Summer slowdown, soccer startup
|Manatee High linebackers Carmine Galati and Chris Conley wrap up the Bruins' Alan Jackson during Manatee's 35-0 win over Bayshore High in the season-opener crosstown football rivalry at Bayshore on Sept. 5. Islander photo: Gene Page III
Soccer tryouts are over and all of the teams in the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s fall recreational soccer league are practicing for the upcoming season. Coaches are putting their players through the paces to improve their teams’ teamwork, overall skills and physical conditioning.
Teams will get a chance to see how they’re doing when the Center’s spirit week kicks off on Sept. 19-20. Teams in each division will play a pair of mini-games in a jamboree format. The action gets started on Friday evening and continues throughout most of Saturday.
The results won’t count in the official league standings, but it always feels good to get off to a spirited start on the field.
Parents, friends and family members are also expected to take to the field to get in cheering shape for the season. All are encouraged to wear their team colors and show their team spirit. The winners of spirit week are to be announced during the end-of season awards ceremonies.
Prior to the jamboree, players and family members are invited to the kick-off season dinner at the Center at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18. The Beach Bistro will be donating the Italian-style meal, including spaghetti, Caesar salad, garlic bread and drinks. Cost for the fundraiser is $6 for adults and $5 for children under 16. All proceeds benefit the soccer program.
Key Royale golf news
The men of the Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome game Sept. 8. First place went to the team of Fred Meyer, Ralph Bassett, Bill Snyder and Paul Proxy with a 7-under-par 57. There was a tie for second place at 5-under-par 59. Don Ledford, Bob Jorgensen, John Driscoll and Paul Keyes matched the score put up by Jerry Brown, Jim Finn, Dick Mills and Jim McCartney.
The women of Key Royale Club played an individual-low-net game and low putts on Sept. 9. Lois Biel, Tootie Wagner and Roswitha Fowler each carded 34s to tie for first in flight one.
A 33 by Shirley Cessna took top honors in flight two, while Lorraine Towne finished in second with a 34. Ruth Williamson was three shots back in third place with a 36.
Low putts for flight one went to Nancy King, Biel and Fowler with 15 putts, while Williamson won in flight two with only 13 putts. Nancy King and Lorraine Towne both had chipins on the day.
The women teamed up with the men on Sept. 12 for a best-ball-of-foursome match. First place went to the team of Jane Winegarden, Joyce Brown, Web Cutting and Jeanette Cashman with a 6-under-par 26. Four strokes back in second place was a pair of teams, Dorothy McKinna, Jim Finn, Jerry Brown and John Driscoll matched the 30 carded by Frankie Smith-Williams, Earl Huntzinger and Don Ledford.
Debbie Rhodes and Steve Doyle were the only team to manage a perfect, undefeated record during pool-play horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits on Sept. 6. For their efforts, they were declared champions for the day and got to watch Hank Huyghe and Tom Skoloda battle it out with George McKay and Herb Ditzel for second place. Huyghe and Skoloda sprinted out to a 14-2 lead, only to watch as McKay and Ditzel charged back to earn a 23-18 come-back win.
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.
2008 AMICC soccer league Spirit Week schedule
All games at AMICC, Field 1 is small field, Field 2 is big field
Date Time Teams Field
Sept. 19 6 p.m. Surf Shop vs. Ralph’s F1
Sept. 19 6 p.m. Sparks vs. Panoramic F2
Sept. 19 6:30 p.m. A&E vs. Panoramic F1
Sept. 19 6:30 p.m. Coastal Ortho vs. Bones F2
Sept. 19 7 p.m. Jessie’s vs. AM Glass F1
Sept. 19 7 p.m. Norman vs. Ross F2
Sept. 19 7:30 p.m. Sand Bar vs. Sand Dollar F1
Sept. 20 9:30 a.m. Sand Bar vs. Oyster Bar F1
Sept. 20 9:30 a.m. Harcon vs. Lapensee F2
Sept. 20 10 a.m. Oyster Bar vs. Jessie’s F1
Sept. 20 10 a.m. WCAC vs. Harcon F2
Sept. 20 10:30 a.m. AM Glass vs. Sand Dollar F1
Sept. 20 10:30 a.m. Lapensee vs. Wash F2
Sept. 20 11 a.m. WCAC vs. Wash F2
Sept. 20 11:30 a.m. Beach Bistro vs. Surf Shop F1
Sept. 20 noon Ross vs. IRE F2
Sept. 20 noon Ralph’s vs. Panoramic F1
Sept. 20 12:30 p.m. Norman vs. Autoway F2
Sept. 20 12:30 p.m. A&E vs. Beach Bistro F1
Sept. 20 1:30 p.m. IRE vs. Autoway F2
Sept. 20 2 p.m. Sparks vs. Bones F2
Sept. 20 2:30 p.m. Panoramic vs. Coastal Ortho F2