Adult sports take center field at community center

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Third-place finisher Larry Pippel, left, second-place finisher Tim Friesen, champion Gary Risner and third-place finisher Tom Nelson pose for a photo at the club after the conclusion of the Key Royale Club’s men’s championship.

After six weeks of action, the standings are pretty tight in the adult flag football league at the Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

Feb. 13 saw Cabb Cleaning edge Beach House Real Estate 28-26 to improve its record to 2-4. The loss dropped Beach House to 4-2.

Moss Builders improved to 3-3 and tied for third place after rolling past last place Lancaster Design by a 45-27 score in the second game of the evening. The final game of the night saw Beach Bums improve to 3-3 by handing previously undefeated Bins Be Clean a 26-25 defeat.


Adult volleyball update

After four weeks of spikes and dives on the indoor court, Slim’s Place has a stranglehold on first place in the adult volleyball league at the center. They are 7-1, followed by second place Bins Be Clean, which has a 4-4 record. Bringing up the rear is Signarama with a 1-7 record.

Bins Be Clean opened Valentine’s Day action with a 25-17, 25-20 victory over Signarama. Slim’s Place then handed Signarama a 25-14, 25-21 defeat in the second match of the night. Slim’s Place followed that match win with a 25-18, 25-15 match win over Bins Be Clean to close out the action for the evening.


Key Royale golf news

No surprise for competitive golfers.

Twenty Key Royale Club men competed in the 36-hole, two-day Men’s Club Championship Feb. 7 and Feb. 14. For the fourth consecutive year, the champion is Gary Risner.

He shot a 1-over-par 129 over the two days in the scratch-play event. Tim Friesen finished in second place, while Tom Nelson and Larry Pippel finished in a tie for third.

In other action at KRC, the men played their regular Monday modified-Stableford system match Feb. 12. Jon Holcomb earned individual honors with a score of plus-7, two points ahead of second-place finishers Peter Lund and Larry Pippel.

The team of Larry Davis, Bill Koche and John Purcell won the team event on a score of plus-11.

The men were back on the course Feb. 15 for a nine-hole shamble. A shamble is a team golf game where everyone tees off and the best drive is where everyone hits their approach shot to the green, from which regular stroke play rules are followed.

The team of Gerry Dahl, Jon Holcomb, Peter Lund and Blake Ress combined on a 3-under-par 29. The team of Mike Brakefield, Al Carr, Lex Halakan and Greg Shorten took second place with a score of 33.


Horseshoe news

The fifth annual Ron Pepka Memorial Horseshoe Tournament was held Feb. 17 at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The tourney honors longtime pitcher and lead man for the players, who play twice weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

The double-elimination tourney saw the team of Jim Kleiner and Tom Skoloda advance to the finals after edging Sam Samuels and Steve Doyle by a 22-18 score. Kleiner-Skoloda dramatically handed Dom Livedoti and Del Reese their first loss as Kleiner came through with a game-ending, double ringer to earn a 21-19 come-from-behind victory and force a final game.

Kleiner-Skoloda looked to have run out of gas as they fell behind Livedoti-Reese 12-2, but an impressive rally resulted in the win on a 23-12 score.

Valentine’s Day action saw three teams post 3-0 records and advance to the knockout stage. Skoloda and Rod Bussey drew the bye into the finals and watched as Bob Lee and Bill Fox rolled to a 24-4 victory over Jerry Disbrow and Bob Rowley. Lee and Fox stayed hot in the finals, earning an easy 21-6 victory over Skoloda-Bussey.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.

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