LPAC Cardinals receiver Andrew Proctor goes up to catch a long pass from quarterback Joey Stewart during NFL flag football action Jan. 25 at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
LPAC Cardinals defender Joey Altashoff steps in front of an Will C. Photo Falcon receiver Jan. 25, intercepting the intended pass and returning it for a touchdown during NFL flag football action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Tyler Pearson catches an extra-point pass for his LPAC Cardinals team from quarterback Joey Stewart during Jan. 25 NFL flag football action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Contenders emerge in flag football, horseshoes, golf, too
After two weeks of action, some favorites have emerged in each of the three age divisions of the NFL Flag Football League organized by the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Games are played at the center field, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The 8-10 division has four undefeated teams with Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings and Beach Bum Patriots on top of the standings with matching 2-0 records. Beach Bistro Buccaneers and West Coast Air Conditioning Dolphins follow at 1-0, while Manatee Diagnostic Center Ravens are 1-2. LPAC Cardinals and Miller Electric Cowboys, both in search of a first victory, are both 0-3.
The 14-17 division also is pretty wide open with Galati Yacht Sales Buccaneers sporting the best record in the league at 3-0, but The Feast Broncos, Integrity Sound Lions and Mr. Bones Bengals are right on their heels with matching 2-1 records. The Sun Bears, Swordfish Grill Browns and West Coast Surf Shop Jaguars are all sitting at 1-2, while Waterfront Restaurant Cowboys are still in search of a first victory.
The 11-13 division is a case of the haves versus the have nots. LPAC Cardinals, Sand Bar Colts and Beach to Bay Construction Buccaneers are all undefeated. The Cardinals and Colts lead the way with 3-0 records, one victory ahead of the Bucs. Eat Here Redskins, Will C. Photos Falcons and Bark & Company Realty Ravens are all in search of a win.
LPAC Cardinals took on Will C. Photos Falcons on Jan. 25 and came away with a 40-13 blowout victory. Joey Altashaw paced a strong defensive effort, returning two interceptions for touchdowns. Zach Fernandez led the Cardinals with four flag pulls and an interception, while Hagen Powers and Tyler Pearson finished with three flag pulls each, and Powers managed a quarterback sack.
Quarterback Joey Stewart completed nine of 15 passes, including three for touchdowns. Fernandez caught three passes including two for touchdowns, while Altashaw added a touchdown reception as well. Pearson caught a game-high five passes, including three for extra points to round out the offensive explosion for the Cards.
Dylan Doyle led the offense for the Falcons with five catches, including two for touchdowns and an extra point. Doyle also had an interception for the Falcons on defense, which also received three flag pulls from Hannah McCracken and two from Joseph Peery in the loss.
Three teams advanced to the knockout stage during Jan. 25 horeseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Gene Bobeldyk and Steve Doyle drew the bye and watched as Sam Samuels and Bob Palmer easily dispatched Bill Wright by a 26-6 score. Samuels and Palmer also rolled in the finals, defeating Bobeldyk and Doyle 23-4 to earn the day’s bragging rights.
Jan. 22 horseshoe action saw four teams advance to the playoff round. Bob Mason advanced to the finals thanks to a 24-15 victory over the team of Bob Lee and Hank Huyghe. The other semifinal match saw the team of Tim Sofran and Steve Doyle defeat Tom Skoloda and Bill Wright 22-11. The championship match saw Mason walk past Sofran and Doyle by a 21-13 score.
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.
Key Royale golf news
The weather finally allowed the Key Royale Club women out for a round of golf Jan. 21. They played a flighted, individual-low-net golf match over nine holes.
Liz Lang rode a birdie on the sixth hole to a 5-under-par 27 and a first-place finish in Flight A. Mary Lou Dreier, Beatrice Friebe and Pam Alvord were all six shots back in a three-way tie for second place.
Kris Landkammer carded the same 5-under-par 27 to grab a four-shot victory in Flight B. Barb Estok and Sue Christenson finished in a tie for second at 1-under-par 31.
Markie Ksiazek’s 1-under 31 was good enough for first place in Flight C. Judy Ward was one shot back and alone in second place.
Billie Jean Gordon also recorded a 5-under 27 to take first place in Flight D by five shots over second-place finisher Marica O’Brien.
Sue Little and Margrit Layh had chipins to round out the women’s golf action in the past week.
Sign up now for cornhole
The center is hosting its annual adults-only indoor cornhole tournament noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1.
Cost per team is $20. This is a BYOB event and players must be 21 years of age or older. Teams are guaranteed five games in a three-game, round-robin-style format to decide seeding for the double elimination tournament.
There will be food available, raffles and a trophy for the first-place team.
Register in person at the center or online at www.islandcommunitycenter.com.
For more information, contact Ryan Hogan at 941-778-1908, ext. 9219, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMICC NFL Flag Football schedule
Jan. 31 6 p.m. Miller Electric vs. Air & Energy
Feb. 3 6 p.m. AMI Beaches RE vs. Miller Electric
Jan. 29 6 p.m. Bistro vs. Ravens
Jan. 31 6 p.m. Cowboys vs. LPAC
Jan. 31 7 p.m. Tyler’s Ice Cream vs. Dolphins
Feb. 1 9 a.m. Manatee Diagnostic vs. Dolphins
Feb. 1 10 a.m. Beach Bums vs. Tyler’s Ice Cream
Feb. 1 11 a.m. Bistro vs. Cowboys
Jan. 31 8 p.m. Beach to Bay Const. vs. LPAC
Feb. 1 noon Ravens vs. Beach to Bay Const.
Feb. 1 1 p.m. LPAC vs. Sand Bar
Feb. 1 2 p.m. Eat Here vs. Will C. Photos
Feb. 3 7 p.m. LPAC vs. Eat Here
Feb. 3 8 p.m. Beach to Bay Const. vs. Sand Bar
Jan. 30 6 p.m. Jaguars vs. Integrity Sound
Feb. 1 3 p.m.. Waterfront Restaurant vs. Swordfish Grill
Feb. 1 4 p.m. Galati Yacht Sales vs. Bengals
Feb. 1 5 p.m. The Sun vs. The Feast
Feb. 4 6 p.m. Galati Yacht Sales vs. The Sun
Feb. 4 7 p.m. Bengals vs. Jaguars
Feb. 4 8 p.m. Swordfish Grill vs. The Feast
Jan. 29 7 p.m. Waterfront vs. Duffy’s
Jan. 29 8 p.m. Beach Bistro vs. Agnelli Pool
Jan. 29 9 p.m. Beach to Bay. vs. Slim’s Place
Jan. 30 7 p.m. Island Gourmet vs. Tyler’s
Jan. 30 8 p.m. IRE vs. Ross Built
Jan. 30 9 p.m. Agnelli Pool vs. Jessie’s
AMICC Adult Volleyball schedule
Feb. 18 6:30 p.m. Duncan Real Estate vs. Southern Greens
Feb. 18 7:30 p.m. FL Discount Signs vs. Southern Greens
Feb. 18 8:30 p.m. Duncan Real Estate vs. FL Discount Signs