The regular season is in the books and the playoff seedings and schedules are carved in stone.
The playoffs kick off at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, with No. 4 seed Moss Builders taking on fifth seed Sato Real Estate. The second match of the evening has No. 3 seed Jiffy Lube pitted against sixth seed Ross Built at 7 p.m., while the 8 p.m. match pairs No. 2 Mulock Flynn Law against seventh seed Ross Built.
As expected, Slim’s Place finished the regular season as top seed, but they did finally lose a game, removing the pressure of an unbeaten season. No. 1 will take on No. 8 Mar/Kis Insurance in the final match of the evening, starting at 9 p.m.
The last night of the regular season Nov. 9 opened with Jiffy Lube easing past Sato Real Estate by a 7-4 score behind four goals from Danny Anderson and two goals from Ricky Anderson. Chris Klotz added a goal and an assist in the victory, while goalie Jason Sato made eight saves.
Josh Sato’s two goals paced Sato Real Estate, which also received single goals from Nate Welch and Zoran Kolega while Bobby Troxler, Yunior Guerra and Adam Mott each had one assist in the loss.
The second match of the night saw Ross Built and Acqua Aveda battle to a 2-2 tie. Kevin Roman and Scott Eason scored a goal and Ben Sato made three saves between the pipes to lead Ross Built. Darrin Wash scored two goals to lead Acqua Aveda, which also received assists from Cortni Wash and Rico Beissert in the tie.
Mulock Flynn Law edged Slim’s Place 5-4 behind five goals from Chris Scott. Angela Wiles led Slim’s Place with three goals, while Greg DeMeuese added a goal in the loss.
Mar/Kis Insurance seems to be finding its stride after starting the season with five consecutive losses. The team won its first game last week and battled to a 5-5 tie against Moss Builders in its final regular season match. Jeremias Gramajo led the way with two goals, while Miguel Ajoy, Tony Frudakis and Ruby Rodriguez scored a goal each. Mario Prino helped keep Mar/Kis in the game with seven saves in goal.
Andre Lewis led Moss Builders with a goal and two assists, while Ryan Moss, Jillian Ptak, Olaf Krause and Shay Coleman added a goal in the tie.
There was a full week of golf action at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach, starting with a nine-hole modified-Stableford system match for the men Nov. 6.
Buddy Foy and John Kolojeski both carded plus-4s to finish in a tie for first place. The foursome of Tim Friessen, Lex Halakan, Marty Hicks and Gary Razze combined on a plus-5 to win the team competition.
The women took over the course Nov. 7 for a nine-hole individual-low-net match in four flights, including a side game of low putts.
Flight A was particulary competitive with Helen Pollock, Marcia Helgeson, Margrit Layh and Debbie Milder all coming in with matching 1-under-par 31s — a four-way tie for first place. Joy Kaiser finished alone in second place with a 32. Helgeson and Kaiser tied for low puts in the group with 14 putts.
Meredith Slavin and Fran Barford both fired 1-under-par 31s to finish in a tie for first place in Flight B. Roxanne Koche was alone in second with an even-par 32, while Jana Samuels was a stroke back in third place. Pam Alvord and Sue Christenson both had 13 putts to win the low putts contest in the flight.
Sue VanOrsdal won Flight C with a 1-over-par 33, while Janet Razze took second with a 2-over-par 34. Jan Turner was alone in third at 4-over-par 36. Turner and Carol Patterson won the low putts game with 13 putts.
Peggy Clauhs took first place in Flight D with a 40, while Cathy Rice and Marty Clark finished in second and third place respectively. Clark was the outright winner of the low putts game in the flight with 14 putts during her round.
Two teams advanced from pool play to the knockout round during Nov. 8 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Hank Huyghe and Rod Bussey rolled in the finals with a 21-6 victory over Bob Lee and Art Kingstad.
Six teams advanced to the knockout stage with 2-1 records during Nov. 11 action. The team of Tom Skoloda and Steve Doyle won its first-round match by a 22-12 score over Jerry Disbrow and Tim Sofran. Meanwhile Neil Hennessey and Adin Shank cruised past Dom Livedoti and Steve Hooper by a 21-2 score. John Crawford walked his way past Tom Farrington and Norm Langeland 22-16. Crawford drew the lucky bye into the finals and watched as Skoloda-Doyle advanced to the championship game, defeating Hennessey-Shank 24-11. Crawford ended the marathon playoff by defeating Skoloda-Doyle to earn the day’s bragging rights.
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.