The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 13 No. 29 - May 8, 2013


Bowes bounced back

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

SCOTT DELL | Submitted
Aaron Dedukes, of Gator Man Pools, drives to the hole scoring two
of his high-scoring 42 points with tight defense by Brandon Kern and
Matt Ray, of Bowes Imaging Center, during Tuesday
night adult basketball.

The Sun sports game of the week was an Anna Maria Island Community Center’s adult co-ed basketball game between the Bowes Imaging Center team and the Gator Man Pools team.

Bowes Imaging Center got out to a very slow start in the first quarter of play. Five minutes into the quarter, Gator Man jumped out to an early 8 to 2 lead from the combination of scoring between Joe Combs and Aaron Dudukes.

It wasn’t until there was less than three minutes left in the quarter that Bowes started to bounce back. Brandon Kern sparked his team with great defense which in turn ignited the offense. Kern picked the guards pocket at half court and then laid it in for the layup. On the next possession he had another steal and passed to Matt Ray who stuck the three-pointer, which then tied the game 9 to 9 with two minutes left in the first quarter. Both offenses found their groove and at the end of the quarter, it was Bowes on top 20 to 15.

The second quarter was back and forth between lead changes and very fun to watch. Every time Dudukes and Combs would nail a three-pointer to take the lead for the Gator Man squad, Kern and Ray would answer and knock down their own three’s for Bowes Imaging. The teams went into halftime with Bowes on top 33 to 31.

The back and forth action continued into the third quarter with plenty of lead changes and tie games. Dudukes and Kern were like Kobe versus LeBron. When one would score the other would go to the other end and answer. Dudukes scored 16 points in the third and Kern answered with 17 points on his own, four of them being three-pointers. His last three ended the third quarter at the buzzer and put Bowes up 53 to 49.

In the fourth quarter Ray and Kern proved to be too much for Dudukes and the Gator Man squad. Ray scored 11 of his 23 in the final quarter and had a double-double adding 17 rebounds for Bowes Imaging. Kern finished with a double-double with 34 points and 11 rebounds. Jason Mickan added 11 points, and Lindsey Weaver chipped in with 2 points for the Bowes Imaging Center 70 to 62 win.

Aaron Dudukes scored an amazing 42 points and had a double-double adding 10 rebounds, but it was just not enough. Joe Combs added 15 points and 8 rebounds. Richard Fosmore chipped in with 4 points and 8 rebounds for the Gator Man team.

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Adult Co-Ed Basketball Results

Bowes Imaging Center  70
Gator Man Pools  62

Southern Greens  65
Duncan Real Estate  57

Island Real Estate 57
Island Sun newspaper  43

Adult Basketball Schedule

May 7, Tuesday, 7: p.m., Island Sun newspaper vs. Bowes Imaging Center
May 7, Tuesday, 8 p.m., Duncan Real Estate vs. Island Real Estate
May 7, Tuesday, 9 p.m., Southern Greens vs. Gator Man Pools

Adult Co-Ed Soccer Results

1st USA Plumbing  5
Slim’s Place  2

Island Pest Control  1
Beach to Bay Construction  0

Pink & Navy Boutique  3
Florida Discount Signs & Wraps  0

Sato Real Estate  3
Wash Family Construction  2

Adult Soccer Schedule

May 9, Thursday, 6 p.m., Wash Family Construction vs. Beach to Bay Construction
May 9, Thursday, 7 p.m., Fl. Discount Signs & Wraps vs. Slim’s Place
May 9, Thursday, 8 p.m., Pink & Navy Boutique vs. Sato Real Estate
May 9, Thursday, 9 p.m., 1st USA Plumbing vs. Island Pest Control

Adult Co-Ed Kickball Results

Rained out and rescheduled

Adult Co-Ed Kickball Schedule:

May 8, Wednesday, 7 p.m., Lobstah’s vs. Agnelli Pools & Spa
May 8, Wednesday, 8 p.m., Beach to Bay Construction vs. Lobstah’s
May 8, Wednesday, 9 p.m., Beach to Bay Construction vs. Tyler’s Ice Cream

Youth Baseball Results

Beach to Bay Construction  10
Paradise Bagels, Café & Catering  9
In the second matchup between these two teams, it looks like whoever the home team is comes out the winner. In the bottom of the last inning Gerardo Serrano hits the game winner to drive in the go ahead run for the Beach to Bay Construction team.

Youth Baseball Schedule

May 10, Friday, 6 p.m., Miller Electric vs. Air & Energy
May 10, Friday, 7:15 p.m., Beach to Bay Construction vs. Paradise Beagles, Café & Catering
May 13, Monday, 6 p.m., Air & Energy VS. Miller Electric
May 13, Monday, 7:15 p.m. – Paradise Beagles, Café & Catering VS. Beach to Bay Construction

Youth Basketball Results:
8-10 Year Olds:

Beach Bums – 18
Manatee Cancer Center – 16

Beach Bistro – 24
Beach Bums – 18

Beach Bistro – 14
Manatee Cancer Center - 10

11-13 Year Olds:

Sand Dollar – 37
Duncan Real Estate - 32

Ross Built Construction – 51
Southern Greens – 36

Southern Greens – 33
Duncan Real Estate - 32

Walter & Associates – 45
Sand Dollar – 37

Ross Built Construction – 41
Duncan Real Estate – 27

Walter & Associates – 56
Southern Greens – 38

14-17 Year Olds:

May 13, Monday, 6 p.m., Air & Energy vs. Miller Electric
May 13, Monday, 7:15 p.m., Paradise Beagles, Café & Catering vs. Beach to Bay Construction

Youth Basketball Results

Beach Bums  18
Manatee Cancer Center  16

Beach Bistro  24
Beach Bums  18

Beach Bistro  14
Manatee Cancer Center  10


Sand Dollar  37
Duncan Real Estate  32

Ross Built Construction  51
Southern Greens  36

Southern Greens  33
Duncan Real Estate  32

Walter & Associates  45
Sand Dollar  37

Ross Built Construction  41
Duncan Real Estate  27

Walter & Associates  56
Southern Greens  38


Eat Here  45
The Feast restaurant  24

Heritage Paper Co.  41
Eat Here  26

The Feast restaurant  35
Heritage Paper Co.  23

Walter & Associates 31
Eat Here  29

Heritage Paper Co.  42
Walter & Associates  26

Youth Basketball Schedule

May 8, Wednesday, 6 p.m., Manatee Cancer Center vs. Beach Bums
May 11, Saturday, 1 a.m., Beach Bums vs. Beach Bistro

11-13 Year Olds

May 10, Friday, 6 p.m., Sand Dollar vs. Ross Built Construction
May 11, Saturday, 2 p.m., Southern Greens vs. Duncan Real Estate
May 11, Saturday, 3 p.m., Sand Dollar vs. Walter & Associates
May 13, Monday, 6 p.m., Duncan Real Estate vs. Walter & Associates
May 13, Monday, 7 p.m., Southern Greens vs. Ross Built Construction


May 10, Friday, 7 p.m., The Feast vs. Walter & Associates
May 11, Saturday, 11 a.m., The Feast vs. Walter & Associates
May 11, Saturday, 12 p.m., Eat Here vs. Heritage Paper Company
May 13, Monday, 8 p.m., The Feast vs. Heritage Paper Company
May 14, Tuesday, 6 p.m., Eat Here vs. Walter & Associates


Picking a trainer

I only got second in my age group at the Island 5K run this weekend. It was the 51st 5K I’ve placed in in my age group since 2006. The legendary Island triathlete, Sandy Menele, not only got the female masters award, but she won the fourth overall female award. What a speedster.

Others have asked and I want to mention, as I do occasionally, that I’m sorry I’m not reporting more results. I’m not a reporter paid to research, get results and interview. I’m just a volunteer writer/columnist. I write what I can in the time I have.

The race at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria holds a special place for me. Islander and veteran grand masters winner Erma McMullen reminded me. “It was 9 years ago that we met. You wandered over here from your house a block away after the race and asked, ‘How do you run in Florida during the summer?’”

Erma simply said, “Run at sunrise.”

Great advice! Over the years, as she has won many races in her age group here on the Island and beyond, she has taken the time to nurture other runners like me and set the standard of excelling in running way beyond 50.

Another reason I love the Island race is the cause, the Children's Academy of Southwest Florida, Inc., a not-for-profit agency. 
The first year I was asked to be a sponsor of this race, I spent time at the Children’s Academy in Bradenton and was moved to tears. Volunteer there if you can.

I know there were two other 5Ks this weekend, and attendance was down. But I sure hope this race continues next year. Part of the problem is there are so many small running clubs now, there’s no coordination like there used to be among larger clubs to make sure there was no overlap.

One of things I donated for the Island race was a gift certificate for an hour of free personal training or running/walking coaching. As a certified trainer, when I worked at a gym, some trainers would often donate gift certificates too, but wouldn’t go to the race. In my experience, no one ever took advantage of the gym personal trainer gift certificates because the winner didn’t connect with the trainer.

At this race, the runner who won my gift certificate sought me out, introduced herself and eagerly set up a time. My clients love that they can save so much money hiring me directly instead of having to pay to go to a gym, and on top of that, hire a trainer at a rate that must be high enough to pay the trainer something, and pay the gym a part of the trainer’s fee.

Simply, the money goes directly to the trainer instead of having to pay the gym overhead. Who would you rather hire anyway – someone who has placed 50 times running a race or a trainer who got a weekend education and has never run a race? The trainer who places in races is able to do that because he/she knows how to avoid injury over years.

A trainer who stays in a gym all day may not have the experience of years of exercising in a way that works for you. Look for trainers who model the kind of exercise and lifestyle you want for yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask your trainer if they compete. If the answer is no, ask why not. If it is because they were injured, ask why. That should speak volumes.

I have loved training with my coach, Rae Ann Darling Reed. She is my role model because she knows how to win and knows how to finish without injury. It shouldn’t matter if a trainer has bulging muscles or looks 22. What should matter is that they have a fun, sensible program that will help accomplish realistic goals, and more importantly, avoid injury.

At a gym, when people get injured, they just don’t come back. You don’t often hear why. But when you work with someone who continues to compete without injury, you know something is working well. Maybe racing isn’t something you’re interested in. It took me two years of training before I ever considered it.

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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