Horseshoes, flag football, weather highlight island sports

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The Anna Maria Island Horseshoe pitchers pose with their medals from the Gulf Coast Games for Life Feb. 7at G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton. Pictured are, front row, left to right, Sam Samuels, Dom Livedoti, Bob Palmer, Al Booker, Myles Macleod and John Crawford. Back row, left to right, Jay Disbrow, Tom Farrington, Gene Bobledyk, Gary Howcroft, Jim Waller and Bill Fox. Islander Courtesy Photo
Bins Be Clean player Connor Samblis races upfield with Progressive Cabinetry defenders Landon Snyder and Connor Henderson in hot pursuit during playoffs for the 8-10 division in flag football at the Center of Anna Maria Island. Islander Photos: Kevin P. Cassidy
Bins Be Clean defender Gabriel Conn lunges for a flag pull on Progressive Cabinetry quarterback Connor Henderson during 8-10 flag football at the center in Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Kevin P. Cassidy

The 8-10 division of the youth flag football league at the Center of Anna Maria Island played two semifinal playoff games Feb. 20 starting with No. 2 seed Progressive Cabinetery taking on No. 6 Bins Be Clean.

Progressive Cabinetry avoided the upset by Bins Be Clean, but the sixth-seeded team gave them all that they could handle in holding on for a 25-22 victory to advance to the 8-10 division championship game.

Progressive jumped out to an early 6-0 lead on a Connor Henderson touchdown run, but Bins Be Clean answered with a touchdown reception and subsequent extra-point catch by Cyrus Ryan to take a 7-6 lead.

Progressive Cabinetry retook the lead when Henderson hit Gavin Lyssy with a short touchdown pass for a 12-7 lead. The Progressive Cabinetry defense forced a three-and-out to get the ball back and they didn’t take long to expand their lead. Landon Snyder outran everyone to the end zone for an 18-7 lead, which was extended to 19-7 with the extra point.

Undaunted, Bins Be Clean fought back and cut into the Progressive lead when Connor Samblis took it to the house from 35 yards out. Samblis then hit Ryan for the two-point conversion to pull to 19-15.

Progressive Cabinetry came right back with a long touchdown pass from Henderson to Lyssy to extend its lead to 25-15 with just over 4 minutes left to play.

Bins Be Clean refused to go away, pulling within three points when Samblis ripped off a 45-yard touchdown run with just under 2 minutes left to play.

All Progressive Cabinetry needed to do was get a first down and they could run out the clock, but the Bins Be Clean defense held and got the ball back with just under a minute to play.

Prior to the snap, someone in the crowd gave the Bins Be Clean coaches advice, yelling, “Give the ball to Connor!”

Seemingly heeding the advice, Samblis got the ball and raced around the right end and looked like he might take it to the house, but Henderson came through with a clutch flag pull to deny Samblis and, after one more play, time ran out on the Bins Be Clean upset bid with Progressive winning by a 25-22 margin.

Progressive Cabinetry will take on No. 1 seed Beach Bums, which rolled to a 33-0 victory over Planet Stone in the second semifinal game.

The 8-10 championship game is set for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 26, after press time for The Islander.

Playoff action in the 11-13 division saw No. 3 seed Beach House Real Estate score a minor upset when the team edged No. 2 seed Island Charms 16-15. The second game saw No. 4 seed Grooms Automotive defeat No. 5 seed Tyler’s Ice Cream by a 19-7 score.

No. 3 seed Beach House awaits the winner between the matchup for No. 1 seed CABB Cleaning and No. 4 seed Grooms Automotive in the last semifinal, which was set to play after press time at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26.

The 14-17 division championship game matchup is set after No. 3 seed Blue Lagoon outscored No. 2 seed Island Fitness by a 56-31 score. The second semifinal saw No. 1 seed ACE Hardware win by forfeit over Cloud Pest Control, which didn’t have enough players to field a team.

The championship game is set to kickoff at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.


Horseshoe players strike gold, silver, bronze
The Anna Maria Island horseshoe pitchers ventured off island and brought back some hardware from the Gulf Coast Games for Life at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton.

Bob Palmer, Gene Bobeldyk and Gary Howcroft won gold medals while Al Booker Myles Macleod, Jay Disbrow, Tom Farrington and Jim Waller earned silver medals. Sam Samuels, Dom Livedoti, John Crawford and Bill Fox brought home bronze medals.

Three teams emerged from pool play and battled for the day’s supremacy during Feb. 20 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The team of Bill Fox and Sam Samuels drew the bye into the finals and watched as Bob Lee and Adin Shank rolled to a 22-8 victory over Bob Mason and John Crawford. Fox and Samuels then turned the tables on Mason and Crawford and cruised into the winner’s circle with a 23-4 victory.

Four teams advanced to the knockout stage during the Feb. 23 games. Lee and Shank were again teamed up for a 26-4 victory over Tom Farrington and Gene Bobeldyk.

The other semifinal saw Al Brooks and Dom Livedoti crush Bob Mason and Del Reese by a 21-2 score. Lee and Shank earned bragging rights for the day with a 21-14 victory over Brooks and Livedoti.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.


Key Royale golf news
Unseasonably warm weather for February brought out the golfers for a full week of action at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach.

The men teed it off on Presidents Day with a nine-hole, modified-Stableford system match. Lou Pagano earned individual honors on carding a plus-5. Pagano also was a player on the winning team with Billy MacMillan, Greg Shorten and Bob Soos. They combined on a plus-5. Second place went to the team of Marty Hicks, Tom Nelson and Peter Solleveld with a score of plus-2.

The women got out on the course Feb. 19 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in four flights.

Helen Pollock took the top spot in Flight A, firing a 1-under-par 31. Phyllis Roe at even-par 32 was in second place.

Barb Estok grabbed first place in Flight B with a 5-over-par 37, one stroke ahead of second-place finisher Carol Duncan.

Jan Turner fired a 3-under-par 29 to tie for the low round of the day and first place in Flight C. Connie Livanos took second place with a 1-under-par 31.

Terry Westby’s 3-under-par 29 tied for low round of the day and gave her first place in Flight D. Marty Clark and Sue Powers tied for second on 32s.

The men were back on the course Feb. 21 for a nine-hole scramble. The team of Ron Buck, Bob O’Brien, Bary Risner and Bill Shuman combined on a 4-under-par 28. The team of Mike Clements, Tim Donnor, Sam Major and Lou Pagano finished second at 3-under-par 29.

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