Mickey Hooke pushes hard the final 100 feet to a record-setting finish at Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach. Islander Photo: Courtesy Albert Wieringa
Hooke runs up another record
Mickey Hooke, 52, of Bradenton, a former islander who remains on the staff at Galati Marine in Anna Maria, recently competed in two races in the Premier Beach Race Series in Pinellas County.
The St. Petersburg Road Runners kicked off its sixth annual Summer Beach Race Series June 28 in St. Pete Beach. Hooke challenged the narrow grassy shoreline race path to take the overall win. His 5K finish time of 17:55 was the fastest for a 50-year-old in the history of the series. Hooke also was the only 50-year old to run under 18:00 on that beach, plus the first 50-year old to win a SPRR Beach Series race.
The effort also set new Masters division and Grandmasters recordc for the Post Card Inn race course.
On July 19, Hooke ran in the long-time West Florida Y Runners Club “Sunsets at Pier 60 Series.” Moving north from Big Pier 60, Hooke said the runners path included a tough beach and 90 degree temperatures, and he moved into the lead at 2.1 miles, taking the overall win in 17:55.
After 15 years and 68 races of researchable results for the series, Hooke’s performance marked:
• First time a 50-year-old took first overall in the WFYRC Beach Series.
• He’s the only 50-year-old to break 18:00 for the course.
• He posted the fastest time in series history for a 50-year-old.
Thus far this summer, Hooke has an overall victory in each of the Beach Series runs and three additional records, pushing his statistics to 207 records since 1998.
Indoor soccer rolls on
Soccer action for the Anna Maria Island Community Center indoor league continued last week with a July 29 battle between first-place Eat Here and its closest pursuer in the 11-13 division, LPAC.
Eat Here, now 4-0-1 on the season, edged 2-2-2 LPAC by a 3-2 score behind some stellar goaltending from Dunn Reemelin and Zach Fernandes, who made several strong second-half saves. Fernandes, Robbie Fellowes and Javier Salgado each scored goals to lead Eat Here in the victory.
Ryan Fellowes and Tyler Pearson notched goals for LPAC in the loss.
The second 11-13 division game of the evening saw Bark & Co. Realty earn its first victory of the summer series, defeating Island Dental Spa 6-2. Connor Mulhearn scored five goals to lead Bark, which also received a goal from Brooke McIntosh in the victory.
Luke Greaves scored twice to carry Island Dental Spa in the loss.
A second, younger LPAC team continues to lead the 8-10 division with a 5-0-1 record with Beach Bistro following in second at 1-2-2, while Air & Energy follows at 0-4-1.
LPAC 8-10 continued its winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Beach Bistro July 29. Joshy Calhoun, Cole Pearson and Chris Snyder each notched goals to lead LPAC in the victory. Tyler Brewer scored for Beach Bistro in the loss.
Standings tighten for adult football league
With only two games remaining on the schedule for the adult flag football league at the center, the standings are tight from top to bottom.
Discount Signs & Wraps is on top with a 4-1-1 record, closely followed by Sato Real Estate and Slim’s Place, knotted in second place with 4-2 records. Agnelli Pool & Spa is alone in third place with a 3-2-1 record, while The Feast, Beach to Bay Construction, Jessie’s Island Store and Waterfront Restaurant are all tied with 2-4 records.
The action will be fierce this week as teams jockey for seeding positions in the playoffs, which get started Aug. 14 and culminate with a Pro Bowl and Super Bowl Aug. 22.
There were some close games and there were a few blowouts last week, but the game of the week was a doozy that saw Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants battle Discount Signs & Wraps Seahawks to a 33-33 tie Aug. 1.
The Giants were led by quarterback Ryan Moss, who completed 15 passes for 202 yards and five touchdown passes. Brent Moss was his favorite target, taking down six passes for 80 yards, a pair of touchdowns and 2 extra points. Frank Agnelli added three catches for 52 yards and a touchdown, while Josh Rio and Jeff Walker each had a touchdown reception. Amy Moss scored an extra point.
Ryan Moss and Brent Moss led the defense with six flag pulls each, while Rio and Amy Moss each had three pulls in the victory.
Pat Calvary had a huge game to lead the Seahawks, catching 14 passes for 117 yards, including four touchdown receptions and an extra point. Quarterback Don Purvis was on the money, completing 26 of 30 passes for 224 yards and five touchdown passes. Dina DeJesus also had a big game, catching six passes for 48 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point.
Defensively, the Seahawks were led by Andrew Turman who had seven flag pulls and a quarterback sack. Purvis, DeJesus and Calvary each added three flag pulls in the tie.
The center’s adult volleyball teams completed a third week of action in the gym. Currently Beach Bums and Bowes Imaging Center are tied for first place with matching 4-1 records. Southern Greens holds down second place with a 2-2 record, while Salon Salon and Island Real Estate are tied for fourth place with matching 1-4 records.
Beach Bums earned a 25-15, 27-25 win over Southern Greens in July 30 action.
The second match of the evening saw Bowes Imaging defeat Salon Salon 25-23, 25-17.
Island Real Estate got into the win column with a hard-fought 25-18, 25-18 victory over Salon Salon.
The action continues starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings.
For the second straight week, horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits produced two outright winners following pool play.
On July 31, Bob Heiger and Jerry Disbrow produced the only 3-0 pool-play record while Sam Samuels and Jay Disbrow did the same during Aug. 3 action.
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.
Seventeen women braved the heat on July 30 to play a golf game known as “odd ball,” where only the odd-numbered holes on the course are counted to determine scores.
Fran Barford and Helen Pollock both carded 29s to tie for first place in Flight A, while Christina Mason took Flight B with a score of 26.
AMICC indoor soccer schedule
Aug. 9 6 p.m. Miller Electric vs. Bowes Imaging
Aug. 12 6 p.m. Miller Electric vs. Bowes Imaging
Aug. 2 7 p.m. LPAC vs. Air & Energy
Aug. 7 7 p.m. Eat Here vs. LPAC
Aug. 7 8 p.m. Island Dental vs. Bark & Company
Aug. 12 7 p.m. Bark & Company vs. Eat Here
AMICC adult volleyball schedule
Aug. 13 6:30 Island Real Estate vs. Beach Bums
Aug. 13 7:30 Salon Salon vs. Bowes Imaging
Aug. 13 8:30 Southern Greens vs. Bowes Imaging
AMICC adult flag football schedule
Aug. 7 6 p.m. Agnelli Pool vs. Jessie’s
Aug. 7 7 p.m. Waterfront vs. Slim’s Place
Aug. 7 8 p.m. Beach to Bay vs. Discount Signs
Aug. 7 9 p.m. Sato Real Estate vs. The Feast
Aug. 8 6 p.m. Sato Real Estate vs. Slim’s Place
Aug. 8 7 p.m. Beach to Bay vs. Discount Signs
Aug. 8 8 p.m. The Feast vs. Agnelli Pool
Aug. 8 9 p.m. Jessie’s vs. Waterfront
AMICC adult softball
Aug. 9 6:30 p.m. Tyler’s Ice Cream Twins vs. Island Gourmet Rays