Adult football champs crowned, Magic sets soccer tryouts

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Moss Builders quarterback Ryan Moss looks for a target as he also tries to elude a flag pull from Capt. Sky Cruises’ Brandin Holcomb during semifinal action June 11 in the adult flag football league at the Center of Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Kevin P. Cassidy
Tim Holly, Cory Banks, Jason Sato, Matt Briley, McKenna Ainger, Chase Richardson, Kevin Roman. Not pictured: Monica Simpson. Islander Courtesy Photo: Center of AMI

The adult flag football league at the Center of Anna Maria finally concluded — after a COVID-19 delay — with semis and the championship played June 11.

The teams also had to wait a bit for the weather to cooperate.

In the championship, Firkins Automotive outlasted Moss Builders 26-25 behind three touchdown passes from Jason Sato, and a touchdown pass and a touchdown reception from Chase Richardson. Matt Briley finished with a pair of touchdown catches and an extra point, while Cory Banks completed the scoring with a touchdown and an extra point in the victory.

Moss quarterback Ryan Moss threw three touchdown passes, including two to Dina Calvary, who finished with a game-high eight catches on the night. Jordan Demers added a touchdown catch in the loss, while a pick six by Bradley Coleman and an extra-point reception from Jon Moss completed the scoring.

Firkins Automotive advanced to the title game with a 25-18 victory over Lancaster Designs behind three touchdown passes from Jason Sato and a seven-catch, three TD performance from Briley. Richardson threw for a touchdown and added a touchdown reception, while Tim Holly completed the scoring with a sack that resulted in a safety.

Cameron Kawcak threw for a score and added a touchdown reception and an extra point to lead Lancaster Designs, which also received a touchdown pass from Mike Gillum. Brandon Kull completed the scoring for Lancaster with a touchdown catch.

Moss Builders advanced to the title game by cruising to a 39-12 victory over Capt. Sky Cruises behind four touchdown passes by Ryan Moss and two touchdown receptions each for Calvary and Coleman. Jon Moss chipped in with a touchdown pass and Jay Hoffmeister finished with a touchdown catch.

Quarterback Connor Haughey threw a pair of touchdown passes to lead Capt. Sky Cruises, which also received a touchdown catch from Brandin Holcomb in the loss, and a touchdown reception, sack and an interception from Olivia Haughey.


Horseshoe news

Horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits produced an outright champion at the June 10 games. The team of Norm Good and Gary Howcroft forged the lone 3-0 record in pool play to earn a trip to the winner’s circle.

Two teams emerged from pool play June 13, as Jerry Disbrow and Tim Sofran pitched a shutout to defeat Jay Disbrow and Don Manifort 24-0 and 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.


Ready, set for Magic tryouts

Manatee Magic, a Manatee Area Youth Soccer competitive league, has set tryouts for boys and girls for the 2020 soccer season now that the soccer fields are open at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton.

Players must register in advance at and will be required to have their temperature taken by a MAYSO official immediately prior to the tryout.

June 22: U9 & U10; birth date, 2011-2012.

June 23: U11 & U12; birth date, 2009-2010.

June 24: U13 & U14; birth date, 2007-2008.

June 25: U15-U18; birth date, 2003-2006.

The tryouts start with check-in at 5:30 p.m.

Open practices also will be held to allow for players unable to attend the scheduled tryouts.

There is no cost to try out for Manatee Magic, but there is a cost to play the season.

Returning players can reach out to their coach. New, potential players need to reach out for the alternative tryout schedule.

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