The regular-season standings in the Center of Anna Maria Island youth soccer league proved to be a good barometer for success.
The higher seeded teams avoided the dreaded first-round playoff upsets to lower-seeded teams in the two divisions.
Playoff action kicked off on the center pitch May 15 with No. 2 seed Freckled Fin taking on No. 3 seed ACE Hardware in the 8-10 division semifinals.
Duncan Cloutier notched a pair of goals to lead Freckled Fin, which also received a goal in the victory from Conner Nixon and eight saves from goalie Cale Rudacille.
Jack McCarthy scored a goal and had an assist, while Johnny Monetti added a goal. Jesse Zaccagnino finished with six saves for ACE Hardware in the loss.
The second 8-10 division match May 15 saw top-seed Beach House Realty roll to a 3-0 victory over No. 4 seed Ugly Grouper. Dennis Gallegher paced the winners with two goals, Julia Baugher added a goal and Magness Rollins came through with five saves in the victory.
Alexander Teich and Clancy Cusack combined on 11 saves in the loss.
Freckled Fin was set to take on Beach House Realty for the 8-10 division championship at May 20, after The Islander went to press.
The lone semifinal match in the 11-15 division saw No. 2 CABB Cleaning take care of business with a 2-0 victory over No. 3 Lazy Turtle. JM Feeney led the way with two goals, while goalie Evan Talucci notched nine saves.
Angelina Albrecht helped keep Lazy Turtle in the match with nine saves.
CABB Cleaning now sets its sites on Lancaster Design in the championship match, also May 20.
Signup starts up indoor soccer
Youth soccer players have an indoor, “cool” season upcoming with games played in the air-conditioned gym at the center.
The season kicks off June 18 and ends July 31.
Players ages 5-14 have until June 8 to sign up for the league, with games played at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Cost for the league is $10 for members and $75 for nonmembers. Registration can be made online at www.centerami.org or at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Volunteers to coach youth soccer can contact Tim Holly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-778-1908.
Key Royale news
Action for the men at the Key Royale Club teed up May 13 with a nine-hole modified-Stableford system golf match. Dave Richardson carded a plus-9 — nine points above his average — to win the day’s bragging rights. Terry Tarras and Alan Tripp finished in a tie for second with matching plus-5s.
The men were back on the course May 16 for a nine-hole scramble that saw three teams tie for first place. The team of Gary Alvord, John Cassese, Art McMillan and Larry Solberg matched the 5-under-par 27 carded by Mike Gille, Sam Major, Gary Razze and Terry Tarras and the team of Blake Ress, Jeff Rodencal and Bill Shuman.
Last, but not least, Terry Tarras aced the 135 yard, eighth hole with his trusty 8-iron to earn “shot-of-the-month” honors. The ace was the second hole-in-one for Tarras and, as is the custom, he treated his golfing mates to refreshments following the round.
Horseshoe action May 15 at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits saw one team emerge from pool play with a 3-0 record. The team of Rod Bussey and Steve Doyle combined to win all three games on the strength of seven double ringers by Bussey.
Two teams advanced to the knockout stage during the May 18 games. The team of Bussey and Neil Hennessey outlasted Tim Sofran for a 21-14 victory and the second trip to the winner’s circle for Bussey.
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.
Island paddlers compete
AMI Dragon Boat Paddlers from Paradise competed May 11 in the Southeast Regional Dragon Boat Championships at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota.
Thirty-five teams from the Southeastern states participated, seeking to qualify for the national and international club crew championships.
An AMI Paddlers from Paradise women’s team finished second in the premiere women’s division and as the fifth overall women’s team in the Southeast.
The island-based women’s team broke its team records in 200- and 500-meter races, as well as a 2K race.
The AMI Paddlers include Lauri Burton Graham, Evelyn Silverthorn, Lynn Kravontka, Gail Trombley, Mileah Hudgins, Mandy Boyers, Lauri Fern, Courtney Nunemaker, Susan Lee, Marion May, Judy Gidus, Sandy Bouwer, Stacey Jiles Hanik, Jill St. John, Leigh Gardner, Lori Stuckey, Vanessa Burns Peterson, Diane Goolsby, Patty Reed, Gail McCall, Joanne Yacono-Brandt, Rick Granite, and Melinda Bradway, who also is the paddlers’ head coach. Assistant coach is Craig Bradway.
The AMI Paddlers is seeking new members.
For more information, call Melinda Bradway at 941-462-2626.