Games play on at center, soccer champs named, awarded

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Hashmark Sports, 14-17 Champs Shawn Balvin, Nate Costello, Noah Costello, Alex McCauley, Chance Hayward, Yukio Kuriowa and Ian Godfrey.
Ashton Hovda, Aiden Templeton, Frankie Coleman, Jackson Zoller, Dalton Fox, Gabriella Gilbert, Mikey Coleman, Justin Clark and Brennan Gunter. Islander Photo: Courtesy Center of Anna Maria Island
8-10 Champs, HSH Designs Connor Samblis, Savanna Coba, Charlie Neri, Noah Rigney, Chase Signor, Lucas Signor, Sterling Holiday and Brylee Roberts. Islander Photo: Courtesy Center of Anna Maria Island.

Championship night in the youth flag football league at the Center of Anna Maria Island was March 10 and games were followed by awards aplenty for the season.

Three age groups competed in the league with games played on the center field.

The 8-10 division MVP went to Peyton Hovda of Cool Today, while HSH Design’s Savanna Coba captured the female prize for MVP. Swordfish Grills’ Cale Rudacille was the recipient of the sportsmanship award, while Noah Rigney of HSH Designs earned the most improved player.

JM Feeney of Slim’s Place is MVP of the 11-13 division with Ugly Grouper’s Gabriella Gilbert earning female MVP. Progressive Cabinetry’s Matthew Hennessey was most improved, while the sportsmanship award went to Jack Mattick of Solid Rock Construction.

Hashmark Sports’ Nate Costello captured the MVP for the 14-17 division, while MuniPlan’s Tuna McCracken was named top quarterback. Most-improved player went to Ian Godfrey of Hashmark Sports, while Killer Bait’s Cole Carter grabbed the division sportsmanship award.

The night got started with a championship game between Ugly Grouper and Slim’s Place, with the Grouper rushing past Slim’s 41-12, behind four rushing touchdowns from Ashton Hovda and a touchdown run each from Gabriella Gilbert and Brennan Gunter. Jackson Zoller added a pair of extra points and Mikey Coleman added one in the victory.

JM Feeney ran for a touchdown to lead Slim’s in the loss and also received a touchdown pass from Nick Yatros to Jaxson Rush.

The 8-10 division final — another blowout — saw HSH Designs outscore Cool Today 39-16 behind three touchdown passes from Charlie Neri. Neri connected with Savanna Coba, Noah Rigney and Chase Signor, while Connor Samblis added a rushing touchdown and a pick six on defense. Extra points from Signor and Rigney and three extra-point receptions from Sterling Holiday completed the HSH Designs scoring in the victory.

Peyton Hovda had a pair of rushing touchdowns and a 2-point conversion to pace the Cool Today offense, which also received a 2-point conversion from Bailey Cain in the loss.

Championship night concluded with Hashmark Sports cruising past MuniPlan 35-19. Quarterback Ian Godfrey threw three touchdown passes, while Shawn Balvin contributed three touchdowns and an extra point. Chance Hayward and Nate Costello both added a touchdown and an extra point in the victory.

MuniPlan was led in the loss by Tuna McCracken’s two touchdown runs.


Adult indoor soccer action

After four weeks of adult soccer action in the gym at the Center of Anna Maria Island, Duncan Real Estate, with a 4-0 record, holds a half-game lead on 3-1 Pool America. Slim’s Place follows at 2-2, while Sato Real Estate, Gulfview Windows & Doors and Ross Built follow with matching 1-3 records.

Indoor action March 12 saw Ross Built edge Slim’s Place 13-10 behind hat tricks from Connor Bystrom, Murat Akay and Trevor Bystrom, while Max Gazzo came through with 22 saves in goal.

Kevin Roman’s five goals and two goals each from Brayan Felipe and Chris Culhane paced Slim’s Place in the loss.

Pool America swam past Gulfview Windows and Doors 17-8 behind six goals from Chris Scott and four goals from Andrew Sullivan. Chris Klotz added three goals and 12 saves for Pool America in the victory.

Raul scored six goals and Keith Mahoney added two goals and two assists to lead Gulfview, which received 23 saves from Ryan Moss in the loss.

The last game of the evening was a defensive struggle between Duncan and Sato that ended with an 11-6 score behind six goals from Damir Glavan and two goals and two assists from Joey Hutchinson. Robb Marshall made 22 saves to close out the victory.

Steve Velliquette and Sean Flynn scored two goals each to lead Sato in the loss.


Seedings set in adult flag football

After seven weeks of season action, the adult flag football seedings are final and playoff matchups are set for the March 26 quarterfinal games.

Moss Builders earned top seed and will take on No. 8 Ugly Grouper at 7 p.m. Ray’s Ramblings earned second seed and will take on No. 7 Capt. Sky Cruises at 8 p.m. Lancaster Designs came in third and will battle No. 6 Beach Bums at 9 p.m., while No. 4 Firkins Automotive will meet No. 5 Slim’s Place in the opening game at 6 p.m.


Horseshoe news

Two teams emerged from pool play and battled for the day’s bragging rights during March 11 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

Team Bob — Bob Rowley and Bob Palmer — earned the day’s title with a 21-12 victory over Dom Livedoti and Norm Langeland.

Three teams advanced to the knockout stage during March 14 action. Rowley and Tom Farrington drew the lucky bye into the finals and watched as Rich Brozi and Rod Bussey advanced with a 21-17 victory over Neil Hennessey and Bob Lee. The final was a close, back-and-forth affair that saw Brozi and Bussey outlast Rowley and Farrington 21-19 to truly earn the day’s bragging rights.

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

Last week’s golf action at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach teed off March 9 with the men playing a nine-hole modified-Stableford System match.

Wayne Patterson dominated with a score of plus-7, three points ahead of Jon Holcomb and Jack Lowry, who finished in a tie for second with matching plus-3s.

Patterson also was the main cog in the first-place team of Dale Hudson, Dave Rinkey and Bob Soos that combined on a plus-7.

The women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net match March 10 in four flights.

Judy Christensen grabbed first-place honors in Flight A with a 1-over-par 33, two strokes ahead of a trio of second-place finishers, MaryLou Dreier, Carol Patterson and Roxanne Koche.

Flight B was captured by Sue Christenson on a 2-under-par 30. Annette Hall was alone in second with a 1-over-par 33, while Gloria LaDue was another stroke back in third.

Terry Westby carded a 5-under-par 27 to take first place in Flight C and tie for low round of the day. Peggi Clauhs took second place in the flight with an even-par 32.

Monica Lawson won Flight D, matching Westby’s 5-under-par 27 and giving her a 5-shot victory over second-place finisher Anne Klein.

The men were back on the par-32 course March 12 for the week’s nine-hole scramble. The team of Art McMillan, Larry Pippel and Larry Solberg combined on a 3-under-par 29 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day.


Registration opens for two adult leagues

Adults can now register for spring soccer and basketball at the center.

The fee for outdoor soccer is $10 for members and $106 for nonmembers. The last day to register will be April 2.

Evaluations will be held on the field at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 2, and the schedule of games will start Wednesday, April 8, though the rest of the season’s games will be played Thursdays.

Basketball registration continues until Monday, April 6, with the season starting Monday, April 13. The fee to play is $10 for members and $96 for nonmembers.

Players can register online at or in person at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

For more information, contact Tim Holly at or Connor Haughey at or call 941-778-1908.