The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 9 No. 13 - December 17, 2008


Center basketball season tips off

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

PHOTO/CHRIS GRUMLEY E-Training Solutions tips off against Sanddollar as
basketball season gets under way at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.

It's that time again and I am caught off guard by how quickly Basketball season has come around. Teams across five divisions will compete in earnest at the Community Center as they try to take the division title and move through the playoffs to be crowned champions. Kids as young as five will get their first taste of this fast-paced and action-packed sport, new coaches will get the chance to mingle with veterans from seasons past and the bleachers will be filled once again with anxious and cheering parents, willing their young stars to victory.

First tip-off was Dec. 10 and the season runs through February. Schedules are available at and the cafe will be serving hot food on game nights, including burgers, wraps and a nightly special. See you on court.

Dec. 10
Instructional Division
Beach Bistro 14 Sandbar 6

Coaches Dearlove and Procter had little time to prepare their charges going into this first game of the 2008 season. Jo Jo Rogers and Bo Armer were on target for Sandbar but coach Procter's skill in the draft saw him with two of the sharpest shooters available, and both Joey Stewart and Aidan Grumley were on target to secure victory.

Division 3
Jessie's Island Store 12 Ross Built 8

Jake and Andrew Ross scored the points for Ross Built but the entire squad looks pretty solid. Eight points wasn't enough on this occasion against Jessie's, coached by Diane Koczersut, who has the team moving the ball around well, with points coming from Mickey Koczersut, Seth Walter and Jean Paul Russo.

Premier Division
Island Real Estate 33 Ralph's 30

Both teams had to deal with depleted line-ups, but both had the required fire power to go for the win. Notable in the game for Ralph's were Wyatt Hoffman and Daniel Janisch, but it was a solid team performance throughout. Forest Schield and Joe Karasiewicz scored the majority of points for Island Real Estate, with Julian Botero and Zach Evans also on target.

Dec 11
Division 3
A & E 13 Coastal Orthopedic 11

Another close encounter with only two points separating the teams. You expect a winning performance when you can call on the likes of Emma Monuese, Josh Class and Luke Valadie, the three players responsible for Coastal's points. They were undone by Air and Energy's Michael Latimer, who scored 10 points as team-mate Tyler Yavalar made it 13 by scoring a basket and making a free throw count.

Division 2
Observer 24 Panoramic 16

Panoramic’s young couch, Julian Botero will not have been disappointed in either his draft picks or the teams application, with Jake Parsons and Adam Clark leading the field. However, Team Salinas coaching Longboat Observer kept the momentum going, which was the difference, and helped the team push through the fourth quarter.

Dec. 12
Instructional Division
Bistro 26 Walter and Associates 8

After a slow start, Joey Stewart was unstoppable for Beach Bistro scoring 14 points, 12 in the second half. Aidan Grumley had six and a basket each for Julius Petereit, Andrew Procter and Joe Class. Walter and Associates Coach Rainia Lardas got her team well organized and had points from William Bernet, Catherine Calhoun and Tori Walter in this all round team effort.

Division 2
Sand Dollar 25 E-Training 13

Bryce Smith was the leading scorer with five points for E-Training Solutions. The Sand Dollar's Pat Kane has been here before and got this done with an unanswered 12 points in the third quarter.

Division 1
Dips 28 Island Family Physicians 27

Dips coach Vic Mattay knows his stuff and has the team playing good basketball with some exceptional passing and movement. Connor Field feeds the ball well and neither Max Miller with 10 points nor Justin Garget with 13 were disappointing. Daniel Pimental scored seven of his 17 points in the fourth quarter for Island Family Physicians.

Dec 13
Premier Division
A Paradise 31 Island Real Estate 27

The two Kyle's, Arrit and Sewall, racked up most of the points for A Paradise, scoring 26 between them. Island Real Estate’s Joe Karasiewicz and Forrest Schield did an excellent job of staying with the pace but were matched point for point in the fourth quarter, allowing A Paradise a slender victory.

Rotten Ralph's 50 Bradenton Prep 10

Rotten Ralph's coach Hightower has to be happy with the way the team spread the ball around and went on the hunt with Matt Bauer. Bauer chalked up 28 points with the team pulling 29 before the half.

It was all a bit too much for Bradenton Prep, but Robert Gaugenti, Devin Coulter and Edward Brown all got on the score sheet.

Division 1
Island Family Physicians 36 Fronius 27

Doubling the tally of its opponent, Island Family Physicians hit the ground running, had a 14 point opening quarter and pounded the boards in the third. There was no stopping Daniel Pimental who top scored with 20 points and the team remained consistent throughout. Savannah Schield and Taylor Wilson fought hard for Fronius, but to no avail.

Division 2

Jake Parsons top scored for Panoramic and had good supply from Jack Coleman, Alexia Yavalar and Harrison Franke. Jacque Lynn Armer, Adam Clark and Emma Terry were on target and coach Botero will be happy with the progress made. Sand Dollar outscored its opponent in all but the last quarter, by which time it was to late to worry. Burke McCampbell-Hill scored nine points, four from Lauren Sapienza, Mikayla Kane and Cameron Brauner and a basket from Joe Class.

E-Training Solutions 15 Longboat Observer 12

This was a tight game which came down to the fourth quarter. Bryce Smith and Amanda Bosch-Nyberg got it done for E-Training but Josh Zawistoski was a different class again for Longboat Observer.

Division 3

A strong flurry before the half was all Jessie's needed here as the team restricted Air and Energy's Michael Latimer. A good win for coach Koczersut.

Ross Built 12 Coastal Orthopedic 10

Ross Built scored three unanswered points in the third quarter and that was all it took with both teams evenly matched in the latter stages.


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