Last of unbeatens fall in center adult football standings

Week 4 of the adult flag football league at the Center of Anna Maria Island saw three previously unbeaten teams — Talucci Construction, Mason Martin and Beach House Real Estate — drop in the standings due to a lost game or, as Beach House Real Estate did, games.

Talucci and Mason Martin now top the standings with 4-1 records, although Talucci Construction holds the tiebreaker after edging Mason Martin 22-19 Aug. 15.

Beach House dropped into fourth place with a 3-2 record, with Beach Bums moving into third on defeating Beach House 34-26 in another Aug. 15 game. Avis Car Rentals and Moss Builders follow with 2-3 records, while Truly Nolen is still in search of a first victory in last place with an 0-6 record after a loss to Moss Builders 24-21 in the final Aug. 15 game.

Mason Martin got the action started Aug. 17 with a 34-26 victory over previously unbeaten Beach House behind the all-around play of Tim Shaughnessy. Shaughnessy passed for 130 yards, including a touchdown pass and two extra points, while also adding an interception return for a touchdown on defense. Caleb Roberts added four catches for 75 yards, including a touchdown and two extra points, while also throwing a touchdown pass. Frank Agnelli finished with four catches for 60 yards and two touchdowns while also adding 20 rushing yards. Jame Ptak completed the M-M scoring with a touchdown pass.

Beach House, playing without quarterback Don Purvis, turned to Chris Gillum, who threw for 165 yards, including three touchdown passes and two extra points. Mike Gillum was his favorite target, finishing with eight catches for 95 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point. Jon Moss added three catches for 35 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point, while Leah Purvis completed the Beach House scoring in the loss with a touchdown catch.

Beach Bums outscored Truly Nolen 33-21 in the second game Aug. 17 behind a huge game from quarterback Chuck Buky, who passed for 255 yards, including five touchdown passes and three extra points. Karri Stephens was his top target, finishing with five catches for 110 yards, a pair of touchdown receptions and an extra point. Chad Woods also had two touchdown receptions and an extra point to go along with 50 receiving yards, while Jay Hoffmeister finished with five catches for 85 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point.

Jake Parsons led Truly Nolen with a 10-yard touchdown run to go along with four catches for 65 yards, including a touchdown and a pair of extra points. Joseph Carder threw for 120 yards, including two touchdown passes and three extra points, and Ben Sato finished with 45 receiving yards, a touchdown and an extra point in the loss.

Avis Car Rentals ran past Talucci Construction behind Danny Murphy, who rushed for 60 yards and a pair of touchdowns on three carries, while also adding a 20-yard touchdown reception. Jason Sato threw for 90 yards and a pair of scores and Lexi Sato finished with three catches for 25 yards and a touchdown in the victory.

Ray Gardner threw for 155 yards and two touchdown passes to lead Talucci in the loss. Nate Talucci finished with four catches for 50 yards and a touchdown and Kevin Roman added two catches for 50 yards and a touchdown.


Horseshoe news

Two teams squared off in the finals after posting 2-1 records in pool play during Aug. 16 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Hank Huyghe and Steve Doyle rolled to a 21-7 victory over Norm Good and Gary Howcroft to earn the day’s bragging rights.

Two teams rolled through Aug. 19 pool-play action with 3-0 records and met in the finals to determine the day’s champs. Howcroft redeemed himself after getting thumped in Wednesday’s finals by walking past Huyghe and Neil Hennessey 21-10, which earned him 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.


Key Royale golf news

The week produced a full slate of golf action at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach, starting with a nine-hole modified Stableford-system match Aug. 14. Pat Moyna and Paul Phillips both carded plus-3s to finish in a tie for first place.

The women had the course to themselves Aug. 15 and for a nine-hole individual-low-net match in two flights.

Sue Wheeler fired an even-par 32 to take the top spot in Flight A. Debi Wohlers and Penny Williams were three shots back in a tie for second place.

Janet Razze’s even-par 32 gave her first place in Flight B by one stroke over second-place finisher Wendy Holcomb.

The men were back on the course Aug. 17 for a nine-hole scramble, won by the team of Mark Kimball, Paul Phillips and Bill Shuman on a combined two-under-par 30.


Last week to register for soccer

Online registration is open at for players ages 4-18 wanting to take part in the Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization’s fall soccer season.

Registration closes Aug. 26, but don’t delay. Some age groups fill up prior to the registration deadline.

Cost is $125, including jersey, shorts and socks, plus $20 that is reimbursed if a parent volunteers for two hours during the season.

Mayso gets started Oct. 7 at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton, while player evaluations, also at Bray, are Aug. 28 for U6 players, Aug. 29 for U8, Aug. 30 for U10 players and Aug. 31 for U12 and up. Check in for all evaluations is at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, email or go online to

The Center of Anna Maria Island also is registering young players for a fall soccer league and “the chance to learn about teamwork, sportsmanship and soccer skills, while having fun and building friendships.”

Center youth soccer is for children 3-17 years old.

The deadline to register is Saturday, Aug. 26.

Player evaluations will be Tuesday, Aug. 29, for kids age 6-10 and evaluations for kids age 11-17 will be Wednesday, Aug. 30.

The season of games will open Saturday, Sept. 9, and continue through October.

The cost to register is $10 for center members and $126 for non-members.

Registration can be completed online at, by calling the center at 941-778-1908 or in person at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

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