Spirit week, spaghetti dinner kick off soccer season
Soccer season is here! Almost. The Anna Maria Island Community Center’s annual, kick-off-the-season spaghetti dinner will be Sept. 14 in the center gym starting at 6:30 p.m. There players will meet coaches, receive uniforms and game schedules and enjoy spaghetti dinner, donated once again by the Beach Bistro.
Next up is the opening event, an all-day jamboree Saturday, Sept. 17, and Spirit Week. The action gets started at 9:30 a.m. at the center with a series of “mini” games that serve as a dress rehearsal for the regular schedule, which gets under way Monday, Sept. 19.
What the jamboree does for the players preparing for soccer season, Spirit Week does for the fans. Fans are encouraged all week to come out “dressed to the nines” in team colors and showing their allegiance. The center will have judges out and about taking copious notes on the levels of enthusiasm generated, but winners won’t be announced until the end-of-season awards ceremony.
The season is looking strong with a record number of participants. The 4-5 and 6-7 age instructional divisions have a combined eight teams, while Division III for players ages 8-9 has five teams. Division II for ages 10-11 has three teams, while the age 12-13 Division I has four teams. The Premier Division for ages 14-17 has only two teams, but they bring the league to a whopping 22 teams, not including the adult league.
Look for weekly featured games and game recaps in the Islander sports section throughout the season.
See you on the pitch!
Three teams emerged from pool play during Sept. 10 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Tim Sofran and Larry Livrago drew the bye into the finals and watched Jeff Moore and Jerry Disbrow slip past George McKay and Ron Pepka by a 21-20 score. The finals was an exciting match that saw Disbrow-Moore again win a close match, defeating Sofran-Livrago 21-18.
The Sept. 7 horseshoe games saw the team of Norm Good and Sam Samuels take first place as the only team with three pool-play wins. The Disbrow brothers, Jerry and Jay, managed a 2-1 record and took home second-place honors.
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.
Sign up now for golf outing
The third annual AMICC golf outing at IMG Golf and Country Club is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 14. Cost for the golf outing is $150 per person, including range balls and an awards dinner. For an additional $30, participants can enter entry a $10,000 hole-in-one contest, putting contest and receive five raffle tickets. For non-golfers, dinner only is $45.
To register or for more information, contact Lindsey Weaver of the center at 941-778-1908.