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Take the Kids Fishing

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Just remember: It’s more about quantity, not quality. Forget the trophy. Just put them on action. When I was young, my grandfather used to take my brother and I fishing all he could. He loved to have us out on the boat. Sometimes, he would take us out to the shallow reefs, and we would drop cut squid or live shrimp down on small hook. We would have a blast reeling in grunts, porgies, snapper and the occasional trigger fish. We would laugh and giggle as we pulled in one after the other ... Read More »

Holiday Family Fishing Fun

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com This is the time of year when friends and family come together to enjoy quality time during the holidays. I can think of no better way to enjoy time together than fishing in the magnificent inshore areas that South Florida has to offer. A good portion of the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge encompasses the area between Everglades National Park and Cape Romano and boasts some of the finest fishing opportunities in the state. Additionally, the area is rich with wildlife, including birds, manatees and dolphin due to the area’s pristine ecosystem and ... Read More »

The Body, the Body, the Body

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org When I started teaching the game of golf, it never crossed my mind that I would be studying biomechanics, 6D video and physics, but this is the high level of education available to instructors. I am just a novice at these subjects compared to the top teachers in the world. However, my expertise is helping a student make a golf swing that is functional for their body. A new buzz word in the golf instructional world is biomechanics. Many biomechanics are discovering that that the biomechanical study of the golf swing is complex and right ... Read More »

How Can We Win If No One Will Go to the Net?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com A few weeks ago, I received a text from a 4.0 player who was clearly perplexed about her last CTA match and wanted to solve the puzzle on the tennis court. Strangely enough, not many of my students have inquired about this particular dilemma, and I had tremendous compassion about her recent problem. “Doug, it was so weird facing this last team because they elected to play from the baseline the entire match, and it threw us a curve, no doubt,” my student explained. Hey, it is always tough when we face a strategy ... Read More »

Lely Trojans Fall Sports Awards

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Lely High School held a banquet for players who participated in the fall sports programs catered by Carrabbas. The evening began with Athletic Director Josh Corr giving a short speech and awarding some district recognitions. After dinner, the teams separated for coachs’ awards and recognitions.     Lely Volleyball players honored by coaches Christine Haire coached Freshman volleyball. Coach Haire recognized Savannah Jones with a Just Got Served award, Yesenio Castillo as Body Sacrificer award, Lauren Bulka and Andrea Castillo with Freshman Athletic awards. Mike Cain coached the Junior Varsity volleyball team. He awarded Payge ... Read More »

Lely Cross Country Team Celebrates Multiple Awards

Bailey Greaves, left, Jack Remaks, Dalton Herrity, Gage Wheeler and Rosie Poling were among cross country athletes recognized at the Lely awards dinner. Wheeler was 3A District 12 champion and Poling came in second. Both were named to the Collier County All Conference cross country team and most valuable for their teams.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Lely cross country team celebrated an outstanding season at the awards program at Lely High School on December 3. The girls won the 3A District 12 team title, while the boys finished second. Senior Gage Wheeler won the district championship and sophomore Rosie Poling ran to second place in leading the girls. The week before both teams finished fifth at the Collier Cross County Conference Championships, but refocused for the district races. Head coach Mark McGarity said that he and new assistant Leslie Bentley talked with the runners prior to the district meet. “We projected ... Read More »

PPK Scores Webb Day with the Dolphins

Local winners competed in the sectional competition
in October at the Dolphins training facility. They were: Boys 6/7: Jake Bruni, Girls
8/9: Lyndsay Lowdermilk, Boys 8/9: Andrew Meyers, Girls 10/11: Jordan Kraley, Boys 10/11: James Burns, Boys 12/13: Justin Webb,
Boys 14/15: Cody Webb.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Cody Webb won the Punt, Pass and Kick (PPK) competition for the 14-15 age group earlier this year. The annual PPK event is hosted by the Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department, winners were: From that win, Cody moved on to one of the four section competitions that were held, where again, he won his age group. Cody then progressed to the Miami Dolphins Team Championship held pre-game at the Miami Dolphins December 7th home game. Cody finished second in his age group. Cody had previously received an award from the City of Marco Island ... Read More »

Lely Golf Team Honored

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Golf Team were included in the awards night banquet. Several recognitions were awarded: Hunter O’Neil and Becca Gates were recognized for being named to the All-Conference and both made it to the Regional golf finals. The coach named Hunter as the team’s Most Valuable Player and he presented Nicholas Gross with the Team Spirit award. For the girl’s team, Becca Gates earned Most Valuable Player. Yanish Meester was named the Most Improved Player, and the Coach presented the Coaches’ Award to Itze Gomez.   Read More »

Conservancy Announces January Nature Experiences

Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers daily electric boat cruises of the Gordon
River. Additionally, Boat and Brunch events are hosted on Sundays.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The folks at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida are busy gearing up for the new year and new nature experiences in January. As always, the Conservancy invites the public to take part in all of its events at the Nature Center, its Eco-Cruises of Rookery Bay and its off-site nature walks. At the Nature Center “Boat and Brunch” will be held Sundays in January at 11 AM. Take a guided tour of the Gordon River aboard a Conservancy electric boat, and stopping for brunch at the Naples Harbour Yacht Club. Reservations are recommended, and the ... Read More »

December Fishing in the 10,000 Islands

Brian with a nearshore Gag Grouper on a Captain Rapps Charter. photos By Capt. Pete Rapps

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Each December, we see some major changes to our local fishery. Around the middle of the month, we typically see our first major cold front come rolling through. We have already seen a few minor cold fronts come through in late November which brought the night temperatures down into the high 40s. The fronts also brought some days where the wind hit 20+ mph. Expect Gulf water temperatures to drop down into the mid-60s later this month. I always mention to be extremely diligent at reviewing your local tides in December before planning ... Read More »

It’s All in the Hips

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org It’s all in the hips” is a funny line from the movie “Happy Gilmore.” Happy’s teacher, Chubbs, tells him this line while helping with his golf swing. The line has some truth to it. The hip movement is important for many reasons. The number one reason is that hip rotation affects pelvic rotation and footwork. If a golfer’s hips move properly, the correct balance and footwork can be achieved. Many of us have limitation in our hip rotation. When the hips are limited in the golf swing, compensations are made with other body movements. Compensation ... Read More »

Race to Victory!

The Marco Island Charter Middle School girls came in 3rd at the Collier County Middle Schools Cross Country Championships. PHOTOS BY RICKEY HART AND PATRICIA POLING

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com In very competitive races, the Marco Island Charter Middle School boys raced away to victory in the Collier County Middle School Cross Country Championships on Nov. 15 at Oakridge Middle School. It marked the boy’s first-ever county championship. The girls, who have won the county championship, placed third. The Eagles’ Ryenn Hart won the race with a time of 11:45. Each team competed with seven runners, with the top five lowest scores counting for the team total. The Eagles tallied 66 points, edging Oakridge with 69. The Eagles were led by Cipriano Martinez, Mickey Poling and ... Read More »

Teeing Up for MIA

Litha Berger and Laverne Davy, seated, of Marco Island, await the start.

By Don Manley Fun, fundraising and a dash of golf’s storied past were much in evidence during The Squire’s 2014 Hickory Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 15. Held Saturday at The Rookery in Fiddler’s Creek, the annual event raised about $10,000 for Marco Island Academy and First Tee, Naples-Collier, a program that fosters character building in youth through the game of golf. The tournament’s name is inspired by the late Gene Sarazen, a Marco Island resident and legendary professional golfer whose nickname was “the Squire.” The challenge features play with the hickory shaft clubs that were common during the 1920s and ... Read More »

Sailing Away on Marco Island

Some of the participants in the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta ply the waters behind the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa. PHOTOS BY DON MANELY

By Don Manley Emily Wertman received a surprise when she decided to stroll the sands alongside the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa before checking out on a recent Sunday morning. The Aventura resident was greeted by the sights and sounds of a colorful aquatic competition, the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta, held Nov. 15-16. Before Wertman were boats racing through the Gulf of Mexico’s waters, propelled by brightly hued sails as they navigated a triangular, three-mile course marked off by red inflated buoys between the Marriott and the Caxambas marina. “I walked this way ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Adventure Race

The colorful boats waiting at the starting line enhanced the natural beauty, so rich at Rookery Bay. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com On Saturday, Nov. 22, a rainbow of colorful kayaks in an array of shapes and sizes filled Henderson Creek, behind the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning center. Kayakers and runners of mixed experience levels enjoyed the clear, beautiful morning as they awaited the start of the 5th Annual Rookery Bay Adventure Race. Onlookers lined the bridge above the starting line, each hoping to get the best view of the two-part race while admiring the assortment of crafts below. Hosted by Friends of Rookery Bay, the yearly event is run by Up A Creek Kayak Tours, owned by ... Read More »

Suddenly in Command

US Coast Guard Auxiliary members teach boating maneuvers during  ‘Suddenly in Command’ thanks to the generous donation of Rose Marina. SUBMITTED photoS

By Laurie Harris US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 95 Suddenly in Command — a scary thought. You are on the water. Your “captain” is incapacitated, and you are suddenly in command of the vessel. Do you know how to get the boat under control? Can you perform basic first aid and get the boat back to the dock? If you are not sure you could handle this situation and would like to gain confidence on the water, the “Suddenly in Command” course offered by the Marco Island Coast Guard Auxiliary is for you. True story: A Miami woman was out ... Read More »

Big League Help Comes to MIA Baseball

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It is not often that young athletes get to take advantage of training opportunities with those working in the professional sports world, but a group of Marco Island Academy baseball hopefuls recently received some pointers from Jeff Mathers, a strength and conditioning coach with Major League Baseball’s Detroit Tigers. The big leaguer’s family lives on Marco Island, and he has been enjoying the off-season here. MIA Assistant Baseball Coach and local homebuilder Andy Delgado met Mathers, and asked him if he could come and give those interested in playing baseball for MIA some advice on ... Read More »

Help Keep Dolphins Safe Why Venture Offshore?

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com If you enjoy catching a mixed bag of fish, viewing abundant wildlife and beautiful scenery, venture out on a trip in the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge located 15 miles east on 41 from the 951/41 intersection. Port of the Islands Marina is an ideal location to depart from as it provides easy access by kayak, canoe or larger vessel into the mangrove maze of the awesome 10,000 Islands. If a light craft such as a kayak or canoe is your preferred way of transport, be sure to consult with a local tide ... Read More »

Chip to Lower Your Scores

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org All golfers miss greens with approach shots. Jim Furyk had a scrambling percentage of 80 percent on the PGA Tour in 2014. Scrambling is the percentage of times a player gets the ball up and in from around the green. Furyk’s percentage was the best on the PGA Tour in 2014. This is why he is the best player in the world that is not in the top 50 in driving distance. Most golfers can relate with Furyk’s game. We do not hit 300 yards drives of the tee, and most of us have an ... Read More »

Marco Island Yacht Club Annual Fall Regatta

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff This weekend — Nov. 15-16 — Marco Island residents will be treated to a colorful sight in the Gulf directly off the Marco Island beaches thanks to the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta. Up to two dozen sailboats, along with their skippers and crews from South Florida, will converge on Marco Island to compete for sailing awards. Proceeds from the Regatta will go to the Marco Island Community Sailing Center Youth Sailing Program which promotes interest in sailing on the Island through its education and instruction programs. The MICSC began 12 years ago ... Read More »