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Sports – 05-11-2016

Islander earns USA Triathlon honors

 

Holmes Beach resident Sandy Meneley recently was named as USA Triathlon All-American for 2015 in the triathlon and the duathlon.

Meneley was ranked first nationally in the duathlon — run, bike, run — and eighth nationally in the triathlon — swim, bike, run — in her 65-69 age group.

She’s competed in many local events and in numerous events in other states and earned these first-place finishes in her age group:

• St. Jude Marathon: 4:10.

• Anna Maria Island Dolphin Dash 5K: 23:47.

• Gasparilla 15K: 1:15.

• First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon: 1:54.

• Robinson Preserve 10K: 49:06.

• Run for Turtles 5K: 25:36.

• Irongirl Half Marathon: 1:49.

Meneley is coached by daughter Lesley Brainard, who lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

Some competitions bring mother and daughter together and they often share successes, with mom winning the grandmasters (over age 50) and daughter taking the top spot in the masters (over age 40).

They ran the St. Jude Marathon in Nashville, Tennessee, and both qualified for the Boston Marathon for 2017.

Meneley plans to compete in the Fort Desoto Duathlon, Memphis in May Triathlon, Half Ironman, TopGun Triathlon and the National Long Course Championship Triathlon in Miami in the coming months.

She’s been running since she was about 30, added swimming when she moved to Florida in 2002 and added biking when she started training for triathlons.

She currently trains as many as seven hours a day, depending on the race ahead.

She travels with husband Fuzz, her race photographer.

The former school teacher and track coach said she enjoys the triathlon and duathlon because each competition presents unknown obstacles.

 

Youth soccer continues

The youth soccer league at The Center of Anna Maria Island completed its second week of action. The 8-10 division has a pair of unbeaten teams sitting atop the standings, with Wash Family Construction in first place with a 3-0 record, closely followed by The Feast at 2-0. John Damato R.E. follows with an 0-2-1 with Blue Lagoon Landscaping at 0-1-1 and Lux Carts at 0-2 completing the division standings.

In action May 2, The Feast doubled up on Lux Carts by a 6-3 score during 8-10 division action on May 2. Elec Brisson, Anthony Nguyen and Jackson Kruse scored 2 goals apiece to lead The Feast’s offensive output. Jackson Pakbaz scored 2 goals and Lawson Francis added 1 goal to lead Lux Carts in the loss.

The Feast got another win May 3 when they shutout Blue Lagoon Landscaping by a 3-0 score. Anthony Nguyen, Jackson Kruse and Kendall Rice each tallied single goals for the victors.

Wash Construction outlasted John Damato R.E. in the second match of the evening behind 5 goals from Riley Lawson. Phillipe Baumgartner scored 2 goals to lead Damato, which received a goal each from Jack Mattick and Frankie Coleman in the loss.

In the three-team 11-13, Coldwell Banker and Sugar Beach Digital tied with matching 1-0-1 records followed by 0-2 Beach Bums after last week’s action.

Coldwell Banker earned a 4-1 victory over Beach Bums during 11-13 division action May 3. Jackson Hayes led the way with 3 goals, while Tyler Brewer added 1 goal. Daniel Sentman scored the goal for Beach Bums in the loss.

May 4 action was rained out.

 

Adult spring soccer kicks off

The spring adult soccer kicked off last week with four games played May 5. They had a great turnout of adult players, with nine teams in the league.

The action got started with Slim’s Place earning a 5-2 victory over Jiffy Lube behind 2 goals from James Lynch and single goals from Matt Kretzman, Sean Sanders and Zach Schield. Danny Anderson led Jiffy Lube with 2 goals in the loss.

The second game saw Eason Builders edge Blake Hospital No. 2 by a 2-1 score behind a goal each from Austin Wash and Kim Dean. Jermais Gramajo notched the lone goal for Blake Hospital in the loss.

Ross Built destroyed Blake Hospital No. 1 10-3 behind a pair of hat tricks from Mike Vitori and Connor Bystrom. Chase Bennion led Blake Hospital No. 1 with 3 goals in the loss.

Moss Builders shutout Island Pest Control 3-0 to round out week one action behind a goal apiece from Kate Serdy, Olaf Krause and Aaron Parkin.

The regular season continues until June 30 with the playoffs and the chase for the Island Cup concluding July 21. Stay tuned!

 

Horseshoe news

Three teams emerged from pool play during May 7 horsehoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Jerry Disbrow and Hank Huyghe drew the bye into the finals and watched as Steve Doyle and Tim Sofran edged Dom Livedoti and Karl Thomas by a 21-19 score. The finals weren’t so close as Disbrow and Huyghe rolled to a 23-8 victory to earn the day’s bragging rights.

Play gets under way at 9 a.m. 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 hit the links twice on May 2. The morning saw them play a two best balls of foursome match. The team of Wade Ladue, Al Kaiser, Art Hibbs and Paul Proxy combined on a 15-under-par 49 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day. Second place went to the team of Matt Behan, Bruce Allan, Charlie Porter and Jim Dunne with a score of 12-under-par 52.

Later in the day, the men took to the course for a nine-hole modified-Stableford System or quota-points match. Jon Holcomb carded a plus-4 to take individual honors, one point ahead of Fred Miller who was alone in second place.

The team of Bill Lowman, Ken Newbold, Larry Pippel and Earl Ritchie won the team event with a -1.

Key Royale Club is offering summer memberships through Oct. 30.

Sports – 05-04-2016

Youth soccer kicks off at the center, Magic sets tryouts

 

The kids kicked off their spring soccer season at The Center of Anna Maria Island with games in four age divisions.

The season will see games on weeknights throughout May, with playoffs starting the first week of June.

The action got started for the 6-7-year-olds April 25, when Signarama defeated Progressive Energy 4-1 and Truly Nolen rolled past Pink & Navy on a 5-2 score.

The 8-10 division got underway April 25 with Wash Family Construction defeating Damato 5-2 behind a hat trick from Riley Lawson.

April 26 action saw The Feast roll to a 7-0 victory over Lux Golf Carts and Blue Lagoon and Damato battled to a 2-2 tie.

Sugar Beach Digital and Coldwell Banker battled to a 1-1 tie to open the 11-13 division April 26. Sugar Beach Digital was back on the pitch April 27 to hand Beach Bums a 3-0 loss.

 

More soccer news

Do you have what it takes to take your soccer game to the next level? If your answer is “yes,” you should try out for the area’s competitive soccer club, Manatee Magic.

The Magic fielded eight travel or competitive teams last season, ranging from U15 down to U11, and the club is looking to build on that number.

There is no cost to try out but prospective players are encouraged to register online at mayso.org.

There is some overlap in the age limits for players on high school teams that start play in late August to avoid conflicts with high school soccer.

All levels will try out 6-7:30 p.m. at the G.T. Bray Park soccer fields, 5502 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton:

Tuesday, May 31: Seniors, 2000-2002.

Wednesday, June 1: Juniors, 2002-2006.

Thursday, June 2: Juniors, 2002-2006.

Saturday, June 4: Juniors 10-11:30 a.m.

Saturday, June 4: Seniors 1-2:30 p.m.

For more information, prospective players/parents can send an email to info@mayso.org or MAYSO vice president Kevin Cassidy at 941-807-1105.

 

Horseshoe news

Two teams managed 3-0 pool-play records during April 27 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Bob Lee and Neil Hennessey earned a 25-20, come-from-behind victory over Dom Livedoti and Bob Rowley. Hennessey’s game-ending double ringer punctuated the victory and gave his team bragging rights for the day.

Tim Sofran and Steve Doyle were the undisputed champs of the April 30 action, as they were the only team to post a 3-0 record during pool-play action.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m., followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

 

Key Royale golf news

The Key Royale Club men got out on the course for two rounds of golf April 25. The morning saw a low-net-of-partners match over nine holes. The team of Dave Kruger and Jim Lathrop matched the 7-under-par 57 carded by Jim Auch and Chet Hutton to tie for first place. Second place ended in a tie as Jack Roe and Wade LaDue matched the 3-under-par 61 carded by Fred Myer and Tom Bode.

Later in the day, the men were back out for a nine-hole modified-Stableford System match. Herb Claus, John Estok, Tom McDonnell, Ken Rickett and Bob Soos all finished at plus-3 on quota points to finish in a five-way tie for first place.

Estok was part of the top team with Greg Burke, Barry Izzard and Larry Solberg, combining on a plus-7 to win the team competition.

The men were back on the course April 28 for a nine-hole, team scramble. The team of Larry Pippel, Dick Mills, Chuck Patrick and Dan Richardson combined on a 5-under-par 27 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day.

 

Tee up for summer baseball

      Summer baseball will begin June 13, with playoff games planned for July 11-16.

Evaluations for team members will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, for ages 5-7; 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, for ages 8-10; and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9, for ages 11-13.

Coach and player clinics will be conducted at the center by the Manatee High School baseball team and coach Rob Viera June 8, June 15 and June 22.

The cost for summer baseball is $5 for members and $90 for non-members. Games will be held Monday-Wednesday and some Friday nights at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

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

Sports – 04-27-2016

Horseshoes, golf dominate sports for the week

 

The Key Royale Club men got out on the links for two rounds of golf April 18. The morning saw competition in a nine-hole better-ball-of-partners match. The team of Andy Barber and Peter Proxy combined on a 9-under-par 23 to take first place. Four partner teams — Wade Ladue and Paul Proxy, Neil Hammer and Jim Thorton, Tony Niewyk and Jim Lathrop, as well as Jim Auch and Chet Hutton — carded 6-under-par 26s to finish in a tie for second place.

Later in the day, the men were back on the course for a nine-hole, modified-Stableford System match. Mike Gillie, Dale Hudson and Jim Watt all recorded plus-4s to finish in a three-way tie for first place.

The team of Dean Christensen, John Estok and Rush Haines combined on a plus-9 to take first place in the team competition.

The women membership at the Key Royale Club played a nine-hole individual-low-net match in four flights April 19.

Lori Waggoner fired a 5-under-par 27 for the low round of the day and first place in Flight A, while Marie Sholtz, Helen Pollock and Marcia Helgesen tied for second with matching 3-under-par 29s.

Barbara Estok and Sue Wheeler both carded 3-under-par 29s to finish in a tie for first place in Flight B with Carol Duncan, Beatrice Friebe, Sue Christenson and Tootie Wagner, all one shot back in second place.

Jan Turner’s 4-under-par 28 gave her first place in Flight C, two shots ahead of second-place finishers Roxanne Koche and Nancy King.

Gloria LaTorre took first place in Flight D and matched Waggoner for low round of the day with a 5-under-par 27. Penny Auch and Cate Foy were tied for second place in Flight D at 4-under-par 28.

Sue Little, Meredith Slavin and Trish Kruger carded birdies during their April 19 rounds.

Fifty-three players came out April 21 to enjoy golf, lunch and camaraderie in the club’s 2016 Men’s Spring Stag Day.

Tim Friessen fired an even-par 32 to win individual low-gross honors with John Estok one stroke back in second place. Hank Tremblay blistered the course to a 7-under-par 25 to win the handicap or low-net event. Art Hibbs was three strokes back in second place.

The team of Bob Blaser, Dick Mills and Gary Silke took first place in the team competition with an 8-under-par 24. The team of John Estok, Friessen, Greg Shorten and Quentin Talbert took second place with a 5-under-par 27.

In horseshoe news, four teams emerged from pool play and were left to battle for the day’s bragging rights during April 20 action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

John Crawford and Bob Lee opened semifinal action with a 21-13 victory over Hank Huyghe and Jerry Disbrow, while the pairing of Gene Bobeldyk and Sam Samuels won its semifinal match over Dom Livedoti and Bob Rowley by a 23-8 score. It was all Crawford-Lee in the finals as they rolled to a 23-4 victory over Bobeldyk-Samuels to earn a trip to the winner’s circle.

Three teams advanced to the knockout stage during April 23 action. Jay Disbrow and Bobeldyk drew the bye into the finals and watched as Lee “walked” past Karl Thomas and Livedoti by a 21-15 score. Lee followed with a 21-1 thumping of Bobeldyk and Jay Disbrow to earn his second trip to the winner’s circle in a week.

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 – 04-20-2016

140 kids tackle spring soccer, Islander hits hole-in-1

 

The Center of Anna Maria Island’s leap into a spring soccer league has resulted in 140 registered players, up 36 players from the 2015 fall league.

Another change from the fall is the involvment of some of the Manatee High School girl’s varsity soccer players, who are coming out and running center players through a series of drills. It’s a win-win for the volunteer coaches, who practice their skills while also evaluating the younger players in preparation for the draft.

The camp-style activities and tryouts were held April 11-13 at the center.

The 140 players break down by age into four teams in the 3-5 age group, four teams for the 6-7 division, five teams in the 8-10 division and three teams for the 11-13-year-olds. Center youth program manager Drew Mitchell is still mulling over what to do with the handful of 14-17 age players and is considering having them play with the 11-13 group.

Players should be hearing from their coaches for their first practices in preparation for the regular season, which gets started on the center field the week of April 25.

For more information, contact Mitchell at 941-778-1908.

 

Horseshoe news

Seven teams advanced from pool play into the knockout round during April 13 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

In round 1, Norm Good and Jay Disbrow rolled past Myles Macleod and Ron Slagh by a 24-8 score, while Bob Rowley “walked” past Bob Palmer and Dave Hennessey by a 22-17 score. The final opening round match saw Karl Thomas and John Crawford earn an easy 23-8 win over Hank Huyghe and TJ Lown.

The semifinals started with the Good-Disbrow matchup moving into the finals on a 21-15 victory over Thomas-Crawford, while Dom Livedoti and Lorne Holley advanced with a 23-5 victory over Rowley. Good and Disbrow were too good in the finals for Livedoti and Holley, earning an easy 23-5 victory and bragging rights for the day.

Things were a bit simpler April 16 at the pits, as two teams advanced to the knockout round. The team of Bob Palmer and Bob Lee rolled to a 22-11 victory over Steve Doyle and Livedoti 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

The Key Royale Club saw the men take the course April 11 for two competitive rounds of golf. The morning saw a nine-hole, better-ball-of-foursomes match. The team of Al Kaiser, Wade Ladue, Art Hibbs and Jack Roe combined on a 10-under-par 22 that was matched by the team of Dave Kruger, John Lindwall and Jim Lathrop, forcing them to share clubhouse bragging rights.

The afternoon brought on a nine-hole, modified-Stableford System match. Bill MacMillan carded a plus-4 for the best individual score on the day, while Earl Ritchie, Larry Pippel and John Cassese tied for second at plus-3.

MacMillan’s score helped the team of Dale Hudson, Al Carr and Larry Solberg to the team title with a combined score of plus-7.

The women of Key Royale Club got out on the course April 12 for a nine hole, individual-low-net golf match in four flights.

Liz Lang fired a 6-under-par 26 for the low-net round of the day and first place in Flight A. Judy Christensen was alone in second place at 3-under-par 29, while Margrit Layh and Marcia Helgesen tied for third with matching 2-under-par 30s.

Flight B was captured by Tootie Wagner with a 3-under-par 29, two-shots over Barb Harrold. Beatrice Friehe, Sue Christenson and Connie Livanos were in a three-way tie for third at even-par 32.

Sharon Tarras carded a 5-under-par 27 for second-best round of the day and first place in Flight C. Marcia O’Brien and Susan Van Orsdel tied for second at 1-under-par 31, while Roxanne Koche was another shot back in third place.

Markie Ksiazek and Marilyn Niewik both carded 3-under-par 29s to finish in a tie for first in Flight D with Sally York a distant second at 5-over-par 37.

The men were again on the course April 14 for a nine-hole scramble that saw the team of Dan Richardson, Quentin Talbert and Dick Mills combine on a 2-under-par 30 to grab first place, one stroke better than Doug Michaels, Chuck Patrick, Bob Lang and Bill Koche. The team of Ron Buck, Art McMillan, Chet Hutton and Tom McDonald were alone in third at 1-over-par 33.

 

EVP volleyball comes to the Island

The EVP volleyball tour is hosting the Bradenton Pro Am Championship April 29-30 at Coquina Beach. The event is open for professional, amateur and junior teams and even includes a corporate challenge which will benefit The Center of Anna Maria’s sports programs.

For $100, teams of four can enter the business challenge, which includes three contests in beerzbe, cornhole and beach volleyball while also seeing your business promoted at the event.

To register for the corporate challenge or to sign up for a doubles divisions, go to www.evptour.com or contact Austin Brockway at austin@evptour.com or 312-287-5988.

The corporate challenge is a benefit for The Center of Anna Maria Island. Anyone interested can contact Will Schenerlein at 941-778-1908, ext. 205.

Sports – 04-13-2016

Beach House Real Estate reels in Super Bowl win

 

Beach House Real Estate reeled in Moss Builders 21-13 April 6 behind the all-around play of Jonathan Moss.

Moss caught a touchdown pass and threw for a touchdown on offense, while intercepting one pass and notching a quarterback sack for a safety on defense. For all this, Moss was named the game’s MVP.

Beach House quickly jumped on top as quarterback Don Purvis hooked up with Moss for 21 yards and a first down on the first play and then connected with Moss for a 24-yard touchdown pass on the second play of the game. Purvis then connected with Shawn Kaleta for the extra point and a 7-0 lead.

Moss Builders answered with a scoring drive of its own. Quarterback Ryan Moss made a shovel pass to Nick Sato, who netted 7 yards on first down and then connected with Jeff Walker for 14 yards and a first on the next play. Jay Hoffmeister got behind the defense for a 12-yard catch from Ryan Moss on first down and followed with an 8-yard touchdown strike to Sato. Ryan Moss then connected with Sato for the extra point and a 7-7 tie.

The Moss Builders’ defense held Beach House Real Estate to a three-and-out to quickly get the ball back on offense. Ryan Moss dropped back to pass on first down, but his pass was tipped by a hard-charging Jonathan Moss, resulting in an incomplete pass.

On second down, Ryan Moss again dropped back, but was sacked for a safety by Jonathan Moss, putting Beach House in the lead, 9-7, a lead they would not relinquish.

Moss Builders got the ball to start the second half, but that drive was killed by an interception by Jonathan Moss, who returned it to the 15-yard line. Purvis gained 2 yards on a quarterback keeper on first down and nearly had his second-down pass intercepted by Walker.

Facing third and 13, Purvis handed the ball off to Jonathan Moss on a sweep right, but Moss pulled up and threw the ball back across the field to Purvis for a touchdown pass — and a 15-7 lead.

Moss Builders took over on offense, but a flag guarding penalty on Sato followed by a Ryan Moss incomplete pass put them in a difficult third-and-long situation. Undaunted, Ryan Moss dropped back and threw a rope down the middle to Hoffmeister for a 23-yard gain and a first down.

Ryan Moss went right back to Hoffmeister for an 18-yard gain before Moss ran it in for a 5-yard touchdown to pull to within 15-13.

The teams traded possessions until the 1:23 mark of the second half. Beach House QB Purvis connected with Mike Gillum for 7 yards, when a tackling penalty gave them a first down. An incomplete pass was followed with a 4-yard pass to Kaleta. On third down, Purvis went back to Kaleta with a short shovel pass that he turned into a 23-yard touchdown play and a 21-13 lead with only 13.2 seconds left to play.

Moss Builders got the ball back, but an incomplete pass, a 7-yard pass play to Walker and a failed hail Mary attempt left Moss Builders on the short end of the 21-13 final score.

In addition to Jonathan Moss’ heroics, Purvis passed for 95 yards and one touchdown pass, while Kaleta finished with 45 receiving yards including a touchdown and an extra point.

Ryan Moss paced the Moss Builders offense with 145 passing yards, including a touchdown pass and a touchdown run. Sato finished with a game-high 105 receiving yards, including a touchdown and an extra point. Hoffmeister with 75 receiving yards and Walker, who finished with 55 receiving yards, rounded out the Moss Builders offense in the loss.

 

Key Royale golf news

Vince Mercadante and Ron Vandeman battled high swirling winds April 4 during a nine-hole battle that ended tied at 3-under-par 29 for the Key Royale President’s Cup Championship.

Rather than break the tie with a multi-hole playoff, Mercadante and Vandeman submitted a scorecard tiebreaker so they could join their fellow members for lunch. Based on the tiebreaker hole, Mercadante claimed the win and will have his name engraved on the President’s Cup trophy.

Steve Pfiel won the longest drive contest with a drive of 268 yards and captured the closest-to-the-pin contest on the seventh hole.

The Key Royale Club men got out twice April 4 for some serious golf action. The morning saw them play a nine hole low-net-of-partners match. The team of Al Kaiser and Wade Ladue combined on a 7-under-par 57 to take first place and earn clubhouse bragging rights for the morning. Second place went to Peter Karycki and Chet Hutton, who each carded a 6-under-par 58.

The men returned later in the day to play a nine-hole modified-Stableford System match. Quentin Talbert fired a plus-6 to take individual honors for the day with Greg Shorten coming in second on quota points with a plus-4.

Shorten’s score helped teammates Wayne Patterson, John Findley and John Cassese to a plus-6 and first place in the team competition.

The men were back on the course on April 7 for a nine-hole team scramble. The team of Earl Ritchie, Pat Moyna, Fred Miller and John Estok combined on a 5-under-par 27 to take first place, one stroke ahead of Chuck Patrick, Jim Router, Bob Blazer and Larry Solberg.

 

Horseshoe news

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

The first semifinal match saw Bob Lee and Hank Huyghe roll into the final with a 22-6 victory over Art Kingstad and Bob Palmer, while Bob Demont and Bruce Munro advanced with a 21-17 win over Myles Macleod and Jim Kleiner. Lee and Huyghe stayed hot, earning a 21-15 victory over Demont-Munro in the finals.

April 9 action saw two teams advance to the knockout round. Demont and Macleod earned an easy trip to the winner’s circle with a 23-12 victory over Lee and George Mclaughlin.

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.

 

Volleyball tourney at Coquina

      The EVP Beach Volleyball Tour will produce the Bradenton Pro Am Beach Volleyball Tournament April 29-30 at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.

The national tour’s local partners include The Center of Anna Maria Island, the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Bradenton Area Sports Commission.

The EVP Beach Volleyball Tour, which includes competition for amateurs and pros, began producing events in 1994.

The tournament includes age divisions, amateur and pro, and also a corporate challenge for local businesses to compete.

The community center is encouraging teams of four players to compete in the corporate challenge, which will be played April 29. The cost peer team is $100 and includes meal tickets, T-shirts and competition in volleyball.

The next stop after Bradenton Beach for the tour will be Savannah, Georgia, in May.

To register for the tournament, call 773-387-1198 or go online at evptour.com.

For more about the center’s corporate challenge, call the center at 941-778-1908.

Sports – 04-06-2016

Beach House, Moss head into April 6 adult Super Bowl matchup

 

A great story was brewing for the March 30 semifinal game in the adult division of the flag football league hosted by The Center of Anna Maria Island between top-seeded Beach House Real Estate and No. 5 seed Truly Nolen.

Truly Nolen was playing short on the field due to not having the required female player, yet they were leading the game by two touchdowns at the 13:10 mark of the second half.

But the story was overcome by a furious Beach House Real Estate rally that culminated with a game-winning, 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Don Purvis to Mike Gillum with only 17 seconds left to play to propell Beach House Real Estate to the adult division Super Bowl.

Truly Nolen opened the scoring on its first possession when Matt Morgan received a lateral from quarterback Jon Bell and hooked up with Danny Heath on a 45-yard halfback option pass. Heath then caught the extra-point pass from Bell for a 7-0 lead.

Beach House quickly responded with a 45-yard scoring drive, punctuated by a Don Purvis lateral to Jon Moss that he ran in for a 12-yard touchdown. Purvis then tied the score at 7-7 when he connected with Mike Gillum for the extra point.

The teams traded possessions until the 7:08 mark of the first half when Truly Nolen got the ball back. Bell connected with Morgan for 18 yards on first down and, after an incomplete pass, hooked up with Heath for another 12 yards and a first down.

Bell again looked to Heath and connected with him on a 19-yard touchdown pass. After Morgan’s extra-point catch, Truly Nolen led 14-7, which is how the half ended.

Truly Nolen again held Beach House on downs and got the ball back at the 16-minute mark of the second half. Bell hit Morgan for 6 yards on first down and followed with a 19-yard strike to Heath for a first down. Bell then connected with Morgan for 21 yards and followed with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Morgan. After the extra-point catch by Morgan, Truly Nolen looked to be in control with a 21-7 lead and only 13 minutes to play.

Beach House answered quickly. Don Purvis hit Gillum for 16 yards on the left sideline and followed up with a 6-yard pass to Leah Purvis for a first down. A bad snap wasted first down, but Moss got loose for a 12-yard run on second down, setting up a scrambling 13-yard touchdown run from Don Purvis. Purvis then hit Moss with the extra point to pull to 21-14 with slightly more than 9 minutes left to play.

Beach House held Truly Nolen to a three-and-out, thanks in part to a big quarterback sack on Bell by Leah Purvis, giving the ball back to Beach House.

Don Purvis hit Gillum with another sideline pass for 16 yards and then connected with Leah Purvis for 5 yards and a first down. Purvis found Gillum for 9 yards on first down. Moss then took a hand off, but pulled up and hit Gillum for 11 yards, putting them deep in Truly Nolen territory. Don Purvis then found Moss open in the back of the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown pass. Moss’ extra-point pass was broken up by Morgan, leaving Truly Nolen holding onto a 21-20 lead with 3:37 left to play.

Beach House held them to a three-and-out and got the ball back with just over a minute to play. Don Purvis hit Gillum for 6 yards before running for 9 yards on second down. Purvis then connected with Gillum for a 30-yard, game-winning touchdown pass with 17 seconds to play and the first lead of the game for Beach House Real Estate. Purvis hit Moss for the extra point, giving Beach House a 27-21 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Don Purvis finished 17 of 21 for 160 passing yards and two touchdown passes, while also rushing for 65 yards and one touchdown. Moss threw for 35 yards, ran for 20 and added 30 receiving yards, including a pair of touchdowns and 2 extra points. Gillum finished with 120 receiving yards, including a touchdown and an extra point to round out the Beach House scoring.

Quarterback Bell completed 14 of 20 passes for 200 yards and a pair of touchdown passes to lead Truly Nolen, which also received a game-high 125 receiving yards from Heath that included a pair of touchdowns and an extra point. Morgan rounded out the Truly Nolen offense with 50 passing yards and a touchdown pass to go along with 65 receiving yards, including a touchdown and 2 extra points in the loss.

The second semifinal game of the evening saw Moss Builders roll to a 21-6 victory over Beach to Bay Construction to set up a No. 1 versus No. 2 Super Bowl, which will be played at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at the center field.

Ryan Moss paced Moss Builders with a strong all-around game. He completed 13 of 18 passes for 200 yards and one touchdown pass, while also running for 15 yards and finishing with 90 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. On defense, Moss picked off two passes to help stymie the Beach to Bay offense. Nick Sato completed both of his pass attempts for 25 yards, one touchdown pass and finished with 90 receiving yards and an extra point. Jay Hoffmeister added 65 receiving yards and a touchdown reception, while Jeff Walker completed the scoring with a two-point conversion.

Caleb Roberts was the top offensive performer for Beach to Bay, throwing for 25 yards while adding 100 receiving yards and a touchdown. Tim Shaughnessy threw for 80 yards, while Breanna Shaughnessy added 10 receiving yards in the loss.

 

Horseshoe news

Three teams advanced to the knockout stage during March 30 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Bob Lee and Clark Bennett drew the bye into the finals and watched as Gene Bobeldyk and Neil Hennessey held on for a 21-20 victory over Bob Palmer and Al Kigly. Bobeldyk and Hennessey then earned a workmanlike 22-14 victory over Lee and Bennett in the finals.

Three teams also made it into the knockout round before the afternoon thunderstorm April 2. Palmer and Dave Canadian rolled to a 23-7 victory over Bruce Munro and Marvin Gangemi in the semifinal and stayed hot, earning a 23-16 victory over Robert Allen and John Crawford in the championship match.

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 convened for a nine-hole, modified-Stableford System or quota-points golf match March 28. Tom McDonnell carded a plus-5 to earn the top individual score, one point ahead of second-place finisher Bob Soos.

Soos’ effort propelled teammates Jack Connors, Jack Lowry and Mike Gillie to the team title on a score of plus-7.

The women took the course for a nine-hole, individual low-net golf match in four flights March 29.

Judy Christensen carded a 4-under par 28 to to take first place in flight A by one stroke over Pam Lowry and Marcia Helgeson. Pam Alvord, Margrit Layh and Sue Little tied for third place at 2-under-par 30.

Sue Wheeler also fired a 4-under-par 28 to grab first place in flight B by one shot over Barb Estok. Meredith Slavin was another shot back in third place at 2-under-par 30.

Terry Westby rode a chip-in birdie on the second hole to a 4-under-par 28 to earn first place in flight C. Jan Turner, who also had a birdie on the day, was alone in second place at 1-over-par 33.

Markie Ksiazek’s 4-under-par 28 was good enough for first place in flight D, one stroke ahead of second-place finisher Marilyn Niewik.

The men were back on the course in force March 31 with 52 golfers teed up for the weekly scramble.

The team of Chet Hutton, Hank Tremblay, Tim Friesen and Fred Miller matched the 1-under-par 31 carded by Dean Christensen, Nub Turner, John Estok and Quentin Talbert to tie for first place.

Send your sports news and photos to news@islander.org.

 

Center offers soccer clinic

      The Center of Anna Maria Island will host a youth soccer league for ages 3-17 in five divisions in the spring. Registration for the league continues through 9 p.m. Friday, April 8.

Player evaluations will be April 11-14.

Also, clinics for registered players will be offered at 6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, April 11-13.

The season will start the week of April 25.

Games will be at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

The center is still seeking sponsors and coaches.

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

 

Sports – 03-30-2016

Dragon boat festival raises money for cancer research

 

Paddlers from Paradise, representing the AMI Dragon Boat Club, traveled to Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota March 19 to compete in the Suncoast International Dragon Boat Festival. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, the festival raised more than $10,000 for In the Pink, which cares for women with cancer and contributes to breast cancer research.

In the Pink was founded in Jacksonville and has two locations there, in addition to the location in Sarasota, founded by Jeri Millard, one of the Sarasota festival’s organizers.

Paddlers from Paradise competed in the women’s 1,000 meter and won their heat, finishing with a time of 5:40. Given that they are a relatively new club and had several new paddlers, the AMI team did great.

Although rain and storms delayed the day’s schedule,  a good time was had by all.

The AMI club will next race Saturday, April 9, in the Dragon Boat Festival in downtown Bradenton on the Manatee River. It is being hosted by Pan Am Dragon Boat.

 

Tennis group celebrates another year of play

The newly resurfaced courts at The Center of Anna Maria Island — compliments of Rex Hagen, the donor who originally dedicated the courts — provided a great venue for the tennis regulars’ annual tournament.

The three-day event March 14-16 included 24 mixed male and female players battling for the much-coveted trophies. First-place winner was Pat Brubaker, who captured both top player and top female player.

There was a four-way tie for second place between Herman Sus, Bill Desormeau, Lane Bromberg and Sharon Smosky.

All participants received a trophy, including one for good sportsmanship and Mr. & Ms. Congeniality.

The awards banquet was held March 21 at the Sandbar Restaurant pavilion to celebrate another fun season of competition. The banquet continues with thanks to the efforts of Mark and Jean Swift and the generosity of Sandbar owner Ed Chiles.

Bill Shuman, chair of the center board of directors, made an appearance at the banquet and thanked the tennis group for its continued support.

Following the presentations, the group gave Hagen a standing ovation for his generosity and unwavering support for AMI tennis.

Proceeds from the tournament were donated to the center.

 

Adult flag football playoffs

Adult flag football playoff action at the center got started March 23 with three first-round games played. Top-seed Beach House Real Estate earned a bye into the second round, while the rest of the league battled to stay alive another week.

No. 3 seed Beach to Bay Construction eliminated sixth seed Mason Martin by a 34-27 score to open the night’s action. Second seed Moss Builders rolled past No. 7 Tyler’s Ice Cream 39-12, and fifth seed Truly Nolen upset No. 4 seed Coldwell Banker 33-27.

Playoffs continue March 30, with a matchup between Beach House Real Estate and Truly Nolen in the first semifinal game at 7 p.m., followed at 8 p.m. by the builder battle between Moss and Beach to Bay.

Horseshoe news

Four teams emerged from pool play in March 23 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Team Bob — Lee and Palmer — rolled to an easy 23-4 victory over Jay Disbrow and Steve Hooper, while Bob Mason and Hank Huyghe advanced to the finals on the strength of a 22-13 victory over Myles Macleod and Tom Skoloda to earn the day’s bragging rights.

The March 26 games saw three teams advance to the knockout stage. Bob Rowley and Bob Palmer teamed to draw a bye into the finals and watched as Myles Macleod and Bob Lee took out Rod Bussey and Kevin Monahan by a 21-9 score. Macleod-Lee then held on for a tight 21-19 victory in the finals over Rowley-Palmer 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. Everyone is welcome.

 

Key Royale golf news

The Key Royale Club men got out for a weekly golf match March 21, starting with a better-ball-of-partners challenge in the morning. Dave Kruger and Jim Lathrop combined on a 6-under-par 26 to match the low score posted by Jim Auch and Chet Hutton.

Later in the day, the men were back on the course for a nine-hole, modified-Stableford System match.

Bill MacMillan and Peter Solleveld both finished at plus-3 to tie for first place in the individual category, while Tim Friessen, Greg Shorten and John Finley combined on a minus-2 to grab first place in the team event.

The Key Royale women played a nine-hole individual-low-net match in four flights March 22.

Judy Christensen fired a 3-under-par 29 to grab first place in Flight A by two strokes over second-place finisher Sue Little, who rode a birdie on the eighth hole to a 1-under-par 31. Helen Pollock was alone in third place at 1-over-par 33.

Penny Williams’ 4-under-par 28 was the low round of the day, good for first place in Flight B, while Sue Wheeler was alone in second place at 1-under-par 31. Liz Lang, Fran Barford and Barb Estok were in a three-way tie for third at even-par 32.

First place in Flight C went to Sharon Tarras, who carded a 3-under-par 29, two shots ahead of second-place finisher Roxanne Koche and and three clear of third-place finisher Jan Turner.

Janet Razze’s 2-under 30 put her on top in Flight D by one stroke over Markie Ksiasek. Willa Barkley and Penny Auch were tied for third at 3-over-par 35.

The men were back on the course March 24 for a nine-hole team scramble. Larry Pippel, Wayne Patterson, John Cassese and Bob Blazer shared clubhouse bragging rights at 1-under-par 31 with the team of Gary Risner, Pete Weir, Bill Lowman and John Purcell.

Sports – 03-23-2016

Sugar takes cake route, wins 11-13 division Super Bowl

 

Sugar Beach Digital showed it’s worthy of the No. 1 seed in The Center of Anna Maria Island flag football 11-13 division playoffs as SBD rolled to a pair of easy victories, including a 45-14 pasting of Signarama in the March 15 Super Bowl.

As he did all season, Sugar Beach’s Nate Costello dominated the game, rushing for two touchdowns, while also intercepting three passes and taking two of them back for defensive touchdowns.

Jaden Torres added three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving, while also scoring an extra point. Noah Costello completed the scoring with a touchdown run.

Other members of Sugar Beach Digital are Gavin Johnston, Joey Mannino, Luke Bisio, Ava Zink and Alyssa Ely.

Quarterback Mack May threw for two touchdowns to lead Signarama in the loss. Trevor Vierra and Timmy Zinna had a touchdown catch each and Devin Calderon completed the scoring with a 2-point conversion.

Sugar Beach advanced to the Super Bowl thanks to a 38-12 victory over Tyler’s Ice Cream in the March 14 semifinal game, while Signarama outlasted Air & Energy 39-36 to advance to the title game in double overtime.

Championship Tuesday also saw the 8-10 and 11-13 all-star games played. The White Team edged the Blue Team 7-6 on a touchdown pass from Anthony Nguyen to Daniel Zoller and a decisive extra point catch from Jack Proctor.

Billy Jackson and Nguyen led White with five flag pulls each, while Zoller added four pulls and Josh Waldo chipped in with an interception in the victory. Other White all stars are Josie Alderson and Alex Ortiz.

Quinton O’Connor scored the lone touchdown for Blue and had a team-high five flag pulls in the loss, while Jackson Kruse had an interception. Other Blue all stars are Julian Lazzara, Ashton Hoyda, Brett Balais, Payton Harlan, Eric McDonald, Aiden Templeton and Zach Stewart.

The 11-13 all-star game also saw Team White defeat Team Blue by a 34-21 score. Quarterback Nate Costello paced White with four touchdown passes to a quartet of receivers, Jackson Hayes, Andrew Zoller, Noah Costello and Colby Petrin.

Alyssa Ely added to the scoring with an interception return for a touchdown to lead the White defense, which also received interceptions by Blake Balais, Zoller and Petrin and a quarterback sack from Cired Cablish.

Sylas Banyas paced the Blue offense with two rushing touchdowns, a 2-point and 1-point conversions. Dalton Guthrie added an interception return for a touchdown, while also leading all players with seven flag pulls and a sack. Other Blue 11-13 all stars are Cole Pearson, Lexi Ludwig, Trevor Vierra, Tommy Zinna and Travis Bates.

 

Adult flag football news

After eight weeks of regular-season adult flag football action at The Center of Anna Maria Island, the pecking order has been established. Beach House Real Estate is the top dog with a 7-1 record and, for their efforts, they receive a first-round bye for the playoffs, which get started Wednesday, March 23.

Moss Builders matched Beach House’s 7-1 record, but Beach House defeated Moss Builders 20-14 March 9 to earn the advantage.

Moss Builders gained the No. 2 seed and a 7:30 p.m. matchup with Tyler’s Ice Cream, which sits at the bottom of the table. Beach to Bay Construction finished 5-2 and takes on sixth seed Mason Martin at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The final game of the evening will pit 4-4 Coldwell Banker against fifth-seed Truly Nolen at 8 p.m.

The final week of regular-season action saw Moss Builders slide past Beach to Bay Construction by a 19-7 score and Truly Nolen roll to a 31-6 victory over Tyler’s Ice Cream.

Sandwiched between them was the game of the week that saw Beach House Real Estate edge Beach to Bay Construction 21-16. Don Purvis threw for 250 yards and a pair of touchdown passes to lead Beach House, which also received a huge game from Mike Gillum.

Gillum led all receivers with 125 receiving yards, including a touchdown and an extra point. Gillum was huge on the other side of the ball as well, intercepting two passes — one he took to the house for a touchdown.

Jon Moss completed the Beach House scoring with a touchdown reception and an extra point.

Mike Shaughnessy shouldered most of the offense for Beach to Bay, throwing for 200 yards, including two for touchdowns. Daughter Breanna Shaugnessy garnered one of the touchdowns receptions, while Caleb Roberts finished with 85 receiving yards, including a touchdown reception and 2 extra points. Tim Shaugnessy added 95 receiving yards to round out the Beach to Bay offense while Chris Culhane completed the scoring with a safety on defense.

 

Horseshoe news

Three teams emerged from pool play during March 16 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

Sam Samuels and Tom Skoloda drew the bye into the finals and watched as Bob Palmer and Bob Rowley edged Bob Lee and Neil Henneessey 21-18 to advance to the finals. It was all Palmer and Rowley in the finals as they rolled to a 23-5 victory.

March 19 action also saw three teams advance to the knockout stage. Palmer teamed with Hank Huyghe and stunned Rod Bussey and Jay Disbrow with a come-from-behind 22-20 win on a game-ending double ringer by Palmer.

Palmer and Huyghe stayed hot in the finals, rolling to a 21-3 victory over Bob Brown and Keith Erickson 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.

Key Royale golf news

Thirty-two men competed in the Key Royale Club’s men’s handicap tournament March 15-16, playing 36 holes of golf over two days. Jim Auch prevailed with a 14-under-par 114 to claim the club championship. Chet Hutton finished in second place, while Peter Lund came in third.

The men held their regular Monday morning game March 14, a nine-hole better-ball-of-foursome match. The team of Dan Hayes, Matt Behan, Jim Dunn and Bill Anderson combined on a 10-under-par 22 to take first place. One stroke back and tied for second place was the team of Jim Auch, Chet Hutton, Fred Meyer and Peter Karycki, who matched the 9-under-par carded by Neil Hammer, Barry Martin, Bob Reid and Jim Thorton.

The men were back on the course in the afternoon for a nine-hole, modified-Stableford System match. Bill Koche shot a plus-6 to win the individual title, while  Ron Buck and Larry Solberg tied for second at plus-4.

The team of Al Carr, Buck, Dale Hudson and Fred Miller won the team competition with a plus-11.

The women took over the course March 15 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in four flights and a side game of low putts.

Helen Pollock fired an 8-under-par 24 to crush the field in Flight A. Judy Christensen finished six strokes back to finish in second place, while Marcia Helgeson took third place with an even-par 32.

Liz Lang carded a 6-under-par 26 to grab first place in Flight B, five strokes ahead of second-place finisher Sue Christenson. Tootie Wagner and Judy Ward tied for third with matching even-par 32s.

Jan Turner and Roxanne Koche both recorded 3-under-par 29s to finish in a tie for first in Flight C. Sharon Tarras and Sara Falk tied for second at even-par 32.

Willa Barkley grabbed first place in Flight D with a 2-under-par 30, five shots clear of Jane Perkins and Kathy Miller, who tied for second place.

Wagner’s 13 putts were the low total for the day, with Pollock and Joyce Lathrop both carding 14 putts.

 

5K, 10K runs through Robinson

The eighth annual Robinson Preserve Twilight Run will feature 5K and 10K runs and a family-friendly walk.

The run will benefit Feeding Empty Little Tummies of Manatee County and Robinson Preserve. The preserve is owned and operated by Manatee County.

The race will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, at Robinson, 1704 99th St. NW, Bradenton.

For more information, call Douglas Schiller at 941-932-6147.

Sports – 03-16-2016

Super winner: LaPensee Plumbing runs the table

 

LaPensee Plumbing is the undefeated champ.

The team took on Bark & Co. Realty March 12 to win the Super Bowl matchup 25-6 in The Center of Anna Maria Island flag football league’s 8-10 division.

Bark & Co. received the ball to start the game and things got off to a promising start when a 3-yard run by Billy Jackson was followed by a 28-yard catch and run from Anthony Nguyen to Jackson.

Lincoln Sauls gained 3 yards on first down, but Jackson was intercepted by Andrew Hyman on second down, giving the ball to LaPensee Plumbing.

LaPensee’s first possession also got off to a promising start, as Dante Tillelli ripped off a 22-yard run on first down, followed by a 5-yard run. With only 7 yards to go for a touchdown, things looked good for the plumbers, but Jackson broke up Hyman’s first pass attempt into the end zone and his second attempt fell incomplete.

Bark & Co. was held to a three-and-out on its next possession, giving LaPensee the turnover. On first down, Julian Lazzara gained 8 yards on a sweep before Peyton Harlan exploded around the corner for a 37-yard touchdown run and a 6-0 lead.

Bark & Co. came back and put together a six-play drive that included runs of 8 and 7 yards by Nguyen and a 7-yard pass from Nguyen to Jackson. Facing first and goal from the 18-yard line, Will Wright was stopped by Tilleli for no gain, which was followed by an incomplete pass. On third down, Nguyen hit Jackson in the flat, but he was stopped by Jack Proctor after a 12-yard gain, giving the ball back to LaPensee.

Tilelli gained 9 yards on first-down counter play before Harlan got loose on a fake reverse around the right side for a 36-yard touchdown run and a 12-0 lead.

LaPensee got the ball to open the second half and wasted no time adding to its lead. Lazzara ran two sweeps for 3 and 37 yards on first and second down, giving them a first-and-goal at the 5-yard line. Hyman connected with Harlan in the corner of the endzone for a 5-yard touchdown pass and, after his extra-point pass to Proctor, a 19-0 lead they would not relinquish.

The teams traded three-and outs before Bark finally put together a scoring drive. Jackson gained 8 yards on first down and, after a penalty, got another first down. Jackson connected with Nguyen for 10 yards on first down before finding Proctor for a 26-yard catch-and-run on second down. Jackson then connected with Alex Ortiz for a 2-yard touchdown pass to pull to within 19-6 with 4 minutes left to play.

LaPensee Plumbing quickly extinguished any hope of a Bark comeback on next possession. Harlan gained 10 yards on a first-down run and Tilelli gained 3 on second down. Facing third-and-seven, Tilelli ripped off a 33-yard touchdown run on a delayed hand off to formally crown LaPensee Plumbing as the 8-10 Super Bowl champs.

Other members of the champion LaPensee team are Ashlyn Korey, Thatcher Turner and Brenna Heckler.

In other football action March 12 at the center, LPAC defeated Team Mannino 34-20 to win the 14-17 division Super Bowl behind five touchdown passes from Bathe Thiam, including two each to Tyler Pearson and Jacob Keister. Keister also added an extra point, while Cody Tsai added an extra point and a sack. Other LPAC team members are Jared Richardson, Hagen Powers, Leo Tilelli and Austin Morrow.

Jaret Rojas led Team Mannino in the loss with three touchdown passes to receivers Chris Johnson, Lane Burnett and Jacob Wise.

The 11-13 division saw four quarterfinal match ups, starting with top-seed Sugar Beach Digital taking on Truly Nolen, ending with solid 33-21 victory to advance Sugar Beach to the March 14 semifinals.

Nate Costello led the way for Sugar Beach with two touchdown passes and a touchdown run, while Gavin Johnston added a touchdown pass and a TD reception. Jaden Torres finished with two touchdown receptions, while Luke Bisio added a touchdown reception. Noah Costello logged a touchdown pass in the victory.

Blake Balais paced the Truly Nolen offense with three touchdown passes to Matthew Wood, Bryson Higgins and Caleb O’Connor in the loss.

The second quarterfinal match saw No. 2 Air & Energy roll to a 41-19 victory over Progressive Cabinetry behind five touchdown passes from Tuna McCracken. Three went to David Daigle, while Morgan Horesh added a pair of touchdown receptions and an extra point. Tyler Brewer completed the Air & Energy scoring with a touchdown run.

Sylas Banyas had two touchdown passes and Brandon Yost added one touchdown pass to lead Progressive, which also received two touchdown receptions from Jasper Turner and one from Riley Baugh in the loss.

Thomas Heckler threw four touchdown passes to lead sixth-seed Tyler’s Ice Cream to a come-from-behind 33-14 victory over The Feast, the 11-13 No. 3 seed. Connor Ludwig had three touchdown receptions, while John McCauley added a touchdown passm a touchdown reception and chipped in an extra point. Evan Christianson completed a touchdown reception.

Dalton Guthrie threw two touchdown passes to lead The Feast, which received a touchdown and an extra point from Ozzy Lonzo and a touchdown reception from Nate Hyman in the loss.

The final 1-13 division quarterfinal game of the night saw another come-from-behind upset victory from Sign-a-Rama, rallying to an 18-14 victory over LPAC — aided by a tipped pass from Mack May that fell into the hands of Devin Calderon and resulted in a 45-yard game-winning touchdown play.

May finished with three touchdown passes to lead Sign-a-Rama, which also received two touchdown receptions from Trevor Vierra in the victory.

LPAC received touchdown passes from Cole Pearson and Colby Petrin, while Parker Story had a touchdown reception and a 2-point conversion. Cired Cablish chipped in a touchdown reception and an extra point.

Semifinal action continues March 14 at 6 p.m. with the winners advancing to the Super Bowl. That game will kick off at 7 p.m. March 15, after press time for The Islander.

Horseshoe news

Only two of the 18 teams that started play advanced from pool play during March 9 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The team of Hank Huyghe and Bob Lee defeated Myles Macleod and Bob Palmer 22-17 to earn the day’s bragging rights.

March 12 action saw four teams advance to the knockout stage. The team of Dom Livedoti and Adin Shank advanced to the finals after taking out Bob Lee and Jerry Disbrow 21-8, while Steve Doyle and Bob Palmer advanced on the strength of a 21-14 victory over Hank Huyghe and Jay Disbrow. Livedoti-Shank rolled to an easy 21-8 victory over Doyle-Palmer in the finals.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

Key Royale golf news

The Key Royale Club men played a pair of golf matches March 7, starting with a morning two-best-balls-of-foursome match. The team of Jim Helgeson, Tom Lewis, Vince Mercadante and Gino DiClemente combined on a 14-under-par 50 to take first place.

Later in the day, the men were back on the course for a nine-hole modified-Stableford System match. Jim Stewart carded a plus-7 for the top individual score.

John Cassese, Peter Lund, Ken Ricketts and Jim Watt won the team competition with a combined score of plus-5.

The men played a nine-hole, team scramble March 10. The team of Gary Risner, Al Carr, Art McMillan and Merritt Fineout combined on a 7-under-par 25 to grab – bragging rights. The team of Tom McDonald, Mike Brakefield, Dave Richardson and Dale Hudson were alone in second with a 4-under-par 28.

Sports – 03-09-2016

Spring fever hits gridiron, horseshoe pits, links

 

Sports is on fire at The Center of Anna Maria Island, where you can sense the anticipation of spring and warmer weather.

Moss Builders continues to lead the pack in the adult flag football league with a 6-0 record, one game ahead of Beach House Real Estate at 5-1. Coldwell Banker is alone in third with a 4-2 record, while Beach to Bay Construction follows at 3-2. Mason Martin is fifth with a 2-4 record, while Truly Nolen and Tyler’s Ice Cream are winless.

Beach House earned a 14-13, come-from-behind victory over Mason Martin to open the adult action March 2 at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

Beach House overcame two early interceptions thrown by quarterback Don Purvis. The first quash by Josh Sato set up a 21-yard touchdown pass from Jason Sato to Frank Agnelli for an early 6-0 score, but they couldn’t hold onto the lead.

Jason Sato finished with 195 passing yards and a pair of touchdown passes. Brother Josh finished with 105 receiving yards and a touchdown reception, while Agnelli finished with 60 receiving yards, including a touchdown and an extra point.

Purvis finished with 130 passing yards, 55 rushing yards, 40 receiving yards and one touchdown. Jon Moss added 40 passing yards, 50 rushing yards and 35 receiving yards, while scoring one touchdown and a pair of extra points. Mike Gillum rounded out the Beach House victory with 60 receiving yards.

Ryan Moss threw for 205 yards and four touchdown passes to lead Moss Builders to a 40-20 victory over Tyler’s Ice Cream in the second game of the night. Moss also added 60 rushing yards and a touchdown for the builders, which also received 130 all-purpose yards from Nick Sato, including a touchdown and two extra points. Jay Hoffmeister added 70 receiving yards and a touchdown and Ed Moss finished with 55 receiving yards and a touchdown in the victory.

The third game of the evening saw Moss Builders take the field a second time to earn another 40-20 victory, this time over Coldwell Banker. Ryan Moss completed eight passes for 325 yards and five touchdown passes. He also added 35 receiving yards, 25 rushing yards and a touchdown of his own.

Hoffmeister was the top receiver with 145 yards, two touchdowns and an extra point, while Nick Sato finished with 85 rushing yards, 70 receiving yards including a pair of touchdowns and an extra point. Jeff Walker completed the Moss scoring with a touchdown and an extra point on 90 receiving yards.

Charles Buky passed for 285 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Coldwell Banker offense, which also gained 70 receiving yards, three touchdowns and a pair of extra points from Scott Eliseo. Henry Bernet added 85 receiving yards and Lexi Braxton finished with 75 receiving yards to lead Coldwell in the loss.

Beach to Bay Construction improved to 3-2 on the season thanks to a 33-19 victory over Truly Nolen.

The Shaughnessy clan, Tim and Mike, combined to pass for 190 yards and five touchdown passes, including one to Brianna Shaughnessy.

Caleb Roberts was the top receiver with 105 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Brent Moss finished with 70 receiving yards, including two touchdowns and an extra point. Clay Spangler, who finished with 15 receiving yards, completed the scoring with an extra point.

Jon Bell threw for 220 yards and two touchdown passes to lead Truly Nolen, which also received 165 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions from Matt Morgan. Nate Talucci added 20 receiving yards and a 45-yard touchdown run in the loss.

 

Horseshoe news

Four teams emerged from pool play during March 2 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. In the first semifinal, Dom Livedoti and Bob Lee rolled to a dominating 22-1 over Neil Hennessey and Bob Heiger, while the other semifinal saw Rod Bussey and Bob Brown eliminate Herb Puryear and Jay Disbrow 24-8. The finals saw Livedoti-Lee deliver another 22-1 thumping to earn a trip to the winner’s circle.

March 5 horseshoes again saw four teams advance to the knockout stage. Bussey and Brown made a return to the finals with a 23-13 victory over Hank Huyghe and Steve Hooper, while Lee and Steve Doyle rolled over Bob Mason and Tom Skoloda by a 21-2 score. Lee-Doyle then held on for a tight 22-17 victory in the finals.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

 

Key Royale golf news

The Key Royale Club men held their two-day 2016 Scratch Men’s Club Championship Feb. 17 and March 2. After 36 holes of play, Gary Risner defended his 2015 title with a 2-over-par 130.

Greg Shorten took second place, while Tim Friesen and Larry Pippel finished in a tie for third place.

The men were out between championship rounds Feb. 29 for a better-ball-of-partners match with the top spot shared by Vince Mercadante and Gino DiClemente at 6-under-par 26.

They were back on the course later in the day for a nine-hole, modified-Stableford System or quota-points match. Peter Lund’s plus-4 was the top individual score for the day, while Al Carr, Dale Hudson and Tom Nelson finished in a three-way tie for second with matching plus-3s.

Gerry Elson, Bill Koche, Dick Mills and Gary Silke combined on a plus-6 for the top team score for the day.

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

Lori Waggoner’s 4-under-par 28 gave her the top spot in Flight A by three shots over Mary Lou Dreier. Pam Alvord, Liz Lang and Debi Wohlers were tied for third at even-par 32.

Barbara Estok took first place in Flight B with a 4-under-par 28. Carol Duncan was alone in second place at 2-under-par 30 and Fran Barford was another shot back in third.

Jan Turner and Roxanne Koche both carded 3-under-par 29s to tie for first place in Flight C. Terry Westby was one stroke back in second, while Beth Lindeman and Marcia O’Brien tied for third place at even-par 32.

Penny Auch fired a 3-under-par 29 to take first place in Flight C, where Eileen Witzgal took second with a 1-under-par 31 and Wila Barkley came in third at even-par 32.

The men were back on the course March 3 for a nine-hole team scramble. Jack Lowry, Tom McDonnell, Frank Purritano and Gary Risner teamed up to card a 5-under-par 27 to tie first place with Herb Clauhs, Gary Duncan and Dave Richardson.