The winter season of flag football for kids at the Center of Anna Maria Island kicked off Jan. 7 with an abundance of games in three age groups.
The league is sporting seven teams in the 8-10 division, four in the 11-13 division and five in the 14-17s. So there will be no shortage of football action in the coming weeks.
The action got started in the 8-10 division when HSH Designs rolled to a 37-18 victory over Rays Ramblings behind the all-around play of Connor Samblis. Samblis threw for two and caught a pair of touchdowns, while also adding an interception that he took to the house for a fifth touchdown. Charlie Neri added a touchdown pass and a touchdown reception for HSH Designs, which also received touchdowns from Savanna Coba and Lucas Signor in the victory.
Jack McCarthy threw two touchdown passes and Reef Marin caught two touchdowns to lead Rays Ramblings in the loss.
The second game of the night saw Moss Builders roll past Beach Bums 26-10 behind a pair of touchdown passes and a touchdown reception from Gavin Lyssy. Ewen Cloutier added three touchdown catches and Brady Thompson chipped in with a touchdown pass.
Hayden Eurice paced Beach Bums with a touchdown reception and an interception.
The third game of the evening saw Diamond Turf roll to a 31-13 victory over Cool Today behind five touchdown receptions from Maddox Culhane and three touchdown passes from Carson Clover.
Peyton Hovda paced Cool Today in the loss with a pair of touchdown receptions.
There was only one game played Jan. 7 in the 11-13 division, which saw Solid Rock Construction slip past Ugly Grouper 21-14 behind a pair of touchdown passes from Victor Albrecht. Evan Talucci added a touchdown reception and Jack Mattick had an interception.
Justin Clark threw a touchdown to Frankie Coleman and Aiden Templeton added an interception return for a touchdown to carry Ugly Grouper in the loss.
Action in the 14-17 division kicked off with Hashmark Sports obliterating Ugly Grouper 54-0 behind three touchdown passes from Ian Godfrey. Chance Hayward had a pair of touchdown receptions for Hashmark, which also got TDs from Shawn Balvin and Nate Costello. Hashmark also pulled in four interceptions that were returned for touchdowns, including two from Costello and one each from Balvin and Alex McCauley.
The last game of the evening saw MuniPlan cruise past Killer Bait by a 20-7 score behind a pair of touchdown passes from Tuna McCracken and a touchdown pass from Fisher Dalhman. David Daigle had a pair of touchdown receptions and Tyler Brewer added a touchdown for the victory.
Ben Barreda threw a touchdown pass to Jackson Hayes for Killer Bait.
There was an outright champ named for the Jan. 8 action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Tom Skoloda and Adin Shank forged the lone 3-0 record in pool play to win the day.
Meanwhile, five teams advanced to the knockout stage of the Jan. 11 games. The team of Gene Bobeldyk and Bob Palmer drew the bye for the first round and watched as Steve Doyle and Tom Farrington eliminated John Crawford with a 22-4 beat down. The other first-round match saw Bob Mason and Tim Sofran advance with a 21-12 victory over Bob Lee and Bob Hawks.
Doyle and Farrington drew the bye for the second round and watched as Mason and Sofran advanced to the finals with a 22-16 victory over Bobeldyk and Palmer. The championship game saw Doyle and Farrington edge Mason and Sofran by a 24-16 score punctuated by a game-ending double-ringer by Doyle.
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.
Key Royale news
The golf action is heating up the links at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach as the winter members flow back to the island.
The action got started Jan. 6 with the men playing a weekly modified-Stableford system match over nine holes. Mike Cusato had a big day, posting a plus-8 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day. Quentin Talbert and Joe Tynan tied for second at plus-6.
Tynan teamed up with Dean Christensen, Larry Davis and Jerry Martinek to take the team title on a combined score of plus-4.
The women got out on the course Jan. 7 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in four flights.
Flight A saw Pam Lowry, Judy Christensen and Joy Kaiser all card 1-over-par 33s in a tie for first place.
Roxanne Koche fired a 2-under-par 30 to grab first place in Flight B, a stroke over Ellen Boin. Carol Patterson claimed third place with an even-par 32.
Marty Clark’s even-par 32 gave her first place in Flight C by a stroke over second-place finisher Billie Joe Pinson.
Amy Tripp’s even-par 32 put her in first place in Flight D by a stroke over the quintet of Eileen Witzgall, Laney Davis, Susan Van Orsdel and Peggi Clauhs.
The men were back on the course Jan. 9 for a nine-hole scramble that saw the team of Tim Friessen, Blake Ress, Greg Shorten and Quentin Talbert combine on a 2-under-par 30 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day.
Bill Anderson, Briam Comer, Neil Hammer and Ron Vandeman were in second place at even-par 32, while Tom Donner, Bill Koche and John Purcell were another stroke back in third.