Youth football, golf, horseshoes play to great weather

After two weeks of action in flag football for the youth league at the Center of Anna Maria Island, there’s an undefeated team atop the standings in the three age divisions.

There’s also a winless team holding down last place.

However, it’s early and a lot of things can change before the playoffs.

The games got started Jan. 14 with Cool Today taking out Beach Bums in the 8-10 division by a score of 26-18 behind a strong game from Peyton Hovda, who ran for two touchdowns, passed for one and was on the receiving end of a touchdown as well. In addition, Hovda picked off an attempted 2-point conversion and ran it back for 2 points.

Chad Nunez added a passing touchdown and a touchdown reception in the victory.

Carter Eurice passed for a pair of touchdowns and Priya Clark had two touchdown grabs to lead Beach Bums, which also received a TD pass from Dennis Gallagher and a TD reception from Jonathan French in the loss.

The second Jan. 14 game saw Rays Ramblings roll to a 33-8 victory over Swordfish behind four touchdown passes from Jack McCarthy and three touchdown receptions from Reef Marin. Joseph Bramurov ran for a TD, Kellan Hunt added a TD reception and an extra point and Drew Buky finished with 2 extra points.

Dylan Sato ran for a touchdown in the loss and Nixon Connor got a quarterback sack for a safety to complete the Swordfish scoring.

The night’s final 8-10 division game saw HSH Designs roll to a 26-18 victory over Moss Builders behind a huge game from Connor Samblis. Samblis passed for a touchdown, caught a touchdown pass and added three interceptions, including two pick-sixes. Charlie Neri added a touchdown pass and Savanna Coba added a TD reception and an extra point to round out the HSH Designs scoring in the victory.

Moss Builders was led by Ewen Cloutier, who posted a touchdown reception, a rushing touchdown and a pick-six to lead Moss in the loss.

The 11-13 division took over the field with Solid Rock Construction cruising past Slim’s Place by a 34-16 margin behind three touchdowns from Jack Mattick, including two rushing and one receiving. He also added a quarterback sack and an interception on defense. Carter Cantrell threw a touchdown pass and Caden Quimby and Evan Talucci each ran for a TD in the victory.

JM Feeney ran for two touchdowns and added an extra point to lead Slim’s Place, which also received an interception by Nick Yatros on a 2-point conversion attempt that he took to the house.

The second 11-13 division game saw Progressive Cabinetry roll to a 35-13 victory over Ugly Grouper behind a three touchdown game from Luke Bowes. Bowes ran for two scores and added a pick-six. Matthew Hennesey added a touchdown pass and Tyler Benjamin had an interception return for a TD.

Gabriella Gilbert led Ugly Grouper in the loss with a touchdown catch and Brennan Gunter scored on a pick-six.

Action Jan 14 continued with Killer Bait edging Gulf Drive Cafe 20-13 in the 14-17 division. Julius Petereit and Cole Carter led the way, each with one passing and one receiving TD. Ben Barreda added a touchdown reception and an extra point, while Silas Banyas and Dalton Guthrie had interceptions on defense.

Cash Carter paced Gulf Drive Cafe in the loss with one rushing and one receiving touchdown on a pass from quarterback Anthony Nguyen.

Tuna McCracken threw touchdown passes to Tyler Brewer, Blake Balais and Travis Bates added a pair of extra points to lead MuniPlan to a 16-0 victory over Ugly Grouper in the last 14-17 division game.


Horseshoe news

Three teams emerged from pool play and battled for the day’s championship during Jan. 15 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria pits.

The team of Dom Livedoti and Tom Arnold drew the lucky bye into the final and watched as Gary Howcroft and John Crawford cruised past Rod Bussey and Bob Lee by a 24-1 score.

Howcroft and Crawford stayed hot in the final as they prevailed over Livedoti and Arnold by a 23-15 margin to earn the day’s bragging rights.

It was another three-team affair Jan. 18. Bob Mason and Adin Shank drew the bye into the finals and saw Bussey and Tom Farrington earn a come-from-behind 21-20 victory over Bob Palmer and Bob Brown.

Bussey and Farrington earned the day’s championship after defeating Mason and Shank by a 21-13 score.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Anna Maria pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m., followed by random team selection.

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.


Club news

Beautiful weather over the week brought out the golfers at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach, starting Jan. 13 with 45 challengers in a modified-Stableford system match over nine holes.

Three golfers — Gerry Dahl, Greg Shorten and Tom Solosky — all carded plus-3s to finish in a tie for first place.

John Cassese, Brian Comer, Gary Razze and Quentin Talbert combined on a plus-3 to win the team competition.

The women were on the course Jan. 14 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in four flights.

Action in Flight A saw Pam Lowry and Helen Pollock finish in a tie for first place with 2-under-par 30. Joy Kaiser an even-par 32 for third in the flight.

There also was a tie for first place in Flight B as Roxanne Koche and Margrit Layh fired 3-under-par 29s. Jan Samuels took third with an even-par 32.

Fran Barford rode a chipin on the third hole to a 3-under-par 29 and first place in Flight C. Meredith Slavin was a stroke back in second, while Connie Livanis claimed third place with a 2-over-par 34.

Terry Westby took first place in Flight D with a 2-under-par 30, one stroke ahead of Ann Hitchens and two in front of Penny Williams.

Fifty-three men teed up for the nine-hole scramble to wrap up the week on the Key Royale Club links.

The team of Bob Blaser, Ken Butler, Gary Duncan and Bob Soos combined on a 3-under-par 29 to take first place and clubhouse bragging rights for the day.

The team of Ron Buck, Mike Clements, Tim Friesen and Gary Razze matched the 1-under-par carded by Mike Cusato, Tim Donner, Joe Muscatello and Dave Stone to finish in a tie for second.

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