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Soccer referee certification

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Those interested in becoming a soccer referee can get their certification on Marco Island. The course will be at Mackle Park , 9am to 4pm on Sept. 27 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 28. This course is organized by Marco Island Optimist Soccer. New new referees will receive a patch and certification to officiate soccer in the State of Florida in any affiliated League. Read More »

MIA not a pushover in loss to Seahwaks

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by Roger Lalonde While the Community School coaches told their players after the game that they never doubted the team would win, it wasn’t easy. The Seahawks won their third straight game, but Marco Island Academy showed they can compete with the better area teams. The Manta Rays are 2-1 on the season at the start of its third season. They travel to Moorehaven on Friday for an important Class 2A district game that has playoff implications. On Friday the Rays lost 31-10, but led at half time, 10-7. The game-changing play was not made by the players, but the ... Read More »

Stay Cool, Beat the Heat While Late Summer Fishing

Kurt is staying cool in the summer sun. PHOTOS BY CAPT PETE RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps [email protected] Out on the water, we have sun baking us from two directions. The most obvious is from above, but few think about reflection. The reflection from the water and the white deck of a boat can be equally as strong as directly from the sun. It is imperative to completely cover up if you want to beat the heat and avoid a bad burn. Sunscreen is the most obvious first line of protection, but there is a lot more to protecting yourself from sun exposure. Wear light colored and light weight clothing. Have ... Read More »

Fishing from a Kayak! Really?

Kayak fishing in the mangroves. FILE PHOTO

LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com Absolutely! Why not further enhance the enjoyment found from kayaking by taking a fishing rod along? The benefits of simply kayaking are obvious: ease, serenity, exercise and awesome sightseeing opportunities to name only a few. Most prefer to kayak in quiet areas around inshore waters, dense mangrove islands and bays where waters are calm and wildlife is plentiful. Interestingly enough, fish prefer the same habitat that most kayak enthusiasts do! This combination of interests creates a potentially action-packed inshore fishing experience from a small craft in a scenic surround. While it’s true that ... Read More »

What Golf Ball Fits Your Game?

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott [email protected] I have been told many times by my students that they are not good enough golfers to play a premium golf ball. Believe or not, playing the correct golf ball can take strokes off your game instantly, even for the higher handicapper. Many of the companies do a great job marketing there lower priced golf balls. However, these marketing techniques lead to myths about how the golf ball performs and what leads to lower scores. The one marketing technique that comes to mind is a golf ball company that markets a golf ball that supposedly ... Read More »

Did Social Media Doom McEnroe?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne [email protected] Shocked? Yes, sort of because we had heard that USTA Player Development Director Patrick McEnroe signed another contract extension to remain in his current post. Tennis pros from all over the country were upset because USA men’s tennis has fallen off the grid, and there is little hope around the corner for an American male to win a Grand Slam in the near future. Now, back to Mr. McEnroe. Whether it is Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, pros are bitter that Patrick was appointed Davis Cup Coach and Player Development Director because he is not ... Read More »

Marco Island Punt, Pass and Kick 2014

....And celebrate with him afterward. PHOTOS BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Marco Island’s under-15 set was ready for some football on a balmy Monday evening, as they gathered at Mackle Park to participate in the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competition (PPK). This was Marco Island’s 10th year to hold the NFL-sponsored, free competition. Hosted by the city of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department on Sept. 15, 31 boys and girls demonstrated their pig skin prowess like the pros in front of a supportive grand stand full of parents, friends and coaches. Established in 1961, the PPK program is the oldest of all the NFL ... Read More »

Strideaway through Hideaway – Kiwanis 5K Fun Run/Walk

The start of last year’s race...PHOTOS BY VAL SIMON

By Coastal Breeze News Staff When Drs. George Sarantos and his lovely wife, Melissa, joined Kiwanis, they quickly took up a particular cause: the Eliminate Project. “When you join a philanthropic organization like Kiwanis, you know something will come along to touch your heartstrings. We knew the Eliminate Project was where we wanted to concentrate our efforts,” said George. Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). This disease kills more than 60,000 newborns and a significant number of mothers each year as well. MNT is known for repeatedly sending tiny newborns into painful ... Read More »

Academy Faces 1st Major Football Test

MIA Head Coach Greg Fowler talks to his team on the sideline. PHOTO BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger Lalonde [email protected] How good is the Marco Island Academy football team? It will get a major test in hosting Community School at Winterberry Park at 7 PM on Friday night, Sept. 19. The Seahawks have manhandled three opponents, outscoring them 139-8, with its most recent a 42-7 win over Fort Myers Canterbury. Marco Island has won two straight, outscoring its opposition, 84-6, with its most recent victory over Somerset Academy Charter High, 35-0. The game was called midway through the third quarter when the Somerset coach took his team off the field following a skirmish that resulted in ... Read More »

Blessing of the Fleet

The stone crab boats are lined up for Everglades City’s annual blessing of the fleet on the Barron River. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Before you know it, we’ll be eating delicious fresh stone crab claws again, but do we think about the boats that go out at 4 AM each morning, whatever the weather? They will set their traps soon to pull them up laden with the rare local goodies on Oct. 15, when the season for harvesting officially begins. To make sure they have a good send off, Everglades City is holding its annual “Blessing of the Stone Crab Fleet” on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the historic Rod & Gun Club on the Barron River. The event runs 1-4 PM with ... Read More »

An Invitation to Learn About Boating around Marco Island

Kathleen Reynolds uses the mariner skills learned from the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron accompanied by fellow Squadron member Rhonda McAuliffe Gloodt. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted A few years ago, I would look at my boating friends mournfully, hoping they would invite me along on their outings. (Thankfully, they frequently did.) It dawned on me one day that I really didn’t have to wait on anyone; I was fully able to create and join in the fun on my own. It just took a little courage, a little coin and finding out where to start. By poking around on the internet, asking people and looking into the notices in the local papers, I very luckily came to know our own Marco Island Sail and Power ... Read More »

Raymond Returns to Running a Year After Accident

Roger Raymond is off and running again, leading the Marco Island Charter  Middle School cross country team. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger Lalonde On Sept. 12, Roger Raymond finished what he started exactly a year ago. He completed his normal run, something he couldn’t do on Sept. 12, 2013. He actually laid down on the spot where he sustained his serious injury. This time he got back up, finishing his run, instead of a trip to a hospital. On Sept. 12, 2013, trying to get out of the way of an oncoming car, Raymond fell as he went into an alleyway along side Marco Floor Covering, just off San Marco Road on Marco Island. The result, Raymond broke his right ... Read More »

Does the Game of Tennis Need More Changes?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne [email protected] Change for the sake of change. Does the collegiate game really need a complete overhaul to attract more fans? Not too long ago, every single college tennis match was the best two out of three contest, and each match counted to determine the final score. For quite a long period of time, the order of play was consistent. Each university fielded six singles matches, and then the day was concluded with three doubles contests. Clearly too many duals were decided after the singles play and that rendered the doubles meaningless. So, in the mid-1970s, ... Read More »

Instructor or No Instructor?

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott [email protected] Tiger Woods announced this week that he would be parting ways with swing coach, Sean Foley. Anytime Tiger hires or fires any one on his team, there is a serious amount of attention. The talking heads of The Golf Channel, NBC and other networks have all chimed in on this topic. They have compared his records during his time with the three teachers he has had as a professional, Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and Foley. The talking heads and two of Tiger’s former instructors have stated that Tiger would be better off without a golf ... Read More »

2014 Surge Soccer Academy

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Soccer Club or Surge as some prefer to call it, was started a few years ago by local soccer proponents who felt it was time to target their focus on this particular sport. The philosophy worked and in its very first year the club came home with trophies from championship games in Orlando. The ability to travel was just one reason the club was formed. Since those days, the club has undergone a number of changes and the sport has continued to grow in popularity. The 2014 fall season of the Surge ... Read More »

Talking Youth Sports with Samantha Morris

U-12 player Jackson O’Shea and Stuart Endres bring down the Tiger football runner.

By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Since 2008, the Optimist Club of Marco Island has worked to bring out the best in kids by providing them with an opportunity to participate in a variety of sports, including football, cheerleading, basketball, soccer and lacrosse. In August, the club suffered a disappointment when it was forced to cancel its fall youth football season. During previous seasons, the Optimist Club had more than 90 combined registrants for its tackle and flag football programs, and has held various skills and training camps geared towards football throughout the years. According to Samantha Morris, president of the ... Read More »

Tsunami Sand Blast

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Shortly after dawn on a hot and steamy Saturday morning, 32 girls gathered in the sand to “dig” up a tsunami, and that is just what they did. The Tsunami Beach Volleyball Club held a beach volleyball tournament at the Marco Island Marriott Resort and Spa. The event was sanctioned by USAV National Junior Beach Tour and organized by the Tsunami Beach Volleyball Club, a branch of the volleyball club Heatwave. The girls gave it their all, competing against each team within their age category before going into pool play. Four age groups were represented ... Read More »

Never Too Cool to be Schooled

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PEDAL IN PARADISE By Matt Walthour Is this the favorite time of year for parents? For most kids, it’s not theirs because it’s time to head back to the classroom! There are a lot of things to think about before getting the kids ready for school. Kids have lists now of what they need. I sure don’t remember a list? We just had a back pack (maybe), a three ring binder or 5 subject spiral notebook, and off we went. Some kids did have all the goodies though: pencil boxes, pocket protectors, high tech calculators. But, that seemed to cover ... Read More »

Late Summer Fishing in 10,000 Islands

Chuck and Danny with a Speckled sea trout. PHOTOS BY CAPT. PETE RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps [email protected] As August rolls into September, we are at the peak of summer heat and rainy afternoons here in the 10,000 Islands. Day time air temperatures will average around 92 degrees. Water temps will hover around 86 degrees. Typical to our summer months, it will heat up so much by mid-day, that the bite will usually drop off by lunch time. We will still get mid-day storms, which will cool things off a little, and will again produce a late afternoon/early evening bite. Snook season opens up on Sept. 1. Many areas around the ... Read More »

Solid Contact = Better Golf

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott [email protected] In the past decade, golf instruction has evolved, mostly due to the TrackMan Radar System. TrackMan analyzes the entire ball flight and the club head from waist high to waist high. Trackman measures 26 different data points and parameters based on these analysis. Technology has had an impact on many businesses, but Trackman has been revolutionary for golf instruction because it has helped disprove previous ball flight theories. Theodore P. Jorgensen wrote “The Physics of Golf” in 1994. This book changed my teaching beliefs and has helped me become a successful teacher. There is no ... Read More »