AMI horseshoe players defend, football at center, golf at KRC

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Among the Anna Maria Island and Trailer Estates horseshoe players who competed at the Anna Maria City Hall pits Jan. 27 are, front row, left to right, Archie Canterbury, president of Trailer Estates Horseshoe Group; Brooks Nelson, Trailer Estates tournament chairman; Sam Samuels, AMI horseshoe group coordinator; Jay Disbrow, AMI pit boss; Tom Farrington, AMI pitcher; and Kit Alexander, vice president of the Trailer Estates players group. Islander Courtesy Photo

The Anna Maria horseshoe pitchers renewed their friendly competition with Bradenton’s Trailer Estates horseshoe group Jan. 27 at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits and successfully defended the home turf with a 35-12 victory.

Teammates Jerry Disbrow and Rod Bussey, Hank Huyghe and Tom Farrington, Adin Shank and Sam Samuels and Bob Palmer and Steve Doyle played huge roles in the group’s victory by going undefeated on the day.

Speaking for the AMI pitchers, Samuels said, “This is a great bunch of guys! We renewed old friendships and made some new ones.”

Two teams met in the finals during Jan. 29 action at the pits. Bussey and Dom Livedoti won the day’s bragging rights after earning a 21-13 victory over Bob Lee and Bob Hawks.

The rain Feb. 1 stopped just in time for Farrington and Palmer to win the day’s proceedings with the lone 3-0 record in pool play.

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.


Football takes center field

After four weeks of action in the youth flag football league at the Center of Anna Maria Island, there are still four teams chasing an undefeated season.

HSH Designs is atop the 8-10 division with a 3-0 record, while Progressive Cabinetry is on top of the 11-13 division at the same mark. MuniPlan and Hashmark Sports share the top spot in the 14-17 division with matching 3-0 records, but that won’t last long — they were set to play each other Feb. 4.

MuniPlan opened 14-17 division play Jan. 28 with a 23-13 victory over Gulf Drive Cafe behind a pair of Tuna McCracken touchdown passes to Morgan Horesh and Fisher Dalhman. Blake Balais ran for a touchdown and added a pair of extra points to the victory, while Tyler Brewer added a quarterback sack for a safety.

Anthony Nguyen connected with Austin Bivona for a TD and ran for another score. Evan Christenson completed the scoring in the loss with an extra point.

Hashmark Sports cruised past Killer Bait by a 42-13 score behind three touchdown passes and a pair of pick-sixes from Ian Godfrey. Chance Hayward added two touchdown receptions and Alex McCauley finished with a TD. Nate Costello added a pick six and a pair of extra points to round out the scoring in the victory.

Jackson Hayes and Dalton Guthrie each threw a touchdown pass, while Julius Petereit and Cole Carter had touchdown catches to lead Killer Bait in the loss.

Progressive Cabinetry outscored Slim’s Place 32-20 to open 11-13 division action Jan. 28. Quarterback Matthew Hennessey threw three touchdown passes, including two to Tyler Benjamin, who also added a pick six to his night. Payton Harlan added a touchdown catch, while Ava Harlan ran for a score in the victory.

JM Feeney ran for a pair of touchdowns to lead Slim’s Place, which also received a touchdown pass from Caden Kitchie to Jaxon Rush in the loss.

Solid Rock Construction cruised to a 34-16 victory over Ugly Grouper behind two touchdown passes, a rushing TD and an interception return of a 2-point conversion from quarterback Victor Albrecht and a pair of rushing TDs from Evan Talucci. Christian Cole and Luke Winsper added TD receptions in the victory.

Aiden Templeton and Ashton Hovda each ran for a touchdown in the loss.

Moss Builders rolled to a 28-6 victory over Diamond Turf behind Ewen Cloutier, who ran for a touchdown and added a receiving TD that was thrown by Duncan Cloutier. Gavin Lyssy added a rushing touchdown and a pick six in the victory.

Mason Moss connected with Carson Clover for the lone Diamond Turf touchdown.

Beach Bums edged Rays Ramblings 13-6 behind Dennis Gallagher’s two TD passes to Hayden Eurice.

Drew Buky ran in the lone touchdown for Rays Ramblings.

HSH Designs routed Swordfish Grill by a 46-0 margin. Sterling Holiday, Lucas Signor and Chase Signor all scored touchdowns on offense, while Chase Signor and Connor Samblis both had pick sixes in the victory.


Golf news

Golf action at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach got started Jan. 27 with the men playing a nine-hole modified-Stableford-system match. Herb Clauhs carded a plus-6 to win individual honors by one point over Greg Shorten.

Clauhs’ score also helped teammates Dean Christensen and Fred Miller card a tie for first place in the team event with Dale Hudson, Hoyt Miller, Bob Soos and Ron Vandeman on matching scores of plus-7.

The women took the course Jan. 28 for a nine-hole individual-low-net match in four flights.

Roxanne Koche fired a 4-under-par 28 to win Flight A by a whopping four strokes over second-place finisher Phyllis Roe, who birdied the first hole.

Janet Razze rode a birdie on the eighth hole to a 3-under-par 29 and a first-place finish in Flight B. Marty Clark was alone in second with an even-par 32, while Jana Samuels was another stroke back in third place.

Terry Westby carded a 4-under-par 28 to grab first place in Flight C by two strokes over second-place finisher Laurie Hicks. Annette Hall and Sue Powers tied for third at 1-under-par 31.

Markie Ksiazek cruised to victory in Flight D with a 3-under-par 29, two strokes ahead of second-place finisher Jane Perkins.

The men played a nine-hole scramble among 45 players Jan. 30. The team of Ken Butler, Ken Nagengast, Gary Razze and Jeff Ropar lapped the field with a 7-under-par 25 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day. The team of Art McMillan, Tom Perkins, Larry Pippel and Larry Solberg took second with a 2-under-par 30.