Center volleyball crowns champion
The Anna Maria Island Community Center adult coed volleyball league season came to a close Feb. 26 with playoffs and a championship game. With three teams tied at 5-4, the regular season was both balanced and competitive.
Island Real Estate lived up to its No. 1 seed, sweeping the championship over Tyler’s Ice Cream 25-20, 25-17. Setter Leah Purvis directed the IRE offense and finished with 12 assists and seven service winners. Ryan Moss paced IRE with seven kills and two sevice aces in the two games. Don Purvis added five kills, while Emily Moss chipped in two kills.
Mark Templeton and Tyler Bekkerus led Tyler’s with five kills each, while Larry Berkery finished with four kills in the loss.
Tyler’s Ice Cream advanced to the championship match by defeating Duncan Real Estate 25-12, 25-27, 25-17 in the semifinals earlier in the evening. Bekkerus, Berkery and Templeton each finished with seven kills with Berkery adding two blocks.
Duncan Real Estate was led by Mark Pennell’s nine kills, while Ed Moss chipped in with three kills and Michelle Laade finished with seven assists in the loss.
IRE advanced to the finals with a 25-13, 25-20 victory over Lobstahs in the first matchup of the evening. Don Purvis closed the first game with eight consecutive service winners and finished with five kills to lead IRE. Mike Bugel and Mackenzie Kosfeld paced Lobstahs with four kills each in the loss.
Flag football playoff seeds set
The regular season of the NFL Flag Football league at the center has come to a close and a second season — playoffs — has begun.
LPAC Cardinals earned top seed in the 8-10 division thanks to a Feb. 27win by Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings over Lobstahs Browns 33-13. The Browns loss lifted LPAC Cardinals into first place, while Lobstahs had to settle for second seed. Coastal Orthopedic Bears earned the third seed, while Tyler’s Ice Cream grabbed fourth seed. Miller Electric Chargers, Manatee Cancer Center Dolphins, Air & Energy Jets and Beach Bistro Buccaneers round out the final standings for the 8-10 division.
The first round of the playoffs came March 2, but there were no upsets and the top four seeds held serve easily. LPAC Cardinals shutout Beach Bistro Buccaneers 18-0, while Lobstahs Browns blew away Air & Energy Jets 25-6. Coastal Orthopedic Bears eased past Manatee Cancer Center Dolphins 18-12, while Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings defeated Miller Electric Chargers 18-6.
Top-seeded LPAC will take on fourth-seed Tyler’s Ice Cream March 5 after press time for The Islander. That game is preceded at 6 p.m. by No. 2 Lobstahs against Coastal Orthopedic.
Holy Cow Cardinals wrapped up the top seed and earned a bye in the 11-13 division thanks to an earlier victory over second-place Ross Built Dolphins. Lobstahs Buccaneers grabbed third seed, while the high-scoring Beach Bum Ravens took fourth seed. Eat Here Colts, Walter & Associates Bears and Edgewater Jaguars followed in the season standings.
The seedings pretty much held in the 11-13 division as Ross Built obliterated seventh seed Edgewater Realty and Lobstahs shutout Walter & Associates 34-0. The only minor upset saw No. 5 Eat Here Colts outlast Beach Bum Ravens 34-28.
Eat Here now turns its sights to top-seed Holy Cow Cardinals, while Lobstahs takes on Ross Built. Both games were held March 4 after deadline.
The 14-17 division’s top seed was finalized when Integrity Sound Falcons rolled past West Coast Surf Shop Buccaneers 34-6 Feb. 26. Despite the loss, the Buccaneers and Falcons earned a bye into the semifinal game March 5.
Walter & Associates Bears earned the third seed, while Lobstahs Colts finished fourth. Eat Here Packers and Beach to Bay Construction Browns followed in the season standings.
Both opening round games were competitive in 14-17 playoff action. No. 5 Eat Here Packers defeated number four seed Lobstahs Colts 33-27, while Walter & Associates Bears edged Beach to Bay Construction Browns 20-15.
Eat Here now takes on Integrity Sound March 4, while Walter & Associates takes on West Coast Surf Shop on March 5.
Look for the winners for the Super Bowl staging in next week’s report.
Key Royale golfer dominates third hole
Another busy week for golfers at Key Royale Club was highlighted by a hole-in-one by John Sagert Feb. 27. Sagert aced the 146-yard, third hole using his driver. Sagert aced the same hole back in October 2007.
The women of Key Royale Club hosted a charity event Feb. 19 with Mote Marine Laboratory Animal Hospital being the benificiary.
Mary Selby and Judy Ward co-chaired the event the prospered with a large, hard-working committee. Through hole sponsors, a silent auction and a very generous donation by Bob and Carol Carter helped raise more than $10,000 for the hospital.
The Key Royale men also volunteered time to help the cause, while Chef Robert and staff served up a delectable luncheon to follow the play.
The team of Marcia O’Brien, Penny Auch, Donna Karycki and Sandy Burreill took first place in the tournament, but the real winner, said Selby, is the animal hospital.
The men’s handicap club championship matches continued with several second-round matches completed last week. Jim Auch, Dale Hudson, Barry Izzard, Fred Miller, Mike Selby, John Cassese and Larry Pippel each earned easy victories to advance to the next round, while Vince Mercadante slipped past Neal Hammer by one hole.
Next week, Izzard takes on Selby, Miller plays Mercandate, Hudson plays Pippel and Auch takes on Cassese.
In regular golf action, club members played a nine-hole handicap scramble March 1. The team of Ron Robinson, Mary Martin, Mary Ann Kammerlin and Carl Voyles combined on a 14-under-par 18 to grab first place by two strokes over Sandy Burrell, Joan Parrish, Matt Behan and Tom Lewis.
The members teamed up again Feb. 28 for another scramble. The team of Laura Purcell, Hoyt Miller, John Estok and Ken Rickett matched the 2-unde-par 30 carded by John Purcell, Gary Eisner, Tom Nelson and Tom McDonnell to finish in a tie for first place.
The men played an 18-hole two-best-balls-of-foursome match on Feb. 27. The team of Dick Eichorn, Pete Weir, Charlie Yole and Tom Lewis combined to card a 28-under-par 100 to take first place. Four shots back in second place was the team of Andy Barber, Matt Fuenfschilling and Marty Golden. The team of Pieter Thomassen, Neil Hammer, Danny Hayes and Bill Gallgher was alone in third place at 20-under 108.
The men played a nine-hole low-net-of-partners match Feb. 25. Jim Auch and Charlie Knopp combined on a 7-under-par 57 to earn a one-shot victory over Earl Huntzinger and Vince Mercadante.