Air & Energy’s Cole Pearson looks to shoot as Gulf-Bay Realty’s Sam Waterman applies pressure during the Anna Maria Island Community Center Soccer League’s 8-10 division championship game played Aug. 15 at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Southern Greens’ James Richards looks to pass as he carries the soccer ball out during the 11-14 division championship game played Aug. 15 at the center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Champions crowned in indoor AMICC soccer league
Another exciting season of “cool” indoor soccer came to an end with championship games for the Anna Maria Island Community Center league’s 8-10 and 11-14 age divisions Aug. 15.
The 8-10 championship game saw Air & Energy roll to a 4-1 victory over top-seeded Gulf-Bay Realty behind the strong play of Cole Pearson. Pearson, who constantly made piercing runs through the Gulf-Bay defense finished with two goals, while Adrian Zamora and Will Carroll each finished with one goal. Other members of the team are Michael Coleman, Jack Love, Juliet Greene, Alana Bellfiore and Maddelyn Rogers.
Devon McGonigal scored the lone goal for Gulf-Bay. Team members include Winston Romberger, Sam Waterman, Evan Talucci, Elek Brisson, Kylie Huffman, Sam Leister and Ben Brashear.
Air & Energy advanced to the championship thanks to a 7-3 semifinal victory over Bowes Imaging Aug. 13. Pearson again led the way with four goals, while Carroll, Coleman and Bellfiore each added single goals to the victory.
Garrett Laflamme scored two goals and Luke Bowes added one to lead Bowes Imaging in the loss.
The 11-14 championship game was an exciting, back-and-forth affair that had the crowd on the edge of its seats as Southern Greens earned the title with a come-from-behind, 7-6 victory over Dojo Martial Arts.
Southern Greens got on the scoreboard first on a nice goal from Gavin Walker, but goals from Tyler Pearson, Carter Reemelin and Logan Richelieu gave Dojo a 3-1 lead.
The teams then traded goals and the half closed with Dojo holding a 5-3 lead. Walker brought Southern Greens to within a goal to start the second half, and the teams then played on through, trading scoring chances. Southern’s goalie, Blake Balais, and Dojo goalie Dunn Reemelin both came up with several strong saves to keep the score 5-4 as the minutes ticked away.
With less than five minutes to play, Southern received goals from Walker and James Richards for a 6-5 lead, before Michael Latimer got a little lucky when his miss-hit shot somehow eluded Balais in goal to tie the score at 6-6.
The Dojo defense got caught going forward, giving Southern Greens’ Richards a breakaway chance. Carter Reemelin hustled back to deny Richards, who dug the ball out of the corner and passed it back to Nate Bettgar. Bettgar rifled the game-winner past Dunn Reemelin to give Southern Greens the win.
Gavin Walker led the Southern Greens offensive attack with four goals, while Bettger finished with two. Richards completed the scoring with one goal in the victory. Other players for Southern Greens are Brooke Capperelli, Tyler Brewer, Preston Walker and Shelby Morrow.
Carter Reemelin and Latimer scored two goals each to lead Dojo Martial Arts, which also received one goal each from Tyler Pearson and Richelieu in the loss. Other members of the team are Conal Cassidy, Lilah Naeher, Bella Romberger and Chloe Romberger.
Adult flag football winds down
The adult flag football season at the center has one week of regular-season games remaining before playoffs begin Aug. 28.
Slim’s Place Seahawks is comfortably atop the standings with a perfect 7-0 record. The Feast Redskins, which is two games back with a 5-2 record, also is in a good spot with a two-game lead over Beach to Bay Construction Broncos, Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants and Jessie’s Island Store Dolphins — all have three victories. Island Real Estate Raiders at 2-5 and Sato Real Estate Browns at 1-6 complete the standings.
Slim’s Place extended its lead with two victories during Aug. 14 action. They opened the evening with a 26-13 victory over Sato Real Estate.
After a forfeit victory by The Feast over Beach to Bay Construction, Slim’s Place edged Island Real Estate 28-27 behind the play of quarterback Don Purvis. He completed 15 of 18 passes for 146 yards and two touchdown passes, while also running for a touchdown. Andrew Turman caught six passes for 46 yards, including a touchdown and two extra points, while Dina DeJesus caught two passes for a touchdown and an extra point. Pat Calvary ran three times for 65 yards, including a long touchdown run to complete the scoring for Slim’s.
IRE was led by quarterback Larry Berkery, who completed 17 of 23 passes for 223 yards and three touchdown passes, while also running in a 2-point conversion. Berkery’s favorite target was Wayne Wyckoff, who finished with 10 catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Zack Wyckoff added six catches for 59 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point to complete the scoring in the loss.
The final game of the evening saw Agnelli Pool & Spa edge Jessie’s Island Store 30-29 behind the all-around play of Matt Kretzman. He caught 13 passes for 195 yards, including three touchdowns and two extra points on offense, while also contributing a quarterback sack that resulted in a safety on defense. Quarterback Chuck Bucky threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns. Frank Agnelli added a 35-yard touchdown run to complete the scoring for the Giants.
Jessie’s Island Store was led by Ryan Moss, who threw for a touchdown, ran for a touchdown and added a touchdown reception. He finished with 53 rushing yards and 45 receiving yards, while passing for 78 yards. Andy Szabo completed three passes for 45 yards and a touchdown pass in addition to catching two passes for 33 yards and an extra point. Jonathan Moss threw for one touchdown and caught three passes for 45 yards and a touchdown. Jeff Walker completed the scoring with a 45-yard touchdown reception on a pass from Jonathan Moss.
Key Royale golf news
The women of Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match Aug. 12 and added a side game called “odd ball,” where scores are counted only on the odd numbered holes with half the handicap subtracted to determine the low-net, odd-ball winners.
Jenna Samuels carded an even-par 32 to win low-net honors in Flight A, while Sue Wheeler’s 2-under-par 30 gave her first place in Flight B.
Samuels finished in a tie with Meredith Slavin for first place in Flight A in the odd ball game on matching scores of 18.5.
Sue Wheeler also had company at the top as Janet Razze matched her odd ball score of 20 to tie for first place in Flight B.
After two trips to the winner’s circle last week, Hank Huyghe continued to be hot in the horseshoe pits at Anna Maria City Hall.
Two teams emerged from pool play during Aug. 13 action, but the team of Tim Sofran and Steve Grossman had no answer for Huyghe, who walked his way to a 21-14 victory and a third consecutive trip to the winner’s circle.
Hughe made it four in a row during Aug. 16 action, teaming up with Sam Samuels to forge the only 3-0 record in pool play and earning the day’s outright title.
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.
Fall sports lineup at center
Registration for fall sports at the center is underway and first up is the recreational soccer league for players ages 4-17. Cost to play the season, including a team jersey, is $75 for members and $105 for non-members. A late fee of $15 will apply on Aug. 24.
Mandatory tryouts will be:
Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. for ages 4-5 and 7 p.m. for ages 6-7. Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. for ages 11-13; and Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. for ages 8-10 and 7:30 p.m. for ages 14-17.
Games will be played weeknights, excluding Thursdays, with some games played Saturdays.
Adult soccer, which will be played Thursday evenings, gets started with mandatory tryouts at 7 p.m.Wednesday, Sept. 3.
Adult basketball will be played Tuesday evenings and mandatory tryouts will be in the gym at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8.
Cost for adult sports is $75 for center members. Non-members pay $110. A jersey is furnished.
To sign up or for more information, contact AMICC athletic director Matt Ray at 941-778-1908, ext. 9205, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tennis lessons offered center
All children enrolled in the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s after-school program will receive free tennis lessons courtesy of the Panda Foundation.
Starting Sept. 9, lessons will take place on the AMICC tennis courts on Tuesday and Thursdays. Grades K-five will play 3:30-4:15 p.m., while grades six and up will play 4:15-5 p.m.
Non-members can participate for $10 per lesson per day, and pre-registration is required.
For more information, contact the center’s education director, Kathy Bogad, at 941-778-1908, ext. 9206, or email@example.com.