Sports

Cool Running – Keep Your Engine Cool

BOATING SAFETY By Keith Wohltman  My neighbors were out fishing in the gulf one sunny afternoon and as the wind kicked up they decided to head back to the dock. The waves were beginning to build and their 21-foot Pursuit plowed through the waves smartly. Then they heard a beeping sound, obviously an alarm of some sort, but they did ... Read More »

What Should Be in Your Boat’s Emergency Kit?

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Going out on the boat can be a lot of fun, but it can also be dangerous if you aren’t prepared. Besides having lifejackets for everyone, you should always have an emergency kit handy and available at a moment’s notice. First Aid Kit If a serious injury happens on the boat, you could be ... Read More »

Tournament Tough

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com As the sport of pickleball grows and becomes more popular, many new players to the game are expanding the horizons of their participation in the sport and are thinking of competing in tournaments. First off, I want to emphasize the difference between competing in recreational/rotational play and competing in tournament play competition. The reason ... Read More »

Patriot Golf Day

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org On Saturday, March 12th Hideaway Beach Club hosted their 3rd Annual Hideaway Beach Club Patriot Golf Day. Hideaway and many clubs around the nation raise money for the Folds of Honor Foundation by running a Patriot Golf Day. Dan Rooney is the founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation, a PGA of America member, ... Read More »

Bocce Tournament

Submitted The Fifth Annual Bocce Tournament between the Italian American Society of Marco Island’s Bocce group and Hideaway Beach Club’s Bocce group was held recently. The two groups alternate hosting the tournament every other year. This year Hideaway hosted at their home court, and next year the Italian American Society will host at their home court, Mackle Park. With eight ... Read More »

Fishing in the 10,000 Islands in March

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com March is typically a pivotal month where the weather begins to change from winter cold fronts and strong winds, trending to calmer and warmer water temperatures and warmer daytime air temperatures as spring approaches. The State of Florida is easily considered the Fishing Capital of the World, and our Ten Thousand Islands area here ... Read More »

Stacking in Pickleball

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com In my last column, titled “Proper Positioning is Paramount,” I discussed the importance of having ourselves properly set up in pickleball, to encourage and promote forehands on our groundstrokes. In that column, I recommended both members of the serving team set themselves up at the baseline area in a position to encourage a forehand ... Read More »

Golf Etiquette

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org That stuffy sounding term, golf etiquette, is a hotly debated topic among golfers across the land from sea to shining sea, mainly because what we know as “etiquette” changes over time in all walks of life. Some will think that’s good and some bad depending on what changes. Usually, people believe in what they ... Read More »

Proper Positioning is Paramount

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com In all sports, we need to make sure that we are properly positioned to allow ourselves to efficiently and effectively execute a strategic game plan. In previous columns, I have discussed my belief of the need for proper fundamentals with both the serve and the return, as well as the fact of how important I believe ... Read More »

Club Face Alignment

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Making contact with the golf ball, and making the golf ball fly in the air at the target are golfer’s instinctual foundations. Even the least athletic golfer has these two instincts. I believe my job as an instructor is to provide students guidance that enables their instincts to succeed more consistently. It’s what I ... Read More »

Fishing and Boating in the 10,000 Islands

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Looking at a map or marine chart, the 10,000 Islands area of Southwest Florida is essentially located from the south end of Naples, continuing south past Marco Island, Goodland, Everglades City, and several miles past Chokoloskee. The 10,000 Islands is home to many species of fish that can be found throughout the year. The ... Read More »

Boxing Club Special Event

Submitted The Marco Island Boxing Club, a local non-profit, is the benefactor for an evening with Andy Cooney and His Band. Andy Cooney, dubbed “Irish America’s Favorite Son” by the New York Times has performed to sold out crowds in Carnegie Hall. The Marco Island Boxing Club is dedicated to teaching the youth of the area Olympic style boxing. The ... Read More »

MIA Girls’ Disappointing Finale Follows Best Season Ever

By Barry Gwinn The MIA girls soccer team had a record breaking season this year – the best ever – capping it off with its first district playoff game at home. On January 17, the fourth seeded Rays hosted the fifth Community School Seahawks, with whom they had previously split close games. At stake was a trip to the district ... Read More »

Defining the Dink

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com One of the most misunderstood aspects of the sport of pickleball, especially for beginners, is the utilization of the seven-foot, no volley zone, aka the kitchen. I personally don’t like to refer to it as a “no volley zone,” for two reasons. Number one, I am a “glass is half full” type of person. ... Read More »

Fine February Fishing for the 10,000 Islands

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Well, we made it through the first month of the year and had just a few fronts and wind to deal with in January. Though February generally brings a cold front or two, we sometimes find that they are not as powerful as those that come in January, so hopefully we can all look ... Read More »

Rays End Regular Season With Heartbreaker: Second half rally falls short

By Barry Gwinn The Marco Island Academy (MIA) girls soccer team came tantalizingly close to their first regular season winning record since they fielded their first team four years ago. Facing two of the division’s toughest teams in their final two games, they needed to win only one to get into the winning column for the year. Facing First Baptist ... Read More »

What is Your Golf Club Set Make-up?

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Many things have changed over the years in the game of golf and the golfers who play the game— club technology, golf-specific exercise, nutrition, course conditions, etc. However, one thing remains the same: the average Joe Golfer wants to hit the golf ball farther, and golf club and ball manufacturers have been listening. They ... Read More »

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Coach Wayneís Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com We all know the song, and I feel we need to apply this song title to our attitudes when playing recreational tennis and pickleball. I too often see players get upset and stressed out during recreational competition. While I am a very competitive player and I like to win, when I am on the ... Read More »