Dojo Martial Arts Cowboys defender Anthony Monetti makes a diving flag pull on Manatee Diagnostic Center Ravens player Jacob Klusacek Feb. 22 during Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL flag football 8-10 division action. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Bark & Company Realty Ravens player Leo Tilelli and Trevor Meek of Beach to Bay Construction Buccaneers reach high for a pass in 11-13 division action Feb. 22 at Anna Maria Island Community Center. Tilelli came up with the interception during the Ravens 31-12 victory. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Center flag football winds down, horseshoe tourney plans
With only a couple of weeks left in the NFL Flag Football League at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, two remaining unbeaten youth teams lost their first games.
Unbeaten 8-10 division leader Beach Bistro Bucs lost two games, a 40-7 rout to West Coast Air Conditioning & Heating Dolphins Feb. 19 and a 24-13 loss to Beach Bum Patriots Feb. 21.
The victory by the Dolphins puts the team in first place with four games left to play in the regular season. Beach Bistro Bucs are second, followed by Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings and Beach Bum Patriots. Manatee Diagnostic Ravens, Dojo Martial Arts Cowboys and LPAC Cardinals round out the 8-10 division standings.
LPAC Cardinals were edged by 11-13 division rival Sandbar Colts 20-13 in a close game Feb. 22. The victory by the Colts puts them a half game ahead of the Cardinals. Beach to Bay Buccaneers are alone in third with a 4-2 record, while Bark & Company Realty Ravens, Eat Here Redskins and Will C. Photos Falcons follow.
The 14-17 division standings remain pretty tight with Mr. Bones Bengals on top with a 7-1 record, closely followed by the 6-2 Galati Yacht Sales Buccaneers. The Feast Falcons and West Coast Surf Shop Jaguars are tied for third at 5-3. Integrity Sound Lions, Swordfish Grill Browns, The Sun Bears and Waterfront Restaurant Cowboys round out the 14-17 division standings.
The 8-10 division game of the week Feb. 22 saw Manatee Diagnostic Ravens take an 18-0 lead into the half, only to watch as Dojo Martial Arts Cowboys stormed back into the game with 13 second-half points.
The Cowboys Will Batey completed a 14-yard pass to Anthony Monetti to give them the ball near midfield with about a minute to play, but the Ravens’ Jacob Klusacek knocked down a pass and an offensive pass interference penalty gave the ball back to the Ravens, who ran out the clock for the victory.
Ben Brashear, Klusacek and Josh Calhoun scored touchdowns for the Ravens, while Charlie Faul led the defense with six flag pulls.
Anthony Nguyen and Monetti scored touchdowns with Monetti netting an extra point to lead the Cowboys, while Brandon Yost paced the defense with four flag pulls and an interception in the loss.
The 11-13 division game of the week Feb. 22 saw Bark & Company Realty Ravens roll to a 31-12 victory over the Beach to Bay Construction Buccaneers.
The Ravens jumped on the Bucs early, scoring on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Bathie Thiam to John Smith that was set up by a double reverse. The Ravens piled on from there, extending their lead to 25-0 at halftime.
Leo Tilelli had a big game for the Ravens, catching five passes including three for touchdowns while Thiam added three catches with two going for touchdowns while also throwing for two touchdowns. Smith added three touchdown passes to go along with his touchdown reception while Alex Rodriguez chipped in with a touchdown pass and an extra-point reception in the victory.
Tilelli added a pair of interceptions and three flag pulls to pace the Ravens defense.
Morgan Horesh and Roman Langley scored the touchdowns for the Buccaneers on offense and Horesh had four flag pulls to lead the Buccaneers defense.
Adult flag football action
The action continued at the Anna Maria Island Community Center for the NFL flag football division for players 18 and over Feb. 19 and for the 30 and over players Feb. 20.
The 18-plus league standings are tight at the top with Slim’s Place Bears and Beach to Bay Construction Dolphins tied for first place at 5-1 and Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants close behind at 4-2. Duffy’s Tavern Eagles are alone in third at 3-3, while Beach Bistro Buccaneers and Waterfront Restaurant Panthers occupy fifth and sixth place.
The game of the week saw Slim’s Place Bears edge Beach Bistro Buccaneers 19-12 behind a strong game from receiver Eric Gledhill. He caught five passes for 82 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while fellow receiver Ray Gardner added five catches for 48 yards and one touchdown. Quarterback Chuck Buky completed eight passes for 148 yards and three touchdown passes to round out the Bears offense.
The Buccaneers were led by Zach Schield, who completed 17 of 23 passes for 134 yards and one touchdown, while also rushing for 50 yards and a touchdown. Caleb Roberts had four catches for 42 yards and one touchdown, while Joe Ciasullo added four catches for 50 yards in the loss. Matt Kretzman had 42 receiving yards and paced the defense with four flag pulls and an interception.
The 30-plus league boasts the only unbeaten team in flag football in Island Gourmet Bills. The Bills are 7-0, two games ahead of the 5-2 Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants and three games in front of Ross Built Panthers, which sits at 4-3. Jessie’s Island Store Buccaneers and Island Real Estate Raiders are tied at 2-5, while Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings are bringing up the rear at 1-6.
The 30 and over game of the week saw Island Gourmet Bills run its record to 7-0 with a 43-25 victory over Jessie’s Island Store Buccaneers behind 289 passing yards from quarterback Chuck Buky. Buky, who threw six touchdown passes, connected with Jim Ptak five times for 98 yards and three touchdowns. But his favorite target was AJ Brown, who finished with nine catches for 103 yards. Andrew Brown caught six passes for 46 yards and two touchdowns. Will Schenerlein completed the scoring fest with one touchdown reception.
Wayne Wyckoff completed six passes for 186 yards and three touchdown passes to lead the Buccaneers, which also received four catches for 131 yards and two touchdown receptions from Shawn Kaleta. Kaleta also ran for 58 yards and a touchdown, while Mike Brusso added two catches for 55 yards and one touchdown in the loss.
Two teams emerged from pool play during Feb. 22 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits and were left to battle for the day’s bragging rights.
Leo Hutton and Kim Kleiner rolled to a 24-13 victory over Bill Wright and Don Buckholtz in the finals.
Four teams advanced to the playoffs during Feb. 19 horseshoe action. Gene Bobeldyk and Keith Erickson steamrolled Bob Mason and John Johnston by a 24-10 score in the first semifinal game, while Leo Hutton and Adin Shank defeated Jay Disbrow and Dom Livedoti 23-14 in the other semi.
Huttona-Shank earned a trip to the winner’s circle with a 21-14 victory over Bobeldyk-Erickson in the final.
In other horseshoe news, the Anna Maria horseshoe group is hosting its inaugural Ron Pepka “The King” Memorial Horseshoe Tournament at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 8 at the Anna Maria horseshoe pits.
Everyone is welcome to play. Registration and pairing will take place at 8:30 a.m.
For more information, contact Sam Samuels at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regular play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday in Anna Maria. 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 men took the links Feb. 17 for a nine-hole, modified-Stableford System or quota-points match. Earl Ritchie carded a plus 5 to win the individual score of the day, while also helping teammates Larry Solberg, Ken Rickett and Tom Brumberg to the team title.
Gary Silke and Charlie Porter tied for second with matching plus-4 scores.
The women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match Feb. 18. Heather Blane took first place in Flight A with a 3-under-par 29, one shot ahead of Pam Lowry and Mary Lou Dreier, who finished in a tie for second place.
Sally Martin had the low-net round of the day with a 6-under-par 26 that gave her first place in Flight B. Kris Landkammer was one shot back in second place, while Barb Estok took third with a 2-under par 30.
Barb Harrold took first place in Flight C with a 3-under-par 29, while Maryanne Kaemmerlen was alone in second place at 32.
Donna Karycki carded a 34 to grab first place in Flight D, two shots ahead of second-place finisher Ann Hitchen.
The men played a nine-hole team scramble Feb. 20. The team of Larry Pippel, Harry Bohannon, Hoyt Miller and Ron Buck matched the 1-under-par 32 carded by the team of Tim Friesen, Rich Papini, Terry Schaefer and Tom McDonnell to finish in a tie for first place.
AMICC NFL Flag Football schedule
Feb. 28 6 p.m. Beaches Real Estate vs. Miller Electric
March 3 6 p.m. Air & Energy vs. Beaches Real Estate
Feb. 28 6 p.m. Dojo Martial Arts vs. LPAC
Feb. 28 7 p.m. Manatee Diagnostic vs. WCAC
March 1 9 a.m. Beach Bums vs. Tyler’s Ice Cream
March 3 6 p.m. Tyler’s Ice Cream vs. West Coast Air
March 3 7 p.m. LPAC vs. Beach Bistro
Feb. 28 8 p.m. Sandbar vs. Beach to Bay
March 1 10 a.m. Will C. Photos vs. Bark & Company
March 3 8 p.m. LPAC vs. Beach to Bay
Feb. 27 6 p.m. Galati Yacht vs. Integrity Sound
March 1 11 a.m. Waterfront vs. Mr. Bones
March 1 Noon. Sun vs. Swordfish Grill
March 1 1 p.m. West Coast Surf vs. The Feast
18 & Over Division
Feb. 26 7 p.m. Waterfront vs. Slim’s Place
Feb. 26 8 p.m. Beach to Bay Const. vs. Agnelli Pool
Feb. 26 9 p.m. Duffy’s vs. Beach Bistro
30 & Over Division
Feb. 27 7 p.m. Island Gourmet vs. Ross Built
Feb. 27 8 p.m. Tyler’s vs. Jessie’s
Feb. 27 9 p.m. IRE vs. Agnelli Pool
March 4 6:30 p.m. Duncan RE vs. Southern Greens
March 4 7:30 p.m. Duncan RE vs. FL Discount Signs
March 4 8:30 p.m. Southern Greens vs. FL Discount Signs