Playoffs underway in center adult flag football league

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Avis Car Rentals receiver Jesse Griffin catches a touchdown pass during the adult flag football season finale Aug. 22 against Mason Martin Construction at the Center of Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Kevin P. Cassidy
Mason Martin receiver Tim Shaughnessy and Avis Car Rentals defenders Nick Sato and Chris Sullins battle for an incoming pass during the regular-season flag football finale Aug. 22 at the center. Islander Photo: Kevin P. Cassidy

The regular season of the adult flag football league at the Center of Anna Maria Island came to a close Aug. 22 to finalize seedings for the playoffs, which got underway Aug. 24.

Mason Martin Construction finished with the best record and earned a first-round bye into the semifinals. The post-season action gets started at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, with Beach House Real Estate taking on Avis Car Rental, followed at 8:30 p.m. by top-seed Mason Martin Construction versus Moss Builders.

First round action got started with No. 4 seed Moss Builders outscoring No. 5 Beach Bums 43-33 behind 180 passing yards and six touchdown passes from quarterback Ryan Moss. Moss spread the ball to Eric Gledhill, Jordan Demers and Ed Moss, who all came through with two touchdown receptions in the victory.

Quarterback Chuck Buky led Beach Bums with 250 passing yards, including five touchdown passes. Chad Woods was his top target, finishing with 90 yards and three touchdown catches. Karri Stephens added a touchdown and a 2-point conversion, while Jay Hoffmiester finished with a touchdown, an extra point and 70 receiving yards in the loss.

The second game of the evening saw No. 6 seed Avis Car Rental upset No. 3 Talucci Construction 30-27. Danny Murphy threw for 135 yards and two touchdowns, ran for 40 yards and caught four passes for 60 yards in the victory. Mike Brusso caught two touchdown passes, while Nick Sato threw for a touchdown and returned an interception for a touchdown on defense. Lexi Sato added 20 receiving yards and a touchdown, while Jason Sato completed the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown run.

Quarterback Ray Gardner threw for 80 yards and two touchdowns while also running for 40 yards and scoring two touchdowns. John DellaTorre threw one touchdown pass and added a touchdown reception, while Nate Talucci finished with 35 receiving yards, including a touchdown and a pair of extra points.

The final game of the evening saw Beach House edge Truly Nolen 23-19 behind 170 passing yards and two touchdown passes from Chris Gillum. Jon Moss was his top target, finishing with five catches for 100 yards including a touchdown and a pair of extra points. Mike Gillum added 55 receiving yards including a touchdown and an extra point while Jason Mickan finished with 30 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Truly Nolen received two touchdown passes and an extra point from Joe Carder and 35 receiving yards, a touchdown and an extra point from Ben Sato. Jake Parsons added a 20-yard touchdown reception, while Pat Calvary completed the Truly Nolen scoring with an interception return for a touchdown.


Horseshoe news

The team of Tim Sofran and Hank Huyghe posted the only 3-0 record in pool play and were the outright champs during Aug. 23 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
Two teams emerged from pool play with 2-1 records during Aug. 26 action. Sofran emphatically earned his second trip in a week to the winner’s circle with a double ringer to cap a 25-12 victory over Steve Doyle and Neil Hennessey.

Play gets underway 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.


Key Royale golf news

The men of Key Royale Club played a nine-hole modified Stableford-system match Aug. 21 to open the week. Ron Vandeman earned clubhouse bragging rights with a plus-2.

The women took to the course Aug. 22 for a nine-hole individual-low-net match in two flights. Helen Pollock fired an even-par 32 to take first place in Flight A by two strokes over

Tootie Wagner, who was alone in second place.

Peggi Claus carded a 1-under-par 31 to grab first place in Flight B. Marlyn Niewijk took second with a 1-over-par 33.

The men played a nine-hole scramble Aug. 24. The team of Bill MacMillan, Art McMillan and Tom Nelson combined on a 4-under-par 28 to take first place.


Adult soccer signup underway

Registration for the adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island is underway. For $10, center members can reserve a spot on a team, while nonmembers pay $126.

Registration closes Saturday, Sept. 9, and player evaluations will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the center with the player draft to follow.

The season gets started Sept. 21 with all games played Thursday evenings.

The center also is looking for sponsors.

Register at or 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

For more information, call 941-778-1908, ext. 9205.

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