Islander qualifies for World Championship Triathlon
Sandy Meneley made a triumphant return to Holmes Beach in August as national champion of the Olympic Age Group Triathlon held Aug. 10-11 in Milwaukee.
Meneley qualified for the national event on winning her age 65-69 group regional championship at St. Anthony’s in St. Petersburg in April.
The national title entitles her to participate on Team USA, representing the United States at the World Cup Triathlon next summer in Edmonton, Canada.
Meneley was a USA teammember a few years back, earning a fourth-place finish in Beijing.
She’s a former high school track coach who took on triathlons after retiring from teaching in Tolono, Ill.
Her marathon running experience helped her obtain podium finishes in all triathlon distances, including a fourth-place finish at last year’s world championship Ironman in Hawaii.
In Milwaukee, the Olympic distance race consisted of a 1,500 meter swim in Lake Michigan, 37 minutes; a 25-mile bike ride in 1:18 for an average 19.1 mph; and a 6.2 mile run in 50:43, averaging 8:09 minutes per mile.
Meneley says she enjoys the daily training needed to participate in her sport and she and husband Fuzz, enjoy their travels to the various race venues.
Southern Greens takes volleyball title
Southern Greens outlasted Beach Bums 25-16, 17-25, 25-16 to win the adult volleyball title in playoffs Aug. 27 at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Beach Bums jumped out to an early 4-1 lead, but Charlene Mann served for six consecutive points to give Southern Greens a 7-4 lead that they would not relinquish in game one. Beach Bums pulled to within 16-17, but a service error by Trever Benson gave Beach Bums an 18-16 lead and they held on for the 25-16 win.
Game two was a close match with Beach Bums clinging to a 16-14 lead, and Michelle Laade had a pair of dink kills to extend the lead to 18-14. The teams traded points before a kill from Jordan Demers pulled Southern Greens to within 17-22, but another kill from Benson and a dink kill from Troy Shonk gave them a 24-17 lead. They closed out the victory on a service winner from Benson to force a third game.
Southern Greens jumped out to an early 8-4 lead, but a kill from Benson pulled Beach Bums to within 5-8, and a pair of kills from Demers and a kill from Ryan Moss extended the Southern Greens lead to 11-5.
Beach Bums clawed back and pulled to 8-11 on another kill from Benson, but three consecutive serves from Emily Moss allowed Southern Greens to open up a 13-8 lead.
The teams traded points until a roof block on Demer’s spike attempt by Benson pulled Beach Bums to 13-18 — which is as close as they would get. Demers had two kills to extend the Southern Greens lead to 23-15. A block from Ryan Hogan gave Beach Bums hope, but a pair of service winners by Demers closed out the 25-16 victory and the championship for Southern Greens.
Demers pounded down 21 kills in the match to lead all players, while Ryan Moss added nine kills and 19 assists. Emily Moss provided strong back-row play for Southern Greens in the victory.
Benson led Beach Bums with 13 kills, five assists and 10 digs, while Laade added 10 assists and four kills. Hogan and Shonk finished with four kills each to round out the Beach Bums effort in the loss.
Beach Bum advanced to the finals by defeating Salon Salon 25-21, 22-25, 25-16 in the second semifinal match of the evening. The first semifinal saw Southern Greens sweep Bowes Imaging Center in two closely played games, 26-24, 25-19.
Salon Salon opened the playoff action with a 25-22, 25-14 win over a shorthanded Island Real Estate team that was down to two players.
Horseshoe players at the Anna Maria City Hall pits Aug. 31 took part in the “Livedoti Rain Day Challenge.” The contest saw three-player teams compete for bragging rights. The team of Bob Heiger, Tom Skoloda and Sam Samuels defeated Steve Doyle, Dom Livedoti and Steve Grossman in the championship game.
Aug. 28 horseshoe action saw Tim Sofran and Samuels earn the day’s outright championship with the only 3-0 pool-play record.
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, everyone is welcome.
Key Royale golf news
After a wet week that all but eliminated any action on the Key Royale Club links, the women got out for a nine-hole individual-low-net golf match Aug. 27 that included a “best-four-holes-in-a-row” category.
Liz Lang grabbed the top spot in Flight A with a 3-under-par 29. Christina Mason won Flight B with a 3-over-par 35.
Lang and Meredith Slavin both topped the “best four” contest with two pars and two bogies over four holes, while Sue Hookem birdied number six to round out the golf action for the day.
The men got into the action with a pair of matches played Aug. 26, starting with a best-ball-of-partners match. The team of Carl Voyles and Jim Dunne combined on a 6-under-par 58 for bragging rights for the morning.
The afternoon match saw Jerry Landkammer card a plus-5 and take the prize in a nine-hole, modified-Stableford or quota-points game.
The men got out again Aug. 29 for a nine-hole scramble that was won by the team of Mike Gille, Dennis Schavey and Mike Pritchett with 6-under-par 26.
Holmes Beach man makes Indy Football Hall of Fame
By Rick Catlin
For Holmes Beach resident Mike Deal, football is not just a sport, it’s a way of life.
A lifelong player, coach and scout of the game, Deal was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame earlier this summer, joining his brother and father in the hall.
“It was a great feeling to be so honored,” Deal said. “And to join my father and brother, and the list of great players already in the hall is something special.”
Players and coaches such as Alex Karras, Fred Williamson and Hank Stram are in the hall, along with many others from Indiana who left their mark on the game.
“I can honestly say football has been my life,” Deal said.
Deal played football at the University of Indiana-Bloomington, and in 1969 was a member of the school’s only team to ever go to the Rose Bowl.
After graduation, Deal coached high school football and became a college coach at Wabash University in Crawfordsville, Ind. In 1982, he coached Wabash to an undefeated season.
He coached at Illinois, Arizona, Texas, Marshall and Kansas State, among other schools, as well as in NFL-Europe before becoming a football scout.
Deal scouted for the Denver Broncos for five years and currently works for a scouting company that tracks high school football players, providing information to collegiate combines, recruiting services and ESPN.
He and wife Nancy moved to Holmes Beach in 2000.
The Deals have one daughter, Tiffany, and three grandchildren. Their son-in-law, Jeff Hecklinski, is an assistant football coach at the University of Michigan.