Flag football season for youth, adults on horizon
Leo Rose makes a nice catch during flag football action during the previous season of the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s NFL Flag Football League.
The Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football season is set to start shortly after the beginning of the new year — although there are yet no schedules — and this season looks to be the biggest and best yet for the youth league.
For the first time since organized flag football entered the Island scene, the Center is hosting an adult coed league and has registered six teams.
All the kids out there who grow weary of listening to parents yell at you during your games can now return the favor at their games.
The 13-16 division has four teams — Raiders, Ravens, Titans and Panthers. The teams look fairly even but the Raiders look strong, boasting Aaron Van Hook, Daniel Doyle and Chris Galati, all dangerous players returning from the past season.
The 10-12 division has six teams in the Titans, Raiders, Bengals, Ravens, Cowboys and Falcons. Again, the teams appear fairly even on paper, but any team that has twins Jake and Andrew Ross along with a strong quarterback in Jack Shinn has an edge.
The 8-9 division boasts the Saints, Cardinals, Dolphins and Eagles as division foes. This division appears to be very competitive on paper. Michael Latimer helps make the Saints a threat, while Tyler Pearson and Brooke Capparelli do the same for the Cardinals. The Eagles boast a potent duo in Dylan Joseph and Jack Mello, while the Dolphins counter with Ethan Bertrand and the Doyle brothers, Dylan and Ryan.
The 5-7 division has the Bears, Cardinals, Ravens and Patriots in what is traditionally an instruction-based group where there are no standings.
Look for schedules in next week’s Islander and game results in the weeks that follow.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole, two-best-balls-of foursome match Dec. 23. The team of Dick Eichhorn, Dave Kruger, Bill Eichhorn and Bob Haskell combined to card a 19-under par 109 to earn the day’s bragging rights. Second place went to the team of Bob Kral, Vince Mercadante, Earl Ritchie and Jim Mixon, who were three shots back at 112.
The club women played a nine-hole, low-net-of-flight game Dec. 22. Flight AA saw Sandy Tocco card a 1-under-par 31 for low round of the day. Marcia Helgeson fired an even-par 32 to edge Don Soos by one stroke in Flight A. Dorothy McKinna’s even-par 32 was good enough to take first place in Flight B, while a 2-over-par 34 earned Sue Wheeler a two-shot victory over Joy Nelles in Flight C. Joanne Brougher carded a 1-over-par 33 to win Flight D by two strokes over Nell Bergstrom.
The men played a nine-hole, individual-low-net game Dec. 21 that saw Blake Graham lap the field with a 4-under-par 28. Three shots back and tied for second place were Earl Ritchie and Vince Mercadante with 31s, while Bob Kelly held down third place with an even-par 32. Bob Kral, Jerry Micho and Dave Kruger tied for fourth place with 33s.
Two emerged from pool play on Boxing Day to vie for bragging rights. Tom Rhodes and Norm Good were too good for Herb Puryear and Gene Bobeldyk as they rolled past their competitors by a 21-6 score to win the day’s festivities at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.
The Dec. 23 games saw the team of Carl Thomas and Dan Beldon earn the only 3-0 pool-play record and were the day’s outright champs. That left three teams to battle it out for second place. Jeff Moore and Bill Starrett ended the day for Herb Puryear and Paul Sheatler by defeating them 21-13. Moore and Starrett got run over in the finals as Gene Bobeldyk and Art Kingstad defeated them 21-11 to earn second-place honors for the day.
Play gets under way 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.
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