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2nd Skyway run on the books, hole-in-one recorded at KRC

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Mickey Hooke poses after winning second place in the Skyway 10K, 55-64 age group. Hooke’s time of 42:57 in the March 3 race was good enough for 29th place overall. Islander Courtesy Photo
Ashley Matelau vol- leys a return for Ace Hardware in the March 12 volleyball match against Freckled Fin in the gym at the Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. The league was headed into its playoffs in advance of the cham- pionship match at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. Islander Photos: Cindi Zamikoff

The second annual Skyway 10K took place March 3 under sunny skies, with no wind and a pleasant temperature of 65 degrees for the 6,679 participants who somehow managed to snag entries for the event. It sold out online in a mere 18 minutes.

Long-time runner and Galati yacht sales employee Mickey Hooke managed to get in and, he says, he entered with one goal in mind: To better his time from last year’s inaugural race.

To accomplish his goal, Hooke embarked on a 90-day training regimen that included runs over the Ringland and Green bridges along with trips to the gym five days a week.

Hooke signed up in the first wave to have a clear bridge course in front of him.

Although he wasn’t feeling on top of his game, Hooke said he pushed through and reached the top of the bridge in 25:37 and crossed the finish line in 42:57 — good for 29th place overall and second in the men age 55-64, a group of 501 runners.

Hooke achieved his goal, lowering his time from the 2018 race by 1:38 and betterin his hill climb of 7:44 in 2018 to 7:04 in 2019.

Hooke also said the sunrise, National anthem, the howitzer starting gun and, of course, the Sunshine Skyway contributed to the incredible energy for the event, which raised $640,000 for the Armed Forces Families Foundation.

Also in the run were my sisters, Mo Cassidy, who made it look like a walk in the park — because she walked — and sister Theresa Cassidy Collins, who ran the bridge for the second time.

 

Seedings set in adult football

Action March 14 finalized seedings for the Center of Anna Maria Island adult flag football playoffs, which begin March 20 with the bottom four seeds playing for a chance to upset the No. 1 or No. 2 seed.

Progressive Cabinetry wrapped up the top seed with a 45-6 thrashing of No. 3 seed Gulfview Windows. The second game saw Lancaster Design hold onto the No. 2 seed despite a 38-27 loss to Hashmark Sports, which sewed up the No. 5 seed. The last game of the night saw Ugly Grouper earn the No. 4 spot thanks to a 26-12 victory over No. 6 Beach House Realty.

Ugly Grouper will take on Hashmark Sports at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, followed by a 7:30 p.m. start for Gulfview Windows versus Beach House.

 

Key Royale golf news

Golf action at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach last week teed off with the men playing a nine-hole modified-Stableford aystem match March 11. Joe Tynan and Buddy Foy finished at plus-6 to share clubhouse bragging rights. Mike Gille was a point back in second with a plus-5.

Foy also was part of the winning team that combined on a score of plus-11 and included Bill MacMillan, Gary Risner and Bill Shuman.

The women took the course March 12 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in four flights. Phyllis Roe grabbed first-place honors in Flight A with a 1-under-par 31, while Pam Lowry and Marcia Helgeson finished in second and third respectively. They both finished at 1-over-par 33 with Lowry taking second place after a card-off broke the tie.

Sue Christensen took first place in Flight B with a 2-over-par 34.

Barb Rincky fired a 5-under-par 27 to win Flight C by three strokes over second-place finisher Annette Hall, who carded a 2-under-par 30. Sue Wheeler was alone in second place after her 1-under-par 31.

Terry Westby took first place in Flight D with an even-par 32, three strokes ahead of Penny Auch, Sally York and Marty Clark.

York, Auch, Helgeson, Christensen, Ann Hitchen and Margrit Layh all had chipins to punctuate their rounds.

The men were back on the course March 14 for a nine-hole scramble. The team of Gary Alford, Chet Hutton, Gary Risner and Terry Tarras matched the 5-under-par 27 carded by the team of Ron Buck, Brian Comer, Tom McDonald and Bob Soos for a two-way tie for first place. Buck aced the 162-yard fourth hole with his trusty driver for the shot of the week. Buck treated in the clubhouse, as is the tradition for the player with a hole-in-one.

 

Horseshoe news

Four teams advanced to the knockout stage during March 13 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Dell Reese and Tom Skoloda advanced from pool play, but Skoloda had to make an early exit and Reese took care of business with a 21-12 victory over Bob Mason and Tom Farrington.

The second semifinal saw John Crawford and Bob Brown advance with a 23-12 victory over Steve Doyle and Neil Hennessey. Reese stayed hot and steamrolled his way to a 22-1 victory over Crawford and Brown to earn the day’s bragging rights.

The March 16 games saw Bob Palmer and Rod Bussey up against Myles Macleod and Brown in the finals. Palmer and Bussey cruised, winning 21-1.

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.

 

Adult volleyball continues

With one night of matches left to play in the adult volleyball league at the Center of Anna Maria, it’s anyone’s guess how the seeding will fall for the playoffs. Planet Stone and Solid Rock Construction are both 7-3 the top seed is likely for one of those teams. However, with two matches remaining, Ugly Grouper, which holds down third place on a 5-5 record, is not eliminated. Freckled Fin follows with a 4-6 record and ACE Hardware completes the standings at 2-8 record.

Action March 12 saw Freckled Fin open with 25-8, 22-25, 15-10 over ACE Hardware. ACE dropped its second match of the night by 25-19, 25-20 to Solid Rock Construction.

Solid Rock continued its strong play, scoring 25-15, 25-12 over Ugly Grouper. The last match of the evening saw Planet Stone roll to a 25-6, 25-17 victory over Ugly Grouper.

 

Sign up now for spring sports

Registration is underway two youth programs at the center.

Registration is ongoing through March 25 for spring soccer for kids ages 3-17. Cost is $10 for members and $126 for non-members.

Player evaluations will start at 6 p.m. March 26 for the 8-10 age division, while the 11-13 and 14-17 divisions will have evaluations at 7:30 p.m. There are no evaluations for the 3-5 or 6-7 divisions.

Games will be played Tuesday nights starting April 2.

The center also is offering a T-ball league for kids 3-6 years of age. Cost is $10 for members and $96 for non-members and the last day to register is April 6.

T-ball skills clinics and games will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday nights starting April 8.

Registration for either sport can be completed online at www.centerami.org or at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

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

Youth flag football winds up, adults play on

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AMI Paddlers from Paradise show their spirit March 2 in Apollo Beach, where the team competed in the Mira Bay Dragon Boat Festival. Islander Photo: Courtesy Craig Bradway

The kids’ flag football league at the Center of Anna Maria Island concluded its winter season with four championship games March 6.

The action kicked off with a semifinal game in the 11-13 age division between No. 1 seed CAB Cleaning and No. 4 Grooms Automotive. Grooms 33-14 upset victory over CABB propelled them to the finals, where they outlasted No. 3 Beach House Real Estate by a 36-32 score to win the division championship.

As expected in the 8-10 division championship, undefeated and No. 1 seed Beach Bums won in easy fashion, rolling to a 38-0 victory over No. 2 seed Progressive Cabinetry.

The championship game in the 14-17 division saw No. 1 seed Ace Hardware sew up an undefeated season by edging No. 3 seed Blue Lagoon 21-12.

With one week of season remaining in the adult flag football league, Progressive Cabinetry owns the top spot in the standings with a 6-1 record, just ahead of second-place Lancaster Design at 5-2. Gulfview Windows holds down third place with a 4-3 record, while Beach House Real Estate, Ugly Grouper and Hashmark Sports complete the standings with matching 2-5 records.

In action March 7, Gulfview Windows defeated Hashmark Sports 27-13, followed by Progressive Cabinetry’s 42-24 victory over Ugly Grouper. The final game of the evening saw Lancaster Design outscore Beach House 27-13.

The adult league playoff action kicks off March 21 with first-round games. The semifinals are March 28 and the championship game is set for April 4.

Adult volleyball standings tight
With only two weeks of the regular season to play in the adult volleyball league at the center, it’s anyone’s guess who will take the lead for the upcoming playoffs.

After action March 5, Planet Stone, Ugly Grouper and Solid Rock Construction all have 5-3 records. Freckled Fin follows with a 3-5 record, while Ace Hardware holds down the bottom with a 2-6 record.

Action March 5 got started with Ugly Grouper recording a 25-23, 29-27 straight-set victory over Ace Hardware. Ugly Grouper bounced back with a straight-set victory to defeat Freckled Fin 25-15, 25-16 in a second match. Solid Rock Construction earned a 25-20, 25-7 victory over Ace in the third match, while Planet Stone rolled to a 25-16, 25-13 victory over Fin in the fourth match of the evening. The night concluded with Solid Rock edging Planet Stone 25-19, 25-21.

 

Island paddlers compete in Apollo Beach
Two teams from the island, having completed two days of training led by Melinda and Craig Bradway, raced March 2 in the Mira Bay Dragon Boat Festival at Apollo Beach.

The seniors mixed team of the AMI Paddlers from Paradise finished fourth and the premiere women’s team won a bronze.

AMI Paddlers include Brenda Rose, Diane Goolsby, Evelyn Silverthorn, Mileah Hudgins, Lauri Fern, Patty Reed, Mandy Boyers, Bonnie Jo Hakala, Judy Gidus, Sandy Bouwer, Jill St. John, Joann Yacono-Brandt, Lynn Kravontka, John Stuckey, Andre Essington, Marty Hurbi, Bill Booher, Rick Jensen, Connie Doughty, Cerise Jensen, Lori Stuckey, Denise Gardner, Gail Trombley, Melinda Bradway and Rick Granite.

AMI Paddlers next plan to race at the Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival Saturday, May 11, at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota.

For more information about the island paddlers, call Melinda Bradway at 941-462-2626.

 

Horseshoe news
Four teams emerged from pool play and battled for the day’s championship during March 6 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The team of Bob Mason and Norm Good earned a 23-0 shutout victory over Tim Sofran and Tom Florey in the first semifinal. The second semifinal saw Tom Skoloda and Bob Lee advance with a 23-20, come-from-behind victory over Bob Rowley and Myles Macleod. Skoloda and Lee, the “cardiac kids,” were at it again in the finals, throwing back-to-back double ringers to stun Mason and Good with a 22-20 victory.

March 9 was the sixth annual Pepka Memorial tournament held in honor of the late Ron Pepka, a long-time pitcher and group organizer. The double-elimination tourney saw the team of Bob Lee and Bob Hawks advance to the finals with a convincing 21-3 victory over Tom Skoloda and Jerry Disbrow, who settled for a third-place finish.

In the finals, Lee and Hawks handed Bob Mason and Adin Shank their first loss with a 21-17 victory to set up a winner-take-all final. Mason and Shank bounced back to edge Lee and Hawks by a 22-19 score.

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.

Everyone is welcome.

 

Key Royale golf news
Rain closed the course at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach March 5, canceling the women’s golf, but the men got in two regular rounds of action, starting March 4 with a modified-Stableford system match.

Tim Donner carded a plus-5 to win individual honors by a point over Gary Avord, Warren Boin, Larry Pippel and Ron Vandeman.

Donner and Vandeman also were part of the winning team that included Gary Duncan and Hoyt Miller combined plus-9.

The men were back on the course March 7 for a nine-hole scramble. The team of Brian Comer, Marty Hicks and Sam Major combined for the win on a 5-under-par 27.

 

Sign up now for spring sports
Registration is underway for two youth programs at the center.

Registration is ongoing through March 25 for spring soccer for kids ages 3-17. Cost is $10 for members and $126 for nonmembers.

Player evaluations will start at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, for the 8-10 age division, while the 11-13 and 14-17 divisions will have evaluations at 7:30 p.m. There are no evaluations for the 3-5 or 6-7 divisions.

Games will be Tuesday nights starting April 2.

The center also is offering a T-ball league for kids 3-6 years of age. Cost is $10 for members and $96 for nonmembers and the last day to register is Saturday, April 6.
T-ball skills clinics and games will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday nights starting April 8.

Registration for either sport can be completed online at www.centerami.org or at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

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

AMI pitchers defend home turf, youth football rained out

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The Anna Maria Island horseshoe pitchers and the Trailer Estates horseshoe group pose for a photo Feb. 25 at the AMI horseshoe pits after their tournament. Among the players are, front left, Tom Skoloda, AMI pit boss Jay Disbrow, tournament chair Bob Lee, Trailer Estates president Archie Canterbury, AMI horseshoe group coordinator Sam Samuels, Gary Howcroft and the rest of the horseshoe pitchers. Islander Photo: Courtesy Bob Lee

Members of the Bradenton Trailer Estates horseshoe pitchers descended on the island to take on the local AMI pitchers Feb. 25. More than 40 players stepped up for the tournament challenge.

The locals successfully defended their home turf, er clay, opening up an early lead and holding on to win the daylong contest 33-15.

Tournament chair Bob Lee reported, “It was an enjoyable event and we extended our area horseshoe pitcher friendships.”

Brooks Nelson of Trailer Estates added, “I even found that one of the AMI horseshoe pitchers lived less than 5 miles from my home in New York.”

With the Trailer Estates group winning the first meeting on their turf a few months back by 18-14, odds are the Feb. 25 match won’t be the last time these two groups face off in the pits.

In regular horseshoe action Feb. 27 at the Anna Maria pits, three teams emerged from pool play and battled for the day’s supremacy. The team of Dom Livedoti and Bob Palmer drew the bye into the finals and watched as Tom Skoloda and Al Booker eliminated Jerry Disbrow and Jim Waller by a 21-18 score.

The championship match was a tight affair until a double ringer by Al Booker punctuated a 26-16 victory for Booker-Skoloda.

The March 2 games also saw three teams advance to the knockout stage. The bye went to Gene Bobeldyk and Rod Bussey, who watched Bob Mason and Del Reese advance to the finals on the strength of a 21-11 victory over Myles Macleod and Adin Shank. The Bobeldyk-Bussey team won the day’s bragging rights with a 22-20, come-from-behind victory over Mason-Reese.

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.

 

On the links
Action at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach got started Feb. 25 with the men playing a nine-hole modified-Stableford system golf match. Individual honors went to Mike Pritchett, who carded a plus-4 to edge Tom Solosky and Bill Shuman, both at plus-3.

Solosky was part of the winning team of Buddy Foy, Larry Pippel and Larry Solberg that finished at plus-6.

The women got out on the course Feb. 26 for a nine-hole individual-low-net match in four flights.

Helen Pollock rode a chipin on the eighth hole to a 1-under-par 31 to earn first-place honors in Flight A by one stroke over Phyllis Roe. Barb Krueger was alone in third place on a 1-over-par 33 round.

Barb Estok won Flight B with a 5-over-par 37 by one shot over second-place finisher Carol Duncan.

Jan Turner carded a 3-under-par 29 to earn top honors in Flight C. Connie Livanos finished in second place with a 1-under-par 31, while Fran Barford was alone in third with an even-par 32.

Terry Westby fired a 3-under-par 29 to grab first place in the Flight D, followed by Marty Clark and Sue Powers in a tie for second place with matching even-par 32s. Ellen Boin finished with a 1-over-par 33 that included a chipin on the seventh hole.

 

Flag football news
Heavy rains that descended on the area put a damper on the Center of Anna Maria Island flag football league playoffs, forcing games to be rescheduled to Wednesday, March 6.

No. 1 CABB Cleaning will take on No. 4 seed Grooms Automotive in the 11-13 division semifinal at 5:30 p.m. with the winner taking on No. 3 Beach House Real Estate in the championship game at 7:30 p.m.

The 8-10 division championship game between No. 1 Beach Bums and No. 2 Progressive Cabinetry is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. March 6.

The 14-17 championship game will culminate the evening at 8:30 p.m. as No. 1 ACE Hardware takes on No. 3 seed Blue Lagoon.

The weather didn’t affect the adult flag football league, but having enough players to field a team did. Hashmark Sports won by forfeit over Beach House Real Estate, and Ugly Grouper won by forfeit over Gulfview Windows.

Progressive Cabinetry rolled to a 33-13 victory over Lancaster Design to improve to a league best 5-1 mark. The loss dropped Lancaster Design into second with a 4-2 record, just ahead of Gulfview Windows, which sits at 3-3. Beach House Real Estate, Ugly Grouper and Hashmark Sports fill out the standings, all with 2-4 marks.

Into the wind up

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The first pitch of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ first home game of the spring training season is thrown Feb. 24. The Pirates took on the Miami Marlins at LECOM Park in Bradenton and won the game in the bottom of the 9th inning, when Ke’Bryan Hayes hit a walk-off grand slam to break a 6-6 tie. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Horseshoes, flag football, weather highlight island sports

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The Anna Maria Island Horseshoe pitchers pose with their medals from the Gulf Coast Games for Life Feb. 7at G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton. Pictured are, front row, left to right, Sam Samuels, Dom Livedoti, Bob Palmer, Al Booker, Myles Macleod and John Crawford. Back row, left to right, Jay Disbrow, Tom Farrington, Gene Bobledyk, Gary Howcroft, Jim Waller and Bill Fox. Islander Courtesy Photo
Bins Be Clean player Connor Samblis races upfield with Progressive Cabinetry defenders Landon Snyder and Connor Henderson in hot pursuit during playoffs for the 8-10 division in flag football at the Center of Anna Maria Island. Islander Photos: Kevin P. Cassidy
Bins Be Clean defender Gabriel Conn lunges for a flag pull on Progressive Cabinetry quarterback Connor Henderson during 8-10 flag football at the center in Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Kevin P. Cassidy

The 8-10 division of the youth flag football league at the Center of Anna Maria Island played two semifinal playoff games Feb. 20 starting with No. 2 seed Progressive Cabinetery taking on No. 6 Bins Be Clean.

Progressive Cabinetry avoided the upset by Bins Be Clean, but the sixth-seeded team gave them all that they could handle in holding on for a 25-22 victory to advance to the 8-10 division championship game.

Progressive jumped out to an early 6-0 lead on a Connor Henderson touchdown run, but Bins Be Clean answered with a touchdown reception and subsequent extra-point catch by Cyrus Ryan to take a 7-6 lead.

Progressive Cabinetry retook the lead when Henderson hit Gavin Lyssy with a short touchdown pass for a 12-7 lead. The Progressive Cabinetry defense forced a three-and-out to get the ball back and they didn’t take long to expand their lead. Landon Snyder outran everyone to the end zone for an 18-7 lead, which was extended to 19-7 with the extra point.

Undaunted, Bins Be Clean fought back and cut into the Progressive lead when Connor Samblis took it to the house from 35 yards out. Samblis then hit Ryan for the two-point conversion to pull to 19-15.

Progressive Cabinetry came right back with a long touchdown pass from Henderson to Lyssy to extend its lead to 25-15 with just over 4 minutes left to play.

Bins Be Clean refused to go away, pulling within three points when Samblis ripped off a 45-yard touchdown run with just under 2 minutes left to play.

All Progressive Cabinetry needed to do was get a first down and they could run out the clock, but the Bins Be Clean defense held and got the ball back with just under a minute to play.

Prior to the snap, someone in the crowd gave the Bins Be Clean coaches advice, yelling, “Give the ball to Connor!”

Seemingly heeding the advice, Samblis got the ball and raced around the right end and looked like he might take it to the house, but Henderson came through with a clutch flag pull to deny Samblis and, after one more play, time ran out on the Bins Be Clean upset bid with Progressive winning by a 25-22 margin.

Progressive Cabinetry will take on No. 1 seed Beach Bums, which rolled to a 33-0 victory over Planet Stone in the second semifinal game.

The 8-10 championship game is set for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 26, after press time for The Islander.

Playoff action in the 11-13 division saw No. 3 seed Beach House Real Estate score a minor upset when the team edged No. 2 seed Island Charms 16-15. The second game saw No. 4 seed Grooms Automotive defeat No. 5 seed Tyler’s Ice Cream by a 19-7 score.

No. 3 seed Beach House awaits the winner between the matchup for No. 1 seed CABB Cleaning and No. 4 seed Grooms Automotive in the last semifinal, which was set to play after press time at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26.

The 14-17 division championship game matchup is set after No. 3 seed Blue Lagoon outscored No. 2 seed Island Fitness by a 56-31 score. The second semifinal saw No. 1 seed ACE Hardware win by forfeit over Cloud Pest Control, which didn’t have enough players to field a team.

The championship game is set to kickoff at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.

 

Horseshoe players strike gold, silver, bronze
The Anna Maria Island horseshoe pitchers ventured off island and brought back some hardware from the Gulf Coast Games for Life at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton.

Bob Palmer, Gene Bobeldyk and Gary Howcroft won gold medals while Al Booker Myles Macleod, Jay Disbrow, Tom Farrington and Jim Waller earned silver medals. Sam Samuels, Dom Livedoti, John Crawford and Bill Fox brought home bronze medals.

Three teams emerged from pool play and battled for the day’s supremacy during Feb. 20 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The team of Bill Fox and Sam Samuels drew the bye into the finals and watched as Bob Lee and Adin Shank rolled to a 22-8 victory over Bob Mason and John Crawford. Fox and Samuels then turned the tables on Mason and Crawford and cruised into the winner’s circle with a 23-4 victory.

Four teams advanced to the knockout stage during the Feb. 23 games. Lee and Shank were again teamed up for a 26-4 victory over Tom Farrington and Gene Bobeldyk.

The other semifinal saw Al Brooks and Dom Livedoti crush Bob Mason and Del Reese by a 21-2 score. Lee and Shank earned bragging rights for the day with a 21-14 victory over Brooks and Livedoti.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

 

Key Royale golf news
Unseasonably warm weather for February brought out the golfers for a full week of action at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach.

The men teed it off on Presidents Day with a nine-hole, modified-Stableford system match. Lou Pagano earned individual honors on carding a plus-5. Pagano also was a player on the winning team with Billy MacMillan, Greg Shorten and Bob Soos. They combined on a plus-5. Second place went to the team of Marty Hicks, Tom Nelson and Peter Solleveld with a score of plus-2.

The women got out on the course Feb. 19 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in four flights.

Helen Pollock took the top spot in Flight A, firing a 1-under-par 31. Phyllis Roe at even-par 32 was in second place.

Barb Estok grabbed first place in Flight B with a 5-over-par 37, one stroke ahead of second-place finisher Carol Duncan.

Jan Turner fired a 3-under-par 29 to tie for the low round of the day and first place in Flight C. Connie Livanos took second place with a 1-under-par 31.

Terry Westby’s 3-under-par 29 tied for low round of the day and gave her first place in Flight D. Marty Clark and Sue Powers tied for second on 32s.

The men were back on the course Feb. 21 for a nine-hole scramble. The team of Ron Buck, Bob O’Brien, Bary Risner and Bill Shuman combined on a 4-under-par 28. The team of Mike Clements, Tim Donnor, Sam Major and Lou Pagano finished second at 3-under-par 29.

Free karate classes offered

The Center of Anna Maria Island will offer free Karate classes for new students in March.

Registration is required by March 1.

The karate program is designed for all ages and skill levels, with classes led by Omar Schwanzer taking place Mondays and Thursdays at 5:15 p.m.

Regular fees will begin April 1. The costs per month will be  $85 for members, $99 for nonmembers, $165 for family members and $179 for family nonmembers.

The center is at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

For more information, go online to centerami.org or call the center at 941-778-1908.

New champ cards 2-over in KRC 36-hole golf challenge

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Five-time defending Key Royale Club champion Gary Risner, left, congratulates Bill Brodie on winning the 2019 men’s club championship Feb. 13. Islander Photo: Courtesy Tom Nelson

There’s a new tiger on the golf course in Holmes Beach.

Golf action at the Key Royale Club this past week was highlighted by the men’s club championship. Sixteen golfers put their hats into the ring, which meant playing 36 holes of golf over two days.

Bill Brodie took the honor of club champion after carding an impressive 2-over-par 130 to knock off five-time defending champion Gary Risner by 10 shots. Risner finished second with a score of 12-over-par 140.

The tourney was close after day one as Brodie held a one-shot lead over Risner, but Brodie fired a 1-under-par 63 in his final round to win the event hands down.

In regular rounds, the men played their Monday morning modified-Stableford System match Feb. 11 and Peter Lund and Alan Tripp finished in a tie for first place after both carded plus-5s.

Lund also was part of the winning team of Bill Brodie, Dave Richardson and Terry Tarras with a score of plus-5.

The men were back on the course Feb. 14 for a nine-hole shamble. The team of Brian Comer, Marty Hicks, Alan Tripp and Nub Turner combined on a 3-under-par 29 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day.

The team of Bill Brodie, David Crabbe, Dale Hudson and Marie Taddeo finished in a tie for second with Al Carr, John Kolojeski, Gary Risner and Terry Schaefer after both carded a 1-under-par 31.

 

Season ends, center football playoffs start

The 8-10 division playoffs in the flag football league at the Center of Anna Maria Island kicked off Feb. 12 with a pair of first-round games, starting with No. 3 seed taking on No. 6 seed Bins Be Clean. Bins Be Clean pulled off the upset in a 24-14 ending over Slim’s Place. They will advance to the semifinals to take on No. 2 seed Progressive Cabinetry at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20.

The second game of the night saw No. 4 seed Planet Stone take care of business with a 33-14 victory over No. 5 seed Ugly Grouper. Planet Stone will take on No. 1 seed Beach Bums in the second semifinal game Feb. 20.

Regular-season action came to a close in the 11-13 division Feb. 12-13. CABB Cleaning opened Feb. 12 with a 27-6 victory over Grooms Automotive, while Island Charms claimed a forfeit on Tyler’s Ice Cream.

CABB Cleaning wrapped up the top seed and an unbeaten regular season, edging Island Charms 19-14 in the first game Feb. 13. The final regular-season game saw Beach House Real Estate slip past Tyler’s 14-13 to wrap up the No. 3 seed and a matchup with No. 2, Island Charms, in first-round playoff action at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20. The second game has No. 4 Grooms Automotive taking on No. 5 Tyler’s Ice Cream at 8:30 p.m.

The regular season concluded in the 14-17 flag football division Feb. 13 with two games that did nothing to impact the standings. Blue Lagoon defeated Cloud Pest Control 26-12 to end the season with a 3-3 record at No. 3, while the loss ended Cloud’s season at 0-6.

The other end of the spectrum saw Ace Hardware roll to a 37-13 victory over No. 2 Island Fitness to wrap up an undefeated regular season and the No. 1 spot in the standings.

Playoff action kicks off Feb. 19 — after press time for The Islander — with Island Fitness taking on Blue Lagoon at 5:30 p.m. followed by Ace Hardware versus Cloud Pest Control.

 

Adult flag football rolls on

Adult flag football completed its fifth week of action with a pair of games Feb. 14 that kicked off with Gulfview Windows edging Beach House Real Estate 15-13.

The second game of the night saw Progressive Cabinetry roll to a 40-13 victory over Hashmark Sports behind four touchdowns and an extra point from Ray Gardner.

Lancaster Design won the second game by forfeit over Ugly Grouper.

The standings are pretty tight with three weeks of regular season action remaining. Lancaster Design and Progressive Cabinetry are tied atop the standings with 4-1 records, while Gulfview Windows sits at 3-2. Beach House Real Estate holds down the fourth seed with a 2-3 record, while Ugly Grouper and Hashmark Sports are both 1-4.

Action continues for the adult league Feb. 28.

 

Volleyball action spikes

The adult coed volleyball league at the Center of Anna Maria got underway Feb. 12 with five matches played.

Planet Stone earned a 15-25, 25-12, 15-11 victory over Solid Rock Construction in the first match of the night. Solid Rock bounced back to earn a 25-11, 25-11 win over Ugly Grouper in the second match of the evening.

Planet Stone won its second match with an easy 25-13, 25-12 win over Ace Hardware in the third round match.

The fourth match turned out to be a barnburner.

Ugly Grouper earned a 25-17 win over Freckled Fin in the first game of the match and then held on for a marathon 33-31 victory in the second game.

Freckled Fin bounced back to take a 24-26, 25-22, 15-6 victory over Ace Hardward in the final match of the evening.

Volleyball action starts at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings at the center.

 

Horseshoe news

Rain put a damper on Feb. 13 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City hall horseshoe pits, but play resumed Feb. 16. Three teams advanced to the knockout stage with Myles Macleod and Tom Skoloda drawing the lucky bye into the finals. The team of Steve Doyle and Tim Sofran rolled to a 22-3 victory over Jerry Disbrow and Dom Livedoti. The finals saw Doyle-Sofran jump out to an early lead and hold for a 22-14 victory to earn bragging rights for the week.

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

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

 

Free karate classes offered

The Center of Anna Maria Island will offer free Karate classes for new students in March.

Registration is required by March 1.

The karate program is designed for all ages and skill levels, with classes led by Omar Schwanzer taking place Mondays and Thursdays at 5:15 p.m.

Regular fees will begin April 1. The costs per month will be $85 for members, $99 for nonmembers, $165 for family members and $179 for family nonmembers.

The center is at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

For more information, go online to centerami.org or call the center at 941-778-1908.

Pirates play game of spring training Feb. 23

Play ball!

The Pittsburgh Pirates will open their spring-training season Saturday, Feb. 23, in Clearwater with a game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Pirates will then host the Miami Marlins at 1:05 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in the home opener at LECOM Park in Bradenton. The Marlins last played in Bradenton March 17, 1993 — their first year as a team.

A total of 15 home games will be played at LECOM Park, including a March 15 game against the Tampa Bay Rays and a St. Patrick’s Day game against the Boston Red Sox.

The Pirates will close out the home portion of their 2019 spring schedule with a 1:05 p.m. game Sunday March 23, against the Phillies.

The Pirates will go on the road, playing two games March 25 and March 26 in Houston to close out the spring training schedule, and then depart for Cincinnati to open the 2019 regular season Thursday, March 28.

Pitchers and catchers reported for spring training Feb. 13, followed by position players Feb. 18.

The 10th annual Pirates Pep Rally took place on Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton Feb. 16, with players signing autographs and Yesterdayze playing 1960s covers.

LECOM Park is at 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton.

For more information about spring training, go online to pirates.com/springtraining.

 

Did you know?

All the Major League Baseball uniforms in the 2019 regular season will sport an MLB 150 patch on the right sleeve to mark the 150th anniversary of the first openly all-salaried professional baseball team — the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings.

Three youth football teams still perfect, playoffs on horizon

The gridiron is hot at the Center of Anna Maria Island.

Seedings are complete for the 8-10 age division of the youth flag football league at the center, while the 11-13 and 14-17 divisions still have two games remaining to determine final seedings.

Each division has a perfect team.

For the 8-10 year olds, Beach Bums completed the regular season with a 7-0 mark and Progressive Cabinetry is right on its heels with a 5-1-1 record. Slim’s Place holds down third at 3-3-1, while Planet Stone follows with a 2-4-1 record. Ugly Grouper and Bins Be Clean complete the standings with 1-6 records.

The 8-10 playoffs are set to kick off after press time for The Islander at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12, when No. 3 seed Slim’s Place takes on No. 6 Bins Be Clean, followed by No. 4 seed Planet Stone battling No. 5 seed Ugly Grouper. The winners of those games will face off in semifinal games against Beach Bums and Progressive Cabinetry starting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20.

The 11-13 division has games remaining Feb. 12-13 before seedings are finalized, but it appears CABB Cleaning will nail down the top seed and the coveted bye into the semifinals. CABB emphatically demonstrated its position with a 33-7 victory over Beach House Real Estate Feb. 6 that improved its record to 5-0.

The second game of the evening saw Island Charms improve to 3-2 with a 12-0 victory over Beach House. The two losses dropped Beach House to 2-4 and to fourth place, just behind Tyler’s Ice Cream, which is alone in third with a 2-3 record. Grooms Automotive completes the standings with a 1-4 record.

The playoffs get started in the 11-13 division at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 with the second seed taking on the third seed team, followed by the fourth seed versus fifth seed — and the probable No. 1 seed CABB Cleaning earning a bye into the semifinals.

Ace Hardware continues its lead in the 14-17 division after defeating Cloud Pest Control 19-13 during Feb. 6 action. The victory improves Ace to 5-0, two games ahead of Island Fitness, which dropped to 3-2 after losing a 30-26 shootout to Blue Lagoon in the second game Feb. 6. The victory improved Blue Lagoon to 2-3, while Cloud remains in search of its first victory.

Playoff action for the 14-17 division starts at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, with the second seed taking on the third seed followed by the top seed taking on the fourth seed.

Stay tuned.

 

Standings tight in adult flag football

After four weeks of action, the standings in the adult flag football league at the center are tight from top to bottom. Lancaster Design and Progressive Cabinetry are tied for first place with matching 3-1 records, while Gulfview Windows and Beach House Real Estate stand tied at 2-2. Ugly Grouper and Hashmark Sports complete the standings with matching 1-3 records.

Ugly Grouper is holding down fifth place in the standings thanks to a 40-12 victory over Hashmark Sports to open the Feb. 7 adult football action at the center. The second game saw Progressive Cabinetry roll to a 27-6 victory over Beach House, while Lancaster Design edged Gulfview Windows by a 20-13 score in the final game of the evening.

 

Horseshoe news

Feb. 6 was a competitive day at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits as four teams forged 3-0 records in pool play and battled it out in the playoffs.

The team of Larry Delarber and Bob Lee eliminated Hank Huyghe and Tom Skoloda by a 21-13 score, while Rod Bussey and Dom Livedoti advanced with a 21-6 victory over Norm Good and Adin Shank. Bussey and Livedoti earned the day’s bragging rights with a tight 23-20 victory over Delarber and Lee.

Two teams emerged from pool play Feb. 9, as Tom Farrington walked his way to the winner’s circle with a 21-14 victory over Sam Samuels and Lee.

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

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

 

Key Royale golf news

Beautiful weather resulted in a full week of golf action at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach last week, starting with a nine-hole, modified-Stableford System match for the men Feb. 4.

John Cassese, Tom Nelson and Larry Solberg each carded plus-3s to finish in a three-way tie for individual honors.

Solberg also was part of the team of Bill Brodie, Tim Friesen and Dave Richardson that won the team competition with a plus-3.

The women took the course Feb. 5 for a nine hole, individual-low-net match in four flights.

Marlyn Thorton captured Flight A with a 2-over-par 34, giving her a one-shot victory over Phyllis Roe, while Jean Holmes was another shot back in third.

Debbie Milder fired a 2-under-par 30 to win first place in Flight B. Carol Duncan and Meredith Slavin finished in a tie for second place with matching 3-over-par 35s.

Roxanne Koche carded the low-net round of the day with a 4-under-par 28, good for first place in Flight C. Fran Barford and Barb Harrold were one stroke back in a tie for second.

Sue Power and Terry Westby finished in a tie for first place in Flight D with a pair of 3-under-par 29s, one stroke ahead of second-place finisher Janet Razze.

Beth Lindeman had a chipin on the second hole to round out the golf action for the women.

The men got back on the course Feb. 7 for a nine-hole scramble that saw the team of Brian Comer, Peter Lund, Bob O’Brien and Tom Nelson combine on a 6-under-par 26 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day. Mike Brakefield, Buddy Foy, Gary Razze and Larry Solberg were alone in second on a 4-under-par 28, while Mike Clements, Barry Izzard, Chuck Patrick and Terry Tarras took third with a 1-under-par 31.

Hole-in-1 at KRC, football, horseshoes top sports scene

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San Francisco Giants pitcher Mark Melancon visits with students at the School for Constructive Play to celebrate Sports Week. He entertained questions from the kids in a classroom at the school at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The Giants train in Scottsdale, Arizona, and are part of the Cactus spring training league. Islander Courtesy Photo

There was plenty of action on the gridiron on AMI for adult and youth players the week leading up to Super Bowl.

The youth flag football league at the Center of Anna Maria Island completed its fifth week and three teams are still seeking undefeated seasons — Ace Hardware, CABB Cleaning and Beach Bums.

Beach Bums, which boasts a 6-0 record, leads the 8-10 division, just ahead of second place Progressive Cabinetry with a 4-1-1 record. Slim’s Place holds down third at 3-2-1, while Planet Stone at 1-4-1 is in a tie with Ugly Grouper for fourth. Bins Be Clean at 1-5 completes the standings.

Action in the 8-10 division kicked off Jan. 29 with Progressive Cabinetry rolling to a 20-8 victory over Planet Stone behind touchdowns from Landon Snyder, Conner Henderson and Jack Whiteside. Gavin Lyssy and Snyder completed the scoring with extra points.

Cale Rudacille scored the lone touchdown for Planet Stone in the loss.

The second game of the evening saw Beach Bums outscore Slim’s Place 32-21 behind a pair of touchdowns from Ashton Hovda and a touchdown and extra point from Peyton Hovda. Brennen Gunter, Ava Harlan and Nixon Conner each added a touchdown in the victory.

Joseph Bramurov had a touchdown and a pair of extra points to lead Slim’s Place in the loss, along with touchdowns from Ben Rigney and Alexander Teich and an extra point from Laynie Sabath.

The last game of the night saw Bins Be Clean edge Ugly Grouper 20-19. Connor Samblis and Gabriel Conn led Bins Be Clean with a touchdown and an extra point, while Carter Nance added a touchdown in the victory.

Carson Clover’s two touchdowns led Ugly Grouper, which also received a touchdown from Beckham Factor and an extra point from Carter Cantrell in the loss.

Eight-to-10 division action Feb. 2 saw Beach Bums continue to roll high with a 33-6 victory over Slim’s Place. The second game saw Ugly Grouper come off the schneid with a 39-0 victory over Bins Be Clean, while the final game Feb. 2 saw Progressive Cabinetry edge Planet Stone by a 15-7 score.

The 11-13 division is led by CABB Cleaning, which sports a 4-0 record, comfortably ahead of second place teams Beach House Real Estate and Island Charms, both with 2-2 marks. Tyler’s Ice Cream follows at 2-3, while Grooms Automotive is in last place on a 1-4 record.

Eleven-to-13 division action Jan. 30 saw Island Charms cruise past Grooms Automotive 18-7, while CABB Cleaning stayed undefeated on a 39-0 rout of Tyler’s Ice Cream.

The 14-17 division has ACE Hardware on top with a 4-0 record, while Island Fitness is right at 3-1. Blue Lagoon holds down third place at 2-3 and Cloud Pest Control follows at 0-5.

Action Jan. 30 got started with ACE Hardware slipping past Blue Lagoon 26-22, followed by an Island Fitness 21-14 win over Cloud Pest Control.

The 14-17 division was back in action Feb. 2 with ACE Hardware rolling to a 29-14 victory over Blue Lagoon, followed by Island Fitness outscoring Cloud Pest Control 35-26.

 

Adult football news

The adult flag football league at the Center of Anna Maria Island completed its third week of action with Gulfview Windows, Lancaster Design, Beach House Real Estate and Progressive Cabinetry all with 2-1 records, while Hashmark Sports at 1-2 and Ugly Grouper at 0-3 complete the standings.

Progressive ended Gulfview Window’s hopes for a perfect season with a 34-13 thrashing to open adult action Jan. 31, while Lancaster Design improved to 2-1 with a 26-13 victory over Hashmark Sports in the second game. Beach House Real Estate closed out the action with a 34-13 thumping of Ugly Grouper.

 

Horseshoe news

Three teams advanced to the knockout stage and battled for the day’s supremacy during Jan. 30 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The team of Al Booker and John Crawford drew the lucky bye into the finals and watched as Gene Bobeldyk and Larry Delarber easily advance with a 21-1 route over Bob Mason and Tim Sofran. But Bobeldyk and Delarber couldn’t maintain the momentum, as Booker and Crawford rolled to the champion circle with a 22-15 victory.

The Feb. 2 games appeared to be heading to a four-way playoff, but three teams with 2-0 pool-play records dropped their last matches, leaving the team of Crawford and Bob Palmer as the day’s outright champions.

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.

 

Key Royale news

Persistent rains closed the course and limited members of the Key Royale Club to the clubhouse Jan. 28-29.

The course dried sufficiently Jan. 31 for the men to play a nine-hole shamble, producing the shot of the day for Bill Brodie — a hole-in-one!

Brodie aced the 150-yard third hole using a 7-iron.

The 50 shamble golfers enjoyed refreshments with thanks to Brodie.

The team of Neil Hammer, Chuck Patrick, Larry Pippel and Gary Risner matched the 1-under-par 31 carded by Kevin Brown, Brian Comer and Jerry Martinek to finish in a tie for first place. Second place went to the team of Ken Butler, Al Carr, Tim Friessen and Marty Hicks with a score of even-par 32.