Repeat champion John Heckard, right, accepts the “Slightly Tarnished Cup” from Marty Briede while runner-up Don Wahls looks on.
Island resident and Florida State University sophomore Nick Sato puts on an intense attitude for spring football practice for the Seminoles.
Islander Nick Sato, in his second year at Florida State University has walked on to the varsity football team.
A “walk on” is a player who was not recruited to play a sport at a university or college, but who walks onto the practice field and tries out for the team. Being a walk-on is not an easy proposition, as the player typically gets stuck doing a lot of the dirty work, and often gets used as practice fodder for the scholarship athletes, but don’t tell that to Sato.
“It’s a dream come true. I would have never thought I would be playing for FSU and now I am.” Sato went on to say that though a walk-on is not treated as well as a scholarship player, he wouldn’t change anything.
Sato’s official position for the Seminoles is weak-side linebacker, a position he played at Manatee High School from 2006-08. He is currently fourth string on the depth chart, but he said he’s getting a lot of reps in practice and that it’s been an awesome experience.
Sato got his start playing football when he played quarterback for the Anna Maria Island Dolphins team that won the PAL Super Bowl in 2003.
Sato and his proud family are anxiously awaiting the FSU spring game, which will be played Saturday, April 10. Congratulations to Sato and his family.
Basketball starts with pre-season tourney
Players, parents and coaches will get a little “dress rehearsal” for the regular season when the 2010 pre-season basketball tournament at the Anna Maria Island Community Center gets started April 7.
The tourney, which will be played in a double-elimination format, gives coaches and players a chance to experiment with different lineups and strategies.
The tourney runs through April 14 for teams in Premier, Division II and Division III. Due to a low player turnout and fewer teams, Instructional and Division I teams won’t be in the tourney, but will play a couple of preseason games.
The regular season gets started May 4 and the season concludes with the championship games June 12.
Slightly Tarnished golf news
The season-long battle for the Slightly Tarnished Cup golf award between Islanders and Towners — i.e. Bradenton residents — concluded March 18 at Imperial Lakewoods Golf course.
Island resident, Don Wahls challenged former resident and defending champion John Heckard in a match-play playoff. In a back-and-forth struggle, Heckard repeated as champion, defeating Wahls 3-and-2. Heckard commented, “I’m pleased to have the Cup to display on my trophy shelf.”
In the consolation playoff, Dave Kuntz and Jack Gulden played to a draw after 18 holes. Gulden was recognized for keeping the handicaps and making tee times for the group all season long. Russ Feldkamp, a 15 handicapper was recognized as the “most honest golfer” after finishing in last place.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole, low-net-of-partners match March 31. The team of Paul Keyes and Andy Barber combined to card a 5-under-par 123 to earn the day’s bragging rights. Second place went to Vince Fanton and John Sagert, who managed a 1-under-par 127, two shots ahead of third-place finishers Vince Mercadante and Bob Kral.
Diane Miller fired a 1-under-par 31 to win Flight AA during March 30 golf action at the Key Royale Club. Second place went to Penny Williams with a 35, while Cindy Miller was two shots back in third place.
Flight A winner was Mary Selby with a 2-under-par 30 that was two shots better than second-place finisher Barbara Mason-Estok. Grace Sayles, Patty Townsend and Judy Ward tied for third place with 34s.
Margrit Layh carded an even-par 32 to take top honors in Flight B, two shots ahead of second-place finisher Meredith Slavin and three ahead of Billie White, who finished at 35.
Sue Wheeler’s 1-under-par 31 was good enough for first place in Flight C with Markie Ksiazek two shots back in second place. Joy Nelles took third place with a 2-over 34.
Sally York’s 3-under-par 29 was the low-net round of the day and gave her first place in Flight D. Mary P. Miller and Jane Winegarden tied for second with even-par 32s, while Jan Jump was one shot back in third place.
The game of the day was team low putts won by the foursome of Lois Biel, Sally Keyes, Markie Ksiazek and Paulette Proxy with a total of 62 putts.
The club members teamed up for a best-ball-of-foursome coed match March 26. The team of Frankie Smith-Williams, Joyce Brown, Gordon McKinna and Paul Proxy combined to card a 7-under-par 25 to earn first place. Second place went to the team of Rose Slomba, Pam Alvord, Gary Alvord and Jerry Brown with a score of 6-under 26.
Four teams qualified for the knockout round during April 3 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. The first semifinal saw Karl Thomas and Gene Bobeldyk rolled past Sam Samuels and Jay Disbrow 21-4. John Crawford and Dave Lansaw followed with a 23-19 victory over Debbie Rhodes and Ron Gagnon. Crawford and Lansaw emerged from a see-saw battle with Thomas and Bobeldyk on the good end of a 21-17 victory.
Three teams emerged from pool play with the prerequisite three victories on March 31 with Gene Bobeldyk and Bon Brown drawing the bye. Sam Samuels and Tom Skoloda easily defeated Bob Lee and Marvin Gangemi 22-6. Bobeldyk and Brown took advantage of the bye to win the day’s bragging rights by defeating Skoloda and Samuels 21-16.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warm ups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
AMICC basketball schedule
Date Time Away Home
Premier (ages 13-16)
April 7 8 p.m. Tortilla vs. Ralph’s
April 8 6 p.m. Gathering vs. TBA
Division I (ages 12-13)
April 10 12 p.m. Paradise vs. Coastal
Division II (ages 10-11)
April 7 7 p.m. Beach vs. Vita
April 9 7 p.m. Ross vs. Oyster
April 10 10 a.m. TBA vs. Walter
Division III (ages 8-9)
April 7 6 p.m. Sandbar vs. Bistro
April 9 8 p.m. Connie’s vs. TBA
Instructional (ages 5-7)
April 10 1 p.m. Jessie’s vs. WCAC
April 10 2 p.m. IRE vs. Jessie’s/WCAC