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Date of Issue: August 18, 2010

Flag football playoffs under way

The first round of the playoffs in the adult-coed NFL flag football league at the Anna Maria Island Community Center got started Aug. 11 with two playoff games. In the first game, the Bills defeated the Jaguars 26-18 to break a four-game losing streak for the AFC team.

The teams battled to a 6-6 tie at halftime before the offenses from both teams got untracked in the second half. Scott Dell led the Bills offense by completing 11 of 17 passes for 151 yards and a pair of touchdown passes. Chris Jones was on the receiving end of one touchdown and finished with 50 receiving yards and an extra point. Ryan Hogan finished with 40 receiving yards and one touchdown reception for the Bills, which also received 38 yards rushing and 27 receiving yards from Brian Moorehead.

David Bishop and Hogan came through with interceptions that they returned for touchdowns to lead the Bills defense that also received two flag pulls from George Imes in the victory.

The Jaguars were led by Dustin Swain, who rushed for 43 yards and a pair of touchdowns and quarterback Charles Colston who threw for 129 yards and one touchdown. Clay Orr chipped in with 41 rushing yards, 78 receiving and one touchdown, while Bob Vita finished with 41 receiving yards.

Michael Durrance paced the Bills defense with five flag pulls, while Swain added two pulls for the Bills in the loss.

The NFC playoff game saw the Buc’s offense again put up impressive numbers, both on the ground and through the air, in a 36-25 victory over the Giants. Quarterback David Johnston accounted for four touchdowns and a two-point conversion. He threw for 191 yards and three touchdown passes, while adding 10 rushing yards, 12 receiving yards and a touchdown. Robbie Bennett also had a big game for the Bucs, finishing with 21 rushing yards, 58 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns, while teammate Bobby Gibbons chipped in with 33 rushing yards, 66 receiving yards and a touchdown. Scott Eason with 79 yards of offense and Shawn Kaleta’s pair of extra points rounded out the Buc offense.

Kaleta added an interception that he returned for a touchdown to lead the Buc defense, which also received interceptions from Gibbons and Erin Heckler, while Johnston led the team with four flag pulls in the victory.

Tyler Bekkerus led the Giants on offense, completing 16 passes for 225 yards and four touchdown passes. Mark Anderson was on the receiving end of three touchdown passes and finished with 103 receiving yards. Jimmy Thomas added a touchdown reception, an extra point and finished with 51 yards of offense, while Jeremy Jackson added 60 receiving yards and 13 rushing yards in the loss.

Defensively the Giants were led by Bekkerus, who had five flag pulls, and Andy Jonatzke’s three flag pulls.

Next up for the Bucs and the Bills are the conference championship games scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 19. In the AFC, the Bills will take on the first-place Broncos at 7 p.m., while the NFC has the Bucs taking on the first-place Vikings at 8 p.m. The winners will meet in the Super Bowl at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20.

Indoor soccer action

Indoor soccer action continues for just one more week at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Action Kawasaki Yamaha continued its winning ways Aug. 11, defeating Ross Built by an 8-4 score. Michael Latimer paced Action with three goals, while Nico Colacci and Javier Solgado each scored two. Dylan Joseph completed the Action K-Y scoring with one goal.

Ross Built was led by Andrew Ross, who scored three goals, and Sarah Quattromani’s single goal in the loss.

The first game of the evening saw Anna Maria Oyster Bar roll past Sparks Steel Art 12-4 behind four goals from Sydney Cornell and two goals apiece from Skylar Sculco, Sydney Morrow and Gillian Cassidy. Melissa Katzenberger and Seth Katzenberger rounded out the Oyster Bar scoring with one goal apiece in the victory.

Sparks Steel Art was led by Carter Reemelin’s two goals and a goal apiece from Sam Bieker and Lane Bowers in the loss.

Aug. 9 saw Ross Built forfeit to Sparks Steel Art due to not having enough players. But the second scheduled game saw action, as Action K-Y defeated Anna Maria Oyster Bar 8-4. Solgado and Latimer each scored three goals while Ben Connors and Morgan Burns each notched single goals in the victory.

Anna Maria Oyster Bar was led by Sydney Morrow’s two goals and a goal apiece from Shelby Morrow and Sydney Cornell.

Register now for MAYSO league soccer

The Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization is registering players ages 5-18 for its fall soccer season. Prospective players can register at the G.T. Bray Park clubhouse, Bradenton, from 9 a.m. to noon. Saturday, Aug. 21, and again Aug. 28. Cost for U-6 and U-8 is $100, while U-10 up to U-18 is $125 per player.

Player evaluations and a draft will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30, for U-6 and U-8 players, Tuesday, Aug. 31, for U-10 and Thursday, Sept. 2, for U12 and U-14 age players

For more information, contact Lisa Coulter at or call 941-795-5925 and leave a message. Don’t miss out —the season gets started Oct. 2.

Horseshoe news

Three teams managed the prerequisite three pool-play victories during Aug. 14 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Tom Pechous and Steve Grossman rolled past the team of Sam Samuels and Smitty Smith by a 21-12 score. Pechous-Grossman then defeated the waiting team of Debbie Rhodes and Jeff Moore 23-16 in the championship game.

The Aug. 11 horseshoe games saw only two teams come out of pool play with undefeated records and were left to battle it out. Tom Pechous steamrolled the team of Sam Samuels and Bob Disom 21-7.

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.

AMICC indoor soccer standings
Division I (Ages 9-12)
Oyster Bar
Ross Built