Winter sports on AMI play to terrific spring-like weather

The undefeated ranks lost another team.

There now are three teams chasing a perfect season after five weeks of action in the three divisions of the youth football league at the Center of Anna Maria Island.

HSH Designs in the 8-10 division, Progressive Cabinetry in the 11-13 division and MuniPlan in the 14-17 division are leading the way with 4-0 records.

Nothing is set in stone though, the three teams have another right on their heels with Moss Builders and Diamond Turf chasing in the 8-10 division, Solid Rock Construction in the 11-13 division and Hashmark Sports in the 14-17s in prime position to overtake the leaders.

Action last week kicked off in the 8-10 division Feb. 4 with HSH Designs easing past Diamond Turf 24-18 behind two touchdown passes from Charlie Neri to Connor Samblis and Savanna Coba. Sambis added a rushing touchdown and a 2-point conversion on offense, while also chipping in a pair of interceptions on defense.

Carson Clover ran for two touchdowns and Maddox Culhane added a touchdown run of his own to round out the offense for Diamond Turf in the loss.

Cool Today ran roughshod over Swordfish Grill behind a huge game from Peyton Hovda. Hovda ran for four touchdowns, passed for another while also adding a pick six on defense. Chad Nunez completed the scoring in the victory with a touchdown reception.

Moss Builders received rushing touchdowns from Gavin Lyssy and Ewen Cloutier to power them past Rays Ramblings by a 13-6 score. Sean Harlan completed the scoring for Moss Builders with an extra-point reception.

Jack McCarthy ran for a touchdown to lead Rays Ramblings in the loss.

Solid Rock Construction kicked off 11-13 division action with a 32-18 victory over Slim’s Place behind three rushing touchdowns and a receiving TD from Jack Mattick. Evan Talucci added a rushing TD and Victor Albrecht caught a touchdown pass.

JM Feeney ran for a pair of touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass from Nick Yatros to lead Slim’s Place in the loss.

Progressive Cabinetry rolled to a 26-12 victory over Ugly Grouper behind touchdown passes from Matthew Hennessey to Peyton Harlan and Tyler Benjamin. Benjamin added a pick six and an extra point for Progressive, which also received a pick six from Luke Bowes in the victory.

Aiden Templeton threw touchdown passes to Frankie Coleman and Brennan Gunter to lead Ugly Grouper in the loss.

MuniPlan handed Hashmark Sports its first loss of the season Feb. 4 with a tense, 6-0 victory behind a TD pass from Tuna McCracken to Tyler Brewer to open the 14-17 division action.

The last match of the night saw Ugly Grouper swim past Gulf Drive Cafe behind touchdown passes from Ethan Brown to Parker Davis, Kolby Petrin and Jonah Durst. Durst also added a rushing TD for Ugly Grouper in the victory.

Anthony Nguyen connected with Evan Christenson and Austin Bivona to lead Gulf Drive Cafe in the loss.


Adults tackle flag football

After two weeks of action, Moss Builders and Lancaster Designs are on top of the adult football league at the center with matching 2-0 records, just ahead of Firkins Automotive, Capt. Sky Cruises, Slim’s Place and Beach Bums, which all sport 1-1 records. Rays Ramblings and Ugly Grouper are in search of a victory.

Action Feb. 6 kicked off with Lancaster Designs cruising to a 28-6 victory over Ugly Grouper. Brandon Kull and Cameron Kawcak both threw for two TDs and had receiving touchdowns to lead Lancaster Designs in the victory, which also saw a receiving TD from Tori Forbes and a 2-point reception from Anthony Mannino.

Keith McQuillen connected with Tristan Szabo for the lone touchdown for Ugly Grouper in the loss.

Beach Bums outlasted Rays Ramblings 33-32 behind four touchdown passes from Jaret Rojas, including three to Kemo Harris. Matthew Manger threw for a touchdown and was on the receiving end of two TD passes in the victory.

Ray Gardner threw for three TDs and ran for another to lead Rays Ramblings, which also received a pair of TD passes and a receiving touchdown from Danny Murphy. Lexi Sato added a pair of touchdown receptions and an extra point, while Zach Holder completed the scoring with a touchdown catch in the loss.

Slim’s Place held on for a 34-33 victory over Capt. Sky Cruises behind five touchdown passes from Tim Shaughnessy and rushing and receiving TDs from Kari Stephens. Matteo Ferris added a pair of TD catches, while Caleb Roberts and Ben Sato completed the scoring in the victory with touchdown receptions.

Connor Haughey also threw for five touchdowns — three to Brandin Holcomb and two to Dominick Otteni in the loss.

The last game of the evening saw Moss Builders outscore Firkens Automotive behind three touchdown passes each from Ryan and Jonathan Moss. Ryan Moss added two TD receptions, while Jonathan Moss, Jordan DeMers, Dina Calvary and Ed Moss all added touchdown catches to the victory.

Matt Briley threw for a pair of TDs and Chase Richardson threw one and added a TD catch. Kevin Roman added a touchdown catch, while Tim Holly finished with a touchdown reception, a pick six and a 2-point conversion in the loss.


Horseshoe news

Six teams earned 3-0 records in pool play setting up a wild and crazy knockout round during Feb. 5 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

Round 1 saw John Crawford and Steve Doyle eliminate Bob Lee and Tom Skoloda 21-7, while Tom Farrington and Neil Hennessey sent Del Reese and Bob Palmer home on a 22-17 victory. First-round action concluded with Norm Good and Bob Brown taking out Bob Rowley and Gary Howcroft by a score of 22-6.

Farrington and Hennessey got the bye to start round 2 and watched as Crawford and Doyle eliminated Good and Brown 22-8 to advance to the finals. Crawford-Doyle stayed hot in the final and held on for a 22-15 victory over Farrington-Hennessey to win the day’s bragging rights.

Two teams advanced to the knockout stage at the horseshoe pits Feb. 8. Jerry Disbrow celebrated his 60th birthday in style, teaming up with Farrington to earn the day’s bragging rights on a 23-6 victory over Crawford and Steve Hooper.

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.


KRC news

Golf action at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach got started Feb. 3 with the men’s nine-hole modified Stableford-system match. Earl Ritchie and Gary Razze tied for first place with matching plus-3s, while Gerry Dahl, Peter Lund and Pam Lowry were all a point back in second place.

Lund and Ritchie were part of the winning team that included Tom Nelson and Larry Vandlen on a combined score of plus-1.

The women played a nine-hole individual-low net match in four flights Feb. 4.

Margrit Layh cruised to a first-place finish in Flight A with a 1-under-par 31. Joy Kaiser, Carol Patterson and Ellen Boin tied for second at 2-over-par 34.

Pam Alvord took first place in Flight B with a 1-over-par 33, a stroke ahead of second-place finishers Jana Samuels and Janet Razze.

Annette Hall carded an even-par 32 to take first place in Flight C, ahead of Sue Powers and Terry Westby, who tied for second on 2-over-par 34s.

Markie Ksiazek nabbed first place in Flight D with a 1-under-par 31 to edge Jane Perkins by a stroke.

The men played a nine-hole shamble Feb. 6 and the team of Tim Donner, Mike Gillie, Buddy Foy and Diane Miller combined on a 1-under-par 31 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day.