Sports

Lely’s 2017 Varsity Softball Recap

Submitted by Rich Costante Head Softball Coach April Alvarado is in the running for a NFCA All-American and All-Region honors which have yet to be announced. An incredible year in the classroom with five Lely Softball girls named Academic All-Americans! For full stats, check out www.maxpreps.com. Final Record: 14-14, 6A District-12 Runner-Up  Season Highlights: Named an Academic Team Champion (8th ... Read More »

Summer Fishing & Vacationing in SW Florida

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com The Ten Thousand Islands area of Southwest Florida boasts of tidal rivers, flats, and islands with an abundance of forage and the fish species that most fishing enthusiasts crave including snook, redfish, speckled sea trout, tarpon, snapper, permit, shark, mackerel, and many more. It is not uncommon to fish in this area during the ... Read More »

On a Professional Level

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com As I have now had the opportunity to experience my second U.S. Open Championship Pickleball Tournament, and I have had the privilege of watching and interviewing the world’s top level championship players, I have come to the realization of the fact that pickleball is truly a legitimate, professional competitive sport. The level of dedication, ... Read More »

Understand Impact Physics to Improve Your Game

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Golfers want information to be communicated in a simple, understandable form, because human performance has its own sociological complexities. We do not need other complex information clogging the brain when trying to hit a golf ball. Golfers enjoy simple swing thoughts that work more often than not. However, how we get to those solutions ... Read More »

Health Benefits of Fishing

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com There are so many health benefits that can be derived from fishing. So, while you are sitting at home and planning your next family vacation this summer, why not consider a week-long fishing trip in the 10,000 Islands area with your family. It is an enjoyable way to escape the hustle and bustle of ... Read More »

10,000 Islands Fishing Forecast for June

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com This month we typically see water temperatures get up into the mid to high 80s. Along with the increased Gulf water temperatures, June will be our first month of summer to bring us almost daily afternoon rain. Because of this, we typically get out a little earlier in the morning and plan to fish ... Read More »

Round Robin Fun at Racquet Center

By Jodi Pree On Tuesday, May 9, 16 players participated in the Marco Island Racquet Center’s “Mixed Doubles Mayhem” tennis round robin. The 16 participants were divided into four fun-themed teams: Hurricanes, Turbulence, Love Bugs, and Cyclones. Team Hurricanes was declared the winner with a total of 54 points. Players enjoyed a morning of tennis, light refreshments, and lots of ... Read More »

Dress Code – A Cultural Change

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Rules are made by organizations, groups, clubs, and communities for various reasons. One reason rules are made is so one person does not affect another person in a negative way. These negative effects could be serious, or not so serious. As societal norms change on what is acceptable behavior, dress, etc., all organizations from ... Read More »

Cross Training

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com Wikipedia defines cross training as “an athletic training in sports other than the athlete’s usual sport. The goal is improving overall performance. It takes advantage of the particular effectiveness of one training method to negate the shortcomings of another.” It has become a catch phrase in sports. Growing up, I played all sports. Back ... Read More »

Safe Boating Saves the Day

Submitted While May is National Safe Boating month, the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron (MISP) believes every day in every month is Safe Boating Day! In this issue, one of the members, Charlie Gentry, tells his story about an incident well offshore on board the Blue Chip, a boat he was delivering. A fire broke out and the training ... Read More »

MIA Track Team Sends Three to Regionals, One to State

By Barry Gwinn Tiny Marco Island Academy (currently 205 students and counting) continues to develop standout athletes among the 17 teams they field for varsity sports. The latest are on the track and field team, coached by local chef, Bruce Kretschmer, and assisted by newly appointed MIA Athletic Director, Damon Coiro.  On Thursday April 20, the team traveled to the ... Read More »

Tennis Juggernaut Head Entering Pickleball World

By Scott H. Shook  Pickleball may be the fastest growing sport in the U.S., but until recently the big names in the sporting goods business have either fizzled out or not entered into the fray at all. But with tennis juggernaut Head entering the pickleball market, the sport now has a major brand seriously involved in their sport. “Other large ... Read More »

Charter a Boat on Your Next Vacation

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Summer is approaching fast, and with it we’ll see family trips, great fishing spots, and lots of fun in the sun. If you are a fishing enthusiast, or even new to the fishing experience, then chartering a boat on your next vacation offers many benefits that you are sure to appreciate. Chartering is a ... Read More »

The Growth of Pickleball

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com The popularity of the sport of pickleball is growing in leaps and bounds. Last year’s inaugural US Open tournament, held at East Naples Park, had some 800 entries. This year they had over 1,200 entries! With the increased attendance of the tournament, East Naples Park has raised the bar and installed a permanent, state-of-the-art ... Read More »

Accountability

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org  “It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.” ~ Molière Let us get right down to the nitty gritty of human performance. This message is specifically for those who complain about the progress of their golf games without analyzing their actions, and honestly ... Read More »

MIA Footballer to Play College Ball Shenandoah University Lands Vincent Moller

By Barry Gwinn This fall, Vincent Moller will be trading waving coconut palms for the brilliant autumn foliage of oak, chestnut, maple, and ash trees of the storied Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Shenandoah University (SU), an NCAA Division III school of about 4,000 students, wants Vinny to play football there. On April 4, in a ceremony at Marco Island Academy ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in May

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Spring is one of the best seasons for fishing, especially if you decide to fish the 10,000 Islands in May. Summer is also fast approaching, and the water is beginning its steady climb to temperatures reaching into the eighties. May, the full moon falls on the 11th and new moon on the 25th. May ... Read More »

Keep Your Game Up When We Slow Down

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com For those of us residing here on a year-round basis, summertime, aka “off season,” is a time when we get our little slice of paradise back and things calm down. Traffic has thinned out. We now see more Florida license plates than out-of-state plates. No more long lines at the grocery store. We can ... Read More »

Remember…Look Up As You Swing!

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Those who have read my articles over the past two years understand how much I despise common misconceptions shared between playing partners. Advice like: You lifted your head; you took your eye off the ball; keep your left arm straight; follow through, etc., etc. As well-intentioned as they are, such pearls of wisdom have ... Read More »

Cubs Dream Day Raffle

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Want the experience of a lifetime watching an action-packed Chicago Cubs game from the field box with three of your friends or family? Here is your chance! The Marco Island Woman’s Club is holding an exciting Chicago Cubs Dream Day Raffle. The 2017 Raffle Drawing will be held on Tuesday, April 18th at 4 PM ... Read More »