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Date of Issue: June 30, 2010

Center sets up cool, indoor soccer league

Anna Maria Island Community Center athletic director Andy Jonatzke speaks to a group of  young soccer players after tryouts for an indoor summer league. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy

Maddie Rogers traps the ball during indoor soccer tryouts at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy

The Anna Maria Island Community Center held tryouts for its summer indoor soccer league which will be played in the Center’s cool gym on Monday and Tuesday evenings for the next several weeks. There are two age groups, one for players 5-8 years of age and one for players in the 9-12 age group.

Prospective players participated in drills to assess their trapping, passing, dribbling and shooting before coaches select team members and form competitive teams.

League play gets started July 5 at 6 p.m., so go on out and check out the cool, fast-paced, end-to-end action characteristic of indoor soccer.

Adult gridiron action continues

Adult flag football action continues on Thursday evenings with three games starting at 6 p.m. at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. So far it appears the Bills and the Broncos are the teams to beat, but it’s still early in the season.

The Bills defeated division-foe Jaguars 15-6 to open the June 24 games and remain undefeated in their division and overall. Defense was the story for the Bills as they collected four interceptions. Brian Moorehead led the way with three picks, including one he returned for a touchdown to go along with two flag pulls. Ryan Hogan added a pick and a flag pull, while Chris Jones and David Bishop each finished with two flag pulls for the defensive effort that also added a safety.

Bishop was a big contributor on offense as well, completing eight passes for 88 yards and a touchdown pass to Hogan, who finished with 44 receiving yards. Nikki Bekkerus added the extra point for the Bills.

Michael Durrance paced the Jaguars on offense with six completions for 112 yards and a touchdown to Clay Orr, who finished with 35 receiving yards. Bob Vita added 28 receiving yards, while Charles Colston finished with 20 receiving yards.

Scott Rudacille paced the Jaguar defense with four flag pulls and an interception, while teammates Jason Sato and Orr finished with three and two pulls respectively.

The second game of the evening saw the Giants route the Bucs 35-13 behind a huge day from Jeremy Jackson. Jackson completed 11 of 17 passes for 150 yards and three touchdown passes, while also rushing for 78 yards including a touchdown and a 2-point conversion. Tyler Bekkerus also had a big day, completing four of five passes for 35 yards, while also contributing with 62 receiving yards including a touchdown and a pair of extra points. Andy Jonatzke was Jackson’s favorite passing target with 82 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the victory.

Jimmy Thomas and Jackson led the defense with two pulls apiece, while Mark Anderson added one pull and an interception in the win.

The Bucs were led by Billy Malfese, who passed for 116 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Scott Eason, who finished with 109 receiving yards. David Johnston finished with 37 receiving yards and an extra point in the loss.

Mike Walter completed eight passes for 98 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help lead the Broncos to a 19-6 victory over the Vikings in the final game Thursday night. Brent Moss contributed 78 yards of total offense, including a touchdown and an extra point, while Denise Brigg caught a pair of short touchdown passes in the victory.

Kevin Austin and Moss paced the defense with three flag pulls each, while Walter added two pulls.

Paul Kurtz completed 10 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown to Phelps Tracy, who finished with 34 receiving yards to lead the Vikings. Lance Plowman finished with 45 receiving yards and Jordan Pritchard added 36 receiving yards to round out the Viking offense.

Plowman made three flag pulls and Todd Zawistoski added one to lead the Viking defense in the loss.

Key Royale golf news

The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net golf game June 23 with Bob Dickinson taking first place with a 5-under-par 59. Second place went to Danny Hayes, who carded a 1-over 65, while Bob Elliott, Pieter Thomassen and Don Ledford tied at 66 for third.

The Key Royale Club women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf game June 22. Penny Williams topped Flight A with a 1-over-par 33, one shot ahead of second-place finisher Diane Miller.

Flight B was captured by Dorothy McKinna, who carded an even-par 32 to finish one shot in front of LuAnne Collins. Jane Winegarden and Kris Landkammer both carded 35s to finish in a tie for third place.

The men’s weekly nine-hole game June 21 was also an individual-low-net contest. Web Cutting fired a 4-under-par 28 to finish one shot ahead of second-place finishers Paul Keyes and Ralph Bassett. Vince Mercadante took third place with a 2-under-par 30.

The club in Holmes Beach is presently offering summer memberships to golfers with no initiation fee and low monthly dues. With this membership, a golfer is entitled to unlimited play with no tee times on the nine-hole walking course.

The summer membership also allows golfers to enjoy a cool drink and dining in the clubhouse. The Key Royale Club dining room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

And a guest may play along with a summer member and low green fees.

For more information, stop by the clubhouse at 700 Key Royale Drive, call 941-778-3055, or visit online at

Horseshoe news

Two teams survived pool play with the prerequisite three victories and were left to battle for first place during June 26 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Jerry Bennett and Sam Samuels outlasted John Johnson and Steve Doyle 21-16 to claim the day’s bragging rights.

Two teams emerged from pool play during June 23 horseshoe action. Walker Norm Good was too “good” in defeating Sam Samuels and Steve Doyle by a 26-7 score.

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.