Fashion Statement


As the father of two daughters, I never seemed to have any success getting my girls to watch sports, like football, on television with me. I just had to accept the fact that they were not boys, and they did not like to watch football, and I had to learn to live with that! I always encouraged my girls to ... Read More »

Skill Development Part IV: Variables – Slopes

The following instructive videos accompany this column:
Downhill slope:
Side hill slope (ball below feet):
Side hill slope (ball above feet):
Uphill slope:
Find these videos at the above web addresses, or by searching Todd’s YouTube page,
where you can find all of his informative golf coaching videos. To find Todd’s page, search
“Todd Elliott Golf” or “Todd Elliott Hideaway Beach Club.”

As we continue on this journey of skill development, Part IV and beyond will discuss the different variables we encounter on the course, how we adjust, and how we prepare for them. A simple truth known to all golfers is that there are very few flat lies on any golf course. In reality, course layouts are replete with sloped terrain ... Read More »

MIA Girls Soccer Team Has High Hopes Most of Team’s Core Returning

Photo by Barry Gwinn

MIA’s 2016 girls soccer team. From left: Omar Rodriguez, assistant coach, Elizabeth Schulteis, junior, Teagan Havemeier, sophomore, Danya
Zarate, junior, Olivia Watt, junior, Julia Wagner, junior, Ellie Ball, freshman, Lauren Faremouth, freshman, Jenna Palumbo, freshman, Marisa
Roath, freshman, Anna Chamberlain, sophomore, Jim Watt, head coach, and John Ball, assistant coach. Not shown: Kayla Kladis, junior, Lexi
Harrington, sophomore, Morgan Jones, sophomore, Darrin Palumbo, assistant coach, and Camden Jones, manager.

By Barry Gwinn MIA’s 2016 girls soccer team. From left: Omar Rodriguez, assistant coach, Elizabeth Schulteis, junior, Teagan Havemeier, sophomore, Danya Zarate, junior, Olivia Watt, junior, Julia Wagner, junior, Ellie Ball, freshman, Lauren Faremouth, freshman, Jenna Palumbo, freshman, Marisa Roath, freshman, Anna Chamberlain, sophomore, Jim Watt, head coach, and John Ball, assistant coach. Not shown: Kayla Kladis, junior, Lexi Harrington, ... Read More »

MIA Golfers Make Good Showing at Districts and Regionals

Photo by Nancy Chamberlin

The MIA 2016 boys golf team at Bear’s Creek Country Club. From left: Hunter O,Neill,
Mike Hauer, Keaton Williams, Jonathan Kirstein, Garrett Chamberlin, and Coach Brian
Glamuzina. Missing from photo, Triston Arroyance.

By Barry Gwinn On October 11, the six-man Marco Island Academy’s boys golf team competed in the District 8 finals at the Bear’s Paw Country Club in Naples. Freshman, Mike Hauer (78), senior, Hunter O’Neill (82), and senior, Keaton Williams (88), advanced to the regionals, held on October 17 at the Verandah Golf Club in Ft. Myers. The regionals course ... Read More »

Five Tips to Maintain Fishing Rods and Reels

Submitted Photos
Mesh rod sleeves keep your rods from tangling and chipping while being transported.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Your fishing rods and reels are your most vital fish catching tools, so you should know how to keep them in good working order. After all, no one wants to lose out on catching that trophy fish due to a broken rod tip or a frozen reel. However, with proper maintenance, you can keep your ... Read More »

Full Swing Skill Development, Part III Club Face Awareness

Submitted Photo
To see Todd Elliott’s skill development video on club face awareness, go to https://youtu.
be/nw_PYeoQwE0, or search “Todd Elliott Club Face Awareness” on YouTube.

All Things Golf Todd Elliott As we continue our journey toward better golf, let’s review for a moment why the process of skill development provides an excellent pathway to fulfilling each golfer’s capabilities. The capabilities of a golfer — or athletic ceiling — as I call it, plays an important part in how good a golfer can be, and how ... Read More »

Can Pickleball Improve Your Tennis?

Tennis Volley

Coach Wayne’s Corner  Wayne Clark With the ever-growing popularity of the sport of pickleball, I have had many tennis players tell me that they don’t want to play pickleball, because they fear it will mess up their tennis game. However, due to the fact that the fundamental strategy of the sport of pickleball is to play and complete points at ... Read More »

MIA Rays/MICMS Eagles Invitational Lely Teams Take Best in Tournament


By Barry Gwinn On Saturday, October 1, Marco Island Academy (MIA) and Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) hosted the 4th annual Rays/Eagles Invitational Cross Country Tournament at Mackle Park. On a sun splashed and still day, 331 kids from 15 high schools and 17 middle schools, in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, and Hendry Counties, came to show their stuff and ... Read More »

Coconut Bowl


Submitted The annual Coconut Bowl rivalry between Lely High School and Naples High School was played October 7th with a home field advantage. It wasn’t enough though, the Trojans lost to the Eagles, 42 to 34. This was the 43rd Coconut Bowl game between the two teams. A reunion party took place the following night, put on by alumni of ... Read More »

Marco Players Opens With The Cemetery Club

The Cemetery Club.jpg: From left: Nancy Martin (Lucille), Victor Caroli (Sam), Patti Caroli
(Ida), and Casey Cobb (Doris).

Submitted The Marco Players Theater begins this season with “The Cemetery Club,” a dramatic comedy about three Jewish widows who meet once a month for tea before visiting their husbands’ graves. Written by Ivan Menchell in 1990, the main characters, friends for years, are deciding on another glass of wine, but their choices parallel a much larger theme: how we ... Read More »

Punt, Pass and Kick Results 2016


Submitted Thanks to the support of the Marco Island Optimist flag football program, 45 participants took part in the nationwide NFL Punt, Pass & Kick (PPK) competition hosted by the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department recently at Mackle Park. Established in 1961, the PPK program is the oldest of all the NFL youth football programs. This program ... Read More »

10,000 Islands Fishing In October


FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps October can prove to be one of the favorite months of year for many 10,000 Islands fishing enthusiasts. Although still a hot summer month, you can expect to see the regular rainstorms begin to taper off as the season begins to change. The daytime temperatures will average in the 87 degree range while the water ... Read More »

Skill Development, Part II: Solid Contact

Photo 2: The four-quadrant drill.

All Things Golf Todd Elliott In the last issue of Coastal Breeze News, my column Skill Development Part I gave readers an overview of why developing skills should be the main focus of a golfer’s plan to improve. Working on skills, and discovering certain techniques that help accomplish each skill, are the overall goals. Many skills were listed in my ... Read More »

Of Major Importance

An interesting note in tennis history is that the U.S. Open is the only major
to have been played on all three surfaces and the only player to win on all three surfaces was Jimmy Connors.

Coach Wayne’s Corner  Wayne Clark Every sport has its season ending championship series or game. In football it’s the Super Bowl, in baseball it’s the World Series, in hockey it’s the Stanley Cup, in soccer it’s the World Cup, etc. But the sport of tennis is somewhat different. Professional tennis is played on a year-round basis and does not have ... Read More »

Deese and Spencer Crowned MIA Homecoming King and Queen

Jamy Spencer and Bon Deese were named King and Queen for Marco Island Academy

By Roger LaLonde The Marco Island Academy Homecoming Queen Jamy Spencer was surprised and thrilled to be named. She thought it was “pretty cool.” Bon Deese, named Homecoming King, was pleased but his football team’s loss to St. John Neumann on Friday night slightly dampened the honor. Marco Island Academy (MIA) lost, 31-21. Seven football players were part of the ... Read More »

Celtics Win the Battle Over MIA, 31-21


By Roger LaLonde Marco Island Academy lost to St. John Neumann in a ruggedly fought football game, 31-21, that dampened a part of its homecoming week on Friday, September 23. By the end of the game, referee flags were flying as emotions got the better of both teams. The win gives St. John Neumann a 1-0 record in Class 2A-District ... Read More »

MIA Cross Country Girls Bring Home First Trophy Olivia Watt Leads the Pack

Photo by Jane Watt
MIA’s cross country team with the team’s hard won first-ever trophy. From left: Danya Zarate, Olivia Watt, Anna Chamberlain, Morgan Jones, Julia Wagner, Teagan Havemeier and Coach Bruce Kretschmer.

By Barry Gwinn As the sun came up last Saturday, on the bucolic campus of Palmetto Ridge High School (PRHS) located near Immokalee and Oil Well Roads, the Marco Island Academy (MIA) girls cross country team made school history. Competing against six other high schools in PRHS’s inaugural Beware the Bear Invitational, the girls came in second overall, for their ... Read More »

Farhat’s Swimmers Again Find Success

Submitted Photos
Caelan Burt, left, sister Maddie and Gleb Korchagin are all smiles after claiming best overall in their age classes at the Key West Invitational.

By Roger LaLonde Kamal Farhat has spun his swimming magic at the Greater Marco Island Family YMCA for many years. His crop this season is no exception to superlatives. With 48 swimmers in his program, Farhat has enough for four competitive teams in varying age groups. Nine team members went to the Key West Invitational, bringing home a slew of ... Read More »

5K Fun Run Supports Shelter for Abused Women


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Register now for Marco Island’s Hands Are For Helping 5K Fun Run, which takes place on October 15 and benefits The Shelter for Abused Women & Children. This is a non-timed event that encourages participation from all ages and activity levels. There will be runners, walkers and spectators at the event. All kids under 18 are ... Read More »

Learn From the Best at Pickleball Academy


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The popularity of pickleball keeps growing in Southwest Florida. But although we may all love the sport, most of us can use some help with our game. Now players who want to improve their play have an opportunity to learn from top instructors at the U.S. Open Pickleball Academy in Naples. Two of the school’s ... Read More »