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PINK OUT

Varsity team covers Ashley as she tips the ball.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Talk about team spirit! Lely High School’s yearly PINK OUT brings out the “pink” in all the students. Pink Out is an evening of volleyball between Lely players and rivals Naples High School. T-shirt sales carrying the Pink Out theme are sold before and during the game. The JV team lost their bid against Naples High in three games. The games were close though, the last of which was 13-15, Naples High. The Lely girls were ecstatic they played so well and fought so hard. It was definitely not an easy win for Naples High. ... Read More »

Realistic Expectations

Golf

Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Golf is not an easy game. I find that beginning golfers struggle with limiting their expectation. They see the person next to them on the range hitting the golf ball high and far. They want to make the ball fly far as well, and they expect to produce something similar. When I stand next to a basketball player dunking the basketball into the hoop, I do not change my own expectation of my own game. I simply do not have the physical capability to dunk the basketball. I would have to train for years, and ... Read More »

Mental Fishing: ‘STEP’ It UP

Left to right: Capt. Mary, Billy and Dad. SUBMITTED PHOTO

LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com Although the act of fishing is physical, it is my belief that 75 percent of successful fishing is mental or cognitive in nature. For the purposes of this explanation, I will use the acronym “STEP.” The “S” stands for “seeing.” When seeking or hunting fish, it is imperative to “see” and observe the current environmental conditions, such as tidal exchange, wind, water temperature and depth. Additionally, look for things like structure and cover found around mangrove islands, beaches, docks and reefs. These observed conditions serve as the roadmap to where a current ideal ... Read More »

Are You Ready for a Great Tennis Invention?

This new ball machine  makes for an easy workout. SUBMITTED PHOTO

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com I don’t know about you, but I love conveniences. It’s been a long time since I walked through my bank to do a transaction. Heck, I seldom go into a fast food restaurant to do a quick order because I love the drive thru. Walgreens has made their pharmacy so convenient that one may pick up their prescriptions at the drive through window. Awesome! The new Pick-Up Wall for tennis ball machine enthusiasts may be the most incredible new invention because it is so easy to get the best workout, and there is little ... Read More »

Crossfit Challenge Hits Marco Beach

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Crossfit is exploding as the latest fitness craze. It puts going to “work out” to an EXTREME level. For the second year in a row, Fit Nation Box Battles has brought a crossfit challenge to the beaches of Marco Island. Enthusiastic athletes came from all over the state and blew up the beach! The event consisted of a series of professionally designed fitness tests that measure strength, endurance, balance, speed, precision, agility and power. Co-ed teams consisted of two males and two females that challenged their physical and mental fortitude while having the extent of ... Read More »

Cross Country Invitational Meet Gaining Popularity

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Students descended upon Mackle Park — all wearing the appropriate school colors — to enter the MICMS Eagles/MIA Rays Cross Country Invitational. After some odd looking stretching and exercising on the field, they lined the start ready to race the clock — all 384 of them! The annual meet attracted 12 middle schools and 16 high schools from around the region. Of course, they didn’t all start at once; there were five races: high school boys, high school girls, middle school boys, middle school girls and an open race. Middle school-aged runners had a course ... Read More »

The Fitness Challenge Triathlon

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Was held on Marco Island recently and included a ¼ mile swim, 15 mile bike ride and a 3.1 mile run. Hundreds entered the race, now in its fourth year. Only 15 years old and up were able to participate. Race results can be found at http://www.thefitnesschallengetriathlon.com/results.html   Read More »

Golf Tournament Benefits Arts Center

Players warm-up on the putting green at the Marco Island Center for the Arts Tournament.

By Pat Newman A perfect canvas of blue skies and green fairways set the scene for Saturday’s golf tournament hosted by the Island Country Club and benefitting the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Sixty golfers participated in the second annual event, raising a generous amount to support classes, workshops, lectures, gallery exhibitions and special events at the center, according to Executive Director Hyla Crane. “When considering this event, I looked to see how art and golf connect. Artists such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Hendrick Avercamp, Sir Henry Raeburn, Childe Hassam, George Bellows, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol and the celebrated ... Read More »

Celtics Take MIA

Marco Island Academy cheerleaders perform in the community (first row from left) Caitlin Carlson, Sydney Feriozzi, Chantel Parks, Blake Dehooghe and Emily McRae, and (top row) Meagan Reisiner, Haley Havemeier, Caitlyn Schmidt, Larysa Chystik, Taylor Lowdermilk, Kaley Whitworth, Miranda Kinaman and Raquel Esquivel.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island Academy had St. John Neumann worried plenty, but the Celtics pulled away for a 42-24 win on Oct. 10. Spoiling MIA’s homecoming game, St. John Neumann couldn’t shake the Manta Rays until the last seven minutes of the contest. Worse, it was an important Class 2A District matchup that both teams needed in the five-team division. The district standings show favored First Baptist Academy at 3-0; St. John Neumann, 2-1; Evangelical Christian, 1-1; Moorehaven, 1-2; and MIA, 0-2. MIA travels to Evangelical Christian tonight (Oct. 17) for a 7 PM contest. The Manta Rays ... Read More »

MIA Swim Team: Few in Numbers, Fast in Pool

Alexander Berg is ready to charge into the water for his first 50 freestyle event as a member of the first Marco Island Academy swim team. photoS By Roger Lalonde

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island Academy’s swim team hosted its first-ever swim meet on Oct. 9. Although few in numbers — four girls and one boy — they did well under coach Kamal Farhat at the Marco YMCA Miss Dottie Pool. The girls, freshmen Lisa Cottage-Ramnick, Susan Faremouth and Sandra Martinez, with senior Livia Lenhoff, scored 47 points. Full teams, Lely, won with 78 and Golden Gate, 28, finished behind MIA. Alexander Berg, a freshman, is not only new to the swim team, but Marco Island. Berg came here from Helsingborg, Sweden the week before school started and is ... Read More »

Stride-away through Hideaway

All skill levels participate

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Fifteen minutes prior to the start, rain threatened to wash out the runners who showed up for the Second Annual Kiwanis 5K Run/Walk. Those that stayed home missed out; the rain subsided by race time and kept early morning temperatures in check, making what is considered a great course by participants even better. There were runners from all over — runners from the East Coast (New York and Miami) to Eugene, Oregon, in the West, and one father/son duo hailed from Germany. There were senior citizens and babies in strollers. Organizers were Dr.’s George Sarantos ... Read More »

It wasn’t pretty but Naples wins Coconut Bowl 20-6

Anatalie Dantes, Lely High drum major, leads the band in the National Anthem at the 41st annual Coconut Bowl.

By Roger LaLonde roger@costalbreezenews The Naples Golden Eagles got away with a victory in the 41st annual Coconut Bowl at Lely on Oct. 3, but it was far from pretty. Naples won, 20-6, but its vaunted offense and defense had their hands full with Lely. A blocked punt and a pass interference set up Naples’ only touchdowns. Naples outstanding kicker Jerry Nunez contributed field goals of 51 and 31 yards. Lely’s score came on Richard Annorat’s interception and 44-yard touchdown jaunt a minute into the third quarter. The longest run of the game was by Lely’s Wendell Joseph five minutes ... Read More »

MIA vs SJN this Friday

Football

by Roger LaLonde For Marco Island Academy and St. John Neumann it is a must-win situation when they battle at 7 p.m. on Friday at Winterberry Park on Marco Island. This game has strong implications for Class 2A District 10 playoffs. MIA is 2-3 and 0-1 in district games. St. John Neumann is 2-3 and 1-1 in district action. The front runner as expected is First Baptist Academy at 2-0. Evangelical Christian and Moorehaven are 1-1. The top two teams make the playoffs. Should the Manta Rays lose to the Celtics, it will have a tough road ahead with First ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in October

Walter Donavan holds a nice Redfish as Danielle and Jasen bust a move.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Our first fall month is upon us, and the daily rains will start to diminish throughout the month. It will still be hot out there, but it sure will be nice to see the change of seasons. October is here, and what a great month it is to fish the 10,000 Islands! Our day time air temperatures are now averaging around 87 degrees, as water temps hover around 81 degrees. Typically, we will begin to see some nice schools of large live bait like pilchards and thread herring pour into the area. Get ... Read More »

The American Tennis Hall of Fame to the Rescue!

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com If you are a dreamer, you are going to love the true story of Iowa farmer Mark Kuhn. As a youngster, he and his grandfather would listen to Wimbledon broadcasts on their shortwave radio, and that stimulated his dream to build his own grasscourt, someday, in the middle of the family farm in little “ole” Charles City, Iowa! And, as one would expect, Mark and Denise Kuhn, dealt with a number of naysayers as they expressed their reservations about their idea to build a state of the art grasscourt on the farm. Never deterred, ... Read More »

The Body-Swing Connection

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The past few days, I was in Phoenix, Arizona, attending the TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Level 2 Golf Mechanics Seminar. TPI co-founder, Dave Phillips, and Mark Blackburn, a top 100 instructor, hosted the golf mechanics seminar. TPI is the world leader in education concerning golf instruction. Titleist Performance Institute has certified instructors in 58 countries around the world. TPI takes a team approach to help golfers reach their golf goals, including a golf instructor, fitness instructor and medical professional on the team. The TPI golf instructor leads the team, communicating the student’s golf goals and ... Read More »

Blessing of the Fleet

Everglades City crabbers are ready for 2014 season.

By Pat Newman Everglades City’s crab fleet was blessed by pastors and baptized in rainwater Saturday, Sept. 27, as families gathered to celebrate the start of another stone crab season. The event was held on the grounds of the historic Rod and Gun Club on the Barron River. Sponsored by members of the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation, the blessing of the boats was initiated six years ago by Tod Dahlke and local crabbers, according to the society’s president Marya Repko. Saturday’s celebration included local crafters, a frog-jumping contest and a cake baking competition for the best coconut guava confection. ... Read More »

Notes from the Bus

The Manta Rays lost on a rainy, muddy night. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Sports writer Roger LaLonde spoke with some of the Marco Island Academy football players and cheerleaders. They had the opportunity to talk about their significance in being athletes and representing their school as they rode a bus to Moore Haven for a football game on Sept. 26. Sports, education and community topped their agendas. Pass catcher and running back Cole Stretton and offensive linemen Bon Dees said sports and education are main factors for them to be at MIA. Stretton, a junior, plays football, basketball and baseball. “I like it here for the sports opportunities and ... Read More »

Moore Haven Muddies Manta Rays for Win

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coach Greg Fowler speaks to his players during a timeout. PHOTO BY ROGER LALOND

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Moore Haven Terriers hounded Marco Island Academy in winning 46-7 at Moore Haven on Sept. 26. The loss evened the MIA Manta Rays record at 2-2 and 0-1 in the district. Moore Haven won its first game against four losses, all to larger size schools. The Terriers forfeited their game the week before the Marco game to make sure all players were ready for the district clash. Moore Haven’s D’Angelo Ware proved his importance and why he is going to Iowa next fall, rushing for three touchdowns. He amassed 134 yards on just four carries. ... Read More »

Touchdown Club Donates Equipment to MIA Football

Football

The Marco Island Academy Rays Touchdown Club, a local booster club made up of Marco area residents, has made its first significant donation to MIA’s varsity football program — new equipment. The new equipment donated includes a Generation Two Vertical Power Model hydration system from Waterboy Sports, as well as video equipment enabling coaches to video tape Rays’ games. “With the hot weather we have here in Southwest Florida, it is vital that we keep these students well hydrated,” said Wayne Purvis, Touchdown Club president. “It is also important to assure coaches have the resources they need for teaching our ... Read More »