Basketball playoff action tips off on center court

The youth basketball league playoffs at the Center of Anna Maria Island tipped off April 11 with a pair of semifinal games.

Beach Bums took on Bins Be Clean in the first game and came away with a 47-19 blowout victory to advance to the championships. Brock Soletti led the way with 20 points, while Evan Christenson added 11 points. Connor Ludwig chipped in with 9 points, while  Matt Spiedel and Jeremiah Sculco added 4 and 3 points respectively.

Anthony Nguyen scored 12 points to lead Bins Be Clean, which also received 3 points from Nick Yatros and 2 points each from Cole and Cash Carter in the loss.

The second game also was a blowout as Slim’s Place rolled past Blue Lagoon 37-11 behind 14 points from Tyler Brewer and 10 points from Bryce Higgins. David Daigle chipped in with 8 points and Tuna McCracken finished with 5 points in the victory.

Ben Barreda scored 7 points to lead Blue Lagoon, which also received 2 points each from Max Higgins and Riley Quillin in the loss.


Adult soccer completes second week

After two weeks of adult soccer action at the Center of Anna Maria Island, there are two undefeated teams. Legler Flynn Law and Sato Real Estate both sport 2-0 records. Right on their heels with 1-1 records are Lancaster Design and Acqua Aveda. Slim’s Place follows with an 0-0-2 record, while Mar/Kis Insurance and Moss Builders are tied for sixth place with matching 0-1-1 records. Ross Built is alone in last place and still searching for a victory.

Action April 12 started with Legler & Flynn rolling to a 5-0 victory over Lancaster Design behind two goals and an assist from Jeremais Gramajo and a goal and an assist from Blair Schlossberg. Shay Coleman and Amy Ivin added single goals, while Diego Felipe had an assist and made three saves in goal.

The second game of the evening saw Slim’s Place and Moss Builders battle to a 4-4 tie. Nate Welch led Slim’s with 2 goals, while PJ Smarjisso and Renee Rupp each scored. Rico Beissert added an assist, while Will Case and Welch each finished with three saves.

Chris Scott led Moss Builders with two goals, while Jessica Williams added a goal and an assist. Ivan Gaeta added a goal and Josh Bernet finished with three saves and an assist.

Sato Real Estate rolled to a 6-2 victory over Ross Built in the third match of the night behind a hat trick from Jose Casera and two goals from Josh Sato. Damir Glavan completed the scoring with a goal and Jordan Demers helped preserve the victory with five saves.

The final match of the night saw Acqua Aveda slip past Mar/Kis Insurance by a 3-1 margin. Miguel Ajoy led the way with two goals, while Eric Pullen scored once. Jason Sato closed out the victory with five saves and Scott Eason added an assist in the win.

Kris Yavalar notched the lone goal for Mar/Kis Insurance and Mario Prino came through with five saves in the loss.

Action continues with four games starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 19.


Key Royale golf news

The golf action at Key Royale Club got started April 9 with the men playing a modified Stableford-system match. Gary Silke earned individual honors with a plus-4 to edge second-place finisher Buddy Foy by a point.

Silke’s round also helped teammates Gerry Dahl, Dale Hudson and Barry Izzard to the team title with a combined score of plus-5.

The men played a nine-hole shamble April 12. The team of Jim Auch, Bill Merrill, John Purcell and Bob Soos combined on a 4-under-par 28 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day. The team of Tim Friessen, Buddy Foy, Tom McDonnell and Nub Turner matched the 3-under-par 29 carded by Gary Alvord, Bob Blaser, Mike Gillie and Wayne Patterson for a tie for second place.


Horseshoe news

Four teams emerged from pool play and battled it out during April 11 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The team of Bob Rowley and Norm Langeland outlasted walker Myles Macleod 23-19, while Steve Doyle and Rod Bussey advanced to the finals with a 26-20 victory over Hank Huyghe and Bob Lee. Doyle and Bussey earned a trip to the winner’s circle after defeating Rowley and Langeland by a 26-19 score.

April 14 action saw three teams advance from pool play to the knockout stage. The team of Tim Sofran and Neil Hennessey drew the bye into the finals and watched as John Crawford and Bussey eliminated Sam Samuels and Lee by a 22-19 score. The finals were all Crawford and Bussey, as they dominated Sofran and Hennessey to win by a 24-6 score.

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.


Register for T-ball at center

Interested youngsters ages 3-6 can register for a spring T-ball program at the center at or in person at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

The season, which costs $10 for members and $96 for nonmembers, gets started April 30. It will include a skills clinics and games starting at 6:30 p.m. Monday evenings

The last day to register is April 21. For more information, email or call 941-778-1908.

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