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Date of Issue: May 20, 2009

Playoffs loom in flag football

Another week of flag football produced a big swing in the 13-16 division as the Beach Bistro Cardinals dropped consecutive decisions while the Island Real Estate Colts won two straight to pull to within a game of first place.

The 8-9 division and the 10-12 division remained pretty much the same with Galati Yacht Sales Texans and the Panoramic Cardinals on pace for undefeated seasons.

Strategic Ministries Cowboys made its first victory of the season a big one, handing the previously undefeated Beach Bistro Cardinals a second straight loss, 32-28 in 13-16 division play May 16. Nick Papazian led the way with a pair of touchdowns and an extra point while Luke Shakelford added two touchdowns. Aaron King chipped in with one touchdown and Justin Kile completed the Cowboy scoring with an extra point.

Michael Galati and Max Miller led the Cardinal offense with one touchdown apiece while Danny Doyle added two touchdowns from the defensive side of the ball. Chandler Hardy completed the Cardinal scoring with a two-point conversion and a pair of extra points in the loss.

Sparks Steel Art Falcons rolled past RLS Industries Patriots 20-0 in 8-9 division action May 15. Dylan Joseph scored two touchdowns and Joey Stewart added one to lead the Falcons to victory.

The second game of the evening was a 10-12 division affair. Galati Yacht Sales Texans remain undefeated with a 27-18 victory over the Mr. Bones Vikings.

The Texans received huge games from Chris Galati and Logan Reiber as each player scored two touchdowns and added an extra point. Joey Salinas completed the Texans scoring with an extra point. Richard Almodovar scored a pair of touchdowns and Ben Connors added one to lead the Vikings.

Sand Dollar Colts won their second game on the week, defeating Mike Norman Realty Packers 32-14 to pull to within a game of first place. Michael Duffman led the Colts with two touchdowns and a two-point conversion while Bradley Duffman, Austin Morrow and Nicholas Mello each added one touchdown to the victory. Jack Shinn scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion while Morgan Greig scored one touchdown to lead the Packers.

Galati Yacht Sales Texans recorded a 27-14 victory over Mike Norman Realty Packers in 10-12 division action on May 13. Joey Salinas, Zach McGuire and Chris Galati led the way with one offensive touchdown apiece, with Galati also adding a two-point conversion. Logan Reiber added a defensive touchdown while Katie Christenson completed the Texans scoring with an extra point. The Packers were led by Jack Shinn who scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion while Jacob Talucci added a touchdown for the Packers.

Island Real Estate Colts maintained second-place standing in the 13-16 division with a 30-22 victory over Island Ministries Cowboys May 13.  The Colts were led by Zach Facheris who scored two touchdowns while Aaron Vanhook and Kyle Parsons each added a solo TD. The Colts defense stepped up by forcing two safeties on the Cowboys. Aaron King paced the Cowboys with a touchdown and a two-point conversion while JD Jackson and Luke Shakelford each scored a touchdown. Justin Kile completed the Cowboy scoring with a two-point conversion.

Panoramic Cardinals remained undefeated with a 22-6 victory over Island Dojo Martial Arts Jaguars in May 11 8-9 division action. Jack Mello led the way with two touchdowns and a two-point conversion while Michael Latimer added one touchdown. Tyler Pearson completed the Cardinals scoring with a two-point conversion. Tyler Yavalar scored the lone touchdown for the Jaguars in the loss.

Ross Built Chargers received offensive touchdowns from Morgan Hackworth and Alex Virgilio during their 19-12 victory over Mr. Bones Vikings on May 11. Hackworth also added an extra point while Jake Ross scored a defensive touchdown to complete the Chargers scoring. Burke Kibler and Josh Zawistoski each scored one touchdown to lead the Vikings.

Competitive soccer tryouts announced

FC Sarasota open tryouts will be held May 27-June 7.  All former Manatee Magic players, as well as any interested players along the Gulf Coast of Florida who meet the age requirements, are eligible to participate. Powered with the combined resources of soccer leaders and professional trainers in Manatee and Sarasota counties, there is a home for any player regardless of skill level or desire.  To view more information on the tryout phase, visit the FC Sarasota web site at www.fcsarasota.com.

FC Sarasota is structured into three program offerings: Youth Developmental Academy for boys and girls U9-U12, a Classic Completive Program for boys and girls U12-U18 and an Elite Level Academy for boys and girls U12-U18.  

Over the last several months, several area soccer clubs, most notably the local Manatee Magic soccer club, have pursued a unification merger that is the first of its kind for competitive youth soccer in Sarasota and Manatee counties.  One of the main objectives of FC Sarasota is to focus the most competent resources toward the local player, team, coach/trainer and parent needs.  For more information about FC Sarasota visit www.fcsarasota.com.

AMICC summer camp offerings

The Anna Maria Island Community Center is offering several opportunities to improve a skill or simply to make sure kids are not bored over the summer.

First up is their tennis camp for boys and girls ages 5-14 that runs weekly June 8-Aug. 13. The camp will focus on skill development, sportsmanship and game knowledge through exciting drills, games and matches.

Next up is the AMICC “Driven” Basketball Camp. Campers will have their determination tested with endurance training and character development in addition to offensive, defensive and team building activities. The camp then will move onto scrimmages to implement the skills learned during the camps first few days.

Session I runs from June 14-26 with Session II taking place July 14-24.

The registration deadline is May 22 for Session I.

Rich Bell and his Youth Sports Training group that brought the popular beach soccer tournament to Coquina Beach are offering a soccer camp for players ages 4-16 at the AMICC soccer fields starting June 29 and continuing until July 10. The camp will focus on age appropriate skill development through drills, games and competitions that are guaranteed to bring out the best in each individual player.

The 4-6 age group will go from 9-11 a.m. daily while the 7-16 age group will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration is taking place until June 19.

British Soccer Camps will be back Aug. 3-7 at the AMICC soccer fields. Registration is taking place until Aug. 1 at the Center and online at www.challengersports.com.

Key Royale golf news

The men of Key Royale Club played an 18-hole, two best balls of foursome match on May 13. The team of Jim Thorton, John Sagert, John Landgren and Bob Elliott combined to card a 17-under par 111 to edge the team of Dick Grimme, Bob Kelly, Chris Collins and Peter Proxy by one shot. Third place went to the team of Bob Kral, Vince Mercadante, Ed Havlik and Hal Sears with a 116.

The men’s May 11, nine-hole game was also a two best balls of foursome match. The team of Dick Grimme, Chris Collins, Earl Ritchie and Matt Fufenschilling carded a 9-under par 55 to edge second-place finishers Don Ledford, Bob Jorgensen, John Driscoll and Paul Keyes by two shots. Another shot back in third place with a 58 was the team of Bob Kral, Vince Mercadante, Earl Huntzinger and Jim Meena.

Horseshoe news

Norm Good and Jay Disbrow were the undisputed champions during horseshoe action on May 16 with the walking team of one, Debbie Rhodes taking second place.

Karl Thomas and Bruce Munroe were the only team to advance from pool play with the required three wins and were the outright champs. The battle for second place came down to the team of Norm Good and Ron Pepka who outlasted Sam Samuels and Bob Trense 21-17.

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.

Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football Schedule

(All games at Holmes Beach field)

Date   Time         Teams

8-9 Division

May 20         6 p.m.            Island Dojo Jaguars vs. Panoramic Cardinals

May 21         6 p.m.            Sparks Falcons vs. Panoramic Cardinals

10-12 Division

May 20         7 p.m.            Mr. Bones Vikings vs. Mike Norman Packers

13-16 Division

May 27         7 p.m.            Ministries Cowboys vs. Isl. Real Estate Colts

May 30         9 a.m.                  May 27 winner vs. Bistro Cardinals 

Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football Standings

13-16 Division

Team                   W-L

Bistro Cardinals         6         2

IRE Colts         5         3

Ministries Cowboys         1         7

10-12 Division

Galati Texans         11         0

Mr. Bones Vikings                5         4

Mike Norman Packers         4         7

Sand Dollar Colts  4         7

Ross Chargers         2         8

8-9 Division

Panoramic Cardinals         11         0

Island Dojo Jaguars         6         4

Sparks Falcons         4         7

RLS Patriots               1            11

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