The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 13 No. 50 - October 9, 2013


Six and seven soccer sizzles

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

scott dell | submitted

Laila Yavalar, of the Bowes Imaging Center team,
races to the ball during 6-7 year old AMICC
instructional league soccer.

The Sun Sports game of the week was an Anna Maria Island Community Center instructional league six- and seven-year-old soccer game. It featured the Agnelli Pool and Spas team matched up against the Mr. Bones team.

The Community Center has two instructional co-ed league age groups. Both the four- and five-year-old league and the six- and seven-year-old league are recreational instruction leagues. This means that it is non-competitive and they do not keep score or standings.

For the Agnelli Pool and Spas team it was all about running hard, hustling to the ball and having fun. On the offensive end of the field, Max Higgins and Aiden Templeton were all over the field as they did everything they could to try and score. On the defensive side, Mason Agnelli and Juliet Green were stellar and like magnets to the ball.

For the Mr. Bones team it was all about working together, teamwork and having a good time. For being so early in the season, this young team has really gelled together and plays well. Brenna Heckler, Anthony Nguyen and Nick Yatros all know their roles on the team and work together as teammates should. The entire team has great chemistry and plenty of smiles and high fives to share.

The parent volunteer coaches do a great job in this age group. It is apparent they put a lot of time and effort into making a real difference with these budding young superstars. Emphasis on the fundamentals, positioning and having fun are priorities. A real effort is being made to teach positioning and keep players from swarming to the ball like bees. The element of fun is first and foremost and these coaches are making a real difference in the lives of these kids.

At the end of the night, both teams shake hands and within minutes the future soccer stars are grabbing their juice boxes and snacks, off playing with their friends and heading home. Everyone is a winner in this age group and parents and players go home very happy. It was a great way to spend a Friday night in the community with family, with friends and with six and seven soccer.

To view or purchase more photos of this and other soccer games go to www.amisun.com.

Youth co-ed Soccer

4- to 5-year-old co-ed Soccer Schedule:

Oct. 14, Monday, 6 p.m. – Eat Here vs. Air and Energy
Oct. 14, Monday, 6:30 p.m. – LaPensee Plumbing and Pool vs. Sandbar Restaurant

6- to 7-year-old co-ed Soccer Schedule

Oct. 9, Wednesday, 6 p.m. – Bowes Imaging Center vs. Mr. Bones
Oct. 9, Wednesday, 7 p.m. – Agnelli Pool and Spas vs. Miller Electric
Oct. 14, Monday, 7 p.m. – Mr. Bones vs. Bowes Imaging Center

8- to 10-year-old co-ed Soccer Results

Tyler’s Ice Cream  7
American Marine  5

Beach Bistro  6

Island Pest Control  2
Beach Bistro  2

Tyler’s Ice Cream  5

8- TO 10-year-old co-ed Soccer Schedule

Oct. 9, Wednesday, 6 p.m. – Island Pest Control vs. LPAC
Oct. 9, Wednesday, 7 p.m. – Beach Bistro vs. American Marine

11- to 13-year-old co-ed Soccer Results

Jen Crady Massage 3
Waterfront Restaurant 3

The Feast Restaurant 9

11- to 13-year-old co-ed Soccer Schedule

Oct. 8, Tuesday, 8 p.m. – The Feast Restaurant vs. The Waterfront Restaurant
Oct. 14, Monday, 6 p.m. – The Waterfront Restaurant vs. LPAC
Oct. 14, Monday, 7 p.m. – The Feast Restaurant vs. Jen Crady Massage

14- to 17-year-old co-ed Soccer Results

Wash Family Construction 3
Jessie’s Island Store 1

Wash Family Construction 4
Jessie’s Island Store 4

14- to 17-year-old co-ed Soccer Schedule

Oct. 14, Monday, 8 p.m. – Wash Family Construction vs. Jessie’s Island Store

Adult co-ed Soccer Results

Wash Family Construction 3
Slim’s Place 0

Agnelli Pool and Spas 5
LaPensee Plumbing and Pool  0

Florida Discount Signs and Wraps 2
Island Pest Control  0

Sato Real Estate  5
Island Gourmet  3

Adult co-ed Soccer Schedule

Oct. 10, Thursday, 6 p.m. – Florida Discount Signs and Wraps vs. Sato Real Estate
Oct. 10, Thursday, 7 p.m. – Island Pest Control vs. Slim’s Place
Oct. 10, Thursday, 8 p.m. – LaPensee Plumbing and Pool and. Island Gourmet
Oct. 10, Thursday, 9 p.m. – Agnelli Pool and Spas vs. Wash Family Construction

Adult co-ed Basketball Results

Bowes Imaging Center  82
Gatorman Pools  78

Island Sun Newspaper  56
Waterfront Restaurant 42

Beach to Bay Construction  55
Southern Greens  43

Adult co-ed Basketball Schedule

Oct. 15, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. – Beach to Bay Construction vs. Bowes Imaging Center

Oct. 15, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. – Gator Man Pools vs. Waterfront Restaurant

Oct. 15, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. – Southern Greens vs. The Island Sun


Mystery girl on rust bucket fuels imagination

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story


A derelict boat prompts questions for boaters sharing
anchorage at Mar Vista on Longboat Key.

Sailing with only wind and my husband, Clarence, can’t be beat. Last weekend down to Sarasota was one of those trips that I don’t want to say too much about. Because if I do, all of the rest of the country will flee here instantly.

It may have been our best trip yet. We saw jumping and feeding dolphins in pairs along with mothers and babies in huge pods. There were so many. More than we’ve ever seen. They were jumping out of the water just like the show at Sea World, may they never go there. And if you haven’t seen the movie Blackfish, it is a must see. Very enlightening based on many actual news clips of the killer whales in captivity.

The dolphins came right up to the boat in ways they have never done before. It made us believe that they are getting so used to being fed by people, that they are possibly forgetting how to hunt on their own. I got so excited taking pictures at one point, that my pinky finger covered the lens of my iPhone and I missed some of the best shots. We went on to anchor for the night across from Mar Vista, and pulled up next to what looked like an abandoned boat. We estimated that it was between 40 and 50 feet long. The hull was dingy, rusty, and the entire boat looked like it was in need of a large paint job. We also guessed the boat could’ve been anywhere from 30 to 50 years old, maybe older. It looked like it had been brought down off one of the lifts in the old Cortez fishing village.

"Clarence," I said, “Surely this will be a great place to anchor for the night. This old sailboat isn't going anywhere and it looks like it is completely abandoned. So we should have peace and quiet.” We had our usual romantic sunset dinner (for me, crunchy peanut butter on celery), when I saw a rowboat pull up to the side of the boat. A drop-dead gorgeous girl in a scanty bikini somewhere in her twenties with two grocery bags climbs in the big boat with what I assume are groceries, and gets on the boat. She climbed below and that was the last we saw of her.

We had thought the windows on the boat were boarded up, but apparently there was some source of electricity. Lights came on and the windows looked to be a little translucent. The lights went off promptly at 11 p.m., and by the time we left at 8 a.m. the next morning, she had not resurfaced. I really wanted to wait around all day until she did. I wanted to ask her what her story was. Did she inherit the boat? Did somebody give her the boat for free with the promise that she would take care of it?

I said to Clarence that she reminded me of one of the children in the famous children’s series of books, “The Boxcar Children.” Clarence had never heard of that series and I spent the next 30 minutes describing the most favorite books of my childhood: how every child’s fantasy was to go live in a boxcar to escape parents.

So Mystery Gorgeous Girl, if you or somebody you know is reading this, please contact me. Even though I only do this column as a volunteer, I still want to know your story if you would like to share. My imagination has been tormenting me all week. I may have to write a novel just based on that.

I only do reporting if I get paid for the tremendous time it takes, like for my books. Speaking of which, I just signed a contract for what is technically my fourth book but will be my third when it comes out. It is on vegan fitness. And I will be speaking and doing cooking demonstrations at the Tampa Vegfest Oct. 19 and Orlando’s Oct. 26. Two other publishers have asked for #5 also on vegan fitness. This whole experience is getting surreal. But I love it. My “Run with A Vegan” program continues Oct. 12 at the Phillippi Shores 7K in Sarasota. Come run/hang with me and pick my brain! Gotta run!

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: www.vegcoach.com. She is also a nationally certified personal trainer and running coach. For training in a gym or private hire, contact Ellen at ejones@vegcoach.com or 941-704-1025.

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