Austin Ferrer eludes Hunter Parrish during 13-16 division NFL Flag Football Super Bowl action March 26 at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Tom Nelson, left, is congratulated by Key Royale Club president Craig Humphreys for winning the President’s Cup tournament last week. Islander Photo: Courtesy Ed Havlik
Reese Vita eludes the pass rush of Jordan Brown in the age 13-16 division NFL Flag Football Super Bowl championship action March 26 at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Ernie Hauser won Flight A of the inaugural men’s senior handicap match-play championship for members 70 and older at the Key Royale Club. He faces Ron Robinson, Flight B winner, this week. Islander Photo: Courtesy Ed Havlik
The Sato Real Estate Browns take the trophy for the Anna Maria Island Community Center adult division NFL Flag Football Super Bowl Saturday March 26.
Al Ciruli takes two trophies — men’s and high-point championships — home from the awards dinner for the Jimmy McSwain Mixed-Doubles Tennis Tournament played at the Anna Maria Island Community Center last week.
The Dojo Storm Team recently brought home 22 trophies from the Tampa Bay Open Karate Tournament. The team includes members of the Karate All-Stars, a group of developmentally disabled adults. In addition to competing, the Dojo Storm Team raises money for local abused, at-risk and special needs children. Kevin Bergquist offers programs at his Dojo Martial Arts and Fitness on Anna Maria Island and at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton. For information, call Bergquist at 941-807-1734.
Ferrer leads Bears past Raiders in 13-16 Super Bowl
The Beach Bistro Bears jumped all over Bassett, Vita, Vining & Herman Group Raiders early and often on the way to an easy 33-16 victory in the Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football 13-16 division Super Bowl on March 26 at the Community Center.
Leading the way for the Bears was Austin Ferrer, who had a hand in four of the five Bears touchdowns.
Ferrer and the Bears wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. After a 12-yard run on first down, Ferrer got loose down the right sideline and made a leaping catch on a pass thrown by Henry Bernet to give the Bears a 6-0 lead two minutes into the game.
The Bears held the Raiders on downs to get the ball back to their offense. After a pair of incomplete passes, Ferrer dropped back looking to pass, but found nobody open so he took off and scampered 45 yards for a touchdown. Bernet then hit Ferrer with the extra point pass and the Bears took a 13-0 lead midway through the first half.
Bernet got the ball back for the Bears when he intercepted Reese Vita at the 9-yard line. Nick Mello ran it in from the 7-yard line and Ferrer ran in the extra point to give the Bears a 21-0 lead.
The Raiders finally got on the scoreboard when Vita hit Danny Doyle on a third-down pass to midfield. Doyle eluded two defenders and ran it into the end zone to complete a 45-yard catch-and-run play. Vita then hit Michael Galati for a two-point conversion to pull to within 21-8 with 3:55 left to play in the half.
The Bears got the ball back and methodically drove the length of the field before a scrambling Ferrer connected with Michael Pears on a 14-yard touchdown pass and a Bears 27-8 halftime lead.
The Raiders held the Bears on downs to open the second half, but after a nice pass play from Vita to Galati that gave the Raiders a first down, Ferrer intercepted Vita’s next offering and took it to the house. The Bears had a 33-8 lead.
Late in the game, the Raiders drove the length of the field on short passes and scored when Vita hit Hunter Parrish on a 10-yard touchdown pass. Parrish then ran in the two-point conversion to pull to within 33-16.
Other members of the 13-16 division champions include Jordan Brown, Carolyn Cullinan, Katie Holiday and Max Miller.
Fourth-annual McSwain tourney a hit
The fourth-annual, Jimmy McSwain Mixed-Doubles Tennis Tournament was played March 21-22 at the Rex Hagen Courts at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Twenty-four players participated in the event, directed once again by McSwain. An awards banquet attended by more than 80 players and friends was held March 24 at the Sandbar Restaurant.
Dolce Little took first place among the women, followed by Sue Herman and Kathy Rose. First place among the men and high-point champion was Al Cirulli, while Peter Horrocks, Don Jackson and Bill Davis tied for second place.
Key Royale golf news
Golf action last week at the Key Royale Club was punctuated by the annual President’s Cup on March 17. Club president, Craig Humphreys presented first- and second-place awards to the top two teams. The team of Chet Hutton, Tom Warda, Vince Mercadante and Art McMillen took first place with a 10-under-par 118. One shot back in second place was the team of John Estok, Fred Meyer, Gary Harris and Tom Nelson.
The President’s Cup went to Tom Nelson with a net 6-under-par 26 and also individual low-gross honors with a 2-over 34.
In other club news, members played in an inaugural Key Royale Club men’s senior handicap championship for members age 70 and older. A field of 48 golfers was whittled down to the final match March 25 that saw Ernie Hauser defeat Bob Elliott 3 and 2.
The women and men teamed up March 24 for a coed, two-best-balls-of-foursome match. The team of Nel Bergstrom, Joyce Brown, Jim Finn and Earl Huntzinger combined to card a 2-under-par 126 to take first place. Second place went to the team of Bob Dickenson, Ed Havlik, Liane Klien and Terry Westby with a 131.
The women played a nine-hole, low-net game March 22 that saw Pam Alvord and Penny Williams tie for first place in Flight A with matching 4-under-par 28s.
Kris Landkammer’s 4-under-par 28 gave her a two-shot victory in Flight B over Christina Mason and Beverly Neville.
Mardene Eichhorn and Sue Little both carded 2-under-par 30 to finish in a tie for first place in Flight C. Second place also finished in a tie as Donna Soos and Barb Lindwall both came in at 1-under 31.
Erma McMullen had the low-net round of the day, carding a 7-under par 25 to take top honors in Flight D.
The team game of the day was a two-best-balls-of-foursome gross score won by the team of Cindy Miller, Marcia Helgeson, Mary Selby and Penny Williams at 79.
The men played an 18-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match March 22. The team of Art Hibbs, Gerald Taylor, Andrew Barber and Peter Proxy fired a 27-under par-101 to take first place.
The men played a nine-hole, individual-low-net match March 20. Dave Krueger and Bill Martin tied for first place with a 6-under-par 26.
Horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits March 26 saw three team emerge with the required three victories in pool play. Adin Shank and Gene Bobeldyke drew the bye into the finals and watched as Bruce Munro and Art Kingstad rolled to an easy 24-5 victory over Norm Good and John Johnson. Bobeldyke-Shank edged Munro-Kingstad 21-17 in the finals.
The March 23 horseshoe games also saw three teams emerge from pool play with Norm Good and Norm Langeland drawing the bye into the finals. Bob Lee and John Crawford cruised past Herb Puryear and Dom Liedot 23-12 in the semifinal before demolishing Good-Langeland 24-3 in the finals.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.