Islander helps Flames to Labor Day Challenge win
|Gulf Coast Flames
Left to right, Zack Mitchell, Trent Cowieson, Zack Facheris, Coach Nick Racinelli, Jeremy Butterworth, Tanner Cowieson, Nate McPherson, Matt Grabowski, Joey Fabec, Jimmy Jones, Jackson Widell, JC Bradley, Caleb Fizer, Reid Simpson (goalie), Sam Johnson, Sean Murray and coaches Fred Eaton and Blake Redden.
|Hunter Parrish took it down the field for a goal for his Cannons Marina Division 2 team on Saturday. The faster, shorter games, and cooler weather, thanks to an overcast day, and the fun and enthusiasm of Spirit Week, where teams and fans compete in showing their team spirit, made for a full morning of soccer fun. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
|Soccer 'Spirit' games for FUN!
The Mike Norman Realty team players got into the "spirit" of Spirit Week with some red hair dye and enthusiasm. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Island resident Zachary Facheris is a member of the Gulf Coast Flames youth ice hockey team that recently won the Labor Day Challenge ice hockey tournament at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex held during Labor Day weekend.
Zachary’s team defeated teams from all over the state to win the championship. First they played three seeding games to earn a ranking heading into the elimination rounds and a chance to play for the championship.
The Flames defeated the Brandon Jr. Bulls 7-1 and followed that up with a 9-2 victory over the Spacecoast Hurricanes. They saw another victory over the Florida Jr. Panthers by a 7-3 score to lock up the No. 1 seed.
The Flames then defeated the Brandon Jr. Bulls 5-1 to claim the championship.
Congratulations to Zachary and his proud family.
AMICC soccer kicks off season
The Anna Maria Island Community Center’s fall recreational soccer league got the 2007 season off to a rousing start with “Spirit Week,” which consisted of a full schedule of “mini” soccer games in four age groups Sept. 20-22 at the Center.
Parents and players were challenged to show the most team spirit by dressing in team colors and showing the most enthusiasm for their team of choice. The winners of spirit week will be announced during the end-of-season awards ceremonies.
The soccer action got started for real Monday, Sept. 24 (see the week’s schedule below), with games at the Center for the 4-11 age divisions, or catch players ages 12-14 at the Holmes Beach field. Or you can keep up with all of the action right here in The Islander sports section.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome tourney on Sept. 19. The foursome of Don Ledford, Bob Jorgensen, John Driscoll and Peter Proxy torched the course with a 25-under par 103. That was five shots ahead of the team of Al Morgan, Vince Mercadante, Bob Kral and Larry Fowler, which finished alone in second place.
The men played a nine-hole, individual-low-net handicap tournament on Sept. 17. Charlie Knopp managed a 2-under-par 30 to win clubhouse bragging rights. He finished one shot ahead of Bob King and two shots ahead of Danny Hayes, John Atkinson and Bob Jorgensen, each of whom matched par 32.
The ladies let the men play golf with them on Sept. 14 in a nine-hole, “throw-out-the-worst-hole” team tournament. Three teams tied for first place with a score of 119. They were Teddy Morgan, Al Morgan, Larry Fowler and Matt Behan; Jane Winegarden, Dorothy McKinna, Don Ledford and Terry Westby; and, last but not least, Joyce Brown, John Driscoll and Gordon McKinna.
Two teams managed 3-0 pool play records and squared off in a winner-take-all championship match during horseshoe action Sept. 19 at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.
Norm Good announced his return from the north by teaming up with Tom Rhodes and delivering a 23-2 horsehoe lesson to the team of Ron Pepka and Ron Slagh.
The team of Jay Disbrow and Ron Pepka were the only teams to manage undefeated pool play on Sept. 14 and were outright champs. Second place went to the team of Ron Slagh and Tom Rhodes as they defeated Doug Yox and Sam Samuels 21-8 in the consolation game.
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.
2007 AMICC Soccer Schedule
Instructional Division (ages 4-7)
Sept. 266 p.m.A.M. Glass vs. Orthopedics
Sept. 267 p.m.LPAC vs. Duncan
Sept. 276 p.m.Sand Dollar vs. A.M. Glass
Sept. 277 p.m.Eye Tours vs. Sparks
Sept. 286 p.m.Orthopedics vs. LPAC
Sept. 287 p.m.Beach Bistro vs. Duncan
Oct. 26 p.m.Beach Bistro vs. LPAC
Oct. 27 p.m.Eye Tours vs. A.M. Glass
All games @ AMICC
Division III (ages 8-9)
Sept. 265:30 p.m.A&E vs. IRE
Sept. 266:30 p.m.WCAC vs. Ross
Sept. 276 p.m.Creative Tile vs. A&E
Sept. 286 p.m.Ford vs. Bones
Sept. 287 p.m.WCAC vs. IRE
Oct. 16 p.m..Ford vs. WCAC
Oct. 26 p.m.Creative Tile vs. Ross
All games @ AMICC
Division II (ages 10-11)
Sept. 267:30 p.m.Danziger vs. Lindsey
Sept. 277 p.m.Cannons vs. Lindsey
Oct. 17 p.m.Cannons vs. Danziger
Oct. 27 p.m.Danziger vs. M. Norman
All games @ AMICC
Division I (ages 12-14)
Sept. 266:30 p.m.Sun vs. LaPensee
Sept. 276:30 p.m.Harcon vs. LaPensee
Oct. 16:30 p.m.M.Stanley vs. LaPensee
Oct. 26:30 p.m.Sun vs. Harcon
All games @ Holmes Beach