Eat Here Bears player Jean-Paul Russo makes a great catch as Sand Dollar Steeler defender Ben Balto tries to break up the pass during 10-12 division flag football playoff action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Diane Miller, left, defeated Laura Purcell 1-up in 19 holes to win the Key Royale Club women’s championship. Islander Photo: Courtesy Ed Havlik
Mickey Hooke added two more records in his age group to his running accomplishments during his third-place overall finish at the Eye of the Dragon 10K race in Eau Galle, Fla.
Football playoffs start, KRC women’s champ named
The Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football League started its second season, aka the playoffs, March 3. Earning the higher seed during the regular season should be an advantage, but that didn’t hold true in several matchups.
Playoffs continue to the March 24 Super Bowl, so stay tuned.
The 8-9 division winner and runnerup teams each earned a first-round bye and watched as the lower seed defeated the higher seed in both games.
The first 8-9 game had the fifth-seeded Gettel Toyota Texans defeat fourth-seeded Waterfront Restaurant Raiders 14-6. Julius Petereit led the Texans with 82 rushing yards, including a touchdown run and two extra points. Teammate Ava Zink ran for 42 yards and added a touchdown reception while also completing three passes for 16 yards in the victory. Peteriet also led the defense with seven flag pulls, while David Daigle added two.
The Raiders were led by Jackson Hayes, who passed for 45 yards and one touchdown pass while also adding 23 rushing yards. Gianna Sparks chipped in with 30 rushing yards, while Callen Achor provided the lone score with a 6-yard touchdown reception in the loss. Eli Heskin had a strong defensive game with seven flag pulls, while Sparks finished with four in the loss.
The second 8-9 division playoff saw sixth-seeded P&N Boutique Cowboys roll past third-seed Southern Greens Jets by a 36-6 score. Zachary Quinn led the way with 90 rushing yards and two touchdowns, 50 receiving yards and two touchdowns and, for good measure, 45 passing yards. Daniel Sentman added a 25-yard touchdown reception while Brandon Early caught a 20-yard touchdown pass in the victory.
Daniel Fritz paced the Jets with 68 rushing yards and a touchdown in the loss.
The higher seeds in the 10-12 division held serve except for Eat Here Bears, who rolled past fourth-seed Sand Dollar Steelers by a 33-14 score. Jean-Paul Russo paced the Bears with three touchdowns. Russo ran for 98 yards and added 62 receiving yards for the Bears, which also received 121 passing yards and five touchdown passes from Jacob Quinn.Tyler Yavalar and Abby Achor each added touchdowns in the victory, while Ryan Doyle added a two-point conversion and an extra point. Russo added seven flag pulls and an interception to pace the Bears defense that also received six flag pulls from Dylan Doyle.
Joey Stewart passed for 143 yards and two touchdowns while also running for 59 yards in the loss. Andy Proctor and Andrew Early each caught touchdown passes for the Steelers, while Trent Boring added a two-point conversion in the loss.
Mr. Bones BBQ Colts defeated Air & Energy Chargers 40-20 behind 198 passing yards and five touchdown passes from Rory Houston, who also added 52 rushing yards and a touchdown. Ben Connors and Masen Blandford each added two touchdown receptions, while Joey Thiel finished with a touchdown and an extra point in the victory.
Jaysen Berzowski paced the Chargers with 68 receiving yards including a pair of touchdown receptions and a two-point conversion. John Smith threw for 77 yards and two touchdown passes and an interception return for a touchdown on defense.
Ross Built Broncos also easily held serve, defeating Cedars Tennis Resorts Seahawks 23-0 behind two touchdowns and a two-point conversion from Jake Ross. He finished with 65 rushing yards and 60 receiving yards, while brother Andrew passed for 66 yards and two touchdowns. Javan Vasquez added one touchdown reception in the victory.
LPAC Cardinals slipped past Sandbar Falcons 34-33 behind three touchdown receptions from Tyler Pearson, who finished with 62 receiving yards. Quarterback Jared Richardson passed for 101 yards and three touchdown passes while also rushing for 90 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Mathew Manger passed for 187 yards and two touchdown passes in the loss. Corey Vasquez finished with 110 receiving yards, a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Cameron Pasco added a 14-yard touchdown reception for the Falcons in the loss.
Jessie’s Island Store Steelers defeated fourth-seed First American Bank Ravens 26-15 in the only upset in the 13-16 division. Brad Duffman threw for 192 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Steelers, which received touchdown receptions from Michael Duffman, Nehemiah Goode and one that Brad Duffman caught from brother Michael.
Jack Shinn led the Ravens with 184 passing yards and two touchdown passes to Pierce Hogan, who finished with 82 receiving yards. Burke Hill added 74 receiving yards and Chris Johnson added an extra point for the Ravens in the loss.
Integrity Sound Redskins edged Mar Vista Raiders 20-19 in the second 13-16 playoff game. Joey Carder paced the Redskins with 167 passing yards and three touchdown passes, two to Ryan Gillman. Skyler Sculco added 90 receiving yards, including a touchdown and an extra point in the victory.
Danny Doyle passed for 165 yards and three touchdown passes to lead the Raiders in the loss. Joseph Cucci, Mikey Ellsworth and George Lardas each caught touchdown passes for the Raiders.
Hooke places third
Galati Yacht Sales staffer Mickey Hooke competed in the 24th annual Eye of the Dragon 10K in Eau Galle, Fla., Feb. 25. Hooke ran a 38:30 to finish third overall, while also establishing new Masters and Grand Masters records.
Hooke said it was the best tactical run in his racing career and, due to a miscalculation of the course, Hooke and the other participants ran a 6.56 mile race, not the usual 6.2 miles that make up a 10K race.
Key Royale golf news
Key Royale Club golf chairman Art McMillan aced the 128-yard eighth hole Feb. 29 using a nine-iron. Witnesses were Larry Pippel and Rich Papini.
The Key Royale Club women’s championship was decided on the 19th hole, giving Diane Miller the title with a 1-up victory over Laura Purcell. The match saw six lead changes and seven tied holes.
The men’s handicap championship and the men’s 75-plus handicap championship started Feb. 23. Ernie Hauser, last year’s senior champion, stayed alive in both events.
Flight one of the men’s event saw Dennis Schavey and Gary Silke win, and they now face off against each other in the next round. Jim Helgeson will face the winner of the Larry Pippel-Ernie Hauser match. In Flight Two, John Cassese will face the winner of the Hoyt Miller-Dale Hudson match and winners Mike Gille and Ken Rickett will square off.
The men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net match Feb. 26. Dale Hudson took first place with a 4-under-par 60 to edge Vince Mercadante by one shot. Danny Hayes was alone in third place with a 2-under-par 62.
The men played their regular Wednesday match Feb. 29 as well as a best-ball-of-foursome match. The team of Joe Dickenson, Gerry Taylor, Art Hibbs and Dick Eichhorn won first place with a 21-under-par 43. Second place went to the team of Ed Havlik, Jim Sheppard and Jim Helgeson with a 49.
The Key Royale Club women played an individual-low-net-in-flight match Feb. 28. In addition, they played an individual-low-putts game.
Pam Alvord won Flight A with a 4-under-par 28 by one stroke over second-place finisher Lyn Dailey. Sandi Tocco was alone in third place with a 2-under-par 30.
Joyce Brown ran away with Flight B, shooting a 6-under-par 26 to earn a three-shot victory over Sara Falk in second place. Fran Barford took third place with a 30.
Joyce Reith’s 5-under-par 27 gave her first place in Flight C by one shot over Roxanne Koche, while Kathy Porter was another shot back in third place.
Shirley Cessna carded a 4-under-par 28 to take first place in Flight D. Barb Renk was one shot back in second place, while Penny Auch took third place with a 1-under-par 31.
Nancy King needed only 13 putts during her round to win the low putt contest, while Helen Pollack birdied on hole two and Sue Liddle chipped in on number five.
The men played a morning, low-net-of-partners match Feb. 27. Chet Hutton and Bill Martin took first with a 9-under-par 55 to take first place by one shot over Bob Elliott and Gino DiClemente.
The men played a nine-hole, modified-Stableford match Feb. 27. Bob Soos and Gary Duncan tied for first in the individual category at plus-3, while Duncan was part of the Dale Hudson, Dave Vandaverde and Dick Mills team that finished at plus-4.
Only two teams qualified for the playoffs during March 3 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Gene Bobeldyk and Steve Doyle defeated Tom Skoloda and Bob Palmer 21-19 to earn the day’s bragging rights.
Four teams advanced to the playoffs in Feb. 29 horseshoe action. Bruce Copeland and Rod Bussey rolled the team of Nick Younk and Tom Skoloda 21-3. The second semifinal match saw Fritz Erdich and Bob Lee defeat Norm Good and Bob Brown 21-18. Copeland-Bussey continued their hot play in the finals, soundly defeating Eridch-Good 21-2.
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.
AMICC NFL Flag Football schedule
March 9 6 p.m. Vikings vs. Texans
March 9 7 p.m. Cowboys vs. Steelers
March 24 1 p.m. Superbowl: TBD
March 6 6 p.m. Bears vs. Colts
March 6 7 p.m. Broncos vs. Cardinals
March 24 11 a.m. Superbowl: TBD
March 6 8 p.m. Bears vs. Steelers
March 9 8 p.m. Texans vs. Redskins
March 24 10 a.m. Superbowl: TBD
March 7 6 p.m. Bills vs. 49ers
March 7 7 p.m. Dolphins vs. Texans
March 7 8 p.m. Ravens vs. Falcons
March 7 9 p.m. Packers vs. Raiders
March 8 6 p.m. Bears vs. Bengals
March 8 7 p.m. NFC Championship Game TBD
March 8 8 p.m. AFC Championship Game TBD
March 22 7 p.m. Superbowl: TBD
AMICC Adult Coed Volleyball
March 6 7 p.m. Best Buy vs. Tyler’s Ice Cream
March 6 8 p.m. 7 p.m. winner vs. Slim’s Place