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Adult soccer, golf see rain delays, horseshoes play on

The last night of the regular season for the adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island was rained out, forcing the rescheduling of games to Wednesday, June 19.

Solid Rock Construction will take on Beach House Real Estate at 6 p.m., followed by Jiffy Lube taking on Gulfview Windows and Doors at 7, concluding the regular season matches.

Wildcard action follows with the seventh seed taking on the No. 10 at 8 p.m., and No. 8 taking on No. 9 at 9 p.m. Quarterfinal action is set for Thursday, June 20, when the top seed takes on the winner of the 6 p.m. wildcard match, and the second seed takes on the winner of the 7 p.m. wildcard game. The third seed battles the sixth seed at 8 p.m. followed by the fourth seed taking on the fifth seed at 9 p.m.

Championship Thursday is June 27, with the semi final games scheduled for 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., prior to the final at 8:30 p.m.

There were two regular season games completed before the rain arrived at the center. Blalock Walters rolled to a 4-1 victory over Duncan Real Estate to creep closer to the third seed to open the action June 12. Greg DeMeuse and Matt Plummer led the way with a goal and an assist each, while Stephen Perry and Dan Van Etten each notched a goal. Scott Rudacille helped to preserve the victory with nine saves in goal.

Joey Hutchinson scored the lone goal for Duncan, which also received 12 saves from Trey Horne in the loss.

The second saw Ross Built edge Flynn Law to pull to a tie for first place with Gulfview Windows and Doors, though Ross has one more game played. Connor Bystrom, Vince Circharo and Jessica Williams each scored a goal for Ross, which also received eight saves from goalie John Hagerty in the victory.

Chris Culhane and Tyler Robinson each scored a goal and Mark Rudacille made eight saves to lead Flynn in the loss.

 

Key Royale news

Golf at the Key Royale Club got off to a wet start with Monday’s action rained out. The women got out on the course June 11 with a nine-hole individual-low-net match in two flights.

Sharon Tarras fired a 4-under-par 28 to cruise to first place in Flight A by four strokes over second-place finisher Debi Wohlers.

Flight B saw Laurie Hicks and Sue Wheeler, who had a chipin on the fourth hole, finish tied for first with matching 32s. Jana Samuels and Ellen Boin shared second place with matching 1-over-par 33s.

The men finally got on the course June 13 for a nine-hole scramble. The team of Herb Clauhs, Hoyt Miller, Ken Nagengast and Dave Richardson combine on a 6-under-par 26 to lap the field and take the clubhouse bragging rights for the day.

 

Horseshoe news

Three teams emerged from pool play and battled for the day’s supremacy during June 12 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City hall horseshoe pits.

The team of Hank Huyghe and Norm Good drew the bye into the finals and watched as Bob Heiger and Dom Livedoti stayed alive with a 22-20 victory over Steve Doyle and Sam Samuels. Heiger and Livedoti kept their feet on the gas and raced to a 21-14 victory to earn the day’s bragging rights.

Two teams met in the finals during the June 15 games. Livedoti, this time partnered with Josh Landers, won a second championship on the week, defeating the team of Huyghe and Mason King 21-20.

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.

Island soccer, golf, horseshoes, strongest man? You bet

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Halfthor Bjornsson competes in the World’s Strongest Man contest in 2018. He will participate in the 2019 competition in Bradenton, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach June 13-16 in coordination with the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. A news release stated that “25 of the world's best will now compete for this year's crown over a progressive four-day schedule.” Plans include three days of qualifiers and a one-day final. For more information, go online to theworldsstrongestman.com. Islander Photo: Courtesy IMG
A Colorado Rockies player was initially called safe but, if you look closely, the ball already is in Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo’s glove. Manager Joe Maddon challenged the the call, which was overturned during action June 6 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Islander Photo: Kevin P. Cassidy

With summer unofficially here for this school teacher/reporter, it’s vacation time.

I’ll be beaching it with a good book or two, completing some household projects and searching for sports action.

This weekend, things will heat up with the World’s Strongest Man competition in Bradenton and at the public beaches on Anna Maria Island — and I expect to be in on that action.

My summer got off to an early start with a flight to Chicago to transport Jack, an 8-week old Mastiff puppy, and attend my nephews’ graduation ceremonies, along with sisters Mo Cassidy and Theresa Cassidy Collins, who came up from Florida and niece Ericka Collins, who flew in from Washington, D.C.

Daniel and Ethan Cassidy Silets finished eighth-grade, while Joshua Cassidy Silets graduated from high school and soon will be attending the Illinois Institute of Technology.

It’s good family time for the Cassidys.

And anytime I make it to Chicago, attendance at a Cubs games is a must, and this time was no different. Many thanks to my sister, Illinois state Rep. Kelly Cassidy and wife Candace Gingrich for their hospitality and for providing great seats at the game along with access to the Makers Mark Barrel Room.

As for summer content, please help this writer through summer, and send notices of sporting events throughout the season.

Happy summer to everyone!

 

Adult soccer action continues

After eight weeks of action, the standings are tight at the top for teams in the adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island.

Gulfview Windows and Doors continues to lead the pack with a 6-1-1 record, but Duncan Real Estate is on their heels with a 6-2 record. Ross Built sits in third place with a 5-2-1 record with Flynn Law at 5-3 and Blalock Walters at 4-3-1 right behind. Jiffy Lube holds down sixth place with a 4-4 record, just ahead of seventh-place Sato Real Estate at 3-4-1. Solid Rock Construction follows with a 3-5 record, while Beach House Real Estate at 2-6 and Moss Builders at 0-8 complete the standings.

Action June 6 kicked off with Flynn Law rolling to a 4-0 victory over Blalock Walters behind a goal and an assist from Tyler Robinson and goals from Chris Culhane, Kevin Roman and Lexi Sato. Josh Bernet and Olaf Krause contributed assists, while Mark Rudacille made nine saves for the shutout.

Scott Rudacille made 13 saves in goal to lead Blalock Walters in the loss.

The second match of the evening saw Duncan Real Estate roll to a 7-3 victory over Moss Builders behind six goals from Joey Hutchinson. Clancy Vaughan added a goal to the victory, while Trey Horne made seven saves.

Diego Felipe scored two goals to lead Moss Builders, which also received a goal from Jake Parsons and nine saves from Scott Bear in the loss.

Gulfview and Ross battled to a 2-2 tie in the night’s third match. Gulfview was led by Keith Mahoney’s two goals and 10 saves from Jordan Demers. Connor Bystrom and Vince Circharo scored a goal each to lead Ross Built, which also received an assist from Chris Klotz and eight saves from John Hagerty in the loss.

Jiffy Lube defeated Beach House Real Estate by a 3-1 score to close out the night’s soccer action. Anil Bkbulut, Daniel Anderson and Ricky Anderson each scored goals to lead Jiffy Lube, which received eight saves from Robb Marshall in the victory.

Adam Bujarski scored the lone goal and Cliff Powell had six saves to lead Beach House in the loss.

 

Key Royale golf news

Key Royale Club action teed off June 3 with the men playing a nine-hole, modified-Stableford System match. Terry Schaefer earned clubhouse bragging rights with a score of plus-7, edging Bill Brodie by a point.

The women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in two flights. Lori Waggoner took Flight A with a score of 2-over-par 34 to edge a trio of players — Margrit Layh, Debi Wohlers and Carol Duncan — by one stroke.

Sue Wheeler, with a chipin on the ninth hole, and Roxanne Koche both carded 2-under-par 30s to finish in a tie for first place in Flight B. Amy Tripp and Terry Westby a shot back, tied for second place.

The men were back on the course June 6 for a nine-hole scramble. The team of Gary Alvord, Bill Brodie, Ken Nagengast and Marie Taddeo combined on a 5-under-par 27 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day.

 

Horseshoe news

Two teams met in the finals after advancing from pool play during June 5 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The team of Steve Doyle and Sam Samuels jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 21-5 victory over Tim Sofran and Neil Hennessey.

There was no need for a playoff to decide a champ June 8, as Hank Huyghe and Rod Bussey were the outright winners on posting 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.

Sports on AMI go from soccer to strongman competition

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Adult soccer tops the scoreboard this week with nine teams producing action on the pitch at the Center of Anna Maria Island.

After six weeks of action in the adult league, Gulfview Windows and Doors, with six wins and no losses, is running away with the regular season and the top seed. Blalock Walters follows with a 3-2-1 record, which puts them just ahead of Jiffy Lube, Ross Built, Flynn Law and Duncan Real Estate which are all 3-2 and tied for third place, although Blalock Walters has a game in hand. Solid Rock Construction is alone in seventh place with a 3-3 record with Sato Real Estate in eighth place at 2-3-1, followed by ninth place Beach House Real Estate at 1-5 and Moss Builders at 0-6.

Blalock Walters opened play May 29 with a 7-2 victory over Beach House Real Estate behind three goals from Stephen Perry and two goals from Matt Skaggs. Alex Breitinger and Greg DeMeuese each added a goal, while Scott Rudacille made nine saves in the victory.

Nick Bouchard and Ryley Moore scored for Beach House, which also received seven saves from Cliff Powell in the loss.

Gulfview rolled to a 5-2 victory over Moss Builders in the second match behind two goals and an assist from Keith Mahoney and two goals and three saves from Jason Chiofalo. Jose Urbiola chipped in with a goal and Ashley Friszman had an assist in the loss.

The third match of the evening saw Solid Rock Construction outscore Jiffy Lube 6-5, getting three goals from Eric Pullen and two goals from Yuri Pereira. Drew Jacobsen completed the scoring for Solid Rock with one goal in the victory.

Eliza Faillace scored two goals to lead Jiffy Lube, which also received goals from Daniel Anderson, Ricky Anderson and Omar Polar in the loss.

The last match of the night saw Duncan Real Estate earn a 5-3 victory over Sato Real Estate behind a hat trick from Joey Hutchinson and two goals from Cole Peterson. Trey Horne made eight saves for the victory.

Zach Lieb, Lyn Clarke and Murat Akay scored a goal each to lead Sato, which also received nine saves from Jason Sato in the loss.

 

Key Royale news

The Key Royale Club hosted its annual Memorial Day Scramble for 46 members.

The team of Carol and Gary Duncan, Billie Jean Penson and John Kolojeski combined on a net score of 24.2 to take first place. Second place went to the team of Janet and Gary Razze and Roxanne and Bill Koche with a score of 24.4. The third place team, Kathy and Charlie Porter, Brett Lance and Scott Childress, was another two-tenths of a stroke back at 24.6.

Lori Waggoner won the women’s closest-to-the-pin contest, while Gary Razze was the men’s winner. Debi Richardson and John Kolojeski took prizes for the straightest drive. Bruce Christenson won the longest putt contest with a 22-foot shot.

After the fun on the course, the participants enjoyed refreshments along with hot dogs, burgers and chicken sandwiches from the grill.

The women took to the course May 28 for a nine-hole individual-low-net match in two flights.

Jana Samuels’ birdie on the sixth hole helped her capture Flight A with a 3-under-par 29, while Carol Duncan and Pam Lowry finished in a tie for second place at even-par-32.

Pam Alvord and Ellen Boin both carded 4-under-par 28s to tie for first place in Flight B. Amy Tripp was alone in second place with a 2-under-par 30.

 

Horseshoe winners

Two teams advanced to the knockout stage and battled for the May 29 championship during horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

Sam Samuels and Steve Doyle were the last team standing after a 24-8 victory over Rod Bussey and Norm Good.

The June 1 games also saw two teams advance to the finals after posting 3-0 pool play records. Tom Skoloda walked his way to the winner’s circle with a 22-7 victory over Hank Huyghe and Jerry Disbrow.

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 fee to play and everyone is welcome.

Center offers volleyball camp

The center is offering a youth volleyball camp 5-8 p.m. June 10-14 for players ages 9-14.

Coaches for the camp include three-time All-American setter Evelyn Long and Katy Roadman, who have a collective 10 years coaching at club, high school and collegiate levels.

Long, who was the assistant women’s coach and head men’s coach at Lancaster Bible College, now lives in the area and works for Solid Rock Construction.

Roadman comes from a volleyball family, with two of her sisters playing in college. She suffered a knee injury in high school and continued her volleyball career by coaching.

Roadman coached at Temple Christian School, an A1 school in Titusville, and also spent time on the Temple University staff. She since has coached the Ignite Volleyball Club at Merritt Island and moved to the Tampa area to coach the Wharton High School JV team.

The camp sessions will be indoors, in the center gym.

The fee is $150.

Registration is online at centerami.org.

For more information, contact Ashley Friszman at ashley@centerami.org or 941-778-1908, ext. 207.

 

And indoor soccer for kids

Youth soccer enthusiasts face a June 8 deadline to sign up for the summer indoor soccer league at the center.

The season kicks off June 18 and ends July 31.

Games will be played in the air-conditioned gym starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Cost is $10 for members and $75 for nonmembers.

Coaches are needed.

Register online at www.centerami.org or at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

 

Strongest man coming to an island near you

The World’s Strongest Man competition returns to the United States after three years abroad and will descend on Manatee County June 13-16.

Qualifying rounds will take place at three locations, starting June 13 on Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton.

The event moves to Coquina Beach June 14 and then to the Manatee Public Beach — or the PB as it is known by locals.

There will be five events in the qualifying round and all of the groups will compete in the same five events. Events include the truck pull, super yoke and farmer’s walk medley, overhead press, deadlift and last-man standing.

The finals will be at the Manatee beach, and will include a loading race, deadlift hold, overhead press, squat lift and the atlas stones.

 

Youth soccer champs crowned, league awards announced

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All eyes are on the soccer ball May 20 as Beach House Realty’s Brady Thompson and Jack Whiteside converge on the ball with Freckled Fin’s Taylor June King and teammates looking on during the 8-10 division championship match at the Center of Anna Maria Island in Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Kevin P. Cassidy
Freckled Fin’s Duncan Cloutier carries the ball up field May 20 as Beach House Realty’s Julia Baugher gives chase during the 8-10 division championship soccer match May 20 at the Center of Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Kevin P. Cassidy
Beach House Real Estate goalie Magnus Rollins makes a save in the box just before Connor Nixon arrives during the 8-10 championship match May 20 at the center. Islander Photo: Kevin P. Cassidy

Another youth soccer season has come to a close at the Center of Anna Maria Island. Champions were crowned May 20 in the 8-10 and 11-15 divisions and individual awards were doled out to some deserving players.

The 8-10 division championship game May 20 was preceded by the third-place consolation game between ACE Hardware and Ugly Grouper. The two teams battled to a 1-1 tie, sending the game to a penalty-kick shootout.

Ugly Grouper prevailed as Savanna Coba and Alexander Teich came through under pressure to make their penalty kicks for Ugly Grouper.

Jack McCarthy was the lone ACE player to convert a penalty kick for a 2-1 Ugly Grouper victory.

The championship game looked like it could go to penalty kicks as well, but two goals by Dennis Gallagher helped Beach House Real Estate overcome a 1-0 deficit. Led by Jack Whiteside, Kate Stembridge and Brady Thompson, the Beach House defense stayed strong in front of goalie Magness Rollins, who made six saves for a 2-1 victory over Freckled Fin.

Other members of the 8-10 champs are Julia Baugher, Eve Otto, Cyrus Ryan and Cala Ryan.

Duncan Cloutier scored the lone goal for Freckled Fin, which also received 11 saves from Cale Rudacille in the loss.

Individual award-winners also were named for the 8-10 division in the center soccer league. Beach House Real Estate’s Dennis Gallagher received the league’s most valuable male player award with Freckled Fin’s Taylor June King on top among female players. Fin goalie Cale Rudacille was top goalie and his center- back player, William Pakbaz, was named defensive MVP. Finally, ACE Hardware’s Jack McCarthy was awarded for his sportsmanship.

The 11-15 championship game also was a nail-biter as the teams battled to a 0-0 draw, but CABB Cleaning prevailed 4-2 in the penalty shootout behind goals from JM Feeney, Connor Samblis, Sam Liester and Travis Bates, who notched the game-winner. Other members of CABB Cleaning are Fox Dalton, Emerson Gitt and Evan Talucci, who helped keep CABB in the game with 13 saves.

Kieran Cloutier and Aiden Templeton made penalty kicks for Lancaster Design.

JM Feeny of CABB Cleaning captured the 11-15 MVP, while Lancaster Design’s Aiden Templeton won as defensive MVP. Lazy Turtle’s Angelina Albrecht is female MVP and Kieran Cloutier of Lancaster Design was named tops in sportsmanship. The goalie of the year went to Lancaster Design’s Mikey Coleman.

Congratulations to all of the players, coaches and fans.

Adult soccer plays on

After five weeks of action, the haves and the have-nots are telling the story for the adult soccer league at the center.

Gulfview Windows and Doors with a spotless 5-0 record appears to be the class of the league. Jiffy Lube is on the heels of Gulfview with a 3-1 record, followed by Ross Built and Flynn Law — tied for third with 3-2 records.

Blalock Walters and Sato Real Estate are tied for fifth place with matching 2-2-1 records, while Duncan Real Estate holds down the seventh spot with a 2-2 record. Solid Rock Construction at 2-3 is in eighth place followed by 1-4 Beach House Real Estate and 0-5 Moss Builders.

Action May 23 kicked off with Solid Rock edging Sato 5-4 behind two goals each from Yuri Pereira and Eric Pullen. Ryan Hogan added a goal and Zachary Long made 10 saves in the victory.

Zachary Lieb scored four goals and Murap Akay had three assists to lead Sato, which received five saves from Lyn Clarke in the loss.

Beach House defeated Ross 4-2 behind two goals from Adam Bujarski and a goal each from Nick Bouchard and Ryley Moore. David Greene helped preserve the win with 10 saves in goal.

Vince Circharo scored both goals and John Haggerty made 10 saves for Ross Built in the loss.

Gulfview received goals from five players as it outscored Blalock Walters 7-5. Jose Urbiola Bolanos and Keith Mahoney led the way with two goals each, while Ashley Friszman, Ryan Moss and Aaron Parkin notched goals for Gulfview, which received 13 saves from Jordan Demers in the win.

Matt Skaggs scored four goals and Greg DeMeuese added a goal and an assist to lead Blalock Walters, which received 10 saves from Dan Van Etten in the loss.

The final match of the night was another high-scoring affair. Flynn Law defeated Moss Builders 9-5 behind four goals from Kevin Roman and three goals from Tyler Robinson. Lexi Sato chipped in with a goal and two assists and Olaf Krause also scored. Mark Rudacille closed out the victory with 11 saves.

Diego Felipe and Damir Glavan scored two goals each to lead Moss in the loss, along with a goal from Amy Ivin and assists from Dimitir Maramenides and Nate Talucci.

Key Royale news

Golf action at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach got started May 20 with the men playing a modified-Stableford system match over nine holes. John Kolojeski paced the group with a plus-3 to edge Scott Hill and Terry Tarras by a point.

The women were out May 21 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in two flights.

Sharon Tarras fired a 3-under-par 29 to take first place in Flight A over Margrit Layh, Jana Samuels and Jean Holmes, who all carded even-par 32s to tie for second place.

Roxanne Koche torched the course to the tune of a 6-under-par 26 to win Flight B by three strokes. Janet Razze, Sue Wheeler and Ellen Boin all shot respectable scores of 3-under-par 29, but it wasn’t enough on this day.

The team of Ron Buck, Marty Hicks, Art McMillan and Tom Nelson combined on a 7-under-par 25, one stroke off the club’s record low score during the May 24 men’s scramble. The team of Jim Auch, Herb Clauhs, Scott Mitchell and Ken Nagegas tied the team of Jack Lowry, Sam Major and Jeff Rodencal with a score of 4-under-par 28.

Horseshoe news

Four teams emerged from pool play with 2-1 records and battled for the day’s supremacy during May 22 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The first semifinal saw Jerry Disbrow and Sam Samuels shut down Neil Hennessey and Jay Disbrow by a 21-6 score. Gary Howcroft walked his way into the finals with a 25-15 victory over Hank Huyghe and Tom Skoloda. The finals saw Howcroft rally from a 20-14 deficit to a 23-20 victory.

Tim Sofran was the outright champion of the May 25 games after posting 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.

Seedings hold true in youth soccer, championships set

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AMI Dragon Boat Paddlers from Paradise compete May 11 in the Southeast Regional Dragon Boat Championships at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota. Islander Courtesy Photo
Jim Gentile lines up a putt May 17 at the IMG Academy Golf Club, 4350 El Conquistador Parkway, Bradenton, before the 20th annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. Gentile was a member of the winning foursome, which also included Val Calbish, Tony Wagner and Homer Cablish. Islander Photo: Karen Riley-Love
LEFT: Jake Rodgers, left, Shauna Ruby, Quinn Sabatini and Grant Hart, all associates of Waterline Resort in Holmes Beach, pause during play at the chamber tourney. Islander Photo: Karen Riley-Love

The regular-season standings in the Center of Anna Maria Island youth soccer league proved to be a good barometer for success.

The higher seeded teams avoided the dreaded first-round playoff upsets to lower-seeded teams in the two divisions.

Playoff action kicked off on the center pitch May 15 with No. 2 seed Freckled Fin taking on No. 3 seed ACE Hardware in the 8-10 division semifinals.

Duncan Cloutier notched a pair of goals to lead Freckled Fin, which also received a goal in the victory from Conner Nixon and eight saves from goalie Cale Rudacille.

Jack McCarthy scored a goal and had an assist, while Johnny Monetti added a goal. Jesse Zaccagnino finished with six saves for ACE Hardware in the loss.

The second 8-10 division match May 15 saw top-seed Beach House Realty roll to a 3-0 victory over No. 4 seed Ugly Grouper. Dennis Gallegher paced the winners with two goals, Julia Baugher added a goal and Magness Rollins came through with five saves in the victory.

Alexander Teich and Clancy Cusack combined on 11 saves in the loss.

Freckled Fin was set to take on Beach House Realty for the 8-10 division championship at May 20, after The Islander went to press.

The lone semifinal match in the 11-15 division saw No. 2 CABB Cleaning take care of business with a 2-0 victory over No. 3 Lazy Turtle. JM Feeney led the way with two goals, while goalie Evan Talucci notched nine saves.

Angelina Albrecht helped keep Lazy Turtle in the match with nine saves.

CABB Cleaning now sets its sites on Lancaster Design in the championship match, also May 20.

Signup starts up indoor soccer

Youth soccer players have an indoor, “cool” season upcoming with games played in the air-conditioned gym at the center.

The season kicks off June 18 and ends July 31.

Players ages 5-14 have until June 8 to sign up for the league, with games played at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Cost for the league is $10 for members and $75 for nonmembers. Registration can be made online at www.centerami.org or at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

Volunteers to coach youth soccer can contact Tim Holly at timothy@centerami.org or 941-778-1908.

Key Royale news

Action for the men at the Key Royale Club teed up May 13 with a nine-hole modified-Stableford system golf match. Dave Richardson carded a plus-9 — nine points above his average — to win the day’s bragging rights. Terry Tarras and Alan Tripp finished in a tie for second with matching plus-5s.

The men were back on the course May 16 for a nine-hole scramble that saw three teams tie for first place. The team of Gary Alvord, John Cassese, Art McMillan and Larry Solberg matched the 5-under-par 27 carded by Mike Gille, Sam Major, Gary Razze and Terry Tarras and the team of Blake Ress, Jeff Rodencal and Bill Shuman.

Last, but not least, Terry Tarras aced the 135 yard, eighth hole with his trusty 8-iron to earn “shot-of-the-month” honors. The ace was the second hole-in-one for Tarras and, as is the custom, he treated his golfing mates to refreshments following the round.

Horseshoe news

Horseshoe action May 15 at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits saw one team emerge from pool play with a 3-0 record. The team of Rod Bussey and Steve Doyle combined to win all three games on the strength of seven double ringers by Bussey.

Two teams advanced to the knockout stage during the May 18 games. The team of Bussey and Neil Hennessey outlasted Tim Sofran for a 21-14 victory and the second trip to the winner’s circle for Bussey.

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.

Island paddlers compete

AMI Dragon Boat Paddlers from Paradise competed May 11 in the Southeast Regional Dragon Boat Championships at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota.

Thirty-five teams from the Southeastern states participated, seeking to qualify for the national and international club crew championships.

An AMI Paddlers from Paradise women’s team finished second in the premiere women’s division and as the fifth overall women’s team in the Southeast.

The island-based women’s team broke its team records in 200- and 500-meter races, as well as a 2K race.

The AMI Paddlers include Lauri Burton Graham, Evelyn Silverthorn, Lynn Kravontka, Gail Trombley, Mileah Hudgins, Mandy Boyers, Lauri Fern, Courtney Nunemaker, Susan Lee, Marion May, Judy Gidus, Sandy Bouwer, Stacey Jiles Hanik, Jill St. John, Leigh Gardner, Lori Stuckey, Vanessa Burns Peterson, Diane Goolsby, Patty Reed, Gail McCall, Joanne Yacono-Brandt, Rick Granite, and Melinda Bradway, who also is the paddlers’ head coach. Assistant coach is Craig Bradway.

The AMI Paddlers is seeking new members.

For more information, call Melinda Bradway at 941-462-2626.

Seedings set for youth soccer, KRC chips into summer

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Islander wins tournament Mark Malinowski of Bradenton Beach wins the top level 5.5 Division Tournament of the Bradenton/Sarasota region. The tournament was May 5 at University Park Country Club, where Malinowski defeated Sarasota resident Thiago Domingues in the final. Malinowski credited practice with local players for getting him fine-tuned for the final. “I am lucky to hit once a week with the Manatee High School tennis teams and also once a week with Yury Bettoni, who was the hitting partner for Roger Federer as a teenager in Switzerland, they were excellent preparation,” said Malinowski. The athlete and author of eight tennis books, trains regularly at the public courts in Holmes Beach. Islander Courtesy Photo

The regular season of the youth soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island has concluded and the matchups are set for the playoff games.

The top seeds will enter the playoffs with confidence based off their regular season success, the rest of the teams set out anew.

Lancaster Design earned top seed and the accompanying bye into the finals of the 11-15 division on a 4-3-1 record. CABB Cleaning earned second seed with a 4-4 record, just ahead of 3-4-1 Lazy Turtle.

CABB will take on Lazy Turtle in semifinal action at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 13. The winner of the Monday match will kick off against Lancaster Design for the title at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15.

Action last week in the 11-15 division got started May 7 when Lazy Turtle earned a 4-0 victory over CABB Cleaning behind two goals and an assist from Thomas Philpott and a pair of goals from Jackson Pakbaz and Max Higgins. Victor Albrecht came through with 13 saves for Lazy Turtle in the victory.

Evan Talucci made eight saves to lead CABB Cleaning in the loss.

The second match of the night saw Lancaster Design earn a 3-0 victory over CABB Cleaning behind two goals and an assist from Frank Coleman and a goal from Caden Quimby. Mikey Coleman came through with 10 saves in goal to help preserve the victory.

Talucci was strong in net for CABB Cleaning, finishing with 10 saves in the loss.

Action in the 11-15 division continued May 8 with an upset victory for Lazy Turtle, scoring 3-2 over Lancaster Design behind a pair of goals from Pakbaz. Higgins added a goal while Albrecht came through with 11 saves in the victory.

Frank Coleman scored two goals to lead Lancaster Design, which received nine saves from Mikey Coleman and Aiden Templeton in the loss.

The late match saw CABB Cleaning bounce back to earn a 4-1 victory over Lazy Turtle behind two goals from Connor Samblis and a goal each from Fox Dalton and JM Feeney. Talucci again helped preserve the win with eight saves.

Pakbaz scored the lone goal for Lazy Turtle, which received 14 saves from Albrecht in the loss.

The 8-10 division playoff matchups are set as well, with 4-1-1 Beach House Real Estate earning the top seed, just ahead of second place Freckled Fin at 3-1-2. Ace Hardware was just behind them in third with a 3-2-1 record, while Ugly Grouper holds down the cellar with an 0-6 mark.

Semifinal action kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 13, as Freckled Fin takes on Ace Hardware, followed by Ugly Grouper battling Beach House Real Estate at 6:30 p.m.

Action in the 8-10 division kicked off May 7 with Ace Hardware rolling to a 7-4 victory over Beach House Real Estate behind a hat trick and three assists from

Johnny Monetti and a second hat trick from Jack McCarthy. Mason Moss chipped in with a goal, while Jack Zaccagnino made nine saves in the victory.

Dennis Gallagher paced Beach House with two goals, while Magness Rollins and Cyrus Ryan each scored a goal.

The second match of the night saw Freckled Fin earn a 3-0 victory over Ugly Grouper behind goals from Duncan Cloutier, Taylor June King and Connor Nixon. Cale Rudacille helped preserve the victory with seven saves.

Alexander Teich and Clancy Cusack combined for nine saves to lead Ugly Grouper in the loss.

The action resumed May 8 with Beach House Real Estate earning a 2-0 victory over Freckled fin behind a goal each from Dennis Gallagher and Julia Baugher, while Magness Rollins made six saves in the victory.

Cale Rudacille and Taylor June King combined for eight saves to lead Beach House in the loss.

Ace Hardware finished the regular season on a high note with a 2-1 victory over Ugly Grouper behind a goal each from Mason Moss and Johnny Monetti. Moss combined with Jack Zaccagnino for seven saves.

Sterling Holiday notched the lone goal for Ugly Grouper, which received 11 saves from Cusack and Teich in the loss.

Standings remain tight in adult soccer

The adult soccer league at the center completed it’s fourth week of action with the seven teams within striking distance of the top spot.

Gulfview Windows and Doors leads the way with a 3-0 record, closely followed by Blalock Walters at 2-0-1 while Jiffy Lube, Duncan Real Estate and Ross Built are bunched together with 2-1 records. Flynn Law holds down the sixth spot in the standings, while 1-1-1 Sato Real Estate is alone in seventh place. Solid Rock Construction follows at 1-3, while Moss Builders and Beach House Real Estate are tied for last with 0-3 records.

Action May 9 kicked off with Sato earning a 7-5 victory over Jiffy Lube behind a hat trick from the ageless Lyn Clarke. Murap Akay also had a strong game, finishing with two goals and three assists, while Sumiko Chipman and Josh Sato chipped in with a goal each. Zachary Lieb added an assist, while Jason Sato finished with nine saves in the victory.

Daniel Anderson had a goal and an assist to lead Jiffy Lube, which also received a goal each from Anil Akbulut, Ricky Anderson, Nicholas Bolli and Stetson Mathews. Eliza Faillace added an assist while Robb Marshall made eight saves in the loss.

Duncan outscored Beach House 6-3 in the second game behind five goals from Joey Hutchinson. Clancy Vaughan added a goal and Darrin Wash had an assist to round out the Duncan offense, while the defense was led by Trey Horne with 11 saves in the win.

Adam Bujarski, Joe Savino and Kris Yavalar each scored a goal to lead Beach House, which also received nine saves from David Greene and Cameron Maramenides in the loss.

The third match of the evening saw Ross Built edge Moss Builders 4-3 behind a strong performance from Connor Bystrom, who scored two goals on offense and made four saves between the pipes. Vince Circharo added a goal and an assist for Ross, which also received a goal from Greg Ross and six saves from John Hagerty in the victory.

Damir Glavan had a goal and an assist while Diego Felipe and Amy Ivin each scored goals to lead Moss, which got 10 saves from Scott Bear in the loss.

Olaf Krause, Tyler Robinson and Kevin Roman scored two goals each to lead Flynn Law to a 6-2 victory over Solid Rock Construction in the night’s final match. Mark Rudacille was solid in goal, making six saves to help preserve the victory.

Drew Jacobsen and Yuri Pereira led Solid Rock with a goal each, while Zachary Long made 14 saves in the loss.

Key Royale golf news

Summer golf is underway at Key Royale Club, as many members have departed for their northern dwellings, meaning matches have fewer players.

The men got out May 6 for a nine-hole modified-Stableford system match. Bill MacMillan, Larry Pippel, Steve Pfeil and Earl Ritchie all carded plus-4s for a four-way tie for first place. Not sure who picked up the tab for the post-match beverages in the clubhouse.

MacMillan was part of the winning team with plus-3, along with Brian Comer, Scott Hill and Gary Razze.

The women played a nine-hole individual-low-net match in two flights May 7. Connie Livanos fired a 4-under-par 28 to edge Pam Lowry by one stroke in Flight A. Sharon Tarras was alone in third with a 2-under-par 30.

Terry Westby carded a 4-under-par 28 to grab first place in Flight B. Roxanne Koche was alone in second place with a 2-under-par 30, while Ellen Boin, Laurie

Hicks, Amy Tripp and Sue Wheeler finished in a four-way tie for third place with matching 1-under-par 31s.

Horseshoe news

Two teams advanced to the knockout stage and battled for the day’s bragging rights during May 8 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The championship match saw Norm Good walk his way to a 15-5 lead, but the team of Rod Bussey and Neil Hennessey rallied for a 21-18 victory and the claim to the day’s title, Bussey’s third straight victory.

Three teams emerged from pool play during the May 11 games. Dom Lividoti and Bob Heiger drew the bye into the final and watched as Hennessey strolled into the finals with a 21-4 victory over Hank Huyghe and Jerry Disbrow. Hennessey earned his second championship of the week, earning a 21-14 victory over Lividoti and 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.

Youth, adult soccer leagues heat up at the center’s pitch

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ACE Hardware defender Jazzy Sparks, right, settles the ball as Ugly Grouper forward Sterling Holiday sets up to challenge for the ball April 30 in the Center of Anna Maria Island soccer league 8-10 division. Islander Photos: Kevin P. Cassidy
Lazy Turtle player Nicholas Yatros pushes forward and splits Lancaster Design defenders Aiden Templeton and Kieran Cloutier in 11-15 division soccer action at the center.
ACE Hardware’s Johnny Monetti tracks the ball inbound during 8-10 division soccer action April 30 at the cente

After four weeks of action, it appears Beach House Real Estate and Freckled Fin are the teams to beat in the 8-10 division of the kids’ spring soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island.

Beach House is running in first place with a 3-0-1 record with Freckled Fin close behind at 2-0-2. ACE Hardware follows at 1-2-1, while Ugly Grouper completes the division standings with an 0-4 mark.

Beach House and Freckled Fin battled to a 2-2 tie to open the 8-10 action April 30. Dennis Gallagher scored a pair of goals to lead Beach House, which received 14 combined saves in the tie from Jack Whiteside, Magness Rollins and Cala Ryan.

Duncan Cloutier led Freckled Fin with two goals and Cale Rudacille notched 11 saves in goal to help preserve the tie.

The second match of the evening saw ACE Hardware edge Ugly Grouper by a 2-1 score. Jack McCarthy scored twice on assists from Johnny Monetti, while Jack Zaccagnino made fives saves in the victory.

Savanna Coba scored the lone goal for Ugly Grouper, which also received seven saves from Alexander Teich in the loss.

The three-team 11-15 division standings are tight with Lancaster Design and CABB Cleaning both sitting on 3-2-1 records. Not far behind is Lazy Turtle at 1-3-1.

Anything can happen in this division.

Action April 30 saw Lazy Turtle tie Lancaster 4-4 thanks to 15 saves from goalie Victor Albrecht. Jackson Pakbaz provided the majority of the offense with three goals, while Thomas Phipott added a goal to the tie.

Frank Coleman and Ewen Cloutier scored two goals each to lead Lancaster, which also received six saves each from Caden Quimby and Aiden Templeton.

 

Adult soccer underway, too

Three teams are undefeated and three teams are searching for victory in the adult soccer league at the center.

Gulfview Windows and Doors is atop the standings with a 3-0-0 record, while Jiffy Lube at 2-0-0 is right on their heels. Blalock Walters holds third place with a 2-0-1 record, while Duncan Real Estate and Ross Built are tied for fourth. Flynn Law and Solid Rock Construction are in sixth place, followed by Sato Real Estate, which holds down the eighth spot. Moss Builders and Beach House Real Estate are tied at ninth with 0-2-0 records.

Action May 2 kicked off with Gulfview Windows and Doors earning a 4-3 win over Flynn Law behind four goals from Keith Mahoney. Jose Ubiola Bolanos chipped in with two assists and Jordan Demers made 13 saves to preserve the victory.

Kevin Roman notched three goals and Mark Rudacille made 10 saves for Flynn Law in the loss.

Ross Built rolled to an 8-1 victory over Sato in the second match of the night behind a hat trick from Vince Circharo and two goals from Greg Ross. Connor Bystrom, Chris Circharo and Jessica Williams each notched a goal and John Haggerty and Max Gazzo combined on 12 saves in goal.

Murap Akay scored the lone goal for Sato, which received 11 saves from Lyn Clarke, Josh Sato and Steve Wertovitch in the loss.

Blalock Walters edged Solid Rock Construction 3-1 on goals from Stephen Perry, Matt Plummer and Matt Staggs. Staggs also added an assist in the victory, while Scott Rudacille chipped in 14 saves.

Ryan Hogan scored Solid Rock’s only goal and Benjamin Sato and Zachary Long combined to make 18 saves in the loss.

The late match saw Jiffy Lube ride a balanced offense to outscore Duncan Real Estate 7-4. Stetson Mathews led the onslaught with two goals, while Anil Akbulut, Ricky Anderson and Omar Polar each had a goal and an assist. Daniel Anderson and Sean Flynn completed the scoring with a goal each, while goalie Robb Marshall finished with 10 saves in the victory.

Joey Hutchinson notched three goals to lead Duncan, which also received a goal from Cassandra and 12 saves from Trey Horne in the loss.

 

Key Royale golf news

It was another busy week for golfers at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach, starting with a men’s nine-hole modified-Stableford system match April 29.

Jerry Dahl earned clubhouse bragging rights with a score of plus-3, while Buddy Foy and Tim Friessen tied for second place at plus-2.

The women were on the course April 30 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in four flights.

Judy Christensen fired an even-par 32 to take the top spot in Flight A. Pam Lowry was a stroke back in second and Phyllis Roe took third on a 2-over-par 34.

Marcia Helgeson’s 1-under-par 31 gave her first place in Flight B, just ahead of Connie Livanos and Cathy Rice, who tied for second with matching even-par 32s.

Roxanne Koche torched the field with a 9-under-par 23 for first place in Flight C. Jana Samuels took second with a 5-under-par 27, while Sue Christensen was another stroke back in third place.

Flight D saw Marty Clark, Sue Powers and Amy Tripp all card 4-under-par 28s to finish in a three-way tie for first place.

The men were back on the course May 2 for a nine-hole scramble that saw the team of Jim Auch, Brian Comer and Fred Miller combine to win on a 5-under-par 27.

 

Horseshoe news

Two teams emerged from pool play to reign over the May 1 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Rod Bussey and Hank Huyghe cruised to the winner’s circle, posting a 21-0 shutout over Sam Samuels and Tom Skoloda.

Bussey was back in the winner’s circle May 4. He teamed up with Bob Heiger to post the lone 3-0 record in pool play for an outright win.

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.

 

Manatee Magic sets tryouts

Young soccer enthusiasts looking to play at the competitive level are welcome to try out for the Manatee Magic soccer team.

Tryouts are at G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton. There is no charge to try out. The player fee for the season, if selected, is $$550.

To register for the tryouts and learn more about Manatee Magic and the Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization, go online to mayso.org.

Tryout dates are as follows:

  • May 13: U10 boys & girls (2010-11birth years).
  • May 14: U11 & U12 boys & girls (2008-09).
  • May 15: U13 & U14 boys & girls (2006-07).
  • May 16: U15 & above (2001-2005).
  • Second tryouts May 18: U10 10-11 a.m., U11 and U12 11 a.m.-noon, U13 and U14 1-2 p.m., and U15-U18 2-3 p.m.

KRC swings for two championships, youth soccer heats up

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Duncan Cloutier winds up to take a shot for Freckled Fin as ACE Hardware defender Kirra Quinby closes in April 24 during soccer action at the Center of Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Kevin P. Cassidy
Laura Purcell, left, poses with five-time club match-play champion Debi Wohlers at the conclusion of the 18-hole championship match that saw Wohlers earn a 5 and 3 victory. Islander Photo: Courtesy KRC

Two champions were crowned, culminating a month-long pursuit of the nine-hole and 18-hole women’s match-play championships at the Key Royale Club.

In the nine-hole tournament, Beth Lindeman and Roxanne Koche were all even through four holes, but Lindeman won the next three to take the title with a 3 and 2 score.

The 18-hole tournament wasn’t as close, as Debi Wohlers defeated Laura Purcell 5 and 3 to win her fifth club match-play championship.

In regular golf action at the club, Buddy Foy took first place in the nine-hole, modified-Stableford system match April 22 with a score of plus-6.

The women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net match April 23 in four flights. Helen Pollock and Pam Lowry both carded 1-under-par 31s to finish in a tie for first place in Flight A.

Flight B saw Meredith Slavin torch the course to the tune of a 5-under-par 27, while Sue Wheeler’s 1-under-par 31 gave her first place in Flight C.

Marty Clark fired a 5-under-par 27 to match the low round of the day and grab first place in Flight D.

The men were back on the course April 25 for a nine-hole scramble. The team of Gary Duncan, Lou Pagano, Earl Ritchie and Terry Tarras combined on a 4-under-par 28 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day.

 

On the pitch

Like the weather, youth soccer is heating up at the Center of Anna Maria Island. After three games, Beach House Real Estate is on top of the league’s 8-10 division with a perfect 3-0 record. Freckled Fin is right on its heels with a 2-0-1 record, followed by 1-1-1 ACE Hardware and 0-3 Ugly Grouper.

Action April 24 saw Beach House improve to 3-0 on the season with a 5-1 victory over Ugly Grouper behind four goals from Dennis Gallagher and a goal from Jack Whiteside. Gallagher and Eve Otto also combined to make five saves to help preserve the victory.

Savanna Coba scored the lone goal in the loss and Ugly Grouper received 10 saves from goalie Alexander Teich.

The second 8-10 division match of the evening saw Freckled Fin earn a 2-0 victory over ACE Hardware behind a pair of goals from Taylor June King.

The first goal came early in the game when Ava Gitt cleared the ball forward to King, who carried the ball in and finished top shelf for a 1-0 Freckled Fin lead.

Fin added to its lead late in the half when Duncan Cloutier carried the ball in on goal. ACE Hardware goalie Jack Zaccagnino came off his line to clear the ball, but his kick went right into King and the ball rebounded into the open goal for a 2-0 lead.

The second half saw William Pakbaz, Gitt and Ila Tyler lead the Fin defense, keeping the ACE Hardware offense at bay in front of goalie Cale Rudacille, who earned the shutout victory.

 

Adult soccer action

After two weeks of play, the adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island has three unbeaten teams and three teams still looking for a victory.

Gulfview Windows and Doors are on top of the standings with a 2-0 record with Jiffy Lube and Duncan Real Estate right behind with 1-0 records. Blalock Walters follows with a 1-0-1 record, while Solid Rock Construction and Flynn Law tied for fifth on matching 1-1 records. Sato Real Estate holds down the sixth spot with an 0-0-1 record, while Ross Built sits at 0-1 and Moss Builders and Beach House Real Estate at 0-2.

Action April 25 kicked off with Duncan Real Estate outlasting Ross Built 4-3 behind a hat trick and an assist from Joey Hutchinson and a goal and an assist from Clancy Vaughan. Goalie Mike Brusso helped preserve the victory with nine saves.

Jessica Willliams had a goal and an assist to lead Ross Built, which also received a goal each from Chris Circharo and John Haggerty. Haggerty also came through with 10 saves between the pipes.

Flynn Law rolled to a 4-1 victory over Beach House in the second match of the evening behind a hat trick from Tyler Robinson and a goal and an assist from Lexi Sato. Kevin Roman added an assist, while Josh Bernet came through with nine saves in the victory.

Adam Bujarski scored for Beach House, which also received 14 saves from David Greene in the loss.

Blalock Walters demolished Moss Builders by an 8-1 score in the third game of the night behind three goals from Matt Staggs and two goals and an assist from Stephen Perry and Matt Plummer. Alex Breitinger scored a goal and Scott Rudacille came through with 10 saves in the victory.

Damir Glavan scored the lone goal for Moss Builders, which also received four saves from Nate Talucci, Dimitri Maramenides and Charles Buky in the loss.

The last match of the night saw Gulfview Windows and Doors improve to 2-0 with a 5-1 victory over Solid Rock Construction. Ashley Friszman led the way with two goals, while Keith Mahoney and Ryan Moss each had a goal and an assist. Bolanos Urbiola completed the scoring and Jordan Demers had 14 saves in the win.

Yuri Pereira scored a goal to lead Solid Rock, which also received 12 combined saves from James Roadman and Ben Sato in the loss.

The action continues May 2 on the center pitch, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

 

Horseshoe news

Two teams advanced to the knockout stage and battled it out for the day’s supremacy during April 24 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The team of Rod Bussey and Merv Wice earned top honors after a 21-14 victory over Tim Sofran and Bob Brown.

Two teams also advanced from pool play during the April 27 games. Sofran, this time teamed up with Dom Livedoti, earned bragging rights with a dominating 22-7 victory over Bob Heiger and Bob Rowley.

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, youth leagues take over center soccer pitch

The adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island kicked off its spring season April 18 with four matches, the first in the 10-team league. The regular season runs until June 13 with playoffs kicking off June 20, culminating in a championship match June 27.

The games got underway with Solid Rock Construction taking on Moss Builders. Solid Rock outlasted Moss 4-3 behind a hat trick from Ryan Hogan and a goal from Steve Oelfke. Goalie Ben Sato helped preserve the victory with 15 saves.

Damir Glavan scored two goals and Amy Ivin added a goal in the loss for Moss, which also saw assists from Diego Felipe and Nate Talucci and 15 saves from Scott Bear.

The second match April 18 saw Gulfview Windows & Doors record a 4-1 victory over Beach House Real Estate behind a pair of goals from Jose Urbiola Bolanos and a goal each from Ryan Moss and Ashley Friszman. Goalie Jordan DeMers came through with 12 saves to close out the game.

Adam Bujarski scored the lone goal for Beach House, which also received five saves in the loss by Cliff Powell.

Sato Real Estate and Blalock Walters battled to a 3-3 tie in the third match of the night. Josh Sato scored a hat trick for the tie game. Sato also had an assist from Murap Akay and nine saves from Jason Sato.

Matt Skaggs scored two goals and Stephen Perry added one to lead Blalock Walters, which received eight saves from Scott Rudacille in the draw.

The fourth match of the evening turned into a high-scoring contest as Jiffy Lube outscored Flynn Law 12-7 behind four goals each from Mathew Stetson and Ricky Anderson. Anil Akbulut added a pair of goals, while Daniel Anderson, with a goal and an assist, and Sean Flynn, who also posted a goal and an assist, completed the scoring for Jiffy Lube.

Kevin Roman and Lexi Sato scored three goals each to lead Flynn Law, which also received a goal in the loss from Olaf Krause and six saves from Josh Bernet.

 

Youth soccer

Youth soccer action at the center kicked off April 16 with Beach House Real Estate earning a 2-0 shutout victory over Ace Hardware in the league’s 8-10 age division. Dennis Gallagher scored both goals, while Cyrus Ryan made three saves in goal.

Jack Zaccagnino and Jack McCarthy each made saves for Ace in the loss.

The second 8-10 division match of the night saw Freckled Fin outscore Ugly Grouper 3-1 score behind two goals from Duncan Cloutier and a goal from Nixon Connor. Taylor June King and Cale Rudacille combined to make three saves to help preserve the victory.

Savanna Coba scored for Ugly Grouper, while John Harrison and Alexander Teich combined to make three saves in the loss.

There also were games in the 11-15 age division, starting with the Lazy Turtle taking on CABB Cleaning, earning a 3-1 victory behind a pair of goals from Jackson Pakbaz and a goal and six saves from Thomas Philpott.

Fox Dalton scored the lone goal for CABB, which also received eight saves from Evan Talucci in the loss.

CABB Cleaning bounced back in the second April 16 match, earning a 4-3 victory over Lancaster Design on a hat trick from JM Feeney and a goal from Sam Leister. Evan Talucci was strong between the pipes, finishing with nine saves to preserve the victory.

Aiden Templeton scored a pair of goals to lead Lancaster, which also received a goal from Kieran Cloutier and seven saves from Mikey Coleman in the loss.

 

Key Royale golf news

The Key Royale Club men celebrated tax day with a nine-hole modified-Stableford system match. Chuck Patrick lapped the field with a score of plus-7 to win individual honors. The team of Sam Major, Tom McDonnell, Lou Pagano and Alan Tripp combined on a plus-7 to win the team title for the day.

The women took to the course for a nine-hole individual-low-net match in four flights. Phyllis Roe fired a 2-under-par 30 to capture Flight A by three strokes over Pam Lowry, while Helen Pollock took third with a 4-over-par 36.

Meredith Slavin fired a 7-under-par 25, the low-net round of the day to take first place in Flight B. Margrit Layh was alone in second, carding an even-par 32, while Beth Lindeman was another stroke back in third.

Flight C saw Roxanne Koche and Jan Turner tie for first place after they both carded 3-under-par 29s. Ellen Boin and Jana Samuels tied for second with matching even-par 32s.

Marty Clark took first place in Flight D with a 3-under-par 29 to earn a three-stroke victory over second-place finisher Terry Westby. Marki Ksiazk was alone in third at 3-over-par 35.

The men were back on the course April 18 for a nine-hole scramble. The team of Bill Brodie, Dean Christensen, Gary Duncan and Marie Taddeo combined on a 4-under-par 28 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day.

 

Horseshoe news

There was no need for playoffs to wrap up the April 17 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Gary Howcroft and Sam Samuels saw to the win after posting the lone 3-0 record during pool play, earning the day’s bragging rights.

Three teams advanced to the knockout stage during the April 20 games. Steve Doyle drew the bye into the finals and watched as Myles Macleod and Tom Skoloda squeaked out a 21-19 victory over Bob Rowley and Adin Shank. The finals saw Macleod and Skoloda jump out to an early lead and a 22-13 victory over Doyle.

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.

KRC men crown senior golf champion

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Greg Shorten, left, Key Royale Club men’s senior match play champion, shakes hands with Wayne Patterson on winning the match with a birdie on the 18th hole. Islander Photo: Courtesy KRC
Charlie Koengeter stands at his cashier post at the Publix Super Market in Holmes Beach, where he has worked since 2002. When he’s not at the store, he’s often on the greens, honing his golf skills. Islander Photo: Reid Frost

A field of Key Royale Club men, all 75 years of age and over, took on a golf challenge to crown the club senior match-play champion.

The tourney began four weeks ago with single elimination matches, concluding April 5 with Greg Shorten taking on Wayne Patterson for the club title.

The two battled it out from the first to the 18th hole, where Shorten finally ended the match with a birdie to win the title 1-up, earning the title 2019 men’s senior match-play champ.

In regular golf action at the club, the men played their weekly modified-Stableford system match April 8. Tom Solosky and Blake Ress finished in a tie for first place with matching scores of plus-5 — five points above their average.

The team of Ron Babcock, Jerry Dahl, Jon Holcomb and Greg Shorten combined on a score of plus-7 to win the team competition.

The men were back on the course April 11 for a nine-hole schamble. The team of Shorten, Dean Christensen, Blake Ress and Terry Tarras combined to fire a 5-under-par 27 to lap the field.

The team of Tim Donnar, Mike Gillie, Barry Izzard and Tom McDonnell matched the 2-under-par 30 carded by Marty Hicks, Sam Major and Mike Strum to tie for second place.

 

Island cashier on senior ‘Best Ball’ circuit

By Sandy Ambrogi

Islander Reporter

Lots of folks know Charlie Koengeter, a cashier at the Publix Super Market in Holmes Beach.

He’s been assisting customers there for 17 years.

But some people might not know the friendly cashier is a championship golfer on the senior circuit, raking in wins in single and pairs competitions.

“I have my moments,” Koengeter told The Islander when asked about his recent accomplishment at the Best Ball tournament at the Carrollwood Country Club in Tampa.

It’s a two-player undertaking, Koengeter explained of the competition. He and partner Kurt Wicklund finished 16-under par — 56 on a par-72 course — and shot the all-time record, breaking a mark that had stood since 1913.

“We played 18 holes, finished 16-under par and never missed a putt,” Koengeter said.

He has been playing golf for more than 50 years and participates in two to three tournaments a month across the state. He plays in the senior division — 65 and older — along with “about 30-40 guys,” he said.

The tournaments are sanctioned by the Florida State Golf Association.

When Koengeter began playing in the tournaments, he was not sure he could handle the pressures. In his first 20 tournaments, he had three second-place wins and three third-place wins, but a championship remained elusive.

Then, on a windy day in September 2018 at Waterlefe Golf and River Club in Bradenton, Koengeter shot a 67 with his handicap and won the competition by one shot. A month later, at the Ritz-Carlton tournament at Lakewood Ranch — again on a windy day — he shot a 68 and won again.

In March, on the Champions Course at the local Palm Air Country Club, the cashier shot a 65 and won by two shots.

“Not bad for an old fart,” Koengeter said. He often jokes with his customers about the winnings.

And, as for his days at Publix, “I love all the people I see. They come from all over. I meet new ones and enjoy seeing the old ones,” he said.

But come the end of April though, he might be missing from his usual post for a few days. He’s got another golf tournament lined up, and he’s itching for another win.

“Next” not only means the next person in line for service at Publix, it’s also the next win on the golf links.

 

Horseshoe news

Two teams emerged from pool play and battled for the day’s supremacy during April 10 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Bob Palmer and Tim Sofran rolled to the winner’s circle after defeating Dom Livedoti and Bob Lee by a 25-4 score behind nine ringers from Palmer.

Two teams also battled for the championship during the April 13 games. The team of John Crawford and Bob Demont jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 21-6 victory over Lee and Bob Heiger to earn bragging rights for the day.

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.

 

Manatee Magic sets tryout dates and times

Young soccer enthusiasts who may be hoping to take their game to the next level are encouraged to tryout for the Manatee Magic competitive soccer team.

Tryouts will be held in age groups at G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Drive W. There is no charge to tryout. The player fee for the season, if selected, is $xxxx.

To register for the tryouts or learn more about Manatee Magic and the Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization, go online to mayso.org.

Tryout dates are as follows:

May 13: U10 boys & girls tryouts (2010-2011birth years)

May 14: U11 & U12 boys & girls tryouts (2008-2009)

May 15: U13 & U14 boys & girls tryouts (2006-2007)

May 16: U15 & above (2001-2005)

Second tryouts May 18: U10 10-11 a.m., U11 and U12 11 a.m.-noon, U13 and U14 1-2 p.m., and U15-U18 2-3 p.m.

Any questions, contact MAYSO vice president of competitive soccer, Kevin Cassidy at sportspg@tampabay.rr.com.