Soccer goes indoors, golf on the links, horseshoes in AM

Week two of the summer indoor soccer season for kids at the Center of Anna Maria Island is in the books and the action is fast, furious and most importantly — cool.

Played in the air-conditioned comfort of the center gym, the indoor game is a fast-paced and high-scoring alternative to the outdoor sport.

The intermediate league for players age 5-9 has five teams, with Ugly Grouper leading the pack on a 2-0 record, closely followed by Moss Builders at 1-0. Island Vacation Properties holds down third place with a 1-1 record, while Solid Rock Construction sits in fourth place at 0-1, followed by Cloud Pest Control at 0-2.

Ugly Grouper flexed its fins in the opening match July 2, rolling to a 7-3 victory over Cloud Pest Control behind two goals each from Brady Thompson and Jackson Rosas. Jack and Jesse Zaccagnino each added a goal for Ugly Grouper in the victory.

Cyrus Ryan scored two goals and Cala Ryan added one to lead Cloud Pest Control in the loss.

The second intermediate match of the evening saw Island Vacation Properties cruise to a 5-1 victory over Solid Rock Construction behind a hat trick from Camden Rudacille and two goals from Clancy Cusack.

Isabella Roadman notched the lone goal for Solid Rock in the loss.

The division for players 10-14 has some tight standings in the early going of the season. Ugly Grouper and AMI Locals are both 1-1-1, just ahead of G&G Yardscaping, which sits at 1-1.

In the first 10-14 match July 2, Ugly Grouper and AMI Locals battled to a 6-6 tie. Will Wright scored a pair of goals to lead Ugly Grouper, which also received single goals in the tie from Angelina Albrecht, Nixon Conner, Jackson Long and Jayden Sparks.

Carsyn Deligans scored a hat trick to lead AMI Locals, which also received two goals in the tie from Fox Dalton and a goal from Savannah Coba.

The second match saw AMI Locals escape with a 6-5 victory over G&G Yardscaping behind another hat trick from Deligans. Dalton, Mary Harrison and Coba each notched a goal to complete the scoring in the match.

Ryan Joseph scored all five goals to lead G&G in the loss.

The indoor action continues July 9 with the kickoff set for 5:45 p.m.

Key Royale golf news

The annual Fourth of July scramble highlighted the past week at Key Royale Golf Club in Holmes Beach.

Thirty-two women and men participated in the event, which was played using a team handicap.

The team of Laurie Hicks, Marty Hicks, Debi Wohlers and Lori Waggoner combined on a 23.6 to grab clubhouse bragging rights for the day.

One stroke behind in second place was the team of John Kolojeski, Jerry Martinek, Mike Clements and Anne Klein with a combined score of 24.6.

Closest to the pin on the eighth hole was won by Barbara Krueger, whose shot settled on the green 24 feet from the cup.

Herb Clauhs stuck one to within 4 feet, 9 inches of the cup to win the men’s closest to the pin contest.

Regular golf action teed off with the men’s modified-Stableford match July 1. Hoyt Miller carded a plus-5 to capture first place by one point over second-place finisher Jon Holcomb, who finished at plus-4.

The women were on the course July 2 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in two flights.

Ellen Boin fired an even-par 32 to take first place in Flight A with Jana Samuels taking second on a 2-over-par 34.

Janet Razze fired a 1-under-par 31 for the low round of the day and first place in Flight B. Penny Williams and Terry Westby tied for second at 2-over-par 24, while Sue Wheeler and Merry Turner tied for third with matching 3-over-par 35s.

Horseshoe news

Two players walked their way to the knockout stage and battled for the day’s bragging rights during July 3 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

Tim Sofran prevailed in the “mano-a-mano” matchup with Gary Howcroft by a 23-17 score to earn a walk to the winner’s circle.

Howcroft found himself flying solo during the July 6 games and redeemed himself by posting the lone 3-0 pool-play record for the day’s outright title.

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.