Island resident Sandy Menely poses with her daughter and coach, Lesley Brainard, at the Ironman Texas triathlon. Both women now have qualified for the 2012 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
Ashton Pennell of Best Buy shields the ball from German Rivera of Tyler’s Ice Cream during 8-10 division soccer action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
German Rivera carries the ball into the teeth of the Best Buy defense in 8-10 division soccer action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Islander qualifies for ironman world championship
Anna Maria Island resident Sandy Menely recently qualified in Texas for the 34th annual 2012 Ironman World Championship, which will begin Oct. 13 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Make no mistake, competing in an ironman competition is not for the casual workout warrior.
According to the event website, the world championship centers on the dedication and courage participants who exhibit the ironman mantra that “Anything is Possible.”
On Oct. 13, Menely and nearly 1,800 athletes will embark on a 140.6-mile journey that represents the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit to earn the title “Ironman.” The world championship is the world’s largest, single-day endurance event consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run — and it must be completed in less than 17 hours.
Sandy qualified for the championship by placing first in the 65-69 age group in Ironman Texas with a time of 14 hours, 9 seconds. She trained for five months for the Texas event, and will continue training for 20-25 hours per week in preparation for the Kona event.
She swims in the Gulf of Mexico, bikes on Gulf of Mexico Drive on Longboat Key, and runs all around Holmes Beach and Anna Maria. Menely is coached by her daughter, Lesley Brainard, of Memphis, Tenn., through her online “Trinity Coaching” program.
Brainard also competed in Texas and also qualified for the Hawaii event.
Having a mother-daughter duo qualify for the Ironman World Championship is quite unusual, if not a first for Americans at Kona.
Menely is ranked first in her age group by the USA triathlon association and has victories in the St. Anthony Triathlon, Top Gun Triathlon, Ocala HITS Half Ironman, Texas Ironman and Siesta Key Triathlon.
Good luck to them, and look for results in The Islander.
Youth soccer continues
As the third week of the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s fall recreational soccer league gets under way this week, the teams are already starting to separate themselves from the pack as they aim for the playoff goal in November.
The 14-17 division, which has only two teams — West Coast Air Conditioning and Edgewater Realty — is fittingly tied with a win each.
Steam Designs sits atop the 11-13 division with a 3-0 record. LPAC follows with a 1-1 record, while Jen Crady Massage and Wash Family Construction are tied for third place.
The 8-10 division has Lobstah’s on top with a 3-0 record, followed by Best Buy, Tyler’s Ice Cream and American Marine, all sporting 2-1 records. LaPensee Plumbing and Miller Electric are both still in search of their first victory.
Tyler’s Ice Cream showed they’re a team to be reckoned with in a 4-2 win over Best Buy during 8-10 division action Sept. 26. Daniel Sentman opened the scoring with a goal in the fifth minute only to watch as Jaclyn Schlossberg evened the match with a goal in the 11th minute.
The game remained tied until the half, but it didn’t take long for Tyler’s to grab control of the match coming out for the second half. Sentman gave Tyler’s the lead for good in the 31st minute when he picked off a clearing pass, touched the ball to his right foot and found the far corner of the goal with a strong shot for a 2-1 lead. Five minutes later, Sentman pulled off an almost carbon copy goal, picking off the goal kick and rocketing a shot that found the far corner of the goal for a 3-1 Tyler’s lead.
Tyler’s added to its lead in the 41st minute when, after a scramble in front of the Best Buy goal, Charlotte Pardue powered through the scrum to score, giving Tyler’s a 4-1 lead.
Schlossberg scored on a late breakaway goal in the 45th minute to pull Best Buy to within a pair of goals, but that was as close as they would come.
Sentman finished with three goals and Pardue had one for Tyler’s in the victory while Schlossberg’s two goals paced the Best Buy effort.
The second 8-10 division game of the evening saw American Marine take a 5-3 victory over LaPensee Plumbing. Tyler Brewer led the way with four goals, while David Daigle added one goal. Lila Naeher scored three goals to lead the plumber’s scoring effort in the loss.
Lobstahs remained undefeated in the 8-10 division with a 3-1 victory over Tyler’s Sept. 25. Catherine Calhoun notched a pair of goals to lead Lobstahs, which also received one goal from Emalee Bell in the victory. Sentman scored the lone goal for Tyler’s in the loss.
The second game of the evening saw American Marine light up Miller Electric 7-3 behind three goals from Brewer and two goals from Daigle. Jeremiah Sculco and Fiona Turner-Leathem added a goal each in the victory. Ava Zink, Dalton Guthrie and Callen Achor each scored a goal for Miller in the loss.
Best Buy defeated LaPensee 5-3 during 8-10 division action Sept. 24 behind four goals from Daniel Fritz and one goal from Schlossberg. Ben Brashear, Sam Bowers and Naeher scored a goal each for LaPensee in the loss.
Lobstahs rolled past Miller Electric by a 5-1 score in the final 8-10 division game of the evening. Jack Groves scored three goals and Catherine Calhoun added two goals for Lobstahs in the victory. Ava Zink notched the lone goal for Miller in the loss.
Steam Designs rolled to a 9-1 victory over Wash Family Construction during 11-13 division action Sept. 26. Nico Calleja scored four goals and Christian Daniels added three goals. Gavin Sentman rounded out the scoring with a pair of goals in the victory.
West Coast Air Conditioning edged Edgewater Realty 3-2 during 14-17 division soccer action Sept. 24. Max Miller scored a pair of goals to lead WCAC, which also received a goal from Carolyn Cullinan in the victory. Edgewater received a pair of goals from Kieran Grumley in the loss.
Only one team managed a 3-0 pool play record during Sept. 29 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City hall horseshoe pits. Tim Sofran and Norm Good were the day’s outright champs.
Three teams advanced to the knockout round with 2-1 records in Sept. 26 horseshoe action. Steve Doyle and Norm Good drew the bye into the finals and watched as Jerry Disbrow and Tim Sofran eliminated Jay Disbrow and Dom Livedoti 21-14. Sofran and Jerry Disbrow then rolled to the title, defeating Doyle and Good 21-16.
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 Youth Soccer League schedule
Oct. 8 6 p.m. Bistro vs. A&E
Oct. 8 6:30 p.m. Firkins vs. Bowes
Oct. 5 6 p.m. Bowes vs. Surferbus.com
Oct. 5 7 p.m. Beach Bums vs. Tyler’s
Oct. 9 6 p.m. Beach Bums vs. Bowes
Oct. 9 7 p.m. Surferbus.com vs. Tyler’s
Oct. 5 6 p.m. Lobstahs vs. Best Buy
Oct. 8 6 p.m. Lobstahs vs. LaPensee
Oct. 8 7 p.m. Miller Electric vs. Best Buy
Oct. 9 6 p.m. American Marine vs. Best Buy
Oct. 9 7 p.m. Tyler’s vs. Miller Electric
Oct. 3 6 p.m. Crady Massage vs. LPAC
Oct. 3 7 p.m. Steam Design vs. Wash FC
Oct. 5 7 p.m. Steam Design vs. LPAC
Oct. 5 8 p.m. Wash FC vs. Crady Massage
Oct. 3 8 p.m. WCAC vs. Edgewater
Oct. 8 8 p.m. WCAC vs. Edgewater
AMICC Adult Soccer League schedule
Oct. 4 6 p.m. FL Discount Signs vs. Sato
Oct. 4 7 p.m. Isl. Pest Control vs. Slim’s Place
Oct. 4 8 p.m. Jessie’s vs. Moss & Barnard
Oct. 4 9 p.m. Pink & Navy vs. Wash FC
AMICC Adult Basketball League schedule
Oct. 9 6:30 p.m. The Feast vs. Agnelli Pool
Oct. 9 7:30 p.m. Eat Here vs. IRE
Oct. 9 8:30 p.m. Gator Man vs. Best Buy