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Patriot Golf Day at Hideaway

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I am going to break away from the topic of golf instruction for one publication, and talk about a very important charitable foundation. On Saturday, March 14th Hideaway Beach Club hosted the 1st Annual Hideaway Beach Club Patriot Golf Day. Hideaway and many clubs around the nation raise money for the Folds of Honor Foundation by running Patriot Golf Days throughout the year. The mission statement of the Folds of Honor Foundation is written as such: Honoring Their Sacrifice, Educating Their Legacy. Of the one million-plus dependents adversely affected by deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, ... Read More »

Fishing the Ten Thousand Islands in April

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Spring is here and April is a more than welcomed month here in the Ten Thousand Islands. Spring is here, the cold fronts and windy days are about over, and the fishing is typically fantastic! Near coastal water temperatures are averaging 80 degrees, with air temperatures in the mid 80’s. The full moon this April falls on the 4thth and the new moon is on the 19th. April is the first month of the year that we will not have any extreme negative low tides to be concerned with. We will have some ... Read More »

Is the Touch Game Re-Emerging in Pro Tennis?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Wow, every time I turn around, tennis players are getting taller and taller and the power game continues to dominate the sport. Heck, it seems like just about every player can rip a cannonball serve well north of 120 miles per hour and there is no end in sight. Is it possible that this new power game lacks originality? Is it just too much of the same darn thing? The simple answer is no! In last week’s Indian Wells Master Series event, Novak Djokovic’s lob foiled Roger Federer’s bid to dominate at the net ... Read More »

Davis Cup Action: Great Britain downs USA again

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By Doug Browne Even though we had the home court edge last year, (San Diego) the Great Britain Davis Cup team stunned the USA squad 3-1. Every tennis fan was well aware of GBR’s Andy Murray and his stellar record but the Americans knew they could outshine James Ward and win both singles matches. Additionally, the USA squad boasts the best doubles team in the game today, which enables the team to win 3-2. Unfortunately, tennis matches are not played on paper; Ward played loose and free and was able to topple both Sam Querry and Donald Young. Last week, ... Read More »

Putting – Club Face Alignment

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By Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There are many important aspects to be a good putter, confidence, focus, set-up/address position, grip, green reading, club face alignment, constant tempo, feel, visualization, and speed control.One important factor that should be near the top of the list is club face alignment at address. Club face alignment is important, because the golf ball needs to role end over end at the target. If the club face is not aligned properly at address there is good chance the club face will not come back square to the target line. A player has an instinct about where the ... Read More »

Love of the Y Tournament

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By Don Manley Sam and Karen Lewis had a hunch about Larry and Mary Fischer that turned out to be as right as right can be. They helped bring about the Fischers’ initial meeting a few years ago. It was an encounter that quickly flourished and became a love match, thanks to the Lewises and the event around which the entire story revolves – Greater Marco Family YMCA’s “Love of the Y” tennis tournament. “Love of the Y” was held over Valentine’s Day weekend, Feb. 13-15 this year, at the Y’s Sandhill Street tennis courts. The tourney’s title refers to ... Read More »

Do Tennis Fans Only Care About the Grand Slams? Part 1

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com As a rabid tennis enthusiast, it literally crushes my spirit when I turn on the Tennis Channel and see so many empty seats. During the early stages of the Delray Beach ATP event, it appeared there were only hundreds of fans lining the stadium instead of thousands filling the stands. And, the tournament has outstanding promoters; the Baron family of south Florida has extensive tennis backgrounds and knows how to market the product. Okay, how do we attract fans during the first rounds of an event? Who is to blame? Don Petrine (former Columbia University ... Read More »

March is a Great Month to Hit the Water!

The Gerard family father and son team with some nice Trout and Sheepshead.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Typically the month of March brings some of the best Speckled Trout fishing our area has to offer. If you can find areas where you have grass on one side of the boat, and sand on the other, you could certainly get into some fun fishing! In these areas you can fish the same flats for both Speckled Trout and Pompano. Try casting out 3/8 oz bucktail jig tipped with very small fresh shrimp pieces (cut a shrimp into 6-8 pieces). You can buy them at Everglades Bait and Tackle next to the grocery ... Read More »

It’s all in the Wrists

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org In the last year I have changed my thinking on how the amateur golfer should chip and pitch the ball on the green. Previously I taught students to rotate their body through the ball and get the club handle to “zip” through impact. In most golf shots the hands should be slightly ahead of the golfer’s center. I still believe this is a successful way to hit short shots. However, for most golfers this takes a lot of practice to develop the skill to time this correctly. What happens to many golfers is they “drag” ... Read More »

A Great Day for Bocce!

A player attempts to score during the Bob Ray Memorial Bocce Tournament.

By Don Manley The thrill of victory had Jim Guilford and his teammates beaming at the conclusion of the Bob Ray Memorial Bocce Tournament. He, along with Peter Pereene, Joe Deo and Jerry Leeman captured the championship, outpointing 15 other four-person teams in the single-elimination contest held Feb. 28 at Mackle Park. They also captured the crown and the trophy that goes with it, in 2013. How did it feel to win again? “Wonderful, wonderful,” said Guilford. “This is the highlight of the year.” The annual tourney is sponsored by the Marco Island Italian-American Society and the city’s Department of ... Read More »

MIA Student Athletes, Faculty, Staff Team Together for Charity

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By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Boys and girls together on basketball teams – Half court shot 10 points – Principal hard-nosed referee – All for charity.   The Marco Island Academy faculty, staff and students teamed up for a charity basketball game on Feb. 26 in support of Golisano Children’s Hospital and its junior and senior prom events. The game, at the Marco Island Charter Middle School, raised nearly $600. Faculty member David Horn organized the event. He runs a mentoring group for students, as each of the teachers at MIA have their own mentoring groups (kind of like homeroom). He tossed ... Read More »

The Convicts have arrived! Convict fish that is…

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Winter time here in SW Florida is synonymous with the arrival of huge flocks of snow birds, but did you know that convicts arrive here in big numbers too? Yes it’s true, and these are much welcomed convicts… AKA Sheepshead fish. These fish arrive in good numbers each winter to spawn. They inhabit many of our near shore structures, oyster bars, and the deeper mangrove pockets in the back county river mouths. We call them convicts because of the black and white stripes they bare. In addition to being called Convicts, Sheepshead are sometimes ... Read More »

More Good News for Lady Anglers!

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com There is plenty of exciting evidence that more and more women are discovering the great sport of fishing! One example of this is the continual growth of both local and state wide ladies fishing clubs and organizations where both fishing trips and social events are enjoyed by the club members and participants. One ladies fishing club, called Lady Anglers of South Florida (LASF), is comprised of ladies who love to fish and experience the enjoyment of the club’s social events as well. Captain Lynn Keller, the current president of the club states that “Lady ... Read More »

Who Made the Top 10 List for Best Tennis Cities in America?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com The volunteer coach was a 3.0 level player and had never coached before. I’m sure there are tiny pockets of success when there is a non-tennis person at the helm but I urge all athletic directors to reach out to their communities and hire tennis pros to lead their programs. One more item: The easiest way to motivate young impressionable tennis players is to have them view a college tennis match. In southwest Florida, the Florida Gulf Coast University men and women’s tennis teams are not only talented but they are big winners in their ... Read More »

MIA Loses in Regional after Outstanding Season

Marco Academy’s Kyle Ginther sizes up a foul shot in the team’s loss to Sarasota Christian. photos by roger lalonde

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Manta Rays, undersized and undermanned, did what they have done all season in the Class 2A regional quarterfinal game against Sarasota Christian on Feb. 12. They fought. The Rays played with valor against all odds and stayed in the game early against a team that had many weapons, losing 80-52. The Rays ended with a best-ever record of 16-7, winning its Class 2A-District 10 championship for the second straight time. Pretty good after just four seasons. Coach Roger Raymond used a four-corners offense to slow down the game and it worked early. In ... Read More »

DaVinci’s and Mango’s Remain in First Place

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Visiting with George and Wanda Kirk III from Pittsburgh, PA is son  G. W. Kirk IV, grandson Tyler Ryan Kirk-10 and granddaughter Annabelle Rose Kirk-7. George senior has been playing in the Marco Senior Softball League for 13 years. Tyler threw out the first pitch with the help of his sister Annabelle.

The mango is known as the ‘king of fruit’ throughout the world. Did you know more mangos are eaten fresh all over the world, than any other fruit? Marco Island Senior Softball Results   ISLAND DIVISION STANDINGS Wins Losses DaVinci’s 11 3 Brewery 8 6 Porky’s 7 7 Sand Bar 6 8 Nacho Mama’s 6 8 Mutual of Omaha Bank 4 10   MARCO DIVISION STANDINGS Wins Losses Mango’s 8 5 Speakeasy 7 5 Crazy Flamingo’s 7 5 Joey’s Pizza 6 5 CJ’s on the Bay 6 6 Stonewalls 4 8 Rookies 4 8       Read More »

MIYC Winter Regatta Unfurls Sails and Hearts on Valentine’s Day

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Members of the Marco Island Yacht Club got to spend Valentine’s Day at sea with loved ones – their boats. February 14 was the annual Marco Island Yacht Club Winter Regatta. Weather dictated a venue change for this year and the boats lined up off the Naples pier for the start of the first race at 10:30. “We had to make a call and forecasts showed up to six foot swells off Marco so we decided to move the race, “said Chuck Downton, race committee chairman. “Safety is a prime consideration as is a good course ... Read More »

Marco Island Senior Softball Results As of February 3rd, 2015

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ISLAND DIVISION                                                                                                                                                 Wednesday January 28th, 2015   Nacho Mama’s               13                                                Brewery     11   In a tight contest Nacho Mama’s prevailed with John Barrett chasing home four runs, Jack Martin three and Jim Stewart two in the win. Martin and Jeff Hultgren each walloped a triple. John Remhoff tore the ball up for the Brewery with four hits; Phil Holmes had three and drove in three runs, while Mike Endelman and Art Sinisi drove in two. Holmes and Sinisi each had a triple in the ... Read More »

‘Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!’

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com Fishing can be so much more than just fishing! The sport of fishing provides wonderful opportunities for wildlife observation, quality time with family and friends as well as tranquility, rest and relaxation. If you are new to the sport, or haven’t been fishing for a while but would like to, there’s no better way to learn than by doing it yourself with the guidance from others who are knowledgeable and patient. There is a special fishing event coming in March that provides opportunities to learn or practice skills like casting, knot tying, cast netting, ... Read More »

MIA, Lely Players Earn Player of Week Honors

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By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Three Marco Island Academy and three Lely High School basketball players have been named “Player of the Week” by the National Scouting Report. Scott Hills, NSR director of scouting for Southwest Florida, began the award in the fall for football and volleyball. He provides the plaques and certificates after coaches from Southwest Florida provide the nominees. “I have continued the awards for basketball, and since everyone has enjoyed the acknowledgement, I will continue for softball and baseball,” he said. “We do it for the kids, for the accolades they deserve for being the top athlete in ... Read More »