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Sports – 09-21-2016

Tight scores, close games highlight week 4 of flag football

Week 4 in adult flag football at the Center of Anna Maria Island produced some tight scores, including a first vs. last place match up Sept. 15 between Mason Martin and Blake Medical Center.

Mason Martin held on for the victory to improve to 4-0 on the season, a game up on Beach House Realty and Progressive Cabinetry. Moss Builders and Tyler’s Ice Cream follow with 2-2 records, while Coldwell Banker and Anna Maria CrossFit hold down sixth and seventh place with 1-3 records. Blake Medical Center is still in search of a victory.

The action got started Sept. 15 with Beach House Realty rolling to a 25-7 victory over Anna Maria CrossFit behind quarterback Don Purvis, who passed for 170 yards and three touchdown passes. Purvis ran for 50 yards and a touchdown for Beach House, which also received a strong all-around game from Jon Moss. Moss threw for 35 yards and ran for 40 yards, while adding 55 receiving yards, five flag pulls and a quarterback sack on defense. Jesse Griffin made two touchdown grabs and Leah Purvis added a 5-yard touchdown reception to complete the Beach House scoring.

Quarterback Danny Murphy paced CrossFit with 180 passing yards and a 10-yard touchdown run. Alan Conley, Sean Flynn and Sean McCarthy all finished with 60 receiving yards, while Clay Spangler completed the scoring with an extra-point catch.

Progressive Cabinetry rolled to a 25-13 victory over Coldwell Banker behind a strong all-around game from Pat Calvary, who ran for 45 yards and a touchdown while adding a pair of receiving touchdowns and an extra point to go along with a team-high four flag pulls and an interception on defense. Quarterback Tim Shaughnessy threw for 155 yards and three touchdown passes, while adding 50 combined rushing and receiving yards. Caleb Roberts also had a strong game, finishing with 130 receiving yards and a pair of touchdown catches.

Chuck Buky passed for 285 yards and two touchdown passes to lead the Coldwell Banker offense, which also received 90 receiving yards from Matthew Morgan. Taryn Morgan added 55 receiving yards and a touchdown, while Robert Kaston finished with a touchdown and an extra point to complete the Coldwell Banker scoring in the loss.

Tyler’s Ice Cream edged Moss Builders 14-13 to move into a tie for fourth place in the third game of the evening. Jason Sato passed for 140 yards and a touchdown pass. Lexi Sato had a touchdown reception and an extra point to go along with 35 receiving yards and Josh Sato completed the offensive scoring with an extra point. Josh Sato led the defense with a game-high four flag pulls and an interception return for a touchdown.

Moss Builders was led by quarterback Ryan Moss who passed for 200 yards and a touchdown on offense while adding an interception return for a touchdown on defense. Andrew Terman added 130 receiving yards, 40 rushing yards and a touchdown to go with his team-high five flag pulls on defense. Mike Gillum completed the scoring with an extra point and 55 receiving yards.

Mason Martin slipped past Blake Medical Center 20-18 to remain unbeaten in the standings. Quarterback Ray Gardner needed only eight pass completions to throw for 225 yards and two touchdown passes to lead Mason Martin, which also received 70 rushing yards, 45 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns and an extra point from Tyler Lancaster. Frank Agnelli finished with 110 receiving yards and a touchdown to go with a pair of extra-point passes to complete the scoring in the victory.

Chase Bennion passed for 180 yards and a pair of touchdown passes while adding 80 receiving yards and a touchdown to lead Blake Medical Center in the loss. Aaron VanHook also had a strong game, passing for 65 yards, adding a touchdown and 120 receiving yards. Tom Hall and Chris McCorkle both had touchdown receptions to complete the Blake scoring.

 

Basketball action continues in center gym

Sugar Beach Digital locked up the top seed and improved to 6-0 on the season in the past week’s action at the center. They were set to take on fourth-seed Salty Printing Sept. 20 — after press time — in the first playoff game. Harry’s Grill is second seed at 4-2 and will face off in the second game of the day against third-seed Waterfront Restaurant.

Sugar Beach Digital nailed down its top seed Sept. 13 by defeating Harry’s Grill 10-6 in the last regular-season game. Jack Proctor led Sugar Beach with 10 points in the victory. Kenneth Neiring paced Harry’s Grill with 4 points, while Anthony Nguyen finished with 2 points in the loss.

Waterfront Restaurant rolled to a 10-2 victory over Salty Printing in the second game of the night. Nick Yatros scored 6 points and Jayden Sparks added 4 points in the victory. Kieran Cloutier led Salty Printing with 2 points in the loss.

 

Key Royale golf news

The Key Royale Club men played a nine-hole, modified-Stableford System or quota-points match Sept. 12. Dave Richardson lapped the field with a plus-5 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day.

The men were back on the course Sept. 15 for a nine-hole, team-scramble. The team of Art McMillan, Tom Nelson and Richardson combined on a 5-under-par 27 to earn first place.

 

Horseshoe news

Dom Livedoti was the big winner during last week’s horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Livedoti walked his way to the winner’s circle on Sept. 14 after posting the lone 3-0 record during pool play.

Livedoti then teamed up with Hank Huyghe Sept. 17 for the only 3-0 pool-play record to become the day’s outright championship.

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.

 

Cornhole players compete in Holmes Beach

League play continues for cornhole players at the Ugly Grouper, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, with games played every Tuesday night.

Week 3 action saw General Store earn a 2-0 victory over Island Coffee Haus, Captain Morgan Charters also took out Island Coffee Haus on a 2-0 score. AMI Car Wash was victorious over the Feast, the Duck and the Corn by 2-0 scores. Toss Me Softly beat Coffee Haus 2-0, while Amateur Corn Stars rolled past Tag em and Bag em 2-0. Corn Dawgs #2 defeated Island Bazaar-Beach Bums 2-0 and Def Con 5 took out Corn Dawgs by a 2-1 score.

After three weeks of action, Captain Morgan Charters, AMI Car Wash and Amateur Corn Stars sport 3-0 records and are tied for first place. Toss Me Softly follows at 2-0.

The league is accepting teams of two players along with an option for subs or free agents.

The competition will result in a league trophy and a first-place prize of $300 Grouper Bucks. Second place also earns a trophy and $200 in Grouper Bucks, while the prize for third place is a trophy and $100 in Grouper Bucks.

 

Sports – 09-14-2016

Mason Martin chasing unbeaten record in flag football

Mason Martin remained unbeaten as Blake Medical Center is still looking for a victory after week three of the adult flag football season at the Center of Anna Maria Island.

Mason Martin is on top of the table with a 3-0 record followed by Beach House Real Estate, Moss Builders and Progressive Cabinetry, all sporting 2-1 records. Coldwell Banker, Tyler’s Ice Cream and Anna Maria CrossFit have 1-2 records, while Blake brings up the rear at 0-3.

Action Sept. 8 got started on the center field with Beach House edging Tyler’s 22-19 behind the quarterback tandem of Don Purvis and Jon Moss. Purvis completed 11 of 12 passes for 115 yards, two touchdown passes and 4 extra-points. Purvis also added 90 rushing yards, 65 receiving yards and a touchdown. Moss passed for 110 yards and a touchdown, while also adding 35 rushing yards and 30 receiving yards to go along with a touchdown and an extra point.

Other contributors include Jesse Griffin, who finished with 60 receiving yards, including a touchdown and an extra point. Jason Mickan finished with 60 receiving yards and a pair of extra points.

Jason Sato paced the Tyler’s offense, passing for 205 yards, a pair of touchdown passes and an extra point. Brother Josh Sato also had a big game, finishing with 120 receiving yards and 20 rushing yards, while adding two touchdowns and an extra point. Brother Ben Sato completed the scoring with a touchdown reception to go along with 40 receiving yards in the loss.

The second game of the evening saw Progressive Cabinetry slip past Blake by a 19-12 score behind the all-around play of Tim Shaughnessy. Shaughnessy passed for 110 yards and a touchdown, while also adding 30 rushing yards, 60 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. Pat Calvary added 10 rushing yards and 30 receiving yards to go along with a touchdown. Caleb Roberts completed two of three passes, including a touchdown pass to go along with 30 receiving yards and an extra point in the victory.

Tim Shaughnessy also showed up on the defensive side of the ball with a interception, while Chris Culhand finished with an interception and a sack.

Aaron VanHook passed for 135 yards and ran for 55 more to lead the Blake offense, which also received a 45-yard touchdown pass from Chris McCorkle to Van Kinder. McCorkle also added 65 receiving yards to spark the offense. Mark Baker accounted for the other touchdown when he intercepted Shaughnessy and took it to the house.

Mason Martin rolled to a 27-6 victory over Anna Maria CrossFit in the third game of the evening behind another all-around effort from Ray Gardner. Gardner passed for 100 yards, including two touchdown passes while rushing for 55 yards and adding 95 receiving yards. As if that weren’t enough, Gardner added an interception return for a touchdown on defense. Eric Gledhill finished with 50 receiving yards including two touchdowns an 3 extra points, while Tyler Lancaster had 80 rushing yards, 20 receiving yards and a touchdown in the victory.

Quarterback Danny Murphy threw for 130 yards and a touchdown, but was hurt by a pair of interceptions. Alan Conley added 30 rushing yards, 60 receiving yards and the lone touchdown in the loss.

Ryan Moss passed for 215 yards and three touchdowns to lead Moss Builders to a 34-21 victory over Coldwell Banker, closing out flag football action for the night. Mike Gillum was his favorite target, finishing with 150 receiving yards, including two touchdown receptions and a pair of extra points. Gillum also ran for 40 yards and a touchdown, while also adding an interception return for a touchdown on defense. Chad Woods completed the scoring with 65 receiving yards, including a touchdown and 2 extra points.

Charles Buky threw for 245 yards and three touchdowns to lead Coldwell Banker in the loss. Matthew Morgan was his top target with 105 receiving yards, including a pair of touchdowns and a two-point conversion, while Robert Kaston finished with 55 receiving yards, a touchdown and an extra point.
Basketball action continues in the gym

Sugar Beach Digital continued its run towards perfection with another comfortable victory to improve to 5-0 in the youth basketball league at the center.

Sugar defeated Salty Printing 12-1 to open Aug. 30 action at the center. Jack Proctor paced Sugar Beach with 8 points, while Peyton Hovda and Evie Baugher added 2 points each in the victory.

Kieran Cloutier led Salty Printing with 1 point in the loss.

Harry’s Grill is still on Sugar Beach Digital’s heels at 4-1, after a win over Waterfront Restaurant & Grill 10-5 behind 8 points from Anthony Nguyen and 2 points from Colin Bankert.

Nick Yatros scored 3 points to lead Waterfront, which also received 2 points from Evan Talucci in the loss.

 

Key Royale golf news

The Key Royale Club men played a nine-hole scramble on Sept. 8. The team of Merritt Fineout, John Masefield and Tom Nelson combined on a 5-under-par 27 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day.

 

Horseshoe news

Only one team managed the requisite 3-0 pool-play record during Sept. 7 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Tim Sofran and Roger Nigg were the day’s outright champions for their efforts.

Two teams emerged from pool play during Sept. 10 action and battled for a trip to the winner’s circle. The team of Hank Huyghe and Neal Hennessey earned bragging rights for the day after defeating Sam Samuels and Nigg 22-13 in the championship game.

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.

 

Ugly Grouper cornhole league tosses off

The current standings in the Ugly Grouper Cornhole League after week No. 1 are:

Captain Morgan Charters, Island Coffee Haus HB, Amateur Corn Stars, Island Bazaar Beach Bums, Bag em and Tag em and Def Con 5 all stand at 1-0.

General Store, Corn Dawgs, Beach Monkey Pools, The Feast, The Duck and The Corn, Island Coffee Haus and Island Coffee Haus AMI stand at 0-1, while the Feast #2 and AMI Car Wash are at 0-0.

The Ugly Grouper is at 5704 Marina Drive.

 

 

Sports – 09-07-2016

Sugar Beach on sweet path in basketball, soccer tees up

 

Sugar Beach Digital won its fourth game in a row for a sweet 4-0 season, one-game ahead of Harry’s Grill in the youth basketball league at the Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

Waterfront Restaurant follows with a 1-3 record while Salty Printing is still in search of its first victory.

Sugar Beach took on Waterfront in the first game of the evening Aug. 30 and came away with an 8-4 victory. Jack Proctor led the way by scoring all of the Sugar Beach points.

Evan Talucci and Jayden Sparks scored 2 points each to lead Waterfront in the loss.

The second game of the night saw Harry’s Grill keep pace in the standings with a 20-6 victory over Salty Printing behind 10 points from Kenneth Neiring. Grayson Mitchell added 8 points and Alex Cox added 2 points to complete the scoring in the victory.

Ewan Cloutier scored 4 points to lead Salty Printing, which also received 2 points from Harrison Schenerlien in the loss.

 

Register by Sept. 9 for center youth soccer

      The center is still accepting registration for its fall youth soccer league. Divisions are organizing for players ages 5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-17. Players must register by Sept. 9 online at www.centerami.org or in person at the center.

Cost for center members is a $5 processing fee while non-members pay $90.

The seasons kicks off in early October and ends in early December.

The center also is seeking coaches and sponsors. For more information, contact Drew Mitchell at 941-778-1908, ext. 217, or drew@centerami.org.

 

Play underway in ‘Ugly’ cornhole league

The Ugly Grouper restaurant-bar at 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, is sporting a cornhole league with games played Tuesday nights.

Teams must constist of a minimum of two people with the option of having subs or free agents available when a regular team member is unable to play a weekly game.

The teams in the league play for bragging rights, a league trophy and the first-place prize of 300 Grouper Bucks — to be spent at the Ugly Grouper. Second place also receives a trophy and 200 Grouper Bucks, while the third place winner will have a trophy and 100 Grouper Bucks to spend.

In addition, team members receive T-shirts and there will be photos and statistics posted to social media after league play to measure up the team standings.

The league has 14 teams led by Captain Morgan Charters, Island Coffee Haus HB, Amateur Corn Stars, Island Bazaar Beach Bums, Bag ’em and Tag ’em and Def Con 5, all boasting 1-0 records after the first week of action.

If you’re interested in entering a team or just want more information about the Ugly Grouper, call 941-778-4402 or email info@uglygrouper.com.

 

Volleyball club comes to Holmes Beach

Sirenia Beach Volleyball Club is accepting registration for its girl’s beach volleyball club.

The season runs Sept. 11-Nov. 20 with club practice at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Cost for the season is $600, which covers Wednesday and Sunday practices, or there’s a $300 option to practice only on Sundays.

The club is under the direction of new Bradenton resident Jason Jones. Jones comes from Las Vegas, where he was a volunteer assistant at University of Nevada-Las Vegas, in addition to being a USA High Performance assistant coach. Jones also started the Vegas Pursuit Indoor and Beach Tournament series, which grew into a must-attend event. Going into its fourth year, the tournament boasts 80 teams from 15 states.

Tryouts for the Sirenia Club’s fall season will be 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, Sept. 11, at Manatee Beach. There is a $20 tryout fee. Interested players in the 12-18 age group can register online at sireniabvc.com.

Also on tap for Sirenia Beach Volleyball Club is a $100-per-player clinic Oct. 8 and a tournament Oct. 9 at the home beach.

For more information, call Jones at 702-721-2326 or go online at www.sireniabvc.com.

 

Horseshoe news

Horseshoe action Aug. 31 at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits gave way to rains from Hermine, but the horseshoe regulars were back at the pits Sept. 3. Steve Doyle walked his way to the only 3-0 pool-play record and was the day’s outright champion.

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.

 

 

Sports – 08-31-2016

Center sees action in adult flag football, youth basketball

Only two weeks into the adult flag football league at the Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, there’s one team that hasn’t lost a game and one team still in search of its first victory.

But the season is young.

Mason Martin sits atop the standings with a 2-0 record, while Blake Medical Center is on the bottom, sandwiching Beach House Real Estate, Coldwell Banker, Tyler’s Ice Cream, Anna Maria Crossfit, Moss Builders and Progressive Cabinetry, all sporting 1-1 records.

There’s still a ton of football to be played — so stay tuned for game results and standings.

Action Aug. 25 saw two close games, a shutout and a forfeit victory.

Coldwell Banker opened the night by defeating Anna Maria Crossfit 26-18 behind 235 passing yards and four touchdown passes from quarterback Charles Buky. His favorite receiver was Matthew Morgan, who finished with 130 receiving yards and three touchdown receptions. Mike Brusso added a 10-yard touchdown reception for Coldwell Banker in the victory, which also saw extra-point receptions from Robert Kaston and Taryn Morgan.

Anna Maria Crossfit was led by Danny Murphy, who threw for 35 yards and two touchdown passes, while also adding 60 rushing yards, 30 receiving yards and scoring a touchdown. Clay Spangler added 160 passing yards, including one for a touchdown, while Kate Serdy and Sean McCarthy both scored touchdowns to complete the Crossfit scoring in the loss.

Mason Martin edged Beach House Real Estate 20-14 in the second game of the evening behind the dynamic efforts of quarterback Ray Gardner. Gardner completed 12 of 17 passes for 160 yards and three touchdown passes, while also rushing for 90 yards and a 2-point conversion. Eric Gledhill finished with 55 receiving yards and a touchdown, while Zach Schield added a touchdown reception of his own to complete the scoring.

Don Purvis threw for 215 yards, including a pair of touchdown passes and two extra points to lead Beach House, which also received 100 receiving yards, a touchdown and an extra point from Jesse Griffin. Jon Moss finished with 70 receiving yards and a touchdown, while Jason Mickan added 45 receiving yards and an extra point in the loss.

Moss Builders rolled to a 20-0 victory over Blake Medical Center behind the play of quarterback Ryan Moss, who completed 13 of 18 passes for 235 yards, including three touchdown passes and a pair of extra points. Andrew Terman also had a strong game, finishing with 130 receiving yards, 35 rushing yards, a touchdown and an extra point. Mike Gillum finished with 30 receiving yards, 30 rushing yards and a touchdown, while Chad Woods added 75 yards and a touchdown.

Chase Bennion, with 100 passing yards and 45 rushing yards, paced Blake Medical Center, which also got 90 receiving yards from Chris McCorkle in the loss.

 

Sugar Beach surges in youth basketball

After three weeks of youth basketball action at the center, Sugar Beach Digital has established itself as the team to beat with a perfect 3-0 record fueled by Jack Proctor, arguably the league’s best player. Harry’s Grill follows with a 2-1 record as the Waterfront Restaurant at 1-2 and 0-3 Salty Printing completing the standings.

The top teams — Sugar Beach and Harry’s — squared off Aug. 23 in the night’s opener in the gym, but Harry’s Grill was without leading scorer Anthony Nguyen and it showed. Sugar Beach rolled to a 16-4 victory behind 10 points from Jack Proctor. Evie Baugher, Lilt Kawahata and Peyton Hovda added 2 points each in the victory for Sugar Beach.

Alex Cox and Kenneth Neiring led Harry’s Grill with 2 points each in the loss.

The second game of the evening saw Waterfront Restaurant edge Salty Printing 8-5 for its first victory of the season. Nick Yatros scored 8 points to lead the Waterfront to victory.

Ewan Cloutier and Jack McCarthy scored 2 points each to lead Salty Printing, which also received 1 point from Fiona McCarthy in the loss.

 

Register now …

The center is accepting registrations for its LaPensee Plumbing Bowling Tournament Sept. 10 at AMF Lanes 4208 Cortez Road, Bradenton.

Cost for the tournament is $30 per player, which includes shoes and three games along with an evening of frivolity. Awards for high game, low game, high series and low series — yes, awards for losing — will be made at the lanes.

Pre-registration is required and the center also is looking for lane sponsors.

The center will be closing registration for its fall youth soccer league Sept. 9.

Prospective players can register online at Centerami.org or in person at the center.

The cost is $90 for non-members, while members pay a $5 processing fee. The league offers divisions for ages 5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-17.

The seasons kicks off in early October and ends in early December.

For more sports information, contact Drew Mitchell at drew@centerami.org or 941-778-1908, ext. 217, or stop by at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

 

Key Royale golf news

The Key Royale Club men got out on the golf course for a couple of rounds last week, starting with an Aug. 22 nine-hole modified-Stableford match. Bob O’Keefe lapped the field with a plus-6 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day.

The women took the course Aug. 23 for a nine-hole individual-low-net golf match in two flights.

Tootie Wagner carded a 4-under-par 28 to grab first place in Flight A by one stroke over Lori Waggoner, who had a birdie on the second hole and a chipin on the seventh hole.

Flight B saw Terry Westby and Joyce Lathrop finish in a tie for first place on 1-under-par 31s.

The men were back on the course Aug. 25 for a nine-hole team scramble. The team of Jim Auch, Paul Phillips, Gary Razze and Dan Richardson combined on a 4-under-par 28 to take first place.

 

Horseshoe news

There were no unbeaten teams in pool play during Aug. 24 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. There were, however, three teams that forged 2-1 records, left to battle for the day’s supremacy.

The team of Bob Heiger and Neil Hennessey drew the lucky bye into the finals and watched as Hank Huyghe and Norm Good took out Tom Sofran and Steve Doyle by a 21-5 score. But Huyghe and Good were too “good” in the finals, as they rolled to a 24-13 victory and a spot in the winner’s circle.

Aug. 27 action also produced three 2-1 records in pool play. Sofran and Gary Howcroft edged Huyghe and Doyle 21-19 to advance to the finals where they met Hennessey and Jay Disbrow. Sofran-Howcroft brought the heat, defeating Hennessey-Disbrow by a 23-14 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.

 

Registration taking place for LBK triathlon

The 2016 Longboat Key Triathlon benefiting the new Women’s Sports Museum will be Oct. 16.

The international distance triathlon consists of swimming a half mile, biking 20 miles and running 5 miles.

The Sprint Distance race consists of swimming a quarter mile, biking 10 miles and running 2.5 miles.

The international duathlon consists of running 2 miles, biking 20 miles and running 5 miles.

The sprint duathlon consists of running a mile, biking 10 miles and running another 2.5 miles.

The start time is 7:30 a.m.

Registration is taking place online at lbktriathlon.com.

Course details, as well as signup costs, can be found on the website.

 

 

 

Sports – 08-24-2016

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Hooke takes top spot in 2016 Madeira Beach Sunset Series

Mickey Hooke of Bradenton, a longtime Galati Yacht Sales employee in Anna Maria, recently competed in the 2016 Madeira Beach Sunset Series 5K races. The event comprises three challenging Friday night 5K beach races and come with swag — a beach towel, hat, T-shirt, free beach parking and award ceremonies at Mad Beach Craft Brewing and Hooters of John’s Pass.

The event opened June 17 with extremely windy conditions, a rough beach terrain and groins to navigate. The 55-year-old Hooke earned a sixth place overall finish with a time of 19:11, setting Masters and Grand Masters division records in the process.

The second leg of the series July 8 came with full sun and a 93-degree temperature at the 7:15 p.m. start time. Hooke placed second overall with a time of 19:37.

The final leg of the series Aug. 5 saw the most agreeable conditions — mostly cloudy skies and a nice breeze. Hooke placed fourth overall with a time of 18:26, breaking his records by 45 seconds.

After series points and times were totaled, Hooke had 3 points and a cumulative time of 57:15 and was awarded overall male winner. Hooke was the only competitor with a cumulative time under 60 minutes, finishing ahead of the closest runners in any age group by almost 3 minutes in each race.

This was Hooke’s first win in a point-scored race, also setting four records in the series. He has now run seven races and has 11 new records since his return from a foot injury earlier this year.

 

Basketball completes second week of action

With two weeks of basketball action in the records at the Center of Anna Maria Island, it appears Harry’s Grill and Sugar Beach Digital are the teams to beat after two games played.

Harry’s Grill opened the action Aug. 16 with an 18-4 blowout victory over the Waterfront Restaurant behind 12 points from Anthony Nguyen. Grayson Mitchell added 4 points for Harry’s, which also received 2 points from Kenneth Neiring in the victory.

Evan Talucci and Dalton Fox scored 2 points each to lead Waterfront in the loss.

Sugar Beach Digital rolled to a 26-5 victory over Salty Printing behind 20 points from Jack Proctor. Tom Baugher, Evie Baugher and Peyton Hovda completed the scoring with 2 points each in the victory.

Ewan and Kieran Cloutier led Salty Printing in the loss with 2 points each. Jack McCarthy added 1 point.

 

Adult flag football kicks off

Adult flag football kicked off with four games played at the center Aug. 18. The league has eight teams facing off on Thursday evenings. The regular season runs until Oct. 6 and playoffs start Oct. 13. The season concludes with a championship game Oct. 27.

Tyler’s Ice Cream recorded a 21-15 victory over Blake Medical Center behind the passing combination of brothers Jason and Josh Sato. Jason Sato completed 12 passes for 130 yards and three touchdowns passes to brother Jason, who finished with 45 yards and an extra point. Brother Nick Sato finished with 40 receiving yards, while another brother, Ben Sato, added 25 receiving yards in the victory. Lexi Sato, wife of Nick, sparked the defense with two flag pulls including one for a safety.

Chase Bennion threw for 150 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Blake Medical Center offense. Aaron VanHook was his favorite target, totaling 65 receiving yards and a touchdown, while Mark Baker finished with 50 receiving yards including a touchdown and an extra point.

VanHook also had a big day on defense, finishing with four flag pulls, an interception and a safety.

The second game of the evening saw Anna Maria CrossFit earn a 21-6 victory over Progressive Cabinetry behind 135 passing yards and three touchdown passes from quarterback Clay Spangler. Jesse Brisson was his top target, finishing with 60 receiving yards and a touchdown, while Ed Moss added 45 receiving yards and a touchdown. Alan Conley completed the scoring with a touchdown, an extra point and a 2-point conversion.

Sean Flynn sparked the Anna Maria CrossFit defense with four interceptions and four flag pulls.

Tim Shaughnessy led Progressive Cabinetry in the loss with 60 passing yards, 35 rushing yards and the team’s only touchdown, while Caleb Roberts led all receivers with 100 receiving yards.

Beach House Real Estate edged Moss Builders 28-22 in the third game of the night behind a huge performance from Don Purvis. Purvis threw for 185 yards, rushed for 55 and added 160 receiving yards, while accounting for 3 goals. Jason Mickan added a touchdown and 25 receiving yards, while Jesse Griffin and Jon Moss each added an extra point to the victory.

Griffin finished with a game-high nine flag pulls to spark the Beach House defense, which also received four pulls, two sacks and a safety from Jon Moss.

Ryan Moss threw for 160 yards and three touchdown passes to lead Moss Builders, which also saw a big game from Mike Gillum. Gillum ran for 45 yards and added 65 receiving yards and a touchdow. Chad Woods finished with 55 receiving yards, including a touchdown and a pair of two-point conversions, while Andrew Terman completed the scoring with a touchdown.

Ray Gardner ran for 125 yards and passed for 165 yards, including a touchdown to lead Mason Martin to a 27-12 victory over Coldwell Banker Real Estate to close out the Aug. 18 action. Eric Gledhill scored a pair of touchdowns and finished with 30 receiving yards, while Frank Agnelli added 40 receiving yards including a touchdown and an extra point.

Agnelli also chipped in on defense, finishing with three flag pulls and an interception, while Zach Schield added two pulls and an interception.

Charles Buky passed for 180 yards and a pair of touchdown passes to lead Coldwell Banker in the loss. Taryn Morgan was top receiver with 70 receiving yards and a touchdown, while Matt Morgan added 30 receiving yards and a touchdown.

 

 

Sports – 08-17-2016

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Basketball tips off in center gym, outdoor sports bear heat

 

Plenty of outdoor sports participants are feeling the summer heat.

And some activities in the past week were delayed by rain.

But for some young players, a gym provides a cool place to play.

The youth basketball league at the Center of Anna Maria Island tipped off in the gym Aug. 11 with a pair of games in the 5-9 age division. Games are scheduled on Tuesday evenings through Sept. 13, when the season ends. Playoffs are set for the following Tuesday and the championship game will tip off at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21.

The first game saw Harry’s Grill roll to a 22-7 victory over Salty Printing behind a game-high 12 points from Anthony Nguyen. Kenneth Neiring added 6 points, while Grayson Mitchell completed the victory for Harry’s with 4 points.

Ewan Cloutier paced Salty Printing with 3 points, while Kieran Cloutier and Harrison Schenerlein added 2 points each in the loss.

The second game of the evening saw Sugar Beach Digital roll to a 15-6 victory over the Waterfront Restaurant behind 13 points from Jack Procter and 2 points from Evie Baugher.

Jayden Sparks, Nick Yatros and Evan Talucci paced the Waterfront with 2 points each in the loss.

 

Key Royale golf news

Rain washed out most of the golf action at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach this past week, though the men did manage to get in a nine-hole scramble Aug. 11. The team of Art McMillan, Tom Nelson and Mike Pritchard combined on a 3-under-par 29 to earn bragging rights for the week.

The rain forced the women to retreat to clubmember, fellow golfer Liz Lang’s house Aug. 9 for some Wii golf and lunch catered by the new Key Royale Club chef, Bill Shafer.

Lunch was a hit with the women, but there was no word on who the big Wii winners were.

 

Horseshoe news

Horseshoe action Aug. 10 saw only one team post a 3-0 record in pool play at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Steve Doyle and Neil Hennessey emerged as the day’s outright champs.

Two teams came out of pool play during Aug. 13 action in Anna Maria and battled for the championship. The team of Tim Sofran and Hank Huyghe obliterated walker Hennessey by a 24-0 score to earn the day’s bragging rights and end the winning streak — three consecutive championships — by Hennessey.

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.

Register now for center soccer

The center is accepting registrations for its fall youth soccer league with divisions for players ages 5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-17.

Players must register by Sept. 9 either online at centerami.org or at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

The cost is $90 for non-members, while members pay a $5 processing fee.

The season will kick off in early October and end in December.

The center also is seeking coaches and sponsors. For information, contact Drew Mitchell at drew@centerami.org or 941-778-1908, ext. 217.

 

MAYSO puts out final call for fall soccer

Registration is ongoing for the 2016 MAYSO fall soccer season.

The cost is $120 for a jersey, shorts and socks to go along with a 10-game season.

The final day to register is Aug. 20 in-person at Dick’s Sporting Goods, 4108 14th St. W., Bradenton.

 

Sports – 08-10-2016

Major Beach Soccer checks into Coquina Beach for kicks

 

The sounds of reggae music filled the air at Coquina Beach Aug. 6 at a two-day Major Beach Soccer qualifying tournament.

It is the second year the county-run beach in Bradenton Beach has hosted the tournament for teams competing to advance to the Major Beach Soccer National Championships. This year’s tournament will be Dec. 10-11 at Clearwater Beach.

Major Beach Soccer, in its seventh year, is the product of former pro player Peter Mellor, who resides on Longboat Key. Mellor played goalie in the English Premier League 1969-81, including 190 appearances for Fulham and the 1975 FA Cup final.

Mellor learned of beach soccer almost 30 years ago when he took a team he coached to Rio de Janiero and saw Brazilians playing soccer at Copacabana Beach. He saw a future for beach soccer on Florida’s beaches.

It’s a different game than regular soccer, starting with the level of difficulty of playing in sand. It’s not easy to run in the sand, much less dribble, and even harder to pass the ball effectively on the ground.  Because of this, the game is more direct. It requires the ball to be played in the air more than a traditional game on a grass pitch.

On the kick off from the center spot, one player often flicks the ball up in the air for a teammate to attempt a volley on goal. Instead of the usual goal kick taken when the ball goes over the end line in grass soccer, the goalie typically throws the ball towards the opponent’s goal area to a teammate, who then attempts to settle the ball or flick it onto a teammate. There’s no such thing as a bad shot.

The atmosphere at a beach soccer tournament is much like a surfing contest or a beach volleyball tournament — vibrant music and dancing is the norm.

The Coquina Beach qualifier was small, with only 13 teams vying for a spot, but the 2015 tournament in Clearwater Beach had more than 50 competitive teams and the popularity continues to grow.

The Center of Anna Maria Island entered a team that included Center employees Drew Mitchell and Chris Culhane, along with Sean McCarthy, Colleen McCarthy, Nate Talucci, David Greene, Aaron Parkin, John Colman and Joanna Baugh.

While they didn’t notch a win at Coquina, they definitely had fun. The islanders lost 5-1 to Lakeland United, but bounced back to earn a 2-2 tie against Stil Kicking in their second match. They then dropped their final Saturday match by an 8-6 score to Still Kicking, dashing their National championship hopes for this year.

To learn more about Major Beach Soccer, go online to majorbeachsoccer.com.

 

Key Royale golf news

Men’s golf action at Key Royale Club was limited to a couple of rounds Aug. 1 due to a rain-soaked course. The men played a nine hole individual-low-net match in the morning. Dennis Schavey carded a 5-under-par 27 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day. Hugh Holmes Jr. was alone in second place with a 1-under-par 31.

The men were back on the course later in the day for a nine-hole modified-Stableford System match. Gary Duncan led the way with a plus-3.

The women played a nine-hole individual-low-net match Aug. 2 that saw Phyllis Roe ride a birdie on number nine to a 1-under-par 31, putting her in first place in Flight A. Helen Pollock, Penny Williams and Liz Lang all carded even-par 32s to finish in a three-way tie for second place.

Janet Razze fired a 4-under-par 28 to earn first place in Flight B, with Terry Westby in second place with 1-under par.

Horseshoe news

Three teams advanced to the knockout stage during Aug. 3 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Hank Huyghe and Neil Hennessey drew the bye into the finals and watched as Norm Good and Jay Disbrow defeated Tim Sofran and Steve Doyle by a 21-15 score. Huyghe-Hennessey earned bragging rights for the day with a 22-15 victory over Good-Disbrow in the finals.

Huyghe and Hennessey were teammates again during Aug. 6 horseshoe action and they once again found themselves in the winner’s circle after rolling to a 23-4 victory over Sofran and Bob Heiger.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.

Sports – 08-03-2016

Fall basketball, soccer seasons on youth sports horizon

 

Classes for most public school students resume Aug. 10, which elicits groans from kids and cheers from parents, and it also signal to sports enthusiasts that they are one day closer to the start of the youth basketball season at the Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

A six-game season will tip off Aug. 11 with two games starting at 6 p.m. and continuing weekly until Sept. 13. The playoffs are set for Sept. 20, concluding Sept. 21 with championship and consolation games.

The league boasts four teams of kids, ages 5-9, and sponsors Sugar Beach Digital, Salty Printing, Harry’s Grill and the Waterfront.

 

Soccer club kicks off fall season

Registration is open for the 2016 Manatee Area Youth Soccer League fall co-ed season. Teams are organinzing for players age 6 and under up to high school age.

Cost is $120, which includes a jersey, shorts and socks to go along with a 10-game season.

The last day to register is Aug. 20 at Dick’s Sporting Goods, 4108 14th St. W., Bradenton. This also is MAYSO shopping day at Dick’s.

For more information, visit www.mayso.org or email info@mayso.org.

Key Royale golf news

Tom McDonnell and Ron Vandeman both carded plus-4 to grab first place in the men’s quota-points golf match at the Key Royale Club July 26.

A few Key Royale Club women braved the oppressive heat to play a nine-hole individual-low-net golf match July 27 with a side game of low individual putts.

Penny Williams fired a 1-under-par 31 to grab first place in Flight A, one stroke ahead of Phyllis Roe.

Janet Razze earned the top spot in Flight B with a score of 3-under-par 29. Marilyn Niewijk was alone in second with 3-over-par 35.

Penny Williams, Phyllis Roe and Jana Samuels each had 17 putts to finish in a three-way tie for first place in the game of the day.

The men were back on the course July 28 for a nine-hole scramble. The team of Jon Holcomb, Jim Kirk and Gary Razze earned clubhouse bragging rights after combining on a 7-under-par 25.

 

Horseshoe news

Sam Samuels and Jay Disbrow earned the only 3-0 pool-play record July 27 and were the day’s outright champs in the horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

Two teams advanced to the knockout stage during July 30 action. Steve Doyle trailed Tim Sofran and Roger Nigg 17-7 before rallying for a 23-18 victory 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.

 

 

Sports – 07-27-2016

Wash Family Construction crafts a win in center’s Ace Cup

 

Wash Family Construction rode some impressive skills from back-up goalie Rico Beissert and just enough offense to record a 4-1 victory over Eason Builders Group to win the Paul “Ace” Hayward Cup in the July 21 championship game of the adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island.

Wash got on the scoreboard in the third minute when Eason failed to effectively clear the ball after a corner kick from Kyle Lessig. Jennifer Sayko got off one shot that was blocked by Eason goalie Nate Talucci, but the ball bounced to Murat Akay, who poked it in for a 1-0 lead.

Lessig tried to extend the WFC lead in the eighth minute, launching a rocket from 20 yards, but Talucci was equal to the task and made the save.

Eason settled down and started to gain some traction in the match that was dominated early on by WFC. Anthony Barberio carried the ball up the middle before hitting a long pass to Scott Eason on the right wing. Eason took a touch before hitting a strong shot, but Beissert made the save to deny Eason.

Eason had another opportunity a minute later when Scott Dean flicked on a throwin to Shea Yates. Yates got off the shot, but Beissert was again up to the task.

The action was back and forth until the 20th minute, when WFC player Sean Flynn hit a long ball deep into the Eason end that Joey Ciasulo was able to handle. There was considerable debate whether it occurred inside the penalty area, but the referee ruled it in and awarded a penalty kick. Lessig calmly stepped up and finished the penalty kick for a 2-0 WFC lead.

With time winding down in the half, Yates got loose up the right side and unleashed a powerful shot from 20 yards, but Beissert made a diving save to preserve the 2-0 WFC lead as the half came to a close.

Eason came out strong to start the second half, determined to get back into the game. Two minutes into the second stanza, Barberio carried forward and found Dean up the right side. He one-timed it inside to Yates, whose shot was again saved by Beissert.

Three minutes later, Barberio was fouled while making a penetrating run up the middle, giving him a free kick from 23 yards, but his kick was blocked by the defensive wall.

Eason continued to apply offensive pressure, resulting in a corner kick. Dean served the ball in and Dave Green hit a nice volley, but it was right at Beissert, who secured the ball to deny Eason yet again.

WFC extended its lead in the 33rd minute when Lessig carried the ball forward to the 30-yard line. He hit what look like an innocuous shot with the outside of his right foot, but Talucci couldn’t coral the spinning ball and it scooted past him and went into the goal for a 3-0 lead with less than 13 minutes left to play.

Eason finally broke through in the 40th minute. Yates carried the ball up the middle before finding Dean on the right side. Dean one-timed it back to Yates, whose shot found the back of the net from 23 yards.

With time ticking away, Dean received the ball at midfield and served it into the box, where Barberio went high to get a head on it, but it went wide.

The ensuing goal kick went to Andre Lewis, who made a strong run up the right side and into the Eason penalty area. He somehow held the ball despite several Eason defenders all over him and passed the ball to 76-year old Lynn Clarke, wide open on the back post. Clarke passed the ball into the open goal to clinch the 4-1 victory for Wash Family Construction.

Lessig finished with 2 goals to lead WFC, which also received a goal each from Clark and Akay, while Beissert was strong between the pipes with eight saves.

Yates scored the lone goal in the loss for Eason, which also received an assist from Dean and seven saves from Talucci.

      Look online at www.islander.org for more pics from the championship game.

Key Royale golf news

The men of Key Royale Club played a pair of matches July 18, starting with a low-net-of-partner’s game in the morning. The team of Fred Meyer and Hank Tremblay combined on a 1-over-par 33 to grab first place.

Later in the day, the men were back on the course for a nine-hole modified-Stableford System or quota-points match. Jon Holcomb, Merritt Fineout, Dan Richardson and Scott Lemon all posted scores of plus-3 to finish in a tie for first place.

The Key Royale women played a nine-hole individual-low-net match July 19 with a twist. They were only allowed to use three clubs on the round.

Lori Waggoner had no problem carding a 6-under-par 26 to grab first place in Flight A, three strokes ahead of Phyllis Roe and Helen Pollock, who both managed birdies on the second hole.

Terry Westby, Jana Samuels, Kathy Miller and Janet Razze all recorded 2-under-par 30s to finish in a four-way tie for first place in Flight B.

The men were back on the course July 21 for a nine-hole team scramble. The team of Gary Duncan, Lex Halakan and Gary Razze combined on a 5-under-par 27 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day.

Horseshoe news

Neil Hennessey had a good week of horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. During action July 20, Hennessey walked his way to the only 3-0 record in pool play and was the day’s outright champion.

Hennessey found himself back in the winner’s circle July 23, this time partnering with Sam Samuels as the only team to post a 3-0 pool-play record for another outright win.

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.

 

Register now for MAYSO

Registration is open for the 2016 MAYSO fall soccer season.

Registering online at www.MAYSO.org before July 31 will earn a $15 early-bird discount.

Cost is $120, including jersey, shorts and socks and a 10-game season.

The last day to register is Aug. 20 — the only in-person registration day, which is at Dick’s Sporting Goods, 4108 14th St. W., Bradenton. This also is MAYSO savings day at Dick’s.

For more information, email info@mayso.org.

 

Sports – 07-20-2016

Jackson shoots past Calvary in adult basketball final

 

Going into the championship game between No. 1 seed Team Jackson and No. 2 Team Calvary, the prevailing thought was to beat Team Jackson, limiting Antwan Jackson’s scoring was essential.

As it turned out, Jackson scored only 2 points, but Team Jackson rolled to a 100-62 victory over Team Calvary to win the adult league trophy July 12 at the Center of Anna Maria Island.

Team Jackson jumped out to a 48-32 halftime lead behind a 3-point barrage led by John Davis, who hit his first six 3-point attempts. Davis finished with eight 3-pointers on the way to a game-high 26 points. Brandon Kern contributed to the 3-point run with four of his own and 23 points. Matthew Smith dominated down low and finished with 25 points, while Teagon Purtill scored 14 points and Tanoan Alexandrea added 10 points to complete the rout.

Pedro Vega scored 23 points to lead Team Calvary, which also received 18 points from Reggie Clemmons and 11 points from James Friedman in the loss.

 

Finals set for ‘Ace’ Cup

Semifinal action July 14 in the adult soccer league at the center saw a pair of blowout games, but the match is set for the Paul “Ace” Hayward Championship Cup.

The first game saw a red-hot Eason Builders Group roll to a 7-3 victory over No. 1 seed Slim’s Place behind 4 goals and an assist from Anthony Barberio and 3 goals from Nate Talucci. Scott Eason and Scott Dean each added an assist in the victory, while goalie Scott Rudacille finished with 10 saves.

Matt Kretzman scored 2 goals and Zach Shield added 1 goal for Slim’s Place, which also received an assist from PJ Smarjisso and nine saves from goalie Will Case in the loss.

The second semifinal match saw Wash Family Construction demolish Moss Builders by a 7-3 score. Sean Flynn and Kyle Lessig both had 2 goals and an assist to lead WFC, which also received goals from Andre Lewis, Murat Oelfke and James Clifford in the victory.

Ray Gardner scored 3 goals and Josh Sato added an assist to lead Moss Builders in the loss.

The “Ace” Championship game is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21.

 

Key Royale golf news

The Key Royale Club men got out for a round of golf July 11, playing a modified-Stableford System-match with Sean Purcell earning clubhouse bragging rights on a plus-6, two points ahead of Mark Kimball.

The women played a nine-hole individual low-net golf match July 12 with a side game of low gross for even numbered holes.

Lori Waggoner and Penny Williams matched 5-under-par 27 to tie for first place in Flight A. Waggoner took the top spot in the side game with a 16.

Flight B also produced a tie for first place between Terry Westby, Debbie Richardson and Jana Samuels — all matching 3-under-par 29. Samuels won low gross on even holes with a 16. Phyllis Roe birdied the sixth hole.

The men were back on the course in Holmes Beach July 14 for a nine-hole scramble. The team of Dick Mills, Dave Richardson, Dennis Schavey and Quentin Talbert combined on a 5-under-par 27 to grab first place.

Horseshoe news

Horseshoe action last week at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits produced two outright winners. The team of Tim Sofran and Neil Hennessey posted the only 3-0 pool play record July 13, while Hennessey earned the distinction during July 16 action.

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.

 

Register now for fall MAYSO

Registration is open for the 2016 MAYSO fall recreational soccer season.

The cost per player, $120, includes a jersey, shorts and socks to go along with a 10-game season on the pitch at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton.

Players who register online at www.mayso.org before July 31 will receive a $15 discount.

The last day to register is Aug. 20, which also is the only in-person registration opportunity. It will be held at Dick’s Sporting Goods, 4108 14th St. W., Bradenton, along with coupon day for MAYSO at Dick’s.

For more information, email info@mayso.org.