Regular-season action in the adult volleyball league at the Center of Anna Maria Island came to a close March 19 with five matches that decided the final seeds for the upcoming playoffs.
Solid Rock Construction earned the top seed on a 9-3 record after wins over Planet Stone 25-18, 25-18 in the first match and Ugly Grouper 21-25, 25-12, 15-11 in the second match.
Planet Stone rebounded against Ace Hardware with a 25-14, 23-25, 15-6 win in its second match to nail down the second seed and an 8-4 record. Ugly Grouper evened its record at 6-6 after slipping past Freckled Fin 26-24, 25-17 in its second match.
The final match of the night saw the Fin improve to 5-7 with a 25-20, 25-11 victory over Ace. The loss ensured the bottom seed for Ace, which set up a rematch with the Fin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, after press time for The Islander, and a chance to take on top seed Solid Rock Construction in the 8 p.m. semifinal that night.
Another semifinal match at 7:15 p.m. pit No. 2 seed Planet Stone against No. 3 seed Ugly Grouper.
The championship game was set for 8:45 p.m.
Semifinalists set in adult flag football
Eight teams were whittled down to four after opening-round playoff action March 20 in the adult flag football league at the center.
No. 5 seed Hashmark Sports pulled a mild upset over No. 4 seed Ugly Grouper, while No. 6 Beach House Real Estate pulled off a stunner, outscoring No. 3 Gulfview Windows 26-20 in the eveningâ€™s second game.
Beach House now has its sights on No. 2 seed Lancaster Design in the first semifinal game at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, while Hashmark Sports is set to take on top seed Progressive Cabinetry in the second semifinal at 7:30 p.m.
The winners will battle for the league championship at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4.
Key Royale golf news
Golf action at Key Royale Club got started March 18 with the men playing a nine-hole, modified-Stableford system match. Dale Hudson and Wayne Patterson both carded plus-5s to finish in a tie for first place. Marty Hicks was one point back in second place.
Hudson was part of the winning team on a combined plus-4 with Larry Davis, Bill Merrill and Peter Solleveld.
The womenâ€™s Tuesday morning match was rained out, leaving the menâ€™s March 21 scramble the final match of the week. The team of Gary Duncan, Jerry Martinek, Chuck Patrick and Dave Richardson combined on a 5-under-par 27 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day.
The team of Bill Brodie, Lou Pagano, Blake Ress and Marie Taddeo matched the 4-under-par 28 carded by Tim Friessen, Bob Oâ€™Brien, Jeff Ropar and Gary Razze to finish in a tie for second place.
Two teams emerged from pool play and battled for the dayâ€™s supremacy during March 20 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of John Crawford and Kevin Monahan rolled to a 21-12 victory over Jerry Disbrow and Bob Palmer to earn the dayâ€™s bragging rights.
Three teams advanced to the knockout stage in the March 23 action. The team of Donnie Goodwin and Palmer drew the bye and watched as Norm Langeland and Dom Livedoti cruised past Bob Brown and Gene Bobeldyk by a 22-5 score. The championship match was a barnburner with Langeland and Livedoti rallying for a 23-19 victory over Goodwin and Palmer â€” punctuated by a game-ending double-ringer by Langeland.
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.
Sign up now for youth sports
Spring soccer is getting started this week at the center with games played Tuesday nights starting April 2.
The center also is offering T-ball for kids 3-6 years of age. Cost is $10 for members and $96 for nonmembers and the last day to register will be April 6.
Skills clinics and games will be played at 6:30 p.m. Monday nights starting April 8.
Registration is online at centerami.org or in person at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
For more information, call the center at 941-778-1108.