Super Bowl contests end another season of flag football
The NFL flag football season at the Anna Maria Island Community Center came to a close March 18 with an award ceremony for individual achievements followed by Super Bowl contests March 21-22.
Andrew Zink brought home the sportsmanship award in the 14-17 division, while Carolyn Cullinan won the female MVP. Jack Shinn was offensive MVP and Joe Andruzzi captured the division defensive MVP.
Anni Walter earned the sportsmanship award in the 11-13 division, while Hannah McCracken brought home the female MVP trophy. Jake Ross grabbed offensive MVP and Jean-Paul Russo earned defensive MVP honors.
The sportsmanship honors in the 8-10 division went to Daniel Sentman, while Ava Zink earned the female MVP award. Jackson Hayes captured offensive MVP honors, while Bears’ teammate Tuna McCracken brought home the defensive MVP trophy.
Two of the three Super Bowl contests in the youth divisions were blowouts, very much like most NFL Super Bowls. The 8-10 division championship game, however was an exciting back-and-forth affair between Coastal Orthopedic Bears and Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings.
The game started out defensive, but that changed at the 10-minute mark when Bears’ quarterback Gavin Johnston connected on a screen pass to Jackson Hayes, who outran the defense to complete a 25-yard catch-and-run play and give the Bears a 6-0 lead.
Undaunted, the Vikings came right back to tie the score 6-6 when Nathan Costello hit Noah Costello with a 15-yard touchdown pass.
The Vikings then took a 12-6 lead on a 35-yard touchdown run by Noah Costello, but Johnston hit Evan Christenson with a 20-yard touchdown pass to tie the score. He then connected with Maddie Rogers on the extra-point pass to give the Bears a 13-12 halftime lead.
Nathan Costello hooked up with Noah Costello on a long touchdown pass and following the extra-point catch by Zach Quinn, the Vikings led 19-13.
Late in the game, Hayes took a handoff and swept around left end. He outran Viking defenders to midfield where he reversed field and outran everyone down the right sideline to complete a 45-yard touchdown run and tie the score at 19-19 with just over two minutes left to play. Johnston calmly hit Rogers with the extra-point pass to give the Bears a 20-19 lead.
The Vikings took over on offense with 1:50 left to play. Nathan Costello gained 16 yards on a first-down run, but his second-down pass attempt was knocked down by Bears defender Johnston. Facing a third down and short situation, Nathan Costello tried a short pass over the middle, but Hayes jumped the route and knocked down the pass to take over on downs with 1:27 left to play.
The Vikings held the Bears in check on first and second down, but on third and 14 yards to go, Hayes again got loose up the right side for a 15-yard gain and a first down allowing the Bears to run out the clock to complete a 20-19 victory.
Holy Cow Cardinals earned an easy 36-12 victory over Lobstahs Buccaneers in the 11-13 Super Bowl behind a strong performance from quarterback Joey Stewart. Stewart completed 22 passes, including four touchdown passes while also running for a touchdown of his own. Trent Boring caught seven passes, including two for touchdowns and an extra point, while Devon Jones scored a touchdown, an extra point and a two-point conversion among his six receptions. Tyler Pearson completed the scoring with a touchdown reception and a pair of extra-point catches.
Joe Rogers led the Buccaneers’ offense with 17 completions including two for touchdowns. Jean-Paul Russo and Rutger Langley were the recipients to complete the scoring for the runner-up Buccanners.
Integrity Sound Falcons earned a 32-13 victory over Walter & Associates Bears to win the 14-17 Super Bowl. Joey Carder completed 20 passes, including four touchdown passes to lead the way. Joe Andruzzi caught seven balls, including all four touchdown passes, while Kyle Meggison caught a game-high nine passes, including one for an extra point. Justin Carder added three catches, including an extra-point reception. Meggison completed the Falcons scoring with an interception return for a touchdown.
Seth Walter led the Bears with 16 pass completions, including two for touchdowns. One went to Jack Walter, who finished with six catches while Krissy Conrad caught the second touchdown pass. Joey Harris, who finished with three catches added an extra point to complete the scoring in the loss.
Dolphins win adult bowl
The adult coed flag football season came to an end with a Super Bowl matchup March 21. Waterfront Restaurant Dolphins rolled to a 65-32 victory over Sun Bills behind a fantastic game from quarterback Ryan Moss. Ryan completed 19 of 25 passes for 323 yards and eight touchdown passes. Four touchdowns went to Brent Moss, who finished with nine catches for 160 yards, including a pair of extra points. Jonathan Moss added six receptions for 96 yards, including two touchdowns and an extra point. Ben Kirby rounded out the scoring with an interception return for a touchdown.
Other members of the Super Bowl champs include Josh Rio, Greg Ross, Amy Ross and Leslie Rio.
Chuck Bucky threw for 304 yards and five touchdown passes to lead the Bills to yet another Super Bowl loss. Lindsey Weaver also had a big game, catching 11 balls for 166 yards, including a pair of touchdowns and an extra point. Galen Brown, with two touchdown catches and a touchdown reception from Scott Dell, completed the Bill’s scoring.
Key Royale golf news
Key Royale Club members competed for the President’s Cup on March 21. Participants battled for the individual low net in the one-day event. Ron Robinson carded a 4-under-par 28 to take first place by one shot over Gary Silke. The team of Silke, Jim Thorton, Mike Gille and low-gross winner Tim Friesen won the team event with a 19-under par 109.
The Key Royale women played a nine-hole, low-net-in-flight match March 19. Helen Pollack captured Flight A with a 2-under-par 30 to edge Judy Christenson and Marilyn Thorton by one shot.
Liz Lang torched the course with a 5-under-par 27 to earn a one-shot victory over second-place finisher Joyce Brown in Flight B. Pam Alvord was alone in third at 31.
Marty Clark and Rita Allan both carded 2-under-par 30s to finish in a tie for first place in Flight C. Jan Jump finished in second place at even-par 32.
Erma McMullin and Judy Hanson both fired 3-under-par 29 to tie for first place in Flight D, one shot ahead of Nell Bergstrom, Barb Rank and Penny Auch, who finished in a three-way tie for second.
The men played an 18-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match March 20. The team of John Sagert, Bob Landgren, Jim Helgeson and Dick Eichhorn combined on a 30-under-par 98 to lap the rest of the field. The team of Peiter Thomassen, Neil Hammer, Bill Gallagher and Dave Kruger was eight shots back in second place.
Al Kaiser carded a 7-under-par 25 to take first place in the March 18 individual-low-net match. Ron Robinson, Paul Kamerlin, Hugh Holmes and Bob Lundgren were tied for second place at 4-under-par 28.
Three teams emerged from pool play with 3-0 records and were left to battle for the day’s championship during March 23 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
Norm Langeland and Bob Lee drew the bye into the finals and watched as Hank Huyghe and John Crawford took out Marvin Gangemi and Bob Palmer by a 21-8 score. Langeland-Lee then outlasted Huyghe-Crawford 22-15 in the final.
Four teams advanced to the knockout round during March 20 horseshoe action. The first semifinal match saw Rod Bussey and Norm Langeland slip past Art Kingstad and Bob Mason 21-19, while Gene Bobeldyke and Bob Palmer defeated George McKay and Dominic Livedoti 22-16 in the second semifinal. Bussey-Langeland rolled to a 24-9 victory in the finals.
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.