Sign up now for center soccer tournament fundraiser
Registration is underway for the SmileDeep, 4 v 4 charitable soccer tournament May 17 at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
The purpose of the tournament is to help raise much-needed funds for longtime soccer coach, Paul Hayward, who is battling stage-four renal cancer.
He recently underwent a challenging surgery and his oncologists at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa have prescribed aggressive treatment with Inlyta. The problem being, a three-month supply of the drug costs more than $16,000.
Proceeds from this benefit will go to the Joe Doirin in Trust — A Helping Hand for Hayward Fund, which has been providing assistance to Hayward since 2011.
Hayward is much admired. Many islanders and soccer aficionados, including former Manatee High soccer standout Ken Bowers, who met Hayward when he came up against the Bethany College in West Virginia where Hayward coached while he was coaching North Carolina Wesleyan.
“Paul is a super nice guy and really encouraged some local island guys — that if they got serious about soccer and school, they could play in college,” Bowers said.
Hayward used to bring his college squad to the island to train and take part in the former Christmas Indoor Soccer tourney at the center. He took notice then of the talent on the island and recruited Tommy and Charlie Normant to play at Bethany.
The Deep Smile tourney is a 4 v 4 format with goalies. There will be pool play followed by a knockout round — single elimination. The action gets started at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 17, so sign up now.
The cost to play is $25 per player and there’s a maximum of eight players per team. There are three divisions, 11-and-under, 12-and-over and adult.
Registration is at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., and Fran Maxon Real Estate, 9801 Gulf Drive, both in Anna Maria and at Gulf-Bay Realty, 5309 Gulf Drive and Stir It Up Yogurt Shack, 5306 Holmes Blvd., both in Holmes Beach.
For more information, go to Helping Hand for Hayward on Facebook or call the center at 941-778-1908.
Adult soccer league kicks off
A spring season of sports is beginning at the center for basketball, soccer and kickball, and for adult soccer enthusiasts, May 1 saw four games played.
Jessie’s Island Store edged Agnelli Pool & Spa 4-3 behind two goals from Danny Burton and single goals from Aaron Parkin and BJ Grant. Pedro Gonzalez made seven saves in goal for Jessie’s Island Store in the victory.
Former Manatee High player Alisha Keene led Agnelli Pool & Spa with two goals, while Matt Kretzman added a goal and an assist. Goalie Frank Agnelli made eight saves in goal during the loss.
Ross Built edged LaPensee Plumbing 3-2 in the second game of the evening behind a pair of goals from Adam Bujarski and one goal from Steve Oelfke. Scott Rudacille and Max Gazzo shared time between the pipes and combined on 12 saves in the victory.
Kim Christenson and Aaron Dudukes led LaPensee with a goal each, while Molly Bellairs added an assist. Adam Moffett kept the plumbers in the game with 13 saves in goal.
Island Pest Control exterminated Slim’s Place 7-2 in the third match of the night behind three goals and an assist from Eric Pullen. David Hiram added two goals and Scott Eason chipped in with a goal and two assists. Marcus Felipe completed the scoring fest with one goal.
Danny Anderson and Diego Felipe led Slim’s Place with a goal each, while Will Case made eight saves in goal during the loss.
Sato Real Estate rolled past Beach to Bay Construction by a 6-1 score during the evening’s final game. Josh Sato led the way with a hat trick while Matt Plummer, Ali Titsworth and Josh Petit each added a goal.
Damir Glavan notched the lone goal for Beach to Bay Construction, which received 12 saves from goalie Ryan Moss in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men got out April 28 for a nine-hole, low-net-of-partners golf match. The team of Chet Hutton and Lance Lindeman combined on a 10-under par 54 to take first place by two strokes over the team of Paul Kaemmerlen and George Barford.
Later in the day, the men played their usual modified-Stableford game. What was unusual was that Laura Purcell decided to join the men and fired a plus-5 to take first place in the individual category. She was one point ahead of Art McMillan and Gary Silke, who both finished at plus-4.
McMillan was part of the winning team that combined on a plus-7 and included John Cassese, Ken Newbold and Jerry Landkammer.
The men played a nine-hole team scramble May 1 with Hoyt Miller, Fred Miller, Bob Soos and Tom Nelson combining on a 5-under-par 27 to tie with Lex Halakan, Larry Pippel and Jon Holcomb.
The women joined in for a team scramble May 2. The team of Joyce Brown, Jack Lowery and Hank Tremblay carded a 1-under-par 31 to tie for first with Matt Behan, Omar Trolard, Christina Mason and Tom Lewis.
Lewis and Joyce Brown each won closest-to-the-pin contests.
Three teams emerged from pool play during April 30 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Art Kingstad and Dom Livedoti drew the bye into the finals and watched as Jerry Disbrow and Rod Bussey edged Norm Good and Adin Shank 22-18. Disbrow and Bussey stayed hot in the finals, rolling to an easy 21-10 victory.
The May 3 games were canceled due to rain.
Play gets underway at 9 a.m. weekly on Wednesday and Saturday. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
AMICC Youth Basketball League schedule
May 10 9 a.m. Lodge #110 vs. Dojo Martial Arts
May 12 6 p.m. Dojo Martial Arts vs. Lodge #110
May 7 6 p.m. Beach Bums vs. Island Real Estate
May 10 11 a.m. IRE vs. Beach Bums
May 9 6 p.m. BridgeTender vs. Eat Here
May 10 10 a.m. Sandbar vs. BridgeTender
May 10 noon Eat Here vs. Sandbar
May 9 7 p.m. Beach Bistro vs. Walter & Assoc.
May 9 8 p.m. Dips Ice Cream vs. West Coast Air Conditioning
May 10 1 p.m. WCAC vs. Beach Bistro
May 10 2 p.m. Dips Ice Cream vs. Heritage Paper
May 12 8 p.m. Walter & Assoc. vs. Heritage Paper
May 13 6 p.m. WCAC vs. Heritage Paper
AMICC Adult Soccer League schedule
May 8 6 p.m. Ross Built vs. Slim’s Place
May 8 7 p.m. Jessie’s vs. Island Pest Control
May 8 8 p.m. LaPensee vs. Beach to Bay
May 8 9 p.m. Agnelli Pool vs. Sato
AMICC Adult Kickball League schedule
May 7 7 p.m. Tyler’s Ice Cream vs. Southern Greens
May 7 8 p.m. Beach to Bay vs. Tyler’s
May 7 9 p.m. FL Discount Signs vs. Beach to Bay
Smile deep for good cause
For those of you who do not know Paul Hayward, let me introduce you.
He is a gentle man and a former professional soccer player who has coached all levels. Most important, he has given much of his time to our community.
The only passion more important to him than soccer is his 3-year-old son. I first met Mr. Hayward at one of my son Tyler’s soccer games at the community center. He recognized that my 11-year-old son also has a passion for soccer. He said he often came to watch my son play, pointing to the manner of Tyler’s step — the way he walks and carries himself — as signs of a natural soccer player. He said he hoped to someday coach him.
Over the time since we met, Paul Hayward has offered many soccer programs for the kids and, many times for no charge, just wanting the opportunity to share his passion with the kids.
Now is our time to give back to him, as he fights stage-4 cancer. A Smile Deep Soccer Tournament will be held in his honor May 17 at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The fundraiser will help with his expenses and medications to fight this awful disease.
We need participants, fans and donations at the event.
Paul Hayward is a brave, honest, kind-hearted man and I am honored to have Tyler know him.
Please, come help this wonderful teacher, mentor and friend.
We need your support.
Dina Franklin, Anna Maria