Youth, adult soccer leagues heat up at the center’s pitch

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ACE Hardware defender Jazzy Sparks, right, settles the ball as Ugly Grouper forward Sterling Holiday sets up to challenge for the ball April 30 in the Center of Anna Maria Island soccer league 8-10 division. Islander Photos: Kevin P. Cassidy
Lazy Turtle player Nicholas Yatros pushes forward and splits Lancaster Design defenders Aiden Templeton and Kieran Cloutier in 11-15 division soccer action at the center.
ACE Hardware’s Johnny Monetti tracks the ball inbound during 8-10 division soccer action April 30 at the cente

After four weeks of action, it appears Beach House Real Estate and Freckled Fin are the teams to beat in the 8-10 division of the kids’ spring soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island.

Beach House is running in first place with a 3-0-1 record with Freckled Fin close behind at 2-0-2. ACE Hardware follows at 1-2-1, while Ugly Grouper completes the division standings with an 0-4 mark.

Beach House and Freckled Fin battled to a 2-2 tie to open the 8-10 action April 30. Dennis Gallagher scored a pair of goals to lead Beach House, which received 14 combined saves in the tie from Jack Whiteside, Magness Rollins and Cala Ryan.

Duncan Cloutier led Freckled Fin with two goals and Cale Rudacille notched 11 saves in goal to help preserve the tie.

The second match of the evening saw ACE Hardware edge Ugly Grouper by a 2-1 score. Jack McCarthy scored twice on assists from Johnny Monetti, while Jack Zaccagnino made fives saves in the victory.

Savanna Coba scored the lone goal for Ugly Grouper, which also received seven saves from Alexander Teich in the loss.

The three-team 11-15 division standings are tight with Lancaster Design and CABB Cleaning both sitting on 3-2-1 records. Not far behind is Lazy Turtle at 1-3-1.

Anything can happen in this division.

Action April 30 saw Lazy Turtle tie Lancaster 4-4 thanks to 15 saves from goalie Victor Albrecht. Jackson Pakbaz provided the majority of the offense with three goals, while Thomas Phipott added a goal to the tie.

Frank Coleman and Ewen Cloutier scored two goals each to lead Lancaster, which also received six saves each from Caden Quimby and Aiden Templeton.


Adult soccer underway, too

Three teams are undefeated and three teams are searching for victory in the adult soccer league at the center.

Gulfview Windows and Doors is atop the standings with a 3-0-0 record, while Jiffy Lube at 2-0-0 is right on their heels. Blalock Walters holds third place with a 2-0-1 record, while Duncan Real Estate and Ross Built are tied for fourth. Flynn Law and Solid Rock Construction are in sixth place, followed by Sato Real Estate, which holds down the eighth spot. Moss Builders and Beach House Real Estate are tied at ninth with 0-2-0 records.

Action May 2 kicked off with Gulfview Windows and Doors earning a 4-3 win over Flynn Law behind four goals from Keith Mahoney. Jose Ubiola Bolanos chipped in with two assists and Jordan Demers made 13 saves to preserve the victory.

Kevin Roman notched three goals and Mark Rudacille made 10 saves for Flynn Law in the loss.

Ross Built rolled to an 8-1 victory over Sato in the second match of the night behind a hat trick from Vince Circharo and two goals from Greg Ross. Connor Bystrom, Chris Circharo and Jessica Williams each notched a goal and John Haggerty and Max Gazzo combined on 12 saves in goal.

Murap Akay scored the lone goal for Sato, which received 11 saves from Lyn Clarke, Josh Sato and Steve Wertovitch in the loss.

Blalock Walters edged Solid Rock Construction 3-1 on goals from Stephen Perry, Matt Plummer and Matt Staggs. Staggs also added an assist in the victory, while Scott Rudacille chipped in 14 saves.

Ryan Hogan scored Solid Rock’s only goal and Benjamin Sato and Zachary Long combined to make 18 saves in the loss.

The late match saw Jiffy Lube ride a balanced offense to outscore Duncan Real Estate 7-4. Stetson Mathews led the onslaught with two goals, while Anil Akbulut, Ricky Anderson and Omar Polar each had a goal and an assist. Daniel Anderson and Sean Flynn completed the scoring with a goal each, while goalie Robb Marshall finished with 10 saves in the victory.

Joey Hutchinson notched three goals to lead Duncan, which also received a goal from Cassandra and 12 saves from Trey Horne in the loss.


Key Royale golf news

It was another busy week for golfers at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach, starting with a men’s nine-hole modified-Stableford system match April 29.

Jerry Dahl earned clubhouse bragging rights with a score of plus-3, while Buddy Foy and Tim Friessen tied for second place at plus-2.

The women were on the course April 30 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in four flights.

Judy Christensen fired an even-par 32 to take the top spot in Flight A. Pam Lowry was a stroke back in second and Phyllis Roe took third on a 2-over-par 34.

Marcia Helgeson’s 1-under-par 31 gave her first place in Flight B, just ahead of Connie Livanos and Cathy Rice, who tied for second with matching even-par 32s.

Roxanne Koche torched the field with a 9-under-par 23 for first place in Flight C. Jana Samuels took second with a 5-under-par 27, while Sue Christensen was another stroke back in third place.

Flight D saw Marty Clark, Sue Powers and Amy Tripp all card 4-under-par 28s to finish in a three-way tie for first place.

The men were back on the course May 2 for a nine-hole scramble that saw the team of Jim Auch, Brian Comer and Fred Miller combine to win on a 5-under-par 27.


Horseshoe news

Two teams emerged from pool play to reign over the May 1 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Rod Bussey and Hank Huyghe cruised to the winner’s circle, posting a 21-0 shutout over Sam Samuels and Tom Skoloda.

Bussey was back in the winner’s circle May 4. He teamed up with Bob Heiger to post the lone 3-0 record in pool play for an outright win.

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.


Manatee Magic sets tryouts

Young soccer enthusiasts looking to play at the competitive level are welcome to try out for the Manatee Magic soccer team.

Tryouts are at G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton. There is no charge to try out. The player fee for the season, if selected, is $$550.

To register for the tryouts and learn more about Manatee Magic and the Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization, go online to

Tryout dates are as follows:

  • May 13: U10 boys & girls (2010-11birth years).
  • May 14: U11 & U12 boys & girls (2008-09).
  • May 15: U13 & U14 boys & girls (2006-07).
  • May 16: U15 & above (2001-2005).
  • Second tryouts May 18: U10 10-11 a.m., U11 and U12 11 a.m.-noon, U13 and U14 1-2 p.m., and U15-U18 2-3 p.m.

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