Skimmers ride high in contest, soccer on horizon
|Islander Blake Tyre, who finished in third place in the menís 18-21 division, carves up a wave during the Skimboard Bash at the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach. The event helped raise money for the fight against red tide. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
|Brad Domke captured the professional division with an array of tricks like this on at the skimboard contest on the Gulf of Mexico in Bradenton Beach.
|Heather Hislip took home first place in the girls 14-and-under division with her "big air" moves.
Parents, friends, skimboard enthusiasts, the curious and the wannabes were among the hundreds that descended upon the BeachHouse Restaurant Aug. 26 for the sixth annual Skimboard Bash, a contest sponsored and supported by the restaurant and West Coast Surf Shop. All in attendance were entertained - to say the least - by the moves, the music, the banter and the beach-perfect day.
Despite ankle-high waves, the 100 or so participants put on a great show with a variety of tricks like 360 shove its, back-side 540s, a sex change (don’t ask), and the always popular attempts for big air.
Anna Maria Island was well represented, both in participation and achievement. The boy’s 9-11 division was captured by Island-resident Blaine Jenefsky with Travis Belsito and Luke Shakelford finishing in third and fourth place respectively. Mickey Kendall took home second place.
Other local finishers included Elijah Anderson, who won the boy’s 12-14 division, and Jonah Carter, who finished in third place. Island resident Blake Tyre finished in third place in the men’s 18-21 division, while Holmes Beacher Brandon Mills finished in fourth place in the 8-and-under division despite it being his first competition.
Bradenton resident Brad Domke won $600 for capturing the professional division. He beat out talented skimmers Stephen Bradford, Dave Armstrong and Justin Boisclair.
Proceeds from the event go to red tide research and to Island resident Eric Stahr - always a great sport and sportsman - who at age 18 recently received a new heart. Stahr is recovering at home with his parents on AMI.
Age 8 and under
- First: Anthony Montrone
- Second: Finn Johnson
- Third: Alexander Hajimhalis
- Fourth: Brandon Mills
- First: Blaine Jenefsky
- Second: Mickey Kendall
- Third: Travis Belsito
- Fourth: Luke Shakelford
- First: Elijah Anderson
- Second: Aaron Alaguilan
- Third: Jonah Carter
- Fourth – Mike Bartlett
- First: Alesi Fernandez
- Second: Alex Applefield
- Third: Randy Rataj
- Fourth: Addison Molter
- First: Drew DiPeiro
- Second: Shane Maximow
- Third: Blake Tyre
- Fourth: Jason Leisser
Ages 22 and up
- First: Travis Gero
- Second: Mike Veillion
- Third: John Schraeder
- Fourth: Ian Pitts
Girl’s 14 and under
- First: Heather Hislip
- Second: Alix Bracic
- Third: Ansley White
- Fourth: Sage Lyons
Women 15 and up
- First: Kendall Wise
- Second: Marina Donato
- Third: Brittany Rogers
- Fourth: Kate Gardner
- First: Brad Domke
- Second: Stephen Bradford
- Third: Dave Armstrong
- Fourth: Justin Boisclair
The competition was fierce during last week’s horseshoe games at the Anna Maria City Hall pits as no teams managed undefeated pool play records. The Aug. 29 games saw four teams battle it out for the day’s bragging rights, but Debbie Rhodes and Sam Samuels emerged as champs, defeating Cathy Stoltzfus and Ron Slagh 21-13 in the finals.
The Aug. 25 games had three teams square off in the elimination rounds. Debbie Rhodes and George McKay defeated Ron Pepka and Tom Skoloda 21-15 to advance to the finals. There they rolled past the team of Steve Doyle and John Johnson by a 21-6 score.
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.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net tournament on Aug. 29 at the Key Royale Club golf course. First place went to Vince Mercadante as he fired a 3-under-par 61 to finish one shot ahead of John Atkinson at 62. Bob Jorgensen and Bob Kral tied for third place with identical 63s, while Chris Collins was alone in fourth place with an even-par 64.
Aug. 27 saw the Key Royale men play a nine-hole, low-net-of-partners game. Paul Keys and John Driscoll combined for a 66 to finish one shot ahead of the team of Chris Collins and Dick Grimme.
The Aug. 24 coed tournament was captured by the team of Teddy Morgan, Al Morgan, John Driscoll and Paulette Proxy. Their combined 131 score was four shots better than the second-place team of Jane Winegarden, Joyce Brown, Don Ledford and Peter Proxy.
Calling all high school athletes
The 2007 school year is back in session for another great year of sports. Fall sports include girl’s volleyball, cross country, golf and swimming and diving for boys and girls and, of course, the king of high school sports, football.
Winter sports include basketball and soccer for boys and girls in addition to girl’s weightlifting and boys wrestling.
The seasons wrap up in the spring with boy’s weightlifting, track and field, tennis, softball and baseball.
If you’re an Islander and are participating in sports at your school, please, give us a call so we can highlight your exploits in The Islander.