The gridiron is hot at the Center of Anna Maria Island.
Seedings are complete for the 8-10 age division of the youth flag football league at the center, while the 11-13 and 14-17 divisions still have two games remaining to determine final seedings.
Each division has a perfect team.
For the 8-10 year olds, Beach Bums completed the regular season with a 7-0 mark and Progressive Cabinetry is right on its heels with a 5-1-1 record. Slimâ€™s Place holds down third at 3-3-1, while Planet Stone follows with a 2-4-1 record. Ugly Grouper and Bins Be Clean complete the standings with 1-6 records.
The 8-10 playoffs are set to kick off after press time for The Islander at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12, when No. 3 seed Slimâ€™s Place takes on No. 6 Bins Be Clean, followed by No. 4 seed Planet Stone battling No. 5 seed Ugly Grouper. The winners of those games will face off in semifinal games against Beach Bums and Progressive Cabinetry starting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20.
The 11-13 division has games remaining Feb. 12-13 before seedings are finalized, but it appears CABB Cleaning will nail down the top seed and the coveted bye into the semifinals. CABB emphatically demonstrated its position with a 33-7 victory over Beach House Real Estate Feb. 6 that improved its record to 5-0.
The second game of the evening saw Island Charms improve to 3-2 with a 12-0 victory over Beach House. The two losses dropped Beach House to 2-4 and to fourth place, just behind Tylerâ€™s Ice Cream, which is alone in third with a 2-3 record. Grooms Automotive completes the standings with a 1-4 record.
The playoffs get started in the 11-13 division at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 with the second seed taking on the third seed team, followed by the fourth seed versus fifth seed â€” and the probable No. 1 seed CABB Cleaning earning a bye into the semifinals.
Ace Hardware continues its lead in the 14-17 division after defeating Cloud Pest Control 19-13 during Feb. 6 action. The victory improves Ace to 5-0, two games ahead of Island Fitness, which dropped to 3-2 after losing a 30-26 shootout to Blue Lagoon in the second game Feb. 6. The victory improved Blue Lagoon to 2-3, while Cloud remains in search of its first victory.
Playoff action for the 14-17 division starts at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, with the second seed taking on the third seed followed by the top seed taking on the fourth seed.
Standings tight in adult flag football
After four weeks of action, the standings in the adult flag football league at the center are tight from top to bottom. Lancaster Design and Progressive Cabinetry are tied for first place with matching 3-1 records, while Gulfview Windows and Beach House Real Estate stand tied at 2-2. Ugly Grouper and Hashmark Sports complete the standings with matching 1-3 records.
Ugly Grouper is holding down fifth place in the standings thanks to a 40-12 victory over Hashmark Sports to open the Feb. 7 adult football action at the center. The second game saw Progressive Cabinetry roll to a 27-6 victory over Beach House, while Lancaster Design edged Gulfview Windows by a 20-13 score in the final game of the evening.
Feb. 6 was a competitive day at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits as four teams forged 3-0 records in pool play and battled it out in the playoffs.
The team of Larry Delarber and Bob Lee eliminated Hank Huyghe and Tom Skoloda by a 21-13 score, while Rod Bussey and Dom Livedoti advanced with a 21-6 victory over Norm Good and Adin Shank. Bussey and Livedoti earned the dayâ€™s bragging rights with a tight 23-20 victory over Delarber and Lee.
Two teams emerged from pool play Feb. 9, as Tom Farrington walked his way to the winnerâ€™s circle with a 21-14 victory over Sam Samuels and Lee.
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.
Key Royale golf news
Beautiful weather resulted in a full week of golf action at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach last week, starting with a nine-hole, modified-Stableford System match for the men Feb. 4.
John Cassese, Tom Nelson and Larry Solberg each carded plus-3s to finish in a three-way tie for individual honors.
Solberg also was part of the team of Bill Brodie, Tim Friesen and Dave Richardson that won the team competition with a plus-3.
The women took the course Feb. 5 for a nine hole, individual-low-net match in four flights.
Marlyn Thorton captured Flight A with a 2-over-par 34, giving her a one-shot victory over Phyllis Roe, while Jean Holmes was another shot back in third.
Debbie Milder fired a 2-under-par 30 to win first place in Flight B. Carol Duncan and Meredith Slavin finished in a tie for second place with matching 3-over-par 35s.
Roxanne Koche carded the low-net round of the day with a 4-under-par 28, good for first place in Flight C. Fran Barford and Barb Harrold were one stroke back in a tie for second.
Sue Power and Terry Westby finished in a tie for first place in Flight D with a pair of 3-under-par 29s, one stroke ahead of second-place finisher Janet Razze.
Beth Lindeman had a chipin on the second hole to round out the golf action for the women.
The men got back on the course Feb. 7 for a nine-hole scramble that saw the team of Brian Comer, Peter Lund, Bob Oâ€™Brien and Tom Nelson combine on a 6-under-par 26 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day. Mike Brakefield, Buddy Foy, Gary Razze and Larry Solberg were alone in second on a 4-under-par 28, while Mike Clements, Barry Izzard, Chuck Patrick and Terry Tarras took third with a 1-under-par 31.