Adult soccer concludes summer season, playoffs next

As expected, Sato Real Estate held the top seed and the bye in the second round of playoffs after Aug. 30 adult soccer matches at the Center of Anna Maria Island.

That they captured the top seed is not exactly newsworthy, but the team lost its perfect season to a 4-4 tie with sixth place Mar/Kis Insurance in the opening match of the evening.

Zack Lieb scored a pair of goals to lead Sato, which also received a goal each from Scott Probst and Amy Ivin. Scott Bear helped preserve the tie with eight saves in goal.

Miguel Ajoy scored two goals to lead Mar/Kis Insurance, while Shay Coleman and Tony Morales each chipped in with a goal. Mario Primo’s 10 saves played a key role in securing the tie.

The second match of the night was a chance for Moss Builders to move up to second seed, but opponent Lancaster Design quashed the builders’ hope with a 5-3 victory behind a hat trick from Robert Armstrong. Murap Akay and Brian Lake each notched goals, while Jordan Demers came through with 11 saves in the second-seed clinching victory.

Chris Scott had a goal and an assist to lead Moss Builders, which also received a goal each from Aaron Parkin and Matthew Castro. Ryan Moss made eight saves in goal for Moss Builders in the loss.

Ross Built took advantage of a couple of own goals while also putting four shots past Bins Be Clean goalie Rico Beissert during its 6-3 victory in the third, final game of the evening.

Connor Bystrom led the way with two goals, while Greg Ross and Vince Circharo both tallied one.

Francisco Oliviera, Cliff Powell and Monica Simpson each scored a goal, while Rico Beissert came through with eight saves in the loss.

The playoffs kick off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, when No. 4 seed Ross Built opens an evening of matches against No. 5 seed Progressive Cabinetry. No. 3 seed Moss Builders follows with a 7:30 p.m. match with No. 6 seed Mar/Kis Insurance, while No. 7 seed Bins Be Clean takes on No. 2 seed Lancaster Design in the evening finale at 8:30 p.m.


Key Royale news

No results. Heavy afternoon rains shut down the Key Royale Club golf course the week of Aug. 22.


Horseshoe news

Two teams emerged from pool play and battled for the day’s bragging rights during Aug. 29 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Tim Sofran, the team of one, rolled to a 21-11 victory over Neil Hennessey and Jerry Disbrow.

Two teams also advanced to the finals during the Sept. 1 games with 2-1 pool-play records. Gary Howcroft and Sam Samuels obliterated the team of Steve Doyle and Hank Huyghe by a 23-2 score to earn the day’s bragging rights.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays 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.


Center plans bowling tournament

The Center of Anna Maria Island will hold the LaPensee Bowling Tournament at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at AMF Lanes, 4208 Cortez Road W., Bradenton.

The cost to play is $30 per person. The cost to sponsor a lane with a team of five bowlers is $200.

Each bowler gets three games and shoe rentals, along with pizza or wings.

The tournament also will feature a team costume contest, silent auction, 50/50 raffle and awards for highest and lowest scores.

To register, go online to, call the center at 941-778-1908 or visit the center at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.


Poker run, bike show set for Sept. 8

Riding with the Tide will be Saturday, Sept. 8, beginning at 11 a.m. and taking place at multiple venues on Anna Maria Island.

An advertisement on Facebook said the event included two bike shows, a poker run, a scavenger hunt and would conclude with a party on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. The ad said the event would be “supporting AMI businesses” during the red tide crisis.

For more information, call Laurie Jo Higgins at 941-448-5642.


Squadron sets class schedule

The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron is enrolling students for its next public boating classes and seminars.

The next class to be offered is the America’s Boating Course, which costs $55 per person or $85 for a couple.

The class will be over five nights, Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10.

Students will learn the skills and knowledge to safely operate a boat, state and federal rules and regulations governing boating and also study nautical terms, anchoring, trailering, aids to navigation and VHF-radio operation.

Any person born after Jan. 1, 1988, who is operating a vessel powered by a 10-horsepower-or-more motor must possess a Florida Boating Safety Identification Card. A student who passes the course qualifies for the card.

Sessions will be in the squadron building, 1200 71st St. NW, Bradenton.

To register, call 941-383-1269.


Registration for Skyway 10K to open

Registration for the second annual Skyway 10K will open Sept. 13 at 1 p.m.

The event — set for March 3, 2019 — is expected to sell-out.

Registration for the first run across the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge realized its targeted 7,000 participant capacity five days after being announced. It was the first running event across the Skyway Bridge since it opened in 1987.

The inaugural race — held March 4 — raised $560,000 for the Armed Forces Families Foundation, with 100 percent of every registration dollar going to fund projects to support families of military service members.

The second race will begin at the Interstate-275 rest area just south of the Skyway Bridge and end at the rest area on the North side of the bridge, which equals 10 kilometers or 6.2 miles.

For more information about the race, go online to

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