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Island horseshoe pitchers expand their shooting range

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AMI horseshoe pitcher Hank Huyghe, Trailer Estates horseshoe pitcher Joe Jones, Trailer Estates Horseshoe Tournament co-organizer Brooks Nelson, tournament co-organizer and president Archie Canterbury, AMI group coordinator Sam Samuels and AMI horseshoe pitcher Tom Skoloda and the rest of the Trailer Estates-AMI horseshoe pitchers pose for a photo Jan. 16 before a shootout at Trailer Estates. Islander Photo: Courtesy of Bob Lee

The AMI Horseshoe group ventured across the bridge to mainland Bradenton Jan. 16 to take on the Trailer Estates horseshoe group in a friendly tournament.

The Trailer Estates group came out on top by an 18-14 score in a fun, competitive day.

AMI Horseshoe coordinator Sam Samuels said, “The Trailer Estates horseshoe pitchers were a great bunch of guys and we plan on hosting a tournament at AMI with them soon.”

The team of Hank Huyghe and Tom Farrington were the top AMI team, posting an unbeaten record on the day.

Despite sending eight teams to compete in the Bradenton tournament, regular horseshoe action proceeded Jan. 16 at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Two teams met in the finals with the team of Bob Rowley and Jeff Smith holding on for a 21-16 victory over Norm Good and Bob Heiger.

Three teams advanced to the knockout stage during Jan. 19 horseshoe action. The team of Tom Skoloda and Rod Bussey drew the bye into the finals and watched as Tom Farrington and Bob Palmer defeated Bob Mason and Steve Hooper to move into the finals.

Farrington and Palmer stayed hot and rolled to a 23-10 victory over Skoloda and Bussey to win the day’s proceedings.

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.

 

Sato completes undefeated soccer season

The adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island came to an end after a long delay first due to rain.

The match was originally set for Dec. 20, 2018, but torrential rains, Christmas break and scheduling issues for team members delayed setting a date.

The weather held and the championship game finally was played at the center Jan. 17, with Sato Real Estate outlasting Lancaster Design by a 5-3 score.

Nate Welch and Eric Pullen paced Sato with two goals each, while Francisco Oliviera added a goal and an assist. Scott Bear helped preserve the victory with 11 saves between the pipes.

Other members of the undefeated champions are Josh Sato, Alta Bujarski, Mark Rudacille, Andrew Schmidt and Matthew Skaggs.

Lancaster Design was led by Zakary Lieb’s two goals and a goal from Nick Bouchard. Cemal Duzgan added an assist and Trey Horne made 13 saves in the loss.

 

Youth division flag football continues

Flag football action moved into its third week at the center with a bevy of games played, starting with the 8-10 age division Jan. 15.

Slim’s Place opened the night’s action with a 21-6 victory over Ugly Grouper, while Planet Stone rolled to a 38-19 victory over Bins Be Clean. The final game of the night saw Beach Bums roll past Progressive Cabinetry by a 37-6 score.

The victory improved Beach Bums to 3-0 and put them on top of the standings, just ahead of Slim’s Place, which boasts a 2-0-1 record.

Progressive Cabinetry and Planet Stone are tied for third place at 1-1-1, while Ugly Grouper holds down fifth place at 0-2-1, just ahead of last place Bins Be Clean at 0-3.

The 11-13 division played two games Jan. 16, leading off with a 25-12 win for CABB Cleaning over Island Charms. Tyler’s Ice Cream followed with a 27-20 victory over Grooms Automotive.

CABB Cleaning’s victory improved their record to a division best 2-0, just ahead of Tyler’s Ice Cream and Beach House Real Estate with matching 1-1 records. Island Charms holds down fourth place with a 1-2 record, while Grooms Motors & Automotive is still in search of its first victory.

The 14-17 division played two games Jan. 14 starting with Blue Lagoon edging Island Fitness 27-20, followed by Ace Hardware doubling up on Cloud Pest Control 26-13.

The win improved Ace Hardware to 2-0 and the top spot in the division. Island Fitness and Blue Lagoon both sport 1-1 records and are tied for second, while Cloud Pest Control holds down the cellar with an 0-2 record.

Youth flag football action continues, starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at the Center.

 

Key Royale golf news

Beautiful weather translated to a full week of golf at the Key Royale Club, starting with the men’s nine-hole modified-Stableford system match Jan. 14.

Jim Auch grabbed individual honors after carding a plus-5, a point up on second-place finisher Gary Razze, while Dale Hudson, Chuck Patrick, Bob Soos, Terry Tarras and Ron Vandeman all had scores of plus-3 to finish in a five-way tie for third place.

Vandeman’s score helped teammates Warren Boin and Alan Tripp to the team title with a combined score of plus-9.

The women got out on the course Jan. 15 for a nine-hole individual-low-net match in four flights.

MaryLou Dreier took Flight A with a score of 4-over-par 36, while Carol Patterson’s 4-under-par 28 gave her first place in Flight B and the low-net round of the day.

Flight C went to Beth Lindeman on a 3-under-par 29. Barb Estok was alone in second with a 2-under-par 30, while Fran Barford finished third with a 1-over-par 33.

Janet Razze fired a 3-under-par 29 to capture first place in Flight D. Susan VanOrsdel took second with a 1-under-par 31, and Marty Clark and Terry Westby tied for third with matching even-par 32s.

The men were back on the course Jan. 17 for a nine-hole scramble. The team of Mike Brakefield, Bill Brodie, Mike Gillie and Chuck Patrick combined on a 4-under-par 28 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day. The team of Mike Clement, Buddy Foy, Marty Hicks and Lou Pagano took second with a 2-under-par 30, while Jack Lowry, Joe Muscatello, Blake Ress and Tom Solosky were another stroke back in third place.

AME PTO — students, community — look forward to Dolphin Dash

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Gabriella Gilbert of Anna Maria Elementary pushes for the finish line Jan. 14, 2017, at the AME-Parent-Teacher Organization Dolphin Dash. Gabriella was the first-place winner in her 9-and-under female division. This year’s dash will be Jan. 19. Islander File Photo: Karen Riley-Love

Enthusiasm for the 13th annual Dolphin Dash has Gabriella Gilbert running laps.

The 5K race and 1-mile fun run at Anna Maria Elementary School is Saturday, Jan. 19. Gabriella, a fifth-grader at AME, has been training by running laps around the school basketball court during recess and rising early to exercise at home.

Her mom, Lindy Gilbert, president of Lux Carts, at 309 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, said her daughter has participated in the run every year since kindergarten.

“She absolutely loves running and loves the opportunity to give it her best — to give it her all,” Gilbert said in an interview Jan. 10. “It’s really great to see that.”

Competitiveness drives Gabriella to participate, and her zeal drives her mom to run.

“She always wants mommy to run with her, and then she leaves me in the dust,” Gilbert said. “I’m usually bringing up the rear with all my friends.”

Whether finishing first or last, Gilbert said it is impossible not to have a good time at the event.

“I haven’t found another group activity that just makes you feel so good!” she said. “Everybody cheers you on. Everybody comes together. You always seem to perform better than your fears make you think you might. It’s all positive, and I wish everyone on the island could share in the experience because it is wonderful.”

Principal Jackie Featherston said in an interview Jan. 7 that she is excited for the race, and will enjoy it from the sidelines.

“I don’t do the run,” she said. “Mostly I help with the setup and stuff like that. I’ll do whatever needs to be done to keep it running smoothly.”

The event, coordinated by Kelly Gitt and supported by the Bradenton Runners Club, will benefit the AME Parent-Teacher Organization.

Nichole Teich, president of the PTO, said in an interview Jan. 11 the race is the third-biggest annual fundraiser for the organization, behind the fall fest and spring gala.

The race will be Jan. 19, with registration at 7 a.m. in the south parking lot at AME, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

The 5K will begin at 8 a.m. and the 1-Mile Fun Run will start at 9 a.m. After the race, awards will be presented and every participant will receive a race swag bag.

“Just come and be there and go for it,” Gilbert said. “It’s all good. Even if you walk or if you get cramps, everybody is cheering you on and rallying around each other. Honestly, I don’t see how anything negative could come from it. Whatever happens, it’s going to end up being positive and as a really great memory for everyone.”

For more information, visit runsignup.com/race/fl/holmesbeach/dolphindash5kand1milefun.

Wrestlers bring home hardware, flag football gets traction

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Andre Harwood and Savanna Phelan show off their medals after competing in a Jan. 11 wrestling tournament at Brandon High School. Islander Photos: Courtesy Center of Anna Maria Island.
Center of Anna Maria Island wrestler William Pakbaz prepares to make his move on his opponent at a tourney in Brandon.

The Center of Anna Maria Island’s youth wrestling team competed Jan. 11 in the Brandon Wrestling Tournament at Brandon High School and had a good showing.

RJ Phelan and Andre Harwood won first place in their respective age and weight divisions, while William Pakbaz, Jay Harrison and Savanna Phelan brought home third-place medals. Riley Karecki, Bam Gartman, Victoria Phelan, Clancy Cusack and Ceegan Cusack earned fourth-place medals.

 

Flag football heads into week 3

The flag football youth league at the center completed its second week of the winter season with a bevy of games on the center field.

The 8-10 age division played three games Jan. 8 starting with Beach Bums on a roll to a 33-7 victory over Planet Stone. The second game saw Progressive Cabinetry cruise past Ugly Grouper by 20-6, while Slim’s Place closed out the night’s action with a 29-18 victory over Bins Be Clean.

Beach Bums took the lead in the standings with a 2-0 record followed by Progressive Cabinetry and Slim’s Place, which are tied with 1-0-1 records. Planet Stone and Ugly Grouper follow with 0-1-1 records, while Bins Be Clean completes the standings with an 0-2 record.

The 11-13 division kicked things off Jan. 9 with CABB Cleaning edging Grooms Automotive by a 7-6 score, while Island Charms earned a 21-6 win over Beach House Real Estate in the second game.

CABB Cleaning at 1-0 and Beach House Real Estate and Island Charms, which are both 1-1, are tied for the division lead while Tyler’s Ice

Cream and Grooms Automotive are both in search of a victory.

The 14-17 division played its first games Jan. 9, starting with Island Fitness taking a 33-14 victory over Cloud Pest Control. The final game of the evening saw Ace Hardware cruise past Blue Lagoon 40-12.

Island Fitness and Ace Hardware are tied for first with 1-0 records, while Blue Lagoon and Cloud Pest Control are tied with 0-1 records.

 

Key Royale golf news

The men’s golf action at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach got started Jan. 7 with a nine-hole, modified-Stableford system match.

Jerry Martinek was the individual champ after carding a plus-5 to edge Bill Brodie and Earl Ritchie by a point.

Martinek also played with Brian Comer, Terry Schaefer and Tom Solosky to combine on a plus-9 to top the team competition.

The women took to the course Jan. 8 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in four flights. Joy Kaiser won first place in Flight A with an even-par 32, edging out Jean Holmes in a tiebreaker. Marlyn Thorton took third place with a 2-over-par 34.

Cathy Rice fired a 3-under-par 29 to take first place in Flight B. Carol Patterson was alone in second with an even-par 32 and Sue Christensen took third with a 4-over-par 36.

Jan Turner’s 2-under-par 30 gave her first place in Flight C by one stroke over second-place finisher Roxanne Koche. Fran Barford took third with an even-par 32.

Laurie Hicks grabbed first place in Flight C with a 3-under-par 29. Marty Clark was alone in second with a 2-under-par 30 and Susan VanOrsdel took third with a 1-under-par 31.

Joy Kaiser made her round memorable with a chipin on the fourth hole.

The men were back on the course Jan. 10 for a nine-hole scramble. The team of Bob Blazer, Tim Donner, John Estok and Fred Miller combined on a 2-under-par 30 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day.

 

Horseshoe news

Three teams advanced to the knockout round and battled for the day’s supremacy Jan. 9 during horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

Bob Mason and Myles Macleod drew the bye into the final and watched as Sam Samuels and Bob Palmer pummeled the team of Larry Delebar and Dom Livedoti by a 21-7 score. Samuels and Palmer couldn’t keep the momentum and were defeated by a 21-10 score by Mason and Macleod.

Two teams met in the final during Jan. 12 action. Bob Palmer walked his way past Macleod and Bob Rowley 23-1 to earn the day’s bragging rights.

Play gets under way 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.

 

Volleyball registration opens

The center is inviting players to sign up for a coed, adult volleyball league.

Players can sign up as a team, including a maximum of six players. Single players are placed on a team by the center. Each team must include a female player on the floor at all times. The last day to register is Jan. 19.

Cost for the league is $10 for center members and $96 for nonmembers. Matches will be played at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings starting Jan. 29.

Interested sponsors or for more information, call 941-778-1908. To register, visit the center at 407 Magnolia Ave. or go to centerami.org.

Disc golf at G.T. Bray offers challenging outing

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Jason Morrow of Bradenton lines up his putt on the 15th hole in a game of disc golf at the course at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton. Islander Photos: Kevin P. Cassidy

Let’s tee up.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to get a little exercise and have some fun in the new year, then I’ve got a game for you.

It’s disc golf.

And there’s a course nearby at G.T. Bray Park, 2811 51st St. W., Bradenton. It borders Happy Tails Dog Park, leading to jokes about the 10th hole being a true “dog leg.”

Disc golf is similar to golf in that it’s played on an expansive outdoor course, but in this game you throw a modified frisbee into baskets made of hanging chains that are designed to slow the disc and catch it, before it drops into the hole, which is a large metal basket.

The 18-hole course at Bray winds through the park’s oak tree canopy, creating a challenging course for beginners and experts.

Note: “I’m not a beginner, but I’m no expert.”

I often join former islander Ken Richards and Bradenton residents Doug Larsson and Jason Morrow at the park for 18-hole matches.

The holes are mostly 200-300 feet long with trees being the main hazard for disc golfers. There are a few areas where an errant throw can put a golfer in the water. It takes about an hour to play 18 holes and there is no cost, other than that of a disc, which differs from a regular Whamo Frisbee. The golf disc is smaller in diameter, a little heavier and it’s not made for catching, just throwing.

A disc will run about $10, but you can get a starter kit with a driver, mid-range and putter for about $22.

There is a G.T. Bray Disc Golf Facebook page for those looking to connect with disc golf enthusiasts and a disc golf website, dgcoursereview.com, where you can find a map of the Bray course as well as others.

 

Adult soccer finals finally rescheduled

The rained-out adult soccer league championships at the Center of Anna Maria Island — originally scheduled for Dec. 20 — have tentatively been rescheduled to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, according to the center.

 

Key Royale golf news

The men got together Dec. 31 for their final round of golf in 2018 with a nine-hole modified-Stableford match. Bill Brodie won clubhouse bragging rights with a plus-4 to edge Blake Ress and Earl Ritchie, who were both a point back in a tie for second place.

Fifty-three golfers turned out Jan. 3 for a nine-hole scramble. The team of Jon Holcomb, Fred Miller, Bob Reid and Dan Richardson combined on a 4-under-par 28 to match the score carded by Bill Brodie, Blake Ress and Earl Ritchie. Not sure who bought drinks in the clubhouse following the round. The team of Marty Hicks, Bob Longworth, Jack Lowry and Diane Miller was a stroke back in second place.

 

Horseshoe news

Three teams kicked off the new year with 3-0 pool-play records and a trip to the knockout stage during Jan. 2 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The team of Neil Hennessey and Tom Skoloda drew the lucky bye into the finals and watched as Myles Macleod and Dom Livedoti advanced to the finals after edging Bob Palmer and Gene Bobeldyk by a 21-18 score. Hennessey and Skoloda captured the day’s proceedings with a 21-18 victory over Macleod and Livedoti.

The Jan. 5 games saw 91-year-old Fritz Eldrich team up with Palmer to advance to the championship match, but they fell just short, losing 22-18 to Bob Mason and Steve Doyle.

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.

 

Registration opens for adult volleyball

The Center of Anna Maria Island invites adult volleyball enthusiasts to sign up for a season of coed volleyball.

Players can sign up as a team — a maximum of six players — or as an individual to be assigned to a team. Each team will be required to have a female player on the floor at all times.

Cost for the league is $10 for center members and $96 for nonmembers. Matches will be played Tuesdays starting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29. The last day to register will be Jan. 19.

Interested sponsors or those with questions about the league can contact Will Schenerlein at will@centerami.org or 941-778-1908.

To register, visit the center at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, or centerami.org.

Key Royale golf news

Golf action Christmas week at the Key Royale Club was limited to a shamble played Dec. 27. First place went to the team of Scott Mitchell, Bob Reid and Kevin Mitchell, who combined on a 3-under-par 29.

The men played a nine-hole, modified-Stableford system match Dec. 17. Art McMillan fired a plus-6 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day. Bill Brodie and Joe Cassese both finished at plus-5 in a tie for second place.

The women played a nine-hole, individual low-net match in three flights Dec. 18.

Phyllis Roe fired an even-par 32 to grab first place in Flight A.

Sue Wheeler’s 4-under-par 28 gave her first place and a wide margin in Flight C, after Jan Turner came in second with a 1-over-par 33.

Susan VanOrsdel’s 5-under-par 27 gave her the low-net round of the day and first place in Flight D.

Horseshoe news

Three teams emerged from pool play and battled for the day’s supremacy Dec. 19 during horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

Bob Rowley drew the lucky bye into the finals and watched as Hank Huyghe and Bob Palmer edged Myles Macleod and Tim Sofran by 22-19. Huyghe and Palmer rolled to a 23-5 win over Rowley in the finals.

Three teams also advanced to the knockout stage during Dec. 22 action. Sofran and Gene Bobeldyk got the bye and were witness to Palmer and Gary Howcroft’s come-from-behind 24-16 victory over Macleod and Neil Hennessey. The finals produced an epic 21-20 victory for Palmer and Howcroft.

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.

Adult soccer finals in long weather delay

The adult soccer league championships scheduled for Dec. 20 at the Center of Anna Maria Island were rained out and have not been rescheduled, according to recreation director Will Schenerlein.

Finalists set in adult soccer league matchups

There were no monumental upsets in the quarterfinal or semifinal rounds of the adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island playoffs as the top four seeds held serve.

No. 4 seed Jiffy Lube rolled to a 9-2 victory over No. 5 seed Eason Builders in the first quarterfinal match Dec. 11, while No. 3 seed Moss Builders held on for a 7-6 victory over AMI Locals — a match decided by a penalty-kick shootout. The third match of the evening saw second seed Lancaster design take care of business with a 6-2 victory over No. 7 seed Slim’s Place, while Sato Real Estate remained unbeaten with a 3-0 victory over No. 8 seed Ross Built.

The semifinals Dec. 13 were more of the same as No. 2 seed Lancaster Design rolled to a 4-1 victory over Moss Builders behind a pair of goals from Zackary Lieb and 13 saves from goalie Trey Horne. Ryan Hogan added a goal and an assist to the Lancaster offense, which also received a goal from Cemal Duzgan to complete the scoring.

Adam Bujarski notched the lone goal for Moss Builders, which received 11 saves from Jordan Demers in the loss.

The second semifinal match saw Sato hang on for a 5-4 overtime victory over Jiffy Lube. The overtime didn’t last long as a Sato Real Estate throw-in deep in their own end sprung Andrew Schmidt on a breakaway. Schmidt raced in on the Jiffy Lube goal and popped the ball up and over hard-charging goalie Michael Lewis’ head. Schmidt then ran around Lewis to volley the ball into the vacant goal for the game winner.

Schmidt led Sato with two goals while Josh Sato, Francisco Oliviera and Eric Pullen scored a goal each. Goalie Scott Bear came through with 13 saves to help preserve the victory.

Danny Anderson led the Jiffy Lube offensive attack with two goals, while Ricky Anderson and Brayan Felipe both added a goal and an assist. Lewis finished with 12 saves in the loss.

The championship match pitting Sato Real Estate versus Lancaster Design is set for 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, on the center pitch.

 

Key Royale golf news

A lean week of golf action at the Key Royale Club resulted as the course closed Dec. 11, and there was no record of the women playing Dec. 12.

The men managed to get out on the course Dec. 13 for a nine-hole shamble. A shamble — similar to a scramble — is a match where a foursome of golfers tee off and players then hit their second shot from the best tee shot of the group. The players then play their next shot where they ended up.

The team of Gary Alvord, Brian Comer, Bob O’Brien and Earl Ritchie combined on a 7-under-par 57 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day. Second place went to the team of Dale Hudson, Chuck Patrick, Dan Richardson and Dave Richardson with a score of 1-under-par 63. The team of Bill Brodie, Chip Dahl, Gerry Dahl and Joe Tynan was alone in third after carding an even-par 64.

 

Horseshoe news

Four teams advanced to the knockout stage and battled for the day’s supremacy during Dec. 12 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City hall horseshoe pits.

The team of Dom Livedoti and Bob Mason defeated Bob Palmer and Neil Hennessey by a 23-15 score in the first semifinal, while Tom Farrington walked to the finals with a 23-12 win over Gene Bobeldyk and Al Brooks. Livedoti and Mason cruised to a 24-10 victory over Farrington to win the day’s championship.

Two teams met in the finals of the knockout stage during Dec. 15 action. The team of Mason and Steve Doyle earned the day’s bragging rights with a 22-15 victory over Palmer and Jay Disbrow.

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.

Playoff seedings set for center adult soccer league

The regular season has concluded for teams in the adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island. The first-round of playoff matchups are set.

As expected, Sato Real Estate held onto the top spot in the standings with an undefeated regular-season campaign that wound up with a 4-2 victory over AMI Locals Dec. 6.

AMI Locals fell to sixth place with the loss. No. 2 seed Lancaster Design held onto to the second spot in the standings thanks to a 5-4 victory over Jiffy Lube, which finished in fourth place. Moss Builders finished as No. 3 seed after holding on for a 5-4 victory over Eason Builders, which dropped Eason to fifth in the standings. Slim’s Place held onto the seventh seed after outscoring Ross Built 5-4 during the regular season’s final night of matches Dec. 6.

The playoffs get started at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, with No. 4 seed taking on No. 5 Eason Builders, followed at 7 p.m. by No. 3 Moss Builders versus No. 6 seed AMI Locals. The 8 p.m. matchup will see No. 2 seed Lancaster Design taking on No. 7 Slim’s Place, while the final match of the night at 9 p.m. pits No. 1 Sato Real Estate against No. 8 Ross Built.

 

Key Royale golf news

Golf action at Key Royale Club got started Dec. 3 with the men playing their usual Monday morning, nine-hole modified-Stableford system match. Barry Izzard, Earl Ritchie and John Kolojeski all carded plus-3s to finish in a three-way tie for first. Not sure who ponied up for drinks in the clubhouse following the round.

Ritchie and Kolojeski’s score helped teammates Bill MacMillan and Gerry Martinek to the team title with a score of plus-4.

The women got out on the course Dec. 4 for a nine-hole individual-low-net match in four flights.

Pam Lowry fired a 2-under-par 30 to win first place in Flight A. Helen Pollock was alone in second place with an even-par 32, while Jean Holmes took third place with a 1-over-par 33.

Flight B saw Carol Duncan, Barbara Krueger and Tootie Wagner, who chipped in on the seventh hole, to finish in a tie for first with matching 2-over-par 34s.

Beth Lindeman’s 3-under-par 29 gave her first place in Flight C, one stroke ahead of Sue Wheeler. Jan Turner took third place with a 1-under-par 31.

Janet Razze rode a chipin on the fifth hole to a 4-under-par 28 for the low round of the day and first place in Flight D. Ellen Boin took second with a 2-under-par 30 while, Terry Westby finished in third with an even-par 32.

Ann Hitchen, Joyce Lathrop and Eileen Witzgall joined Razze with chipins on the day.

The men were back on the course Dec. 6 for a nine-hole scramble. The team of Barry Izzard, Hoyt Miller, Bill Shuman and Terry Tarras combined on a 4-under-par 28 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day. Second place at 3-under-par 29 was shared by the team of Bill Brodie, Gerry Dahl, Dale Hudson and Bob Soos, and the team of Marty Hicks, Jack Lowry, Peter Lund and Diane Miller.

 

Horseshoe news

Two teams advanced to the knockout stage during Dec. 5 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Hank Huyghe and John Crawford held on for a 21-16 win over Dom Livedoti and Dave Berry to win the day’s championship.

The Dec. 8 games saw Gene Bobeldyk and Jim Kleiner forge the lone 3-0 record in pool play to earn the day’s outright championship.

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 adult soccer heats up, horseshoes, golf play on

After six weeks of action, Sato Real Estate has yet to swallow the bitter pill of defeat in the Center of Anna Maria Island adult soccer league.

The team stands alone in first place with a 5-0-1 record, 4 points ahead of second-place Jiffy Lube and Lancaster Design, both sporting 3-1-2 records. Moss Builders is on their heels with a 3-2-1 record, while Eason Builders fell to 3-3 and fifth place in the standings after dropping two matches in a row. AMI Locals are alone in sixth place with a 2-2-2 record, while Ross Built at 1-5 and Slim’s Place at 0-5-1 complete the standings.

Action Nov. 29 started with Jiffy Lube rolling to a 7-2 victory over Slim’s Place behind three goals and an assist from Eliza Faillace and two goals from Nathan Kragt. Mike Brusso and Daniel Anderson completed the scoring with a goal each, while Ricky Anderson added an assist and Michael Lewis finished with 11 saves in the victory.

Aaron Parkin and Diego Felipe scored a goal each to lead Slim’s Place, which also received a combined 13 saves from Nate Talucci and Parkin in goal.

Sato maintained its first-place hold thanks to a 6-4 victory over Eason Builders and two goals each from Matthew Skaggs and Eric Pullen. Andrew Schmidt and Nate Welch chipped in a goal each and Scott Bear helped preserve the victory with nine saves.

Scott Eason had a goal and an assist to lead Eason Builders, which also received goals from Amy Ivin, Damir Glavan and Ray Gardner. Cliff Powell finished with 12 saves in the loss.

Lancaster Design held on for a 5-4 victory over Moss Builders in the third match of the evening. Zackary Lieb scored two goals to lead Lancaster Design in the victory, which also saw goals from Kris Yavalar, Cemal Duzgan and Sumiko Chapman.

Eva Howland scored two goals to lead Moss Builders, which also received a goal and an assist from Robert Armstrong and Eduardo Vera to complete the scoring. Jordan Demers kept them in the game with 13 saves.

AMI Locals outlasted Ross Built 5-4 behind two goals and an assist from Tyler Robinson and two goals from Jessica Williams in the victory. Olaf Krause chipped in with a goal, while Ben Sato finished with 11 saves.

Vince Circharo scored two goals and Greg Ross and Riley Moore each scored once for Ross Built. Chris Circharo added two assists and Robb Marshall finished with 10 saves in the loss.

 

Key Royale golf news

Another week of beautiful weather brought out the golfers to the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach.

The men got the action started Nov. 26 with a nine-hole modified-Stableford system match. John Purcell carded a plus-7 — six points above his normal average — to grab clubhouse bragging rights for the day. Brian Comer was a point back in second place.

The women took the course Nov. 27 for a nine-hole individual-low-net match in four flights.

Brenda Solleveld’s 1-over-par 33, including a chipin on the fourth hole, was good enough for first place in Flight A. Helen Pollock came in second with a 6-over-par 38.

One-over-par 33 also was the winning score for Flight B winner Sharon Tarras, who earned a three-shot margin of victory over second-place finisher Carol Duncan.

Flight C saw Jana Samuels and Sue Wheeler finish in a tie for first place on matching 1-over-par 33s. Jan Turner was alone in second with a 3-over-par 35.

Terry Westby and Marty Clark both fired 2-under-par 30s for the low-net round of the day and first place in Flight D. Eileen Witzgall, who chipped in on the third hole finished in second with a 4-over-par 36.

The men were back on the course Nov. 29 for a nine-hole scramble. Tim Donner, Tom McDonnell, Joe Muscatello and Chuck Patrick combined on a 4-under-par 28 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day. One stroke back in second was the team of Gary Alvord, Warren Boin, Bob O’Brien and Terry Tarras.

 

Horseshoe news

There was an outright winner during Nov. 28 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Neil Hennessey posted the lone 3-0 pool-play record to win the day.

Three teams emerged from pool play and advanced to the knockout stage during Dec. 1 action. The team of Bob Rowley and Steve Hooper drew the bye into the finals and watched as Rod Bussey and Sam Samuels roll to a 21-3 victory over Bob Palmer and Brooks Nelson. Bussey and Samuels stayed hot in the finals, cruising to a 22-1 victory over Rowley-Hooper to win the day’s proceedings.

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.

Island athlete claims another championship, daughter, too

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Islanders Kenny Nieding (No. 8) and Nicholas Yatros (No. 4) of the Firkins basketball team, helped captured first place in the middle school basketball league Nov. 17 at G.T. Bray Park. Other members of the team are Amir Parrinon, Michael Ligge, Reggie Cheaves, Brian Heavens, Alex Short and Coaches Lonnell Brown and Tag Spikes. Islander Photo: Courtesy Gy Yatros
Island resident Sandy Meneley, right, and daughter Lesley Brainard of Collierville, Tennessee, pose on winning their divisions in the USA National Triathlon Championship Nov. 11 in Miami. Islander Photo: Courtesy Fritz Menele

Island resident Sandy Meneley is at it again! She competed Nov. 11 in the USA National Triathlon Championship in Miami.

Due to minor eye and nose surgeries and the persistent presence of red tide, Meneley was unable to properly train for the Iron Man Triathlon. She instead competed in the Half Iron Duathlon, which consists of a 6.2-mile run, a 56-mile bike ride and culminates with a 13.1-mile run.

Meneley placed first in her 70-74 age group to earn a national championship. However, due to the fact that she was the only competitor in her age group, she set a goal of finishing the event in under seven hours and she beat most of the competition over 60 years of age. She finished ahead of 90 percent of the 60-plus participants and had the distinction of being the oldest competitor in the event, which is usually reserved for male competitors.

Meneley ran the first leg in 57 minutes, biked the second leg in 3 hours, 11 minutes and finished with a 2 hour, 21 minute time over the final 13.1 miles to finish with a time of 6 hours, 39 minutes, counting transition times.

Her daughter, Lesley Brainard, 48, of Collierville, Tennessee, also competed and won her age division in the Half Ironman Triathlon (swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles, run 13.1 miles). She also was the overall female winner, adding another national champion to the family. The win qualifies her for the world triathlon championship in Pontevedra, Spain.

As usual, Meneley’s husband Fritz was master encourager, but with wife and daughter competing, he had to pull double duty, trying to catch wife and daughter at critical race points to encourage them and give each of them updates on how the other was doing in their race.

Meneley says she will continue competing in local running events over the winter, ranging from 5Ks up to half marathons.

Congratulations to the Meneleys from The Islander!

Key Royale golf news

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there was a short week of golf action at Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach.

The men played their regular, Monday morning modified-Stableford system match Nov. 19. Keith Offenhaver lapped the field with a score of plus-8 to easily outpace second-place finisher Gerry Dahl, who finished with a score of plus-4.

The women took to the course Nov. 20 for a nine-hole individual-low-net match in four flights.

Margrit Layh earned a slim victory in Flight A with an even-par 32, edging Helen Pollock and Brenda Solleveld by a stroke.

Tootie Wagner’s even-par 32 was good for first place in Flight B. Carol Duncan was a stroke back in second and Cathy Rice took third with a 4-over-par 36.

Jan Turner carded a 1-under-par 31 to grab first place in Flight C. Sue Wheeler finished with a 1-over-par 33 to take second and Pam Alvord came in third with a 2-over-par 34.

Terry Westby had a chipin on the seventh hole on the way to a 4-under-par 28 and first place in Flight D. Janet Razze took second place with a 3-under-par 29 and Susan

VanOrsdel took third place with a 1-under-par 31.

Sally York’s round was punctuated with a chipin on the sixth hole to round out the day.

 

Horseshoe news

Two teams emerged from pool play to battle for the day’s championship during Nov. 21 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Gene Bobeldyk and Bob Lee rolled into the winner’s circle with a dominating 25-4 victory over Tom Farrington and Adin Shank.

The Nov. 24 games saw four teams advance to the knockout stage with matching 3-0 records during pool play. The first semifinal saw Hank Huyghe and Bob Palmer earn a 22-13 victory over John Crawford and Farrington, while Lee and Bob Rowley advanced with a 21-0 shutout over Neil Hennessey and Rod Bussey, the third shutout for the Lee-Rowley team in four matches. Huyghe and Palmer won the day’s proceedings with a 21-11 victory over Lee-Rowley thanks to seven consecutive ringers by Palmer in the championship game. Palmer also threw nine consecutive ringers 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.