The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 11 No. 36 - June 8, 2011


Basketball awards presented Friday

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

AMICC 2011 Basketball Male M.V.P Award winners from
left to right,
Division III - Zach Fernandes, Division II - Jake Ross,
Division I - Justin Aracena, Premier - Adam Bujarski.

Basketball awards:

Female M.V.P:

Premier – Taylor Wilson

Division I – Moriah Goode

Division II – Brooke Capparelli

Division III – Hannah McCracken

Male M.V.P:

Premier – Adam Bujarski

Division I – Justin Aracena

Division II – Jake Ross

Division III – Zachary Fernandes

Sportsmanship award:

Premier – Kaitlyn Gibson

Division I – Sarah Quattromani

Division II – Jake Miller

Division III – Conal Cassidy

Defensive M.V.P:

Premier – J.T Goode

Division I – Brad Duffman

Division II – Andrew Ross

Division III – Taro DeHaan

Basketball 2011 All-Stars:

Division III (8-9-year-old): All-Stars

Red Team: Zach Fernandes, Joey Theil, Tori Walter, Shelby Morrow, Ben Berreda, Anni Walter, Luke Marvin

Black Team: Taro DeHaan, Hannah McCracken, Franklin Valdez, Griffin Heckler, Daniel Sentman, Conal Cassidy, Katie Krokroskia

Division II (10-11-year-old): All-Stars

Red Team: Jake Ross, Corey Jaques, Dayton Modderman, Luke Valadie, Dylan Joseph, Andrew Ross, Brooke Capparelli, Leo Tilelli

Black Team: Jean-Paul Russo, Trent Boring, Gavin Sentman, Leo Rose, Jordan Cooley, Michael Latimer, Joey Stewart, Matt Manger-DeNigris

Division I (12-13-year-old): All-Stars

Red Team: Levi Lengel, Nehimiah Goode, Moriah Goode, Brad Duffman, Seth Walter, Kieran Grumley, Savanah Sandstrom, Jacob Sperounes

Black Team: Justin Aracena, Michael Duffman, Mikayla Kane, Cameron Brauner, Preston Horne, Mikey Ellsworth, Zach Stewart, Alexia Yavalar

Premier (14-17-year-old): All-Stars

Red Team: Adam Bujarski, Forrest Schield, Kaitlyn Gibson, Amanda Gibson, J.T Goode, Pearce Hogan, Ryan Gillman, Jake Parsons

Black Team: Blake Wilson, Taylor Wilson, Justin Gargett, Patrick Edwards, Julius Gomes, Travis Belsito, Jerry Mayer, Valdis Upoualis

Basketball Schedule:

Division III (8-9-year-old): Tournament

June 8, Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Anna Maria Oyster Bar vs. Agnelli Pool & Spa

June 11, Saturday, 3 p.m.
Winner of June 8 vs. Cortez Kat Charters - Championship

June 11, Saturday, 5 p.m.
All Star game

June 11, Saturday, 6 p.m.
Coaches game

Division II (10-11-year-old): Tournament

June 10, Friday, 6 p.m.
Connie's Landscaping vs. Beach Bistro

June 10, Friday, 7 p.m.
Winner of June 6 vs. Ross Built Construction
June 11, Saturday, 1 p.m. – Winner of June 10 6 p.m. game vs. winner of June 10 7 p.m. game

June 11, Saturday, 4 p.m.
All Star game

June 11, Saturday, 6 p.m.
Coaches game

Division I (12-13-year-old): Tournament

June 8, Wednesday, 7 p.m.
E Training Solutions vs. A Paradise Realty

June 10, Friday, 8 p.m.
Winner of June 6 game vs. Walter & Associates
June 11, Saturday, 11 a.m.

Winner of June 8 game vs. winner of June 10 game
June 11, Saturday, 2 p.m.
All Star game

June 11, Saturday, 6 p.m.
Coaches game

Premier League (14-17-year-old): Tournament

June 8, Wednesday, 8 p.m.
Rotten Ralph's vs. LaPensee Plumbing

June 11, Saturday, 10 a.m.
Winner of June 6 game vs. winner of June 8 game

June 11, Saturday, 12 p.m.
All Star game

June 11, Saturday, 6 p.m.
Coaches game

Your place or mine?

As temperatures heat up, you may be wondering how to continue exercising in the Florida summer. With the tourist season winding down, it's actually a great time to start an exercise program.

I'll never forget my defining moment after moving here. I woke up to the sound of a gunshot and thought for sure someone was dead. I groggily stumbled over to Bayfront Park at the northern end of the Island and saw several hundred people lurching forward as a 5K race began.

As runners came back to the shelter to recover, I asked several, "How do you run outside in Florida summers?" I received many helpful answers but the common theme was, "Do it at sunrise or soon after." That advice served me better than I imagined.

I began running the tiny but mighty trails along Bean Point. Although I'd run races before having children, I had slowed down to only walking while my children were young. It never occurred to me to start running again until that moment. It would take another year of running trails alone before I had the guts to show up at a 5K (3.1 miles) race to compete.

Training on your own can work. But many people gravitate toward a gym to find resources and motivation. Taking it inside is another way to keep exercising.

Hiring a personal trainer can help you get started. You can hire one at a gym where you're already a member. Another option is personal-hire, when trainers come to your home bringing their own equipment, using yours, or a combination. A good trainer will design exercises using what you already have so you don't have to invest a fortune in buying new gadgets. The third option is going to the trainer's home where you'll find equipment similar to a gym.

Depending on the gym, the trainer may have to give the gym anywhere from 30 to 70 percent of what you pay. Say you are paying a trainer at a gym $70 an hour. The trainer may only get about $25 of that. So if a trainer comes to your home, you could get almost three sessions for the price of one by paying the trainer directly. I know personal-hire trainers in Miami who get up to $100 an hour. Bottom line: you have much more control over price and rates by dealing with trainers directly.

The advantages of a trainer at a gym are 1)You may see how the trainer works out with clients before you hire him/her. 2)Witnesses. This works both for you and the trainer. 3)If a trainer works at a gym, there is an unspoken agreement that the trainer meets the gym's standards.

However, today's national certifications ensure some degree of uniformity and standards. Some gyms don't require certifications or do their own crash courses. Be sure to ask about certifications and the trainer's athletic accomplishments, past and present.

I've worked out with coaches/trainers since high school. Personally, if I'm paying $70/hour, I don't want to talk about the weather. I want to learn techniques and get feedback on form. One of the most surprising things I learned in my certification training is that many members do come to a gym to socialize. Part of my initial consultation with a client is determining if they are all business or want the social interaction as well.

Many successful clients increase their sessions per week because they enjoy the motivation, humor and fun that go beyond doing 20 crunches. The interaction between trainer and client can make the time pass quickly. Before you know it, the hour is up, and the challenging exercises are overshadowed by a sense of accomplishment, and dare, I say fun?

As I tell clients, "My goal is that you do this on your own." But exercising with a partner or group can be more fun. Seventy dollars an hour is cheaper than surgery, medicine and the complications of remaining inactive.

Another advantage of personal-hire is issues are between you and your trainer. There's more flexibility negotiating programs and prices. As a former investigative reporter, I covered several health clubs going out of business. Laws have improved, and consumers are better protected now.

You can follow Island resident Ellen Jaffe Jones on her Facebook page and keep up with her just released book:,"Eat Vegan on $4 a Day," or her website: She is also a nationally certified personal trainer and running coach. For training in a gym or private hire, contact Ellen at or 941-704-1025.

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