Local runners place high in 10-mile race
|Michael Lamb, left, and Mickey Hooke pose with their trophies at Fort Desoto Park after placing second and third overall in the Max Bayne 10-mile road race. Islander Photo: Courtesy Grassroots Running Systems
BeachHouse Restaurant employee Michael Lamb, 19, a former Islander now residing in Bradenton, and Galati Yacht Sales staff member Mickey Hooke, 48, Bradenton, took home second and third place in the Max Bayne 10-mile road race held March 29 at Fort Desoto Park, just over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Pinellas County.
Lamb powered through the rain-soaked course in 59 minutes, 16 seconds to take second place overall in his first 10-mile race. Hooke set a new personal best, finishing third overall with a time of 61 minutes, 11 seconds, and setting a new masters division record for the course. Lamb trains on Hooke’s Grassroots Running System.
AMI NFL football underway
The Anna Maria Island Community Center’s NFL Flag Football season is under way with games played Monday through Thursday evenings at the Holmes Beach city field. So far it looks as though the G.T. Bray Eagles are the team to beat in the age 13-16 division. They’re putting mad points on the board with contributions from several players. The class of the 10-12 division appears to be the Galati Yacht Sales Texans, which also is scoring points at a high rate. They will be challenged by the Ross Built Chargers before the season is over. The 8-9 division has a pair of undefeated teams in the Island Dojo Jaguars and the Panoramic Cardinals.
Stay tuned to see how these division races shake out.
Mike Norman Realty Packers defeated the Sand Dollar Colts 24-8 in 10-12 division action on April 2. Seth Walter led the Pack with two touchdowns, while Jacob Talucci and Jack Shinn each added one touchdown in the victory. The Colts were led by Austin Marrow, who scored the lone touchdown in the loss.
Strategic Ministries Cowboys cooked Beach Bistro Cardinals 28-18 in 13-16 division action on April 2. Luke Shackleford led the way with three offensive touchdowns, while Aaron King added a TD and a two-point conversion in the victory. Max Miller scored single touchdowns on both sides of the ball to lead the Cardinals, which also received a touchdown from Chandler Hardy in the loss.
Galati Yacht Sales Texans exploded for 51 points to roll to a 10-12 division victory over the Sand Dollar Colts on April 1. Chris Galati and Zach McGuire each scored a pair of offensive TDs with McGuire also adding a TD on the defensive side of the ball. Katie Christenson scored a touchdown and an extra point for the Texans, which also received touchdowns from Seth Mathew and Joey Salinas. Logan Reiber scored a pair of extra points. The Colts were led by Austin Marrow and Bradley Duffman, who each scored a touchdown, while Mikey Ellsworth added a two-point conversion in the loss.
The second game on the evening saw the G.T. Bray Eagles soar over the Island Real Estate Colts by a 63-6 score in 13-16 division action. Aaron Vanhook scored four touchdowns and an extra point and Jordan Grabski added three touchdowns to lead the Eagles. Julian Botero and Prince Singletary each added touchdowns for the Eagles, while Issac Pinckney, Singletary and Austin Ferrer each added two-point conversions. Wyatt Hoffman scored the lone touchdown for the Colts in the loss.
Island Dojo Martial Arts Academy Jaguars earned their second win of the week with a 24-0 victory over Sparks Steel Art Falcons in 8-9 division flag football on March 31. Tyler Yavalar scored a pair of TDs to lead the Jaguars, which also received touchdowns from Jean-Paul Russo and Tori Walter.
The second game of the evening saw Galati Yacht Sales Texans smoke Mr. Bones Vikings 26-14 in 10-12 action. Chris Galati scored three offensive TDs, while Zach McGuire added one touchdown for the Texans in the victory. Richard Almodovar led the Vikings with a touchdown and an extra point, while Jake Parsons scored one touchdown and Josh Zawistoski tacked on an extra point.
The Dojo Jaguars defeated RLS Industries Patriots 19-8 in 8-9 division flag football action on March 30. Nicole Sewall led the Jaguar offensive attack with a pair of touchdowns, while Jean-Paul Russo added a touchdown and an extra point. The Patriots were led by Leo Rose, who scored their lone touchdown and Aiden Grumley, who tacked on a two-point conversion.
The second 8-9 division game of the evening saw the Panoramic Cardinals claw the Sparks Falcons 25-6. Michael Latimer scored a pair of offensive touchdowns and added an extra point, while Tyler Pearson scored 12 points on two offensive touchdowns.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole, best-ball-of-foursome game on April 1 and the team of Dick Grimme, Bob Kelly, Chris Collins and Hal Sears got a hole in one on every hole! April Fools. They actually carded a 14-under-par 48 to capture first place by two shots over the second-place team of Gary Harris, Pete Weir, Bob Elliott and Peter Proxy.
The men also played a nine-hole, low-net-of-partners tourney on March 30. Ernie Hauser and Bob Landgren combined to shoot a 7-under-par 57 to earn bragging rights for the day over second-place finishers Vince Fanton and John Sagert, who carded a 4-under-par 60.
April 18 noon Panoramic vs. LB Ace Hardware AMICC
Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football standings
Team W L
Bray Eagles 3 0
Bistro Cardinals 1 1
IRE Colts 1 2
Ministries Cowboys 0 2
Galati Texans 3 0
Ross Chargers 1 1
Mr. Bones Vikings 1 1
Mike Norman Packers 1 1
Sand Dollar Colts 0 3
Island Dojo Jaguars 2 0
Sparks Falcons 1 2
Panoramic Cardinals 1 0
RLS Patriots 0 2