Sandy Menely crosses the finish line in fourth place in the 65-69 age division in the Oct. 19 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. Islander Courtesy Photo
Sandy Menely speeds her way to a fourth place finish in the Oct. 19 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. Islander Courtesy Photo
Mickey Hooke finishes in first place at the Beach Running World Championships held in Cocoa Beach Oct. 21. Islander Photo: Courtesy Kathy Johnson
Islander ironman fourth in world championship
Holmes Beach resident, Sandy Menely placed fourth in the world in the 65-69 age group Oct. 19 at the Ironman Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
Menely was happy with her finish, especially competing in conditions that can’t be replicated in her event training on Anna Maria Island. The first leg of the race is a 2.4 mile swim. At the 1-mile mark, she was swimming in 90 feet of clear-blue water.
The second leg, a 112-mile bike ride was made more difficult by heavy winds and rain that made for a slower than hoped for bike time. If that weren’t bad enough, the course also took her through lava fields with temperatures reaching 110 degrees and several difficult climbs, one being a 7-mile climb to the town of Hawi for the turn around. Obviously, she said, coming down the hill was much easier as she reached speeds of 41 mph without pedaling. Because of the speed, she could not let go of her handlebars for that stretch — not even for water.
The last leg of the race is a marathon. Menely struggled with cramps in her calves through the 26.2-mile run. She mentally willed herself mile to mile, and drink station to drink station. Making the situation even more difficult was the onset of darkness, but Menely persevered to finish in 14 hours, 41 minutes and fourth-place.
Hooke adds to running achievements
Former islander and long-time Galati Yacht Sales employee Mickey Hooke competed in the Oct. 21 Beach Running World Championships in Cocoa Beach. A perfect 69-degree day and low tide greeted the more than 350 competitors.
Hooke, 51, broke four records on his way to placing first overall in the 10K (6.2 mile) run.
He said he moved into the lead at the 2-mile mark and ran increasingly faster mile splits on the way to a first-place overall finish with a time of 36:36.7. Hooke’s time was good for a new masters event, a masters course record, a new grandmasters event and course record, and it was the second fastest time in course history.
Hooke broke his own record by 1 minute 15 seconds and quickly turned his focus to running the 2013 Beach Running World Championships in Corpus Christi, Texas.
After grueling regular seasons, the playoffs are finally here in the Anna Maria Island Community Center adult soccer, adult basketball and youth soccer leagues.
Adult coed basketball’s second season starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, when Agnelli Pool & Spa takes on The Feast, followed by Island Real Estate vs. Eat Here. The second round is scheduled for 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, while the all-star and championship games will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13.
The playoffs for the adult coed soccer league get started at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, with four playoff games, starting with Sato Real Estate vs. Jessie’s Island Store. The next match has Pink & Navy Boutique taking on Moss & Barnard Construction at 7 p.m. The 8 p.m. game has top-seed Slim’s Place taking on Island Pest Control, while Wash Family Construction closes out the playoff action at 9 p.m. against Florida Discount Signs.
The action continues with two games Thursday, Nov. 8, followed by the all-star and championship games at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.
The youth soccer playoffs got started in the 8-10 division Nov. 2 with a pair of opening-round games. The first was a mild upset, as No. 5-seed Miller Electric edged fourth-seed Best Buy 3-2 behind a pair of goals from Ava Zink and one goal from Dalton Guthrie. Jaclyn Schlossberg led Best Buy with two goals in the loss.
Tyler’s Ice Cream overcame the loss of injured leading scorer Daniel Sentman to record a 4-0 victory over LaPensee Plumbing in the second playoff game of the evening. Giana Sparks and Javier Rivera scored two goals apiece to lead Tyler’s Ice Cream to victory.
Playoff action in the 8-10 division continues Nov. 9 as Miller Electric takes on top-seed Lobstahs at 6 p.m., while Tyler’s Ice Cream battles second-seed American Marine at 7 p.m. The 8-10 championship game is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, while the all-star game will kick off at 1 p.m.
Playoff action in the 11-13 division started with semifinals Nov. 6 with No. 2 seed LPAC vs. Jen Crady Massage at 6 p.m., while top-seed Steam Designs takes on Wash Family Construction at 7 p.m. The 11-13 division championship game will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, with the all-star game to follow at noon.
The championship game for the two-team 14-17 division was set for Nov. 6.
Center to host holiday tournament
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is a hosting a dodgeball tournament post-Thanksgiving on Nov. 23 for players ages 14 and above. Cost is $60 per team with up to eight people on a team. Each team will play at a minimum of five games.
For more information on the tournament, contact Ryan Hogan at 778-1908, ext. 9219.
Key Royale golf news
The women of Key Royale Club opened their fall-winter season of golf Oct. 30 in cold, windy conditions. Thirty-nine women participated in the nine-hole, individual low-net golf tourney.
Penny Williams had a chip in and fired a 2-under par-30 to grab first place in Flight A, one shot better than Laura Purcell, who had a birdie on her round. Joy Kaiser, Helen Pollack and Brenda Solleveld finished in a three-way tie for third place.
First place in Flight B went to Kris Landkammer, who carded a 5-under-par 27, five shots better than Christina Mason, Beth Lindeman and Sue Christianson in a three-way tie for second place.
Sue Wheeler’s 6-under-par 26 gave her a first-place finish in Flight C, while Jan Turner took second place with a 1-under-par 31.
Flight D went to Chris Livanos, who torched the course with a 7-under-par 25.
More northern friends returned to the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits Nov. 3 making the games the biggest crowd since spring. Three teams emerged from pool play with 3-0 records. Tom Skoloda and Tim Sofran drew the bye into the finals and watched as Jerry Disbrow and Hank Huyghe beat Bob Heiger and Bob Nonamedown 24-5 to advance to the finals. The finals saw Skoloda-Sofran cool off Disbrow- Huyghe 21-16 to earn the day’s bragging rights.
Two teams made it to the finals during horseshoe action on Halloween. Jerry Disbrow and Dom Livedoti defeated Tim Sofran and George McKay 21-9 to win the day’s championship.
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 under way for winter sports leagues
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is accepting registrations for its winter sports leagues until Nov. 30, with a late registration fee of $15.
The center is offering adult coed volleyball on Tuesday evenings. Cost is $75 for members and $110 for non-members. Mandatory tryouts will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 in the center gym.
Adult coed flag football also is offered for the same fee. Mandatory tryouts will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 6.
Members who sign up for volleyball and flag football receive a $25 discount making the cost $125 to play in both leagues.
Youth flag football is also accepting registrations through Nov. 30. Mandatory tryouts for each age division will be held ad follows:
• Ages 5-7 6 p.m., Dec. 3
• Ages 8-10 6 p.m., Dec. 5
• Ages 11-13 7 p.m., Dec. 3
• Ages 14-17 7 p.m., Dec. 5
Coaches and sponsors also are needed.
Players can register online at www.islandcommunitycenter.com or in person at the center.
For more information, contact Troy Shonk at 778-1908, ext. 9205, or email Troy@myamicc.com.