The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 13 No. 24 - March 27, 2013


Center flag football champions crowned

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

Anna Maria Island Community Center Cornhole League
Champions – Team Harrison, Jim and Dee.

Waterfront Restaurant Dolphins - Adult co-ed Flag Football Champions

Waterfront restaurant Dolphins  65
Island Sun Bills  32
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Moss threw for 275 yards and eight touchdowns. Brent Moss had 176 yards receiving with four TDs, two extra-points and one two-point conversion. Jonathan Moss had 77 yards receiving with two TDs and an extra-point, eighteen yards rushing and also threw for one TD. Josh Rio had 46 yards receiving and two TDs, and Ben Kirby had 83 yards receiving with one TD and two interceptions with one a return for a TD for the NFC Division Dolphin’s Super Bowl win. Bills Quarterback Charles Buky threw for 316 yards and five touchdowns. Lindsey Weaver had 166 yards receiving and two TDs and an extra-point. Galen Brown had 94 yards receiving and two TDs. Scott Dell had 31 yards receiving and one TD, and Jessie Brisson had 47 yards receiving with one extra-point and a sack for the AFC Division Champion Bills.

Integrity Sound Falcons: 14–17-Year-olds Flag Football Champions

Integrity Sound Falcons  32
Walter & Associates Bears  13
Falcons quarterback Joey Carder completed 20 of 31 passing attempts and threw for four touchdowns. Joe Andruzzi caught seven passes with four TDs. Kyle Meggison caught nine passes with one extra-point and Justin Carder caught three passes with one extra-point in the Falcons Super Bowl win. Quarterback Seth Walter completed 16 of 33 passes and threw two touchdowns. Jack Walter caught six passes and had one TD. Joey Harris caught three passes and an extra-point for the Bears.

Holy Cow Cardinals: 11-13-Year-Olds Flag Football Champions

Holy Cow Cardinals  36
Lobstahs Buccaneers  12
Cardinals quarterback Joey Stewart completed 22 of 29 passes and threw four TDs and rushed for another TD. Trent Boring caught 7 passes with two TDs and one extra-point. Devon Jones caught 6 passes and had one TD, one extra-point and one two-point conversion. Tyler Pearson caught six passes with one TD and two extra-points in the Cardinals Super Bowl win. Quarterback Joe Rogers completed 17 of 26 passes and threw for two touchdowns. JP Russo had five catches with one TD and five rushes. Rutger Langley had one catch for a touchdown, and Trevor Meek had eight flag pulls on defense for the Buccaneers.

Coastal Orthopedic Bears: 8 –10-Year-Olds Flag Football Champions

Coastal Orthopedic Bears  20
Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings  19
Bears quarterback Gavin Johnston completed a perfect 7 of 7 passes and threw two touchdowns. Jackson Hayes caught three passes with one for a TD, had seven rushes with one of 45 yards that tied the game with only five minutes left and had one interception and six flag pulls. Evan Christenson caught one pass for a TD, and Madelyn Rogers caught two passes both for extra-points including the game winning extra-point. Tuna McCracken had an interception on defense in the Bears Super Bowl win. Quarterback Nathan Costello completed 6 of his 10 passes and threw for two touchdowns. Noah Costello caught four passes with two TDs and also rushed for another TD. Zach Quinn caught two passes with an extra-point and also had an interception on defense for the Vikings.

Adult co-ed Flag Football AFC Championship Game Result

The Island Sun Bills  47
Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings  25

Adult co-ed Flag Football NFC Championship Game Result

Waterfront restaurant Dolphins  27
Sato Real Estate Browns  20

Youth Flag Football Special Award Winners


Sportsmanship – Daniel Sentman
Defensive MVP – Tuna McCracken
Female MVP – Ava Zink
Offensive MVP – Jackson Hayes


Sportsmanship – Anni Walter
Defensive MVP – JP Russo
Female MVP – Hannah McCracken
Offensive MVP – Jake Ross


Sportsmanship – Andrew Zink
Defensive MVP – Joe Andruzzi
Female MVP – Carolyn Cullinan
Offensive MVP – Jack Shinn

Youth Flag Football All Star Teams


Home team: Ava Alderson, Silas Banyas, Ben Barreda, Tyler Brewer, Nathan Costello, Noah Costello, Daniel Fritz, Jack Grooves, Eli Heskin, Cole Pearson, Sean Rodriguez, Daniel Sentman and Coach Larry Pearson. Away team: Blake Balais, Jack Barnes, David Daigle, Dalton Guthrie, Jackson Hayes, Morgan Horesh, Nathan Hyman, Gavin Johnston, Tuna McCracken, Jacklyn Schlossberg, Gianna Sparks, Ava Zink and coach Darrin Horesh


Home team: Trent Boring, Dylan Doyle, Corey Jacques, Rutger Langley, Matthew Manger-Denigris, Trevor Meek, Tyler Pearson, Andrew Proctor, JP Russo, John Smith, Joey Stewart, Tori Walter and Coach Larry Pearson. Away team: Ben Connors, Ben Dalto, Michel Dattoli, Tyler Kolbe, Michael Latimer, Hannah McCracken, Brendan Murphy, Joseph Peery, Andrew Ross, Jake Ross, Leo Tilelli, Dylan Yost and coach Greg Ross.


Home team: Joe Andruzzi, Joey Carder, Justin Carder, Carolyn Cullinan, Madison Driscoll, Brad Duffman, Alex Gilman, Pearce Hogan, Chris Johnson, Kyle Meggison, Keegan Murphy, Cody Tsai and Coach Joe Carder. Away team: Danny Doyle, Joey Harris, Burke Hill, Austin Morrow, Hunter Parrish, Derek Polch, Jake Rodgers, Tony Sperduto, Zach Stewart, Jack Walter, Seth Walter, Andrew Zink and coach Ben Stewart.

Adult co-ed Kickball Try-Outs

April. 3, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., try-outs and team draft immediately following.

Youth co-ed Baseball Try-Outs

April. 5, Friday, 6 p.m., 5-7-year-olds, try-outs and team draft immediately following;
April. 5, Friday, 7 p.m., 8-11-year-olds, try-outs and team draft immediately following.

Youth co-ed Basketball Try-Outs

April. 2, Tuesday, 6 p.m., 5-7-year-olds, try-outs and team draft immediately following;
April. 2, Tuesday, 7 p.m.,11-13-year-olds, try-outs and team draft immediately following;
April. 2, Tuesday, 8 p.m., 14-17-year-olds. try-outs and team draft immediately following;
April. 3, Tuesday, 6 p.m., 8-10-year-olds, try-outs and team draft immediately following.


Life in the fast lane

Recently at 2 p.m., I gave a talk at the Island Library about my book and topic – eating well and vegan, and staying fit on a food stamp budget.

A couple of months ago, my daughter called and said she was getting married to her high school sweetheart, who was also active military. They feared he may get deployed for a second tour before her senior year of college ended. So they decided to do a courthouse wedding in Kansas City over spring break and do a bigger wedding after he returned.

I prayed that the wedding would not be the same day as the library event. The library had booked me a year in advance and had done a bang-up job of promotion. In my twoyears of speaking all over the country, I have only cancelled once at a small south Florida health food store. I try to never cancel. Fortunately, the wedding was the day before the library event.

Considering I spend many days on planes, shaking hands, hugging and staying close to thousands of people every weekend I do a book signing or speaking event, it is remarkable how I’ve only been sick once in two years. Before eating a vegan diet, I always got sick, especially during the change of seasons up North.

If I ran more than 6 miles, it was a guarantee of an upper respiratory infection. I would later learn as a certified personal trainer, that this is somewhat common among runners especially. Something about running more than 6 miles can challenge your immune system, so you have to take care.

I apologized to my library audience and said I could only stay an hour and 15 minutes. At that point, I had to head out the door to make my 5 p.m. flight in Tampa to Kansas City. I promised a free hour of personal training for any audience member who wanted it. Everyone was understanding.

The traffic on the Howard Frankland Bridge over Tampa Bay had it’s normal rush hour congestion, and my mama hormones were more than elevated. Fortunately, the plane was late, and I made it on time.

My daughter’s lovely wedding with a justice of the peace was the next morning, followed by lunch after. Her Army husband had to be back at the base on Friday, so I was back on the plane to Florida late Friday night. It was a wonderful event, catching up with people I hadn’t seen in years.

I got back to find that our dog, Snazzy, had been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and had a 50/50 chance of survival. My hubby, Clarence and I had just had a conversation the week before about what our financial limit would be in the treatment of our dog for any disease.

All that went out the window as we took him from the Island vet, then to an emergency room in Bradenton, and then to a specialized weekend emergency room in Sarasota.

So far, we’re at $1,500 in expenses including about five types of daily medications he needs. His white blood cells are attacking and destroying his red blood cells. Fortunately, Clarence has been helping with Snazzy’s round-the-clock care. We only had to leave Snazzy at the hospital for one night if we promised to keep his medications on schedule.

Then I ran a half marathon at St. Pete Beach in Ft. Desoto Park on Sunday. It is my fav place to race with lovely views of the beaches and Skyway Bridge. I managed to place 8th in my age group. Considering my week, I was overjoyed. While it’s always my goal to finish without injury and build without breaking, it is fun to know that even though my strength is as a sprint runner, I can still handle the endurance runs.

The publisher of The Running Journal, for which I write a monthly column, says it is highly unusual for anyone with my sprint times to have ever finished a marathon like I have, vegan or not. He wants me to get my muscles tested to see whether I have more fast twitch than slow twitch muscles. Sounds fun. In my free time.

You can follow Island resident Ellen Jaffe Jones on her Facebook page and keep up with her just released book:,"Eat Vegan on $4 a Day," or her website: She is also a nationally certified personal trainer and running coach. For training in a gym or private hire, contact Ellen at or 941-704-1025.

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