NFL Super Bowl, more golf champs crowned
Super Bowl winners in the Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football League were crowned March 24 in three exciting games, each decided by sixpoints or less.
Walter & Associates Bears came from behind to defeat Integrity Sound Redskins 31-28 to win the 13-16 division title. The Redskins had taken a 28-25 lead with 2:30 left to play on a spectacular catch by Joseph Andruzzi on a Joey Carder pass.
Undaunted, the Bears got the ball back and drove the length of the field. With 24 seconds to play, the Bears had first and goal. Seth Walter dropped back to pass and found brother Jack Walter to give the Bears a 31-28 victory.
Seth Walter finished with five touchdown passes, including one to Derek Polch and two each to Max Miller and Jack Walter. Other members of the Super Bowl champion Bears are Madison Driscoll, Keegan Murphy and Jacob Talucci.
Carder paced the Redskins with a pick six, two touchdown passes and a 45-yard touchdown run. Justin and Andruzzi each finished with one touchdown in the loss.
Ross Built Broncos outlasted Mr. Bones Colts 26-20 to win the 10-12 division Super Bowl. The Broncos jumped out to a 14-0 lead on a 45-yard touchdown run by Jake Ross and an 11-yard run by Javan Vasquez.
Mistakes and penalties were killing the Colts, although they escaped a situation when Jake Ross intercepted Rory Houston, giving the Broncos the ball on the Colt 8-yard line.
The Colts finally got on the scoreboard when Houston got loose on a 45-yard touchdown run with just under six minutes left in the half. Houston then connected with Ben Connors for a two-point conversion to cut the Bronco lead to 14-8.
Gavin Sentman intercepted another Houston pass, sparking a scoring drive that ended with a touchdown pass from Andrew Ross to twin Jake Ross and a 20-8 Bronco lead.
The Colts refused to go away and scored to pull to within 20-14 on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Houston to Malachi Goode as time expired.
Slow starts by both teams whittled away the second half. The Broncos finally got going when Andrew Ross connected with Jake Ross for a touchdown pass and a 26-14 lead. Back came the Colts, as Houston scored from 30 yards out to pull to within 26-20 with five minutes remaining.
The Colts got the ball back and managed first and goal with 27 seconds left when Jake intercepted a Houston pass to close out the victory.
Other members of the Super Bowl champion Broncos are Corbin Gregg, Hannah McCracken and Griffin Heckler.
Beach Bistro Vikings slipped past Beach Bum Steelers 13-12 in the 8-9 Division Super Bowl. Sean Rodriguez got things started for the Vikings with a 44-yard run to the 1-yard line, as Tuna McCracken made a touchdown-saving flag pull for the Steelers. However, Nate Hyman completed the scoring play, finding Rodriguez on a 1-yard touchdown pass. Morgan Horesh caught the ensuing extra point for a 7-0 Viking lead.
Andrew Austin got the Steelers on the scoreboard with a 30-yard catch-and-run play to pull to within 7-6, which is how the half ended.
Hyman gave the Vikings a 13-6 second-half lead when he connected with Horesh for a touchdown pass. The Steelers came right back and pulled to within a point on McCracken’s 15-yard touchdown run.
The Steelers had one last chance when Tyler Brenner intercepted Hyman with just under five minutes to play, but the Viking defense held on for the victory.
Other members of the Vikings are Tony Rappold, Adam Oulddaba and Roman Langley.
Unlike the youth Super Bowls, the adult flag football Super Bowl March 22 was a yawner in which Florida Discount Signs 49ers rolled over Coastal Orthopedic Raiders 35-14.
Matt Kretzman led the way by completing on 24 of 26 passes for 211 yards and four touchdowns. Hampton Harrison was his go-to guy, finishing with 11 catches for 111 yards, two touchdowns and a pair of extra points. Tim Tedesco finished with three catches for 12 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point. Sean Sanders added three catches for 31 yards, including a touchdown, two extra points and an interception return for a touchdown on defense. Other members of the Super Bowl champion 49ers are Amy Talucci, Aris Thompson, Nate Talucci and Rich Bell.
Kevin Austin led the Raiders with 110 passing yards and a pair of touchdown passes to Chuck McCracken, who finished with four catches for 37 yards.
Key Royale golf news
The golf action is peaking at the Key Royale Club, where the women’s handicap championship is being played through the end of March. Brenda Soloveld will take on Kris Landkammer and Sue Hookem will face Mary Selby in round three matches
Mike Gillie defeated Dennis Schavey 1-up March 20 to win the 2012 men’s handicap tournament.
The March 22 President’s Cup included 48 players teeing it up in a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Ken Rickett carded a 7-under-par 25 to take first place and now will have his name engraved on the cup. Larry Pippel was low-gross winner with a 3-over-par 35.
The men played a best-ball-of-foursome match March 21. The team of Pieter Thomassen, Dave Kruger, Jim McVicar and Bob Dickenson set a season record with a 30-under-par 98. The team of Dick Eichorn, Tom Lewis, Danny Hayes and Gino DiClemente were alone in second with 27-under par.
The men’s nine-hole, modified-Stableford match March 19 produced a four-way tie for first place at plus-4 between Barry Izzard, Al DiCostansa, Tom Nelson and Bob Soos. The team of Blake Ress, Gary Silke, Dick Mills and John Purcell won the team title at plus-5.
The day’s morning match was a nine-hole, individual-low-net match that saw Vince Mercadante, Fred Meyer, Al Pollack, Bob Schultz and Mike Conlon finish at 4-under-par 28in a five-way tie for first.
The women played an individual-low net-in-flight match March 20. Sandi Tocco grabbed first place in Flight A with a 3-under-par 29, one shot under Helen Pollack.
Joyce Brown carded a 3-under-par 29 to take first place in Flight B. Christina Mason and Heather Pritchard tied for second at 1-under-par 31.
Sally Keyes and Judy Ward both carded 2-unde-par 30 to finish in a tie for first place in Flight C. Joyce Reith took second place with an even-par 32.
Sandy Burrell’s 4-under-par 28 was the low-net round of the day and gave her first place in Flight D. Marty Clark and Barbara Renk finished in a tie for second place with matching 30s.
The team of Marcia Helgeson, Cindy Miller and Mary Selby won the two-best-balls-in-play team game with an 80 and Sue Christianson had a chip-in birdie on number six.
McSwain tennis tourney scores love-all
The fifth annual Jimmie McSwain Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament was played on the Rex Hagen Courts at the Anna Maria Island Community Center March 19 and March 20. The competition was keen and Ms. McSwain directed another outstanding tournament.
Vance Dixon took first place in the men’s division, while Paul Phillips took second place. Peter Horrocks and Bill Walls finished in a tie for third place.
Mary Hunter grabbed first place in the women’s division with Rosie Sizemore taking second place. Kathy Rose, Mary Merkle, Shirly Wisniewski and Beth Wolf tied for third place.
Special thanks from all of the attendees go to Mark and Jean Swift for arranging the awards banquet at the Sandbar Restaurant pavilion.
Two teams emerged from pool play during March 24 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria city hall horseshoe pits. Octogenerians Fritz Erdich and Marvin Gagemi taught youngsters Dom Livedoti and Adin Shank a lesson with a 21-14 victory in the championship game.
Three teams advanced to the knockout round during March 21 horseshoe action. John Crawford and Dom Livedoti knocked off Bob Mason and Bob Lee 21-4 in the final round.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmup at 8:45 a.m. is followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.