Mickey Hookes poses for a photo at the finish line on winning the inaugural USA 10K, Half Marathon Beach Running Championship in Cocoa Beach. Islander Photo: Courtesy Joe Hultgren
The Key Royale Club’s Fall Stag Day winners are Charlie Knopp, Fred Meyer and son-father Mark Mixon and Jim Mixon. Islander Photo: Courtesy Gary Duncan
No surprises from soccer playoffs, championship matchups
There were no upsets in playoff action in the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s fall soccer league. The 8-10 and 11-13 divisions both will pair No. 1 versus No. 2 in championship matchups.
Island Pest Control takes on Beach Bistro for the league title in the 8-10 division at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, while The Feast takes on LPAC in the 11-13 division final at 7 p.m. the same night.
Beach Bistro got to the 8-10 division finals on the strength of an 8-5 victory over American Marine that wasn’t as close as the score might make it seem. Sean Rodriguez scored twice in the game’s first four minutes on the way to a 4-1 halftime lead. Each time American Marine scored to cut into the Beach Bistro lead, Beach Bistro would answer back with another goal.
Two minutes into the second half, American Marine’s Halle Bingham passed ahead to Anthony Manelli, who scored to cut the lead to 4-2.
Three minutes later, however, Rodriguez took a pass from Ciarra Buff, dribbled forward, stopped and nd neatly the ball in the upper right corner of the goal from 20 yards out for a 5-2 Beach Bistro lead.
A minute later, Rodriguez coraled a punt from Thomas Heckler, anddrew the defense to him before laying it off to Tuna McCracken, who walked the ball into the open goal for a 6-2 Beach Bistro lead with six minutes to play.
From that point, the teams traded goals until American Marine’s Tyler Brewer scored in extra time to mark the final goal of the game.
Rodriguez finished with four goals to lead Beach Bistro, which also received a pair of goals from McCracken and one goal from David Daigle in the victory.
American Marine received three goals from Brewer and two from Monetti in the loss.
The second semifinal match saw Island Pest Control edge Tyler’s Ice Cream 3-1. Joshy Calhoun, Julius Petereit and Javier Rivera scored one goal each for Island Pest Control, while Ava Alderson scored the lone goal for Tyler’s Ice Cream.
Tyler’s advanced to the semifinals by defeating LPAC 3-1 Nov. 5. Jeremiah Sculco scored two goals and Gianna Sparks had one goal to lead Tyler’s in the victory.
LPAC defeated Waterfront Restaurant 3-1 Nov. 5 to advance to the 11-13 division championship game. Tyler Pearson scored two goals and Ryan Fellowes added one to lead LPAC to victory. Silas Banyas scored the lone goal for Waterfront in the loss.
The Feast defeated Jen Crady Massage 4-1 in the second semifinal match of the evening behind two goals from Michael Latimer. Adra Dupuis and Ben Calhoun each added a goal in the victory. Jacquilan Schlossberg notched the lone goal for Jen Crady in the loss.
Hooke takes down records
Former Islander and longtime Galati Yacht Sales employee Mickey Hooke won the Oct. 27 inaugural USA 10K, Half Marathon Beach Running Championship in Cocoa Beach.
Hooke, 52, took the lead for duration within 50 yards of the start on the way to a 37:34 time and the event record, Masters event record, Grandmasters event record and course record.
Hooke finished more than two minutes ahead of his nearest competitor and now has a state title (Florida 2008), world beach title (2012) and the October USA beach title.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club held its annual fall Stag Day tournament Nov. 6. The event drew 72 golfers in morning and afternoon flights of four-man teams, with each player playing their own ball.
In between flights, the men enjoyed a lunch prepared by the club’s new chef, Scott Langdon.
Jim Mixon, son Mark Mixon, Fred Meyer and Charlie Knopp combined on a net score of 137, while Larry Pippel survived a score-card playoff to take low-gross honors with a 1-over-par 33. Gary Silke grabbed low-net honors with a 9-under-par 23, while Gary Harris and Merritt Fineout won closest to the pin on the third and eighth holes respectively.
The club women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in four flights Nov. 5. They also had a side game of individual low putts by flight.
Helen Pollock and Mary Lou Dreier grabbed first place in Flight A with a 1-under-par 31, one shot better than Margrit Layh. Phyllis Roe and Sue Hookem finished in a tie for third place at 1-over-par 33.
Terry Westby and Mary Selby both carded 2-under-par 30s to finish in a tie for first place in Flight B. Liz Lang was alone in second with a 31, while Joyce Brown was two shots back in third place.
Christina Mason topped Flight C with a 1-under-par 31, giving her a three-shot edge on Connie Livanos and Joyce Lathrop, who finished in a tie for second place.
Sally Keyes and Penny Auch tied for first place in Flight D with matching 32s.
Marcia Helgeson 12 putts in Flight B was the low number for the day followed by 15 putts from Helen Pollock, Heather Blane and Brenda Solleveld from Flight A. Christina Mason and Jan Jump each took 17 putts in Flight C, while Penny Auch, Pat Rice and Joanne Ozdych each had 20 putts in Flight D.
Three teams emerged from pool play during Nov. 9 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Hank Huyghe and Tom Skoloda drew the bye and watched as Gene Bobeldyk walked his way past Steve Grossman and Norm Langland by a 21-8 score. The wait was worth it for Huyghe-Skoloda, as they defeated Bobeldyk 21-14 to earn the day’s bragging rights.
Nov. 6 action saw four teams advance to the knockout stage. Hank Huyghe and John Crawford edged Dave Lansaw and Norm Langland 21-15 in the first match, while Sam Samuels and Norm Good defeated Herb Puryear and Adin Shank 22-9. It was all Samuels-Good in the finals, as they easily defeated Huyghe and Crawford 22-9.
Play gets underway 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.
AMICC soccer league schedules
Nov. 13 6 p.m. All Star Game
Nov. 15 6 p.m. Island Pest vs. Bistro
Nov. 13 7 p.m. All Star Game
Nov. 15 7 p.m. The Feast vs. LPAC
Nov. 13 8 p.m. Mix & Match Game
Nov. 14 6 p.m. Slim’s vs. Wash
Nov. 14 7 p.m. Island Gourmet vs. Island Pest
Nov. 14 8 p.m. Sato vs. LaPensee
Nov. 14 9 p.m. Discount Signs vs. Agnelli