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Rays in Texas

1.	The Marco Island Academy football team outside Brooke Hill School, site of tonight's game and the American Freedom Museum which they visited

As coach Greg Fowler gazed at the Brook Hill football field this morning (Friday), the 50-yard line seemed a long way to the end zone. Yes, but the Marco Island Academy football team has already traveled 1,200 miles just to play in the Brook Hill Texas Football Classic in Bullard, Texas. Kicking off at 8 p.m., the Rays will go up against the Edgewood, Texas Bulldogs. The schools are similar in numbers, but not in experience. It may seem strange, but the fourth-year Rays have 17 starters back with many key players among them. Edgewood will be playing with many sophomores ... Read More »

Rays Travel to Texas for Season Opener

MIA football team barrels through banner to open its preseason game with Gateway Charter School on August 21.

By Roger LaLonde Coach Greg Fowler gave his Marco Island Academy (MIA) football team a passing grade after a 26-21 preseason home loss to Gateway Charter on August 21. The Rays travel to Bullard, Texas to play in the Brookhill Football Classic against Edgewater, Texas at 7 PM on Friday, August 28 The statistics didn’t count in the preseason battle against Gateway Charter School, but overall Fowler was pleased. “We probably ran for 200 yards and threw for 150,” Fowler said. “We made adjustments at half time that gave us momentum that we expect to carry forward [against Edgewater].” Fans ... Read More »

Protecting Yourself From the Summer Sun When Out on the Water

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Many flats fishermen have their boats set up for efficient casting. This involves minimizing items in the boat that can create obstacles and snags. Many anglers fishing out of flats boats do not have bimini tops or T-tops for this reason. Because of this, there is no shade or any way to duck out of the direct sun. You have to dress properly to stay cool and prevent sun exposure. Out on the water, you have sun baking you from two directions. The most obvious is from above, but few think about reflection. The ... Read More »

Decelerate Properly to Hit It Farther

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I hope this title has you intrigued. There is an ambition in golf instruction to understanding the facts of what exactly and how the body is moving in the golf swing. Some instructors have the technology to examine their student’s body movements. They are using software systems that measure the body during the golf swing in 3D, and some have 6D. These systems read, for example, what degree a section of the body, such as a golfer’s hips, thorax, and/or arms are located, and what speed each section is moving. I do not work with ... Read More »

Don’t Hit the Ball So Perfect

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com “Doug, don’t hit the ball so perfect to me today. None of the guys I play with hits the ball like you and I want to be able to handle their spins,” Ben offered. Wow, I took a quick double-take, gathered my thoughts, and proceeded to have one of the better learning experiences of my tennis career. Fortunately, Ben’s sage advice helped me develop into a better coach because I needed to hear this valuable nugget. He was spot on; most of his men’s day opponents chopped and sliced their strokes and he needed to ... Read More »

Marco’s Surge Wins Trunk Full of Trophies

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By Barry Gwinn In July, Disney World puts on their annual 3v3 tournament in its ESPN Wide World of Sports facility in Orlando. It is a national tournament with each team bringing six players. They range in ages from Under 6 to Adult. This year the tournament was held on July 31, August 1, and August 2. As they have done for the past several years, Chad Chustz (pronounced “shoots”) and Jim Watt, assisted by Dave Vergo, took some of our local kids up to compete. Chustz has his hands full with the Under Sixes (U6’s), while Watt and Vergo ... Read More »

Lely Playing Up for Preseason Game at Island Coast

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By Roger LaLonde Two seasons ago, Culmer St. Jean began the ascension of the Lely football program. He was rewarded with being named All-Area Football Coach of the Year. A year later, he took his charges to its first district title in 17 years and won a playoff game. Maybe he should have been rewarded with the coaching honor again. However, St. Jean is swift to disregard personal honors, saying it is a combined effort of players and the coaching staff. With only 10 returnees this year, St. Jean is focusing on improvement every day, every game. “We need to ... Read More »

MIA Rays Open Season with Promise

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By Roger LaLonde The Marco Island Academy (MIA) football team is “bigger, stronger and more experienced,” says third-year coach Greg Fowler. “We look forward to competing at a higher level.” The ingredients are there, but so is a tough schedule. In its preseason tussle, the 2A Rays host 4A Gateway Charter of Fort Myers, at home for a 7 PM game on Friday, August 21, at Winterberry Park. They open the regular season on Friday, August 28, traveling to Bullard, Texas for the 2015 Brook Hill Football Classic against Edgewood High School. “We’re excited to play in Texas, against a ... Read More »

What Else Can We Say About Water Safety?

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By Don Manley U.S. Coast Guard officials recently announced the suspension of an aggressive eight-day search for teenagers who went missing off Florida’s Atlantic coast after embarking on a fishing trip. The search involved a variety of aircraft, boating vessels and hundreds of people stretching as far north as Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. You think you have heard it all, but there continues to be accidents and deaths on the water that should have been avoided. Bob Belliveau, Senior Navigator/Instructor (retired) United States Power Squadrons, was on Gulf Coast Live, WGCU 91.7 FM, last Saturday afternoon, August 5, 2015. He and ... Read More »

New Uniforms, New Vigor as Rays Football Team Begins Season

Marco Island Academy football gets into swing when the Rays travel to Tyler, Texas to play in a football weekend showcase on August 28.

By Roger Lalonde Heading into its fourth season, the Marco Island Academy Rays football team is looking to put major stings to its opponents. Coach Greg Fowler, in his second season, expects his team to be competitive in every game. Taking a page from the Naples and First Baptist Academy’s play books, they, too, will play an out-of-state team to open its season. And it won’t be home cooking. The Rays will travel to Bullard, Texas to play in the 2015 Brook Hill Football Classic. Game time 7:30 PM, on August 28. Their opponent, Edgewood, Texas High School. The Rays ... Read More »

To Peek or Not to Peek?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Unless we are coaching highly ranked tennis players, I am a firm proponent of having my net players turn and take a brief look at their partner during a doubles point. Why? Far too many unproven doubles players do not move with their partners, and thus are not prepared for the next ball. Too often, with their eyes peering straight ahead, they plant their bodies in the same place and become spectators. I have witnessed some of the brightest coaches in the country teach an advanced doubles drill (especially in Florida), and they advise their players ... Read More »

The Team Approach

At his TPI certified fitness professional’s gym.

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The first three majors of the year in golf were won by Jordan Speith and Zack Johnson. After each victory they thanked many people- golf coaches, caddies, fitness instructors, mind coaches, etc. I follow many of their coaches and trainers on social media. Jordan and Zack team members posted pictures on these social media outlets. They made the rounds to share in the victory, because all the team members had a hand in making the victory possible. Every PGA Tour Professional, that I am aware of, has a team. Many have a TPI team, like ... Read More »

Biggest Golf Myth Ever – You Lifted Your Head…Keep Your Head Down

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org If you have ever read my articles you know that there is one myth that really bugs me. The myth is usually in the form of a free tip from a friend to “keep your head down” or after the shot, a playing partner will say “you lifted your head.” I cringe when I hear these statements on the range, or when playing golf with others. Let us start with stating one fact. A golfer’s head should always come up during a golf swing. It is not a matter of if it happens, it is ... Read More »

Never Arrive too Soon to the Ball or Else!

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com I absolutely love when my students are diligent and prepare quickly. In most cases, this studious player will be in excellent position to strike the ball. However, inexperienced tennis players can be too anxious and then must cope with a variety of issues. For example, amateurish tennis players often move to the ball so fast that they land on the wrong foot and then lose balance. As I coach this new player, I continually remind them of one basic rule: When a player moves right, plant on the right leg, and as they go left, ... Read More »

Uncomfortable Practice

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org If you do not play golf for a living, making time to practice can be difficult. There is a limited amount of time to practice beyond the time spent playing golf. If practice time is limited what is the best way to grow your game. A golfer who puts themselves in uncomfortable situations, will make mistakes more often, but growth happens quicker than those who practice in comfortable situations. Hitting 7 iron after 7 iron on the range at the same target, or the same distance has some benefit. This technique of blocked practice is ... Read More »

Coaches Must Ditch Tradition Right Away

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Jumping groundstrokes, back leg moving through the air, say it isn’t so, right?  Perhaps I’m a tad liberal, but I absolutely encourage talented tennis players to buck the odds and ‘go for broke. It’s my line of reasoning that the great game of tennis never really appealed to the masses from the first exposure to the game to about 1975 because of the conservative coaching methods. In particular, I firmly believe that coaches stifled the then new players with either the Continental or Eastern grips; as it was not comfortable for many beginners. Whereas in ... Read More »

Surge heads to Nationals

Coach Chadd Chustz with members of his U6 team that won the at the Caple Coral 3v3 tourney. From left, are Gabriel Polanco, Aeden Chustz and Mario Guzman.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Surge 3v3 teams are gearing up for the Challenge Sports 3v3 National Championships, at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, July 31-Aug. 2. The Under 9 boys and U15 girls are rated No. 1 in Florida. The U6 boys are rated second, while the U12 boys are ranked third. The U6 team won the Cape Coral and Fort Myers tournaments, played at Jet Blue Stadium.  In the Cape Coral tourney, Surge U6 split with the top-ranked U6 team, Parma FC. The U10 boys and U11 girls also ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in July

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Here in the Ten Thousand Islands, the weather in July is somewhat predictable, as are the fishing patterns. Expect the bite to drop off during the mid day heat and slack tides. The bite is early in the day, and again late in the afternoon/early evening after the mid day storms cool things off a little. Day time air temperatures are now hovering around 90 degrees each day, bringing the water temperatures up to 87 degrees. Anglers can get into some nice Snook on the outside islands. Top water plugs and suspended soft plastic ... Read More »

I Never Thought That I Would See It!

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Without a doubt, the advent of the two-handed backhand has been one of the great additions to the game of tennis. Agassi, Connors, Evert, Nadal, Williams come to mind when I think of powerful two-fisted backhands that have shaped the game of tennis. Due to the success of this stroke, thousands of new tennis players were introduced to this style and have flourished having implemented this stroke into their game. On the other hand, our new men’s French Open champion might be responsible for impacting the future of tennis because of his dominant one-handed backhand ... Read More »

Producing Different Trajectories

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There are so many variables in a golf swing. If I were to go back to college, I would take physics, kinesiology and biomechanics classes to become a better golf instructor. I study all the aforementioned now, but it takes me a couple reads or views to let the information soak in. A couple years ago I started studying how the golfer’s wrists movement heavily affect all the variables in the golf swing. The golfer’s wrists are most influential at impact. They affect loft, club face direction, and many other parameters that affects how the ... Read More »