AMI horseshoers haul home medal, adults play on in football

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Anna Maria Island horseshoe pitchers show off their medal haul from the Gulf Coast Games for Life, held Feb. 6 at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton. Pictured, front row, left to right, are Sam Samuels, John Crawford and Bob Palmer. Standing, Jay Disbrow and Tom Farrington. Not pictured is Gary Howcroft. Islander Photo: Courtesy Bob Lee

Members of the Anna Maria Island Horseshoe pitchers ventured off-Island Feb. 6 to compete in the Gulf Coast Games for Life at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton.

The group was well represented on the medal stand as Sam Samuels, Bob Palmer, Tom Farrington and Gary Howcroft all brought home gold. John Crawford and Jay Disbrow collected silver medals at the competition.

Congratulations on a good showing.

Horseshoes games get 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.


On center field …

After four weeks of action in the adult flag football league at the Center of Anna Maria Island, Moss Builders sits atop the standings with a 4-0 record, just ahead of 3-1 Lancaster Design. Beach Bums, Firkins Automotive, Rays Ramblings and Slim’s Place all follow with 2-2 records, while Capt. Sky Cruises holds down seventh place at 1-3 and Ugly Grouper occupies the cellar at 0-4.

Action Feb. 20 kicked off with league-leading Moss Builders outscoring Beach Bums 38-23 behind a strong game from Ryan Moss, who threw four touchdown passes and tossed in a pair of TD receptions. Jon Moss threw for a pair of scores, while adding a touchdown catch of his own. Bradley Coleman finished with five catches, including two for TDs and Jordan DeMers completed the scoring in the victory with a touchdown reception.

Kemo Harris, who had five receptions, including three for touchdowns, led the Beach Bums offense, which also received touchdown passes from Jaret Rojas and Matthew Manger in the loss.

Firkins Automotive blew out winless Ugly Grouper 46-14 behind Chase Richardson, who accounted for four touchdowns, including three TD passes, a TD reception and a 2-point conversion. Matthew Briley and Jason Sato both threw for a score and caught a pair of touchdowns. Kevin Roman added a pick six and a 2-point conversion in the victory.

Sir Williams threw touchdown passes to Keith McQuillen and Corey Jacques to lead Ugly Grouper in the loss.

The third game of the evening saw Rays Ramblings slip past Capt. Sky Cruises 21-20 behind three touchdown passes from Ray Gardner. Two of those passes went to Lexi Sato, who added a pair of extra-point catches. Danny Murphy added a touchdown reception and Jesse Griffen completed the scoring with an extra point in the victory.

Connor Haughey threw two touchdown passes to Brandin Holcomb and added a rushing TD and a 2-point conversion to lead Capt. Sky Cruises in the loss.

Lancaster Designs cruised to a 38-20 victory over Slim’s Place behind a huge game from Brandon Kull. Kull passed for two touchdowns, ran for one and added two pick-six interceptions. Mike Gillum added a touchdown catch, an extra point and a pick-six, while Anthony Mannino finished with a touchdown in the victory.

Tim Shaughnessy threw touchdown passes to sister Bri Shaughnessy and Matteo Ferris, who also added an interception return for an extra point in the loss.

Adult football action continues Feb. 27 at 6 p.m.


Youth football playoffs on horizon

The regular season has ended for the 8-10 division of flag football at the center, while the 11-13 and 14-17 divisions are in their final week.

The playoff matchups are etched in stone.

Though the regular-season seedings are often a consistent predictor of success, we learned from West Coast Surf Shop it’s not always the case.

No. 1 seed Moss Builders earned a first-round bye after finishing with the top record in the 8-10 division. No. 4 Beach Bums took on No. 5 Cool Today Feb. 25, after press time for The Islander. Opening the playoff action, No. 3 Diamond Turf will battle No. 6 Rays Ramblings in the second game, while No. 2 seed HSH Designs takes on No. 7 Swordfish Grill to close out the first-round action.

Progressive Cabinetry appears to have the No. 1 spot locked up in the 11-13 division. It has a 6-1 record and will take on winless Ugly Grouper in its final regular-season game. Probable No. 2 seed Solid Rock Construction takes on Slim’s Place in the other final division contest.

There’s one regular-season game to go between first-place MuniPlan and second-place Hashmark Sports in the 14-17 division. The winner earns a playoff against either No. 4 seed Ugly Grouper or No. 5 seed Gulf Drive Cafe which face off in the wildcard game Feb. 25.

Semifinal action gets started March 3, with championship night set for March 10.


In the center gym …

Adult indoor volleyball action at the center has its fifth week in the scorebook and Solid Rock Construction is solidly in first place on a 5-0 record, comfortably ahead of 2-2 Bins Be Clean, with Ugly Grouper at 2-3, and Sandbar Restaurant coming in last at 0-4.

Solid Rock showed it’s the class of the league with a pair of straight-set match wins. They defeated Sandbar 25-9, 25-13 in the first match Feb. 18 and followed up with a 25-11, 27-25 victory over Ugly Grouper in the final match of the evening.

In between, Bins Be Clean swept past Ugly Grouper 25-16, 26-24.

Volleyball action continues Mondays at 6 p.m.


KRC golf news

The Key Royale Club men played their regular modified-Stableford match Feb. 17 to kick off golf action at the Holmes Beach course.

Hoyt Miller and Jim Watt both carded plus-5s to finish in a tie for first place.

Watt was teamed with Ken Butler, Gary Risner and John Kolojeski for a combined total of plus-4 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the afternoon.

The women played a nine-hole individual-low-net match in four flights Feb. 18.

Phyllis Roe carded a 2-under-par 30 to edge Betsy Meyer by a stroke for first place in Flight A.

Amy Tripp’s 2-under-par 30 was good enough for first place in Flight B.

Peggy Clauhs and Judy Menchek both carded low-net rounds of the day, sharing first-place in Flight C.

Fifty-three golfers participated in the men’s nine-hole shamble Feb. 20. The team of Larry Davis, Hoyt Miller, Ken Nagengast and Gary Risner matched the 3-under-par 29 carded by Ken Butler, Tom Lehman and Kurt Snoufel. Second place went to Ron Babcock, Gerry Dahl, Jon Holcomb and Bill MacMillan at 2-under-par 30.