Panthers come to life with pair of victories
|Tyler Yavalar of the Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football Colts breaks through for a touchdown as James Cuccio, left, misses his shot at pulling Yavalarˇ¦s flag. Islander Photo: Lee Ross
|Brandon Mills of the Colts reaches hard to pull Eagle's player Danielle Caparelli's flag as she heads for a touchdown. Islander Photo: Lee Ross
|Jake Ross, left, of the Colts, bolts for the goal line with some good blocking by teammate Tyler Yavalar. Islander Photo: Lee Ross
The Panthers started the week winless in NFL Flag Football, but thanks to a pair of impressive victories, they head into the quickly-approaching playoffs filled with confidence. The Panthers were impressive in handing the previously undefeated Buccaneers their first loss by a 40-26 score on June 29. They preceeded that victory with a 62-18 win over the Raiders on June 25.
Matt Bauer led the way for the Panthers offensively against the Bucs with a pair of touchdowns and four extra points. Brandon Gengler stood out on both sides of the ball with two defensive touchdowns and an offensive touchdown. Emma Barlow also notched a defensive touchdown to round out the Panther scoring.
The Bucs were led by Daniel Landesberg, Rainia Lardas and Kyle Parsons with one touchdown apiece. Lardas and Parsons each added a one-point conversion, while Tommy Price chipped in with a defensive touchdown in the loss.
The Panthers really poured it on against the Raiders behind a Herculean effort from Matt Bauer. Bauer scored four offensive touchdowns and added a defensive score and an extra point for 31 points scored. Brandon Gengler was almost as lethal, scoring 20 points on a pair of offensive touchdowns, a defensive score and a two-point conversion. Wyatt Hoffman added a touchdown and an extra point for the Panthers, which also received extra points from Chandler McClung and Julian Botero and a safety from Emma Barlow in the victory.
Zach Evans and Sarah Howard led the Raiders with an offensive touchdown each while Daniel Janisch added a defensive score in the loss.
In junior division action, the Titans doubled up the Chiefs 26-13 on June 29 behind two touchdowns and an extra point from Connor Field. Zach Stewart and Josh Zawistoski each added a touchdown for the victorious Titans.
The Chiefs were led by Seth Walter and Zach Facheris with a touchdown apiece, while Blaine Jenefsky added an extra point in the loss.
The Texans defeated the Chiefs 38-8 on June 25 as Joel Hart scored two offensive touchdowns and a defensive touchdown. Anthony Lombardi added a TD and a two-point conversion for the Texans, which also received offensive touchdowns from Gavin Sentman and Devan Salati in the victory.
Blaine Jenefsky paced the Chiefs with a defensive touchdown and a safety in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole, low-net-of-partners tournament on June 27 that produced a tie for first place. The team of John Atkinson and Dick Grimme matched the par 128 score of Bob Elliott and Dan Hayes to share the day's bragging rights. Second place went to the team of Jim Mixon and John Heiselman one shot back at 129.
The men played a nine-hole version of the same game on June 25 and the team of Al Morgan and Earl Huntzinger combined for a 2-under-par 62 to win the day's proceedings. Second place went to the team of Don Ledford and Bill Proxy with a 1-under 63, while Bob King and Larry Fowler finished in third place at even-par 64.
The Key Royale Club's weekly coed tournament on June 22 saw them play a best ball of foursome game that produced a two-way tie for first place. The team of Don Ledford, Joyce Brown, Rose Slomba and Jeanette Cashman matched the 5-under par score posted by the team of Terry Westby, Frankie Smith-Williams, Roswitha Fowler and Jerry Brown. Mary Miller managed a chip in during her round as well.
Jay Disbrow's clutch four-point toss broke a 17-17 tie to lead Disbrow and John Johnson past the team of Ron Pepka and Tom Rhodes in the June 23 horseshoe tournament at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.
June 26 horseshoe action saw Johnson and Rhodes battling for the title again. Rhodes teamed up with Sam Samuels, while Johnson drew Steve Doyle as his partner. Rhodes carried the day, notching 18 of his team's 21 points to lead them to a 21-15 win and bragging rights for the day.
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.
Join Her-icane golf challenge
The Manatee High School Her-icanes girls soccer team is hosting a fundraising golf tournament at the Bradenton Country Club at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. The team needs funding for uniforms, warm-up suits and tournament travel.
For a $100 donation, players can test their golf skills at Bradenton's most exclusive and challenging layout in a four-person scramble.
All players registered before the Aug. 1 deadline will receive a goody bag, cart and greens fees, a post-tourney banquet and guaranteed fun throughout the day. Also on tap are a straightest-drive contest, two closest-to-the-pin contests, a putting contest and raffles for tons of prizes. The field is limited to the first 100 golfers, so don't delay.
The Her-icanes are also looking for tournament sponsors to help their cause. For $800, a business can purchase the Hat Trick package, consisting of a foursome, banquet, tee or green sign on the course and a banner that will be displayed at all Manatee Her-icane home soccer games. A golden goal sponsorship package includes a foursome and a tee or green sign on the course for $500, or a tee or green sign for the tournament for $125.
To sign up a foursome, list the four players and each players phone number and send the list with a check payable to Manatee Girls Soccer Booster. Mail it to me, Her-icane Coach Kevin Cassidy at 2011 79th St. N.W., Bradenton FL 34209. For more information, call me 941-807-1105.
AMICC Flag Football standings
AMICC Flag Football Schedule
(All games played at Holmes Beach field)
Youth Division (ages 12-15)
July 97 p.m.Panthers vs. Raiders
Junior Division (Ages 8-11)
July 96 p.m.Chiefs vs. Texans
Pee Wee Division (Ages 5-7)
July 106 p.m.Colts vs. Eagles