Basketball season winds down, playoff matches in making
|Al Barrett looks to make a long pass as Jordan Pritchard defends during Anna Maria Island Community Center's Basketball League Premier Division action at King Middle School. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
|Alexia Yavalar takes the ball strong to the hoop for her Jessie's Island Store team during Division III basketball action at King Middle School.
|Island Real Estate's Jordan Graeff dribbles behind his back during Premier Division basketball action at King Middle School.
With only a couple of regular-season games left to be played in Division II of the Anna Maria Island Community Center Basketball League, playoff matchups are set in the other three divisions.
Island Real Estate has clinched the top spot in the Premier Division by one game over Rotten Ralph's, so they get to wait on the winner between Ralph's and third-place contender West Coast Air Conditioning.
Division I is also set in stone with A Paradise Realty on top with an 8-0 record waiting to see who will emerge from the semifinal game that pits 5-3 Anna Maria Oyster Bar against the 3-6 Connect Cycles squad.
Division III is also set in stone with Kumon undefeated and atop the tables. Second-place Ooh La La! Bistro is set to take on third-place Publix with a chance at knocking off the top seed for the Division III title.
Division II's regular season games still have ramifications. First-place Air & Energy plays third-place Re/Max Gulfstream Realty on Feb. 20, while Dips Ice Cream takes on winless Duncan Real Estate on Feb. 21. A Dips win, coupled with an Air & Energy loss, would put Dips in top seed in Division II.
The playoff action gets started on Feb. 26, so stay tuned.
Flag football playoffs, too
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's inaugural flag football season is winding its way toward a Super Saturday playoff.
Each team will play two games Saturday, Feb. 24, with the top two teams playing for “all the marbles” on Saturday, March 3.
Yellow remained undefeated in the Center Youth Division thanks to a 38-23 victory over second-place White on Feb. 10. Yellow received two touchdowns apiece from Alex Burgess and Daniel Janisch and one touchdown each from Mackenzie Kosfeld and Nicole Botero. Brandon Gengler added a two-point conversion in the victory.
Chris Pate and Tommy Price each had offensive touchdowns for White, which also received a defensive touchdown from Troy Koszewski in the loss.
Green rolled over Black 44-28 in the first-up Youth Division game on Feb. 10 as three players scored two TDs apiece. Chandler Hardy, Ben Valdivieso and Kyle Parsons each found the end zone twice with Valdivieso and Hardy joining Blake Rivers with two-point conversions as well.
Garret Secor scored a pair of TDs to lead Black, which also received a touchdown and a two-point conversion from Hunter Hardy and Sage Geeraerts in the loss.
Yellow won a pair of games to surge to the top of the Junior Division with a 4-1 record. They defeated the Black team 35-26 behind two TDs from Denver Hardy and one touchdown apiece from Chris Hightower, Josh Schmidt, Hunter Parrish and Mikey Ellsworth.
Kalif Mora led the Black squad with three touchdowns. Josh Zawistoski added one TD for the Black in the loss.
Josh Schmidt scored three touchdowns and added a one-point and a two-point conversion during Yellow's 43-34 victory over White Feb. 9 in Junior Division flag football action. Chris Hightower added a pair of TDs and a pair of two-point conversions for Yellow, which also received a touchdown from Hunter Parrish in the victory.
Chris Galati's three touchdowns led the White team, which also received a touchdown each from Max Moneuse and Joey Cucci in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
The women of the Key Royale Club teed it up on Feb. 13 for a low-net individual-score tournament coupled with a team competition for the four best holes with handicap.
Marilyn Thorton took top honors in Flight AA with an even-par 32 that was one stroke better than second-place finisher Cindy Milller. Cindi Mansour and Penny Williams tied for third place with scores of 34.
Joyce Brown captured first place in Flight A with a one-under-par 31, while Grace Sayles finished in second place with a 32. Nancy King and Bobbie Lindstrom tied for third at 33.
Flight B winner was Jan Turner with a 32, which was one shot better than Markie Ksiazek and two shots better than Sally Keyes.
Tery Westby's 33 was good for first place in Flight C with Theresa Schutt coming in second place with a 34. Joanne Brougher and Dolores Jorgensen tied for Flight C third place with 35.
Lois Biel, Markie Ksiazek, Delores Jorgensen and Sally Keyes won the team competition with a four-under-par total and Dot Camboni chipped in on No. 8.
Thirty-five horseshoe hopefuls showed up for the competition at the Anna Maria City Hall pits on Wednesday, Feb. 14, to set a new midweek attendance record, but only three of the 18 teams emerged from pool play with undefeated records.
Rod Bussy and Mark Durrough easily defeated Bob Lee and Jim Durrough to advance to the finals against Gene Bobeldyk and Sam Samuels. Bobeldyk and Samuels were too much for them, cruising to a 21-12 victory.
Jim Durrough and Tom Skoloda outlasted 32 hopefuls to win the Feb. 10 horseshoe competition.
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.