No thanks to Irma, youth soccer season finally underway

After delays to tryouts, team selection, practices and games due to the passing of the Category 2 Hurricane Irma, the youth soccer season at the Center of Anna Maria Island finally kicked off last week.

After just a week of action, there’s only one team with a spotless record and that belongs to Bins Be Clean in the 8-10 division. They handily won both of their matches to jump out to a 2-0 record and grab an early lead in the standings. Wash Family Construction and Progressive Cabinetry follow with matching 1-1 records, while Blue Lagoon is 0-2.

The two-team 11-14 division had its first match decided by a forfeit when Slim’s Place was unable to field a team Sept. 26 for its match against Truly Nolen, though the two teams did play to a 2-2 tie Sept. 30.

Aiden Templeton paced Truly Nolen in the Sept. 30 match with a goal and an assist, while Evan Talucci added a goal.

Slim’s Place was led by Brock and Shane Soletti, who scored a goal each to lead Slim’s, which also received an assist from Sam Leister in the tie.

Bins Be Clean opened the 8-10 division fall season Sept. 26 with a 5-3 victory over Progressive Cabinetry, which received four goals from Jackson Pakbaz and two saves from goalie David Patterson in the victory.

Jack Mattick’s hat trick paced Progressive Cabinetry, which also received three saves from goalie Lily Kawahata in the loss. An own-goal by Progressive accounted for the final score for Bins Be Clean.

The second game of the evening saw Wash Family Construction roll to a 4-0 victory over Blue Lagoon behind a hat trick from Chris Ueltschi and a single goal from Lincoln Sauls. Goalie Jack Whiteside made four saves to earn the shutout victory for WFC.

Victor Albrecht helped keep Blue Lagoon in the match with two saves in the loss.

Action continued Sept. 30 with two 8-10 division matches, starting with Progressive Cabinetry’s 6-1 dismantling of Wash Family Construction. Ewen Cloutier led the way with three goals, while Jack Mattick finished with two goals and two assists. Kieran Cloutier added a goal and an assist, while Lily Kawahata finished with two saves in the victory.

Lincoln Sauls scored Wash Family Construction’s goal, and Jack Whiteside finished with four saves in the loss.

Jackson Pakbaz and Connor Samblis both had two goals and an assist to lead Bins Be Clean to a 5-0 victory over Blue Lagoon. Gabriella Gilbert added a goal and Andrew Peterson finished with two saves in the victory.

Victor Albrecht made four saves and Jocelyn Raines added two saves for Blue Lagoon in the loss.


More soccer

The adult soccer league at the center will kick off its fall season with four games starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5. The eight-team co-ed league includes Jiffy Lube, Sato Real Estate, Acqua Aveda, Ross Built Construction, Slim’s Place, Mulock Flynn Law, Moss Builders and Mar/Kis Insurance.

The seven-game season runs through Nov. 9, with playoffs starting Nov. 16 and championship Thursday set for Dec. 7.


Horseshoe news

There was no need for playoffs during horseshoe action Sept. 27 and Sept. 30 at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

Dom Livedoti and Bob Heiger posted the only 3-0 record and were the outright champs during Sept. 27 action, while Neil Hennessey walked his way to the lone 3-0 pool play record during action Sept. 30.

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

Normalcy returned to Key Royale Club after the past few weeks spent cleaning up the fairways from Irma’s mess.

The men teed off Sept. 25 for their regular, modified-Stableford system match. Jim Auch and Barry Izzard both carded plus-4s to finish in a tie for first place.

The women got on the course Sept. 26 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in two flights.

Helen Pollock fired a 3-under-par 29 to earn a two-shot victory over Stephanie Morris, who was alone in second place with a 1-under-par 31. Phyllis Roe and Jean Holmes finished in a tie for third with matching even-par 32s.

Roxanne Koche scorched the course with a 6-under-par 26 to take the top spot in Flight B. Janet Razze took second place with a 1-under-par 31, while Jana Samuels finished at 2-over-par 34, including a chipin on the second hole.

Pollock also won the game of the day with 13 putts.

The men played a nine-hole scramble Sept. 28 that saw the team of Marty Hicks, Jack Isherwood, Larry Pippel and Gary Razze combine on a 6-under-par 26 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day. The team of Mike Gille, Barry Izzard, Jeff Rodencal and Dennis Schavey finished two shots back in second place.


More golf news

The Center of Anna Maria Island invites all golf enthusiasts to join them for the annual fundraising golf tournament Friday, Oct. 20, at the IMG Golf Academy, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy., Bradenton.

Cost for the tournament is $125 per player or $450 per foursome and includes lunch, dinner and the usual assortment of prizes and raffles. The tournament benefits the sports programs at the center.

Sign up is at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, online at or by calling the center at 941-778-1908.

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