Sports – 08-31-2011

Camp signals start of fall youth soccer season


Anna Maria Island Community Center provided an opportunity for players ages 4-11 in its fall recreational soccer league to brush up on their skills with a pre-season camp Aug. 24-26. Players received instruction in basic game skills during the three-day camp.

Though the camp turnout was less than overwhelming, the children who did participate received quality instruction from coach Paul Hayward of the center’s West Edge after-school program.

Hayward, a resident of Holmes Beach since 2007, has brought a wealth of soccer experience to the Island. He played both collegiate and professional soccer, and coached at Bethany College in West Virginia from 1978-81. While there he forged a tie to former Islander Ken Bowers, who played for North Carolina Wesleyan at the time and challenged the Bethany coach.

Hayward, a Toronto native, recruited another former Islander, Tommy Normant, to play soccer at Bethany College in 1986. In all, Hayward estimates he has helped about 50 kids to play soccer on the collegiate level.

The West Edge Academy provides soccer training for students enrolled in the after-school program from grades K-5. Middle school player training also is offered.

In addition to the soccer program, West Edge Academy also offers professional instruction in tennis, karate and the performing arts.

For more information about the soccer league or West Edge, call Lindsey Weaver at 941-778-1908 or e-mail


Horseshoe news

An unprecedented four-way tie for first place highlighted Aug. 27 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City hall horseshoe pits. The ensuing playoff saw Jerry Disbrow and John Johnson slip past Steve Doyle and George McKay by a 21-18 score. The other playoff game saw Sam Samuels and Tim Sofran roll past Jay Disbrow and Tom Skoloda 22-9. The final was a back-and-forth affair that saw Samuels-Sofran dominate with a 21-18 score.

The Aug. 24 games saw the team of Sam Samuels and Ron Pepka take the outright championship as they were the only team to achieve the required three wins during pool play.

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.


More soccer registration

The Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization is holding one last registration day for its fall recreational soccer season from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 3, at the MAYSO clubhouse across from the G.T. Bray Park tennis courts.

Cost is $100 for U6 and U8 players, while U10, U12 and U14 players pay $125 for a season of play.

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