Runner Hooke takes first place, sets yet another record

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Mickey Hooke closes in on the finish line of the 13th annual Ranch Run in Temple Terrace. He earned a first place finish in the 10K.
Mickey Hooke poses with his medals with incoming Col. Chad Chronister of the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office on winning the 10K at the 13th annual Ranch Run in Temple Terrace. Islander Photos: Courtesy Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office/Charles Bean IV

Six days after Hurricane Irma raced up the Florida peninsula, longtime Galati Yacht Sales employee and former Island resident Mickey Hooke participated in the 13th annual Ranch Run in Temple Terrace Sept. 16.

Hooke, who recently turned 56, maintained a solid, steady pace and finished the 10K in 41:31, giving him first place overall for the day. His finish time was 4 minutes 12 seconds ahead of his closest competitor and earned him a trifecta: course, masters and grandmasters records.

He has set 290 records since he turned 40, including 46 overall course records.

The race attracted 323 runners for 5K, 10K and 15K races and raised $19,000 for the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch and its programs.


Horseshoe news

Two teams emerged from pool play and battled for first place during Sept. 20 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Tom Skoloda and Jay Disbrow defeated Dom Livedoti and Tim Sofran 22-12 in the finals and earned bragging rights for the day.

Livedoti teamed up with Bob Heiger to post the only 3-0 pool play record as outright champs Sept. 23.

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

Clean up from Hurricane Irma continued on the Key Royale links Sept. 18, but the women got back in the swing of things Sept. 19 with a nine-hole individual-low-net golf match in two flights.

Helen Pollock and Phyllis Roe both carded 4-under-par 28s to finish in a tie for first place in Flight A. Fran Barford and Stephanie Morris tied for second with matching 3-under-par 29s.

Roxanne Koche fired a 3-under-par 29 to take first place in Flight B. Marilyn Niewijk was alone in second with a 1-over-par 33. Jana Samuels had a chipin on the eighth hole.

The men finally got out on the course Sept. 21 for a nine-hole scramble. The team of Paul Phillips, Gary Razze, Jeff Rodencal and Quentin Talbert matched the 3-under-par 29 carded by the team of Mike Brakefield, Dave Frankenfield, Mark Kimball and Dick Mills and Barry Izzard, John Kolojeski and Scott Mitchell for a three-way tie for first.


Center postscript

The Center of Anna Maria Island has canceled the adult football championship game that was scheduled the weekend Irma threatened to arrive in Florida and the island came under an evacuation order.

The game was apparently called a draw because neither team could agree to a date that worked for all.

Youth soccer, also delayed by Irma, is scheduled to begin this week.

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