Sports – 01-08-2014

New year brings new sports season to island center


Out with the old, in with the new — sports season that is. The beginning of a new year brings more than resolutions, it brings the start of another round of youth and adult sports at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

The adult volleyball league got started Jan. 7 and continues through March 18 with playoffs and a championship match.

The NFL flag football league gets started Jan. 8 with the 18 and over division boasting six teams. All of their games take place on Wednesday evenings and the season runs through the March 20 Pro Bowl.

The 30 and over division, which also has six teams, gets started Jan. 9 and plays Thursday evenings. Its season concludes March 20 with Super Bowl and Pro Bowl games. The Pro Bowl will pit all stars from the 18 and over division against all stars from the 30-plus division.

And that brings us to the youth flag football league. The center boasts 24 teams in four age groups, topped by the 14-17 division with eight teams on the schedule.

The youth league gets started Jan. 11 with Tailgate Spirit Day. Coaches, fans, players and parents are encouraged to dress in team colors, and the team that shows the most spirit and creativity will win the spirit prize.

Starting at 11:30 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m., teams will play half games in a jamboree format. There will be a concession stand with food and refreshments and snow cones, activities, including a bounce house, and fans are encouraged to set up camp gear and spend the day tailgating to celebrate the upcoming season.

The youth leagues games will be played Monday through Friday evenings, some Saturday mornings and afternoons, leading up to the Super Bowl matchups March 21.

For more information, contact the center at 941-778-1908.

Horseshoe news

Outright champions opened a new year of horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits Jan. 1. Hank Huyghe and Bob Mason earned the only 3-0 pool-play record and were the day’s champs.

Two teams emerged from pool play during Jan. 4 horseshoe action and were left to battle it out for the day’s bragging rights. Bob Mason and Tim Sofran took out Bill Wright and Bob Palmer 23-14 in the finals. Mason remained perfect on the year with his second championship of the week.

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.


NFL Flag Football League schedule

5-7 Division

Jan. 11    11:30 a.m.   Beaches Real Estate vs. Air & Energy

Jan. 11    11:45 a.m.   Air & Energy vs. Miller Electric

Jan. 11    Noon           Miller Electric vs. Beaches Real Estate

Jan. 13    6 p.m.          Beaches Real Estate vs. Air & Energy


8-10 Division

Jan. 11    11:30 a.m.   Dolphins vs. LPAC

Jan. 11    Noon           Beach Bum vs. Manatee Diagnostic

Jan. 11    12:30 p.m.   Beach Bistro vs. Beach Bums

Jan. 11    1 p.m.          Cowboys vs. Tyler’s Ice Cream

Jan. 13    6 p.m.          LPAC vs. Beach Bistro


11-13 Division

Jan. 11    1:30 p.m.     Beach to Bay Const. vs. Will C. Photos

Jan. 11    2 p.m.          Sandbar vs. Ravens

Jan. 11    2:30 p.m.     LPAC  vs. Eat Here

Jan. 13    7 p.m.          Ravens vs. LPAC

Jan. 13    8 p.m.          Sandbar vs. Eat Here


14-17 Division

Jan. 11    3 p.m.          Integrity Sound vs. Swordfish Grill

Jan. 11    3:30 p.m.     Jaguars vs. The Feast

Jan. 11    4 p.m.          The Sun vs. Waterfront Restaurant

Jan. 11    4:30 p.m.     Galati Yacht Sales vs. Bengals

Jan. 14    6 p.m.          Jaguars vs. vs. Galati Yacht Sales

Jan. 14    7 p.m.          Swordfish Grill vs. Integrity Sound

Jan. 14    8 p.m.          The Feast vs. Bengals


18 and Over Division

Jan. 8      7 p.m.          Slim’s Place vs. Beach Bistro

Jan. 8      8 p.m.          Agnelli Pool vs. Duffy’s

Jan. 8      9 p.m.          Waterfront vs. Beach to Bay Const.


30 and Over Division

Jan. 9      7 p.m.          Jessie’s vs. Ross Built

Jan. 9      8 p.m.          Tyler’s vs. Agnelli Pool

Jan. 9      9 p.m.          IRE vs. Island Gourmet


Adult Volleyball

Jan. 14    6:30 p.m.     Duncan Real Estate vs. Southern Greens

Jan. 14    7:30 p.m.     Southern Greens vs. FL Discount Signs

Jan. 14 8:30 p.m.         FL Discount Signs vs. Duncan Real Estate

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