Bob Davis of the Panda Foundation provides an example on the court for students enrolled in a free tennis camp July 26 at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Courtesy Kenny Heidt/SugarBeachDigital.com
Parents and family members of young participants in the Panda Foundation kids tennis clinic at the Anna Maria Island Community Center July 26 gather for a photo with the foundation mascot, director and tennis coach Bob Davis and other coaches. LEFT: Two unnamed participants in the camp are ready to give tennis a try. Islander Photos: Courtesy Kenny Heidt/SugarBeachDigital.com
Center’s indoor soccer standings tighten, tennis starts up
As the summer indoor soccer season at the Anna Maria Island Community Center enters the stretch run of the regular season, the standings are tightening up in both age divisions.
Gulf-Bay Realty sits atop its age 8-10 division with a 3-2 record, while Bowes Imaging is in second place with a 2-4 record. Air & Energy is 1-2, but has some games to make up. It is not out of the race.
Gulf-Bay defeated Bowes 6-4 Aug. 1. Kylie Huffman and Devin Calderon each scored two goals, while Ben Brashear and Winston Romberger notched a goal each to lead Gulf-Bay in the victory.
Garrett Laflamme scored all four goals for Bowes in the loss.
A&E cooled off Bowes with an 8-5 victory July 30. Cole Pearson paced A&E with eight goals, while Laflamme led Bowes in the loss with five goals.
A week ago, Southern Greens was 6-0 and held a three-game lead on its nearest pursuers in the 11-14 division. Southern Greens has now dropped two games in succession and finds itself holding onto a one-game lead over Island Dental Spa. Dojo Martial Arts is another game back in the division at 4-4, while Beach Bistro finally got off the schnide with a 7-6 victory Aug. 1 — decided in penalty kicks — over Dojo.
Thomas Fellowes and Andrew Burgess converted their penalty kicks while Robbie Fellowes denied four Dojo players on their penalty kicks to save the day for the Bistro.
Connor Mulhearn led the Bistro in regulation with four goals, while Robbie Fellowes added two in the net. Carter Reemelin scored three goals to lead Dojo, which also received a goal each in the loss from Conal Cassidy, Bella Romberger and Logan Richelieu.
The earlier game saw Island Dental Spa defeat Southern Greens for a second consecutive loss at 5-2. Javi Salgado led the way for Island Dental with three goals, while Dylan Joseph added two goals. Nate Bettger notched both goals for Southern Greens in the loss.
Island Dental slipped by Beach Bistro on a 7-5 score in the 11-14 division action July 28. Ryan Joseph led the way with three goals, while older brother Dylan added two. Gage Nevin and Javi Salgado completed the scoring with a goal each.
Robbie Fellowes and Mulhearn scored two goals each to lead Beach Bistro, which also received one goal in the loss from Jionni Markham.
Dojo edged Southern Greens 8-7 in the second game of the evening to hand Southern Greens its first loss of the season. Carter Reemelin paced Dojo with seven goals, while Cassidy added a goal — preserved by a save from goalie Dunn Reemelin in the final seconds of the game.
Southern Greens was led in the loss by Gavin Walker’s three goals and two goals from Nate Bettger. Brooke Capperelli and Preston Walker completed the scoring for Southern Greens with a goal each.
Panda Foundation serves up tennis
The Panda Foundation, in partnership with the Manatee County School Board and the community center, put on a free tennis clinic for kids July 26 on the Rex Hagen courts at the center.
Academy and professional instructors, including Denis Pepegrin from Inspiration Tennis Academy, Jeff Russell of United Tennis Academy and Bob Davis of the Panda Foundation provided instruction and encouragement to more than 50 kids, many of them summer campers at the center.
The majority of the campers had never hit a tennis ball, much less held a tennis racquet before participating in the clinic, but they did well, according to center education director Kathy Bogad.
“They had a blast and they surprised themselves with their skills,” she said.
Bogad is hoping the campers brief experiences will prompt more youngsters to participate in future clinics in the fall. Starting in September, center and Panda Foundation members are hoping to add twice weekly lessons to the center calendar.
For the camp, beginners started out using foam balls — easier to control for first-timers on the court. As their skill progresses, the players move up to low compression balls and, finally, progress to regulation tennis balls.
For more information or to sign up for the clinics, contact the center at 941-778-1908 or the Panda Foundation at 941-538-7115.
Flag football moves toward Super Bowl
With one week of regular-season games remaining on the schedule, playoff matchups are set in both the 8-10 and 11-17 flag football divisions for the center’s summer league.
AMI Seahawks hold down the top seed in the 8-10 division with a 4-2-1 record, while Sugar Beach Digital Cowboys are in second place with a 2-4-1 record. These two teams will meet in a division Super Bowl at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11.
Eat Here Lions holds a two-game lead over Anna Maria General Store Buccaneers and Anna Maria Island Sportszone Seahawks in the 11-17 division, while Bark & Co. Saints holds down the bottom. General Store will take on Sportszone in the first playoff matchup Aug. 6, while Eat Here will take on Bark in the second playoff game of the evening.
The winners will then meet in a Super Bowl match at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11.
Key Royale golf news
The women of the Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match July 29 that included a side game of “best poker hand” on the scorecards.
Debi Wohlers birdied the first hole on the way to a 3-under-par 29 to take first place in Flight A by two strokes over a trio of players. Penny Williams, Fran Barford and Billie Jean Gordon tied for second, all at 1-under-par 31.
Carol Duncan’s 1-under-par 31 put her in first place in Flight B, while Luanne Collins, Sue Wheeler and Margaret Finley all finished at even-par 32 for another three-way tie for second.
Meredith Slavin and Lori Waggoner both had eight 5s on their scorecards to finish in a tie for the best poker hand.
Norm Good and Bob Heiger managed the only 3-0 pool-play record and, as such, were declared the day’s outright champions during July 30 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
Two teams emerged from pool play during Aug. 2 action. The team of Steve Doyle and Jerry Disbrow waltzed past walker Hank Huyghe by a 22-7 score to earn a trip to the winner’s circle.
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.