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Sports – 03-12-2014

By Kevin Cassidy, Islander Reporter

Anna Maria horseshoe pitchers show off their hardware from the recent Gulf Coast Senior Games at G.T. Bray Park. Front, left to right are Art Kingstad, Tom Skoloda, Sam Samuels, Steve Doyle, and Tim Sofran. Back row, left to right, Bill Wright, Bob Mason, Gene Bobeldyk, Jay Disbrow, Bob Lee and Herb Puryear.

The late Ron Pepka Sr. was remembered March 8 at a horseshoe tournament in Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Jerry Disbrow takes his turn March 8 at the Ron Pepka “The King” Memorial Horseshoe tournament held March 8 at the city pits, 10005 Gulf Drive. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Former city commissioner Tom Skoloda prepares to throw a ringer during action March 8 at the Anna Maria city horseshoe pits. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Jay Disbrow lets his shoe fly. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy Pepka family: Ron Jr., wife Jackie and grandson Ben Sharp.

Horseshoes lead the week’s news, football playoffs follow

 

Horseshoe players familiar to the pits at Anna Maria City Hall paid respects to one of their own this week.

The inaugural Ron Pepka “The King” Memorial Horseshoe tournament was held March 8 at the city pits, 10005 Gulf Drive.

There were enough players to crowd the pits and some of Pepka’s family — wife Jackie, son Ron Pepka Jr. and grandson Ben Sharp — attended.

Pepka, 79, died Nov. 19, 2013. He was a retired U.S. Navy captain who, in his retirement relished playing and excelling at horseshoes. He formerly resided in Anna Maria.

At the memorial tournament honoring him, the team of Bob Palmer and Tim Sofran outlasted Rod Bussey and Bill Wright to win the tourney. Steve Doyle and Norm Good finished in third place.

Regular action March 5 saw the team of Rod Bussey and Keith Erickson fashion the only 3-0 pool-play record, giving them the outright title of champs for the day.

Some of the Anna Maria horseshoe pitching regulars participated Feb. 20 in the Gulf Coast Senior Games at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton, and came away with some hardware.

Jay Disbrow and Bill Wright led the way with gold medals, while Herb Puryear brought home a silver medal. Sam Samuels, Steve Doyle, Bob Mason, Gene Bobeldyk and Bob Lee brought home bronze medals.

Congratulations to all the winners.

Horseshoes matches get 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, everyone is welcome.

 

Flag football playoffs underway

Playoffs got underway in all of the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s NFL Flag Football youth leagues, starting with a bevy of games played March 8. The action continues for the two weeks, leading up to the Super Bowl games set for March 21.

In case you’re wondering, however, the youngest kids in the instructional division don’t score their games and don’t participate in playoffs. It’s all about learning the game for the pint-sized players.

The action got started with three games in the 8-10 division March 8. First up, No. 5 seed Beach Bistro Buccaneers held off fourth-seeded Manatee Diagnostic Ravens by a 32-20 score. Quarterback David Daigle tossed four touchdown passes, including three to German Rivera, to lead the Buccaneers to victory. Chris Snyder added the game’s final touchdown reception, while Brandon Annis and Javier Rivera chipped in with extra-point catches.

Josh Calhoun had a big game in defeat for the Ravens, rushing for three touchdowns and an extra point.

Ava Alderson put on a dominating performance to lead her Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings to a 20-15 victory over LPAC Cardinals in the second game of the day. Alderson ran for a touchdown, while also connecting with Tuna McCracken on a pair of touchdown passes and an extra point. As if that weren’t enough, Alderson also made a game-high seven flag pulls to spearhead a strong defensive performance by the Vikings.

The Cardinals were led by Cole Pearson’s two touchdown passes to Sean Rodriguez. Pearson also chipped in with two interceptions on defense to help keep the Cardinals within striking distance.

The last 8-10 division game saw Beach Bum Patriots defeat Dojo Martial Arts Cowboys 25-18 behind a pair of touchdown passes and a touchdown run by quarterback Gavin Johnston. He connected with Evan Christianson and Shawn Balvin, who also contributed a touchdown run and an extra-point catch in the victory.

The Cowboys were led by quarterback Will Batey, who ran for two scores while also connecting with Anthony Monetti on a touchdown pass in the loss.

There were two games scheduled in the 11-13 division, but Eat Here Redskins forfeited due to an insufficient number of players at kickoff.

The other 11-13 first-round playoff saw Bark & Company Realty Ravens roll to a 29-13 victory over Will C. Photos Falcons. Quarterback John Smith hooked up with Bathie Thiam for a pair of touchdown passes, while Thiam connected with Dalton Guthrie on a score as well. Thiam and Leo Tilelli each had two-point conversions, while Ava Zink completed the scoring with an extra point.

The Falcons were led by Joe Peery and Silas Banyas, who each threw a touchdown pass to Dylan Doyle in the loss.

The 14-17 division had four first-round playoff matchups and all were blowouts.

Mr. Bones Bengals clawed out any doubt it’s the top seed with a 44-14 win over Waterfront Restaurant Cowboys, while Integrity Sound Lions rolled past Galati Yacht Sales Buccaneers 48-12. West Coast Surf Shop Jaguars earned an easy 31-6 victory over Sun Bears, but the biggest shocker was The Feast Broncos’ 66-12 victory over Swordfish Grill Browns. Quarterback Burke Hill threw five touchdown passes in the rout, while also adding a touchdown reception of his own. Tony Sperduto caught five touchdown passes and Chris Johnson had two touchdown receptions while also throwing for a touchdown. Joshua Parrish added a touchdown pass and a pair of extra points to round out the scoring in the victory.

Katelyn Rodd threw one touchdown pass to Raidel Hernandez and Derek Polch ran for a score to complete the Browns loss.

 

30-over playoffs underway

Island Real Estate Raiders opened the 30-and-over playoffs March 6 with a 27-25 victory over Jessie’s Island Store Buccaneers behind four touchdown passes from quarterback Chris Gillum. Gillum, who completed 17-of-25 passes for 263 yards, connected with brother Mike Gillum for a pair of touchdowns and an extra point. Mike Gillum finished with six catches for 67 yards, while Brianna Shaughnessy led all receivers with seven catches for 115 yards. Jason Vancleve added a touchdown pass of his own, while also catching five passes for 78 yards and a touchdown.

The Buccaneers were led by Don Purvis, who completed nine passes for 178 yards and three touchdown passes while also running for a score. Kevin Mingola caught a pair of 45-yard TD passes, while Shawn Kaleta added two catches — one for a touchdown — in the loss.

The second game of the evening saw Ross Built Panthers roll to a 30-12 victory over Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings behind 157 passing yards and five touchdown passes from quarterback Rob Mandarine. Chuck McCracken had three catches for 56 yards and two scores and Troy Shonk had two touchdowns, including a 45-yarder to lead the Panther receivers. Greg Ross threw one touchdown pass to Mandarine to complete the Panthers scoring in the victory.

Dave Johnston threw for 107 and two touchdowns to Eric Gledhill to account for the Vikings’ offensive production in the loss.

 

Seedings set for 18-over division

The final week of the regular season set up the playoff pairings in the 18-and-over flag football division, which gets started March 12. Slim’s Place Bears outscored Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants 51-31 in March 5 action to wrap up the division’s top seed and a first-round bye.

Beach to Bay Construction Dolphins defeated Duffy’s Tavern Eagles 39-32 to take the No. 2 seed and the other first-round bye. The last game of the evening saw Beach Bistro Raiders ice down the Waterfront Restaurant Panthers by a 46-21 score, which gave the Raiders the fifth seed.

Beach Bistro Raiders now face Duffy’s Tavern Eagles at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, while Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants will take on Waterfront Restaurant Panthers at 8 p.m. the same evening in opening-round playoff games.

The second round of playoffs will place March 19, the division’s Super Bowl is set for 8 p.m. April 2

 

Volleyball playoffs set

The adult coed volleyball league at the Anna Maria Island Community Center completed its regular season March 11 with Duncan Real Estate on top of the standings with a 9-3 record.

Duncan now has a bye into the final, awaiting the winner of the April 1 playoff game between Florida Discount Signs & Wraps and Southern Greens.

 

Key Royale golf news

The women of Key Royale Club got out for a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match that also included a side game of best two balls of foursome. The side game was won by the team of Laura Purcell, Fran Barford, Margrit Layh and Markie Ksiazek with a total of 81 strokes.

In regular golf action, Phyllis Roe rode birdies on holes six and eight to a 4-under-par 28 and first place in Flight A. Helen Pollock, who had a pair of chipins, including one for birdie on hole number one, was a shot back in second place at 3-under-par 29.

Terry Westby fashioned a 3-under par 29 to take first place in Flight B, and Barb Estok was one shot back in second place, while Gloria LaDue was alone in third at 1-under-par 31.

Sue Wheeler’s 1-under-par 31 gave her the top spot in Flight C, two shots ahead of Roxanne Koche, Connie Livanos and Judy Ward.

Nel Bergstrom carded a 1-under-par 29 to take first place in Flight D. Sue Little, Markie Ksiazek and Sally Keyes were all at 1-under-par 31 to finish in a three-way tie for second place.

 

AMICC NFL Flag Football schedule

8-10 Division

March 7   6 p.m.      Dojo Martial Arts vs. LPAC

March 7   7 p.m.      West Coast Air vs. Beach Bums

March 19 5 p.m.      Pro Bowl

March 21 6 p.m.      Super Bowl

 

11-13 Division

March 14 6 p.m.      Bark & Company vs. LPAC

March 14 7 p.m.      Beach to Bay vs. Sandbar

March 19 6 p.m.      Pro Bowl

March 21 7 p.m.      Super Bowl

 

14-17 Division

March 20 6 p.m.      Pro Bowl

March 21 8 p.m.      Super Bowl

 

18-Over Division

March 12 7 p.m.      #5 Beach Bistro vs. #4 Duffy’s

March 12 8 p.m.      #6 Waterfront vs. #3Agnelli Pool

 

30-Over Division

March 13 7 p.m.      #5 IRE vs. #1 Island Gourmet

March 13 8 p.m.      #3 Ross Built vs. #2 Agnelli Pool

AMICC NFL Flag Football schedule

8-10 Division

March 7   6 p.m.      Dojo Martial Arts vs. LPAC

March 7   7 p.m.      West Coast Air vs. Beach Bums

March 19 5 p.m.      Pro Bowl

March 21 6 p.m.      Super Bowl

 

11-13 Division

March 14 6 p.m.      Bark & Company vs. LPAC

March 14 7 p.m.      Beach to Bay vs. Sandbar

March 19 6 p.m.      Pro Bowl

March 21 7 p.m.      Super Bowl

 

14-17 Division

March 20 6 p.m.      Pro Bowl

March 21 8 p.m.      Super Bowl

 

18-Over Division

March 12 7 p.m.      #5 Beach Bistro vs. #4 Duffy’s

March 12 8 p.m.      #6 Waterfront vs. #3Agnelli Pool

 

30-Over Division

March 13 7 p.m.      #5 IRE vs. #1 Island Gourmet

March 13 8 p.m.      #3 Ross Built vs. #2 Agnelli Pool

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