The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 10 No. 4 - October 21, 2009


Two teams remain perfect as season winds down

Ross Built and Sandbar continued to pull ahead of the competition in their respective divisions after impressive wins this past week. With three weeks left in the regular season, these two teams aim to keep playing strong as the postseason approaches. Ross Built managed to hold on for a 3-2 win against Mr. Bones early in the week and then cruised to a 6-1 victory over Wash Family Construction on Thursday to stay undefeated. Sandbar shut-out Sparks Steel Art in its first game of the week, but couldn’t pick up the win in a tie game against Panoramic. For up-to-date scores, standings and stats, visit

Monday, Oct. 12
Premier Division (12-15)
Mike Norman Realty 6 - Wash Family Construction 1

A dominant four-goal performance by Chandler Hardy and pair of goals by Hunter Parrish allowed Mike Norman Realty to pick up the victory over Wash Family Construction. Austin Wash scored the lone goal for his team in the tough loss.

Tuesday, Oct. 13
Division 1 (10-11)
Autoway Ford 3 - Wash Family Construction 0

The younger Wash Family Construction team could not manage enough offense to overtake Autoway Ford on this night. Michael Latimer, Mikayla Kane and Mikey Ellsworth made the difference in the game with a goal apiece for the team, which improved to 4-2 on the season.

Division 1 (10-11)
Ross Built 3 - Mr. Bones BBQ 2

The perfect season desired by Ross Built was put in jeopardy by Mr. Bones BBQ, which played hard with its opponent all game and was able to stifle the high-powered Ross Built offensive attack. Brothers Jake and Andrew Ross each kicked in a goal, including teammate Sydney Cornell, to round out the scoring for Ross Built. Ben Connors and Bradley Duffman provided the offense for Mr. Bones BBQ, each with a goal.

Wednesday, Oct. 14
Premier Division (12-15)
Harcon Corporation 6 - Mike Norman Realty 2

Hat tricks by Julian Botero and Trevor Bystrom put six points on the board for Harcon Corporation, as the team remained in first place after another week. Mike Norman Realty received goals from Morgan Greig and Chandler Hardy in the loss.

Division 2 (8-9)
Panoramic 5 - West Coast Surf Shop 2

Dylan Joseph continued to play well this year, kicking in three goals to lead all scorers and help Panoramic secure the win. Tyler Pearson contributed with a two-goal effort to round out the scoring. West Coast Surf Shop received its points off the feet of Ethan Bertrand and Aidan Grumley, who each had a goal in the loss.

Division 2 (8-9)
Sandbar 7 - Sparks Steel Art 0

This high-scoring affair saw three goals from Christian Daniels and a pair of scores by Jason Partridge and Joe Rogers, allowing Sandbar to stay atop the standing in Division 2.

Thursday, Oct. 15
Division 1 (10-11)
Autoway Ford 0 - Mr. Bones BBQ 0

This game ended in a tie as both teams held each other scoreless as time expired. Autoway Ford remains in second place with a 4-2-1 record, while Mr. Bones BBQ sits in third at 1-5-1.

Friday, Oct. 16
Division 1 (10-11)
Ross Built 6 - Wash Family Construction 1

Ross Built earned its second win of the week courtesy of an all-around team effort which had five players score goals. Jake Ross led the team with two scores; while Andrew Ross, Emma Peery, Sydney Cornell and Jack Walter each kicked in a goal of their own. Blaine Jenefsky had the goal for Wash Family Construction, as the team falls to 1-6.

Division 2 (8-9)
Sparks Steel Art 1 - West Coast Surf Shop 0

Sparks Steel Art won this game due to a forfeit by West Coast Surf Shop.

Division 2 (8-9)
Panoramic 1 - Sandbar 1

Panoramic gave Sandbar a run for its money and held the lead for a good portion of the game thanks to a goal by Morgan Burns. However, Jean-Paul Russo scored a goal for Sandbar on a penalty kick to tie up the score, with the game ending at 1-1.

Center prepares for tennis tourney

The Anna Maria Island Community Center has partnered with local tennis expert Gabriel Ferrer to host the Tapes Tennis Afterschool Program. This program consists of unique training and instruction for tennis enthusiasts ages 5-14 of varying skill levels.

Tapes Tennis has designed a system much like martial arts, where children earn a belt color according to the skills they are able to perform. The players earn a new tape color that is placed on their racquet as they complete a skill test, which are given at the end of every practice.

The players enrolled in the current session have been preparing for a tournament this coming weekend in which Island kids will compete against players in the Bradenton and Sarasota Tapes Tennis programs. The event will take place at G.T. Bray Park on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 10:30 a.m.

“Our players have been working very hard and you can see the improvement in their game,” said Gabriel Ferrer, director of the Tapes Tennis Program.

“This event is not only great fun, but a great experience for the players. They get the opportunity to play matches against new players and really test their skills,” added Ferrer.

Joshua and Catherine Calhoun are the youngest players in this session and will be participating in the 8 and under division against some tough compeition. Jules Henig, Ben Calhoun and Joey Monetti are competing in the 10 and under group, while Jack Coleman, Luke Valadie and Rebecca Hynds hope to succeed in the 13 and under division.

The next Tapes Tennis afterschool tennis session starts Oct. 26 and runs for eight weeks. Practice days are Mondays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 3 until 4 p.m. at the Community Center. The cost of the program is $100, which includes optional transportation from Anna Maria Elementary. Anyone interested in participating in the next Tapes Tennis session should call Susan Ferrer at 941-448-4079 or visit

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