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Center’s 3 flag football league divisons crown champions

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Planet Stone defender Anthony Nguyen closes in on Blue Lagoon quarterback John Holbrook as he looks for an open receiver during the 11-13 division championship flag football game at the Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Islander Photos: Kevin P. Cassidy
Blue Lagoon defender Matt Speidel chases down and pulls the flag of Jeremiah Sculco to prevent a Planet Stone touchdown during the flag football league’s 11-13 division championship game at the Center of Anna Maria Island.
Planet Stone, 11-13 division champs. Coach Joe Christenson, Evan Christenson, Riley Quillin, Anthony Nguyen, Jeremiah Sculco, Grayson Mitchell, Dylan Jacques and Riley Lawson.

The youth flag football league at the Center of Anna Maria Island came to an end in two nights of action on the center field and the crowning of three division champions.

The 11-13 division’s championship game Feb. 7 saw No. 1 seed Planet Stone taking on No. 2 seed Blue Lagoon.

Planet Stone wasted no time getting on the scoreboard on its first possession. A 26-yard pass from Evan Christenson to Jeremiah Sculco gave Planet Stone the ball deep in Blue Lagoon territory, where Riley Quillin finished off the drive with a 6-yard touchdown run. Christenson then hit Quillin for the extra-point pass and a 7-0 lead.

Blue Lagoon answered with a drive of its own. After two plays for minimal yardage, Kale Petrin connected with John Holbrook for 18 yards and a first down.

Holbrook then connected with Tres Maddox for 6 yards before finding Sam Leister in the endzone for a 12-yard touchdown pass. Petrin hit Holbrook on the extra-point pass to tie the score at 7-7 with 4:39 left to play in the first half.

Planet Stone responded quickly. Christenson found Quillin for a 9-yard swing pass before breaking out some razzle-dazzle on second down. A double reverse resulted in Riley “Dash” Lawson getting around the corner and outrunning everyone down the sideline for a 29-yard touchdown run. Petrin hit Holbrook to complete the extra point and take a 14-7 lead.

Blue Lagoon went three and out on its next possession, giving Planet Stone the ball back with just under a minute left in the half.

Christenson got loose for an 18-yard run on first down and then connected with Sculco for a seven-yard completion, giving them a first down.

Sculco completed a 7-yard pass to Christenson on first down before Christenson connected with Sculco for an 11-yard touchdown pass and a 20-7 halftime lead.

Unfortunately for Blue Lagoon, Planet Stone got the ball to start the second half and wasted little time in extending its lead. Christenson connected with Quillin on a short swing pass that Quillin turned into a 45-yard touchdown. Christenson then hit Anthony Nguyen for the extra point and a 27-7 lead.

Blue Lagoon got the ball back and Petrin connected with Jiles Kirkland for 6 yards on first down and, after an incomplete pass, Petrin found Holbrook for 14 yards and a first down. David Patterson ran a sweep for 9 yards on first down and then took a lateral from Petrin to the right, before reversing field and outrunning everyone to the corner for an 11-yard touchdown. Petrin hit Holbrook for the extra point to pull to 27-14.

Planet Stone took possession and Quillin gained 6 yards on a sweep before Lawson again put his blazing speed on display with a 26-yard run on a reverse. An incomplete and a false start penalty moved Planet Stone back 5 yards but, on third down, Christenson scrambled to keep the play alive before hitting Nguyen with a 10-yard touchdown pass. Christenson connected with Sculco to extend the lead to 34-14 with 8:24 left to play.

Blue Lagoon got the ball back but, on first down, Sculco broke through to sack Holbrook in the end zone for a safety to extend the Planet Stone lead to 36-14 and get the ball back for the offense.

Blue Lagoon and Planet Stone traded three and outs as the clock ticked down. Lagoon got the ball back with 50 seconds to play. Holbrook hit Petrin with a pass out to midfield before connecting with him again on a 26-yard touchdown pass as the clock ticked away, ending the game with the score 26-20 and Planet Stone on top of the world.

Christenson threw three touchdown passes to lead Planet Stone, which also received two touchdowns and an extra point from Nguyen and touchdowns from Quillin and Lawson. Sculco added a touchdown reception, 2 extra points and added a sack for a safety in the victory.

Holbrook had a touchdown catch and a touchdown pass to go along with a pair of extra points to lead Blue Lagoon, which also received a pair of touchdown passes and a touchdown reception from Petrin. Patterson completed the scoring for Blue Lagoon with a touchdown reception.

Slim’s Place completed an undefeated season by rolling to a 51-26 victory over Blalock Walters to win the 14-17 division championship. The victory ends Slim’s season with an unblemished 8-0 record. Members of Slim’s Place are Connor Ludwig, Tuna McCracken, Jackson Runo, Nicholas Bigelow, Parker Davis and David Daigle. Monica Simpson coached.

The 8-10 division championship game was played on Feb. 6 and saw No. 5 seed Cortez Pump roll to a 25-14 victory over No. 3 seed Bins Be Clean. Members of the 8-10 champs are JM Feeney, Frankie Coleman, Layla Yavalar, Colten Shook, Caden Quimby, Ava Harlan, Peyton Harlan and Krosby Lamison. Cortez Pump was coached by Gary Harlan.

 

Key Royale golf news

Once again rain plagued the men’s regular Monday Stableford match, but the course dried out in time for the women to play a nine-hole individual-low-net match Feb. 7.

Judy Christensen fired a 4-under-par 28 to edge Phyllis Roe by a stroke to win Flight A. Sue Little and Joy Kaiser finished in a tie for third with matching 1-under-par 31s.

Fran Barford’s 1-under-par 31 gave her first place in Flight B, one stroke ahead of Marcia Helgeson and Roxanne Koche, who tied for second place. Penny Williams and Gloria LaDue tied for third at 1-over-par 33.

Janet Razze fired a 2-under-par 30 to grab a one-shot victory over second-place finisher Connie Livanos. Carol Duncan was alone in third with an even-par 32.

Peggy Clauhs carded a 3-under-par 29 to grab first place in Flight D by a stroke over Markie Ksiazek. Jane Perkins and Susan Van Orsdel tied for third with matching 1-over-par 33s.

The men played a nine-hole scramble Feb. 8 with 49 golfers participating. The team of Jim Auch, Peter Lund and Hoyt Miller matched the 4-under-par 28 carded by Tim Friesen, Nub Turner and Larry Pippel for a two-way tie for first place. The team of Gary Alfor, Gary Risner, Greg Shorten and Quentin Talbert tied the team of John Cassese, Gary Razze, Gary Silke and Debbie Wohlers with a score of 3-under-par 29.

 

Horseshoe news

Four teams posted 3-0 records during Feb. 7 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits and battled it out for the day’s championship.

The team of Bob Brown and Bob Lee eliminated Steve Hooper and Bill Fox 22-13 in the first semifinal, while Gene Bobeldyk and Bob Rowley defeated Bob Mason and Art Kingstad in the second semifinal. Bobeldyk and Rowley stayed hot and rolled to a 22-2 victory over Brown and Lee in the finals.

Four teams also advanced to the knockout stage during Feb. 10 action. Fox and Mason rolled past Jay Disbrow and Myles Macleod 25-11 in the first semifinal match while Jim Kleiner and Rod Bussey advanced to the finals with a 21-13 victory over Dom Livedoti and Steve Smith. Kleiner and Bussey earned the day’s bragging rights thanks to a 21-6 victory over Fox and Mason in the finals.

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.

Flag football championship games set

The regular-season seedings didn’t mean much in the youth flag football league 8-10 division playoffs at the Center of Anna Maria Island.

No. 3 seed Bins Be Clean earned a 14-0 shutout victory over No. 2 Truly Nolen to open the playoff action Jan. 30. As if one upset wasn’t enough, No. 5 seed Cortez Pump eliminated No. 1 seed Beach Bums by a 26-14 score to advance to the championship game, which was set for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6, after press time for this week’s Islander. The championship game was to be preceded by the third-place game between Beach Bums and Truly Nolen at 5:30 p.m.

There were no such surprises in the 11-13 division as No. 1 seed Planet Stone dispatched No. 4 seed USA Fence 19-6 after watching No. 2 seed Blue Lagoon slip past No. 3 seed Tyler’s Ice Cream 26-25 during semifinal action Jan. 31.

The third-place game between Tyler’s and USA Fence is set 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, followed by the championship game between Planet Stone and Blue Lagoon at 6:30 p.m.

The 14-17 division also will crown a champion Feb. 7. No. 1 seed, as undefeated Slim’s Place will have to await the winner of the 7:30 p.m. semifinal between Blalock Walters and Salty Printing to know its opponent. The final game kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m.

 

Adult flag football news

The adult flag football league at the center completed its fourth week and Bins Be Clean is atop the standings with a perfect 4-0 record after dismantling fourth-place Moss Builders 49-6 to close out the Feb. 1 action. Beach House Realty is alone in second place with a 3-1 record after slipping past 1-3 Lancaster Design by a 26-25 score. Third place Beach Bums improved to 2-2 after defeating Cabb Cleaning 26-20.

 

Adult volleyball bumps, sets, spikes

The adult volleyball league completed its third week of action at the center with three matches Jan. 30. Slim’s Place is on top of the standings with a 3-1 record, followed by Bins Be Clean at 2-2 and Signarama at 1-3.

Bins Be Clean opened the action with a 25-13, 25-11 match win over Signarama. Slim’s then showed why it’s on top of the standings with a 25-14, 25-11 victory over Bins Be Clean. Slim’s Place closed out the evening’s action with a 25-16, 25-4 victory over Signarama.

Games are played Tuesday evenings.

 

Key Royale golf news

Sunday rains canceled regular golf action for the men and women of Key Royale Club Jan. 29-30, but the men managed to get out en masse Feb. 1 for a weekly scramble. Sixty-two golfers took to the course for the nine-hole scramble, setting a new club record for the highest number of linksmen.

The team of Gary Duncan, Chuck Patrick and Gerald Smith combined on a 7-under-par 25 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day. One stroke back in second place was the team of Tim Friessen, Art McMillan, Jim Menzies and Bob Soos with a 6-under-par 26. Third place went to the team of Rob Babcock, Ron Buck, Jon Holcomb and Peter Wier with a 5-under-par 27.

 

Horseshoe news

Four teams emerged from pool play and battled for the day’s supremacy during Jan. 31 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pit.

The team of Bob Lee and Neil Hennessey pitched a 21-0 shutout over Jay Disbrow and Ken Dyk, while John Crawford walked to the finals with a 21-11 victory over Tim Sofran and Gene Bobeldyk. Lee and Hennessey held off Crawford 22-18 to earn the day’s bragging rights.

Three teams advanced to the knockout round in the Feb. 3 action. Hennessey and Bill Fox drew the bye into the finals and watched as Bob Mason and Hank Huyghe edged Sam Samuels and Rod Bussey 22-15. Mason-Huyghe stayed hot, defeating Hennessey-Fox by a 23-15 score.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays 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.

 

Register now for youth basketball

The last day to register for the youth basketball league at the center is Saturday, Feb. 10. Cost for registration is $10 for members and $96 for non-members.

The center will hold evaluations starting at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, for 8-10 year olds. The 11-13 and 14-17 divisions will follow at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. respectivley.

Rather than evaluations, the 5-7 age division will participate in skills clinics followed by games.

All participants will be placed on a team.

Games will begin Feb. 24 for all age divisions.

For more information or to sign up, visit the center at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, or call 941-778-1908, ext. 205.

 

Golfing for dogs benefit scheduled

Well, the dogs won’t be on the links, but you can help homeless pets and enjoy a day at the Terra Ceia Bay Golf & Tennis Club, 2802 Terra Ceia Bay Blvd., Palmetto.

Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue has organized a “Golf Outing for the Rescue” that will start at 7:30 a.m. with registration and a shotgun blast at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28.

The tourney fee is $65, including green fees, carts, lunch, two drink tickets, awards and a gift bag.

Lunch only is $25, including drink tickets and club facilities —pool, tennis, fitness center and fishing from  the the bayfront dock.

Sponsorship are available at various levels.

Proceeds benefit Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue

For more information, call MoonRacer representatives Toni Lyon, Islander ad sales rep at 941-928-8735 or email tlyonami@gmail.com, or Lisa Williams, Islander office manager, 941-778-7978.

Football seedings set for 8-10, 14-17 division playoffs

Playoff action kicks off this week for kids playing in the Center of Anna Maria Island’s flag football league, starting with the 8-10 division Jan. 29 — after press time for this week’s Islander — with No. 6 seed Island Charms taking on No. 3 seed Bins Be Clean, followed by No. 5 seed Cortez Pump battling No. 4 Progressive Cabinetry.

The first-round playoffs will conclude with No. 7 seed Cloud Pest Control taking on No. 2 seed Truly Nolen Jan. 29.

No. 1 seed Beach Bums earned a first-round bye and awaits the winner of the Cortez Pump vs. Progressive Cabinetry matchup.

The championship game is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, with the third-place game at 5:30 p.m.

The 14-17 division playoffs get started at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, when No. 2 seed Salty Printing takes on No. 3 Blalock Walters followed by a matchup between top seed, undefeated Slim’s Place, and No. 4 seed Signarama.

The 14-17 third-place and championship games are set for at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, starting with the consolation game, followed by the championship game.

The 11-13 division still has some unfinished regular-season business to sort out before its playoffs at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31. Tyler’s Ice Cream is a set as the No. 3 seed, as is USA Fence at No. 4, but Blue Lagoon and Planet Stone each have six victories. Planet Stone plays Tyler’s Jan. 30, when a victory for Planet Stone earns the No. 1 seed and a match against USA Fence Jan. 31. A loss leaves the Planet Stone team as the No. 2 seed, which would pit them against Tyler’s in the 5:30 p.m. Jan. 31 semifinal game.

Stay tuned — or catch the games — to see how it all plays out.

 

1 unbeaten team remains in adult football

After three weeks of action in the adult flag football league at the center, Bins Be Clean is still standing without a loss. They are 3-0, one game ahead of Beach House Real Estate, which is alone in second place with a 2-1 record. Beach Bums, Moss Builders, Cabb Cleaning and Lancaster Design all follow in the standings with matching 1-2 records.

Beach Bums defeated Lancaster Design 21-13 to open the triple play Jan. 25. Bins Be Clean rolled to a 27-13 victory over Cabb Cleaning in the second game of the night, while Beach House Real Estate edged Moss Builders 41-40 in a shootout to close out the adult league action.

 

Horseshoe news

Three teams produced 3-0 records in pool play and were left to battle for the day’s supremacy during Jan. 24 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The team of Bob Mason and Bob Brown drew the bye into the finals and watched as Tim Sofran and Tom Skoloda earned a 24-15 victory over Gene Bobeldyk and Rod Bussey in the semifinals. Sofran and Skoloda stayed hot, earning a 22-18 victory over Mason and Brown to earn the days championship.

Two teams advanced to the knockout stage during Jan. 27 horseshoe action and met in the finals. Bob Mason and Bob Lee rolled to a 23-12 victory over Hank Huyghe and Dom Livedoti.

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.

 

Key Royale golf news

The pleasant weather brought out 46 golfers for the Key Royale Club men’s weekly modified-Stableford system golf match Jan. 24. Gary Razze took top honors in the individual competition with a score of plus-4, while John Kolojeski was a point back in second place.

The team of Jack Connors, Bob Soos, Terry Tarus and Jim Watt matched the plus-1 carded by the team of Al Carr, Larry Davis, Jon Holcomb and Mike Pritchett for a two-way tie for first place.

The women took the course Jan. 23 for a nine-hole individual-low-net match in four flights.

Joy Kaiser and Pam Lowry each carded 3-under-par 29s to finish in a tie for first place in Flight A. Phyllis Roe was alone in second place with a 1-under-par 31.

Sharron Tarras recorded the low round of the day with a 5-under-par 27 to earn a five-shot victory in Flight B over second-place finisher Roxanne Koche. Fran Barford and Sue Wheeler were tied for third with matching 33s.

Jana Samuels and Janet Razze finished in a tie for first place in Flight C on even-par 32s. Marcia O’Brien took second place with a 4-over-par 36.

Marty Clark’s even-par 32 was good enough for a one-stroke victory in Flight D. Sally York, who had a chip-in birdie on the second hole took second place with a 1-over-par 33, while Kathy Miller finished in third at 36.

The men’s scramble Jan. 25 drew 43 golfers to the links. The team of Herb Clauhs, Gerry Elson, John Kolojeski and Dick Mills combined on a 2-under-par 30 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day.

The team of Fred Miller, Larry Pippel, Tom Soloski and Quentin Talbert matched the even-par 32 carded by Gerry Dahl, Dale Hudson, Tim Friessen and Larry Solberg to tie for second place.

Dolphin Dash on Holmes Beach streets raises AME cash

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Runners in the Dolphin Dash 5k race take off from AME, weaving through streets in Holmes Beach to loop back to the finish line at the school. Islander Photo: Jack Elka
Runners in the Dolphin Dash 5k race take off from AME, weaving through streets in Holmes Beach to loop back to the finish line at the school. Islander Photo: Jack Elka
And they’re off! Runners participating Jan. 13 in the 2018 Anna Maria Elementary School Dolphin Dash 5k take off from the starting line at Anna Maria Elementary School. Islander Photo: Kevin P. Cassidy
Holmes Beach resident Sandy Meneley and Karl Haas of Sarasota were the Grand Masters champions in the 2018 AME Dolphin Dash 5k race. Islander Photo: Kevin P. Cassidy
Bradenton resident Jennifer Rowley is all smiles as the first female to cross the finish line during the Dolphin Dash 5k run. Islander Photo: Kevin P. Cassidy
Overall first-place finisher Mark Carver checks his time as he crosses the finish line in the Dolphin Dash. Islander Photo: Kevin P. Cassidy
Youngsters take off from the starting line at Anna Maria Elementary School in the 1-mile fun run at the Dolphin Dash. Islander Photo: Kevin P. Cassidy

No matter who wins, this road race adds a dash of dollars to the Anna Maria Elementary School Parent Teach Organization ongoing fundraising campaign.

Approximately 180 participants arrived Jan. 13 at Anna Maria Elementary School to participate in the decade-long AME Dolphin Dash 5k race and 1-mile fun run.

It’s a family-friendly event that starts at AME, winds through the residential streets of Holmes Beach and doubles back to finish at the school.

Fifty-eight-year-old Mark Carver of Nashville was first to navigate the loop, crossing the finish line in 18:26, while 45-year-old Jennifer Rowley of Bradenton was the top overall female finisher with a time of 21:56.

Other females among the top runners include Manatee High cross country and track coach Rae Ann Darling Reed, finishing in second place overall while also taking first place in the 40+ Masters division with a time of 22:39. Susan McMillan of Wamauma finished third overall and won the 50+ Grand Masters division with a time of 23:02.

Island resident Sandy Meneley of Holmes Beach took first place in the 60+ Senior Grand Masters division, while Erma McMullen won the top spot in the 70+ Veteran age division.

Wayne Diny, a 51-year old Tampa resident, won the male 40+ Master’s division with a time of 21:50, while 56-year-old Matt McMillan of Wimauma showed it really is a family event by matching his wife’s first-place finish in the Grand Master division. Sarasota resident Karl Haas won the Senior Grand Master division with a time of 22:28, while 73-year-old Frank Davis of Rock Falls, Illinois, won the men’s veteran division with a time of 24:25.

Other noteable results include a fourth-place overall finish and second place in the 35-39 division by Islander real estate reporter Jesse Brisson. Other top islanders are Laura Doughty, who finished second in the 55-59 division; Gabriella Gilbert, who won the 10-12 division; and Jayden Sparks, who placed third in the 9-and-under division.

The race was well organized and a good time was had by all as evident by the camaraderie among race officials and participants.

To top it all off, everyone helped raise money for a good cause.

 

Key Royale golf news

It was another full week of golf action at Key Royale Club, starting with the men’s modified Stableford-system match Jan. 8. Larry Pippel won individual honors with a plus-5, one point ahead of second-place finishers Gerry Elson, Gary Duncan and Hoyt Miller.

Duncan and Elson’s score helped teammates Marty Hicks and Blake Ress to a combined score of plus-7 to win the team competition.

The women took the course Jan. 9 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in four flights.

Joy Kaiser’s 1-under-par 31 earned her first place in Flight A. Helen Pollock was alone in second with a 1-over-par 33, while Phyllis Roe and Pam Lowry tied for third with matching 34s.

Tootie Wagner’s 4-under-par 28 earned her a first-place finish in Flight B by one stroke over Carol Patterson. Penny Williams finished alone in third with a 2-over-par 34.

Jana Samuels carded an even-par 32 to win Flight C by two strokes over Carol Duncan and Connie Livanos, who finished in a tie for second place.

Amy Tripp’s 4-under-par 28 garnered her a first-place finish in Flight D. Eileen Witzgail was one stroke back in second, while Penny Auch and Beverly Neville tied for third with a 2-over-par 34.

Look online at www.islander.org for more photos.

 

Horseshoe news

Four teams emerged from pool play and battled for the day’s supremacy during Jan. 10 horeseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

Jay Disbrow and Neil Hennessey rolled to an easy 23-9 victory over Hank Huyghe and Bob Brown, while Rod Bussey and Tim Sofran cruised past Tom Farrington and Bob Lee by a 23-8 score. Bussey and Sofran earned a trip to the winner’s circle with a 21-14 victory over Disbrow-Hennessey.

Three teams advanced to the knockout round in the Jan. 13 action. The team of Bob Palmer and Dom Livedoti drew the bye into the final and watched as Bussey and Bob Mason held off Bob Rowley 23-17. Bussey and Mason stayed hot, defeating Palmer and Livedoti 21-13 to earn the day’s bragging rights.

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.

Top 5 island sports stories of 2017

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Holmes Beach resident Sydney Cornell is all smiles as she signs her letter of intent to play soccer at Stetson University in Deland during a signing ceremony at Manatee High School Feb. 1. Islander Photo: Courtesy Denise Brigg
Truly Nolen goalie Jack Mattick makes a valient diving attempt to save a penalty kick from Progressive Cabinetry’s Charlie Rogers during the 8-10 division championship game May 30 at the Center of Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Kevin P. Cassidy
Wrestler Max Higgins of the Center of Anna Maria Island team has Jack Mentzer of the Green Machine tied up during the Manatee Wrestling Club’s I Own Florida wrestling tournament in December 2017 at Manatee High School in Bradenton. Higgins finished in second place, the top finisher for the center at the tourney. Islander Photo: Kevin P. Cassidy

The countdown of the top sports stories from 2017 continues with youth soccer at the Center of Anna Maria Island, which provides the bulk of the sports content on Anna Maria Island.

5. Truly Nolen wins 8-10 championship
The June 6 sports story told of an epic battle between Truly Nolen and Progressive Cabinetry, a 40-minute back-and-forth affair played May 30 that needed a penalty-kick shootout to decide a champion in the 8-10 division of the Center of Anna Maria Island youth soccer league.

Pakbaz and Rogers scored for Progressive in their first two attempts, as did Ueltschi and Nick Yatros for Truly Nolen. Kieran Cloutier’s penalty shot clanged off the crossbar for Progressive, giving Truly Nolen an opening, but Ewing Cloutier saved Guerrero’s attempt to keep the game tied.

Progressive player Jack McCarthy’s penalty kick was saved by Jack Mattick, who then stepped out of the goal to deliver what turned out to be the game-winner for Truly Nolen. Mattick then made the save on Lily Stringer’s penalty kick to make Truly Nolen a 3-2 winner.

4. Hooke runs up another record
Six days after Hurricane Irma raced up the Florida peninsula, longtime Galati Yacht Sales employee and former island resident Mickey Hooke put on his running gear for the 13th annual Sept. 16 Ranch Run in Temple Terrace. His racing achievements were heralded in the Sept. 26 Islander.

Hooke, who recently turned 56, maintained a solid, steady pace and ran the 10K in 41:31, giving him first place overall. His finish time was 4 minutes and 12 seconds ahead of his closest competitor and earned him course, masters and grandmasters records.

Hooke has set 290 records since he turned 40, 46 which are overall course records.

The race attracted 323 runners to the 5k, 10k and 15k races and raised $19,000 for the Florida Sherriffs Youth Ranches and their programs.

3. Meneley still on course at 70
As reported in the May 23 Islander, Holmes Beach resident Sandy Meneley ran the 2017 Boston Marathon April 17 and finished in sixth place in her age division with a time of 4 hours, 34 minutes.

This was Meneley’s third time running the Boston Marathon, having also run in 2000 and 2009. This race had some significance to Meneley and other women runners as it was the 50th anniversary of women being entered to run in the Beantown marathon.

Kathryn Switzer, the first woman to run in Boston also was in the race, ironically competing in the same age division as Meneley. And, for the record, Meneley finished 10 minutes ahead of Switzer.

Meneley was well represented in Boston. Her husband Fuzz, son M.J. Meneley, along with friends from the Boston area who winter on Anna Maria Island, including Susan and Dan Smith of Natick, Massachusetts and Pam Halsey from New Hampshire.

Also in attendance was Meneley’s daughter, Lesley Brainard, of Collierville, Tennessee, competing in the 45-49 age group. She finished 33 out of 1,800 with a time of 3:22.

Next up for Meneley is triathlon season, which she prefers because the training is easier on her body. She says the muscle groups used for swimming and bike riding — as opposed to simply going on 20 mile runs in Florida’s stifling heat — are a relief for her.

2. Islander commits to Stetson soccer
The Feb. 7 issue of the Islander shined the light on Feb. 1 national signing day, which took on an Island flavor when Holmes Beach resident Sydney Cornell signed with Stetson University in Deland to play soccer for the Lady Hatters.

Cornell was a four-year starter at Manatee High School at outside midfield and forward who had an injury-plagued senior season that limited her to two games.

Still, she finished her Manatee Hurricanes career with 40 goals and 39 assists.

Cornell also got it done in the classroom, as evident by her 3.9 grade-point average and White M Academic awards in 2014 and 2015.

Cornell has lived in Holmes Beach for 10 years with mom Denise Brigg and dad Robert Cornell. She also attended Anna Maria Elementary and played a few seasons of soccer in addition to a season of flag football and basketball at the then-named Anna Maria Island Community Center.

Cornell plans on majoring in business and then attending graduate school to pursue a degree in health care administration.

Congratulations and the best of luck at Stetson to Sydney from The Islander.

1. Island wrestlers get their feet wet
The Dec. 19 edition of The Islander highlighted the newly formed wrestling group at the Center of Anna Maria Island. These newcomers to the sport got their first taste of competition in the Manatee Wrestling Club’s I Own Florida youth wrestling championships Dec. 16 at Manatee High School in Bradenton.

The wrestling program started up in early November, so expectations were tempered at best by center coaches. Center recreation director and wrestling coach Will Schenerlein told the athletes to be aggressive, stay in the fight and have fun.

According to the team standings, the center took it on the chin, but the effort shown in the first competition no doubt made their coaches proud.

Maximillion Higgins earned a second-place finish in the fourth-fifth-grade 110-pound division and was the top performer for the center. J.M. Feeney was another wrestler who did well in his first endeavor, finishing third in his division..

Jaxon Henry in the second-third-grade 56-pound division and Jaxon Kagin in the second-third-grade 72-pound division both earned fourth-place finishes, while Stone Smith, Dylan Sato and Harrison Schenerlein finished fifth.

Other participants were William Pakbaz, Ethan Sackett, Michael Coleman, Ethan Talucci, Cale Rudacille, Fox Smith, Bam Gartman, Liam Coleman, Caden Quimby, Frankie Coleman and Stone Smith.

Counting up to top Islander sports story of the year

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Fiona McCarthy breaks three boards with her elbow during the May 6 Gladiator Dojo Kid’s Karate Championship at the Center of Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Kevin P. Cassidy
Sam Samuels, Dom Livedoti, Fred Gelderman, Bob Palmer, John Crawford, Gene Bobeldyk, Bill Fox and Neil Hennessey show off the medals they won at the Gulf Coast Senior Games held at G.T. Bray Park Feb. 16. Islander Photo: Courtesy Bob Lee

It’s hard to believe another year has passed and, oh boy, this one was a doozy!

Weather played a big role in making 2017 difficult on sports enthusiasm with Hurricane Irma the leading culprit, but there were other weather issues as well.

As I’ve stated more than once in my 25-plus years writing an Islander sports year in review, there’s nothing scientific in how I come up with my top 10 list.

Entertainment value, excitement level, drama, uniqueness and even cuteness factor into my rankings. This is a sports column and sports are supposed to be fun, so having fun leads off my top-10 sports stories for 2017.

Happy reading and happy new year.

10. Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club’s golf results are a regular staple of my weekly contribution to The Islander. The club played host to several special events IN the year. The annual Men’s Club Championship was one such event reported in the Feb. 21 issue. Gary Risner defended his championship with scores of 69, 68 for a 9-over-par 137 that easily surpassed the 152 (75, 77) carded by runnerup Ron Pritchard.

Also in the Feb. 21 reporting, the women held a special Valentine’s Day member-guest event titled For the Love of Golf. Sixty-eight members and guests particpated in the Feb. 14 four-person scramble.

In first place, tied with a low-net score of 18.75, were the teams of Debbie Richardson and guest Sharon Ellen and Jana Samuels and guest Barbara Krueger.

The March 28 issue was highlighted by the annual President’s Cup tourney, when Gary Risner cinched his clubhouse bragging rights with a 2-under-par 30 to win the low-gross score, while club president Mike Gillie recorded the low-net score of 6-under-par 26.

The April 4 issue reported on Greg Shorten surviving five weeks of grueling match play, ermerging as the 2017 club champ after rolling past Tom Nelson by a four and three score.

The club women held their annual Spring Doe Day April 5 with a theme of “The Royals.” Costumes and decorations reflected the royal touch as reported April 11.

The golf action mirrored the Ryder Cup with twosomes competing over three holes of best ball, three holes of best shot and three holes of alternate shot play.

Jane Perkins and Marty Clark were the big winners on the day with a net score of 12-under-par 20.

The April 25 issue, we reported on the April 19 action at the Key Royale Club that attracted 43 golfers to Spring Stag Day.

Dave Richardson posted the best low-gross score with a 2-over-par 34 while Chet Hutton and Paul Phillips tied for the best low-net score with matching 4-under-par 28s.

The team of John Kolojeski, Phillips, Gino DiClemente and Vince Mercadante combined on a 4-under-par 124 to win the team low-net competition.

Last but not least, the Key Royale Club hosted an Oktoberfest Scramble Oct. 14 that included a traditional German buffett enjoyed that evening by more 60 club members.

 

9. Anna Maria pitchers
Another staple of my sports column is the weekly reports sent in by the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pitchers. The following are some of the year’s highlights, which begins with the second annual Ron Pepka Memorial Horseshoe tournament March 4, reported in the March 14 edition. Fourteen teams showed up to honor the late Pepka, a long-time participant and leader of the group. The team of Rod Bussey and Jay Disbrow took first place with a 23-7 victory in the finals over Mason and Nigg.

The March 14 edition reported on several members of the Anna Maria horseshoe group venturing off the island to participate in the 28th annual Gulf Coast Senior Games at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton. They brought home some serious hardware.

Dom Livedoti, Bob Palmer and Gene Bobeldyk won gold medals, while Sam Samuels, Bill Fox and Neil Hennessey brought home silver. Fred Gelderman and John Crawford completed the medal haul for the group with bronze medals.

The Sept. 5 issue saw Tim Sofran run his winning streak to four at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

Sofran grabbed his third successive victory during the Aug. 30 games when he walked his way to the only 3-0 pool-play record and was the day’s outright champ.

On Sept. 2, Sofran teamed up with Jay Disbrow to defeat Neil Hennessey and Steve Doyle by a 21-13 score to earn yet another trip to the winner’s circle.

However, Sofran’s streak was eclipsed in the Nov. 11 issue when Dom Livedoti ran his winning streak to five in a row during Nov. 1 horseshoe action. He teamed up with Jay Disbrow to defeat Sofran and Hank Huyghe by a 21-3 score.

 

8. Winning isn’t everything
When the parents of players who signed up for the age 6-7 division of the youth soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island received the game schedule and saw only one team listed, they probably had a few questions. Consider them answered.

The center revamped its instructional league — the 4-5 and 6-7 players — in order to put the focus on instruction.

Even though the center hadn’t kept track of wins and losses and didn’t kept standings for the young players, there was still too much focus on winning the game.

Coach Nathan Kragt led a group of about 20 youngsters through a series of ball drills called Coerver Skills. Coerver skills develop first touch and dribbling by getting kids to feel comfortable with the ball at their feet.

The skill drills continued for a while and then the kids were split up into teams for scrimmages.

Watch out for these up and coming players when they move up to the big field. They’ve got skills.

 

7. Gladiator Dojo karate takes over center
The May 9 edition of The Islander highlighted the Gladiator Dojo Kid’s Karate Island Championship at the center May 6. The tournament gave students of the dojo a chance to show off the skills and disciplines.

The student competitors ranged in age from 4 to 12 and competed in empty-handed katas or forms, weapons forms and breaking pro-force boards.

Sensei Omar Schwanzer leads the island contingent with classes at the center with about 13 students. Schwanzer also holds classes at AMI Fitness for kids, as well as self-defense courses for women and seniors.

 

6. Sato runs up perfect season
Sato Real Estate completed an unblemished season in the adult soccer league July 6 at the center with a dominating 8-2 victory over Moss Builders.

After rolling through the regular season, Sato won three consecutive playoff games by a combined score of 23-5 to finish with a 10-0 overall record and the championship.

Kevin Roman and Jake Parsons both had two goals and an assist to lead Sato Real Estate in the championship game, which also saw a pair of goals from Chris Klotz. Josh Sato and Lyn Clark added a goal each, while Adam Mott chipped in with an assist and goalie Jordan Demers came through with 11 saves.

Matt Kretzman and Diego Felipe each scored a goal for Moss Builders, while goalie Shawn McCarthy finished with eight saves in the loss.
Next week: 2017 stories 1-5.
Happy new year.

Three teams chasing perfection in youth football league

On the heels of three weeks of action in the youth flag football league at the Center of Anna Maria Island, three teams are undefeated.

Slim’s Place leads the way in the 14-17 division with a 3-0 record, just ahead of second-place Salty Printing. Blalock Walters and Sign-A-Rama follow with 0-2 records in the 14-17s.

Planet Stone leads the 11-13 division with a 3-0 record with Blue Lagoon holding down second place on a 2-1 record. Tyler’s Ice Cream is alone in third with a 1-2 record, while USA Fence is 0-3.

Truly Nolen is the class of the 8-10 division with a 3-0 record, while Island Charms and Beach Bums both sport 1-1-1 records. Cortez Pump, Progressive Cabinetry and Bins Be Clean are 1-1, while Cloud Pest Control is still in search of its first victory.

Action in the 8-10 division Dec. 18 kicked off with Progressive Cabinetry squeaking by Bins Be Clean on a 19-18 score. Cade Henderson, Brennen Gunter and Connar Henderson each scored touchdowns with Connar Henderson adding the all-important extra point that provided the victory margin. He also came up with an interception, as did teammate Matthew Hennessey.

Christopher Ueltschi had two touchdowns and Connor Samblis had an interception that he returned for a touchdown to lead Bins Be Clean in the loss.

Island Charms and Beach Bums battled to an 8-8 tie in the second game of the evening. Patrick Collins scored a touchdown and Luke Winsper added a two-point conversion to lead Island Charms. Colson Kragt came up with an interception for the Island Charms defense.

Peyton Hovda’s touchdown and a 2-point conversion from Andrew Patterson led Beach Bums in the tie.

Tyler’s Ice Cream rolled to a 20-0 victory over USA Fence to open 11-13 division action Dec. 20. Caleb O’Connor had two touchdowns and an extra point to lead Tyler’s, which also received a touchdown from Josie Alderson and an extra point from Reese Riley in the victory.

Clay Kortzendorf had an interception to lead the USA Fence defensive effort.

Planet Stone destroyed Blue Lagoon 45-13 in the second game of the night behind two touchdowns and an extra point from Jeremiah Sculco and a touchdown and two extra points from Evan Christenson. Christenson also came through with two interceptions, including one he took to the house. Riley Quillin, Anthony Nguyen and Riley Lawson each added touchdowns in the victory.

Jiles Kirkland III scored the lone offensive touchdown in the loss for Blue Lagoon, which also received an interception return for a touchdown from John Holbrook.

Slim’s Place rolled to a 35-14 victory over Salty Printing during 14-17 division action Dec. 21 behind Tuna McCracken, who scored two touchdowns to go along with a 2-point conversion and an extra point. Connor Ludwig added a touchdown and two extra points, while Jackson Runo and David Daigle each had a touchdown to complete the scoring.

Chancellor Hayward scored the only offensive touchdown in the loss for Salty Printing, which received an interception return for a touchdown from Andrew Proctor and an extra point from Daniel Fritz.

 

Key Royale golf news
Key Royale Club members took advantage of the beautiful December weather to log some quality time on the links in Holmes Beach last week.

The action kicked off with the men playing a nine-hole modified-Stableford system match. Gerry Dahl took the top spot with a solid score of plus-4. Gerry Elson finished right behind him with a plus-3.

The women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net match Dec. 19. phyllis roe’s chipin birdie on the rst hole helped her lap the eld with a 6-under-par 26 and a win in Flight A by three strokes over second-place nisher Helen pollock.

Tootie Wagner carded a 1-under-par 31 to cap- ture rst place in Flight B. Sue Wheeler was alone in second place with a 2-over-par 34.

Susan VanOrsdal and Jan Turner red matching 3-under-par 29s to nish in a tie for rst place in Flight c. Barb Estok

Sally York’s 1-over-par 33 gave her rst place in Flight D by one stroke over Eileen Witzgall.

The men were back on the course Dec. 21 for a nine-hole scramble. The team of Jim Auch, John Estok, Art McMillan and Bob O’Brien combined on a 5-under- par 27 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day.

 

Adult volleyball league starts up
The center is hosting an indoor volleyball league for adults. players can register individually or with a team of six players. League rules require a female player on the court during play.

The last day to register for adult volleyball is Jan. 6. cost is $10 for members and $96 for non-mem- bers.

Games will be played Tuesday evenings starting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16.

Register online at www.centerami.org or in person at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

For more information on playing or to sponsor a team, call 941-778-1908.

Island wrestlers get their feet wet at local tourney

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Island wrestler William Pakbaz tries to escape the hold of Gavin Bunn of the Green Machine during the Dec. 16 wrestling tournament at MHS.
Center wrestler Max Higgins has the Green Machine’s Jack Mentzer tied up during the I Own Florida wrestling tourney. Higgins, who finished in second place, was the top finisher for the center.
Island wrestler J.M. Feeney is locked up in his match with eventual champion Derrick Baker of the Naples Titans during the I Own Florida wrestling tournament in Bradenton.
Jaxon Kagin, who earned a fourth-place finish for the Center of Anna Maria Island, is locked in a battle with Manatee Wrestling Club’s Brian Beckerleg Dec. 16 at the I Own Florida wrestling tournament hosted by the Manatee Wrestling Club in Bradenton. Islander Photos: Kevin P. Cassidy

Members of the newly formed wrestling club at the Center of Anna Maria Island got their first taste of competitive wrestling at the I Own Florida youth wrestling championships Dec. 16, sponsored by the Manatee Wrestling Club at Manatee High School.

The center’s program started up its season in November, so expectations were tempered at best by the coaches. Center wrestling coach Will Schenerlein, also the center’s sports programming director, told his athletes prior to their first matches to be aggressive, stay in the fight and have fun.

Schenerlein wrestled at West Liberty University and was a four-time state championship coach at Parkersburg High School in Parkersburg, West Virginia. He has a team of coaches at the center who have strong wrestling resumes, including Billy Hermaneau, a four-time state finisher in high school, and Ivan Gaeta, a four-year letterman at Central Iowa University. Another coach, Eric Tomayo, was a four-year letterman at Wisconsin Whitewater.

The island wrestlers have coaches showing them the way but, after the Dec. 16 match, they have some experience to draw on.
According to the tourney standings, the center took it on the chin, but their efforts in their first competition no doubt made their coaches proud.

Maximillion Higgins earned a second-place finish in the fourth- to fifth-grade 110-pound division and was the top performer for the center. He battled to the end before finally getting pinned by first-place finisher Robert Schmidt of Riverdale at the 2:28 mark. Higgins pinned his first two opponents, Jack Mentzer of Green Machine at the 2:39 mark and Venice Take Downs’ Sara Horrocks at the 0:29 mark.

J.M. Feeney also fared well on his first endeavor. He was pinned by eventual champion Derrick Baker of the Naples Titans Wrestling Club at the 1:48 mark in his first match, but was leading the match before a mistake put him on his back. He battled back to earn an 11-5 decision over Manatee Wrestling Club’s Brody Hall before getting pinned by second-place finisher Alejandro Fonseca from the Naples Bears in his final match of the day.

Jaxon Henry in the second- to third-grade 56-pound division and Jaxon Kagin in the second- to third-grade 72-pound division both earned fourth-place finishes, while Stone Smith, Dylan Sato and Harrison Schenerlein earned fifth-place finishes.

Other participants are William Pakbaz, Ethan Sackett, Michael Coleman, Ethan Talucci, Cale Rudacille, Fox Smith, Bam Gartman, Liam Coleman, Caden Quimby, Frankie Coleman and Stone Smith.

Next up for the island wrestlers is a Dec. 30 tournament at Brandon High School.

 

Youth flag football underway at the Center
Youth flag football season is up and running the field at the center with most games played Tuesday through Thursday nights.

The season kicked off Dec. 5 and runs through the championships Feb. 7.

The 8-10 division has seven teams led by 2-0 Truly Nolen and 1-0 Bins Be Clean. Beach Bums, Cortez Pump and Island Charms follow with 1-1 records, while Progressive Cabinetry (0-1) and Cloud Pest Control at 0-2 complete the league.

Planet Stone and Blue Lagoon lead the 11-13 division with 2-0 records, while USA Fence and Tyler’s Ice Cream are both 0-2.

There are four teams in the 14-17 division as well, led by Salty Printing and Slim’s Place with 2-0 records. Blalock Walters and Signarama complete the standings with 0-2 records.
Key Royale golf news
Another beautiful week of mild temperatures drew the members to the links at Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach.

The men played their regular modified-Stableford system match Dec. 11. Peter Lund, Dennis Schavey and Bob Soos all posted plus-3s to finish in a three-way tie for first place. Lund’s score helped his team of Al Carr, Dale Hudson and Jere Rice to a score of plus-5 to win the team competition.

The women jumped on the course Dec. 12 for a nine-hole individual-low-net match in four flights.

Joy Kaiser and Brenda Solleveld both carded 2-under-par 30s to finish in a tie for first place in Flight A. Margrit Layh was one stroke back in second place, while Phyllis Roe took third with an even-par 32.

Sue Wheeler fired a 1-under-par 31 to take first place in Flight B. Barbara Estok and Penny Williams had matching even-par 32s to tie for second place, while Tootie Wagner took third on a 3-over-par 35.

Jan Turner’s 1-under-par 31 gave her first place in Flight C, one stroke better than second-place finisher Susan VanOrsdel. Markie Ksiazek finished in third place with a 4-over-par 36.

Cathy Rice’s 5-under-par 27 was the low-net round of the day and gave her first place in Flight D. Willa Barkley, at 1-under-par 31 and Marilyn Niewijk with a 1-over-par 33 completed the standings in Flight D.

 

Horseshoe news
No teams managed 3-0 pool play records during Dec. 13 horseshoe action, creating a seven-team battle for the day’s bragging rights during horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

Dom Livedoti and Jerry Disbrow drew the bye into the second round and watched as Rod Bussey and Gene Bobeldyk defeated Tom Farrington and Jay Disbrow 21-16. Hank Huyghe and Tom Skoloda edged Bob Palmer and Neil Hennessey 21-19 and Tim Sofran and Jim Kleiner advanced with a 23-18 victory over Steve Hooper and Bob Lee.

Semifinal action saw Livedoti and Jerry Disbrow earn a 21-13 victory over Bussey and Bobeldyk while Huyghe and Skoloda stayed alive with a 22-3 victory over Sofran and Kleiner. Livedoti and Jerry Disbrow earned the day’s bragging rights with a 22-15 victory over Huyghe and Skoloda.

Three teams advanced with 3-0 pool play records during Dec. 16 action. Livedoti and Jay Disbrow drew the bye into the finals and watched as Skoloda and Palmer rolled past Huyghe and Gary Howcroft 21-10. Skoloda and Palmer stayed hot to roll past Livedoti and Jay Disbrow by a 21-12 score.

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.

Jiffy Lube topples Slim’s, takes center’s adult soccer title

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Jiffy Lube teammates Mike Brusso, Brad Laudicina, Chris Culhane, Ricky Anderson, Danny Anderson, Eliza Faillace, Jason Sato and Chris Klotz pose with the Paul “Ace” Hayward trophy in Ace’s Corner on winning the adult soccer league championship Dec. 7 at the Center of Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Courtesy of Mike Brusso

Third-seeded Jiffy Lube outlasted top-seed Slim’s Place in the championship game Dec. 7 to win the adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island.

The match was a physical, back-and-forth affair that saw Jiffy Lube jump on top, only to see Slim’s Place continually claw its way back into the match.

But Jiffy Lube kept answering the challenge, ending on the winning side of a 7-4 victory, earning them the Paul “Ace” Hayward Championship.

Jiffy Lube rode a balanced scoring attack from Danny Anderson and Chris Culhane, each with two goals, and a goal each from Ricky Anderson and Chris Klotz. Jason Sato was stout in goal, making seven saves to help preserve the victory.

Matt Kretzman had a hat trick and an assist to lead Slim’s Place, which also received a goal from Angela Wiles and six saves from Dave Green in the loss.

 

Key Royale golf news

It was another full week of golf action at Key Royale Club, starting with a nine-hole, modified Stableford-system match among the men.

Mike Gillie took individual honors with a plus-5 to edge second-place finisher Gerry Elson by a point.

Elson’s score helped his team, which included Dick Mills, Bob Reid and Jere Rice, to a score of plus-3 and a win in the team competition.

The women got on the course Dec. 5 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in four flights.

Helen Pollock and Brenda Solleveld both had chipins and battled to a tie for first place in Flight A. Both carded 3-under-par 29s, two strokes clear of Joy Kaiser, who was alone in second place. Marlyn Thorton, Sue Little and Stephanie Morris all carded even-par 32s to finish in a tie for third place.

Sharon Tarras fired a 1-over-par 33 to grab first place in Flight B, edging second-pace finisher Tottie Wagner by a stroke. Barb Estok finished in third place with a 35.

Janet Razze had a chipin on the seventh hole and took first place in Flight C with the second best low-net score of the day — a 4-under-par 28. Jan Turner was one stroke back in second, while Kathy Porter finished in third place with a 1-under-par 31.

Cathy Rice’s 5-under-par 27 was the low-net round of the day — good for first place in Flight D. Kathy Miller took second place with an even-par 32, a stroke ahead of Judy Huttona and Maryanne Kaemmerlan, who finished in a tie for third place.

Forty-six golfers played a nine-hole scramble Dec. 7 at the Holmes Beach course. The team of Bruce Allan, Art McMillan, Larry Pippel and Dennis Schavey combined on a 6-under-par 26 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day. The team of Dieter Burckhardt, Dick Mills, and Gary Razze were two strokes back in second place.

 

Horseshoe news

Four teams emerged from pool play and were left to battle for the day’s supremacy during Dec. 6 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The team of Bob Palmer and Bob Lee advanced to the finals with a 23-11 victory over Gene Bobeldyk and Myles Macleod, while Steve Doyle and Dom Livedoti eliminated Adin Shank by the same score. The finals saw Palmer-Lee outlast Doyle-Livedoti by a 23-15 score.

Five teams forged 2-1 pool-play records during Dec. 9 action and battled their way through elimination games. Hank Huyghe and Bobeldyk drew the bye into the second round and watched as Lee and Bob Mason rolled past Gary Howcroft and Jay Disbrow by a 21-1 score. The other first-round match was also a blowout. Neil Hennessey and Tom Farrington cruised to a 21-5 victory over Steve Hooper and Tom Skoloda. Hennessey-Farrington drew the bye into the finals. They watched Lee-Mason ease into the finals with a 23-18 victory over Huyghe-Bobeldyk. Lee and Mason stayed hot and earned an easy 21-1 victory over Hennessey and Farrington in the finals.

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.

 

Last chance to register for adult flag football

Saturday, Dec. 16, is the last day to register for the adult flag football league at the Center of Anna Maria Island.

Mandatory player evaluations will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, with the player draft to follow.

The league starts play at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4. All games are played Thursday evenings.

The center also is looking for sponsors.

For more information, call 941-778-1908 or email will@centerami.org.

Championship matchup set in adult soccer

With the regular season and playoffs behind them, the adult soccer players at the Center of Anna Maria Island are preparing for their final challenge.

Championship Thursday will close out the season Dec. 7. The action gets started at 6 p.m., when the first of three consolation games begins with Mar/Kis Insurance taking on Ross Built, Moss Builders battling Acqua Aveda at 7 p.m., and Sato Real Estate versus Mulock Flynn Law at 8 p.m.

The highlight game, the championship match between Slim’s Place and Jiffy Lube, will kick off at 9 p.m.

Semifinal action Nov. 30 opened with Jiffy Lube advancing to the championship match by edging Mulock Flynn Law 6-5 behind four goals from Ricky Anderson and a goal and an assist from Eliza Faillace. Chris Klotz added a goal, while Danny Anderson and Chris Culhane each finished with an assist. Goalie Jason Sato helped keep Jiffy Lube in the lead with nine saves in the victory.

Jessica Williams scored two goals and Ivan Gaeta added a goal and an assist to lead Mulock Flynn Law, which also received a goal each from Chris Scott and Sarah Green. Aaron Parkin chipped in with an assist and Sean Flynn finished with eight saves in the loss.

Slim’s Place advanced to the title game thanks to a 6-4 victory over Sato Real Estate in the evening’s second semifinal match. Matt Kretzman led the way with four goals, while Kris Yavalar and Angela Wiles scored a goal each. Goalie Dave Green finished with five saves in the victory.

Zoran Kolega scored two goals to lead Sato, which also received a goal each from Yunior Guerra and Bobby Troxler. Alisha Keene added an assist and goalie Adam Mott kept Sato in the match with 10 saves in the loss.

 

Key Royale golf news

Top-flight weather resulted in a full week of golf action at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach, starting with a modified Stableford-system match Nov. 27. Peter Lund, Tom Nelson and Jere Rice all carded scores of plus-4 to finish in a three-way tie for first place.

The women took to the course Nov. 28 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in four flights with a side game of total strokes from tee to green. Sue Little won Flight A with a 2-under-par 30, one stroke ahead of second-place finisher Brenda Solleveld. Phyllis Roe was alone in third with a 35, though she did capture the tee-to-green game with 24 strokes.

Sue Wheeler won first place in Flight B with a 2-over-par 34 to edge second-place finisher Jana Samuels by two strokes. Deb Richardson won the tee-to-green game with 29 strokes.

Carol Patterson pulled off a double win in Flight C, finishing in a tie for first place with Judy Ward on matching 1-over-par 33s, while also winning the tee-to-green game with 29 strokes. Susan VanOrsdale and Janet Razze tied for second with 2-over-par 34s.

Marty Clark also pulled off the double win, taking first place in Flight D with a 3-under-par 29 and the tee-to-green game with 31 strokes. Eileen Witzgall took second place with a 1-under-par 31 and Merry Turner was in third place with a 35.

Penny Auch had chipins on the holes five and eight, while Cathy Rice chippedin on the sixth hole.

 

Horseshoe news

Two teams earned 3-0 records in pool play and battled for the day’s bragging rights during Nov. 29 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

Turns out it wasn’t much of a battle as Hank Huyghe and John Crawford cruised to a 26-3 victory over Tom Farrington and Art Kingstad.

Three teams posted 3-0 records during Dec. 2 horseshoe action. The team of Bob Mason and Dom Livedoti drew the bye into the finals and watched as Steve Doyle and Bob Palmer advanced with a 21-14 victory over Bob Lee and Myles Macleod. Mason-Livedoti won the day’s bragging rights with a 22-15 victory over the Doyle-Palmer team.

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.