba, Markie Ksiazk and Jean Tourt. Nancy King managed a chip-in on No. 9.