Island Pest Control’s David Hiram carries the soccer ball forward as Slim’s Place midfielder Danny Anderson defends during the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s soccer league Island Cup final played June 26 at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Eric Pullen, David Hiram, Oliver Petereit, Alta Bujarski, Scott Eason, Andrew Turman, Ray Gardner, Jeff Walker, Marcus Felipe. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Slim’s Place midfielder Erin Vogel prepares to pass the ball during the Island Cup final match June 26 against Island Pest Control at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Island Pest ends Slim’s Cinderella soccer cup run
Island Pest Control defeated Slim’s Place 5-2 in the Island Cup final played June 26. Island Pest ended a Cinderella run by Slim’s Place that included two wins via penalty-kick shootouts in the Anna Maria Island Community Center soccer league.
Slim’s finally looked like the No. 8 seed as the team fell behind 2-0 in the game’s first 6 minutes on goals by Eric Pullen and Andrew Turman.
Slim’s Place showed some fight, twice pulling to within one goal of Island Pest Control.
PJ Smargisso got loose up the right side in the 13th minute and crossed to Jesse Brisson on the left side of the box. Brisson hit a great drop pass for Danny Anderson, who one-timed the ball past Island Pest Control goalie Ray Gardner to pull to 2-1.
Island Pest Control extended its lead to 3-1 when David Hiram got off a shot that Will Case blocked, but could not hold onto. Turman, showing great hustle on the play, beat Case to the rebound and slammed it home for a 3-1 lead with less than 3 minutes remaining in the first half.
Roughly 10 minutes into the second half, Slim’s Place again pulled to within a goal.
Anderson carried the ball up the right side and crossed it to Smargisso on the left edge of the box. Smargisso passed the ball to Kelsea Bachman at the near post. Bachman received the ball and back heeled it past Gardner to make the score 3-2 in favor of Island Pest Control.
Unfortunately for Slim’s Place, that was as close as they would get. Island Pest received two strong runs from David Hiram late in the game that resulted in goals.
On first run, Hiram carried the ball up the right side before cutting inside and carrying the ball all the way to the goal to give Island Pest Control a 4-2 lead with just under 10 minutes left to play.
Two minutes later, Hiram again got loose up the right side and, after drawing two defenders, passed inside to a wide-open Turman, who deposited the ball into the goal for what would be an insurmountable 5-2 lead.
Turman finished with a hat trick to lead Island Pest, which also received a goal and an assist from Hiram, one goal from Pullen and a pair of assists from Scott Eason. Gardner finished with 10 saves in goal for Island Pest Control.
Anderson and Bachman notched goals for Slim’s Place, which also received assists from Smargisso and Brisson, while Will Case made 19 saves in goal.
Island Pest Control advanced to the finals with a workman-like 4-1 victory over Agnelli Pool & Spa during semifinal action on June 25.
Andrew Turman scored a pair of goals in that game to again lead Island Pest Control, which also received single goals from David Hiram and Scott Eason. Chris Yavalar scored the lone goal for Agnelli Pool & Spa in the loss.
Slim’s Place had advanced to the finals with an exciting, come-from-behind victory over Sato Real Estate in the second semifinal match of the evening. Trailing 3-2 with time winding down, PJ Smargisso scored to tie the score at 3-3, sending the game to penalty kicks. Anderson, Zach Gilliland and Erin Vogel notched their penalty kicks for Slim’s Place, while only Josh Petitt converted on his penalty kick for Sato.
Playoffs ahead for adult basketball league
The regular season has come to an end in the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s adult coed basketball league. Duncan Real Estate at 7-1 and Bug Guys at 5-3 earned the top two seeds and the bye into the semifinals.
The playoffs get started July 1 with Gator Man Pools taking on Island Gourmet in one matchup, while Island Sun takes on The Feast in the second playoff game.
Duncan Real Estate edged Island Gourmet 68-66 in the first game of the June 24 evening behind 26 points and five rebounds from Jordan Demers and 19 points from Ray Gardner.
Scott Elisio scored 23 points, while Dale Smith added 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead Island Gourmet, which also received 13 points from Keith Wilking in the loss.
The second game of the evening saw The Feast ease past Gator Man Pools 82-77 behind 29 points, 10 rebounds and five assist from Antwan Jackson and 21 points from Jonathan Ely. Cameron Kawcak added 17 points and eight rebounds in the victory.
Deo Brown scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Aaron Dudukes added 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists to lead Gator Man Pools in the loss.
The Sun slipped past Bug Guys 62-58 in the final game of the evening behind 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists from Sean Hubbard and 12 points from Teagan Purtill. Matt Ray and Jason Mickan added 11 points each in the victory.
Bug Guys’ Brandon Kern led all scorers with 29 points while Matt Dwyer finished with 12 points and eight rebounds in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
The men hit the links at the Key Royale Club June 23, playing two nine-hole rounds of golf. The morning saw them play a low-net-of-partners game. It was won by Omar Trolard and Steve Gerrard with a combined score of 3-under-par 61. The team of Hugh Holmes Sr. and Hugh Holmes Jr. came in second place with a 1-under-par 63.
The men then played an afernoon modified-Stableford System or quota-points match. Tom McDonnell and Pat Moyna both carded plus-3s to win the individual title for the day.
Moyna’s plus-3 helped the team that included Gary Duncan, Rich Papini and Ron Vandeman card a plus-5 to win the team competition.
The Key Royale Club women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match June 24 in two flights. They also played a side game of low putts for the round.
Debi Wohlers carded a 4-under-par 28 to earn a three-shot victory in Flight A over second-place finisher Liz Lang.
Shirley Cessna had the low round for the day, a 6-under-par 26 that gave her a one-shot victory in Flight B over Kathy Porter in second place. Christina Mason came in third with a 4-under-par 28.
Laura Purcell’s 16 putts gave her low putts in Flight A, while Shirley Cessna and Markie Ksiazek needed only 13 putts to win the low putts for Flight B.
The men were back on the course June 26 for a nine-hole scramble. The team of Mike Gillie, Jim Kirk and Lex Halakan combined on a 6-under-par 26 to take first place for the day. One shot back in second place was the team of Quentin Talbert, Tom Nelson, Brian Mahon and Larry Winegar.
A come-from-behind victory by Hank Huyghe and Jay Disbrow in the final game of pool-play gave them the outright title during June 25 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Disbrow-Huyghe earned a 23-20 victory and the only 3-0 record for the day’s bragging rights.
June 28 action saw two teams advance to the knockout round. The team of Tim Sofran and Hank Huyghe defeated Bob Heiger 22-12 to earn a trip to the winner’s circle.
Play gets underway at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays 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.