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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.

Fishing – 07-13-2016

Head out early or late to find fish, avoid heat

 

The name of the game: Beat the heat.

With temps in the mid 90s and the heat index topping out at 110 degrees, smart anglers are heading out early in the morning to fish the waters around Anna Maria Island.

Leaving at sunrise and returning to the dock before noon will help you remain cooler, and you may find fish more readily and more receptive, too, especially on the flats.

When summertime temperatures rise, the heat affects the anglers and the fish, too. Try fishing early when air and water temps are cooler.

A couple of other things to keep in mind for summertime fishing are to find shade occasionally and take plenty of water. Fishing in direct sun for hours at a time can be tiring and shade always is a welcome sight. If you’re on a boat where shade is scarce, make sure you have a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen and wear a long-sleeved shirt to protect yourself from the harmful rays. Also bring plenty of water to drink. The last thing you want to do is get dehydrated during the heat of the day. Once you’re dehydrated, fishing doesn’t seem to mean as much anymore, nor does anything else except getting indoors to some AC and sipping water the rest of the day.

Lastly, if you’re not used to the heat, small doses are recommended. I don’t know how many charters I’ve run where the clients wanted to stay out all day, but by noon they’d had enough. Fishing in the heat for four-five hours is enough. If you need more fishing time to get your fix, try breaking up the day. Fish the early morning for a few hours and then go back out just before sunset. It’ll be easier on you and you may notice the fishing to be a little a better.

On my Southernaire Fishing Charters, I’m trying to beat the heat. I leave the dock around sunrise and usually head back around noon. This way we are off the water before the sun and temperatures peak. On these morning trips, we’re catching mangrove snapper, flounder and cobia on nearshore structure. After putting some snapper in the cooler, we’re moving inshore to deep grass flats to hook up with spotted seatrout, Spanish mackerel and bluefish. Despite the heat, the bites are decent, although sometimes a little moving around is required.

As a reminder, Gulf recreational red snapper season closed July 11. The season will reopen Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October and on Labor Day. For more information on the closure, visit myfwc.com/fishing and click on “saltwater,” “recreational regulations” and “snappers.”

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is putting anglers on mangrove snapper around nearshore structure and inshore on deeper grass flats. For the snapper on nearshore structure, Gross is using small live shiners as bait. Due to the bait size, Gross is using a size-4 hook connected to 20-pound fluorocarbon leader. To get baits to the bottom, Gross adds a small split shot to complete the rig. He’s seeing success on nearshore snapper around ledges and small rock piles.

As for the snapper on the deep grass flats, Gross is using the same small shiners as bait, only here he free-lines the bait. The inshore snapper are being found in depths of 6-8 feet where grass is present and especially on the edges of channels and ditches. While targeting snapper, Gross is hooking up with macks, spotted seatrout and flounder.

After snapper fishing, Gross is moving to shallower flats or along the Gulf beaches to do some catch-and-release snook fishing. Again, the small shiners are working as bait. Here Gross likes to add a popping cork to the rig to keep the bait up in the water column and to aid in casting. Snook catches are running 20-30 inches.

Capt. Jason Stock is working offshore with good results. On days where wind is light and the seas are calm, Stock is putting clients on permit around the offshore wrecks and reefs. On those calm days, Stock’s anglers are finding success from  sight casting live pass crabs to schooling fish on the surface. Sometimes when the fish are not visible, Stock anchors and drifts crabs back toward the structure to attract a bite. Permit up to 20 pounds are coming to the hook.

Other species taking the bite around offshore structure include mangrove snapper, cobia and the occasional goliath grouper. For the mangoes and cobia, Stock is bottom fishing with live shiners as bait. For the goliath grouper, baits include whole jack crevalle and mackerel.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing inshore during early morning tides to target spotted seatrout. By using live shiners as bait, Girle is attracting numerous trout in the 12-20 inch range. Deeper grass flats with 6-8 feet of water are producing the best catch. Mixed in with the trout bite are macks, bluefish and jack crevalle.

Moving offshore, Girle’s clients are putting their share of mangrove snapper in the cooler. Small shiners on a knocker rig are resulting in snapper catches up to 18 inches. Reefs, rock piles and ledges are home to these hungry snapper. Flounder and juvenile grouper also are being caught in these same areas.

Capt. Aaron Lowman is targeting spotted seatrout around deep grass flats and channel edges in southern Tampa Bay. By drifting over these deep flats and casting free-lined shiners to edges where grass and sand meet, Lowman is finding trout 10-20 inches. Mixed in are Spanish mackerel, bluefish and an occasional snapper.

Moving out to deeper water, Lowman is working nearshore structure for mangrove snapper and flounder. Both are being taken on live shiners or fresh-cut dead ones on a knocker rig.

Lastly, Lowman is targeting catch-and-release snook along the beaches and passes, where live free-lined shiners are almost guaranteed to result in a bite. Lowman is using 15-pound fluorocarbon and No. 4 hooks to trick these fish into biting.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says water clarity is about as good as it’s going to get in the days to come. Looking under the pier, Malfese can see mangrove snapper, big snook, sheepshead and black drum. Amongst the dense schools of hatch bait are Spanish mackerel, blue runners and skip jacks.

To catch the snapper, most pier anglers are free-lining small shiners under the pier. Light leaders and small hooks are key if you expect to catch anything. Most snapper catches are 8-12 inches.

Snook, although catch-and-release, are a popular bite at the R&R. Slightly heavier leader and larger hooks combined with a pinfish or mojarra are attracting the attention of mostly schooley-sized snook — in the 18- to 22-inch range — although every now and again that big 36-inch female will come out for a snack. That’s when the pier angler is put to the test — and, Malfese says, the snook usually wins.

Lastly, the macks and jacks are being taken with artificials such as Clark spoons and Gotcha plugs. Free-lined live shiners will do the trick.

            Send high-resolution photos and fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Sports – 07-13-2016

Soccer playoffs, basketball semifinals underway at center

 

The adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island ended its regular season a week ago and the playoffs were underway with four first-round matches July 7.

The playoffs opened with No. 4 seed Eason Builders Group taking on No. 4 Ross Built. The match started out as a defensive battle and remained scoreless until the 15th minute, when Shea Yates broke through to score, giving Eason 1-0 lead.

Yates’ goal forced Ross Built out of its defensive posture and opened the flood gates. Three minutes later, Ross Built failed twice to clear the ball out from its goal area and Anthony Barberio pounced on the ball and hammered it home for a 2-0 lead.

Joey Ciasulo padded the Eason lead two minutes later on a cross volley from Yates and a 3-0 lead as the half came to a close.

Ross Built opened the second half determined as Connor Bystrom got loose up the left side before crossing the ball inside to Greg Ross, who finished to cut the lead to 3-1.

Eason Builders answered immediately as Barberio carried the ball up the right side, spotting Yates alone at the back post where she finished for a 4-1 lead.

Three minutes later, Yates found space up the right side and fired a shot that Ross Built goalie Richard Fosmore saved, but the rebound was cleaned up by Barberio for a 5-1 Eason lead.

Ross Built got a nice goal from Chris Circharo, who ripped a shot in the 31st minute from 20 yards to pull to within 5-2, but that was as close as Ross would get.

Eason Builders scored four goals in the next six minutes to open a 9-2 lead they would not relinquish. Ross Built added a late goal by Circharo, but Eason showed it’s a team to be reckoned at 9-3.

Barberio finished with 6 goals and an assist, while Yates added 2 goals and one assist. Austin Wash completed the scoring for Eason with 1 goal, while goalie Scott Rudacille finished with five saves in the victory.

Circharo’s 2 goals and a goal from Greg Ross paced Ross Built, which received an assist from Mike Vitori and four saves from Fosmore in the loss.

The second match of the evening saw seventh-seeded Moss Builders upset second-seed Jiffy Lube 4-3 behind 2 goals from Josh Sato and a goal each from Aaron Parkin and Bing Robinson.

Jiffy Lube received a goal each in the loss from Drew Mitchell, Yorvi Moreira and BJ Grant.

No. 3 seed Wash Family Construction earned a 3-2 victory over No. 6 Island Pest Control behind a pair of goals from Sean Flynn and a goal from Kyle Lessig.

Kevin Roman and Damir Glavan scored a goal each to lead Island Pest Control in the loss.

Top seeded Slim’s Place barely avoided a huge upset from Blake Medical Center No. 2 with a 1-0 win in the evening’s late match. Matt Kretzman scored the only goal of the game, while goalie Will Case helped preserve the shutout with six saves.

Semifinal action continues July 14 with Slim’s Place taking on Eason Builders at 7 p.m. and Wash Family Construction vs. Moss Builders at 8 p.m.

 

And then there were 2

Semifinal action in the adult basketball league at the center took place July 5, setting two teams up for the championship.

The first semifinal game saw undefeated Team Jackson roll to a 61-45 victory over Team Aaron.

Antwan Jackson led four players in double figures with 17 points. Matt Smith added 13 points for Team Jackson, which also received 12 points from Brandon Kern and 11 points from Teagan Purtill in the victory.

Aaron Dudukes scored 18 points and Keith Wilking added 10 points to lead Team Aaron in the loss.

The second semifinal game saw third-seed Team Calvary cruise to an easy 64-50 over No. 2 seed Team Sapanora behind 24 points from Reggie Clemmons. James Friedman added 13 points and Terry Henry finished with 10 points in the Team Calvary victory.

Cole Duncan’s 14 points and 13 points from Scott Elisio paced Team Sapanora in the loss.

The championship game is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, after press time for The Islander.

 

Key Royale golf news

The Key Royale Club held a member Texas scramble July 2 with 38 players. After the round, more than 100 members and friends enjoyed a low-country boil dinner at the clubhouse.

The team of Gary Razze, Janet Razze, Dave Richardson and Deb Richardson combined on a 3-under-par 29 to match Larry Milder, Deb Midler and Merritt Fineout and finish in a tie for clubhouse bragging rights.

The men were back on the course July 7 for a  nine-hole team scramble. The team of Jon Holcomb, Mark Kimball, Mark Mixon and Dick Mills combined on a 6-under-par 26 to grab first place.

 

Horseshoe news

Neil Hennessey walked his way to the winner’s circle after posting the only 3-0 pool-play record during July 6 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

July 9 horseshoe action saw two teams advance to the knockout stage. The team of Sam Samuels and Jay Disbrow outlasted Tim Sofran and Hennessey 22-16 to earn the day’s bragging rights.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays at city hall. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.

 

Last chance to register for youth basketball

The center is accepting registration for its youth basketball league until July 15. Play begins Aug. 2. Players can register online at www.centerami.org or at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Coaches and sponsors also are needed.

There is a $5 processing fee for members and a $90 fee for non-members.

Evaluations will be at 6:30 p.m. July 18 for players age 5-7, July 19 for 8-10s, July 20 for 11-13s and July 21 for 14-17s.

Bradenton Christian varsity basketball coach Scott Townsend and some players will conduct a player/coach clinic at 6:30 p.m. July 18-20.

For more information, contact Drew Mitchell at drew@centerami.org or 941-778-1908, ext. 9217.

Sports – 07-06-2016

Adult sports playoffs hit center boards, soccer field

The regular season of the adult basketball league at the Center of Anna Maria Island gave way to three playoff games June 28. Team Jackson earned a bye into the semifinals and watched to see which team they would play.

The night got started with No. 4 seed Team Aaron taking on No. 5 Team Bekkerus. Team Aaron started the game with a 9-1 scoring run before holding on for a 48-41 victory behind three players with double-figure scoring. Paul Aaron led the way with 14 points, while teammates Dale Smith and Jim Lynch added 12 and 11 points respectively.

Team Bekkerus was led by Neil Baumann, who scored a game-high 21 points. Jens Buff added 8 points in the loss.

The second game of the evening saw No. 3 seed Team Calvary roll to a 69-51 victory over sixth seed Team Terman behind a game-high 25 points from Pedro Vega. Teammates Reggie Clemmons and James Friedman added 17 points each in the victory.

Eric Gledhill’s 21 points and 20 points from Ray Gardner paced Team Terman in the loss.

The third and final game of the evening saw second seed Team Sapanora roll past Team Bailey by an 84-31 score behind double-figure scoring efforts from six players led by 21 points from Scott Elisio. Mike Sapanora finished with 18 points, while Joe Bazzo and Mark Bryan added 12 points each for Team Sapanora, which also received 11 points from Ryan Kraus and 10 points from Tom Heald in the victory.

Daniel Bailey scored 13 points and Jeff Marland added 11 points to carry Team Bailey in the loss.

Semifinal action was set to start at 7 p.m. July 5 after press time for The Islander. Team Aaron was to take on top-seed, undefeated Team Jackson. Team Sapanora versus Team Calvary was to follow at 8 p.m. at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

 

Regular season ends for adult soccer

The regular season of the adult soccer league at the center came to a close June 30 with four matches.

Slim’s Place, Jiffy Lube and Wash Family Construction finished 6-2, but Slim’s got the top seed, ensuring an easier path to the finals. Jiffy Lube and Wash Family earned second and third seeds. Eason Builders Group and Ross Built both finished 4-3-1, and Eason took the fourth seed on a tiebreaker.

Island Pest Control got the sixth seed with a 3-4-1 record, while Moss Builders held down seventh seed with a 2-5-1 record. Blake Medical Center No. 1 and team No. 2 both finished at 1-6-1 and were set to face off July 5 — after press time — to determine which team will take on No. 1 seed Slim’s Place when playoff action kicks off July 7.

Blake Medical Center No. 1 earned its first victory of the season in the opening match June 30, defeating Eason Builders 2-1. Thomas Hall led the way with a goal and an assist, while Alyshia Barr added a goal. Chase Bennion chipped in with an assist and Chris Dzubian made 11 saves in goal.

Anthony Barberio notched the lone Eason Builders goal on an assist from Scott Eason, while David Greene put up seven saves in goal.

Island Pest Control earned a 4-1 victory over Jiffy Lube in the second match of the night behind a pair of goals from Lexi Braxton. Damir Glavan and Frank Agnelli each scored goals, while Kevin Roman and Oliver Peteriet added assists in the victory.

Drew Mitchell notched the lone goal for Jiffy Lube, while Shawn McCarthy had 13 saves in the loss.

The third match of the night saw Ross Built outscore Moss Builders 5-3 behind two goals each from Eric Pullen and Mike Vitori. Greg Ross added a goal and Richard Fosmore made 10 saves to preserve the victory.

Josh Sato and Bing Robinson each scored goals and Angela Wiles added an assist. Moss Builders goalie Ryan Moss made 10 saves in the loss.

Wash Family Construction drubbed Blake Medical Center No. 2 7-1 behind two goals each from Jennifer Sayko and Murat Akay. Kyle Lessig had a goal and two assists, as did James Clifford, who finished with a goal and an assist. Sean Flynn completed the scoring with a goal, and Jason Sato made six saves in goal.

Jermais Gramajo notched the lone goal on an assist from Justin Guitierrez, while Mario Primo made seven saves in the loss.

 

Key Royale golf news

The men started out the week of golf at Key Royale Club June 27with a pair of nine-hole matches. They played an individual-low-net match in the morning, with Jim Auch carding the round of the day on a 7-under-par 25. Bob Dickinson was alone in second place with a 5-under 27.

Later in the day, the men played a modified-Stableford System match. The team of Chris Fuenfechilling, Mike Gillie and John Holcomb combined on a plus-4 to take first place for the day.

The club women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net match with a side game of total putts June 28. Lori Waggoner took first place in Flight A-B with a 3-under-par 29, two strokes ahead of Helen Pollock and Penny Williams.

Sue Wheeler fired the low-net round of the day, carding a 6-under-par 26 to grab first place in Flight C. Terry Westby, Janet Razze and Markie Ksiazek tied for second place at 2-under-par 30.

Wheeler also took the prize in the low-putts contest with 14 putts.

The men were back on the course June 30 for a nine-hole scramble. After a tiebreaker, the team of Tom McDonnell, Mark Kimball, Dan Richardson and Quentin Talbert took first place with a score of 4-under-par 28 over the team of Merritt Fineout, Art McMillan, John Purcell and Tom Nelson.

 

Horseshoe news

Three teams emerged from pool play with 3-0 records and were left to battle for the day’s supremacy during June 29 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

Walker Tim Sofran drew the lucky bye into the finals and watched as Steve Doyle and Dom Livedoti edged Neil Hennessey 21-20. The finals were all Doyle and Livedoti as the pair rolled to a 25-9 victory over Sofran behind four consecutive double-ringers from Livedoti.

Two teams advanced to the knockout stage during July 2 horseshoe action. Hennessey and Sofran defeated Livedoti and Roger Nigg by a 21-16 score 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.

Sports – 06-29-2016

Center adult basketball, soccer seasons head into playoffs

 

The regular season of the adult basketball league at the Center of Anna Maria Island has concluded with Team Jackson leading the way on a perfect 6-0 record, earning a first-round bye for the playoffs.

Team Sapanora earned second seed with a 4-2 record after getting a forfeit victory over No. 3 seed Team Calvary, which also has a 4-2 record. Team Aaron is set for fourth seed with a 3-3 record, while Team Bekkerus and Team Terman hold down fifth and sixth seeds with matching 2-4 records. Team Bailey wrapped up the seventh seed with an 0-6 record.

The playoffs will get started June 28 with Team Aaron taking on Team Bekkerus at 6:30 p.m., Team Calvary versus Team Terman at 7:30 p.m. and Team Bailey versus Team Sapanora at 8:30 p.m.

With the forfeit by Team Calvary during June 21 action, there were only two games played. The first game saw Team Aaron roll to a 59-39 victory over Team Terman behind 21 points from Paul Aaron. Dale Smith added 16 points for Team Aaron, which also received 12 points from Jim Lynch in the victory.

Andrew Terman scored 21 points to lead Team Terman as the only player in double figures in the loss.

The second game of the evening saw Team Jackson roll to an 89-65 victory over Team Bekkerus behind a game-high 28 points from Antwan Jackson. Matthew Dwyer added 24 points for Team Jackson, which also received 22 points from Teagan Purtill and 15 points from Tanoan Alexandrea in the victory.

Neil Baumann paced Team Bekkerus with 25 points, while Tyler Bekkerus and Greg Winsper added 14 points each and Sam Hooker finished with 12 points in the loss.

 

Another playoff approaches: adult soccer

With one week left of the regular season in adult soccer, there is some fierce competition for the top seed and the easiest path to the finals. The top seed gets a first-round game against either 0-6-1 Blake Medical Center No. 1 or 1-5-1 Blake Medical Center No. 2 — both likely to wind up in the July 5 game.

Jiffy Lube currently resides in the top spot with a 6-1 record, but Slim’s Place at 6-2 and Wash Family Construction at 5-2 are on their heels. Eason Builders Group is alone in fourth place with a 4-2-1 record, while Ross Built holds down the No. 5 spot with a 3-3-1 record. The sixth and seventh spots in the standings are held by Moss Builders and Island Pest Control with matching 2-4-1 records.

Action on June 23 started with a 6-6 tie between Island Pest Control and Ross Built. Island Pest received a hat trick from Kevin Roman and single goals from Lexi Braxton, Shay Coleman and Frank Agnelli, who also contributed with five saves in goal.

Mike Vitori, with 2 goals and two assists and Matt Dwyer with 2 goals of his own, led the Ross Built offensive attack. Chris Circharo and Dr. Connor Bystrom scored a goal each and Richard Fosmore made seven saves to help preserve the tie.

Slim’s Place edged Blake No. 2 by a 3-2 score in the second match of the evening. James Lynch led Slim’s with 2 goals, while Darrin Wash added a goal. Will Case with six saves and an assist from Chris Culhane contributed to the victory.

Jermais Gramajo’s 2 goals and seven saves from Mario Primo paced Blake Medical in the loss.

Wash Family Construction rolled to a 10-1 blowout over Blake No. 1 behind 2 goals each from Rico Beissert, Steve Oelfke, Jennifer Sayko and the ageless Lyn Clark. Kyle Lessig and Murat Akay both added goals, while Beissert, Oelfke, Caitlin Lemmond and Lessig all contributed assists in the victory.

Aaron VanHook scored the lone goal on an assist from Chris Dzubian while John Darley made 11 saves in goal.

The last game of the evening saw Eason Builders Group and Moss Builders battle to a 4-4 tie. Nate Talucci and Austin Wash both had a goal and an assist to lead Eason Builders, which also received a goal each from Anthony Barberio and Shea Yates while Scott Rudacille finished with six saves between the pipes.

Aaron Parkin and Angela Wiles both had a goal and an assist to lead Moss Builders, which also received a goal each from Josh Sato and Bing Robinson in the tie.

 

Key Royale golf news

It was another busy week of summer golf at Key Royale Club. The men got out twice June 20, starting with a morning, nine-hole best-ball-of-partners match. The team of Dennis Schavey and Bill Shuman combined to card an 8-under-par 24, three shots ahead of second-place finishers Jim Thorton and Bob Dickinson at 5-under 27.

Later in the day, the men were out for a nine-hole, modified-Stableford System match. Tim Friessen led the pack with a plus-6, while Tom McDonnel and Ron Vandeman tied for second place at plus-4.

The women were on the course June 21 for a nine-hole individual-low-net match in two flights.

Fran Barford fired a 2-under-par 30 to grab a one-shot victory in Flight A. Phyllis Roe, Helen Pollock and Penny Williams all shot 1 under par to finish in a three-way tie for second.

Terry Westby carded the low round of the day with a 4-under-par 28 and first place in Flight B. Markie Ksiazek was alone in second with a 1-over-par 33.

The men played nine-hole scramble June 23 that resulted in clubhouse bragging rights for the team of Herb Clauhs, Tim Friessen, Jim MacVicar and Dick Mills at 4-under-par 28.

 

Horseshoe news

The team of Tim Sofran and Dom Livedoti dominated horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits last week. On June 22 and June 25, Sofran and Livedoti were the only team to earn the recquisite 3-0 pool-play record and were both day’s outright champions.

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 ongoing for youth basketball

The center is accepting registrations for a youth basketball league. Interested players can register online at www.centerami.org or at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

Play begins Aug. 2. A $5 processing fee is required for center members. Non-members pay $90. The deadline to register is July 15.

Evaluations will be at 6:30 p.m. July 18 for players age 5-7, July 19 for 8-10 year olds, July 20 for players 11-13 and July 21 for players 14-17.

Scott Townsend, Bradenton Christian School varsity basketball coach and some of his players will be conducting a three-night player-coaches clinic at 6:30 p.m. July 18-20.

The center is seeking coaches and sponsors for the upcoming season of sports programs.

For more information, contact youth program manager Drew Mitchell at drew@centerami.org or call 941-778-1908, ext. 9217.