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Lely Homecoming Win over Dunbar

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By Roger LaLonde Lely fans were breathless at the end of the Lely Homecoming win over Dunbar, 27-24 on Sept.16. The noise card that was supposed to inspire the Trojans, was left laying on the ground that in the first half as Dunbar built a 16-0 lead. Only a miraculous pass-catch play of 53 yards from quarterback Jacquez Carter to Jean Joseph in the second quarter left the Trojans down 17-6, but that started the comeback. In the third quarter the Trojans pounded the Dunbar defensive line while Carter went to the air. Joseph and Taejon Wright each caught TD ... Read More »

How Spin Affects Today’s Game

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Coach Wayne’s Corner  Wayne Clark In today’s world of professional tennis, with all of the big topspin forehands and two-handed backhands, players don’t just hit the ball hard, they hit it heavy! By heavy, I mean that they hit the ball with a lot of spin. Through the utilization of high tech photography, it has been measured, that the men on the Pro Tour spin the ball an average of 3,200 revolutions from contact to contact and have been tracked at over 4,000! The majority of adult players in our area compete at a 3.0/3.5 level of play and even ... Read More »

7 Essentials For Family Fishing Trips

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Kieran caught some nice trout while wearing his good luck safety gear on a Captain Rapps Charter

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps While you probably can’t wait to get out on the water with the family, there are a few things you should have with you to keep them happy, healthy and safe during your fishing trip. 1. Life Jackets While you should have life jackets handy anyway, you should never take kids out fishing on the boat without having a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket in the proper size. Even if your child knows how to swim, you do not want to risk their safety. Although the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and ... Read More »

Sustainable Improvements/Skill Development, Part I

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All Things Golf Todd Elliott Based on experience, I’m confident that a student can improve with a 30-minute lesson from a qualified instructor. The improvement in such a session might result in a few more quality golf shots, which helps golfers enjoy the game more. While a 30-minute window might allow time to fix a visual fault in the golf swing, chances are those extra few good shots will go away, and the same old game will come back. The “quick visual fix” is not sustainable unless we increase our skill level, because increasing skill level will do more than ... Read More »

Roger Raymond, a Middle School Sports Icon

Roger Raymond relaxing at his desk at Marco Island Charter Middle School.

By Roger LaLonde Roger and Karen Raymond went from having a band to owning a music store, when Roger was asked if he would be interested in serving as athletic director for a new school opening in 1998. Roy Radlovacki and John Pike had children enrolled and wanted to get a sports program going at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. The Raymonds had lived on Marco, part or full time, since 1984. They completed their time as the house band at the Marco Marriott in 1994 and bought a music store. It was named Morningstar music, just like the ... Read More »

First Half Costs MIA in Loss to Boca Raton Christian

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MIA’s Tyler Gresham hauls a Boca Raton Christian tackler to within scoring distance. Gresham tallied three touchdowns in the game.

By Roger LaLonde Finally, a beautiful night for Marco Island Academy football. For two straight games the Manta Rays had been cancelled because of weather. On September 9, they hosted Boca Raton Christian, whose bus broke down and the starting time was moved to 7:30. It was one of few breakdowns that occurred on the field in the first half as Boca Raton downed the Rays, 44-34. The Rays travel to Moore Haven September 16 for its first Class 2A-District game. Moore Haven has already played three district opponents, recording a 2-1 mark. Against Boca Raton, the Blazers took the ... Read More »

MICMS Alum Shadrick Takes Over as Athletic Director

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Damien Shadrick takes over as new athletic director at Marco Island Charter Middle School.

By Roger LaLonde Damien Shadrick attended Marco Island Charter Middle School in its infancy. It was 1998 and the school was made up of portable trailers. He played on the team’s first basketball team under Roger Raymond, the school’s first athletic director. The team went an undefeated, 9-0. “It’s a bit surreal now,” Shadrick says with a smile. “I can hardly believe that I am taking over for Roger.” Shadrick became the new athletic director in mid-August when Roger and Karen Raymond announced they were moving to Orlando for family health reasons. As Raymond was leaving he showed Shadrick a ... Read More »

Golf is Back in Season

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff This fall promises to be a busy one for golfers with the number of fundraising golf tournaments scheduled so far. Plan ahead and reserve your foursomes early, as many of these events have been known to sell out. All tournaments start at 7:30 AM with registration or check in and breakfast followed by an 8:30 AM start time. Police Foundation 13th Annual Golf Tournament  October 1, Marco Island Country Club All proceeds benefit the Marco Police Foundation Scholarship Police Emergency Fund. Presented by CJ’s on the Bay. The cost is $125 per person. Includes golf ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in September

Deborah, Sharon and Zaida caught some nice redfish, snook, trout, and sheepshead. Submitted photos

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps September is the warmest and usually rainiest month of the summer here in the 10,000 Islands. You can expect the daytime temperature to remain about 92, with the water temperature hovering around 86 to 88 degrees. Our average monthly rainfall in September is 9.2 inches. The tidal movements here are not huge like they are in the winter, so in September, scheduling around extreme negative tides will not be much of an issue. This September, the new moon falls on the 1st and the full moon on the 17th. Looking at the solunar calendar for ... Read More »

Realistic Expectations

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All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org If you’re interested in improving your game and getting more joy out of your golfing experience, this article is for you. The road to better, more fulfilling golf starts with overcoming unrealistic expectations, that sense within us that builds up pressure from within, making the game more frustrating than it has to be. The secret often lies with a realistic understanding of our skill level in each category of performance, which in turn results in avoiding an increase in mental pressure. Most golfers suffer from the curse of unrealistic expectations. This brings me to ... Read More »

Olympic Opportunity

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Coach Wayne’s Corner  Wayne Clark I have always enjoyed rooting for the underdog. Even more so, watching underdogs win! Such was the case in both men’s and women’s tennis in this year’s Olympic Games. The tennis coverage of the 2016 Olympics on Bravo network was fantastic. Virtually every match that was played was available to be watched. It was great seeing Juan Martin Del Potro giving it his all for the entire tournament, and proudly ending up a silver medalist against Andy Murray in the final match. On the women’s side, Monica Puig, became not only the first woman from ... Read More »

A Tough Game Ahead For MIA Football

MIA football team is lined up and ready to go for its preseason game. Photos by Roger LaLonde

By Roger LaLonde The Marco Island Academy (MIA) football team travels to Lake Highland Prep in Orlando for a 7 PM game on September 2. Marco Island’s game with St. Petersburg- Shorecrest Prep on August 26 was canceled due to severe weather. Distance and a non-district game determined the game will not be made up. The highly-touted 5A Highlanders won easily on August 26, downing Lake Weir, 36-19. The score was closer than the game as Lakeland used many subs in the fourth quarter, giving up 12 points, while the Highlanders scored three. A year ago 2A MIA hosted Lake ... Read More »

MIA Cross Country Makes Its Move

From left: MIA Coach Bruce Kretschmer with girls team members Morgan Jones, Danya Zarate, Kayla Kladis, Anna Chamberlin, Olivia Watt, Teagan Havemeier and Julia Wagner. Jim Watt in back

By Roger LaLonde Just a few years ago the Marco Island Academy (MIA) cross country team consisted of three girls. Today, coach Bruce Kretschmer is smiling as he has full girls and boys teams to compete in Class 2A-District 10. In the Lemon Bay Invitational on August 27, out of the 20 teams from all school sizes, the MIA girls came in 12th. Junior Olivia Watt ran to ninth place in 21:52. “That is a good time for her first race of the season,” Kretschmer said. Last season she was steps away from getting out of the regional and running ... Read More »

Pickleball For All

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Pickleball For All provided a complete pickleball package to Collier County schools.

By Paige Mitschele Florida is the vanguard of a movement that is sweeping the nation: the sport of Pickleball. It has taken speed beyond all bounds and few have known how to harness its force like Jim Ludwig. There are pickleball players. There are pickleball pros….and then there are individuals whom have become ambassadors of the sport, free of charge, donating their time and admiration for pickleball’s growth and prosperity. Jim has been a major proponent in bringing to Naples hundreds of designated courts, multiple USAPA (United States of America Pickleball Association) tournaments, as well as creating a nonprofit organization known as Pickleball For All. This organization’s mission statement is to instill encouragement, integrity, strength ... Read More »

Y Kids Put Through Olympic Paces

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Submitted Shades of the recent Rio Olympics came to the Greater Marco Family YMCA recently when staff members combined to offer tastes of swimming, basketball and tennis to youngsters who might not have tried them before. “We decided we wanted a family fun night,” said the Y’s Healthy Living Director, Deborah Passero. “The kids were from 3 years old and up, and what we saw was a great turnout. We combined all our departments (business, swimming, tennis and after-school), blending people who work here together. It’s the way to become stronger together.” And certainly to inspire kids to maybe take ... Read More »

Water Workouts at the Y

Instructor Gustavo Sita puts a class through one of the resistance moves.

Submitted At the start of one of her Aqua-Zumba pool workout programs at the Greater Marco Family YMCA, Aqua-Zumba in- structor Doris D’Agostino tells participants this isn’t about overexertion. “Burning is good, pain is not good,” D’Agostino says before conducting her class with infectious enthusiasm. She goes through her moves outside the pool, and clearly enjoys the solid 45-minute session. D’Agostino leads her weekly classes Saturdays at the Y pool, and joins fellow instructor Gustavo Sita, who puts Aqua- Grove and Rock Steady Boxing Parkin- son’s participants through their paces at various levels of intensity. “Zumba works the entire body,” ... Read More »

On the Run to Recognize Raymonds

Roger and Karen Raymond (right) with the Marco Island Charter Middle School girls Gulf Coast Athletic Conference track championship team last spring.

By Roger LaLonde Kyle Grucci and Dr. Patty Poling are on the run for Roger and Karen Raymond. The Raymonds have announced that they are leaving Marco Island for Orlando, due to family health reasons. After being leaders in their fields for 18 years, the Raymonds will be leaving Marco Island Charter Middle School. Due to a short time frame, Grucci and Poling have been hustling to put together a “Raymond Going Away Run” at Mackle Park, beginning at 8 AM on Sunday, August 28. Grucci, who coaches basketball, along with Poling and husband Dr. Bob, who have had four ... Read More »

5 Tips For Boaters To Beat The Heat

It’s hot out and we are all wearing long-sleeve Columbia brand breathable fishing clothing. Submitted Photo

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps The mid-summer heat has arrived, but that doesn’t keep the fish from biting. Still, with the heat can come the risk of sunburn and skin damage, dehydration, heat stroke, and more. So before you head out into the boat, here are a few ways you can stay cool in the summer heat. Tip 1: Stay Hydrated  Staying hydrated is more than just being in or on the water. When you are swimming, it can be tempting to feel like you are more hydrated than you actually are. You may assume the same thing when you ... Read More »

Olympic Golf

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ALL THINGS Golf Todd Elliott The 2016 Rio Olympic Games are finally here, and for the first time since 1904 golf will once again be a featured event. So beyond the usual fare of swimming competitions, track and field, diving, judo, gymnastics and many other sports less popular to the general American audience, golf will be part of the Olympic extravaganza on a world-wide stage. When the decision to add golf to the 2016 Games was announced by the International Olympic Committee, jubilation flowed throughout the world of golf. The decision, many of us felt, would help introduce more young ... Read More »

The Importance of Holding Serve

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Coach Wayne’s Corner  Wayne Clark I enjoy watching tennis and golf on television because the commentators (who are usually retired champions themselves) do such a great job of explaining what is occurring mentally and emotionally with a player, which directly translates to what is occurring physically as the players compete. How many times do you hear winning players being asked, “What made the difference in your game today?” In tennis they usually say something like, “My serve was really on today,” or a golfer, after a good round stating, “I was hitting my driver well today.” Like hitting a good ... Read More »