Falcons fall in regional soccer semifinals
Martine Miller battles to maintain possession against a St. Pete Shorecrest player during the Class 2A, District 10 finals soccer match. Islander Photo: Courtesy Greg Jones
Flag football playoff seeds set — almost
By Kevin Cassidy
Seedings for the Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football playoffs are just about set in every division except the 13- to 16-year-olds, where the Anna Maria Oyster Bar Panthers are making a late run for the top seed.
A three-game winning streak coupled with a pair of losses by Tapes Tennis Titans has helped the Panthers make up a nine-point deficit in the standings. A victory Wednesday, Feb. 24, by the Panthers over the Titans will put them into a tie for first place.
The other divisions have either finished their schedules or the seedings are pretty much set in stone. Tortilla Bay has wrapped up the 8-9 division, as has Ross Built in the 10-12 division. The adult coed teams still have some games and possible seeding changes, but the Raiders and the Bengals are definitely in the playoffs, while the Lions are out.
The Beach House Cardinals outlasted the Sandbar Saints 29-22 in the 8-9 division game Feb. 16. Tyler Pearson led the way with 131 rushing yards and one touchdown, while Alexander Buttram had 38 total yards, including two touchdowns, an extra point and a two-point conversion. Buttram also was strong on defense with four flag pulls and an interception. Brooke Capparelli added 12 receiving yards and a touchdown to complete the Cardinal scoring in the victory.
The Saints were led by Andrew Proctor, who threw for 50 yards while also rushing for 93 yards and three touchdowns. Proctor had a big game on defense as well an interception to go along with five flag pulls. Leo Tilelli added 42 yards of offense and a pair of two-point conversions in the loss. Other defensive standouts for the Saints were Joe Rogers with four pulls and Benjamin Calhoun and Kurtis Green-Zelina with two pulls apiece.
Henrik Hellem-Brusso was on the receiving end of two touchdown passes to finish with 55 receiving yards to lead Holy Cow Cowboys to a 26-21 victory over Walter & Associates Titans Feb. 17 in the 10-12 division game of the week. Burke McCampbell-Hill added 96 rushing yards and a touchdown, while Mikey Ellsworth finished with one touchdown and 42 yards of offense in the victory.
McCampbell-Hill had a huge game on defense, finishing with four flag pulls, an interception, safety and a sack to lead the Cowboys, which also received three pulls from Austin Morrow and two from Zach Stewart. Cooper Hardy added one pull and a quarterback sack in the victory.
Michael Duffman ran for 85 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Titans, which also received 55 yards of offense and a touchdown from Joey Salinas. Miles Fischer added an extra point and Jacob Talucci contributed 36 yards of offense and a two-point conversion in addition to a pair of defensive interceptions in the loss. Other defensive standouts for the Titans were Keegan Murphy with four flag pulls and a sack and a pair of pulls and an interception from Brendan Murphy.
The 13-16 game of the week saw Galati Yacht Sales Raiders outscore Lapensee Plumbing Ravens 47-20 Feb. 16. Aaron Van Hook passed for 66 yards, ran for 131 and added 12 receiving yards to go along with three touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Daniel Doyle also had a nice game, throwing for 139 yards while adding 66 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns in the victory. Luke Shackleford compiled 55 receiving yards and Michael Galati 48, while both scored touchdowns for the Raiders, which also received a two-point conversion from Garrison Clark and an extra point from Galati in the victory.
Van Hook and Doyle both had a pair of flag pulls and an interception to lead the Raiders, which also received four flag pulls from Shakelford and a sack and a pull from Denver Hardy.
The Ravens were led by Tommy Price, who ran for 57 yards and added 65 receiving yards to go along with a pair of touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Rainia Lardas caught a three-yard touchdown from quarterback Chris Pate, who finished with 101 passing yards.
Alex Bernhard led the Ravens with six flag pulls and a QB sack, while Olivia Roemer added two QB sacks and a flag pull.
The adult coed division saw the Bengals outlast the Chiefs 32-26 Feb. 18. Billy Malfese had a nice all-around game with 59 receiving yards that included a touchdown and an extra point on offense, while he also contributed four flag pulls and two interceptions including one that he took to the house for a touchdown. Scott Dell threw for 168 yards and a touchdown, and Tyler Bekkerus added 65 receiving yards, a touchdown and an extra point. Andy Jonatzke rounded out the Bengal scoring with 33 receiving yards and one touchdown, while also helping out on defense with four flag pulls.
Nate Talucci led the Cowboys with 115 yards of total offense, including a pair of touchdowns, while Charles Colson added 63 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. David Johnston finished with 108 yards of offense, while wife Heidi Johnston added a pair of extra points on offense, leading the team with five flag pulls and a pair of sacks on defense. David Zaccagnino threw for 94 yards, and added four pulls on defense for the Cowboys in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
The women of the Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, low-net game Feb. 16. Flight AA winner was Marilyn Thorton with a 3-over-par 35 that put her four shots in front of second-place finisher Jean Holmes. Third place went to Cindi Miller with a 40. Patty Townsend carded a 7-over 39 to take first place in Flight A by three shots over second-place finisher Mary Selby. Jan Turner’s 4-over 36 was good enough to take first place in Flight B with Maryanne Kaemmerlen two shots back in second place. Mardene Eichhorn carded a 1-over par 33 to take first place in Flight C. Joy Nelles was two shots back in second place. Margaret Schuller’s 1-under-par 31 was the low round of the day and gave her first place in Flight D by two shots over Erma McMullen, Joann Brougher and Rose Slomba, who carded matching 33s.
Horseshoe action on Feb. 20 saw four teams emerge from pool play with 3-0 records to advance to the elimination round. Rod Bussey and Al Norman easily defeated Hank Huyghe and Norm Good 21-8. Bussey pulled a muscle and was unable to continue, so Huyghe and Good allowed Norman to go it alone. The second semifinal game saw Gene Bobeldyk and Sam Samuels roll past Leo Hutton and Terry Hall 24-12. Norman continued his stellar play in the finals, defeating Bobeldyk and Samuels 24-7.
In other horseshoe news, five regulars from the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits participated in the Gulf Coast Senior Games and came away with medals. Norm Good brought a gold medal to the Island, while Bob Lee and Sam Samuels came home with silver medals. Art Kingstad and Herb Puryear earned bronze medals for a total of five medalists from the horseshoe regulars.
Play gets under way 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.
AMICC NFL Flag Football schedule
Date Time Teams
Mar. 2 6 p.m. Awards
Mar. 3 6 p.m. Sandbar vs. Sparks
Mar. 5 6 p.m. BeachHouse vs. Tortilla Bay
Mar. 6 2 p.m. Super Bowl
Mar. 6 4 p.m. All-Star Game
Mar. 2 7 p.m. Awards
Mar. 3 7 p.m. IRE vs. Bones
Mar. 5 7 p.m. Walter vs. Ross
Mar. 6 11 a.m. Super Bowl
Mar. 6 1 p.m. All-Star Game
Feb. 24 7 p.m. Lapensee vs. Galati
Feb. 24 8 p.m. Oyster Bar vs. Tapes Tennis
Mar. 2 7 p.m. Awards Ceremony
Mar. 3 8 p.m. 3rd vs. 2nd
Mar. 5 8 p.m. 4th vs. 1st
Mar. 6 10 a.m. Super Bowl
Mar. 6 12 p.m. All-Star Game
Adult Coed Division
Feb. 25 6 p.m. Titans vs. Lions
Feb. 25 7 p.m. Chiefs vs. Bengals
Feb. 25 8 p.m. Cowboys vs. Raiders
Mar. 4 7 p.m. 3rd vs. 2nd
Mar. 4 8 p.m. 4th vs. 1st
Mar. 6 3 p.m. Super Bowl
AMICC NFL Flag Football standings
Team won lost tie points
Dolphins 8 1 0 24
Eagles 6 5 0 18
Saints 4 6 0 12
Cardinals 2 8 0 6
Raiders 9 1 0 27
Bengals 7 3 0 21
Ravens 4 5 0 12
Titans 4 6 0 12
Falcons 3 7 0 9
Cowboys 2 7 0 6
Titans 7 3 0 21
Panthers 6 4 0 18
Raiders 5 5 0 15
Ravens 2 8 0 6
Adult Coed Division
Raiders 6 1 0 18
Bengals 5 2 0 15
Chiefs 4 3 0 12
Titans 3 4 0 9
Cowboys 2 5 0 6
Lions 1 6 0 3