The rains subsided and the players came out.
The soccer playoffs in the adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island resumed Nov. 18 after a postponement due to the passage of Tropical Storm Eta in the Gulf of Mexico.
The regular-season seedings proved prophetic as the first game pitting No. 4 Blalock Walters against No. 5 Ugly Grouper was the lone competitive game of the evening. Ugly Grouper edged Blalock Walters 5-4 behind three goals and two assists from Chris Scott and a goal and an assist from Nate Welch. Eliza Faillace completed the scoring with a goal, while Robb Marshall made 11 saves to help preserve the victory.
Damir Glavan led Blalock Walters with two goals, while Matt Staggs scored one. Greg DeMeuse scored a goal to round out the scoring, while also coming through with four saves in goal.
Signature Granite cruised to an 8-2 victory over Skinny’s Place in the second game of the night behind a hat trick from Hakan Toka and two goals from Olsin Crean. Chris Yavalar, Lindsey Styka and Zach Lieb each added a goal, while Steve Oelfke made seven saves in the victory.
Jonathan Aragon and Chase Diaz each notched goals for Skinny’s, which also received nine saves from Garret Richelieu in the loss.
Slim’s Place easily dispatched Solid Rock Construction 7-3 behind four goals from Kevin Roman. Clancy Vaughn, Brent Moss and Nick Bouchard each scored goals to complete the victory.
Solid Rock Construction received a pair of goals from Neil Fellowes and a goal and an assist from Jamie Hutchinson. Connor Bystrom chipped in with an assist and Mark Long made five saves in the loss.
The last match of the night saw Sato Real Estate cruise to an 8-2 victory over Progressive Cabinetry behind two goals each from Jason Sato and Jessica Williams. Trevor Fair, John Haggerty, Kai Richardson and Raul Loria all added goals, while Rico Beissert made seven saves between the pipes.
Keith Mahoney and Andrew Sullivan scored goals to lead Progressive Cabinetry in the loss.
The semifinal action will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 — with no rain in the forecast.
The first match will pit No. 1 seed Signature Granite against No. 5 Ugly Grouper followed by No. 2 Slim’s Place matching up against No. 3 Sato Real Estate at 7:30 p.m.
The adult league championship match between the winners of the semifinals is set to kick off at 9 p.m.
Key Royale golf news
There was a full week of golf action at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach, starting with the men’s nine-hole modified-Stableford match Nov. 16.
Kurt Snouffer and Terry Tarras tied for first place with scores of plus-3 points. Tarras’ score also helped his teammates —Bill DeMenna, Don Grau and Gary Razze — to the team title with a combined score of plus-6.
The women played a nine-hole individual-low-net match in four flights Nov. 17.
Margrit Layh fired an even-par 32 to grab first place in Flight A by one stroke over second-place finisher Roxanne Koche.
Sue Wheeler carded an even-par 32 to take first place in Flight B. Sue Christenson came in second at 2-over-par 34, while Fran Barford was another shot back in third place.
Flight C was captured by Penny Williams with a 4-over-par 36, while Marilyn Niewijk was three shots back in second.
Terry Westby fashioned a 2-over-par 34 to take first place in Flight D over second-place finisher Anne Klein.
Two teams emerged from pool play with 3-0 records and battled for the day’s championship during Nov. 18 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
The team of Tim Sofran and Norm Good were just too “good” as they cruised to a 21-0 shutout victory over Bob Lee and Bob Hawks.
The Nov. 21 games saw two walkers advance to the knockout stage with 3-0 records. Tom Farrington jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 21-13 victory over Steve Doyle to earn bragging rights for the day.
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.