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Holmes Beach sets wheels in motion for new skate park

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Looking back five years to January 2013: Skaters Christian Daniels, left, Nico Calleja, Jack Coleman and Steven Espy take a break at the Holmes Beach skate park. Islander Courtesy Photo
Tito Porrata, left, discusses his plan for an updated skate park Dec. 11, 2018, with skaters Jack Coleman, Matt Bauer, Michael Sabato and Justin McKenzie following a Holmes Beach meeting at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

A new skate park is taking priority in Holmes Beach.

While people might assume surfing is the top outdoor sport on a coastal island, skateboarding holds a special place in island culture.

But boarders need a place to hone their skills.

“Going to the skate park was one place where I could just be myself,” Jack Coleman, 20, an Anna Maria Island lifelong resident and skateboarder, said Dec. 31, 2018.

Coleman, along with several other members of the island skateboarding community, has been working with Pivot Custom Skate Parks lead designer Tito Porrata and city engineer Lynn Burnett on an updated skate park along Marina Drive in the 5900 block.

The proposed park will be alongside the city’s public works compound between city field and Marina Drive.

“Just to see Poratta’s design over the last month is very heartwarming, because I love it,” Coleman said.

The original skate park, which was built in 2003 and closed in 2017 for repairs, will reopen in 2019.

The budget for the redo, approved by the commission in 2018, will be $150,000.

The commission also agreed Dec. 11, 2018, to an option to add a bowl — used for tricks and similar to an empty in-ground pool — if the community can raise $100,000 by the summer.

Porrata, a professional skater since 1984, helped design the skate park at Riverwalk, a park in downtown Bradenton.

“Most of the municipal parks in Florida, I’ve designed and managed the construction,” Porrata said. “I call myself a translator between our skate culture and life.”

He said a new skate park would draw people from around the state, as well as locals.

Porrata said the life span of the park would be about 15 years, but could extend beyond that time if it is well maintained.

He said the city plans to use shrubbery to create a safety barrier between Marina Drive and the skate park, as the city continues a redesign of city field, the park and recreational complex bordered by Marina and Flotilla drives and 59th Street.

Burnett said an arborist working on the redesign of city field will meet with her and Porrata to ensure the skate park fits the plans for the field.

“We want to make sure we do the right kind of plants and the right kind of trees and have it dense enough that it can catch any skateboards that might be flying the wrong way,” Burnett said. “That will be incorporated as part of our overall landscape and the architectural design elements of the park.”

“I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the design, Commission Chair Jim Kihm said upon seeing the rendering of plans for the park at the Dec. 11 commission meeting. “I think you’ve given us something that very well integrates with the rest of the area.”

Mayor Judy Titsworth agreed.

“To me, the skate park is recognizing our local youth,” Titsworth said in an interview Dec. 31.

“It is a given that our visitors will enjoy it as well, it is just really important to me that we remember our youth when designing our park amenities. This is still, in my opinion, one of the best places in the country to raise a family and a skate park complements our beach community perfectly.”

Soccer teams’ dreams of perfect season end with a tie

After three weeks of action in the adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island, no team has a chance at a perfect season unless you count Ross Built, winless and holding last place at 0-3.

Lancaster Design and Sato Real Estate were both 2-0 heading into their Nov. 1 matchup, which ended in a 4-4 tie and matching 2-0-1 records. Right on their heels is 2-1 Eason Builders, while Jiffy Lube is in fourth with a 1-0-2 record. Moss Builders holds down fifth place with a 1-1-1 record, while the AMI Locals hold sixth place at 0-1-2, just ahead of Slim’s Place at 0-2-1.

Moss Builders opened the action on the center pitch Nov. 1 with a 5-3 victory over Ross Built thanks to a hat trick from Adam Bujarski and a goal each from Ryan Moss and Eduardo Vera. Jordan Demers helped preserve the victory with nine saves in goal.

Vince Circharo paced Ross Built with two goals in the loss, while Stephen Adair scored one. Robb Marshall helped keep Ross Built in the game with 11 saves.

Eason Builders outlasted Slim’s Place by a 5-4 margin behind four goals from Damir Glavan and a goal from Greg DeMeuse. Ray Gardner, Sean Flynn and Yuri Pereira combined to make 11 saves in goal.

Yorvi Moreira scored two goals and Diego Felipe and Murat Akay each scored goals to lead Slim’s Place, which also received seven saves from PJ Smargisso in the loss.

Jiffy Lube and AMI Locals battled to a 3-3 tie in the third match of the evening. Eliza Failace paced Jiffy Lube with two goals, while Ricky Anderson added a goal and an assist. Michael Lewis made seven saves to help preserve the tie.

Jessica Williams had a goal and an assist to lead AMI Locals, which also received a goal each from Tyler Robinson and Adam Mott in the tie.

Sato and Lancaster battled to a 4-4 tie in the final match of the evening, but did so in different fashion. Sato rode a balanced scoring attack on goals from Josh Sato, Nate Welch, Andrew Schmidt and Matthew Skags, while Mark Rudacille made 10 saves between the pipes.

Lancaster’s four goals came from Zackary Lieb and there were eight saves from John Haggerty.

 

Youth soccer season winds down

With only a week left of the youth soccer season at the center, there’s no chance of catching Planet Stone in the 8-10 division or Bins Be Clean in the 11-13 division for top seeds in the playoffs.

Planet Stone sits at 8-2-2, comfortably ahead of 6-6-1 Ugly Grouper and well in front of 2-8-3 Progressive Cabinetry. Bins Be Clean holds an even greater lead and a 9-0-1 record in the 11-13 division. Slim’s Place holds down second place with a 2-7-1 record, while Wash Family Construction is in last place with a 2-6-2 record.

The playoffs will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14, so the teams have one game to manage an upset victory before the championship match.

Ugly Grouper opened the 8-10 division action Oct. 30 with a 2-0 victory over Progressive Cabinetry, but then lost 4-1 to Planet Stone in the second match. Planet Stone won its second match with a 3-1 decision over Progressive Cabinetry.

Bins Be Clean opened 11-13 division action with a 2-0 victory over Slim’s Place and followed with a 4-1 victory over Wash Family Construction. The final match of the evening saw Slim’s Place and Wash Family Construction battle to a 2-2 tie.

 

Key Royale golf news

The beautiful fall weather brought a bevy of golfers to the Key Royale Club.

The men got things started with a nine-hole, modified-Stableford system match Oct. 29. Herb Clauhs earned clubhouse bragging rights after posting a plus-5, while Dave Richardson and Peter Murley finished in a tie for second on matching plus-4s.

The team of Gerry Dahl, Jon Holcomb, Dale Johnson and Bob Soos combined on a plus-4 to win the team competition.

The women took the course Oct. 30 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in four flights.

Brenda Solleveld fired a 4-under-par 28 to lap the field in Flight A.

Carol Paterson’s 5-under-par 27 gave her low round of the day and first place in Flight B, while Connie Livanos carded a 2-under-par 30 to win Flight B by one stroke over second-place finisher Barb Harrold.

Terry Westby rode a chipin on the first hole to a 3-under-par 29 and first place in Flight D.

The men were back on the course Nov. 1 for a nine-hole scramble. The team of Brian Comer, Joe Muscatello, Jere Rice and Tom Solosky combined on a 6-under-par 26 to earn win over a 3-under-par 29 from Bill Brodie, Marty Hicks, John Purcell and Dave Richardson.

 

Horseshoe news

Three teams advanced to the knockout round and battled for the day’s championship during Halloween horseshoe action Oct. 31 at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The team of Steve Doyle and Gary Howcroft drew the lucky bye into the finals and watched as Bob Lee and Tom Skoloda shutout Bob Rowley and Neil Hennessey by a 23-0 score. Lee-Skoloda stayed hot, taking out Doyle-Howcroft on a 22-6 score.

Lee was back in the winner’s circle following the Nov. 3 games, this time teamed with Howcroft to post the lone 3-0 pool play record.

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.

Soccer action tops center news, golf, horseshoes continue

The adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island completed its second week of the fall season with four matches played Oct. 25.

After two matches, Sato Real Estate and Lancaster Design were the lone teams at 2-0 in the standings. Jiffy Lube is on their heels with a 1-0-1 record, followed by 1-1 Eason Builders. Slim’s Place, AMI Locals and Moss Builders all sport 0-1-1 records, while Ross Built is in the basement with an 0-2 record.

The action kicked off with Sato rolling past Ross Built by a 7-3 score behind two goals each from Eric Pullen and Mark Rudacille. Andrew Schmidt added a goal and two assists, while Francisco Oliviera and Matthew Skaggs each added goals. Scott Bear helped preserve the victory with 10 saves between the pipes.

Chris Circharo, Vince Circharo and Erin Felipe each scored a goal for Ross Built, which also received eight saves from Robb Marshall in the loss.

Jiffy Lube and Moss Builders battled to a 6-6 tie in the second match of the night. Adam Bujarski paced Moss Builders with five goals. Omar Polar added one goal while Robert Armstrong chipped in with two assists and Jordan Demers finished with seven saves.

Daniel Anderson paced a balanced Jiffy Lube attack with two goals while Nathan Kragt, Eliza Faillace, Mike Brusso and Charles Buky each notched one. Ricky Anderson added two assists while Michael Lewis finished with nine saves in the tie.

Lancaster Design outscored Slim’s Place 6-4 in the third match behind a balanced offense led by Nick Bouchard’s two goals. Blair Schlossberg had a goal and an assist while Zackary Lieb, Sumiko Chipman and Ryan Hogan each added one goal. Trey Horne helped preserve the victory with 11 saves in goal.

Aaron Parkin and Diego Felipe scored two goals each to lead Slim’s Place, which also received an assist from Nathan Talucci and 13 saves from goalie PJ Smargisso in the loss.

The last match of the night saw Eason Builders hold off AMI Locals for a 6-5 victory behind two goals from Scott Eason. Sean Flynn added a goal and an assist for Eason, which also received goals from Damir Glavan, Amy Ivin and Greg Demeuse in the victory. Goalie Cliff Powell made seven saves to help preserve the victory.

Jessica Williams and Tyler Robinson scored two goals each to lead AMI Locals, which also received a goal from Kevin Roman and nine saves from Ben Sato in the loss.

 

Youth teams maintain big leads in soccer

Action in the youth soccer league at the center continued last week with a bevy of “mini” games played Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

Planet Stone continues to lead the 8-10 division with a 6-2-2 record while Ugly Grouper stands alone in second place at 5-5-1. Progressive Cabinetry is in third place with a 2-6-3 record.

Progressive earned a point to open action Oct. 23 with a 1-1 tie against first-place Planet Stone, although not as fortunate in its second match, dropping a 2-1 decision to Ugly Grouper, which then suffered a 6-0 loss to Planet Stone in the final match of the evening.

Action Oct. 24 started with Planet Stone earning a 2-1 victory over Ugly Grouper before dropping a 2-1 decision to Progressive Cabinetry. Ugly Grouper then closed out the night with a 4-3 victory over Progressive.

The 11-13 division has undefeated Bins Be Clean in first place with a 7-0-1 record, well ahead of second-place Slim’s Place at 2-6 and Wash Family Construction, holding down third place on a 2-5-1 record.

Bins Be Clean opened Oct. 23 action with a 6-4 victory over Wash. WFC bounced back with a 3-1 victory over Slim’s Place in the second match, as the final match of the night saw Bins Be Clean earn a 2-0 shutout victory over Slim’s Place.

Slim’s opened the Oct. 24 action with a 4-1 victory over WFC, which bounced back to give Bins Be Clean its first blemish on a 2-2 tie finish. Bins Be Clean bounced back to hand Slim’s Place a 4-1 defeat in the last match of the week.

 

Key Royale golf news

Members of Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach participated in a Nine, Wine & Dine scramble Oct. 19 at the club.

The team of Peggy and Herb Clauhs and Veronica and Peter Murley combined on a 6-under-par 26 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day. Second place went to the team of Mary Lou Dreier, Debi Wohlers and Sharon and Terry Terras with a score of 4-under-par 28. The team of Remi Drigan, Robert Kingan and Brenda and Bob O’Brien were alone in third place at 3-under-par 29.

Regular golf action resumed Oct. 22 with the men’s nine-hole modified-Stableford system match. Larry Solberg carded a plus-6 to take first place, two points ahead of second-place finisher Bob Leeham.

The women got on the course Oct. 23 for a nine-hole individual-low-net match in two flights.

Stephanie Morris fired an even-par 32 to win Flight A, one stroke ahead of Helen Pollock and Tootie Wagner, who tied for second place. Pam Lowry and Carol Duncan were another stroke back in a tie for third place.

Marty Clark’s 4-under-par 28 gave her first place in Flight B. Terry Westby came in second on a 2-under-par 30, while Fran Barford took third with a 1-over-par 33.

Clark, Amy Tripp, Tarras, Morris and Duncan all had chip-ins on the day.

 

Horseshoe news

Two teams advanced to the knockout round and battled for the day’s championship after posting 3-0 records in pool play during Oct. 24 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The team of Dom Livedoti and Tom Skoloda held off Gary Howcroft and came away with a 21-19 victory to earn bragging rights for the day.

The Oct. 27 games saw four teams advance to the playoffs with 3-0 records. In the first semifinal, Bob Rowley walked his way into the finals with a 22-8 victory over Howcroft and Jay Disbrow, while the other semifinal match saw Livedoti and Norm Langeland move on with a 21-12 victory over Tim Sofran. Livedoti and Langeland rolled into the winner’s circle with a 22-5 blowout over Rowley, giving Livedoti his fifth consecutive victory.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits, where warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

 

Correction

A player and a coach were inadvertently omitted from last week’s sports announcement for the Center Select Soccer Team. Player Nick Yatros and coach Rick Hurst are participants with the travel team.

Center soccer players travel to win second tourney

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Center Select Soccer Team members Jack Mattick, Jackson Pakbaz, Aiden Templeton, Hamish Robertson, Ronan Robertson, Connor Samblis, Riley Lawson, JM Feeney, Kieran Cloutier, Ewen Cloutier and Victor Albrecht celebrate their victory in the East Coast Florida Cup in Cocoa Beach. Islander Photo: Courtesy Center of AMI

The Center of Anna Maria Island Select Soccer Team traveled to the East Coast Florida Cup in Cocoa Beach over the Oct. 13-14 weekend and came away with its second consecutive tournament title.

The all-boys team opened play Oct. 13 with a 9-1 victory over FKK Kraze Timbers and then followed with another 9-1 victory over Central Brevard Soccer Club.

The following morning, the center team battled to a 2-2 tie with Cape Coral Arsenal. They met Cape Coral again in the championship match later in the day and came away with a 4-3 victory thanks to a game-winning goal from Jack Mattick. Connor Samblis added a goal and Riley Lawson notched two of his team-leading nine tourney goals, while goalie Victor Albrecht came through with 14 saves.

Congratulations!

 

Fall soccer action continues

Youth soccer league action at the Center of Anna Maria continued last week.

So far, two teams have dominated the 8-10 and 11-13 age divisions. Planet Stone is atop the trio of teams in the 8-10 division with a 6-1-1 record. Ugly Grouper is in second place with a 3-4-1 record, while Progressive Cabinetry holds down the bottom spot in the standings with a 1-5-2 record.

Action Oct. 16 saw Ugly Grouper roll to an 8-3 victory over Progressive Cabinetry before being shutout by a 3-0 score by Planet Stone in the second match. Planet Stone defeated Ugly Grouper 4-2 in its first match of the evening.

Eight-to-10 division action Oct. 17 saw Planet Stone roll to a 7-0 victory over Ugly Grouper in the first match before doubling up on Progressive Cabinetry in the second match.

The 11-13 division standings have Bins Be Clean on top with a 5-0-1 record, well ahead of  1-3-2 Wash Family Construction and 1-4-1 Slim’s Place.

Bins Be Clean opened 11-13 division action Oct. 16 with a 4-1 victory over Wash Family Construction, followed by the Bin team edging Slim’s Place on a 4-3 score. The last match of the evening saw Wash bounce back with a 3-2 victory over Slim’s Place.

Wash put the lone blemish on Bins Be Clean’s season Oct. 17 in a battle to a 2-2 tie.

The Bins bounced back in its second match with a 3-1 victory over Slim’s. The final match of the evening saw Slim’s Place battle to a 1-1 tie with Wash Family Construction.

 

Adult soccer starts up at center

The adult soccer league at the center kicked off another season Oct. 18 with four matches. The action got started with Lancaster Design rolling to an 8-3 victory over Eason Builders behind three goals from Nick Bouchard and two goals and an assist from Ryan Hogan. Zackary Lieb, Kris Yavalar and John Haggerty each had a goal, while Rebecca Luneau had two assists and Trey Horne finished with nine saves in goal.

Greg DeMeuse scored two goals and Amy Ivin had one to lead Eason Builders, which received eight saves from Cliff Powell in the loss.

Jiffy Lube edged Ross Built by a 7-6 score in the second match behind three goals and an assist from Ricky Anderson and a pair of goals from Nathan Kragt. Eliza Faillace and Steve Oelfke each notched a goal, while Michael Lewis and Mike Brusso combined to make eight saves in the victory.

Connor Bystrom scored three goals and Vince Circharo added two goals to lead Ross Built, which also received a goal from Stephen Adair and seven saves from Robb Marshall in the loss.

The third match of the evening saw the AMI Locals battle to a 4-4 tie with Slim’s Place. Kevin Roman led the way with two goals and an assist, while Tyler Robinson and Chris Culhane had a goal each. Ben Sato and Jake Parsons combined to make 10 saves in the tie.

Aaron Parkin had a pair of goals and an assist and Yorvi Moreira add two goals to lead Slim’s Place, which also received an assist from Joseph Jones and 11 saves from PJ Smargisso in the tie.

The last match of the night saw Sato Real Estate record a 4-2 victory over Moss Builders behind a pair of goals from Matthew Skaggs. Nate Welch and Francisco Olviera both added a goal and an assist, while Scott Bear finished with nine saves in the win.

Eva Howland had a goal and an assist and Adam Bujarski added one goal to lead Moss Builders in the loss.

 

Key Royale golf news

The Key Royale Club hosted a nine-hole OktoberFest scramble Oct. 13.

The team of Carol and Gary Duncan and Debi and Dave Richardson combined on a score of 25.6 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day. Second place went to the team of John Kolojeski, Sue Seiter and Terry Schaefer with a score of 26.7.

Gary Duncan won the men’s long drive contest, while Debi Wohlers captured the women’s long drive title. Gary Razze won the closest-to-the-pin contest on the eighth hole, while Eileen Boin won the longest putt on the second hole.

Regular action teed off with the men playing a nine-hole, modified-Stableford system match Oct. 15. Jim Sullivan carded a plus-6 to earn medalist honors, while Gary Duncan was a point back in second place.

The men were back on the course Oct. 18 for a nine-hole scramble. The team of Bill Brodie, Brian Comer, Bill MacMillan and Art McMillan combined on a 3-under-par 29 to take first place. The team of John Cassese, Jon Holcomb, Dale Johnson and Peter Murley were one stroke back in second place, while Herb Clauhs, Larry Pippel, Earl Ritchie and Tom Solosky were alone in third with a 1-under-par 31.

 

Horseshoe news

Three teams advanced to the knockout stage with 3-0 pool play records during Oct. 17 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The team of Hank Huyghe and Sam Samuels drew the bye into the finals and watched as Tom Skoloda and Dom Livedoti rolled to a 23-5 victory over Steve Doyle. Skoloda and Livedoti stayed hot as they earned the day’s bragging rights with a 23-16 victory over Huyghe and Samuels.

The Oct. 20 games saw some familiar names in the knockout stage. The team of Neil Hennessey and Livedoti edged Skoloda and Doyle to win the day’s championship.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays 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.

Fall soccer action continues

The fall recreational soccer season at the Center of Anna Maria Island kicked off Oct. 9 with six games in two age groups.

With three teams in each age division, the league has each team play two “mini games” of 25 minutes on game nights.

The action began with three games in the 8-10 division, starting with Progressive Cabinetry and Planet Stone battling to a 1-1 tie.

Ugly Grouper followed, with a 3-0 victory over Progressive Cabinetry.

The action concluded with Planet Stone handing Ugly Grouper a 3-0 loss.

The three-team 11-13 division also uses this format.

The action commenced with Bins Be Clean earning a 2-0 victory over Slim’s Place.

Bins Be Clean followed that performance with a 4-0 victory over Wash Family Construction.

The action concluded with Slim’s Place rolling to a 6-3 victory over Wash Family Construction.

 

Key Royale Golf news

The men opened golf action at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach in the last week with a nine hole, Modified Stableford System match on the morning of Oct. 8.

Warren Boin earned clubhouse bragging rights with a score of plus-5. John Cassese was two points back in second place with a plus-3.

The women got out for a nine hole, low-net match Oct. 9 in two flights.

Jana Samuels and Tootie Wagner both carded 2-over-par 34s to finish in a tie for first place.

Peggy Clauhs was the top finisher in Flight B with a 2-over-par 34. Terry Westby was one stroke back in second place while Laurie Hicks held down the third spot in the standings with a 4-over-par 36.

The men were back on the course Oct. 11 for a nine-hole scramble.

The team of Bruce Allen, Hoyt Miller, Peter Murley and Blake Ress combined on a 2-under-par 30 to earn clubhouse bragging rights.

 

Horseshoe news

Two teams advanced to the knockout stage and battled for the day’s bragging rights during Oct. 10 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The walker, Jerry Disbrow and the team of Gary Howcroft and Bob Heiger were the only teams to forge 3-0 pool play records and met in the finals. Disbrow earned a 22-20, come-from-behind victory over Howcroft and Heiger to earn a trip to the winner’s circle.

The Oct. 13 games also saw two teams advance to the playoffs.

The team of Dom Livedoti and Bob Hawkes held on for a 23-17 victory over Tim Sofran and Steve Doyle to earn the day’s bragging rights.

Play gets under way 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.

 

Youth wrestling returns

The wrestling program founded last year at the Center of Anna Maria Island is back and looking to improve on last season’s successful start.

Last season’s team experienced some expected growing pains, but improved dramatically as the young wrestlers gained experience and confidence.

To sign up for the center wrestling club, you can go to the center, located at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria; call the center at 941-778-1908; or go online to www.centerami.org.

Cost for the club is $100 for members and $130 for nonmembers.

The team will practice 5:15-6:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, with a third practice being added later in the season.

The season will start Nov. 9 and the last day to register will be Nov. 3.

Coaches include Will Schenerlein, Felix Ossuna-Cotto, William Hermaneau, Eric Tamayo, Ivan Gaeta and Rob Alderson.

For more information about the center program, contact Schenerlein at 941-778-1908, ext. 9205, or will@centerami.org.

Golf, horseshoe news

Golf action at the Key Royale Club got started Oct. 1 with the men playing a nine-hole modified-Stableford system match in the morning. Gary Razze earned clubhouse bragging rights with a score of plus-4. Right on his heels and tied for second place were John Cassese and Tom Nelson, who had matching scores of plus-3.

The women got out on the course Oct. 2 for a nine-hole individual-low-net match. Tootie Wagner earned medalist honors in Flight A with a 3-under-par 29.

Flight B honors went to Merry Turner with a 1-over-par 33. Ellen Boin and Sue Wheeler finished tied for second place with matching 2-over-par 34s.

Amy Tripp managed a chipin on the first hole to round out the women’s golf action.

The men were back on the course Oct. 4 for a nine-hole scramble. The team of Marty Hicks, Jerry Martinek and Larry Pippel combined on a 6-under-par 26 to win the day’s proceedings. Second place went to the team of Bob Leeham, Dan Richardson, Bill Shuman and Quinten Talbert with a score of 4-under-par 28.

 

Horseshoe news

Two teams emerged from pool play and battled for the day’s championship during Oct. 3 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The team of Norm Good and Gary Howcroft rallied from an early deficit to record a dramatic 21-20 come-from-behind victory over Tom Skoloda and Tim Sofran and capture the day’s bragging rights.

The Oct. 6 games saw the team of Hank Huyghe and Sofran emerge as outright champs after forging the lone 3-0 record during 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.

 

Center rolls out the mat for wrestling

The Center of Anna Maria Island again will host youth wrestling this fall.

The staff will teach techniques to all experience levels.          Will Schenerlein, Felix Ossuna-Cotto, William Hermaneau, Eric Tamayo, Ivan Gaeta and Rob Alderson will coach the sport.

The club will travel to weekend tournaments and practice 5:15 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. A third practice will be added later in the season, which will start Nov. 9.

Registration is required by Saturday, Nov. 3.

The cost is $100 for center members and $130 for nonmembers.

For more information, visit the center at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, or call the center at 941-778-1908.

 

Gulf Coast fishing tourney set for Shack landing

Cortez will be home to the eighth annual Gulf Coast Open Fishing Tournament presented by the Southern Kingfish Association.

The tournament will be conducted Oct. 12-13 at the Seafood Shack Marina, Bar and Grill, 4110 127th St. W.

Registration will be 5-7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, followed by a captain’s meeting.

Weigh-in will be 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.

First-place is a guaranteed payout of $10,000.

For more information, go online to gulfcoastopen.com.

 

Soccer, golf, horseshoes rack up for islanders

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The Center Select U12 soccer team came home the winner from the Goal to Goal Cup Sept. 22-23 at Sawgrass Elementary School in St. Petersburg. Team members are Jack Mattick, Jackson Pakbaz, Aiden Templeton, Hamish Robertson, Ronan Robertson, Connor Samblis, Riley Lawson, JM Feeney, Kieran Cloutier, Ewen Cloutier, Victor Albrecht and Angelina Albrecht. Islander Photo: Courtesy Center

The adult soccer playoffs at the Center of Anna Maria Island concluded Sept. 27.

Heavy rain Sept. 20 forced the Mar/Kis Insurance versus Bins Be Clean semifinal match to be stopped prior to the final whistle, as Bins Be Clean clung to a 6-4 lead. The game was to be resumed Sept. 27, but Mar/Kis Insurance failed to field a team and Bins Be Clean advanced to the finals.

Bins Be Clean was led in the matchup with Mar/Kis by a hat trick from Diego Felipe while Nate Welch, Francisco Oliviera and Darrin Wash each added one goal in the victory.

Shay Coleman’s two goals paced Mar/Kis, which also received a goal each from Omar Polar and Miguel Ajoy in the loss.

The second semifinal match saw top-seed Sato Real Estate roll to a 7-1 victory over Ross Built to advance to the championship game. Josh Sato and Zack Leib both scored two goals and assisted on another. Jessica Williams added two goals, while Scott Probst completed the scoring with a goal. Scott Bear had nine saves in goal in the victory.

Vince Circharo notched the lone goal for Ross Built, which also received 15 saves from goalie Ben Sato in the loss.

The championship game saw Sato Real Estate slip past Bins Be Clean by a 4-3 score behind a pair of goals from Amy Ivin and a goal each from Josh Sato and Zack Lieb.

Goalie Scott Bear helped preserve the victory with seven saves. Other members of the championship team include Cemal Duzgan, Jessica Williams, Joe Jones and Scott Probst.

Diego Felipe scored two goals in the loss to lead Bins Be Clean, which also received a goal from Brayan Felipe and an incredible 20 saves from goalie Rico Beissert.

 

Center U12 soccer team wins tourney
The Center Select U12 soccer team brought the cup home from the Goal to Goal Cup Sept. 22-23 at Sawgrass Elementary School St. Petersburg. The team avenged an earlier loss to host Strictly Soccer by a 3-2 score in the finals thanks to the game winner by Aiden Templeton. Jack Mattick and Jackson Pakbaz scored the first two goals.

The team opened the weekend action with an 8-1 victory over Liverpool Football Club in their morning match Sept. 22. They weren’t as fortunate in their second match of the day, dropping a 5-2 decision to Strictly Soccer Football Club.

The team bounced back the following morning with a 3-0 victory over the Sarasota Spartans to advance to the finals.

Congratulations to all the players, coaches and parents.

 

Key Royale news
The men kicked off another week of golf action Sept. 24 at Key Royale Club with a nine-hole modified-Stableford match. Mike Gillie earned clubhouse bragging rights with a score of plus-7 to edge second-place finisher Brian Comer by one point.

The women took to the course Sept. 25 with a nine-hole individual-low-net match in two flights.

Helen Pollock won Flight A with a score of 1-over-par 33, while Flight B saw Jana Samuels and Sue Wheeler finish in a tie for first place with matching 1-under-par 31s. Terry Westby was alone in second with an even-par 32.

The men were back on the course Sept. 27 for a nine-hole scramble. First place went to the team of Mike Gillie, Tom Nelson and Jeff Rodencal on a combined 7-under-par 25. Second place went to the team of Art McMillan, Larry Pippel and Bill Shuman with a score of 3-under-par 29.

 

Horseshoe news
Horseshoe action Sept. 26 at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits saw three teams forge 2-1 records to advance to the knockout round. The team of Dom Livedoti and Jerry Disbrow drew the luck bye into the finals and watched as Hank Huyghe and Neil Hennessey slipped past Jay Disbrow by a 22-17 score. The closely contested championship match saw Livedoti and Jerry Disbrow hold on for a 24-18 victory.

Three teams also advanced to the knockout stage during Sept. 29 action with 2-1 records. Livedoti, this time teaming up with Bob Heiger, again drew the bye into the finals and watched as Jerry Disbrow and Huyghe moved in with a convincing 23-12 victory over Hennessey. Jerry Disbrow earned his second trip to the winner’s circle after he and Huyghe rolled to a 21-12 victory over Livedoti-Heiger.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays 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.

2 longtime islanders excel in sports

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Inductee Jack Egan addresses attendees at the Sept. 20 Manatee High School Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony at Pier 22 restaurant as MHS athletic director Danielle LaPoint looks on. Islander Photo: Courtesy Scott Kosfeld
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister, FL Sheriff’s Youth Ranches president Bill Frye and men’s 10K winner Mickey Hooke celebrate the $20,000 donation to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches. Islander Photo: Courtesy Kayla Bianchi.

Longtime Anna Maria resident and former Islander newspaper editorial cartoonist Jack Egan was inducted into the Manatee High School Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony Sept. 20 at Pier 22 restaurant in Bradenton.

Egan, who attended Manatee County High School 1947-50, was a year ahead in school and the smallest male in his graduating class.

He didn’t grow up playing tennis and didn’t really take the sport up until the summer before he started high school, he recalled. Back then, there were only four public tennis courts — all in downtown Bradenton. Two were clay courts with loads of pebbles and were concrete/grass courts — the grass was growing through the cracks in the concrete. And the net was a chain-link fence!

So Egan showed up to tryouts with a $3 tennis racquet purchased from Montgomery Ward and quickly earned the No. 1 single’s slot and was named team captain. His first high school match saw him take a beating against the national boy’s clay court champion, which made him realize he needed to work harder on his game.

By senior year, he defeated the defending South Conference Champion and was a finalist in both singles and doubles. Egan’s biggest disappointment was in the state matches for all Florida High Schools. He was seeded third, but was forced to default when the MHS football coach failed to get him to the courts in time to play his first match.

After graduation from MHS, Egan enrolled at Florida State University and joined the tennis team. He was named captain his junior year and that team went on to finish 15-2, a record that stands today at FSU.

After graduation, Egan served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. He later found work as a tennis pro for the Asheville Country Club in North Carolina, now the Grove Park Inn.

Egan, wife Judie and family moved to the island in 1968. He spent most of his career as public relations consultant for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, retiring in 1989. He also worked as a political cartoonist for the former Islander newspaper in the early 1970s and the present Islander from 1993 to retirement in 2010.

Egan and his wife reside in Anna Maria and are grandparents to six grandchildren, including two granddaughters who graduated Manatee High and lettered in various sports, although not tennis.

Congratulations to Egan and the family from The Islander.

 

Tough but winning summer for runner
Longtime Galati Yacht sales employee and former Islander Mickey Hooke had a successful summer in middle distance races.

Hooke dealt with blows to his training regimen from dental work and skin cancer surgeries (ain’t old age great?), but still managed to demonstrate he is the top runner in his age group and a top overall competitor.

Hooke, 57, overcame a sore right calf to finish fourth overall in the very hilly Spring Lake Memorial 10K May 26 in Brooksville. He finished with a time of 46:51, winning the grandmasters division and setting a new division record.

Hooke then set his sights on the Madeira Beach Sunset 5K three-race series. The June 15 race saw Hooke finish second overall with a time of 20:30.

The second leg took place July 6 and Hooke came in third overall with a time of 20:29. The final leg of the series was Aug. 3 with challenging conditions — a rugged beach in full sun and 92 degrees. Hooke posted his fastest time of the series with a 20:18 — good enough for second place overall. He was the master’s division winner of all three races and finished second overall in the series standings.

In late August, Hook entered the 37th Annual Ernie Chatman Labor Day 5K in Brooksville and posted a time of 19:59, good for seventh place overall and another grandmaster win.

He ran his final race of the summer, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Ranch Run in Temple Terrace. The course is shady but hilly and a tough test for competitors. Hooke placed first overall in the 10K with a time of 42:38, which set the course master’s and grandmaster’s records. The race raised $20,000 for Hooke’s favorite charity, the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches.

Congratulations to Hooke from The Islander.

 

Key Royale news
The summer rains subsided and the nine-hole course at Key Royale Club dried out, resulting in the first full week of golf action in a month. The players got started Sept. 17 with a nine-hole, modified Stableford-system match. Gary Alvord and Bill MacMillan each carded scores of plus-4 to finish in a tie for first place.

The women were on the course Sept. 18 for a nine-hole individual-low-net match in two flights.

Helen Pollock won Flight A with a 4-under-par 28, while Flight B winner was Jana Samuels, with a 3-under-par 29. Ellen Boin made her round more memorable with a chipin on the sixth hole.

The men were back on the course Sept. 20 for a nine-hole scramble that resulted in a tie for the team of Tom Nelson, Dave Richardson, Hoyt Miller and Terry Schaefer, who matched the 3-under-par 29 carded by Warren Boin, Mike Gillie, Scott Mitchell and Jeff Rodencal. We’re not sure who paid for the rounds in the clubhouse.

 

Horseshoe news
Tim Sofran ran his winning streak to four in a row in horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The Sept. 19 games saw Sofran walk his way to the winner’s circle with the lone 3-0 pool-play record.

On Sept. 22, Sofran teamed up with Dom Livedotti to defeat walker Gary Howcroft by a 22-3 score in the finals.

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.

 

It’s not too late to golf for center
The Center of Anna Maria Island is accepting entries for the Ugly Grouper Golf Tournament fundraiser Friday, Sept. 28, at The Links at Greenfield Plantation, 10325 Greenfield Blvd., Bradenton.

Check-in and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start on the course at 1 p.m. Cost is $125 per person or $450 per foursome and includes the golf, lunch and an awards dinner.

Register online at centerami.org or visit the center at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. The tournament also is looking for sponsors.

For more information, call the center at 941-778-1908.

Magic 10-11 team wins inaugural tournament

The seven coed teams in the adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island finally got their first-round playoff games in after a rain delay the week prior. The pause must have taken momentum from the top-seeded teams as two out of the three matches saw upset victories by the lower-seeded teams.

Action Sept. 13 kicked off with No. 4 seed Ross Built outscoring No. 5 Progressive Cabinetry by a 6-4 score behind a balanced offense that saw five different players notch goals. Connor Bystrom led Ross Built with a pair of goals, while Chris Culhane and Vince Circharo each had a goal and an assist. Greg Ross and Maxim Panchenko each added a goal, while Max Gazzo finished with eight saves in goal.

Ryan Hogan had two goals and an assist to lead Progressive Cabinetry, which also received a pair of goals from Damir Glavan and nine saves in the loss from goalie PJ Smargisso.

The second match of the evening saw No. 6 seed Mar/Kis Insurance score a 4-2 upset victory over No. 3 Moss Builders. Miguel Ajoy paced Mar/Kis with two goals, while Jeremias Gramajo and Joel Sanchez eached tallied goals. David Green made six saves in goal to help preserve the victory.

Chris Scott scored two goals, while Olaf Krause and Ryan Moss combined for seven saves for Moss Builders in the loss.

The final match of the night saw another upset win for the lower seeded team, as No. 7 Bins Be Clean defeated No. 2 Lancaster Design 5-4 behind three goals and an assist from Nate Welch. Ricky Anderson and Francisco Oliviera each added a goal in the victory, while Rico Beissert made three saves.

Lancaster Design received goals from Adam Mott, Jake Parsons, Steve Oelfke and Nate Talucci in the loss.

Round 2 of the playoff action will see Mar/Kis Insurance take on Bins Be Clean at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the center, followed at 8 p.m. by No. 1 Sato Real Estate versus on Ross Built.

The championship game between the semi-winners will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, following the third-place pairing of the semifinal losers at 7 p.m. on the center pitch at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

 

Sign up now for center golf tournament
The center announced Sept. 14 the Ugly Grouper restaurant in Holmes Beach will sponsor a shotgun tournament for fun, prizes and fundraising to wrap up the end of the month.

The tournament will be played Friday, Sept. 28, at the Links at Greenfield Plantation, 10325 Greenfield Blvd., Bradenton.

The day begins with check in at 11:30 a.m. and lunch, followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Cost is $125 per person or $450 per foursome, including golf, lunch and an awards dinner with a cash bar.

Organizers also are looking for sponsors.

Registration is online at centerami.org or at the center.

For more information, call the center at 941-778-1908.

 

Key Royale golf news
The heavy rains that plagued the area last week limited golf action at the Key Royale Club this week, but the course dried out enough for a couple of rounds.

The women got out Sept. 11 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in two flights. Karen Mitchell won Flight A with a 5-over-par 37, while Jana

Samuels carded a 3-under-par 29 for low round of the day and the best round in Flight B. Janet Razze finished in second with a 3-over-par 35.

Sue Wheeler had a chipin on the sixth hole to round out the women’s action.

The men finally played a round of golf in a nine-hole scramble Sept. 13. The team of Gary Alvord, Mike Gillie, Herb Clauhs and Tom Nelson combined on a 4-under-par 28 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day.

 

Horseshoe news
Two teams emerged from pool play and were left to battle for supremacy during Sept. 12 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The team of Tim Sofran and Gary Howcroft jumped out to an early lead and then withstood a rally by Dom Livedoti and Norm Good before holding on for a 23-19 victory.

Sofran again found himself in the winner’s circle following the Sept. 15 games when he and partner Steve Doyle compiled the lone 3-0 record in pool to earn bragging rights for the day.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays 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.

Magic 10-11 team wins inaugural tournament

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Manatee Magic U12 Boys: Oscar Santibanez, Frankie Vitori, Joseph DeJongh, Gregory Jordan, Kaleb Madrid, Ethan Yurkovich, Dennis Botts, Coach Kevin Cassidy, Isaac Aragon, Owen Jones, Dielo Probst, Fabian Ramirez, Alejo Lopez and Assistant Coach Frank Vitori.

Long-time islanders who know I’ve spent many years and logged hundreds of hours coaching young soccer players at the community center in Anna Maria, whether recreational leagues or for the once 400-member strong Island Futball Club.

I’m still coaching, although I’m now putting my energy into the Bradenton G.T. Bray Park-based Manatee Magic soccer club.

I recently had the pleasure of leading a new team of 10 and 11 year old boys, a group that includes former Anna Maria Elementary student Gregory Jordan, to its first competitive soccer matches. The team played the Tampa Bay Labor Day tourney at Premier Sports Campus in east Bradenton.

I entered the team to help them cut their competitive teeth, so to speak, and prepare for the upcoming United Soccer Association season, which kicks off in October. I cautioned the parents to be patient and not to judge the boys on wins and losses.

All the boys did was go out and win every game on their tourney schedule and a first-place trophy.

Their first game Sept. 1 against Heartland Soccer Club was a bit shaky. The boys fell behind 1-0, but that deficit was erased by a beautiful strike from Jordan, who intercepted a goal kick and fired a looping shot over the goalie’s head to tie the score at 1-1. Ethan Yurkovich notched the game winner when he hit a hard-angle shot from the right side that found the back of the net to give the Magic a 2-1 victory.

The boys went on to record a 5-2 victory in their Sept. 2 match over the West Florida Flames and followed with a 4-1 victory over Oldsmar in the afternoon. The boys put an exclamation point on their weekend when they rolled to a 4-0 victory over the host Lakewood Ranch Chargers in their final tournament match, completing the weekend with a 4-0 record.

The boys played stronger as the tournament progressed, also learning their positional responsibilites on the team. They were led by central midfielder Fabian Ramirez, who paced the Magic with seven goals in the tourney. Owen Jones scored three goals, Jordan finished with two and Ethan Yurkovich, DeJongh and Frankie Vitori each chipped in goals.

The Magic 10-11 boys are looking forward to their regular season on the pitch, though their expectations may have improved a bit.

Horseshoe news
There was no need for playoffs during last week’s horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits as both days produced outright winners during pool play.

The Sept. 5 games saw Gary Howcroft overcome three 10-point deficits to win every match and record the only 3-0 pool-play record, winning the day’s proceedings.

The Sept. 8 games saw the team of Hank Huyghe and Dom Livedoti earn the day’s bragging rights with the lone 3-0 record during 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.

Key Royale golf news
Heavy afternoon rains shut down all golf activities at the Key Royale Club last week. Regular action will resume when the course dries out.