The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 11 No. 24 - March 16, 2011


AMICC NFL Flag Football award winners announced

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

Winners in the 13-16 year old category are, from left:
Jack Shinn, sportsmanship; Pearce Hogan, defensive MVP;
Austin Ferrer, male MVP; not pictured, Francesca Parkin,
femail MVP.

The annual banquet for the Community Center's NFL Flag Football league was held Monday night, with 28 awards being handed out in four divisions. The following is a complete listing of all the winners.

Instructional League (5-7-year-olds)

Player Challenge Medals:

Passing Accuracy – David Daigle

Passing Distance – David Daigle

40 Yard Dash – Andrew Austin

Obstacle Course – Cole Pearson

Division III (8-9-year-olds)

Player Challenge medals:

Passing Accuracy –Zachary Fernandes

Passing Distance – Anni Walter

40 Yard Dash – Zachary Fernandes Obstacle Course – Andrew Proctor

Male M.V.P. – Zachary Fernandes

Female M.V.P. - Ava Zink / Tori Walter

Defensive M.V.P. – Alex Rodriquez

Sportsmanship Award – Lindsay Smith

Division II (10-12-year-olds)

Player Challenge medals:

Passing Accuracy – Matt Manger-DeNegris

Passing Distance – Keegan Murphy

40 Yard Dash – Jake Ross

Obstacle Course – Jake Ross

Male M.V.P. – Seth Walter

Female M.V.P. - Moriah Goode

Defensive M.V.P. – Ethan Bertrand

Sportsmanship Award – Ben Connors

Division I (13-16-year-olds)

Player Challenge medals:

Passing Accuracy –Nick Mello

Passing Distance – Austin Ferrer

40 Yard Dash – Austin Ferrer

Obstacle Course – Jake Parsons

Male M.V.P. – Austin Ferrer

Female M.V.P. - Francesca Parkin

Defensive M.V.P. – Pearce Hogan

Sportsmanship Award – Jack Shinn

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Game Summaries:

Adult Co-Ed League

Island Sun Falcons 12
Jessie's Island Store Vikings 19
Sean Pitman had 160 yards passing and threw two touchdowns; Jordan Pritchard had 119 yards receiving and one TD; Andy Jonatzke had 34 yards receiving and one TD; Nick Regan had three pulls and one interception for the Falcons. Tim Shaughnessy threw for 72 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 73 yards; Tim Tedessco had 36 receiving yards, two TD's and one extra point; Kelly Joseph had one TD; Scott Rudacille had four pulls and one interception for the Vikings.

Walter & Associates Steelers 18
Duffy's Tavern Buccaneers 6
Mike Walter threw for 42 yards and one TD; Zach Chartland rushed for 78 yards and one TD; Venessa Baranona and Shandi Austin each scored a TD for the Steelers. Dustin Swain rushed for 45 yards, had 10 receiving yards and one TD; Dina DeJesus passed for 17 yards and had 6 yards receiving for the Buccaneers.

Hurricane Hanks Patriots 20
Slim's Place Jaguars 14
Dave Johnston threw for 90 yards and three TD's; Ben Conlon had 41 yards receiving and two TD's; Heidi Johnston had 17 yards receiving and one TD; Peter Smargisso had three flag pulls for the Patriots. Larry Berrley threw for 58 yards and two TD's; Trevor Flathman had 35 yards receiving and two TD's; Nate Talucci had 23 yards receiving and one extra point for the Jaguars.

Sato Real Estate Browns 25
Rotten Ralph Packers 6
Jason Sato threw for 136 yards and four TD's; Kaleb Roberts had 72 yards receiving and three TD's; Tommy Tyrell had 37 yards receiving, one TD and one extra point for the Browns. Ryan Moss threw for 47 yards and one TD; Brent Moss had 20 yards receiving and one TD for the Packers.

Beach to Bay Construction Rams 7
Bob Vita Landscaping Cowboys 18
Scott Eason threw for 53 yards and one TD; Andy Proctor threw for 28 yards, had 12 yards receiving for one TD and one extra point; Sadge Moore had three flag pulls for the Rams. Paul Kurtz threw for 40 yards one TD; Jason Golden had 80 yards rushing, 40 receiving and two TD's; Chuck McCracken had 56 yards receiving, one TD, four flag pulls and one interception for the Cowboys.

AMICC NFL Flag Football Schedule:

Division III (8-9-year-olds): Playoffs

Mar. 22, Tuesday, 6 p.m. 2nd place Island Real Estate Saints VS. 3rd place Connelly Marine Falcons

Division II (10-12-year-olds): Playoffs

Mar. 21, Monday, 6 p.m. 3rd place Eat Here Jaguars VS. 5th place Mr. Spiffy Cleaning Chargers

Mar. 21, Monday, 7 p.m. 2nd place Holy Cow Colts VS. 4th Anna Maria Oyster Bar Dolphins

Mar. 16, Wednesday, 6 p.m. 3rd place LaPensee Plumbing Falcons VS. 5th place Sandbar Cowboys

Mar. 16,Wednesday, 7 p.m. 2nd place LPAC Cardinals VS. 4th place Southern Greens Buccaneers

Division I (13-16-year-olds): Playoffs

Mar. 16, Wednesday, 8 p.m. 1st place Beach Bistro Bears VS. 4th place Mr. Bones BBQ Eagles

Mar. 22, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 2nd place Bassett, Vita, Vining & Herman Group Raiders VS. 3rd place 1st American Bank Bills

Adult Co-Ed League

Mar. 17, Thursday, 5:30 p.m. Walter & Associates Steelers VS. Slim's Place Jags

Mar. 17, Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Jessie's Island Store Vikings VS. Hurricane Hanks Patriots

Mar. 17, Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Island Sun Falcons VS. MartiniVille Bears

Mar. 17, Thursday, 8:30 p.m. Bob Vita Landscaping Cowboys VS. Rotten Ralphs Packers

Mar. 17, Thursday, 9:30 p.m. Duffy's Tavern Bucs VS. Sato Real Estate Browns

Change your life by changing your eating habits

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

Corkie Carlson lost 120 pounds in three
months on The Cancer Project diet taught
by Jonesat the Island Community Center.

I love fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Personally, I believe these critters have saved me from breast cancer which afflicted my mom, aunt and both sisters. Not to mention diabetes, major heart disease, Alzheimer's and arthritis that also zapped them and other relatives. Doctors told me at an early age to do things dif-ferently. As I often say, "If you had my family history, you'd be pretty motivated too." Many genes take a trigger. Genes don't always determine destiny.

I grew up in hospitals watching the battle to survive in my own family. At 28, the same year my sister got breast cancer for the second time, I almost died of a colon blockage. Doctors told me I would need to be on medication forever. I thought I was way too young and began what has been the investigative reporting job of my life: trying to figure out dietary truths.

Simply by adding more fiber, I never needed any medication to do what nature does easily. The typical American diet provides about 20 grams of fiber daily, if you're lucky. But if you eat a lot more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, fiber easily soars to 40 to 50 grams, no problem.

For several years, I taught classes for the national non-profit Cancer Project. In a robust economy, we taught these classes for free. I was teaching as many as two classes a day, every weekday! The Sun did a story three years ago on my student, Corkie Carlson, who lost 120 pounds in eight months without counting calories, never being hungry and loving the food. Her cancer markers from multiple myeloma improved.

I recently ran across some class evaluations:

"Great information and wonderful recipes. You are providing a super service to the community." Mary, Anna Maria

"This class helped me to understand the relationship between food and disease. Ellen's food was delicious and the recipes were great!" Barbara, Marine City, Mich.

"Not ready for classes to end. They made me want to cook instead of eating out." Shirley, Bradenton

"Invaluable service to the community by a well-informed, caring, rare human being." Lucille, Longboat Key

"Most beneficial to my health, easy to prepare meals, easy to find products used, easy to incorporate into my lifestyle." Carol, Bradenton

"My glucose A1C went from 8.2 to 6.1. I'm hoping it will drop more." Ilene, Sarasota

"Lost 25 pounds from 226 to 201. I'm eating properly." Carl, Bradenton

"I have learned so much about how I can improve my health by just changing my eating. I've lost more than four dress sizes and feel great!" Rachel, Bradenton

"Lost 5 pounds. Teach our schools how to feed our kids." Charles, Bradenton

"Ellen practices what she preaches. She's slender, energetic, dedicated and friendly as she prepares delicious meals. I've learned so much!" Jean, Bradenton

"This is a marvelous, informative class, especially for women re: osteoporosis! It is about time!" Patricia, Bradenton

"It would take me another lifetime to have Ellen's knowledge, expertise and invaluable hints. She is intent about our learning to live a healthy life. I shop differently, I eat more healthy, I feel better, more energy. Great job!" Delores, Bradenton

"A fun, educational, life changing class…full of hope for a healthy future for myself and family. It's just too cool." Maureen, Bradenton

Unfortunately, we had to start charging. I could have an unlimited number of students attend, but we still had to charge $300 to cover the cost of food and supplies. The frequent media coverage that occurred with the free classes ended. With no money to advertise, the classes ended. But my desire to inspire has not.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can change your way of eating like so many of my clients have, contact me at 941-704-1025 or at Island Fitness where I do personal training weekday mornings.

Don't forget to join us every Friday at 8 a.m. at Island Fitness (next to Eat Here) for a free hour of walking and/or running depending, with warm-ups and a cool down. Wear appropriate shoes and bring a towel.

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