Jeremiah Sculco, Shane Solletti, Tyler Brewer, Ana Gonzalez, Travis Bates, German Rivera, Javier Rivera, Tuna McCracken and coach Pedro Gonzalez. Islander Photo: Matt Ray
Coach/sportswriter Kevin Cassidy, Conal Cassidy, Dunn Reemelin, Gauge Nevin, Zach Fernandes, Carter Reemelin, Reagan Nevin and Robbie Fellowes. Islander Photo: Jillian Cassidy
Champs crowned in AMICC indoor youth soccer league
The list of awards won by Beach Bistro and Eat Here sports teams for restaurant owner Sean Murphy grew longer Aug. 16 as both teams won the championship games in their respective age division in the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s summer indoor soccer league.
Beach Bistro upset regular-season champ LPAC 6-5 in the 8-10 division championship game behind a game-high five goals from Tyler Brewer and single goals from Jeremiah Sculco and Shane Solletti. The Bistro team also received strong play and hustle from Ana Gonzalez, Travis Bates, German Rivera, Javier Rivera and Tuna McCracken in the victory.
Beach Bistro defeated Air & Energy 6-3 Aug. 14 to advance to the championship game. Brewer again led the Bistro, this time notching four goals, while Javier Rivera added two goals in the victory. Sam Bowers paced Air & Energy with two goals while Gianna Sparks added one goal in the loss.
Regular-season champs Eat Here won its 11-13 championship with an exciting 4-3 victory over Island Dental Spa Aug. 16. Carter Reemelin, Dunn Reemelin and Robbie Fellowes scored first-half goals as Eat Here jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but a goal by Luke Marvin with six minutes to play in the half pulled Island Dental Spa to 3-1.
Scoring chances were pretty even for both teams in the half, but Eat Here goalie Zach Fernandes was outstanding, making several strong saves to keep Eat Here in the lead.
The second half was more of the same with Fernandes and Island Dental Spa goalie Joe Rogers both coming up with strong saves. Carter Reemelin scored again early in the second half to give Eat Here a 4-1 lead, but midway through the second half, Dylan Joseph scored on a header that saw him, Dunn Reemelin and Fernandes all wind up in the goal.
Both teams continued to battle when with just over 3 minutes to play, Joseph picked off an attempted clearing pass by Conal Cassidy and scored to pull to within 4-3.
Eat Here whittled the remaining time down to zero to close out the 4-3 victory.
Eat Here was led by Carter Reemelin’s two goals and single goals from Dunn Reemelin and Robbie Fellowes. Fernandes was supported defensively by Cassidy, Reagan Nevin and Gauge Nevin in the victory.
Eat Here advanced to the finals by rolling past Bark & Co. Realty 9-1 in the semifinal played Aug. 14. Carter Reemelin led the way with three goals, while Fernandes and Dunn Reemelin added two goals apiece. Cassidy and Robbie Fellowes completed the scoring with one goal each in the victory. James Whyte scored the lone goal for Bark in the loss.
Joseph scored two goals and Luke Marvin added one goal to lead Island Dental Spa, which received strong play from Brooke Capparelli, Shelby Morrow and Luke Greaves in the loss.
Island Dental Spa advanced to the finals with an exciting, come-from-behind victory over LPAC in the second semifinal game Aug. 14. LPAC jumped out to a 3-0 lead on single goals from Gavin Walker, Nate Bettger and Preston Walker.
Island Dental Spa came back to win the game behind a pair of goals from Brooke Capparelli and single goals from Joseph and Shelby Morrow.
Flag football playoffs under way
And then there were four — teams that is. Four teams are still in pursuit of a Super Bowl championship in the NFL Flag Football League at the center.
The opening round of playoffs took place Aug. 15 and three out of four games were blowout victories for the higher seeded team. Top-seed Discount Signs & Wraps Seahawks easily dispatched Beach to Bay Construction Dolphins 32-13, while No. 2 Slim’s Place Broncos handled Jessie’s Island Store Jaguars 35-19. Third seed Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants crushed The Feast Falcons 54-18.
The only game that had a lower-seed come out victorious and was a close game was the Waterfront Restaurant Raiders’ 34-33 victory over Sato Real Estate Browns.
Raiders’ quarterback Chris Gillum completed 19 of 28 passes for 268 yards and four touchdown passes. Brother Mike Gillum was his favorite target with 10 receptions for 132 yards, including a touchdown and 3 extra points. Jason Hoffmeister caught six balls for 92 yards and four touchdowns, while Lindsey Weaver finished with five receptions for 39 yards and an extra point.
Hoffmeister and Chris Gillum led the Raiders with three flag pulls each, while Billy Malfese added two pulls and an interception in the victory.
Sato Real Estate Browns was led by quarterback Jason Sato’s big game. He completed 17 of 23 passes for 247 yards, including three touchdown passes and a pair of rushing touchdowns. Eric Gledhill was his favorite target, finishing with seven catches for 98 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point. Caleb Roberts added three catches for 56 yards and two touchdown receptions.
Gledhill paced the Browns’ defense with a pair of interceptions and three flag pulls, while Jason Sato led all players with six flag pulls in the loss.
Only two teams managed a 3-0 pool-play record during Aug. 14 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits and were left to battle for the championship. The team of Ron Pepka and Sam Samuel outlasted Tim Sofran and Hank Huyghe 21-17 to earn the day’s bragging rights.
Huyghe and George McKay were the only team to earn a 3-0 record in pool play during Aug. 17 action and were outright champs.
Play gets underway at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays 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 now for bowling challenge
The annual O’Connor Bowling Challenge is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at AMF Lanes, 4208 Cortez Road, Bradenton.
Cost is $25, including bowling shoes and three games.
Participants can register at Duffy’s Tavern, 5858 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Prizes will be awarded for low game, high game, low series and high series at a post-party at the Anna Maria Oyster Bar, 6696 Cortez Road, Bradenton.
Proceeds of this event benefit the center.
Signups ongoing at AMICC
Registration for adult and youth sports is ongoing at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. The center is offering soccer, basketball and dodgeball leagues for adults, while the youth will be playing soccer.
To register or to get more information, call Troy Shonk of the center at 941-778-1908 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMICC adult flag football
Aug. 21 7 p.m. Waterfront vs. Discount Signs
Aug. 21 8 p.m. Slim’s Place vs. Agnelli Pool
Aug. 22 7 p.m. Pro Bowl TBA
Aug. 22 8 p.m. Super Bowl: TBD vs. TBD