Downtown Hoops, 3-on-3 tourney on horizon
|Soccer camp scrimmages, skill-building
The Anna Maria Island Communtiy Centerís soccer camp included scrimmages for various ages and skill levels following drills and some no-hands dodge ball. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy
Bradenton Downtown Progress and the Florida Gulf Coast Sports Commission have gotten together for the second, semi-annual Downtown Hoops 3-on-3 basketball tournament Oct. 21 on Main Street in Bradenton.
Once again Main Street will be blocked off and 12 basketball hoops will replace traffic in anticipation of more than 200 teams competing in five age groups during the one-day tournament.
In addition to tournament play, Downtown Hoops will also offer a three-point shooting contest and a slam-dunk competition.
Cost to enter a team is $40, plus $12 per person for a mandatory Amateur Athletic Union card, because that group sanctions the event. To enter, make out a check payable to Bradenton Downtown Progress and mail it to P.O. Box 158, Bradenton FL 34206.
Area businesses are also encouraged to sponsor a team or to become sponsors for the event. For more information, go to www.downtownhoops.net, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men teed it up on Aug. 28 to a two-man, low-net partners game. Dana Cessna and Jim Dunne came out and combined to shoot a one-over-par 65. That was one shot better than the team of John Atkinson and Dick Grimme and the team of John Driscoll and Jim Finn, who both finished at 66.
Aug. 30 had the men playing an 18-hole, individual low-net game. Dick Grimme and Al Morgan both shot a one-under-par 63 to finish in a tie for first place. Bob Elliott fired a 65 to finish in second place, while Vince Mercadante and Bob Kral tied for third with a pair of 68s.
George McKay and Sam Samuels were the only team to post a perfect 3-0 record during Aug. 26 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Jay Disbrow and Ron Boelman grabbed runners up honors with a 2-1 pool-play record.
Aug. 30 saw only six horseshoe regulars brave the threatening weather. Sam Samuels again found himself in the winner’s circle, this time with fellow Cortezian Tom Rhodes. Steve Doyle and John Johnson claimed second place.
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.
Anna Maria Oyster Bar tourney on the move
The sixth-annual Anna Maria Oyster Bar golf tournament will be played at the Palm Aire Country Club on Sept. 29. Cost for this always-entertaining, sell-out, charitable event to benefit the Anna Maria Island Community Center is $200 per golfer or $800 per foursome. The field is limited to the first 48 foursomes, so sign up now.
There are also sponsorship opportunities available for those interested. For more information, contact Stephy Ricketts at 761-7797.
One spot open for Her-icane golf challenge
There is one spot for a foursome still available for the Manatee High School Her-icane Golf Challenge at the Bradenton Country Club at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9.
To grab this last spot, list four players and their respective phone numbers and send with a check payable to Manatee Girls Soccer Booster and mail it to me, Coach Kevin Cassidy, at 3610 York Drive, Bradenton FL 34205. For more information, call me at 751-6602.
Teams have been chosen, coaches have called their players to practices, and although schedules for team play have not yet been distributed, games will start Sept. 18. The soccer banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, when uniforms and - hopefully - schedules will be distributed.
"Spirit Week," a soccer fan frenzy where team fans compete to be named the most spirited, will begin Sept. 13 and run through Sept. 16, and all games will be played at the Holmes Beach soccer fields.
Picture day for teams and individual players is Saturday, Sept. 16, although at press time there was no schedule or information provided.
For information, call the Center at 778-1908.