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Date of Issue: December 21, 2006

Former Bruin, Islander inducted into Bayshore fame

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Former Islander Mickey Hooke receives his Bayshore High Athletic Hall of Fame award from Bayshore athletic director Chris Brady prior to a Bruin's football game.

Former Island resident Mickey Hooke, 45, and an employee of Galati Marine in Anna Maria, was recently inducted into the Bayshore High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Hooke received his award on the football field at halftime of the October Bruins' homecoming football game.

Hooke, who graduated from Bayshore in 1979, was an all-state track and cross country runner for the Bruins, earning a seventh overall finish in the 1977 3A cross country meet with a time of 15:18 over the 3-mile course. Hooke also earned a fourth-place finish in the 1978 state 880 run in track and field. Hooke's time of 1:55.4 in the 880 run remains a record at Bayshore today.

More recent accomplishments that factored into his induction include his development of the Grassroots Running System that has currently brought him five Florida Master state championships and the 2003 U.S. Association Track and Field Florida title of long-distance runner of the year. Hooke has set 71 running records since November 2000.

Hooke now has an official plaque on display in the Hall of Fame trophy case outside the entrance to the school's gymnasium.

 

Key Royale golf news

The women of Key Royale Club teed it up for nine holes of golf on Dec. 5. Flight AA winner was Penny Williams, who fired a one-over par 33 to finish two shots ahead of Rosemary Knick and Jean Holmes, who both shot a 35. Flight A winner was Kathy Geeraerts, who finished at even par 32, two shots ahead of second-place finisher Nancy King. Sara Falk, Dorothy McKinna, Mary Selby and Tootie Wagner tied for third at 35.

Sally Keyes, Rose Slomba and Jan Turner each posted a two-over-par 34 to tie for first place in flight B, with Markie Ksiazek finishing a shot back at 35. Flight C winner was Frankie Smith-Williams, who fired a two-under par 30. Second place went to Cherie Kinerk, while Sally York came in third with a 34. Erma McMullen and Janet Stokes tied for first place in Flight D with a 34, one shot better than Theresa Schutt.

In other golf happenings, Jean Tourt and Joyce Rieth both sank approach shots during their rounds. Tourt's came on No. 2, while Rieth's shot found the hole on No. 8. Best poker hands on the course were won by Marilyn Hayes with a full house, Jeanette Cashman with five-of-a-kind and Mary Margaret Dickinson and Marge Petring with high straights.

 

Horseshoe news

Three teams emerged from pool play with undefeated records during Dec. 2  horseshoe competition at the Anna Maria city pits. Hank Huyghe and George Landritus faced off against Ron Slagh and Karl Thomas, with the winner set to face the waiting team of Steve Doyle and Sam Samuels in the finals. Slagh and Thomas prevailed, defeating Huyghe and Thomas 21-14.

Slagh and Thomas jumped out to a 19-12 lead, only to see Doyle and Samuels battle back to tie the match at 19-19. Doyle won the match with a ringer to complete the improbable come-from-behind victory for Doyle and Samuels.

Samuels also found himself in the winner's circle after the Dec. 6 competition. He gwalkedh his way there by defeating the team of Hank Huyghe and Cathy Stoltzfus 21-11.

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.

 

Center football registration ongoing

The Anna Maria Island Community Center is still accepting registrations for the 2007 season of NFL Flag Football. Boys and girls in grades one through eight can register 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 13-14, at the Holmes Beach public works building, located at 5801 Marina Drive between the fire station and the skateboard park. Players can also register through Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Center's temporary offices in the trailer behind St. Bernard Catholic Church.

Registration fee for center members is $25 for the first child and $20 for each additional child in the same family. Non-members pay $40 for first child and $35 for each additional child. All fees are non-refundable. Each player will receive an NFL Flag Football jersey and a flag belt. The season will run from Jan. 6 to Feb. 17. with games being played at the Holmes Beach city field.

There will be a mandatory mini-skills camp for all registered players at the Holmes Beach field on Jan. 6. Players in grades six-eight will run 10-11 a.m.; players in grades three-five 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; and grades one-two will take the field from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Potential coaches must confirm their intent by Dec. 15 and their child will play for free. Background check and ID or driver's license is required to be considered as a coach.

For more information, call 778-1908.

 

Not too late for cheerleaders

The Anna Maria Island Community Center is still registering boys and girls, ages 7-13, for its 2006-07 cheerleading squads. Cost for cheering this season is $35 for first child that is a center member and $30 for any additional siblings. Cost for non-members is $50 for the first child and $45 for any additional siblings.

The last day to register for the season is extended to Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Center's office behind St. Bernard Catholic Church, or an hour before camp.

The mandatory mini-camp and squad selection will take place 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at St. Bernard in the fellowship hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.

The Center is also looking for cheerleader squad leaders. To sign up as a squad leader or to get more information, call 778-1908.

 

Playing sports for your high school team?

Calling all Island youth and their parents. Give us a call or drop us an e-mail and let us know about any and all youth athletic endeavors. Call me at 807-1105 or e-mail me at kevin@islander.org with information.

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