With the regular season and playoffs behind them, the adult soccer players at the Center of Anna Maria Island are preparing for their final challenge.
Championship Thursday will close out the season Dec. 7. The action gets started at 6 p.m., when the first of three consolation games begins with Mar/Kis Insurance taking on Ross Built, Moss Builders battling Acqua Aveda at 7 p.m., and Sato Real Estate versus Mulock Flynn Law at 8 p.m.
The highlight game, the championship match between Slim’s Place and Jiffy Lube, will kick off at 9 p.m.
Semifinal action Nov. 30 opened with Jiffy Lube advancing to the championship match by edging Mulock Flynn Law 6-5 behind four goals from Ricky Anderson and a goal and an assist from Eliza Faillace. Chris Klotz added a goal, while Danny Anderson and Chris Culhane each finished with an assist. Goalie Jason Sato helped keep Jiffy Lube in the lead with nine saves in the victory.
Jessica Williams scored two goals and Ivan Gaeta added a goal and an assist to lead Mulock Flynn Law, which also received a goal each from Chris Scott and Sarah Green. Aaron Parkin chipped in with an assist and Sean Flynn finished with eight saves in the loss.
Slim’s Place advanced to the title game thanks to a 6-4 victory over Sato Real Estate in the evening’s second semifinal match. Matt Kretzman led the way with four goals, while Kris Yavalar and Angela Wiles scored a goal each. Goalie Dave Green finished with five saves in the victory.
Zoran Kolega scored two goals to lead Sato, which also received a goal each from Yunior Guerra and Bobby Troxler. Alisha Keene added an assist and goalie Adam Mott kept Sato in the match with 10 saves in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
Top-flight weather resulted in a full week of golf action at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach, starting with a modified Stableford-system match Nov. 27. Peter Lund, Tom Nelson and Jere Rice all carded scores of plus-4 to finish in a three-way tie for first place.
The women took to the course Nov. 28 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in four flights with a side game of total strokes from tee to green. Sue Little won Flight A with a 2-under-par 30, one stroke ahead of second-place finisher Brenda Solleveld. Phyllis Roe was alone in third with a 35, though she did capture the tee-to-green game with 24 strokes.
Sue Wheeler won first place in Flight B with a 2-over-par 34 to edge second-place finisher Jana Samuels by two strokes. Deb Richardson won the tee-to-green game with 29 strokes.
Carol Patterson pulled off a double win in Flight C, finishing in a tie for first place with Judy Ward on matching 1-over-par 33s, while also winning the tee-to-green game with 29 strokes. Susan VanOrsdale and Janet Razze tied for second with 2-over-par 34s.
Marty Clark also pulled off the double win, taking first place in Flight D with a 3-under-par 29 and the tee-to-green game with 31 strokes. Eileen Witzgall took second place with a 1-under-par 31 and Merry Turner was in third place with a 35.
Penny Auch had chipins on the holes five and eight, while Cathy Rice chippedin on the sixth hole.
Two teams earned 3-0 records in pool play and battled for the day’s bragging rights during Nov. 29 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
Turns out it wasn’t much of a battle as Hank Huyghe and John Crawford cruised to a 26-3 victory over Tom Farrington and Art Kingstad.
Three teams posted 3-0 records during Dec. 2 horseshoe action. The team of Bob Mason and Dom Livedoti drew the bye into the finals and watched as Steve Doyle and Bob Palmer advanced with a 21-14 victory over Bob Lee and Myles Macleod. Mason-Livedoti won the day’s bragging rights with a 22-15 victory over the Doyle-Palmer team.
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.