Islander takes second in National Senior Games
|Scott Makela puts away a volley during National Senior Games men’s doubles action in Palo Alto, Calif. Islander Photo: Courtesy Don Feria
Islander Scott Makela teamed up with Brad Taylor of Bradenton to win second-place honors in men’s 50-54 doubles at the National Senior Games in Palo Alto, Calif., on Aug. 7. After a super tournament run, they lost only to the Lance McKinney-Bobby Richard Roper team of Utah 6-1, 6-4 in the finals.
Makela and Taylor advanced to the finals on the strength of their 6-4, 7-5 victory over Randy Martin and Michael Stevens in the semifinals. They also had a tough quarterfinal match, defeating RobertGoldman and Robert Longwell-Grice 6-2, 7-6, winning in a tiebreaker 7-5.
The team has been playing together for seven years are the three-time defending Florida state champs in the 50-54 Senior Games division.
Makela, who has been playing tennis for 25 years, has lived on the Island with wife Georgia for 11 years.
Congratulations to Scott and Brad!
Happy birthday, Beulah!
Longtime Bradenton resident Beulah Conlon is 90 today. Beulah and her late husband, Ben, moved to the area from Massachusetts in 1957 and developed some strong Island connections.
Ben was a long-time store manager for Island Foodway, while Beulah managed the Handy Dandy store before opening the Sewing Center, both in Holmes Beach.
Their sons, Dale of Bradenton and Dana of Myrtle Beach, S.C., both played Little League baseball for what was then known as the Anna Maria Fire District team, and football for the Tarpons at the Island Youth Center.
Ironically, the first soccer league on the Island, which occurred in 1974, came about at the expense of the Tarpon football program.
Beulah was also part of a group of people that helped to form the Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization (MAYSO) in 1976. She got involved in soccer because her son Dale and his friends had played the sport in high school when only St. Stephens and Bradenton Christian had soccer programs. After they graduated, there was no other place to play, so she formed the Manatee Stingers, which was the first adult amateur soccer team in the Bradenton area. Finding no willing volunteers to coach the rag-tag team that didn’t even have matching socks, Beulah stepped in and coached the team to a league title.
The Stingers were a collection of young men from West Bradenton and Anna Maria Island who competed in the Tampa Bay Area Youth Soccer League and fashioned an impressive 13-1 record. Their season culminated with a game played in the old Tampa Stadium.
Beulah had a positive influence on a lot of young men and women and her legacy lives on through MAYSO, which continues to provide youngsters a place to learn and play the great game of soccer.
Happy birthday, Beulah!
Two teams emerged from pool play with the prerequisite three victories and were left to battle it out for the championship during horseshoe action on Aug. 26. John Johnson and Sam Samuels rolled past Steve Grossman and Jeff Moore by a 21-9 score.
Due to lightning and loads of mud, the Aug. 29 horseshoe games were canceled.
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.