NFL Flag Football season ends with awards, 'Super Day,'
|Tyler Pearson, left, accepts the Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football 8-9 division offensive MVP award, while teammate Michael Latimer, center, takes home the defensive MVP award. Dylan Joseph won the division sportsmanship award. Islander Photo: Courtesy Becky Walter
|Austin Ferrer, left, is awarded the Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football 13-16 division offensive MVP, while Aaron VanHook, center, accepts the division defensive MVP. Aaron King is the division winner of the sportsmanship award. Islander Photo: Courtesy Becky Walter
|Anna Maria Galati accepts the Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football 10-12 division defensive MVP award, while Jack Shinn, center, accepts the sportsmanship award. Chris Galati took home the division offensive MVP. Islander Photo: Courtesy Becky Walter
|Two up, one down
Two kids go up the staircase as one comes down the inflated water slide at the Anna Maria Island Community Center End-of-School Extravaganza May 30. The all-day event included fun, food and football, featuring entertainment, inflated slides and a bounce house, the NFL Flag Football Super Bowl and All-Star Games for three divisions of players, and culminated in the Center gym for the football league awards ceremony. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
The Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football season came to a close May 30 with three championship games, three all-star games and an award ceremony. In addition, there were water slides and a bounce house at the Center for the kids to cool off and kick up their heels in fun.
Panoramic Cardinals completed an undefeated season in the 8-9 division, while Galati Yacht Sales Texans did the same in the 10-12 division with respective victories at the Center Super Bowl. Beach Bistro Cardinals, who were the No. 1 seed in the 13-16 division, captured its division as well.
The Cardinals edged the Colts 21-20 in an exciting back-and-forth contest. The Cards jumped out in front early when Rainia Lardas caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Issaac Pinckney. Jordan Grabski caught the extra point pass for a 7-0 Cardinal lead.
The Colts came right back thanks to a 45-yard touchdown run from Wyatt Hoffman to pull to within a point. The Colts took the lead on a safety, then extended its lead thanks to a 20-yard TD run from quarterback Austin Ferrer for a 14-7 advantage as the half came to a close.
The Cardinals got back into the game during its first possession of the second half, but it wasn’t easy. Facing third down and long, Cardinals quarterback Pinckney connected with Grabski for a 25-yard pass play and a first down. Pinckney went right back to Grabski and hooked up for a 20-yard touchdown pass and the ensuing 2-point conversion for a 15-14 lead.
The Cardinals defense forced the Colts to a three-and-out to get the ball right back to its offense and it didn’t take long for them to cash in. Pinckney connected with Danny Doyle on a 30-yard pass play before lofting a nice pass to the corner of the end zone to a leaping Chandler Hardy for a 21-14 lead.
The Colts got a 14-yard run from Aaron VanHook and a 6-yarder from Hoffman, which gave them a first down. On first down, quarterback Ferrer dropped back to pass, but Pinckney sacked him for a 5-yard loss. On second down, Ferrer scrambled to his left before lofting a 30-yard TD pass to a well-covered VanHook, who somehow came down with the ball. Unfortunately, Ferrer’s extra-point pass fell incomplete, leaving the Cards in the lead.
The Cardinals then ran out the clock to end the game as Super Bowl champs.
The Colts players earned their way into the 13-16 Super Bowl thanks to a 35-12 playoff victory over Strategic Ministries Cowboys on May 27. Wyatt Hoffman had a huge day with five touchdowns and three extra points. Austin Ferrer added a 2-point conversion in the victory.
J.D. Jackson and Luke Shakelford each scored touchdowns in the loss for the Cowboys.
The 10-12 division Super Bowl game saw the undefeated Texans jump out to a 26-0 lead over the Mr. Bones Vikings on the way to a 40-20 victory. Three players had huge games for the Texans, most notably quarterback Zach McGuire, who had three touchdown passes, one touchdown reception and two interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown.
Chris Galati also had a big game, including a 20-yard touchdown reception, a 45-yard touchdown run and an extra-point reception. Logan Reiber caught two touchdown passes and a 2-point conversion pass, while Joey Salinas and Matthew Seth each added extra-point receptions.
Trailing 26-0, it would have been easy for the Vikings to pack it in, but they kept playing, getting a 45-yard touchdown run from Josh Zawistoski to pull closer. Zawistoski then connected with Jacob McPherson on a 35-yard touchdown pass and the ensuing 2-point conversion making the score 33-14. Zawistoski completed the Viking’s scoring with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Chris Gunn.
The Texans advanced to the Super Bowl with a 50-12 blowout of the Sand Dollar Colts on May 28. Chris Galati led the way with three touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions. Katie Christenson and Anna Maria Galati each added a pair of touchdowns while Zach McGuire added a defensive touchdown.
Nicholas Mello led the Colts with a pair of touchdowns in the loss.
The Vikings advanced thanks to a 20-0 victory over Mike Norman Realty Packers on May 27. Richard Almodovar led the Vikings with two touchdowns and a two-point conversion, while Burke Kibler added one touchdown in the victory.
The 8-9 Super Bowl was a blowout win for the Panoramic Cardinals, which defeated Island Dojo Martial Arts Jaguars 32-6. The Cardinals were led by a pair of touchdowns from Jack Mello, who also added a two-point conversion. Tyler Pearson added two touchdowns, while Michael Latimer chipped in with one TD in the victory.
Tyler Yavalar scored the lone touchdown for the Jaguars in the loss.
The Cardinals advanced to the Super Bowl on the strength of a 19-0 shutout victory over RLS Industries Patriots. Tyler Pearson, Jack Mello and Michael Latimer each had touchdowns with Latimer adding an extra point in that victory.
Island Dojo Martial Arts Academy Jaguars advanced to the Super Bowl by edging Sparks Steel Art Falcons 19-13 on May 29. Nicole Sewall paced the Jaguars with one touchdown and an extra point. Jean-Paul Russo and Tyler Yavalar each scored one touchdown in the victory. Joe Rodgers and Joey Stewart each scored a touchdown to lead the Falcons, which also received an extra point from Marlin Ellis in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole, best-ball-of-foursome match on May 27. The team of Bob Kral, Vince Mercadante, Earl Huntzinger and Paul Proxy torched the course with a 14-under-par 50. That earned them first place by two shots over the team of Dick Grimme, Bob Kelly, Peter Proxy and Pat Proxy. Third place went to the team of Pieter Thomassen, Don Ledford, Jim MacVicar and Paul Keyes with 10-under 54.
The men teed up for a nine-hole, low-net-of-partners game May 25. Gordon McKinna and Paul Proxy combined to card a 1-over-par 65 to take first-place honors by three shots over two teams. Jim Finn and Jerry Brown combined to fire a 4-over-par 68 and match the score of Al Morgan and Jim Dunne.
Club members teamed up on May 22 for a coed, best-ball-of-foursome match. The team of Terry Westby, Gordon McKinna, Joyce Brown and Peter Proxy fired an 8-under-par 24 to lay claim to first place honors by three strokes. The team of Frankie Smith-Williams, Jerry Brown, Sue Hookem and Don Ledford carded a 5-under-par 27 to match the score of Dorothy McKinna, Jim Finn, Earl Huntzinger and Paulette Proxy.
No teams managed undefeated pool-play records, but three teams emerged with 2-1 records and battled for first-place honors during horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits on May 30. Debbie Rhodes and John Bennett defeated Hank Huyghe and Herb Ditzel 21-14 in the semifinal match. Rhodes and Bennett then edged Jay Disbrow and Sam Samuels 23-19 in the finals.
On May 27, John Johnson and Hank Huyghe were the day’s outright winners with the only 3-0 pool-play record. Second place went to the team of Steve Doyle and Steve Grossman.
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.
Weekly junior golf camps start up
Manatee County is offering weekly junior golf camps for boys and girls of all ages at its 53rd Avenue course. The camps, which get started June 8, are being taught by Ken Butler, a USGTF level 4 master teacher. Butler, who is now the head teaching professional at the county course, previously was director of instruction at the Tony Jacklin Golf Academy and worked at the Ben Sutton Golf School.
The weekly Monday-through-Friday camps will offer two optional tee times throughout the summer. There is a morning session, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and in the afternoon, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Junior golfers will learn all aspects of the game for $200 a week, including lunch. The camp also offers a $150 multiple week fee. Campers must have their own clubs to participate.
For more information, contact Butler at 941-524-9341.
Anna Maria Island Community Center final NFL Flag Football standings
Bistro Cardinals 7 2
IRE Colts 6 4
Ministries Cowboys 1 8
Galati Texans 14 0
Mr. Bones Vikings 7 7
Mike Norman Packers 5 8
Sand Dollar Colts 5 8
Ross Chargers 2 10
Panoramic Cardinals 13 0
Island Dojo Jaguars 8 5
Sparks Falcons 4 9
RLS Patriots 1 12