Sports

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 »

Six Reasons To Go Fishing

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Fishing is an activity that has been going on since man first met water. Fishing is a hobby for some people and a way to make a living for others. If you’ve ever thought about learning how to fish, or brushing up on your rusty fishing abilities, there’s never been a better time to ... Read More »

Register Now for Gulf Coast Little League

Submitted The Gulf Coast Little League spring registration is now open! The league offers baseball and softball for children from 4 to 14 years old, and serves the East Naples, Marco Island and Everglades City areas. The Gulf Coast Little League is also home to the 2015 10-11 year old District 27 Champions and the 2016 11-12 year old District ... Read More »

Golf Range Finders – The Technology Age

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org In 2005 I started my professional career in the world of golf at The Club Pelican Bay in Naples, Florida–a fresh, new face hired by John Carroll, a true golf professional legend. John is one of the best things that has ever happened to me, professionally and personally. John taught me how to be ... Read More »

Equipment Check

Coach Wayne’s Corner By Wayne Clark As a coach and instructor, my customers and students frequently ask me, “What kind of tennis racquet or pickleball paddle should I buy?” Like purchasing anything today, it can be somewhat overwhelming and confusing because there is so much to choose from. In both tennis and pickleball, racquets and paddles were originally made of ... Read More »

What to Know Before Buying a Fishing Rod

Follow the Fish By Capt. Pete Rapps Use the wrong kind of rod and you might find yourself unable to cast as far or accurately as you need to. However, the right fishing rod can allow you to land a cast on a dime and work the bait in the way it was intended. Here are just a few things ... Read More »

Boy Rays’ Win Impressive Last Game

By Barry Gwinn  The first 11 games for new head coach Fernando Higuera and new assistant coach Brian Gambuzina have been challenging. With a 3-8 record, the boys’ season is reminiscent of the girls’ team when starting with new head coach, Jim Watt, three years ago. “It is the same mistakes being made over and over that are hard to ... Read More »

Post Shot Evaluation

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org How many times have you heard these well-meaning but generally useless tips on the golf course:  Keep your head down.  Keep your left arm straight. Keep your right hand out of it. Keep your eye on the ball.  It’s mental…etc., etc.  Either golfers repeat these admonitions to themselves, or other golfers are lending free ... Read More »

Play the Percentages

Coach Wayne’s Corner  Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com The sports of tennis and pickleball have a lot in common. As an instructor, I feel the biggest common denominator of both sports is having proper understanding of and being able to execute high percentage play. If you are a regular reader of my column, you know I’ve said it before, “Unforced errors are ... Read More »

Captain Rapps’ Smoked King Mackerel Fish Dip

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com This is our most favorite way to prepare the kingfish we catch here in Southwest Florida. It stores great in the freezer in small plastic containers and we can defrost it quick and easily anytime we have company. The best part about it is that you can prepare it at home even if you ... Read More »

Skill Development VII: Variables – Club Selection

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The late, great Arnold Palmer once said, “Golf is deceptively simple, and endlessly complicated.” The goal in golf is simple–get the ball from here to there. But a golfer makes hundreds of choices in a round to accomplish the goal, which is where the complicated part of the game comes into play. Choices such ... Read More »

MIA Gets New Boys Soccer Coach

By Barry Gwinn After the win at Moore Haven, boys soccer team (from left), top row: Marshall Daffner, Kodie Dean, Ron Linn, Josh Dacruz, Jack Babian, Cameron Zook and Head Coach Fernando Higuera. Bottom row: Kaleb Acosta, Charlie Slonaker, Juan David Patino, Francisco Mendez, Jorge Munoz and Marco Disbel. Not pictured: Asst. Coach Bryan Gambuzina.  Fernando Higuera, 39, took over ... Read More »

Practice Makes Perfect

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com As someone who is a full time/year round resident, who continues to play and compete in the sports of tennis and pickleball during the off season, I find that my game tends to get in a bit of a rut, simply because I am playing and competing with the same handful of players day ... Read More »

Skill Development VI: Variables – Wind

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Anybody who has ever played golf is well aware of one of the game’s most troublesome variables – wind. There are many options on how to play golf in windy conditions. For example, Tom Watson, one of the greatest wind players ever, never changed his ball flight when playing in the wind. He simply ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands Late November Into December

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com As November rolls into December, our winter fishery is finally here and some big changes are coming along with it. We can usually expect to have our first major cold front hit us around the middle of the month. We can expect Gulf water temperatures to drop down into the mid 60s later in ... Read More »

Flag Football a Hit The Philly Connection

By Barry Gwinn Bruni calls a play for his team, on which his son Jake plays quarterback (wearing do rag). The coaches call each play, remind players of their assignments, and make sure they are in the proper positions before the ball is snapped. On most fall Saturday mornings, you will find Mackle Park with end to end football games ... Read More »