Champions crowned in youth soccer, golf tournament played

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Ava Gitt of Miz & Hiz Biz carries the ball out during the third-place matchup in the 8-10 division playoffs at the Center of Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Kevin P. Cassidy
Progressive Cabinetry, 8-10 champs Victoria Perry, Brooklyn Melancon, Cale Rudacille, Cammie Rudacille, Jack Zaccagnino, Jackson Kennedy, Jack McCarthy, Malia Keith and Jesse Zaccagnino celebrate their 8-10 division youth soccer championship with their coaches. Islander Courtesy Photo: CenterofAMI
Gulf Drive Cafe, 11-14 division champs Dennis Gallagher, Eve Baugher, Tommy Baugher, Carter Eurice, Ava Harlan, Aiden Gannon, Katelyn Cecil and Evan Talucci, pictured with their coaches, are the 2020 11-14 division soccer champs at the community center. Islander Courtesy Photo: CenterofAMI

In a tense, frenetic and competitive soccer match for all the marbles in the season’s 8-10 division, Progressive Cabinetry outlasted Beach Bums Oct. 27 to grab the championship cup by a 2-0 score in the fall league at the Center of Anna Maria Island.

Beach Bums put up a good fight with Tomas Bartos and Hayden Eurice making dangerous runs only to be stymied by the strong defense of center back Cale Rudacille.

Progressive Cabinetry’s offense, which ran through Jack McCarthy and Jesse Zaccagnino, pressured the Beach Bums defense, only to be turned away time after time by the strong defense of Julie Baugher.

The pressure of the Progressive Cabinetry offense finally cracked the Beach Bums defense with Jack McCarthy finishing twice, giving Progressive Cabinetry a 2-0 victory and the 8-10 championship.

The 8-10 division third-place match saw Moss Builders cruise to a 4-1 victory over Miz & Hiz Biz behind two goals from Silas Dewitt and a goal each from Aiden Guess and Liam McGinnis.

Nixon Conner notched the lone goal or Miz & Hiz, while Liam Nunez made five saves to help keep his team in the game.

Later in the evening, Gulf Drive Cafe earned a hard-fought, 1-0 victory over No. 1 Tidy MD to win an upset in the 11-14 division.

Tommy Baugher notched the lone goal for the Gulf Drive Cafe victory. Goalie Evan Talucci made seven saves for the Cafe team.

Emma Raulerson came through with five saves for Tidy MD in the loss.

The third-place match saw Ugly Grouper swim past Slim’s Place by a 5-0 score behind two goals each from Hamish Robertson and Ronan Robertson. Gabriella Gilbert added a goal and Benjamin Young made 11 saves for Ugly Grouper in the victory.

Emerson Gitt, Elek Brisson and Chad Nunez combined to make 10 saves for Slim’s Place in the loss.


Key Royale golf news

Golf action at Key Royale Club teed off with the men playing their weekly modified Stableford-system match Oct. 26.

Dave Richardson and Larry Solberg both carded plus-4s to finish in a tie for first place. Second-place also ended in a tie as Don Grau and Bill MacMillan were both a point back in second place.


Horseshoe news

Only one team was able to post a 3-0 record in pool play during Oct. 28 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City hall horseshoe pits. The team of Steve Doyle and Bob Palmer were the outright champions for the day.

Three teams emerged from pool play with 3-0 records during the Halloween day action. Tim Sofran and Bob Heiger drew the lucky bye into the finals Oct. 31 and watched as Steve Hooper and Tom Skoloda defeated Steve Doyle 22-16 to advance as well.

Sofran and Heiger took advantage of the free pass to the finals by cruising to a 23-8 victory over Hooper and Skoloda.

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.