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Fishing the 10,000 Islands in February

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com February is a great time to go out for a fishing trip in the 10,000 Islands, but you’ll want to make sure you prepare for what you’re going to experience! While February will have most of the same temperatures as January when it comes to air and water, we’re typically not seeing the same strong wind gusts and cold fronts we experience in January, which can make for a really comfortable fishing experience and day out on the water. The air temperature can be expected to reach around 52-76 degrees Fahrenheit, while the water ... Read More »

Glide and Slide

The same physics that apply to a hockey player sliding to a stop on his skates, apply to the tennis player sliding on a clay court. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com During the men’s final of the 2015 U.S. Open between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, early in the first set, Djokovic took a hard fall when attempting to change direction while on the full run. Before the match began, in a pre-match player strength comparison chat session, Djokovic was given a check on his chart for the quality of his footwork and his speed on the court. The overall opinion of all of the analysts was that arguably, Djokovic was possibly the quickest player in today’s game. So how can the quickest player, with the best ... Read More »

Green Reading – Start Line

If using a line helps, do it. And if it doesn’t, don’t!

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Reading a green correctly can be difficult, especially on a course that we do not play every day. Reading greens can seem hard, even on our home course, if we are a golfer who struggles to visualize the break of the ball. There are green reading professionals and certifications that believe they have the best method to reading greens, such as a system called AimPoint. I am not AimPoint certified, but have learned some through their knowledge, third-hand. They have taken the scientific research of green reading, and turned it into a practical application while ... Read More »

Lemon Sea Trout With Capers

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com The January and February shallow water fishing season is all about speckled sea trout, and if you’re planning to take home dinner, there are plenty of incredible recipes you can use. One that is particularly simple and tasty is lemon sea trout with capers, which brings a little sunshine into our coldest weather season. You’re going to want to start with two ½ inch thick sea trout filets, but if you’re cooking for more than two this can be adjusted as needed. Next, you’re going to want to gather together four tablespoons butter, one ... Read More »

Third Shot Opportunity

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COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com In my upcoming and ongoing articles related to pickleball, I will be covering many aspects of the fundamentals and strategies of this great game. As an instructor, most of the players I deal with at the Racquet Center are at a beginner to intermediate level of play, and my articles will be directed at this level of player’s abilities. Today, I am going to address a basic required strategy, which is vital to becoming a better pickleball player. However, execution of the shot itself does require some advanced level skills, and more importantly, a lot of ... Read More »

MIA Girls Finish Season with a Bang

Olivia Watt (13) lines up a shot off a Teagan Havemeir (6) pass. PHOTO BY JENNY CARTWRIGHT

By Barry Gwinn Since a closely contested loss at First Baptist, 1-3, on December 3rd, the Lady Rays have rebounded to win three of five and tie the last regular season game with Gateway Charter. During that stretch the Rays beat Canterbury, Southwest Florida, and Seacrest. It was their 6-2 victory over Seacrest on January 6th however, which may prove to be a watershed breakout game for the MIA girls’ soccer program. Having split their prior two games with Seacrest, the Rays played a dispirited first half against Seacrest. One of the players likened their play to sleep walking. The ... Read More »

MIA Boys Finish Fourth Season, Find Growth With New Coach

Omar Rodriguez (14) breaks up a Canterbury HS attack. Juan Redondo (9) looks on. PHOTO BY PAULA RAGAN

By Barry Gwinn The MIA boys’ soccer team ended the regular season with losses against Seacrest and Gateway Charter. On January 6, at Winterberry Park, after giving up two goals, Omar Rodriguez scored on a free kick, followed with a goal by Collin McMullen (assist – Logan Cross). The Seacrest defense stopped the Rays the rest of the way. Final score Rays 2, Seacrest, 4. At Gateway on January 7, the Rays took a shellacking, on the short end of a 2 to 10 score. Jordan Barrett scored on a free kick and Collen McMullen did some fancy dribbling through ... Read More »

Marco Island Senior Softball Results

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As of January 18th 2016   ALL THREE DIVISIONS TIED   The 2016 is off to a very competitive start with Sand Bar and Speakeasy undefeated and in first place in the Island Division. In the Marco Division Crazy Flamingo’s and CJ’s on the Bay are tied for first. In the newly formed Legends Division the East and West teams are tied with only a one scoring differential between the two teams through the four games played.                   ISLAND DIVISION   Tuesday January 12th 2016   Brewery            11                                                            Mutual of Omaha Bank  5   ... Read More »

Marco Island Academy Welcomes New Head Football Coach

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January 8, 2016, Marco Island, FL – Marco Island Academy is proud to announce and welcome Damon Coiro as our new Head Football Coach. Coiro brings coaching experience at both the college and high school levels. He was formerly the assistant football coach at Northern Guilford High School in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he was responsible for wide receivers, outside linebackers, and strong safeties. He has been head football coach at Grimsley High School and offensive coordinator at Toms River High School East in New Jersey. Coiro has also had experience coaching at the college level, having served as the assistant football coach and head strength and ... Read More »

3 Ways To Cook Mangrove Snapper

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Mangrove snapper is going to start to become a regular catch as winter season moves in, and if you plan to bring a few home you’re going to want to know how to cook them! A few recipes can turn this kind of fish into your new favorite kind of fish, and there is a way to cook up mangrove snapper to suit any sort of taste. Three fairly simple and really delicious ways to cook and serve mangrove snapper are: Pineapple Crusted – Mangrove snapper has a flavor that goes so well with ... Read More »

Year Round Entertainment

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COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com Most organized sports have a season, which only last for a few months. Football in the fall. Baseball in the summer. College basketball, ending with the sweet sixteen and final four. Also, they are team sports and for the most part, they are played regionally. But tennis, along with golf and Formula 1 racing, are individual competition. They run year round and take place in fabulous and beautiful locations around the world. Now I know you are wondering, why am I associating these three sports in the same family. Even more so, you may be asking ... Read More »

Mental Mastery

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I have found the modern sports psychologist like to use the word “mastery” to encompass all that it takes to become really good at something. By studying these masters of performance we can understand the mental makeup it takes to achieve greatness. Personally, I have found the mental side of golf to be a roadblock in my path to improve. I believe for everyone mastering our own mental state while in pressure situation is an ongoing battle, because it has been proven that the brain is ever evolving throughout our entire life. Improving performance comes ... Read More »

Marco-Area Athletes Make All-Area Teams

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By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island area student-athletes shined in many fall sports, resulting in many being chosen to All-Area teams. Top dog was Lucca Delcompare of Isles of Capri, chosen as the Boys Swimmer of the Year. In his final season at Lely, Delcompare finished in the top four in his two specialties, 100 yard butterfly and 200 freestyle at the state championships for Class 2A. “Lucca steadily improved every year,” coach Adam Peterson said. “His sisters will be very good next year. I think Lucca was happy about his year and I am happy with the boys season ... Read More »

OCMI Soccer Championships

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By Meghan Bonos For the first time in Marco Island Optimist Soccer history, the soccer program crowned two 1st place champions (U10 and U12 Girls) and a second place runner up (U9 boys) in the Lee County Recreational League County Cup Tournament. The Optimist Club teams, named the Marco Island Sharks, advanced all five of their recreational travel teams to the LCYS County Cup Tournament set over back-to-back weekends at the Bayshore Soccer Complex in North Ft. Myers. The Optimist Club’s U10 and U12 girls’ teams won their championship games, and the U9 Boys, playing up a year in the ... Read More »

The Business of Bocce

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff There are many residents and visitors to Marco Island who love the game of bocce. From organizations like the Italian American Society, who host a team, to condominium associations who have their own leagues, to many individuals passionate about the game, there is an ample supply of bocce players. Enough so that it was determined three bocce courts at Mackle Park was not enough. An idea Peter Pareene and his friends firmly believed in. Peter, along with friends and fellow bocce enthusiasts, Lou Imbrogno, Phil Madonia, Lauren DeLisa, Pat Mazzucco and Dale Johnson, decided to ... Read More »

January Fishing in the 10,000 Islands

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com While January is typically found to be our coldest month of the year, it also makes for some really excellent fishing in the 10,000 Islands. Temperatures can rise into the mid 70s, and with no fronts around, a nice sunny day on the water is actually quite comfortable. With the month of January comes a lot of great fish to be caught! January is another month that you should keep an eye on your tide chart before planning your day on the water. We have some extremely low tides around both the full and ... Read More »

Dress Code Required

Pro tour player  Samantha Stosur looks good and properly equipped for hot, sunny conditions. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com In previous articles, I have discussed how equipment such as our racquet, string and string tension can affect our performance and I have talked about the important safety issues related to playing on a properly groomed or squeegeed court. It is also important that we have the proper shoes and clothing when playing tennis or pickleball. So let’s start at the bottom and work our way up: Proper court shoes. Tennis shoes are specifically designed for movement in the sport of tennis. In tennis, there is a lot of lateral movement, along with forward motion. Running ... Read More »

The Open Clubface Epidemic

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I try not to discuss preferences on how to swing the club, because I am a believer there is no one way for all golfers. However, there is one element in the golf swing I see in many lessons that most golfers struggle with. Seeing a golfer have this element does not mean I have figured out the cause of the problem, but it does mean that I can narrow my focus to find a cure. The element I am talking about is the club face being open on the downswing. It can be a ... Read More »

Hills No Problem for Marco 5 Mile Run Winners

Lely High runners, from left, Garrett Southerland, Emma Fernandez, Rosie and Michael Poling, just before the run. Rosie came in second overall for women, Michael won his 14-and-under class and Emma came in second in the 15-19 class.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco 5 mile Hill Run gave way to winners who experience running hilly traverses in their home states. Jesse Armbruster of Columbus, Ohio and Jennifer Rapaport of Medford, Massachusetts attacked the 17 hilly sections of the race, fighting chilly weather and a strong head wind to the finish line to win easily. Armbruster won in a time of 27:48.7. It was 51 seconds faster than second-place finisher Adam Cholewin of Fort Bragg, NC (28:37.5) and more than two minutes faster than third-place finisher Nick Kamen of Naples (30.05.6). Rapaport’s time of 32.53.2 was just over ... Read More »

MIA Boys Soccer Players Compile Some Impressive Statistics

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By Barry Gwinn I have been watching the Marco Island Academy boys practice and have introduced myself to some of them and to their coach, Jerry Miller. They are spirited likable young men who like their coach and are working hard. I feel the same. I hope to report on their upcoming games. These guys deserve some attention. Jerry Miller teaches Environmental Science MIA. This is his first year coaching the team. The team has compiled a 3-1-10 record so far. In their 3 wins they scored 20 goals and pitched a shutout against First Baptist Academy. Two of their ... Read More »