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Slim pickings, center on break

While the kids are on break from school, so goes the sports action at the Center of Anna Maria Island.

The youth flag football league is expected to start Jan. 10 for age divisions 4-5, 6-7, 8-10 and 11-13.

Adult football is sure to follow.

Meanwhile, the Anna Maria Island horseshoe pitchers fired up their game for an end-of-year match.

Two teams emerged from pool play and battled for the day’s championship during Dec. 28 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Bob Lee and Neil Hennessey teamed up to forge a 21-8 victory over Bob Rowley and Robert Allen to earn the day’s bragging rights.

The final horseshoe competition of 2022 on Dec. 31 saw three teams go 3-0 in pool play. Bob Baker and Adin Shank drew the bye into the final and watched as Steve Doyle and Jerry Disbrow defeated Bob Heiger 22-17 to advance to the finals. Doyle and Disbrow stayed hot and earned a 21-13 victory over Baker and Shank to win the year-ender.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warm-ups begin at 8:45 a.m., followed by random team selection and competition.

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

At the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach over the last week of the old year, play was limited due to the almost freezing conditions, including the cancellation of the Dec. 27 women’s outing.

The men played their weekly modified-Stableford system match Dec. 26, which saw Don Corrigan lap the field, carding a plus-6 to finish 5 points ahead of second-place finishers Earl Ritchie and Greg Shorten, who both finished at plus-1.

Members were back on the course Dec. 29 for a nine-hole shamble. The team of Gary Alvord, Dave Richardson, Greg Shorten and Steve Vasbinder combined on a 2-under-par 30 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day. The team of Bob Blaser, Quentin Talbert and Joe Tyan were alone in second place at even-par 32, while Mike Cusato, Jack Lowry, Kurt Snouffer and Warren Stevens finished in third place at 3-over-par 35.

          Got sports news? Give me a shout. kevin@islander.org.

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Travis Burnett

Travis Burnett

A pioneer in the flag football community, Travis helped co-found the Flag Football World Championship Tour, FlagSpin and USA Flag. Featuring 15+ years of content creation for the sport of flag football, creating and managing the largest flag football tournaments on the planet, coaching experience at the youth and adult level as well as an active player with National and World Championship level experience.

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