Playoff soccer, basketball finals on horizon for center adults

The seedings held true during first-round playoff action in the adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island.

The top three seeds, Blalock Walters, Sato Real Estate and Vintage Beach all came away with easy victories while the No. 4-No. 5 battle, Ross Built vs. Flynn Law, decided by a tiebreaker, was the only close match of the night.

Vintage Beach rolled to an 11-6 victory over MuniPlan to open a night of playoff action Dec. 12 behind five goals from league scoring-leader Joey Hutchinson and four goals from Zach Reda. Clancy Vaughn chipped in with a goal, while Cody Wright added a goal and two assists. Jason Sato helped preserve the victory with 11 saves in goal.

Zach Long and Ryan Hogan scored two goals each to lead MuniPlan, which also received goals from Ashley Friszman and Sean Flynn and eight saves from Mark Long in the loss.

No. 2 seed Sato Real Estate demolished Moss Builders 12-2 behind hat tricks from Amy Ivin and Tim Holly. Kris Yavalar and Race Aranda each added a pair of goals for Sato, which also received a goal each from Josh Sato and Olaf Krause in the victory.

Jason Chiafalo and Keith Mahoney scored for Moss Builders, which also received 11 saves from Jordan Demers in the loss.

No. 1 seed Blalock Walters eased past Vacasa by a 5-2 score in the third match of the night. Matt Staggs led the way with two goals, while Brooke Capparelli, Robbie Fellowes and Luis Pichardo each notched goals.

Nick Bouchard scored twice and Darrin Wash added a goal to lead Vacasa in the loss.

Flynn Law edged Ross Built 6-5 for the lone “upset” on two goals from Daniel Anderson and Zachary Lieb and single goals from Chris Scott and Heidi Banyas, while Robb Marshall made 11 saves in the victory.

Kevin Roman scored two goals to lead Ross Built, which also received goals from Connor Bystrom, Lexi Sato and Damir Glavan in the loss.

Semifinal action continues at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, with No. 2 seed Sato Real Estate taking on No. 5 Flynn Law. No. 3 seed Vintage Beach will take on No. 1 Blalock Walters at 8 p.m. The championship match — set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 — will follow the challenge for third place at 6 p.m.


Final 2 set in adult basketball league

And then there were two. Semifinal action in the adult basketball league at the Center of Anna Maria Island concluded Dec. 11 with No. 2 seed Gulfview Windows and Doors cruising to a 61-49 victory over No. 3 Moss Builders. Top-seed Ugly Grouper defeated No. 4 seed Progressive Cabinetry 53-43 in the second semifinal matchup to set up the finals.

Ray Gardner scored 20 points and Jordan DeMers scored 15 points to lead Gulfview Windows and Doors, which also received 14 points from JB Shuck and 10 points from Jon Moss in the victory.

Trent Gillis scored 22 points and Joey McElfresh scored 10 points to lead Moss Builders which also received 8 points from Jacov Kiester in the loss.

Ugly Grouper cruised to a 10-point victory thanks to 28 points from Dominick Otteni and 16 points from Andrew Terman.

Skylar Pensyl scored 16 points to lead Progressive Cabinetry, which also received 15 points from Chuck Stache in the loss.

The final for all the season’s marbles between Gulfview and Grouper will be played at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18.


Horseshoe news

Two teams emerged with 3-0 pool play records and battled for the day’s supremacy during Dec. 11 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

Norm Good walked his way to an easy 24-4 victory over Steve Doyle and Jerry Disbrow to earn the day’s bragging rights.

The Dec. 14 games saw Bob Palmer and Jerry Disbrow emerge as the outright champs after posting the lone 3-0 record during pool play.

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.


Key Royale news

Beautiful weather brought the golfers out to the Key Royale Club in force, starting with the men challenging in a nine-hole modified Stableford match Dec. 9.

Earl Ritchie took individual honors with a score of plus-4, a point ahead of Larry Pipple, John Kolojeski, John Purcell and Tom Solosky.

The team of Tom Burhoe, Buddy Foy and Peter Solleveld won the team event with a score of plus-1.

The women played in four flights Dec. 10 in a nine-hole individual-low-net match.

Pam Lowry took first place in Flight A with a 3-under-par 29, two shots ahead of Brenda Solleveld. Helen Pollock took third with an even-par 32.

Ellen Boin fired a 5-under-par 27 to take first place in Flight B. Margrit Layh and Beth Lindeman tied for second place with matching even-par 32s.

Flight C saw Marty Clark and Jan Turner finish in a tie for first place with matching 5-under-par 27s. Pam Alvord was alone in second with an even-par 32.

Laney Davis took first place in Flight D with a 3-under-par 29, a stroke ahead of second-place finisher Terry Westby. Susan VanOrsdel and Laurie Hicks tied for third with even-par 32s.