KRC swings for two championships, youth soccer heats up

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Duncan Cloutier winds up to take a shot for Freckled Fin as ACE Hardware defender Kirra Quinby closes in April 24 during soccer action at the Center of Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Kevin P. Cassidy
Laura Purcell, left, poses with five-time club match-play champion Debi Wohlers at the conclusion of the 18-hole championship match that saw Wohlers earn a 5 and 3 victory. Islander Photo: Courtesy KRC

Two champions were crowned, culminating a month-long pursuit of the nine-hole and 18-hole women’s match-play championships at the Key Royale Club.

In the nine-hole tournament, Beth Lindeman and Roxanne Koche were all even through four holes, but Lindeman won the next three to take the title with a 3 and 2 score.

The 18-hole tournament wasn’t as close, as Debi Wohlers defeated Laura Purcell 5 and 3 to win her fifth club match-play championship.

In regular golf action at the club, Buddy Foy took first place in the nine-hole, modified-Stableford system match April 22 with a score of plus-6.

The women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net match April 23 in four flights. Helen Pollock and Pam Lowry both carded 1-under-par 31s to finish in a tie for first place in Flight A.

Flight B saw Meredith Slavin torch the course to the tune of a 5-under-par 27, while Sue Wheeler’s 1-under-par 31 gave her first place in Flight C.

Marty Clark fired a 5-under-par 27 to match the low round of the day and grab first place in Flight D.

The men were back on the course April 25 for a nine-hole scramble. The team of Gary Duncan, Lou Pagano, Earl Ritchie and Terry Tarras combined on a 4-under-par 28 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day.


On the pitch

Like the weather, youth soccer is heating up at the Center of Anna Maria Island. After three games, Beach House Real Estate is on top of the league’s 8-10 division with a perfect 3-0 record. Freckled Fin is right on its heels with a 2-0-1 record, followed by 1-1-1 ACE Hardware and 0-3 Ugly Grouper.

Action April 24 saw Beach House improve to 3-0 on the season with a 5-1 victory over Ugly Grouper behind four goals from Dennis Gallagher and a goal from Jack Whiteside. Gallagher and Eve Otto also combined to make five saves to help preserve the victory.

Savanna Coba scored the lone goal in the loss and Ugly Grouper received 10 saves from goalie Alexander Teich.

The second 8-10 division match of the evening saw Freckled Fin earn a 2-0 victory over ACE Hardware behind a pair of goals from Taylor June King.

The first goal came early in the game when Ava Gitt cleared the ball forward to King, who carried the ball in and finished top shelf for a 1-0 Freckled Fin lead.

Fin added to its lead late in the half when Duncan Cloutier carried the ball in on goal. ACE Hardware goalie Jack Zaccagnino came off his line to clear the ball, but his kick went right into King and the ball rebounded into the open goal for a 2-0 lead.

The second half saw William Pakbaz, Gitt and Ila Tyler lead the Fin defense, keeping the ACE Hardware offense at bay in front of goalie Cale Rudacille, who earned the shutout victory.


Adult soccer action

After two weeks of play, the adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island has three unbeaten teams and three teams still looking for a victory.

Gulfview Windows and Doors are on top of the standings with a 2-0 record with Jiffy Lube and Duncan Real Estate right behind with 1-0 records. Blalock Walters follows with a 1-0-1 record, while Solid Rock Construction and Flynn Law tied for fifth on matching 1-1 records. Sato Real Estate holds down the sixth spot with an 0-0-1 record, while Ross Built sits at 0-1 and Moss Builders and Beach House Real Estate at 0-2.

Action April 25 kicked off with Duncan Real Estate outlasting Ross Built 4-3 behind a hat trick and an assist from Joey Hutchinson and a goal and an assist from Clancy Vaughan. Goalie Mike Brusso helped preserve the victory with nine saves.

Jessica Willliams had a goal and an assist to lead Ross Built, which also received a goal each from Chris Circharo and John Haggerty. Haggerty also came through with 10 saves between the pipes.

Flynn Law rolled to a 4-1 victory over Beach House in the second match of the evening behind a hat trick from Tyler Robinson and a goal and an assist from Lexi Sato. Kevin Roman added an assist, while Josh Bernet came through with nine saves in the victory.

Adam Bujarski scored for Beach House, which also received 14 saves from David Greene in the loss.

Blalock Walters demolished Moss Builders by an 8-1 score in the third game of the night behind three goals from Matt Staggs and two goals and an assist from Stephen Perry and Matt Plummer. Alex Breitinger scored a goal and Scott Rudacille came through with 10 saves in the victory.

Damir Glavan scored the lone goal for Moss Builders, which also received four saves from Nate Talucci, Dimitri Maramenides and Charles Buky in the loss.

The last match of the night saw Gulfview Windows and Doors improve to 2-0 with a 5-1 victory over Solid Rock Construction. Ashley Friszman led the way with two goals, while Keith Mahoney and Ryan Moss each had a goal and an assist. Bolanos Urbiola completed the scoring and Jordan Demers had 14 saves in the win.

Yuri Pereira scored a goal to lead Solid Rock, which also received 12 combined saves from James Roadman and Ben Sato in the loss.

The action continues May 2 on the center pitch, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.


Horseshoe news

Two teams advanced to the knockout stage and battled it out for the day’s supremacy during April 24 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The team of Rod Bussey and Merv Wice earned top honors after a 21-14 victory over Tim Sofran and Bob Brown.

Two teams also advanced from pool play during the April 27 games. Sofran, this time teamed up with Dom Livedoti, earned bragging rights with a dominating 22-7 victory over Bob Heiger and Bob Rowley.

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.

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