Summer is here, summer sports start up
After one of the nicest springs in memory, summer emphatically has arrived. Daily temperatures of 92 degrees or higher, including a record-tying 95 last Wednesday, are now the norm. Thankfully, we’ve had welcome afternoon rain showers to cool things off and keep the grass green.
So now that summer is here, what’s there to do? Island youths undoubtedly will be participating in a variety of water-related sports, such as skimboarding, surfing, wakeboarding and fishing throughout the summer, even if only to cool off. Some will enter contests and have good showings in these activities. Others are probably making plans to attend a summer camp in the sport or activity of their choice.
With the recent success of our very own Tampa Bay Rays, which are currently one and a half games out of first place and sporting an impressive 40-28 won-lost record, taking in a baseball game at the Trop seems like a good idea. You can purchase a ticket for less than $10 and Tropicana Field is less than 30 minutes away from Anna Maria Island.
Oh, it’s always 78 degrees in the Rays’ air-conditioned stadium?
Help a sports-starved reporter out. E-mail Kevin Cassidy at firstname.lastname@example.org with an update on the Island’s summer sporting activities, or to let him know of upcoming events. A little advance notice goes a long way for youth sports - and to getting Cassidy with his camera and notepad to events.
Sam Samuels and Debbie Rhodes defeated walker Norm Good 21-13 to claim first place in the June 11 horseshoe competition at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.
The June 7 games saw five teams whittled to one as George McKay and John Bennett were the only duo to post an undefeated pool play record and were declared the day’s outright champs. Jennifer Rhodes and Jerry Bennett posted the only 2-1 record giving them runner-up honors.
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.