Sports

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 »

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 »