Super Bowl matchups, champions on the links
The NFL Flag Football League Super Bowl matchups are complete — two teams in each age division are set to face off March 24 at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
The action gets started first in the 13-16 division as Walter & Associates Bears and Integrity Sound Redskins square off at 10 a.m. Mr. Bone’s BBQ Colts and Ross Built Broncos will meet for the 10-12 division title at 11 a.m. Finally, Beach Bistro Vikings and Beach Bum Steelers will go head to head for the 8-9 title at 1 p.m.
The awards ceremony for the league took place March 5, awarding season-ending trophies for sportsmanship, offensive MVP, defensive MVP and female MVP.
The awards and recipients are:
Offensive MVP: 8-9 division Nathan Hyman; 10-12 division Rory Houston; 13-16 division Chris Galati.
Defensive MVP: 8-9 division Daniel Fritz; 10-12 division Jean-Paul Russo; 13-16 division Joseph Andruzzi.
Female MVP: 8-9 division Ava Zink; 10-12 division Hannah McCracken; 13-16 division Moriah Goode.
Sportsmanship: 8-9 division Daniel Sentman; 10-12 division Jaysen Berzowski; 13-16 division Jack Shinn.
Congratulations to all of the players, coaches and family members for a great season.
Key Royale golf news
A busy week of golf at Key Royale Club was punctuated by men’s and women’s handicap championship action. On the men’s side, Dr. Carl Voyles defeated Gerry Dahl 3-and-2 to win the men’s senior handicap title.
Meanwhile, the women’s handicap championship continues with elimination matches running through the month of March. Sue Hookem and Mary Selby will meet in a round-three match while Brenda Solleveld is through to round two and will play the winner of the Laura Purcell vs. Beverly Neville match. Kris Landkammer and Judy Christensen also will square off in a round-two match.
The club men’s handicap tournament continued with Dennis Schavey defeating Jim Helgeson 1-up — now awaiting the winner of the John Cassese vs. Mike Gillie match to decide the title.
In regular golf action, the women teamed up with the men for a nine-hole coed scramble March 16. The team of Dick Rowse, Jim Finn, Eunice Warda and Bob Dickenson combined for an even-par 32 to take first place. One stroke back in second place was the team of Nell Bergstrom, Terry Westby, Earl Huntzinger and Omar Trollard.
The men played an 18-hole match March 14 that produced some low scores. The team of Tom O’Brien and Paul Proxy combined on a 15-under-par 49. Three shots back in second place were Ernie Hauser and Bob Landgren, who finished in a tie with Dave Kruger and John Sagert. Art Hibbs and Dick Rowse took third place with an 11-under 53.
The men played a nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match March 12. The team of Vince Mercadante, Gino DiClemente, Earl Huntzinger and Carl Voyles combined to win on a 13-under-par 51. The team of Joe Dickenson, Art Hibbs, Al Kaiser and Wade Ladue matched the 52 carded by Jim Finn, Jerry Brown, Andy Barber and Bob Dickenson to tie for second place.
The men came back later in the day for a nine-hole, modified-Stableford match. Tom Nelson and Tim Friessen both managed plus-5 to tie for first place in the individual category. Four teams tied for first at plus-4.
The men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net match March 10. Ed Havlik’s 8-under-par 56 earned him first place on the day. Tom Lewis was one shot back in second place, while Mark Mixon took third place with a 4-under-par 60.
Three teams emerged from pool play during St. Patrick’s Day horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Norm Langeland and Bob Lee drew the bye and watched as Gene Bobeldyk and Tom Rhodes defeated Adin Shank and Bob Mason. Bobeldyk-Rhodes stayed hot with a 22-9 victory over Langeland-Lee in the finals.
The March 14 games saw a record five teams advance to the knockout stage. George McKay and Dave Long rolled by Bill Wright and Joe Rush by a 22-5 score. The second playoff saw Tom Skoloda and Marvin Gangemi slide past Gene Bobeldyk and Bruce Copeland 23-16. Sam Samuels and Hank Huyghe stayed alive with a 21-16 victory over Bob Brown and John Johnson.
The final matchup was decided when Skolada-Gangemi defeated McKay-Long 22-15. However, the challengers were no match for Samuels-Huyghe, who prevailed 22-8 in the championship.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.