Sports

Play the Percentages

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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

Photos by Capt. Pete Rapps: Capt Kurt with a nice King Mackerel.

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

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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

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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.

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

Photo by Wayne Clark: Players practicing and improving their dinking skills.

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

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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

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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

Photos by Morgan Gastineau: The National Anthem starts things off.

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 »

Skill Development Part V: Variables – Lies

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All Things Golf Todd Elliott A wise old poet once wrote, “Variety is the spice of life, that which gives it all its flavor.” If it’s variety you’re looking for, come to a golf course for all the flavor you can handle. With the exception of shots off the tee, golf courses are places of nearly limitless variation in terrain, ... Read More »

Prime Fish to Target in the 10,000 Islands

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps The shallow waters of the 10,000 Islands offer many different species of fish to target throughout each season. As each season changes, so do our target species, and also the methods of how and where we fish for them. The most popular targets here include redfish, speckled trout, and snook. In addition to these three, ... Read More »

Leveling the Playing Field

Submitted Photo: The Racquet Center’s new court.

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark As a coach and a competitor, I am seeing an unprecedented number of new pickleball players on the courts. Many of these players are actively competing on a daily basis, and some are even playing twice a day, once in the morning and again in the afternoon. It is a sport that is easy to ... Read More »

Skim Jam

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff  The Fourth Annual 13th Ave Skim Jam Competition hit the waves.   The onset of a cool front came through just in time to keep spectators cool and competitors in the game.  The event is put on by the Old Naples Surf Shop which gives back to the community by donating proceeds of the event ... Read More »

MIA Girls Team Makes Regionals: Three Records Broken

Submitted Photo: Marco Island Academy running team group photo

By Barry Gwinn On Thursday, October 20th, the Region 2 District 8 (Class 1A), cross country meet was held at the Hibiscus CC in Naples. District 8 is composed of 10 teams, drawn from Naples, Fort Myers, Everglades City, Marco Island, and Moore Haven. This meet would determine which teams and individuals would go on the regional meet at Lakeland, ... Read More »

Trojans Raise Money with Think Pink Event

Lely seniors (from left) Irmice Charelus, McKenna Lampos, Kira Chiaradonna, Katie Moss,
Kayla Pieri and Kalani Siler after their final home volleyball game.

By Scott Shook It’s true that the Lely volleyball team lost in three games to Community School of Naples on October 13 at the Trojans’ gym. But the ladies of Lely High still came away winners as they raised money for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign in their annual Think Pink event. This year’s Think ... Read More »

Walter Kroschel Promoted

Photos by Samantha Husted: Walter Kroschel with Director of Golf Paul Boland.

By Samantha Husted   The Marco Island Country Club (ICC) has promoted longtime employee Walter Kroschel from his position as First Assistant Golf Professional to Head Golf Professional. Walter’s golf career began as a caddy, working at the Point O’ Woods Country Club in his hometown of Coloma, Michigan. Over the years Walter honed his skills as a player and his ... Read More »

Kids Fishing Event

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Submitted Marco Island’s newest fishing club is making waves. The Ten Thousand Islands Kids Fishing Team (10KIK) will hold their first annual fishing event with the Freedom Waters Foundation (FWF). Freedom Waters provides opportunities for children and adults whose health and quality of life may be improved through boating and fishing. Several local charter captains have donated their services in ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in November

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com November is for sure one of the best months to go fishing in the 10,000 Islands! Around this time of year you can easily enjoy the wonderfully mild weather, with very little rainfall or winds to concern yourself with. You can expect daytime temperatures to stay comfortably from the high 70s to the low ... Read More »

Fashion Statement

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COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com As the father of two daughters, I never seemed to have any success getting my girls to watch sports, like football, on television with me. I just had to accept the fact that they were not boys, and they did not like to watch football, and I had to learn to live with that! I always ... Read More »

Skill Development Part IV: Variables – Slopes

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ALL THINGS GOLF Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org As we continue on this journey of skill development, Part IV and beyond will discuss the different variables we encounter on the course, how we adjust, and how we prepare for them. A simple truth known to all golfers is that there are very few flat lies on any golf course. In reality, course layouts ... Read More »