Waterfront halts Sugar Beach’s bid for basketball perfection
Based on the lead up in the regular basketball season, players for Sugar Beach Digital Photography should have walked out of the gym Sept. 21 at the Center of Anna Maria Island clutching championship trophies.
The players from Waterfront Restaurant had other ideas. They came to play and scored an 8-7 upset victory over Sugar Beach to win the center’s youth basketball championship.
Nick Yatros led the way with 7 points, while Jayden Sparks’ single foul shot provided the winning margin of victory for the newly crowned champs. Other members of Waterfront are Evan Talucci, Natalie Talucci, Cole Rudacille and Dalton Fox.
Jack Proctor paced Sugar Beach with 7 points in the loss. Other members of Sugar Beach are Lily Kawahata, Tom Baugher, Peyton Hovda, Sterling Holmes Holidy and Evie Baugher.
Waterfront advanced to the finals by upsetting regular-season, second-place finisher Harry’s Grill 13-8 Sept. 20 behind 6 points from Jayden Sparks, 5 points from Nick Yatros and 2 points from Evan Talucci.
Harry’s Grill was led by Kenneth Neiring’s 6 points and 2 points from Anthony Nguyen.
Sugar Beach advanced to the finals by rolling to a 16-7 victory over Salty Printing behind 10 points from Jack Proctor. Evie Baugher chipped in with 4 points, while brother Tommy Baugher finished with 2 points in the victory.
Harrison Schenerlein paced Salty Printing with 6 points, while Fiona McCarthy completed the scoring with 1 point.
Games are played at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Standings tighten in adult football league
The adult flag football league at the center became a lot more interesting after last week’s action delivered Mason Martin its first loss of the season.
It drops Mason Martin into a three-way tie for first place with Progressive Cabinetry and Moss Builders, which all sit at 3-1 on the season. Beach House Real Estate and Coldwell Banker follow at 2-2, while Tyler’s Ice Cream, Anna Maria CrossFit and Blake Medical Center bring up the rear of the standings with matching 1-3 records.
Coldwell Banker opened the Sept. 22 action with a 19-7 victory over Tyler’s Ice Cream behind an efficient passing performance from quarterback Chuck Buky. Buky completed 15 of 19 passes for 260 yards and three touchdown passes to three different receivers.
Robert Kaston had a team-high 90 receiving yards and one touchdown reception, while Matt Morgan finished with 65 receiving yards and a touchdown to go along with 50 passing yards on two completions. James Ptak added a touchdown reception to go along with 60 receiving yards, while Karri Stephens completed the scoring with an extra point and 60 receiving yards.
Jason Sato passed for 175 yards and a touchdown to lead Tyler’s Ice Cream, which also received a touchdown reception and 65 receiving yards from Ben Sato. Nick Sato added 60 receiving yards while Lexi Sato completed the scoring with an extra-point reception in the loss.
Progressive Cabinetry moved into first place thanks to a 20-12 victory over Mason Martin behind a strong all-around game from quarterback Tim Shaughnessy.
Shaughnessy completed nine of 11 passes for 120 yards and one touchdown pass, while also running for 70 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Caleb Roberts was his favorite receiver with 90 receiving yards and a touchdown, while Pat Calvary completed the scoring with a pair of extra-point receptions.
Ray Gardner paced Mason Martin with 230 passing yards and a pair of touchdown passes to Frank Agnelli, who finished with two touchdown catches. Eric Gledhill added 80 receiving yards for Mason Martin in the loss.
Moss Builders rolled to a 41-22 victory over Anna Maria CrossFit in the third game of the evening behind the play of quarterback Ryan Moss. Moss completed 17 of 20 passes for 235 yards and three touchdown passes, while also running for 35 yards and a touchdown.
Andrew Terman also had a huge game. He was Moss’ favorite target on offense, finishing with 115 receiving yards, including two touchdowns and three extra points, while adding three interceptions, including two that he returned for touchdowns on defense. Chad Woods added 75 receiving yards and a touchdown, while Mike Gillum and Rainia Lardas completed the scoring with extra-point catches.
Clay Spangler passed for 170 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Sean Flynn added 105 receiving yards including a touchdown and a 2-point conversion to lead Anna Maria CrossFit. Jesse Brisson added 60 receiving yards, including a touchdown an a two-point conversion while Danny Murphy completed the scoring with a touchdown run.
Blake Medical Center defeated Beach House Real Estate 19-13 to earn its first win of the season. Quarterback Chase Bennion passed for 230 yards and a pair of touchdown passes, while also running for 45 yards and a touchdown to account for all of Blake’s points. Aaron VanHook was his top receiver, finishing with 115 yards and a touchdown, while Chris McCorkle added 110 receiving yards, a touchdown and an extra point. McCorkle also added two interceptions to go along with a team-high four flag pulls to pace the Blake defense in the victory.
Beach House Real Estate quarterback Don Purvis completed only five passes and was picked off twice, but switched to receiver and finished with 115 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Jon Moss completed only three passes, but they were good for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played a nine-hole, modified-Stableford System match Sept. 19, with David Crabb the big winner on a plus-1.
The Key Royale women got on the course Sept. 21 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match in two flights.
Helen Pollock carded a 2-under-par 30 to grab first place in flight A. Debi Wohlers was one shot back in second place, while Phyllis Roe was alone in third with an even-par 32.
Jana Samuels fired a 2-under-par 30 to take first place in flight B. Sue Wheeler took second place with a 1-over-par 33, while Fran Barford and Terry Westby were tied for third with matching 35s.
The men were back on the course Sept. 22 for a nine-hole scramble. The team of Jon Holcomb, Hoyt Miller and Ron Vandeman combined on a 3-under-par 29 to earn clubhouse bragging rights.
Two teams emerged from pool play and were left to battle for top dog in the Sept. 21 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
The team of Dom Livedoti and Neil Nennessey earned a trip to the winner’s circle after defeating Sam Samuels and Roger Nigg by a 23-14 score.
Tim Sofran was the outright champ during Sept. 24 action after forging the only 3-0 record in pool play.
Play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Cornhole action continues at Ugly Grouper
Cornhole action continues at the Ugly Grouper Bar & Grill, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, with games played Tuesday nights.
Ugly Grouper Toss Me Softly, Amateur Corn Stars and Captain Morgan Charters are 4-0 for a three-way tie for first place. Tag em and Bag em and AMI Car Wash are 3-1 and tied for fourth place. Island Coffee Haus AMI, Island Coffee Haus HB, Corn Dawgs #2, Island Bazaar Beach Bums, Def Con 5 and General Store all are 2-2 in a six-way tie for fifth place. Corn Dawgs #1 are alone in 11th place while The Feast, the Duck and the Corn, Island Coffee Haus and Beach Monkey Pools are 0-4 — tied for last place.
Fish the mullet-only tourney
Not too many fishing tournaments focus on the lowly mullet as the prize.
Often offshore tournaments feature big game, marlin or sailfish, pricey entry fees and big prizes. Tarpon tournaments are the same.
Inshore, fishers often gear up for a trifecta — snook, redfish and spotted seatrout.
But come Oct. 1, locals — especially the commercial fishing experts working out of Cortez — have a chance to compete in a mullet hunt with an entry fee of $20.
A captain’s meeting — including a free drink for participants — for the third annual Flippin’ Mullet Sports Bar Mullet Fishing tournament will be 7-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the Flippin’ Mullet bar at Swordfish Grill, 4628 119th St. W., Cortez.
Fising starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and closes out at the weigh-in at the Flippin’ bar at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2., followed by the awards party at 6 p.m.
Prizes are offered for the five biggest mullet.
For information, call 941-798-2035.