Eli Heskin comes out of the crowd with an interception during Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football action at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Gavin Johnston throws a pass during center football action. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Tuna McCracken and Eli Heskin close in on a pass thrown by Gavin Johnston during NFL Flag Football action at the center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Island NFL league plays on, KRC championship pared to 2
It was another great week for Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football. LPAC Cardinals continues to lead the 8-10 division after rolling past previously undefeated Coastal Orthopedic Bears by a 47-12 score. Coastal remains in second place with a 5-2 record, but Lobstahs Browns, Miller Electric Chargers and Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings all have four victories, so anything can happen.
Daniel Fritz set the tone for the Cardinals early in the game when he took a handoff from quarterback Sean Rodriguez and took off on a 45-yard touchdown run. It was all Cardinals from there as they rolled to an easy victory.
Rodriguez was 10 for 13 passing, including five touchdown passes to key the victory. Cole Pearson was his favorite target, catching five passes — three for touchdowns — while adding a rushing touchdown. Eli Heskin added two touchdown receptions and three flag pulls and an interception on defense. Pearson added two pulls and an interception, while William Batey finished with one flag pull in the victory.
Tuna McCracken got the Bears on the scoreboard when he hit Gavin Johnston for a 40-yard touchdown pass. Jackson Hayes added a touchdown run to complete the Bears’ scoring, while also contributing eight flag pulls and an interception on defense.
The 11-13 division continues to be led by Ross Built Dolphins at 6-0. But Lobstahs Buccaneers and Holy Cow Ice Cream aren’t going away as both are 4-1 and within striking distance.
Ross Built took on winless Mr. Bones Colts Feb. 9 and came away with a 32-19 victory. Jake Ross had a huge game, accounting for all of the Dolphins scoring, tallying five touchdowns on offense while also grabbing an interception and “taking it to the house” for another TD. Other defensive standouts were Brendan Murphy, leading the team with five flag pulls and Hannah McCracken, finishing with four flag pulls, including a quarterback sack.
Leo Tilelli paced Mr. Bones Colts with a touchdown on offense and a interception return for a touchdown on defense. Michael Latimer had a big game defensively, tallying eight flag pulls and grabbing two interceptions. Latimer also added a touchdown on offense for the Colts.
The 14-17 division is heating up with West Coast Surf Shop Buccaneers dropping from the ranks of the unbeaten and falling out of first place. Integrity Sound now sits atop the standings with a 6-1 record, but the Buccaneers are right on their heels at 5-1. Lobstahs Colts and Walter & Associates Bears follow in the standings with three wins each.
Walter & Associates Bears knocked off previously undefeated West Coast Surf Shop Buccaneers 20-19 in the 14-17 division game of the week. Quarterback Seth Walter threw two touchdown passes and Jack Walter added a touchdown pass, touchdown reception and an extra point to lead the Bears in the victory. Joey Harris had two touchdown receptions on offense, while also leading the defense with six flag pulls and an interception on defense.
Other defensive standouts were Seth Walter, who finished with four pulls and an interception, and Jake Rodgers and Jack Walter, who finished with four flag pulls each.
The Buccaneers were led by Zach Stewart, who finished with 14 completions and three touchdown passes in the loss. Austin Morrow had four catches, including two for touchdowns, while Tony Sperduto led the team with six catches, including a touchdown and an extra-point reception.
Sperduto and Stewart also paced the Buccaneer defense with four flag pulls each, while Roberto Rodriguez added a quarterback sack.
MAYSO gears up for spring soccer
The Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization is holding two registrations for its 2013 spring soccer season. Players registration will be held 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 16 and Feb. 23 at the MAYSO clubhouse, across from the Walton Tennis Center at G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton.
Cost for the 10-game season, which runs March 23-May 11, is $110 for Under 6 and Under 8 division players and $130 for players 8 years old and up. New players to MAYSO will need to provide a copy of their birth certificate with registration.
Players will be required to participate in evaluations, which take place 6:30-7 p.m. at G. T. Bray:
• Feb. 16, Under 6 Division.
• Feb. 17, Under 8.
• Feb. 18, Under 10.
• Feb. 19, Under 12 and up.
For more information, contact Islander sportswriter Kevin Cassidy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key Royale golf news
Another full week of golf at Key Royale Club was highlighted by Ron Pritchard and Jon Holcomb both taking out former club champions in the semifinal round of the club championship playoffs. Pritchard defeated John Estok 2-and-1, while Holcomb edged Tim Friesen by the same margin, pitting Pritchard against Holcomb for the 2013 championship game, which will take place on the morning of Feb. 14.
In regular golf action, the women joined up with the men for a nine-hole, best-ball-of-threesome match Feb. 8. The team of Nel Bergstrom, Terry Westby and Bob Dickenson combined on a 4-under-par 28 to take first place. One shot back in second place was the team of Joyce Brown, Jerry Brown, and Ron Robinson.
Fifty-seven Key Royale Club women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net match Feb. 7 in four flights. Tootie Wagner carded a 3-under-par 29 to earn a one-shot victory in Flight A over Judy Crowe and Joy Kaiser, who finished in a tie for second place. Helen Pollack was alone in third place at even-par 32.
Kris Landkammer fired a 3-under-par 29 to edge Christina Mason and Sara Falk by one stroke for first place in Flight B. Beverly Neville and Joyce Brown tied for third place with matching 31s.
Terry Westby’s 4-under-par 28 gave her the top spot in Flight C by four shots over second-place finisher Jan Jump. Roxanne Roche and Judy Ward tied for third place at 1-over par 33.
Markie Ksiazek carded a 9-under-par 23 for the low-net round of the day and first place in Flight D. Trish Kruger had a chipin birdie on the ninth hole for a 6-under-par 26 to take second place, while Judy Hanson was another shot back in third place.
The game of the day was lowest number of putts, won by Tootie Wagner and Rita Allen with 12 putts each. Other highlights include chipins by Sandy Burrill, Pat Rice, Fran Barford, Kris Landkammer, Allen and Joanne Ozdych.
The men played an 18-hole, best-ball-of-partners match Feb. 6. Tony Niewyk and Tom Lewis combined on a 14-under-par 50 to earn first place by two shots over the team of Joe Dickinson and Gerry Taylor. Third place was shared by partners Jim Mixon and Vince Mercadante, Art Hibbs and Andy Barber, Peter Thomasson and Neil Hammer and Dan Hayes and Bob Dickinson, who all finished at 10-under-par 54.
The men played a nine-hole, best-ball-of-foursome match Feb. 3. The team of Hugh Holmes Sr., Hugh Holmes Jr., Dick Eichorn and Peter Proxy combined to card a 10-under-par 22, earning a one-shot victory.
Later in the day, the men played a nine-hole, modified Stableford-system match. The team of Fred Miller, Jerry Dahl, Jim Helgeson and Mike Gille combined on a plus-5 to take first place. Terry Schaefer and Charlie Potte shared individual medalist honors with a plus-4.
AMICC NFL Flag Football schedule
Feb. 15 6 p.m. Tyler’s vs. Lobstahs
Feb. 13 6 p.m. Coastal Orthopedic vs. Tyler’s
Feb. 15 6 p.m. Bistro vs. Lobstahs
Feb. 15 7 p.m. Miller vs. Cancer Center
Feb. 16 11 a.m. LPAC vs. Bistro
Feb. 16 noon A&E vs. LPAC
Feb. 19 6 p.m. Cancer Center vs. A&E
Feb. 15 8 p.m. Lobstahs vs. Mr. Bones
Feb. 16 9 a.m. Beach Bums vs. Lobstahs
Feb. 16 1 p.m. Walter & Assoc. vs. Mr. Bones
Feb. 16 2 p.m. Edgewater Realty vs. Ross Built
Feb. 16 10 a.m. Lobstahs vs. Walter & Assoc.
Feb. 19 7 p.m. Walter & Assoc. vs. Beach to Bay
Feb. 19 8 p.m. Eat Here vs. Surf Shop
Feb. 13 7 p.m. Southern Green vs. Sun
Feb. 13 8 p.m. Sato RE vs. Harrington House
Feb. 13 9 p.m. BY Construction vs. Tyler’s
AMICC Adult Volleyball schedule
Feb. 19 6:30 p.m. Lobstahs vs. IRE
Feb. 19 7:30 p.m. Duncan vs. Tyler’s
Feb. 19 8:30 p.m. Lobstahs vs. Tyler’s