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Adult soccer pushes to championships, youth soccer, too

After four weeks of action in the adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island, four teams are pushing for the league title and four teams are struggling to put together victories.

Sato Real Estate and Eason Builders appear to be the class of the league. Sato sits in first place with a 3-0-1 record as Eason runs up on its heels at 3-1. Lancaster Design and Moss Builders aren’t far behind either, sporting matching 2-1-1 records, while Jiffy Lube and AMI Locals are tied for fifth place with 1-1-2 records. Slim’s Place, 0-3-1, and Ross Built, 0-4, are in search of a first victory.

AMI Locals took a positive step to right the ship with an 8-3 victory over Lancaster Design in the opening match Nov. 8.

Jessica Williams scored three goals and Kevin Roman added two goals and an assist to lead the Locals, which also received a goal each from Tyler Robinson and Olaf Krause. Chris Culhane chipped in with an assist and Ben Sato made 11 saves in goal.

Zackary Lieb scored two goals and Blair Schlossberg scored to lead Lancaster Design, which also received eight saves from John Haggerty in the loss.

Sato held the top spot in the standings thanks to a 7-2 victory over Jiffy Lube in the second match of the night. Matthew Skaggs led the way with two goals and two assists, while Josh Sato scored two goals. Nate Welch, Mark Rudacille and Francisco Oliviera completed the scoring with a goal each and Scott Bear made 13 saves in goal.

Ricky Anderson had a goal and an assist to pace Jiffy Lube, which also received a goal from Daniel Anderson and 11 saves from Michael Lewis and Steve Oelfke in the loss.

Moss Builders received hat tricks from Adam Bujarski and Eduardo Vera to fuel its 7-3 victory over Slim’s Place. Ryan Moss added a goal and Jordan Demers came through with 11 saves in the victory.

Diego Felipe’s two goals and a goal from Yorvi Moreira paced Slim’s Place in the loss.

Eason Builders rolled to a 9-3 victory over Ross Built behind a hat trick from Sean Flynn and two goals each from Greg DeMeuse, Amy Ivin and Damir Glavan. Cliff Powell kept Ross Built at bay with 11 saves.

Connor Bystrom scored two goals and Chris Circharo added one to lead Ross Built in the loss.

 

Youth soccer season heads to playoffs
The regular season of the recreational youth soccer league at the center came to a dramatic close Nov. 6 as a couple of upsets sparked championship hopes among the second and third seeds in the two age divisions.

Ugly Grouper opened the 8-10 division matches with a 1-0 upset of top-seeded Planet Stone. Planet Stone atoned for its loss with a 2-0 victory over Progressive Cabinetry in the second match. Progressive then defeated Ugly Grouper to spark playoff hopes among the team’s faithful fans.

Championship night at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, begins with No. 2 seed Ugly Grouper taking on No. 3 seed Progressive Cabinetry with the winner battling No. 1 seed Planet Stone at 6 p.m. for the 8-10 division title.

The 11-13 division followed a similar script in the Nov. 6 action as Wash Family Construction upset previously unbeaten Bins Be Clean by a 4-3 score in the first match.

Slim’s Place then battled Bins Be Clean to a 2-2 tie. The final match saw Wash edge Slim’s 4-3.

Championship night in the 11-13 division kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 with No. 2 seed Wash Family Construction taking on No. 3 seed Slim’s Place. The winner will battle Bins Be Clean for the title at 7 p.m.

 

Key Royale golf news
Another week of beautiful fall weather brought out the golfers at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach.

The men played their regular, Monday morning modified-Stableford system match Nov. 5. Mike Pritchett earned clubhouse bragging rights after carding a score of plus-7, a point ahead of second-place finisher Bill Brodie.

The women got out on the course Nov. 6 for a nine-hole individual-low-net match in four flights.

Margrit Layh won Flight A with a 2-under-par 30, one stroke ahead of second-place finisher Marie Scholz. Pam Lowry and Marilyn Thorton finished in a tie for third at even-par 32.

Carol Patterson fired a 1-under-par 31 to grab first place in Flight B by a stroke over Sharon Tarras. Deb Richardson and Tootie Wagner finished in a tie for third place with matching 2-over-par 34s.

Barb Harold had the low-net round of the day with a 5-under-par 27 and first place in Flight C. Pam Alvord was alone in second with a 3-under-par 29, while Penny Williams finished in third with a 1-over-par 33.

Terry Westby’s 2-under-par 30 gave her first place in Flight D. Sally York and Susan VanOrsdel tied for second at 2-over-par 34, while Ellen Boin and Kathy Porter tied for third at 5-over-par 37.

The men were back on the course Nov. 8 for a nine-hole scramble that ended in a tie. The team of Bill Brodie, Tim Friesen, Wayne Patterson and Gary Razze combined on a 2-under-par 30 that was matched by the team of Herb Clauhs, Gerry Dahl and Jon Holcomb.

 

Horseshoe news
Three teams emerged from pool play and battled for the day’s supremacy during Nov. 7 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

Bob Rowley and Bob Lee drew the bye into the finals and watched as Tom Skoloda and Norm Langeland moved onto the finals with a tight 21-20 victory over Tom Farrington and Hank Huyghe. Rowley and Lee then rolled to an impressive 22-1 thrashing of Skoloda and Langeland to earn the day’s bragging rights.

Eleven teams had aspirations of a trip to the winner’s circle or to the knockout stage, but Skoloda and Lee quashed those dreams by compiling the lone 3-0 pool-play record and emerging as the day’s outright champions.

The win was the fourth consecutive title for Lee, who has a hot streak going.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria city pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.

Everyone is welcome and there is no charge to play.

Basketball playoff action tips off on center court

The youth basketball league playoffs at the Center of Anna Maria Island tipped off April 11 with a pair of semifinal games.

Beach Bums took on Bins Be Clean in the first game and came away with a 47-19 blowout victory to advance to the championships. Brock Soletti led the way with 20 points, while Evan Christenson added 11 points. Connor Ludwig chipped in with 9 points, while  Matt Spiedel and Jeremiah Sculco added 4 and 3 points respectively.

Anthony Nguyen scored 12 points to lead Bins Be Clean, which also received 3 points from Nick Yatros and 2 points each from Cole and Cash Carter in the loss.

The second game also was a blowout as Slim’s Place rolled past Blue Lagoon 37-11 behind 14 points from Tyler Brewer and 10 points from Bryce Higgins. David Daigle chipped in with 8 points and Tuna McCracken finished with 5 points in the victory.

Ben Barreda scored 7 points to lead Blue Lagoon, which also received 2 points each from Max Higgins and Riley Quillin in the loss.

 

Adult soccer completes second week

After two weeks of adult soccer action at the Center of Anna Maria Island, there are two undefeated teams. Legler Flynn Law and Sato Real Estate both sport 2-0 records. Right on their heels with 1-1 records are Lancaster Design and Acqua Aveda. Slim’s Place follows with an 0-0-2 record, while Mar/Kis Insurance and Moss Builders are tied for sixth place with matching 0-1-1 records. Ross Built is alone in last place and still searching for a victory.

Action April 12 started with Legler & Flynn rolling to a 5-0 victory over Lancaster Design behind two goals and an assist from Jeremais Gramajo and a goal and an assist from Blair Schlossberg. Shay Coleman and Amy Ivin added single goals, while Diego Felipe had an assist and made three saves in goal.

The second game of the evening saw Slim’s Place and Moss Builders battle to a 4-4 tie. Nate Welch led Slim’s with 2 goals, while PJ Smarjisso and Renee Rupp each scored. Rico Beissert added an assist, while Will Case and Welch each finished with three saves.

Chris Scott led Moss Builders with two goals, while Jessica Williams added a goal and an assist. Ivan Gaeta added a goal and Josh Bernet finished with three saves and an assist.

Sato Real Estate rolled to a 6-2 victory over Ross Built in the third match of the night behind a hat trick from Jose Casera and two goals from Josh Sato. Damir Glavan completed the scoring with a goal and Jordan Demers helped preserve the victory with five saves.

The final match of the night saw Acqua Aveda slip past Mar/Kis Insurance by a 3-1 margin. Miguel Ajoy led the way with two goals, while Eric Pullen scored once. Jason Sato closed out the victory with five saves and Scott Eason added an assist in the win.

Kris Yavalar notched the lone goal for Mar/Kis Insurance and Mario Prino came through with five saves in the loss.

Action continues with four games starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 19.

 

Key Royale golf news

The golf action at Key Royale Club got started April 9 with the men playing a modified Stableford-system match. Gary Silke earned individual honors with a plus-4 to edge second-place finisher Buddy Foy by a point.

Silke’s round also helped teammates Gerry Dahl, Dale Hudson and Barry Izzard to the team title with a combined score of plus-5.

The men played a nine-hole shamble April 12. The team of Jim Auch, Bill Merrill, John Purcell and Bob Soos combined on a 4-under-par 28 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day. The team of Tim Friessen, Buddy Foy, Tom McDonnell and Nub Turner matched the 3-under-par 29 carded by Gary Alvord, Bob Blaser, Mike Gillie and Wayne Patterson for a tie for second place.

 

Horseshoe news

Four teams emerged from pool play and battled it out during April 11 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The team of Bob Rowley and Norm Langeland outlasted walker Myles Macleod 23-19, while Steve Doyle and Rod Bussey advanced to the finals with a 26-20 victory over Hank Huyghe and Bob Lee. Doyle and Bussey earned a trip to the winner’s circle after defeating Rowley and Langeland by a 26-19 score.

April 14 action saw three teams advance from pool play to the knockout stage. The team of Tim Sofran and Neil Hennessey drew the bye into the finals and watched as John Crawford and Bussey eliminated Sam Samuels and Lee by a 22-19 score. The finals were all Crawford and Bussey, as they dominated Sofran and Hennessey to win by a 24-6 score.

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.

 

Register for T-ball at center

Interested youngsters ages 3-6 can register for a spring T-ball program at the center at centerami.org or in person at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

The season, which costs $10 for members and $96 for nonmembers, gets started April 30. It will include a skills clinics and games starting at 6:30 p.m. Monday evenings

The last day to register is April 21. For more information, email will@centerami.org or call 941-778-1908.

KRC champ crowned, basketball, soccer rolls on at center

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Art McMillan, left, receives a congratulatory handshake from Chuck Patrick on McMillan’s 5-and-3 victory in the finals of the 2018 Key Royale Club men’s handicap match-play tournament March 28. Islander Photo: Courtesy KRC

The 2018 Key Royale Club men’s handicap tournament concluded March 28 after five weeks of match play. Thirty-two golfers began the tourney and, in the final 18-hole match, Art McMillan defeated Chuck Patrick 5-and-3, holding a five-hole lead with only three holes left to play.

Regular golf action at KRC began April 2 with the men playing a nine-hole modified-Stableford system match. Gary Risner earned clubhouse bragging rights with a score of plus-7. Larry Pippel took second with a plus-6, and Jack Connors took third place with a plus-5.

The women played a nine-hole individual-low-net match in four flights April 3. Judy Christensen fired a 4-under-par 28 to lap the field in Flight A.

Sue Christenson dominated Flight B with a 4-under-par 28, giving her a six-shot victory over second-place finisher Carol Patterson.

Flight C was more competitive as Jan Turner earned first place with a 3-under-par 29, one stroke ahead of Sue Wheeler. Jana Samuels was alone in third place at 1-under-par 31.

Susan Van Orsdel topped Flight D with a 3-under-par 29.

The men’s golf action April 5 saw a nine-hole shamble. The team of Tim Friessen, John Kolojeski, Stephen Morley and Bob O’Brien combined on a 5-under-par 27 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day. One stroke back was the team of Tom McDonnell, Larry Pippel and Bill Shuman.

 

On center court

Youth basketball action continued last week at the Center of Anna Maria Island, starting with a pair of games April 3.

Bins Be Clean outscored Blue Lagoon 36-28 behind 17 points from Cole Carter and 11 points from Anthony Nguyen. Jackson Hayes scored 9 points and Ben Barreda added 6 points for Blue Lagoon.

The second game of the evening saw Beach Bums outlast Slim’s Place 51-46 in overtime, only to lose the game by forfeit due to a non-rostered player. Tyler Brewer led Slim’s with 20 points, Tuna McCracken added 14 points and David Daigle finished with 10.

Brock Soletti led Beach Bums with 20 points, while Evan Christenson added 11 points in the loss.

Action continued April 4 with Beach Bums rolling to a 54-21 victory over Bins Be Clean behind 20 points from Brock Soletti and 17 points from Connor Ludwig. Jeremiah Sculco added 8 points in the victory for Beach Bums. Cole Carter’s 10 points paced Bins Be Clean, which received 3 points each from Nguyen and Cash Carter in the loss.

Slim’s Place rolled to a 46-14 victory over Blue Lagoon behind 13 points from Brewer, 12 from Shane Solettie and 10 from Daigle. Jackson Hayes scored 3 points and Ben Barreda added 2 points in the loss.

 

Adult soccer kicks off season

Adult soccer kicked off at the center April 5 with four games played.

The action got started when Sato Real Estate rolled to a 6-2 victory over Acqua Aveda behind 5 goals from Damir Glavan and a goal from Jose Caseras. Josh Sato added two assists and Nate Talucci chipped in one, while Jordan Demers helped preserve the victory with five saves in goal.

Eric Pullen paced Acqua Aveda with a goal and an assist. Jeff Walker notched the other goal, while Jason Sato made six saves in the loss.

Legler Flynn Law outscored Moss Builders 5-2 in the second match of the evening behind two goals each from Jeremias Gramajo and Amy Ivin. Chris Le Clainche added a goal and an assist, while Steve Oelfke finished with two saves and an assist in the victory.

Chris Scott had a goal and an assist to lead Moss, which also received a goal from Stephen Adair and three saves from Ivan Gaeta in the loss.

Lancaster Design held on for a 5-3 victory over Ross Built in the third match of the night, getting two goals each from Sumiko Chipman and Robert Armstrong. Greg DeMeuse added a goal and Trey Horne came through with five saves in the victory.

Ross Built was led by two goals from James Lynch and a goal from Ben Sato, while Chris Klotz and Omar Polar came through with assists.

The last game of the night saw Mar/Kis Insurance and Slim’s Place battle to a 2-2 tie. Joel Sanchez scored two goals to lead Mar/Kis Insurance, which also received an assist from Kris Yavalar and five saves from Mario Prino in the draw.

Rico Beissert and Andre Lewis had a goal each and PJ Smarjisso had an assist and a pair of saves to lead Slim’s Place to the tie.

Action continues with four games starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 12.

 

Horseshoe news

Three teams emerged from pool play and battled it out for the day’s supremacy during April 4 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

Walker Tim Sofran drew the bye into the finals and watched as Neil Hennessey and John Crawford blew out Tom Skoloda and Jerry Disbrow by a 23-4 score. Hennessey and Crawford stayed hot in the finals and held off Sofran 22-18.

The April 7 games saw six teams go 2-1 creating a large and convoluted playoff. Round one saw Dom Livedoti and Donnie Goodwin roll to a 25-3 victory over Sofran and Hennessey while Crawford and Steve Doyle moved on with a 22-12 victory over Disbrow and Steve Hooper. Myles Macleod and Skoloda closed out round one action with a 23-4 victory over Norm Langeland and Al Booker.

Macleod and Skoloda drew the bye into the finals and watched as Livedoti and Goodwin easily defeated Crawford and Doyle 26-7. Livedoti and Goodwin stayed hot and earned a comfortable 22-9 victory over Macleod and Skoloda in the finals.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m., followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

 

Register now for Magic soccer

Players interested in taking their game to the next level are invited to register for tryouts for the 2018-19 competitive Manatee Magic soccer league.

Tryouts for the junior age group — players with birth years of 2005-10 — are set for 6-8 p.m. May 14-15, with checkin starting at 5:30 p.m. The junior season runs mid-October to April, depending on the success and desire of the teams.

Senior group tryouts will be 6-8 p.m. May 16-17 with checkin at 5:30 p.m. The season for high school age players is split to avoid conflict with high school soccer. It runs August to October, then resumes mid- to late-January and, depending on success and the team, continues through April.

Tryouts are held at the G.T. Bray Park soccer fields, 5502 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton.

There is no cost for the tryouts, but interested players must register online at mayso.org.

The cost for the season is $600, including two uniforms, backpack, training and one tournament entry.

For more information, email info@mayso.org.

Basketball action heats up in center gym, soccer kicks off

Youth basketball completed its second week of action with two games played March 21. So far, Beach Bums tops the division with a 2-0 record, followed closely by Slim’s Place and Bins Be Clean, both R 1-1 records, while Blue Lagoon is in search of its first victory.

Beach Bums outscored Slim’s Place 41-36 to open the action March 21 behind 22 points from Brock Soletti and 12 points from Connor Ludwig. Jeremiah Sculco added 5 points, while Matthew Speidel completed the scoring with 2 points.

David Daigle’s 16 points and 13 points from Tyler Brewer paced Slim’s Place, which also received 5 points from Travis Bates and 2 points from Tuna McCracken in the loss.

The second game of the evening saw Bins Be Clean roll to a 28-17 victory over Blue Lagoon behind a balanced scoring attack that saw five players — led by Cole Carter with 10 points — score multiple baskets. Anthony Nguyen and Nicholas Yatros scored 5 points each, while Sean Kelly and Cash Carter finished with 4 points each in the victory.

Jackson Hayes scored 11 points to lead Blue Lagoon, which also received 3 points from Ken Niering and 2 points from Max Higgins in the loss.

 

Key Royale golf news

Beautiful weather continued in the area resulting in a full week of golf action at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach, starting with the men playing a nine-hole modified-Stableford system match March 19.

Lou Pogano and Gary Silke shared individual honors after they carded plus-6s, while Steve Pfeil and Earl Ritchie finished in a tie for second place with matching plus-5s.

Chuck Patrick, Tom Nelson, Tom Perkins and Larry Pippel won the team competition with a combined score of plus-5.

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

Joy Kaiser’s 1-under-par 31 gave her first place in Flight A by one stroke over second-place finisher Judy Christensen.

Penny Williams carded a 1-under-par 31 to edge Sue Christenson for first place in Flight B by a single stroke.

Jana Samuels fired a 3-under-par 29 to grab first place in Flight C by a stroke over Marcia O’Brien, who finished with a 2-under-par 30.

Susan Van Orsdel’s 3-under-par 29 gave her a five-shot victory in Flight D over second-place finisher Laney Davis.

Beth Lindeman won the chipin on number 3.

The men were back on the course March 22 for a nine-hole shamble. Al Carr, Brian Commer, Jon Holcomb and Lou Pagano teamed up to match the 3-under-par 29 carded by Bob O’Brien, John Estok and Peter Lund for a tie for first place — and there was no word on who paid in the clubhouse after the match.

 

Horseshoe news

Fifteen horseshoers made their way to the Anna Maria City hall horseshoe pits March 21 to battle for the day’s supremacy. The team of Sam Samuels and Jim Waller emerged from the crowd to post the only 3-0 pool play record and were the day’s outright champs.

The March 24 games saw three teams emerge from pool play. The team of Tom Farrington and Waller drew the bye into the finals and watched as Jerry Disbrow and John Crawford eliminated Bob Rowley and Tim Sofran by a 21-13 score. Farrington and Waller held on for a 21-20 victory over Disbrow and Crawford 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.

 

Youth soccer signup ongoing

The Center of Anna Maria Island is accepting registrations for a spring soccer season, with games starting Saturday, April 14.

The last day to register is March 29. Cost is $10 for members and $126 for nonmembers.

Mandatory player evaluations will be April 4 at 6:15 p.m. for the 8-10 division, while 11-13 and 14-17 divisions are scheduled on the field at 7:30 p.m. There are no player evaluations for the 3-5 or 6-7 divisions.

Players can register online at www.centerami.org or at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

Bins Be Clean cleans up in center football, volleyball

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Sean McCarthy, Susie Garcia, Jon Coleman, Nate Talucci, Colleen McCarthy and Rather Welch. Islander Photos: Courtesy Center of Anna Maria
KD Belton, Chad Woods, Holly Belton, Joey Carder, Chris Culhane, Monica Simpson and Ray Gardner.

Bins Be Clean cleaned up last week, winning the adult volleyball title March 13 and the adult flag football league March 15 at the Center of Anna Maria Island.

The volleyball league got things started March 13 with a pair of matches in the center’s gym. After laboring through a mostly mediocre season in terms of wins and losses, Bins Be Clean swept two matchs to win the adult coed volleyball league championship.

Bins Be Clean, which finished the regular season with a 5-5 record, defeated Sign A Rama 25-17, 25-17 in the semifinals before turning its attention to regular-season champs Slim’s Place. The clean team swept the match 25-17, 25-19, taking the championship trophy.

Championship night in flag football March 15 saw a pair of semifinal games with Bins Be Clean outlasting Moss Builders 40-34 while Beach House Real Estate scored an easy 33-7 victory over Beach Bums.

The championshp game was a low-scoring affair that saw Beach House Real Estate take an early 6-0 lead on a Don Purvis touchdown run, but touchdown passes from Ray Gardner to Chad Woods and KB Belton and a critical extra-point catch by Holly Belton gave Bins Be Clean a 13-6 lead.

Clinging to the lead, Andrew Terman sacked Bins Be Clean quarterback Gardner, giving Beach House Real Estate one last shot, as Purvis drove them down the field and connected with Terman to pull within a point. But the Purvis extra-point pass to Ben Sato was knocked down by Chad Woods, preserving the victory for Bins Be Clean.

Key Royale golf news

Beautiful weather brought out the Key Royale regulars, starting with the men in a nine-hole modified Stableford-system match March 12. Tim Friesen and Wayne Patterson both carded plus-2 to finish in a tie for first place. Ron Buck, Dale Hudson and Bob Soos finished at plus-1 for a three-way tie for second.

The women took the course March 13 for a nine-hole individual-low-net match. Pam Lowry’s 1-over-par 33 gave her first place in Flight A, while Carol Patterson fired a 4-under-par 28 for the low-net round of the day in Flight B.

Fran Barford’s even-par 32 put her in first place in Flight C, one stroke ahead of second-place finisher Jana Samuels.

Eileen Witzgall fired an even-par 32 to win Flight D by a stroke over Laney Davis.

The men got back on the course March 15 for a nine-hole shamble. The team of Tim Friesen, Marty Hicks and Jere Rice combined on a 6-under-par 26 to grab clubhouse bragging rights for the day. Second place went to the team of Jack Lowry, Hoyt Miller, Chuck Patrick and Steve Pfeil with a score of 2-under-par 30.

 

Horseshoe news

Three teams advanced to the knockout stage to crown the best players during March 14 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

Tom Farrington and Bob Lee drew the bye into the finals and watched as Gene Bobeldyk and Steve Doyle rolled to a 21-6 victory over John Crawford and Neil Hennessey. The final match saw Farrington and Lee outlast Bobeldyk and Doyle by a 21-15 score.

Two teams emerged from pool play on St. Patrick’s Day and met in the finals. Jim Waller and Rod Bussey eased past Bob Mason and Hank Huyghe by a 23-18 score.

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.

 

Sign up now for youth soccer

The Center of Anna Maria Island is looking for players for the spring soccer season, which will start match play Saturday, April 14. The last day to register is Thursday, March 29.

Mandatory player evaluations will be at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, for the 8-10 division, while 11-13 and 14-17 divisions are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. There are no evaluations for the 3-5 or 6-7 age groups.

Cost for the league is $10 for members and $126 for nonmembers.

Players can register online at www.centerami.org or at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

The center also is seeking team sponsors.

To sign up or for more information, call 941-778-1908.

Local runners take on inaugural 10K Skyway Bridge run

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Manatee County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Stewart, Bradenton Beach City code officer Gail Garneau and Galati Yacht Sales employee Mickey Hookey smile on completing the inaugural Skyway 10K. Islander Photo: Courtesy Diane Sacca
Bradenton resident Mickey Hooke holds his first-place male 55-64 finish trophy at the Skyway 10K March 4. Islander Courtesy Photo
Bradenton resident Mickey Hooke passes runners on the way to a first-place finish in the inaugural Skyway 10K on March 4. Islander Photo: Courtesy of Finisher Pix
Holmes Beach resident Sandy Meneley runs the span of the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay March 4 in the inaugural Skyway 10K. Islander Photo: Courtesey Fritz Meneley

It was the first time for everyone.

The inaugural Skyway 10K brought 7,606 competitors to the unique and challenging event to benefit local military families.

The March 4 event, held on the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge, included competitors from 40 states and four countries.

They were greeted with chilly temperatures and 20-mph winds working against them.

Local runners included longtime Galati Yacht Sales employee Mickey Hooke, and Holmes Beach triathlete Sandy Meneley, who were joined by Manatee County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Stewart, Bradenton Beach code officer Gail Garneau and treasurer Shayne Thompson.

Hooke and Meneley both marveled at the organizational logistics of getting 7,000-plus runners to the starting line.

They were bused to the event in waves of about 2,500 from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg to the Skyway-Palmetto rest area.

With an almost 6 percent slope, the Skyway 10K posed challenges for most runners and walkers. Meneley said her goal was to make the run to the top without walking. She accomplished that and more, finishing first in her 65+ age division at 55:43, well ahead of the 176 women in her division who took as long as 2 hours 30 minutes to complete the course.

Meneley also had other good news to share. She is now ranked No. 1 in the nation in the duathlon (run, bike, run) and has been invited to join the U.S. team at the Duathlon World Championship on the long course in Switzerland and the short course in Denmark. She also earned a No. 7 ranking in her triathlon age group and all American honors in both pursuits.

Hooke also had a great result at the event.

He prepared for the race by making eight training runs back and forth across the John Ringling Bridge in Sarasota. Hooke started in the second wave of runners and caught up with the first wave just past the 1-mile mark.

Hooke finished the race in 44:36, which place him 54th overall and first in the male 55-64 age group. Hooke’s time was 25 seconds faster than the next of the 594 age-group competitors.

Stewart, Garneau and Thompson completed the course, but their times and places weren’t available at press time.

 

Key Royale golf news

The action got started March 5 on the Key Royale Club golf course with the men playing their regular nine-hole, Stableford match. Chuck Patrick grabbed individual honors with a score of plus-5, edging second-place finishers John Kolojeski, Fred Miller and Dave Richardson, who finished at plus-4.

Richardson’s score helped his team — Bill MacMillan and Pat Moyna — to a combined score of plus-7 and the top spot in the team competition.

The women took to the course March 6 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in four flights.

Phyllis Roe and Pam Lowry both carded 1-under-par 31s to finish in a tie for first place in Flight A, one stroke ahead of Joy Kaiser.

Gloria LaDue’s even-par 32 gave her first place in Flight B. Flight C saw Cathy Rice, Jan Turner and Fran Barford all card 1-under-par 31s in a three-way tie for first place.

Marilyn Niewijk’s 1-over-par 33 gave her first place in Flight D.

Markie Ksiazek had a chipin on the first hole.

 

Horseshoe news

Two teams emerged from pool play with matching 3-0 records and were left to battle it out during March 7 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Tom Farrington and Rich Brozi rolled to a 22-12 victory over the team of Neil Hennessey and Bob Lee to earn the day’s bragging rights.

Four teams advanced to the knockout round during March 10 action. Jim Waller and Adin Shank advanced to the finals with a 21-9 victory over Jim Kleiner, while Bob Lee and Bob Mason stayed alive with a 21-13 victory over John Crawford and Sam Samuels. Team Bob — Mason and Lee — stayed hot and rolled to a 24-6 victory over Waller-Shank to win 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.

 

Sign up now for adult sports

The Center of Anna Maria Island is accepting registration for new two adult leagues.

The soccer league signup continues until March 16, with mandatory evaluations set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the center. The team draft will immediately follow. The games get started March 29 with all games played on Thursday evenings.

Cost for players is $10 for members and $126 for non-members.

The adult basketball league is accepting registrations until March 30, with games set to tip off April 10. Games will be played Tuesday evenings.

Participants can sign up as an individual or a team of seven players. The cost is $10 for members and $96 for non-members.

Registration is ongoing at centerami.org or in person at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

For more information, call 941-778-1908.

Snowbird golfing buddies share 1st holes-in-one

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Dave Ingebritson, a retired financial specialist from Minnesota, poses Jan. 15 at the marker for 100-yard fifth hole at Timber Creek Golf Course in Bradenton to commemorate his first hole-in-one. Witnessing the historic shot was Don Sabol. Islander Photos: Courtesy Barb Ingebritson
Don Sabol, a retiree from Cleveland, poses Feb. 25 after his first hole-in-one on the 100-yard ninth hole at Timber Creek. Witnessing his historic shot was fellow hole-in-oner, Dave Ingebritson.
Retired from life-long careers, golfing buddies Dave Ingebritson and Don Sabol celebrate after hitting holes-in-one on the Timber Creek Golf Course in Bradenton.

Anna Maria Island snowbirds Dave Ingebritson of Apple Valley, Minnesota, and Don Sabol of Cleveland, fairly new golfing buddies, recently experienced some excitement on their golf outings at Timber Creek Golf Course in Bradenton.

The 67-year-old Ingebritson knocked in his first hole-in-one Jan. 15 on the 100-yard fifth hole, using an 8-iron. Six weeks later, Feb. 25, his partner on the links, Sabol, 68, got his first hole-in-one on the 100-yard ninth hole with a 9-iron shot to the cup.

Timber Creek is a nine-hole, par three course geared for players looking for a short game. The course, 4550 Timber Lane, Bradenton, butts up against the Manatee Golf Course with the Timber Lane entry from Cortez Road.

Ingebritson, a retired finance specialist for the state of Minnesota and Sabol, who retired seven years ago after working in the shipping department at Lubrizol for 39 years, met last year when they were in neighboring vacation rentals on Palm Avenue in Anna Maria.

The two men and their wives hit it off and spent time together while staying on the island — and they stayed in contact throughout the year.

Ingebritson, who comes from a golfing family, has some work to do to earn any family cred. His hole-in-one tied him for second place with his mother, while his father has managed three holes-in-one.

Ingebritson and Sabol are hoping history repeats next winter when they return to Anna Maria Island.

 

Adult football update

The final seedings are set as the regular season of adult flag football came to a close March 1 at the Center of Anna Maria Island.

Bins Be Clean rolled to a 35-14 victory over Cabb Cleaning to nail down the top seed, while Beach House Real Estate defeated Moss Builders 26-21 to earn second seed.

Both Bins Be Clean and Beach House earned a first-round bye. Bins Be Clean awaits either No. 4 seed Moss Builders or No. 5 seed Cabb Cleaning, who play each other in an 8:30 p.m. matchup March 8, while Beach House Real Estate takes on the winner of the 7:30 p.m. matchup — either No. 3 Beach Bums or No. 6 seed Lancaster Design.

Semifinal and championship games are scheduled for 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, when the champs will be crowned.

 

Key Royale golf news

It was another beautiful week for golf on Anna Maria Island at the Key Royale Club.

The men played a regular nine-hole, modified Stableford system match the morning of Feb. 26. Gerry Dahl earned first-place individual honors with a score of plus-6. Barry Anderson, Barry Izzard and Jim Menzies finished in a tie for second place with matching scores of plus-4.

The women got out for a nine-hole individual-low-net match Feb. 27 with a side game based on the most fives on a scorecard.

Joy Kaiser fired a 5-under-par 27 to earn top honors in Flight A. Helen Pollock took second place with a 3-under-par 29, and Pam Lowry took third with an even-par 32. Mary Lou Dreier was the top producer of fives in the flight.

Fran Barford had the low-net round of the day with a 7-under-par 25 to earn the top spot in Flight B. Marcia Helgeson was right on her heels with a 5-under-par 27, while Gloria Ladue was alone in third place with a 2-under-par 30. Sue Wheeler won the most fives contest in the flight.

Carol Duncan carded a 6-under-par 26 to win first place in Flight C. Jana Samuels was two strokes back in second, and Sharon Tarras took third place with a 1-under-par 31. Samuels, Kathy Porter and Joyce Lathrop tied for the most fives in the group.

Anne Klein’s 3-under-par 29 gave her first place in Flight D, two strokes ahead of second-place finisher Marty Clark. Eileen Witzgall took third place with a 1-over-par 33, while Kathy Miller won the most fives contest.

Forty-seven men got back on the course March 1 for a nine-hole shamble. The team of Gary Alvord, George Smith, Fred Miller and Blake Ress combined on a 3-under-par 29 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day.

The team of Gary Duncan, Bob Longworth, Bob O’Brien and Gary Risner matched the 1-under-par 31 carded by Lou Pagano, Chuck Patrick, Doug Jones and Larry Pippel for a two-way second place tie.

 

Horseshoe news

Four teams emerged from pool play and battled for the day’s supremacy during Feb. 28 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The team of Gary Howcroft and Bob Lee eliminated Tom Farrington and Jerry Disbrow 24-8 while Tennessee Bob and Dan Belden edged Steve Hooper and Steve Shue 21-17. Howcroft and Lee stayed hot in the finals as they rolled to a 22-6 win over Tennessee Bob and Belden.

Three teams advanced to the knockout round during March 3 horseshoe action. The team of Bob Mason and Hank Huyghe drew the bye into the finals and watched as Myles Macleod and Dom Livedoti advanced to the finals with a 21-15 victory over Farrington and Steve Doyle. Macleod and Livedoti rolled to a 23-11 victory over Mason and Huyghe in the finals to earn the day’s bragging rights.

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.

Standings tighten up in adult flag football league

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Melissa Williams shags a ball as husband Frank admires her glove skills in the outfield at LECOM Park in Bradenton for the Pittsburgh Pirates opener Feb. 24 against the New York Yankees. The home team went down 4-1. The Williams, owners of SteamDesigns Studio in Holmes Beach, are Spring Season ticket holders, and Melissa has a “major collection” of balls from past seasons. Islander Courtesy Photo

The standings tightened up as a result of the week’s action in the adult flag football league at the Center of Anna Maria Island.

One significant change was prompted by the forfeit victory Feb. 22 by Beach House Real Estate over previous top-spot holder Bins Be Clean. Beach House Real Estate and Bins Be Clean are both sporting 5-2 records, but Beach House now holds the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Beach Bums moved into third place with a 4-3 record after slipping past Moss Builders 21-19. The loss drops Moss into fourth place with a 3-4 record.

The final game of the evening saw fifth-place Cabb Clean, with a record of 2-4-1, tie by a score of 13-13 last-place Lancaster Design, sitting at 1-5-1.

Adult flag football action continues March 1.

 

Adult volleyball update

Slim’s Place continues to roll along in the adult coed volleyball league at the Center of Anna Maria Island, notching two more match victories last week to improve to 9-1 on the season. Slim’s played two matches during Feb. 21 action, defeating Signarama 25-14, 25-6 and Bins Be Clean 25-13, 27-25.

Bins Be Clean leveled its record at 5-5 after notching a 25-22, 25-21 victory over Signarama in the night’s opening match. Signarama fell to 1-9 on the season.

With two more weeks of regular-season action remaining, Slim’s has an insurmountable lead for the bye into the finals of the playoffs, which are set for March 13.

 

Key Royale golf news

There was a full week of golf action at Key Royale Club last week, starting with the men playing a nine-hole, modified-Stableford system match Feb. 19. Jack Lowry won individual honors with a score of plus-6, two points ahead of Ron Buck and Tom Soloski, who finished in a tie for second place.

Lowry’s score also helped teammates Gary Duncan and Tom Nelson to the team title with a combined score of plus-5.

The women took to the course Feb. 20 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in four flights. Helen Pollock fired a 3-under-par 29 to take first place in Flight A, two strokes ahead of Brenda Solleveld and three in front of third-place finisher Joy Kaiser.

Fran Barford carded the low-net score of the day when she posted a 4-under-par 28 to grab first place in Flight B. Sue Christenson was alone in second with a 1-under-par 31, while Gloria LaDue took third with an even-par 32.

It was a crowded affair in Flight C as Beth Lindeman, Jan Turner, Connie Livanos and Jana Samuels all carded 2-under-par 30s for a four-way tie for first place. Joyce Lathrop and Kathy Porter tied for second with matching 1-under-par 31s.

The men were back on the course Feb. 22 for a nine-hole shamble. Three teams — Bob Blazer, Art McMillan, Larry Pippel and Gary RAzze; Lex Halakan, Tom Nelson, Tom Soloski and Quentin Talbert and the team of Chuck Patrick, Terry Taras and Nub Turner — finished in a three-way tie for first place.

 

Horseshoe news

Two of 17 teams managed 3-0 pool-play records and were left to battle for the day’s supremacy Feb. 21 during horeseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Tim Sofran and Dom Livedoti cruised to a 21-11 victory over Bob Lee and Ed Ferrara to earn the day’s bragging rights.

Two teams also advanced to the knockout stage during Feb. 24 action. The team of Del Reese and Rod Bussey edged Bob Mason and Jim Kleiner 22-17 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.

Adult sports take center field at community center

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Third-place finisher Larry Pippel, left, second-place finisher Tim Friesen, champion Gary Risner and third-place finisher Tom Nelson pose for a photo at the club after the conclusion of the Key Royale Club’s men’s championship.

After six weeks of action, the standings are pretty tight in the adult flag football league at the Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

Feb. 13 saw Cabb Cleaning edge Beach House Real Estate 28-26 to improve its record to 2-4. The loss dropped Beach House to 4-2.

Moss Builders improved to 3-3 and tied for third place after rolling past last place Lancaster Design by a 45-27 score in the second game of the evening. The final game of the night saw Beach Bums improve to 3-3 by handing previously undefeated Bins Be Clean a 26-25 defeat.

 

Adult volleyball update

After four weeks of spikes and dives on the indoor court, Slim’s Place has a stranglehold on first place in the adult volleyball league at the center. They are 7-1, followed by second place Bins Be Clean, which has a 4-4 record. Bringing up the rear is Signarama with a 1-7 record.

Bins Be Clean opened Valentine’s Day action with a 25-17, 25-20 victory over Signarama. Slim’s Place then handed Signarama a 25-14, 25-21 defeat in the second match of the night. Slim’s Place followed that match win with a 25-18, 25-15 match win over Bins Be Clean to close out the action for the evening.

 

Key Royale golf news

No surprise for competitive golfers.

Twenty Key Royale Club men competed in the 36-hole, two-day Men’s Club Championship Feb. 7 and Feb. 14. For the fourth consecutive year, the champion is Gary Risner.

He shot a 1-over-par 129 over the two days in the scratch-play event. Tim Friesen finished in second place, while Tom Nelson and Larry Pippel finished in a tie for third.

In other action at KRC, the men played their regular Monday modified-Stableford system match Feb. 12. Jon Holcomb earned individual honors with a score of plus-7, two points ahead of second-place finishers Peter Lund and Larry Pippel.

The team of Larry Davis, Bill Koche and John Purcell won the team event on a score of plus-11.

The men were back on the course Feb. 15 for a nine-hole shamble. A shamble is a team golf game where everyone tees off and the best drive is where everyone hits their approach shot to the green, from which regular stroke play rules are followed.

The team of Gerry Dahl, Jon Holcomb, Peter Lund and Blake Ress combined on a 3-under-par 29. The team of Mike Brakefield, Al Carr, Lex Halakan and Greg Shorten took second place with a score of 33.

 

Horseshoe news

The fifth annual Ron Pepka Memorial Horseshoe Tournament was held Feb. 17 at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The tourney honors longtime pitcher and lead man for the players, who play twice weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

The double-elimination tourney saw the team of Jim Kleiner and Tom Skoloda advance to the finals after edging Sam Samuels and Steve Doyle by a 22-18 score. Kleiner-Skoloda dramatically handed Dom Livedoti and Del Reese their first loss as Kleiner came through with a game-ending, double ringer to earn a 21-19 come-from-behind victory and force a final game.

Kleiner-Skoloda looked to have run out of gas as they fell behind Livedoti-Reese 12-2, but an impressive rally resulted in the win on a 23-12 score.

Valentine’s Day action saw three teams post 3-0 records and advance to the knockout stage. Skoloda and Rod Bussey drew the bye into the finals and watched as Bob Lee and Bill Fox rolled to a 24-4 victory over Jerry Disbrow and Bob Rowley. Lee and Fox stayed hot in the finals, earning an easy 21-6 victory over Skoloda-Bussey.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.