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.