Center hosts punt, pass and kick round 1 competition
|Andrew Ross shows good form on this punt attempt during the NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass and Kick local qualifier hosted by the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
|Blaine Jenefsky is a picture of concentration as he kicks the ball off the tee during punt, pass and kick competition.
The Anna Maria Island Community Center hosted a local, NFL Pepsi, Punt, Pass and Kick first-round competition at the Holmes Beach Birdie Tebbetts Field on Saturday, July 14. It was attended by approximately 20 youths who competed in four groups for boys and girls ages 8-15.
Participants were allowed one practice punt, pass or kick before launching their “official” entry. Punts, passes and kicks were awarded points based on distance and accuracy. The field, which had a tape measure stretched out straight down the middle, had volunteers to mark the ball where it landed. Officials then used string to measure the distance away from “dead center” and deducted that amount to come up with an “official” distance.
Not surprisingly, the longest punts, passes and kicks came from the 14-15 age group as Tommy Price, the boy’s winner with 290 points, uncorked a punt 97 feet - actually much longer, but way off the mark - and a pass that sailed 132 feet.
Emma Barlow, the girl’s winner with 230 points, had the longest kick off the tee - a 105-foot blast. Second place finishers in the 14-15 group were Forrest Schield with 201 points for the boys and Rainia Lardas who totaled 200 points in the girl’s division.
Julian Botero won the 12-13 boys division with a punt of 87 feet, a pass of 81 feet and a kick that traveled 66 feet for a 234 point total. Second place went to Chris Pate with 191 points.
The boy’s 10-11 winner was Joseph Andruzzi who put up 168 points with a 68-foot punt, a 70-foot pass and a kick of 30 feet to finish ahead of Brock Baldwin, who totaled 136 points.
The youngest division had some impressive performances as well, with Blaine Jenefsky outpointing Seth Walter 148 to 130 to win the 8-9 boy’s division. Jenefsky punted the ball 45 feet, passed it 64 and finished it off with a 34-foot kick. Andrew Ross took third with 106 points, while Katie Rose-Dell captured the girl’s age 8-9 title with 35 points.
It was a fun learning experience for the competitors, especially the winners who will have a chance to move on and compete at sectionals at a date to be announced.
Congratulations to all of the competitors.
Titans, Bucs win NFL Flag Football Superbowl
The Anna Maria Community Center’s NFL Flag Football season came to an end July 13 with a “Superbowl” game played in the youth- and junior-league divisions at Birdie Tebbetts Field in Holmes Beach.
The junior division game was a tight one with the Titans edging the Chiefs 28-27 to win the championship. Connor Field had a good game, scoring four offensive touchdowns and also catching a one-point conversion. Josh Zawistoski added a two-point and a one-point conversion. Other members of the champion Titans are Jacob Beal, Morgan Greig, Adam Hart, George Lardas, Zach Stewart and Blake Tedesco.
The Chiefs were led by Zach Facheris, who scored three touchdowns and scored on a two-point conversion. Anthony Cucci added a touchdown and an extra point for the Chiefs in the loss.
The Buccaneers captured the youth division in more convincing fashion, defeating the Panthers by a 26-18 score. Daniel Landesberg led the way with a pair of touchdowns, while Tommy Price added a touchdown and an extra point. Kyle Parsons added another touchdown for the Bucs which also received an extra point from Rainia Lardas in the victory. Other members of the Bucs are Alex Burgess, Trevor Bystrom, Patrick Edwards, Katie Hunt and Chris Pate.
Brandon Gengler paced the Panthers with three offensive touchdowns in the loss.
Sam Samuels and Marty Findley dominated the horseshoe proceedings on July 7 - the only undefeated team in pool play and outright champions. Second place went to the team of Ron Pepka and George McKay, who defeated Karl Furman and Phil Findley.
Two teams emerged from the July 11 games with undefeated records and battled it out for bragging rights. The team of Debbie Rhodes and Ron Slagh jumped out to a 13-2 lead before holding on for an exciting 21-18 win over Debbie’s husband, Tom Rhodes, and Noel Sanchez. Tom Rhodes and Sanchez actually tied the score at 14-14 before succumbing in the end.
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.
Key Royale golf news
The men of Key Royale teed it up for a nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match on July 9 and played the same game over 18 holes on July 11.
The team of Al Morgan, Bob Kral, Vince Mercandante and Earl Huntzinger fired an 11-under-par 53 to claim clubhouse bragging rights for the nine-hole event. Four shots back with a 57 in second place was the team of Don Ledford, Bob Jorgensen, John Driscoll and Paul Keyes.
Wednesday’s 18-hole tourney went to the team of John Atkinson, Dick Grimme, John Heiselman and Bob Kelly with a score of 108. Eight shots back with a score of 116 and second place was the team of Lew Winegarden, Bob Elliott and the Proxy brothers Tom and Jerry.
Join Her-icane golf challenge
The Manatee High School Her-icanes girls soccer team is hosting a fundraising golf tournament at the Bradenton Country Club at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. The team uses the funds for uniforms, warm-up suits and tournament travel.
For a $100 donation, players can test their golf skills at Bradenton's most exclusive and challenging layout in a four-person scramble.
All players registered before the Aug. 1 deadline will receive a goody bag, cart and greens fees, a post-tourney banquet and guaranteed fun throughout the day. Also on tap are a straightest-drive contest, two closest-to-the-pin contests, a putting contest and raffles for tons of prizes. The field is limited to the first 100 golfers, so don't delay.
The Her-icanes are also looking for tournament sponsors to help their cause. For $800, a business can purchase the Hat Trick package, consisting of a foursome, banquet, tee or green sign on the course and a banner that will be displayed at all Manatee Her-icane home soccer games. A golden goal sponsorship package includes a foursome and a tee or green sign on the course for $500, or a tee or green sign for the tournament for $125.
To sign up a foursome, list the four players and each players phone number and send the list with a check payable to Manatee Girls Soccer Booster. Mail it to me, Her-icane Coach Kevin Cassidy at 2011 79th St. N.W., Bradenton FL 34209. For more information, call me at 941-807-1105.