Community center flag football season moves into final weeks
With only one week of regular season and a couple of rain-out games to make up in the Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football League, the season is about to give way to playoffs. Next stop: Super Bowl contests.
In the 8-10 division, the 6-0 Buccaneers are holding onto hopes of a perfect season, but with two games remaining in addition to the playoffs, perfection is far from assured. Chasing them is Future Guardian Insurance Chiefs, alone in second place with a 6-2 record. The Bears follow at 5-3. The Seahawks are 4-4, followed by 3-3 Bowes Imaging Center Lions. Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings at 2-6 and Anna Maria Realty Dolphins at 1-7 bring up the bottom of the standings.
Anna Maria Realty Dolphins earned their first victory of the season Feb. 16 with a 19-0 victory over Bowes Imaging Lions, the first of three shutouts in the division last week. The Seahawks edged the Bears 6-0 to open Feb. 19 action, while Future Guardian Insurance Lions shutout Anna Maria Realty Dolphins in the second game of the evening.
Another shutout occurred Feb. 21 when Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings rolled the Dolphins by a 25-0 score.
There were no shutouts in the 11-13 division, although there were several high-scoring games, starting Feb. 16 with the Buccaneers corralling the Amanda Richards Salon Cowboys by a 39-12 score. The rest of 11-13 division action took place Feb. 21, starting with another Buccaneers victory. They defeated the Lions 32-19 to open the action. The second game saw the first-place Saints roll past the Colts by a 27-12 score. The final game of the day saw the Dolphins obliterate Amanda Richards Salon Cowboys 65-6, which leaves the game of the week, a 52-47 shootout between the Buccaneers and Swordfish Grill Seahawks.
The Bucs were led by quarterback Dalton Guthrie, who completed six of eight passes, including four that went for touchdowns. He connected with Andrew Proctor for three scores, and Proctor chipped in with an extra point. Daniel Zoller caught the other Guthrie touchdown pass, while Andrew Zoller and Tyler Brewer added extra points in the victory.
Adding to the scoring parade were Proctor and Brewer, who both took interceptions to the house for defensive touchdowns.
Swordfish Grill was led by Ben Barreda, who had four touchdown receptions, a 2-point conversion and an extra point, while Daniel Sentman added three touchdown receptions. Matthew Wood threw three touchdown passes, while Barreda and Sentman threw one each in the loss.
The final game of the day was the only 14-17 division game and Island Mail & Moore Ravens flew past the Eagles by a 40-32 score.
Look online at www.islander.org for schedules. Also the Islander welcomes photos from the week’s island sports.
Volleyball action continues
As the adult volleyball league at the Anna Maria Island Community Center moves closer to the playoffs, it appears nobody has an answer for Southern Greens. After Feb. 17 action where the Greens defeated Sugar Beach Digital 27-25, 25-19, they improved their record to an impressive 7-0.
The second match of the evening saw Sugar Beach Digital fall 25-19, 25-12 to Signarama, which drops them into a tie for second place with Duncan Real Estate at 3-4. With the victory, Signarama improved to 2-5 on the season.
The playoffs are set to start at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club women recently completed their annual President’s Cup, a two-day, low-net tournament. Terry Westby captured the event with a two-day net score of 13-under-par 51. Helen Pollock grabbed runner up honors with a 12-under-par 52 score.
The women played their regular morning match Feb. 17 and got a whopping 59 players out for the nine-hole low-gross-in-flight match.
Sue Little carded a 7-over-par 39 to grab first place in Flight A by two shots over Phyllis Roe and Marlyn Thorton, who tied for second place.
Pam Alvord’s 43 gave her first place in Flight B over a trio of women who carded scores of 46, Joyce Brown, Barb Estok and Meredith Slavin.
Flight D saw a four-way tie for first place as Markie Ksiazek, Penny Auk, Cate Foy and Valery Tilelli all carded 50s. Tilelli’s round was punctuated with birdies on No. 2 and No. 3.
Fran Barford, Liz Lang and Judy Crowe also bagged birdies.
The men got out for a morning, nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match Feb. 16. Tom Bode torched the course with a 10-under-par 22 to earn a four-shot victory. Wade LaDue was alone in second place at 6-under 26, while Matt Behan was another shot back in third place.
The men playeed a nine-hole, modified Stableford system or quota-points match in the afternoon. John Cassese, Art McMillan and Quentin Talbert tied for first with plus-5 scores, while the winning team of Dean Christensen, Tom McDonnell, Art McMillan and Larry Pippel combined on a plus-7.
The men were back on the course Feb. 19 for a nine-hole, four-person scramble. Two teams tied for first place as the team of John Purcell, Ken Rickett, Gary Risner and Jim Stewart combined on a 4-under-par 28 to match the score posted by Bob Blasser, Dale Hudson, Jack Isherwood and Chuck Montgomery. No word on which team had to pick up the clubhouse tab.
Four teams moved to the knockout round during Feb. 18 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
Gene Bobeldyk and Bill Wright took out Don Buchkohtz and Herb Puryear 21-15, while Bob Lee walked his way into the final with a 22-17 win over Hank Huyghe and Bob Rowley. In the final round, it was all Lee with a 21-6 win over Bobeldyk- Wright to earn bragging rights for the day.
On Feb. 21, players took part in the second annual Ron Pepka Memorial Tournament, and Ron’s wife Jackie Pepka attended.
In a tight final battle, Adin Shank and Dom Lividoti slipped past Bob Lee and Steve Hooper by a 21-19 score to win the tourney. Third place went to Bill Fox and Hank Huyghe.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warm ups begin at 8:45 a.m.
AMICC NFL Youth Flag Football Schedules
Feb. 20 6 p.m. Titans vs. Colts
Feb. 19 6 p.m. Tyler’s Ice Cream vs. Seahawks vs. Bears
Feb. 20 6 p.m. Buccaneers vs. Bowes Imaging
Feb. 20 7 p.m. Future Guardian Ins. vs. Anna Maria Realty
Feb. 23 6 p.m. Bowes Imaging vs. Buccaneers
Feb. 26 6 p.m. Saints vs. Seahawks
Feb. 27 6 p.m. Buccaneers vs. Lions
Feb. 27 7 p.m. Colts vs. Saints
Feb. 28 12 p.m. #5 vs. #4
Feb. 28 1 p.m. #6 vs. #3
Feb. 28 2 p.m. #7 vs. #2
Feb. 28 3 p.m. Jen & Mark Bowman Realty vs. Eagles
Feb. 28 4 p.m. Island Mail & Moore vs. LPAC