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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.

 

 

Sports – 06-22-2016

Soccer finale: The Feast gorges on short-handed Blue Lagoon Landscaping

The Feast rode a deep and talented roster to a 6-2 victory June 18 championship game in the 8-10 division at the Center of Anna Maria Island’s spring soccer league.

Tropical Storm Colin flooded the field for the scheduled game June 6, and the date may have contributed to Blue Lagoon Landscaping’s shortcomings — they played without substitutes due to the start of summer vacation.

At any rate, this game was not as close as the final score may indicate. The Feast was up by three goals after only 11 minutes of action. The first goal came when Jackson Kruse made a strong tackle to stop a promising run by Blue Lagoon’s Aiden Templeton. Kruse then kicked the ball forward to teammate Anthony Nguyen, who got behind the Blue Lagoon defense for a one-on-one with the goalie — which he won — giving The Feast a 1-0 lead.

The Feast kept up the pressure, but goalie Sam Leister made a couple of saves to keep Blue Lagoon’s deficit at one goal. However, they eventually fell prey to constant pressure.

After a corner kick by The Feast, Templeton and Connor Allen worked the ball out past midfield on what looked like a promising counter attack, but Kruse again came through with a strong tackle. He then took it all the way up the left side and scored for a 2-0 lead.

Gregory Jordan added to The Feast lead a couple of minutes later when he stole the ball at midfield and took it all the way in before finishing with his right foot for a 3-0 lead.

The Feast piled on in the 17th minute when Nguyen stole the ball and passed ahead to Jordan, who carried it up the middle to score another goal for a 4-0 Feast lead.

Less than a minute later, Jordan made another steal and carried it straight to the goal as the half came to a close for an insurmountable 5-0 lead.

Four minutes into the second half, The Feast again padded its lead when Kruse pounced on a throw in by Blue Lagoon and took it all the way for a 6-0 lead.

Templeton gave Blue Lagoon it’s best scoring opportunity a few minutes later when he picked off The Feast’s goal kick and got off a shot, but Konnor Oelfke came up with the save to preserve the shutout.

Blue Lagoon Landscaping finally broke through in the 35th minute when a good clearance by Tommy Baugher put Templeton in a 50/50 race to the ball with Feast goalie Kruse, who was out of the goal. Templeton beat him to the ball and deposited it into the empty goal to cut the lead to 6-1 with less than five minutes to play.

Blue Lagoon kept battling. Allen stole the ball in the midfield and passed it inside to Templeton, who scored just before time expired to close the game with The Feast on top at 6-2.

Jordan finished with three goals to lead The Feast, which also received two goals from Kruse and one from Nguyen in the victory. Other members of the 8-10 champs are Juliet Greene, Elek Brisson, Dante Tilelli, Kendall Rice and Giliany Aldius.

Templeton’s two goals paced Blue Lagoon Landscaping in the loss. Other members of the second-place team are Evie Baugher, Nick Yatros, Marlin Duytschaver, Patrick Collin, Ethan Sackett and Lily Kawahata.

 

Adult soccer action

The seventh week of adult soccer action produced little movement in the standings as the season inches closer to conclusion.

Jiffy Lube remains on top of the standings with a 6-1 record, closely followed by Slim’s Place, a game back at 5-2. Wash Family Construction and Eason Builders Group follow with matching 4-2 records, while Ross Built holds down fifth place at 3-3. Island Pest Control and Moss Builders occupy sixth and seventh place with matching 2-4 records, while Blake Medical No. 2 at 1-4-1 and Blake Medical No. 1 at 0-5-1 complete the standings.

June 16 action at the center opened with Jiffy Lube earning a 3-2 victory over Ross Built behind a goal wXG from Danny Anderson, Matt Plummer and Yorvi Moreira. Colleen McCarthy added an assist in the victory, while goalie Shawn McCarthy finished with 9 saves.

Chris Circharo and Mike Vitori scored ONE goal each to lead Ross Built, which also received an assist from Max Gazzo and 10 saves from Richard Fosmore in the loss.

Eason Builders Group outscored Island Pest Control 7-6 in the second game of the evening behind four goals from Anthony Barberio. Scott Eason, Joey Ciasulo and Austin Wash each scored once, while Scott Dean finished with two assists in the victory.

Lexi Braxton had had goals and an assist to lead Island Pest Control, which also received two goals each from Kevin Roman and Frank Agnelli, while John Coleman finished with three assists in the loss.

The third match of the night saw Wash Family Construction ease past Moss Builders by a 3-1 score. Andre Lewis, Rico Beissert and James Clifford scored one goal each for WFC, which also received six saves from goalie Jason Sato in the victory.

Ray Gardner scored the lone goal for Moss Builders, which received six saves from Don Purvis in goal.

Slim’s Place rolled to a 5-2 victory over Blake Medical Center No. 1 behind two goals from Matt Kretzman and a goal each from PJ Smargisso, James Lynch and Zach Schield. Sean Sanders added two assists and Will Case made three saves to wrap up the victory.

Ryan Besecu’s two goals and six saves from goalie Chris Dzubian paced Blake Medical Center in the loss.

 

Adult basketball rolls into week 6

The adult basketball league at the center passed week six and Team Jackson still has no losses. That’s because they had a bye and they lead the pack with a 5-0 record, just in front of second place Team Calvary, which improved to 4-1. Team Sapanora is alone in third place at 3-2, while Team Terman, Team Bekkerus and Team Aaron follow with 2-3 records. Team Bailey is alone at the bottom of the standings at 0-6.

Team Bailey opened the June 14 action by absorbing a 66-41 thumping from Team Sapanora. Scott Elisio paced Team Sapanora with 26 points, while Mike Sapanora added 19 points for the winners.

Jeff Marland scored 14 points and Daniel Bailey added 11 points to pace Team Bailey in the loss.

The second game of the evening saw Team Aaron edge Team Bekkerus 56-53 behind 20 points from Paul Aaron and 13 points from Dale Smith.

Derek Gargett led all scorers with 26 points and Tyler Bekkerus added 9 points to lead Team Bekkerus in the loss.

Pedro Vega poured in 35 points and Reggie Clemmons added 20 points to lead Team Calvary to an 81-65 victory over Team Terman, closing out the June 14 action.

Ray Gardner’s 19 points and 16 points from Andrew Terman paced Team Terman in the loss.

 

Key Royale golf news

The Key Royale Club men played their normal Monday games June 13, starting with a best-ball-of-foursome match in the morning. The team of Bill Shuman, Dennis Schavey and Hugh Holmes combined on a 10-under-par 22 to grab first place. The team of George Barford, Jim Thorton and Barry Martin were two shots back in second place.

Later in the day, the men played a nine-hole modified-Stableford System match. Tom Nelson lapped the field with a plus-5 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day.

The Key Royale women played a nine-hole individual-low-net match June 14 in two flights, in addition to a surprise poker hand. Sue Wheeler captured first place in the top flight with a 3-under-par 29, one stroke ahead of Sally Martin and Fran Barford, who finished in a tie for second place.

Terry Westby and Marike Ksiazek both carded 3-under-par 29s to tie for first place in Flight C, while Eileen Witzgall and Penny Auch tied for second with matching 2-under-par 30s.

Phyllis Roe captured the best poker hand on six sixes.

The men played a nine-hole scramble for their June 16 golf outing. The team of Jon Holcomb, Jim MacVicar, Dennis Schavey and Ron Vandeman combined on a 5-under-par 27 to take first place honors.

 

Horseshoe news

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 – 06-15-2016

Colin causes rainouts for some AMI outdoor sports

According to the National Weather Service, Tropical Storm Colin dumped more than 14 inches of rain in our area June 7-8.

It canceled organized golf activity at Key Royale Club and forced the 8-10 division championship soccer game at the Center of Anna Maria Island to be rescheduled to June 1,3 after press time for The Islander.

Other outdoor activities resumed mid-week, including adult soccer and basketball at the Center.

 

Adult soccer rolls on

The sixth week of adult soccer action at the center saw Jiffy Lube earn a victory without taking the field as, unfortunately, Blake Medical Center No. 2 failed to field a team, which resulted in a 1-0 victory for Jiffy Lube.

The win moved Jiffy to 5-1 on the season, one game up on 4-2 Slim’s Place. Ross Built, Wash Family Construction and Eason Builders follow with matching 3-2 records, while Island Pest Control and Moss Builders are tied in seventh place with 2-3 records. Blake No. 2 is alone in eighth place at 1-4-1, while Blake Medical Center No. 1 hold up the rear at 0-4-1.

Slim’s Place improved to 4-2 with a 3-2 victory over Moss Builders to open the action on the center’s field June 9. Slim’s was led by a goal and an assist from Darrin Wash and a goal and four saves from Will Case in goal. James Lynch completed the scoring for Slim’s with one goal, while Sean Sanders added an assist in the victory.

Aaron Parkin and Ed Moss scored a goal each and Don Purvis made four saves to lead Moss Builders in the loss.

Wash Family Construction rolled to a 12-4 victory over Island Pest Control behind goals from six different players, including a game-high four goals from Jennifer Sayko. Sean Flynn, Rico Beissert and Murat Akay added two goals each, while Andre Lewis and Lyn Clark completed the scoring with a goal each.

Kevin Roman led the Pests with a pair of goals, while Lexi Braxton added a goal and an assist. Frank Agnelli completed the scoring with one goal in the loss.

The last game of the evening was a builder battle. Eason Builders Group defeat Ross Built 3-1 behind a hat trick from Anthony Barberio. Shea Yates added an assist in the victory and Scott Rudacille recorded three saves.

Chris Circharo scored the lone goal for Ross Built in the loss, while Richard Fosmore made four saves.

 

Adult basketball continues

Team Jackson continues to lead the pack in the adult basketball league at the Center at the conclusion of the June 7 action. Team Jackson is 5-0 with Team Calvary its closest challenger, two wins back with a 3-1 record. Team Sapanora, Team Terman and Team Bekkerus follow with 2-2 records. Team Aaron is alone in sixth place at 1-3, while Team Bailey is still in search for its first victory.

The first game of the evening June 7 saw Team Calvary roll to an easy 82-51 victory over Team Bailey behind a game-high 35 points from James Friedman and 24 points from LaTravis Washington. Andrew Staggs paced Team Bailey with 23 points, while Matt Connell and Daniel Bailey added 12 points each in the loss.

Team Bekkerus earned a 64-50 victory over Team Terman in the second game of the night behind 25 points from Neil Baumann and 12 points from Jens Buff. Scott Eason’s 14 points and 12 points from Ray Gardner led Team Terman in the loss.

Team Jackson received double-figure scoring from four players, led by Antwan Jackson’s 27 points during their 76-68 victory over Team Sapanora. Matthew Dwyer and Teagan Purtil added 13 points each, while John Davis finished with 11 points in the victory. Scott Elisio’s 22 points and 15 points from Joe Bazo paced Team Sapanora in the loss.

 

Sports – 06-08-2016

Runner makes strides, sets new course record

 

Heralded distance runner Mickey Hooke, 55, of Bradenton, overcame a partial tear to his plantar fascia tendon on his left foot to break the ribbon at the 10th annual Spring Lake 5K May 28in Brooksville.

Hooke suffered the foot injury in June last year, when he jumped off a boat and landed awkwardly. The injury could not be treated with surgery, so he had to hang up his running shoes for five and a half months to allow the foot to heal. It was his longest break from running in his 20-year career.

He was ready to train in January, 18 pounds overweight, taking it slow with 35 minute walks and soon adding five minutes of light jogging. Slowly and steadily, he increased his running and, by mid-February, he had shed 17 pounds. Another month in, Hooke was back to his full training regimine but had more work to do to achieve his former level of fitness.

He got back in the game with a 5K run May 14 in Punta Gorda, where he finished third overall and set two records in his class. By May 28, Hooke returned to “Florida’s Toughest 5K” in Brooksville.

He says he ran conservatively on the beginning half mile of the thin, twisty rooted trail. As the lead pack left the trail, He stayed with the leader for a tenth of a mile before surging ahead to challenge the three long steep hills that awaited.

Hooke said he was running steady when he pulled away to win the race with a time of 20:09, 41 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor.

Hooke made his comeback, setting a new course record, as well as masters and grandmasters records.

Congrats to the former islander from The Islander, which has followed his endeavors for 20 years.

 

Youth soccer playoffs underway, 11-13 division crowns Sugar Beach Digital champion

      The regular youth soccer season came to a close and the second season — playoffs — got started June 3 at the Center of Anna Maria Island.

The 8-10 division playoffs saw Lux Carts take its first win of the season — a big one — with a 2-1 quarterfinal victory over John Damato PA to open the June 3 playoffs on the outdoor field at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

Jackson Pakbaz led the way with two goals for Lux Carts in the win, while Phillipe Baumgartner notched the lone goal for Damato in the loss.

The following day, The Feast showed why they were the top seed in the 8-10 playoffs with a 7-0 victory over Lux Carts, advancing the finals, while ending the season for Lux Carts. Anthony Nguyen led the way with three goals, while Greg Jordan added two goals and Juliet Green finished with one goal for the victory.

The second semifinal match June 4 saw Blue Lagoon Landscaping roll to a 7-0 victory over Wash Family Construction. Aiden Templeton paced Blue Lagoon with three goals, while Marlin Duytschaver, Sam Leister, Nick Yatros and Connor Allan each finished with one goal in the victory.

The 8-10 championship game was set for 7 p.m. Monday, June 6, after press time.

The three-team 11-13 division saw last place Sugar Beach digital earn an upset victory over second place Beach Bums. Sugar Beach received four goals from Nicholas Cavalluzzi and one goal from David Daigle in the victory.

Daniel Sentman and Dalton Guthrie paced Beach Bums with a goal each in the loss.

Sugar Beach continued its winning ways with a 4-2 victory over top-seeded Coldwell Banker in the final championship game. Cavalluzzi again led the way with two goals, while Daigle and Tuna McCracken each added one goal to the victory.

Tyler Brewer scored two goals to lead Coldwell Banker in the loss.

 

More soccer news

Adult soccer action continued with four games played June 2 at the center.

Jiffy Lube sits atop the standings with a 4-1 record, closely followed by 3-1 Ross Built and Slim’s Place, which sports a 3-2 record and third place. Eason Builders, Island Pest Control, Moss Builders and Wash Family Construction follow in the standings with matching 2-2 records. Blake Medical Center No. 2 holds down the No. 8 spot with a 1-3-1 record, while Blake No. 1 is last with an 0-4-1 record.

Action June 2 saw Wash Family Construction hand Ross Built its first loss on the season in a 7-2 thrashing. Andre Lewis led the way with four goals, while Rico Beissert, Murat Akay and Kyle Lessig scored one goal. Chris Circharo and Connor Bystrom paced Ross Built with a goal each in the loss.

Jiffy Lube showed why it’s in the top spot in the standings with a 7-0 victory over Eason Builders behind two goals each from Drew Mitchell and Matt Plummer. Danny Anderson, BJ Grant and Yorvi Moreira added a goal each in the victory.

Blake No. 1 and Blake No. 2 tied 2-2 in a battle of coworkers in the third game of the night. Chase Bennion and Ryan Besecu scored a goal each to lead Blake-1 while Jermais Gramajo and Michael Aston scored a goal each to lead Blake-2 in the tie.

Slim’s Place closed out the evening’s action with a 5-4 victory over Island Pest Control, thanks in part to a pair of disappointing own goals from Island Pest. Also scoring for Slim’s Place were Matt Kretzman, Sean Sanders and James Lynch. Kevin Roman and Lexi Braxton scored two goals each for Island Pest Control in the loss.

 

Key Royale golf news

The men’s regular Monday golf action at the Key Royale Club was replaced Memorial Day with a couple’s scramble, followed by a member barbecue.

The team of Al and Helen Pollock and Jim and Penny Auch fired a 2-under-par 30 to tie the team of Tony and Marilyn Niewijk and Dave and Debbie Richardson for first place and clubhouse bragging rights.

Jean Holmes won the closest-to-the-pin contest among women players, while Jim Auch  was the men’s winner. Barb Estok won the women’s long-drive contest, while Jack Lowry won it for the men.

Twenty-three Key Royale Club women took to the course May 31 for a nine-hole individual-low-net match that also included a “tee-to-green” side game.

Sue Wheeler fired a 3-under-par 29 to grab first place in the top flight. Debbie Wohlers was alone in second on a 1-under-par 31.

Wohlers took first place in the tee-to-green competition, where only strokes used to get on the green are counted. She took 21 strokes to the putting surface, three strokes better than Helen Pollock.

Roxanne Koche carded a 5-under-par 27 for low-net round of the day and first place in Flight C. Janet Razze and Markie Ksiazek were both one stroke back in a tie for second place.

Terry Westby and Koche tied for first place in Flight C in the tee-to-green game with 28 strokes.

The men reported play for a nine-hole scramble June 2. The team of Art McMillan, Quentin Talbert, Dennis Schavey and Bill Shuman combined on a 4-under-par 28 to take first place on the day.

 

Sports – 06-01-2016

Youth soccer wanes, adult basketball picks up

 

As the youth soccer league at The Center of Anna Maria Island moves closer to the end of its season, the top teams are starting to separate from the pack.

Coldwell Banker sits atop the 11-13 division standings with a 4-0-2 record, comfortably ahead of second place Beach Bums at 2-2-1, while Sugar Beach Digital follows at 1-4-1.

Signarama is on top of the 6-7 division with a 4-1-0 record, one game ahead of Progressive Cabinetry and Truly Nolen, which both sport 3-2-0 records. Pink & Navy stands at 0-5-0, still in search of its first victory.

The Feast is the top team in the 8-10 division with a perfect 4-0-0 record, though Wash Family Construction is close behind at 4-1-0. Blue Lagoon Landscape at 1-3-1 and John Damato PA at 1-2-1 follow in the standings. Lux Carts is bringing up the rear at 0-4-0.

Wash Family Construction closed in on the the top of the standings May 24 with a 4-1 victory over Lux Carts behind 4 goals from Riley Lawson in 8-10 division action.

WFC got it going early as Lawson stole the ball at midfield and raced up the left side before cutting back, eluding Lux Cart defender Giles Kirkland and sliding the ball past Lux Cart goalie Victor Albrecht for a 1-0 lead six minutes into the game.

Lux Carts had a promising offensive push in the 12th minute as Jackson Pakbaz carried the ball out from his own goal and into the offensive third. But Layla Yavalar made a strong tackle to start a counter attack that resulted in Lawson getting off a shot. However, Pakbaz trekked back and made a sliding block to deny Lawson.

WFC extended its lead in the 17th minute when Max Higgins threw the ball into Lawson, who one-timed a shot that found the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.

Two minutes later, Kylie Barkley picked off the Lux Carts goal kick and passed it inside to Lawson, who finished for a 3-0 lead as the half came to a close.

Lux Carts came out after halftime with good energy and looked to cut into the WFC lead. Pakbaz stole the WFC goal kick and carried the ball in for a shot, but WFC goalie Evan Talucci came up with the save. Lux Carts continued to apply pressure as Pakbaz again found some space on the right side, but the quality cross was for naught.

Lux Carts had another scoring chance in the 28th minute when Pakbaz weaved his way up the middle and fired a shot, but Jayden Sparks came up with the save.

Lawson added to the WFC lead in the 33rd minute when he gathered in the goal kick and hit a rocket past Kirkland in goal for a 4-0 lead.

With the scoreboard clock stopped and the remaining time in the hands of the official, Lux Carts finally broke through. Fiona McCarthy picked off the WFC goal kick and passed it inside to Pakbaz, who deposited it in the goal to pull to within 4-1 in the final seconds.

 

Adult basketball continues

Adult basketball completed its third week of action with three games played May 23. Team Jackson, Team Sapanora and Team Calvary are tied for first place with undefeated records. Team Terman follows at 1-1, followed by Team Bekkerus at 1-2 record. Team Aaron and Team Bailey are tied at 0-3 for last place.

Team Jackson improved to 3-0 after blowing out Team Terman by a 97-51 score in the first game of the evening. Antwan Jackson led all scorers with 29 points, but he was strongly supported by teammates Brandon Kern with 25 points and Matthew Smith, who finished with 22 points.

Ray Gardner scored 16 points and Andrew Terman added 11 points to lead Team Terman in the loss.

Team Calvary earned a 65-56 victory over Team Aaron behind 24 points from Reggie Clemons and 18 points from Pat Calvary in the night’s second game.

Paul Aaron’s 20 points and 13 points from Dale Smith paced Team Aaron in the loss.

The final game of the evening saw Team Bekkerus edge Team Bailey 45-44 behind 18 points from Neil Baumann and 10 points from Derek Gargett.

Andrew Staggs and Jeff Marland scored 12 points each to lead Team Bailey in the loss.

 

Key Royale golf news

The Key Royale Club men played a pair of nine-hole matches May 23, starting with a low-net-of-partners match in the morning. The team of Dave Kruger and Jim Lathrop combined on an 11-under-par 53 to take first place. One shot back was the team of Jim Thorton and Barry Martin.

Later in the day, the men were back on the course for a nine hole, modified-Stableford System match. Merritt Fineout topped all players with a plus-5, while Jack Connors, Lex Halakan, Fred Miller and Pat Moyna tied for second place at plus-3.

The women of Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, individual-low-net-golf match May 24 in three flights.

Debi Wohlers fired a 2-under 30 to grab first place in Flight A by one stroke over Helen Ross-Pollock.

First place in Flight B went to Sue Christenson, who carded a 1-under-par 31.

Janet Razze burned up the course with a 7-under-par 25 to win first place in Flight C.

The side game of the day was low putts, which was captured by Wohlers and Debbi Richardson, who both used 15 putts on the round.

The men were back on the course May 26 for a nine-hole scramble. The team of Lex Halakan, Art McMillan and Ken Ricket combined on a 6-under-par 26 to grab first place and clubhouse bragging rights.

Sports – 05-25-2016

Signarama outlasts Pink & Navy in youth soccer

As the youth soccer league moves into its fifth week, two things stand out. The 11-13 division has three evenly matched teams, while the 8-10 division has two dominant teams and three teams trying to hang on.

The Feast Restaurant sits atop the 8-10 standings with a 4-0 record, while Wash Family Construction is on their heels with a 4-1 record. John Damato P.A. is alone in third with a 1-2-1 record with Blue Lagoon Landscaping close behind at 0-2-1, followed by Lux Carts, which is still in search of its first victory.

The Feast demonstrated that despite the standings, they are the team to beat in the 8-10 division as they rolled to a 6-0 victory over Wash May 16. Anthony Nguyen and Jackson Kruse scored two goals each, while Juliet Greene and Elek Brisson each notched on goal in the victory.

Results for the May 17 8-10 division games were not provided by the center.

The 11-13 division is a portrait for parity, as only three points separates first from last place. Coldwell Banker is on top with a 2-1-2 record, ahead of second place Beach Bums’ 2-2-1 record. Sugar Beach Digital brings up the rear at 1-3-1, but only one victory from surging to the top of the standings.

Coldwell Banker opened 11-13 division action for the week with a 4-2 victory over Sugar Beach Digital behind a hat trick from Tyler Brewer and a single goal from Ava Zink. Nick Cavalluzzi notched 2 goals to lead Sugar Beach in the loss.

The final 11-13 division game May 18 is the Islander’s game of the week.

Beach Bums earned a 2-1 victory over Sugar Beach Digital that wasn’t as close as the score indicates. Beach Bums scored its first goal in the second minute of play when Sean Rodriguez threw the ball into Alex Winterhalter, who volleyed the ball past Sugar Beach goalie Tuna McCracken to make it 1-0.

Beach Bums proceded to dominate play for the next 15 minutes, but could not put another shot past McCracken and the Sugar Beach defense. Shortly after the first goal, Dalton Guthrie passed inside to Winterhalter, but McCracken came up with the save.

McCracken made another save two minutes later when Winterhalter fed Guthrie in front of the goal — only to be denied.

Beach Bums almost had a specatcular goal three minutes later when Rodriguez sent a free kick into the Sugar Beach goal area. With his back to the goal, Daniel Sentman flicked the service over his head, but McCracken was again there to deny the Bums a scoring opportunity.

Sugar Beach finally gained some traction in the waning moments of the first half when Nick Cavalluzzi and David Daigle worked a nice give-and-go up the right side. However, Cavalluzzi’s shot was blocked by Bum’s defender Bryce Higgins.

Sugar Beach got on the scoreboard early in the second half when Cavalluzzi and Daigle worked the ball up the left side. Daigle held the ball up before passing inside at the top of the box to Sam Waterman, who lofted the ball over Beach Bum goalie Javier Rivera to tie the score at 1-1.

The rest of the second half was a battle in the midfield with no clear-cut scoring chances until the 31st minute, when Sentman and Winterhalter worked a nice give-and-go that produced a strong shot from Winterhalter, but Morgan Horesh made a great save to deny it.

With the scoreboard clock stopped and the official time now in the referee’s hands, Beach Bums midfielder Sentman sent a long throw-in to Guthrie, who volleyed the ball into the goal for the game winner.

Sentman finished with a goal and an assist, while Rodriguez had one assist. Guthrie added the game winner. Rivera finished with 3 saves to complete the Beach Bums victory.

Waterman scored the lone goal for Sugar Beach on an assist from Daigle.

 

Adult soccer continues

The adult soccer league at the center completed its third week of action with four matches played May 19. Ross Built, had a bye while Eason Builders moved into a tie with Ross in the standings on the strength of a 7-1 victory over Slim’s Place, which fell to 2-1 on the season and into a fourway tie for second place.

Eason Builders received a hat trick from Anthony Barberio and 2 goals from Joey Ciasulo in the victory while Zach Shield scored the lone goal for Slim’s Place on an assist from Joanna Baugh.

Island Pest Control improved to 2-1 with a 5-2 victory over winless Blake Medical No. 2 behind two goals from Damir Glavan and single goals from Frank Agnelli, Shawn Kaleta and John Coleman. Michael Aston notched both goals for Blake in the loss.

Moss Builders also moved into a tie for second with a 9-2 victory over Blake Medical No. 1 behind four goals from Angela Wiles and two goals each from Bing Robinson and Olaf Krause. Ryan Besecu and Karyn Tietz scored a goal each to lead Blake in the loss.

Jiffy Lube moved into the conversation among teams in a second-place tie thanks to a 4-2 victory over winless Wash Family Construction behind two goals from BJ Grant and a goal each from Danny Anderson and Drew Mitchell. Andre Lewis and Murat Akay scored a goal each to lead WFC in the loss.

 

Youth baseball to begin

      Holy cow, sports fans.

The Center of Anna Maria Island is hosting a youth baseball league this summer.

Registration is required by June 3 and can be completed online at centerami.org or the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

Player evaluations will be:

• 6:30 p.m. June 7 for ages 5-7.

• 6:30 p.m. June 8 for ages 8-10.

• 6:30 p.m. June 9 for ages 11-13.

Members will pay a $5 processing fee.

The cost to non-members is $90.

A coaches and players clinic, led by Manatee High School baseball coach Rob Vierra and some of the high school players, will be June 8, June 15 and June 22.

The center is still seeking coaches and sponsors.

For more information, call the center at 941-778-1908.

 

Horseshoe news

The team of Tom Skoloda and Tim Sofran were the only team to earn three victories during May 18 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria pits and were declared the day’s outright champions.

May 21 action at the City Hall park saw two teams emerge from pool play and battled it out for the day’s bragging rights. Steve Doyle and Sofran eased past Skoloda by a 22-16 score to earn a trip to the winner’s circle.

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.

Key Royale golf news

Golf continues at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach with action throughout the week.

The men played two rounds May 16, starting with a better-ball-of-partners match won by the team of Jack Roe and Al Kaiser. They combined on an 8-under-par 24 to grab a one-shot victory over two teams. Hugh Holmes teamed up with Paul Proxy to match the 7-under-par 25 carded by Dave Kruger and Jim Lathrop to finish in a tie for second.

Later in the day, the men played nine-hole, modified-Stableford System match. Jack Lowry had the best individual score, carding a plus-5, while the team of Lex Halakan, Art McMillan, Earl Ritchiel and Quentin Talbert combined on a plus-9 to win the team competition.

The men were back on the course May 19 for a team scramble. The team of Mal Hughes, Tim Friessen, Pat Moyna and Earl Ritchie combined for first place on a 5-under-par 27 in a tie with Jack Connors, John Estok, Bob Leedham and Dan Richardson.

Sports – 05-18-2016

Signarama outlasts Pink & Navy in youth soccer

 

Youth soccer completed its second week of summer soccer at The Center of Anna Maria Island and so far, the 11-13 division is looking well balanced.

Coldwell Banker is in first place by a point with a 1-1-2 record, but Sugar Beach Digital at 1-1-1 and the 1-2-1 Beach Bums are on their heels.

Wash Family Construction and The Feast are battling for supremacy in the 8-10 division. WFC is 4-0, while The Feast is right behind at 3-0. Damato R.E. follows at 1-2-1, while Blue Lagoon Landscaping at 0-2-1 and Lux Carts at 0-4 complete the division standings.

The 6-7 division has Signarama on top with a 3-0 record and Progressive Cabinetry right behind at 2-1-1. Truly Nolen sits alone in third with a 1-2 record while Pink & Navy Boutique dropped to 0-3 after dropping a 2-0 decision to Signarama in the Islander’s game of the week.

Signarama scored one goal in each half to outlast Pink & Navy Boutique 2-0 in 6-7 soccer action on May 9 the center.

The game was scoreless until the eighth minute when Gigi Greene came through on defense to clear the ball out of danger. Her clearing pass went to Dennis Gallagher, who dribbled the ball the rest of the way and scored for a 1-0 Signarama lead.

Four minutes later, Pink & Navy’s Leighton Francis found space up the left side. He fired a shot from a tough angle, but it slid harmlessly across the goal mouth.

A few minutes later, Asa Brisson got loose up the right side for Signarama and shot, but Pink & Navy goalie Savannah Coba made the save. Charlie Rogers then intercepted the ensuing goal kick, but his shot sailed wide right as the half came to a close.

Signarama added to its lead in the 22nd minute when Gallagher again got loose and dribbled in on the Pink & Navy goal, but Xane Flores came off his line to clear the ball away. Unfortunately, his kick went to Charlie Rogers who crossed the ball to a wide-open Gallagher, who tapped it into the open goal for a 2-0 lead.

Pink & Navy had a good scoring chance 3 minutes later when Alex Cox dribbled up the middle towards the Signarama goal, but his shot was wide.

Cox had another scoring chance a few minutes later when he again found space up the middle, but Rogers tracked him down and cleared the ball out of danger to help preserve the 2-0 Signarama victory.

 

Adult basketball underway

Adult basketball action got started May 10 with three games in the center gym. Team Jackson got the season off to a good start with a 71-53 victory over Team Aaron behind 22 points from Antwan Jackson and 21 points from Brandon Kern. Paul Aaron led Team Aaron with a game-high 31 points, while Dale Smith added 10 points.

The second game of the evening saw Team Sapanora roll to a 72-39 victory over Team Bekkerus. Joe Bazo led Team Sapanora with 22 points, while Cole Duncan added 16 points in the victory. Tyler Bekkerus scored 11 points and Neil Baumann added 9 points to lead Team Bekkerus in the loss.

Team Terman rolled to an 80-37 victory over Team Bailey behind a game-high 28 points from Andrew Terman and 24 points from Scott Eason. Andrew Staggs scored 12 points and Jeff Marland scored 10 points to lead Team Bailey in the loss.

 

Adult soccer continues

Adult soccer completed its second week of action on the center field with four matches played May 12. After two weeks of action, Ross Built and Slim’s Place are on top of the standings with matching 2-0 records, closely followed by Eason Builders Group at 1-0. Island Pest Control, Moss Builders and Jiffy Lube follow in the standings at 1-1, while Wash Family Construction, Blake Hospital No. 1 and Blake Hospital No. 2 are in search of a first victory.

The first game of the evening saw Slim’s earn a 3-0 victory over Wash behind two goals from Will Case and one goal from Stephanie Ankiel.

Jiffy Lube earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Moss Builders behind Austin Wash, who scored the game’s only goal.

Island Pest Control rolled to a 10-0 victory over Blake Hospital No. 1 behind four goals from Kevin Roman and three goals from Lexi Braxton. Damir Glavan, Shay Coleman and Blair Schlossberg completed the scoring with a goal each.

Ross Built closed the evening out with a 3-1 victory over Blake Hospital No. 2 behind a goal each from Eric Pullen, Mike Vitori and Greg Ross. Jermais Gramajo scored the lone goal for Blake in the loss.

 

Horseshoe news

Four teams emerged from pool play on May 11 and battled it out for the day’s championship during horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The team of Steve Doyle and Sam Samuels rolled to a 23-10 victory over Tim Sofran in the first semifinal, while the second match saw Neil Hennesssey and Karl Thomas earn a 21-10 victory over Norm Good and Bob Heiger. Doyle and Samuels stayed hot in the finals, rolling to a 22-10 victory over Hennessey-Thomas.

Two teams advanced to the knockout round in the May 14 action. The team of Hank Huyghe and Tom Skoloda earned a 23-13 victory over Steve Doyle and Neil 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.

 

Key Royale golf news

The Key Royale Club men played a pair of golf matches May 9 at the club. The morning saw a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match won by Dave Kruger, who carded an 8-under-par 24. Bill Shuman took second place with a 7-under-par 25, while Chet Hutton was another shot back in third place.

The men returned in the afternoon for a nine-hole modified-Stableford System match. Bill MacMillan won the individual title with a plus-6, two points higher than second-place finisher Jack Lowry. MacMillan’s score helped his teammates John Cassese, Jack Connors and Chuck Patrick to the team title with a combined score of plus-8.

The women of Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match – March 10 in three flights. Marcia Helgeson carded a 4-under par 28 to grab first place in Flight A, one shot over Liz Lang and Joy Kaiser, who tied for second.

Sue Wheeler’s 4-under-par 28 gave her first place in Flight B. Sue Christenson took second place with a 3-under-par 29, while Fran Barford and Tootie Wagner were tied for third at 2-under-par 30.

Jan Jump fired a 3-under-par 29 to grab first place in Flight C, two shots ahead of Kathy Miller and Sally York, who tied for second place.

Debi Wohlers had a chipin birdie on the second hole, while Joy Kaiser had a chipin on the ninth.

The men were back on the course May 12 for a nine-hole scramble. The team of Mike Gillie, Jon Holcomb and Larry Solberg combined on a 6-under-par 26 to grab clubhouse bragging rights for the day. The team of Blake Ress, Earl Ritchie and Dan Richardson were one shot back in second place.

The club announced a 30-day summer membership offer is ongoing now through Oct. 30. Call 941-778-3055 for more information.