Island retiree racks up triathlon accolades, medals
She’s an overachieving, over-65 champion.
Island resident Sandy Meneley is quite an athlete, and she’s had quite the year in triathlons and other races.
She captured first place Nov. 1 in the Ironman Florida triathlon in Panama City Beach in the 65-69 age division. An event consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a marathon, 26.2 miles on foot.
Unfortunately, the Arctic blast that hit the area last week hit Panama City Beach on race day so the swimming portion of the race was canceled due to strong winds and a strong rip current.
The athletes biked in 20-30 mph winds, but Meneley still managed an average speed of 17 mph and then ran the marathon portion of the race in the same conditions.
Meneley’s first-place age-group performance again qualified her for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. Two years ago, Meneley and her daughter competed in Kona, where Sandy Meneley earned a fourth-place finish.
Her daughter qualified earlier this year for Kona at an Ironman in Chattanooga. And Sandy Meneley has declined her spot in Kona, choosing instead go as a volunteer and to support her daughter’s effort.
Meneley has been busy this year, winning the Escape Fort Desoto Triatholon in April, the Memphis in May Triathlon, the Top Gun Triathlon in July and the Siesta Beach Triathlon in August.
In September, Meneley competed in the ITU World Championship in Edmonton, California, where she finished fourth. On the morning of the race, the temperature was in the 40s and, although she had the fastest 10K time in her age group, her swim time was slower than she expected.
As the year comes to a close, Meneley is ranked eighth in the nation in her age group, garnering All- American honors and first in the nation in Duathlons for another All-American honor.
Sandy and husband Fuzz Meneley are 12-year Island residents, having moved here from Illinois. Sandy Meneley retired from teaching sixth-grade math and coaching high school track.
Key Royale news
More than 60 players teed up Nov. 6 for Fall Stag Day at the Key Royale Club. Individual low-gross honors went to Tim Friessen with an even-par 32, while Wayne Patterson’s 5-under-par 27 gave him low-net honors.
The team of Larry Solberg, John Purcell and Peter Solleveld carded 121 for lowest combined score.
Mixon Insurance again sponsored the hole-in-one prizes, including $10,000 for a hole-in-one, golf equipment and a Kindle Fire. While nobody managed an ace to claim the $10,000 prize, Larry Pippel came close, winning the closest-to-the-pin on the eighth hole with a shot that landed a mere 12 inches from the cup.
The women got out for a nine-hole, individual-low-net-in-flight match with a side game of best-four consecutive holes Nov. 4.
Joy Kaiser fired a 7-under-par 25 that included a birdie on the second hole to take first place in Flight A. Mary Lou Dreier was alone in second place with a 4-under-28, while Helen Pollock carded 2-under-par 30 for third place.
Debi Wohlers took the prize for best-four consecutive holes with a 15, followed by Phyllis Roe, Penny Williams and Judy Crowe with 16s.
Flight B produced a tie for first place as Pam Alvord and Christine Mason both finished at even-par 32. Barb Estok was one shot back in second place.
Judy Ward and Meredith Slavin had the best four holes with matching 19s while Carol Duncan and Carol Patterson both had 20s.
Sally Martin and Trish Kruger both carded 2-under-par 30s to finish in a tie for first place in Flight C. Beth Lindeman was one shot back in second place. Connie Livanos and Jan Turner won the consecutive-holes challenge with matching 19s.
Markie Ksiazek fired a 5-under-par 27 to take first place in Flight A, three shots ahead of second-place finisher Nel Bergstrom, while Marcia O’Brien and Shirley Cessna tied for first place with 19s in the best-four game.
Winter sports on tap for AMICC
Registration for youth flag football at the Anna Maria Island Community Center is open and continues until Nov. 25.
The cost to play is $75 for members and $105 for non-members. All players receive a a team jersey. If space allows, late registrations will be accepted, but a late fee applies.
Games will be played on the center fields on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays beginning in January.
Tryouts for the league begin Dec. 1, with the 5-7 age group at 6 p.m., followed by the 11-13 age division at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, Dec. 5, the 8-10 age division tries out at 6 p.m., followed by the 14-17 division at 8 p.m.
Registration for adults in flag football and volleyball is ongoing. Cost for both leagues is $75 for center members and $110 for non-members. To avoid a late fee, register before Dec. 2.
Tryouts for all sports are mandatory, with team selection immediately afterward. Players opting for both football and volleyball receive a $25 discount.
Tryouts for adult flag football will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 8. Games will be played Wednesdays, starting in January, for the 18-and-up division and Thursday evenings for the 30-and-up division.
Adult volleyball tryouts will be held on at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 in the center gym. Games will be played Tuesday nights beginning in January.
Coaches, captains and sponsors are needed and any youth head coach will see their child play free.
For more information, contact athletic director, Matt Ray, at 778-1908 ext. 9205 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three teams emerged from pool play and were left to battle for the day’s bragging rights during Nov. 5 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
John Crawford and Bob Palmer drew the bye and watched as Hank Huyghe and Herb Puryear defeated Norm Good and Steve Grossman by a 23-12 score. Crawford and Palmer rolled in the final, defeating Huyghe and Puryear by a 22-7 score.
Three teams also advanced to the knockout round during Nov. 8 horseshoe action. Gene Bobeldyke and Bob Palmer defeated Karl Thomas and Norm Langeland 23-8 in the semifinal match, and then followed that up with a 21-4 thrashing over Tim Sofran and Hank Huyghe in the championship match.
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 team selection. Everyone is welcome.
Center sports news goes missing
No results and no information was provided this week for sports programs at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.