2 AMI flag football teams chase perfect seasons
NFL Flag Football continues to be the sport to follow at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, with games played nightly on the center field in age groups ranging from the youngest in the instructional division to adults in the over-age-30 division.
Two teams in the center’s youth leagues are halfway to perfect regular season records. Beach Bistro Buccaneers leads the 8-10 division with a 5-0 record, one win ahead of second-place West Coast Air & Heating Dolphins, which is 4-1. Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings sits at 3-2, a half game ahead of fourth place Beach Bum Patriots with Manatee Diagnostic Ravens, Dojo Martial Arts Cowboys and LPAC Cardinals following in the standings.
LPAC Cardinals are the other team still in the hunt for a perfect season. They are 6-0, a half game ahead of Sandbar Colts, which is alone in second place with a 6-1 record. Beach to Bay Construction Buccaneers are 3-1, the only other team in the division with a winning record. Bark & Company Realty Ravens occupy fourth place with a 2-5 record, while Eat Here Redskins at 1-5 and 0-5 Will C. Photos Falcons complete the standings.
The standings are tight in the 14-17 division with the 6-1 Mr. Bones Bengals on top, closely followed by Galati Yacht Sales Buccaneers, boasting a 5-2 record. The Feast Broncos, West Coast Surf Shop Jaguars and Integrity Sound Lions are tied for third place with matching 4-3 records. Swordfish Grill Browns at 3-4, Sun Bears at 2-5 and the winless Waterfront Restaurant Cowboys complete the 14-17 standings.
The overall game of the week has to be the unbeaten LPAC Cardinals’ 35-27 victory Feb. 10 over fourth place Bark & Company Realty Ravens.
Quarterback Joey Stewart was cooly efficient in the victory for the Cardinals, completing 13 of 20 passes, including three that went for touchdowns. Tyler Pearson also had a big day, catching one touchdown pass and running for two more, and adding an extra point for good measure. Joey Altashaw added three catches, including one for a touchdown and a pair of extra points, while Zach Fernandez had a pair of catches, a touchdown and an extra point in the victory.
Hagen Powers paced the Cardinal defense with five flag pulls, while Andrew Proctor added an interception and Fernandez chipped in with a safety.
Bathie Thiam played well for Bark & Company Ravens, completing 18 of 22 passes, including four that went for touchdowns. Leo Tilelli was his favorite target with five catches and two touchdowns, while John Smith added four catches, two for touchdowns. Dalton Guthrie, Alex Rodriguez and Thiam each added extra points on offense for the Ravens.
In other 11-13 division action Feb. 10, Sandbar Colts thrashed Eat Here Redskins 48-22.
In 8-10 division action last week, West Coast Air & Heat Dolphins swam past Dojo Cowboys by a 24-6 score, while Manatee Diagnostic Ravens dropped a 6-0 heartbreaker to Beach Bum Patriots during Feb. 15 flag football action.
LPAC Cardinals completed the 8-10 division games Feb. 10 with an 18-13 victory over Manatee Diagnostic Ravens.
West Coast Surf Shop Jaguars got the 14-17 division games started Feb. 15 with a 37-20 victory over Swordfish Grill Browns, while Mr. Bones Bengals closed the 14-17 division games last week with a 27-7 victory over Sun Bears.
Four teams emerged from pool play and were left to battle for the day’s championship during Feb. 15 action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
Bruce Copeland and Bob Palmer edged Dom Livedoti and Bruce Munro 23-19 in the first semifinal match, while Bob Mason and Leo Hutton easily dispatched Sam Samuels and Hank Huyghe by a 22-8 score in the second semifinal game.
It was all Mason-Hutton in the final, as they destroyed Copeland-Palmer 21-5 to earn the day’s bragging rights.
Three teams advanced to the knockout round during Feb. 12 horseshoe action. Gene Bobeldyk and John Crawford drew the bye into the finals and watched as Paul Sheatler and Bruce Munro advanced with an easy 21-5 victory over Rod Bussey and Norm Good. Sheatler-Munro stayed hot, defeating Bobeldyk and Crawford 24-11 in the championship match.
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
Mike Lovell, Marvin Gagmini and Bob Lang all posted Stableford plus-4 scores Feb. 10 to finish in a three-way tie for first during a nine-hole, modified Stableford golf match. The team of Bill Koche, Jerry Landkammer, Lovell and Jack Isherwood finished with a combined score of plus 5 to take first place in the team competition.
The men played a nine-hole scramble Feb. 13 and the team of Tim Friesen, John Estok and Jon Holcomb combined on a 6-under-par 26 to grab clubhouse bragging rights for the day.
AMICC NFL Flag Football schedule
Feb. 28 6 p.m. Beaches RE vs. Miller Electric
March 3 6 p.m. A&E vs. Beaches RE
Feb. 19 6 p.m. Bistro vs. Dolphins
Feb. 21 6 p.m. Cowboys vs. Tyler’s Ice Cream
Feb. 21 7 p.m. Bistro vs. Beach Bums
Feb. 22 9 a.m. LPAC vs. Tyler’s Ice Cream
Feb. 22 10 a.m. Manatee Diagnostic vs. Cowboys
Feb. 24 6 p.m. Bistro vs. Manatee Diagnostic
Feb. 21 8 p.m. Beach to Bay vs. Will C. Photos
Feb. 22 11 a.m. Beach to Bay vs. Ravens
Feb. 22 12 p.m. Sandbar vs. LPAC
Feb. 22 1 p.m. Will C. Photos vs. Eat Here
Feb. 24 7 p.m. Sandbar vs. Will C. Photos
Feb. 24 8 p.m. Eat Here vs. LPAC
Feb. 20 6 p.m. Bengals vs. Integrity Sound
18 & Over Division
Feb. 19 7 p.m. Waterfront vs. Slim’s Place
Feb. 19 8 p.m. Beach to Bay vs. Agnelli Pool
Feb. 19 9 p.m. Duffy’s vs. Beach Bistro
30 & Over Division
Feb. 20 7 p.m. Island Gourmet vs. Jessie’s
Feb. 20 8 p.m. Ross Built vs. Agnelli Pool
Feb. 20 9 p.m. IRE vs. Tyler’s
March 4 6:30 p.m. Duncan RE vs. Southern Greens
March 4 7:30 p.m. Duncan RE vs. Discount Signs
March 4 8:30 p.m. Southern Greens vs. Discount Signs