Basketball action heats up in center gym, soccer kicks off

Youth basketball completed its second week of action with two games played March 21. So far, Beach Bums tops the division with a 2-0 record, followed closely by Slim’s Place and Bins Be Clean, both R 1-1 records, while Blue Lagoon is in search of its first victory.

Beach Bums outscored Slim’s Place 41-36 to open the action March 21 behind 22 points from Brock Soletti and 12 points from Connor Ludwig. Jeremiah Sculco added 5 points, while Matthew Speidel completed the scoring with 2 points.

David Daigle’s 16 points and 13 points from Tyler Brewer paced Slim’s Place, which also received 5 points from Travis Bates and 2 points from Tuna McCracken in the loss.

The second game of the evening saw Bins Be Clean roll to a 28-17 victory over Blue Lagoon behind a balanced scoring attack that saw five players — led by Cole Carter with 10 points — score multiple baskets. Anthony Nguyen and Nicholas Yatros scored 5 points each, while Sean Kelly and Cash Carter finished with 4 points each in the victory.

Jackson Hayes scored 11 points to lead Blue Lagoon, which also received 3 points from Ken Niering and 2 points from Max Higgins in the loss.


Key Royale golf news

Beautiful weather continued in the area resulting in a full week of golf action at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach, starting with the men playing a nine-hole modified-Stableford system match March 19.

Lou Pogano and Gary Silke shared individual honors after they carded plus-6s, while Steve Pfeil and Earl Ritchie finished in a tie for second place with matching plus-5s.

Chuck Patrick, Tom Nelson, Tom Perkins and Larry Pippel won the team competition with a combined score of plus-5.

The women took the course March 20 for a nine-hole individual-low-net match in four flights.

Joy Kaiser’s 1-under-par 31 gave her first place in Flight A by one stroke over second-place finisher Judy Christensen.

Penny Williams carded a 1-under-par 31 to edge Sue Christenson for first place in Flight B by a single stroke.

Jana Samuels fired a 3-under-par 29 to grab first place in Flight C by a stroke over Marcia O’Brien, who finished with a 2-under-par 30.

Susan Van Orsdel’s 3-under-par 29 gave her a five-shot victory in Flight D over second-place finisher Laney Davis.

Beth Lindeman won the chipin on number 3.

The men were back on the course March 22 for a nine-hole shamble. Al Carr, Brian Commer, Jon Holcomb and Lou Pagano teamed up to match the 3-under-par 29 carded by Bob O’Brien, John Estok and Peter Lund for a tie for first place — and there was no word on who paid in the clubhouse after the match.


Horseshoe news

Fifteen horseshoers made their way to the Anna Maria City hall horseshoe pits March 21 to battle for the day’s supremacy. The team of Sam Samuels and Jim Waller emerged from the crowd to post the only 3-0 pool play record and were the day’s outright champs.

The March 24 games saw three teams emerge from pool play. The team of Tom Farrington and Waller drew the bye into the finals and watched as Jerry Disbrow and John Crawford eliminated Bob Rowley and Tim Sofran by a 21-13 score. Farrington and Waller held on for a 21-20 victory over Disbrow and Crawford to earn bragging rights for the day.

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.


Youth soccer signup ongoing

The Center of Anna Maria Island is accepting registrations for a spring soccer season, with games starting Saturday, April 14.

The last day to register is March 29. Cost is $10 for members and $126 for nonmembers.

Mandatory player evaluations will be April 4 at 6:15 p.m. for the 8-10 division, while 11-13 and 14-17 divisions are scheduled on the field at 7:30 p.m. There are no player evaluations for the 3-5 or 6-7 divisions.

Players can register online at or at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.