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6 Tips for a Safe Day on the Water

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com With this hot summer air, and a tackle box full of lures, it is no wonder why you may be excited to hop onto the boat for a long day of fishing and relaxing. However, before you jump in, there are a few safety measures you should know about. 1. Follow and check off your pre-departure checklist  No one can perfectly remember everything they need to bring 10 minutes before heading out. That is why you should make a pre-departure checklist to check off before every boat ride. This list should include: life jackets, ... Read More »

Communication Breakdown

Venus and Serena discussing strategy in between points. Submitted Photos

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com In all sports, focus and concentration are a vital part of winning. In most sports, coaches on the sidelines are able to constantly observe and advise on a play-by-play status, allowing the athletes to be able to focus solely on performing. Pickleball, like the sport of tennis, requires players to be their own coach and it is quite a challenge to play the dual role of competitor and coach all at the same time. In both the sports of tennis and pickleball, players must be able to remain focused and compete, while having to ... Read More »

MICMS Seeks Volleyball Coach, Urges Physicals

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By Roger LaLonde Roger Raymond, Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) athletic director, is in search of a new girls varsity volleyball coach. “I would like a person with experience, someone who knows the game,” Raymond said. He can be contacted by email, RaymonRo@collierschools.com. He also urged all fall athletes, particularly girls volleyball players, to get their required sports physical. “Without a sports physical that is current (they are good for 365 days from the date of completion) you cannot tryout.” Volleyball tryouts begin the first week of school. School opens August 15th. “Volleyball is the first sport to start ... Read More »

Traditionally Speaking

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Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark Over the years, traditions in all sports, have changed. Two of the most ‘old school’ and honorable sports are tennis and golf. I was recently watching a broadcast of vintage Wimbledon matches on The Tennis Channel. The show included an interview with the great Rod Laver, aka, “The Rocket”, about how the game has changed since his day, both in regards to the speed, spin and power of today’s game, as well as what it was like to play at the Grand Slams back in his era. Some of the clips and films they were ... Read More »

2016 United States Open Recap

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott I hope everyone got a chance to watch some of Sunday’s US Open coverage at Oakmont Country Club.  Dustin Johnson showed why most of the golf world believes he is the most talented golfer playing the game today.  His ability to drive the golf ball long and straight gives him a superior advantage over most of the field.  Dustin has had multiple disappointing finishes in major championships, but he was more than up to the challenge at Oakmont.  Congrats to Dustin, and his whole team. With that being said, those who watched understand that unfortunately the ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in July

Capt. John from Captain Rapps Charters with a nice slot size redfish. Photo by Capt. Pete Rapps

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com In the Ten Thousand Islands in July, two things can be predicted with some accuracy – the weather, and the fishing patterns. Plan to start your fishing and boating early in the morning due to the midday heat and thunderstorms. The fish will tend to bite better during the cooler morning periods, and again in the early evening after the storms rip though and cool things off a bit. At this time of year, the daytime air temperatures reach the 90s, bringing the water temperature up to the mid 80s. The new moon falls ... Read More »

Beat The Heat

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Products to help keep you hydrated.

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com Earlier this season, I had a column called “Dress Code Required,” in which I discussed being properly equipped and protected when competing in outdoor sports activities. Summer is here and the days are long and hot. Staying cool and keeping well hydrated is an important daily requirement when living in the Sunshine State. This is even more important when we participate in outdoor activities like tennis and pickleball. So, I would like to review and remind everyone on how important it is to stay safe and healthy and not get beat by the heat! There are ... Read More »

Embree Retires From Tennis

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By Roger LaLonde Since she was five years old, Lauren Embree has played tennis, smashing her way to her dream of playing professionally. At 25 she is stepping back, looking to see what else her life will hold. “I wasn’t enjoying the experience, my heart wasn’t in it anymore,” she said. In her two years of professional tennis it wasn’t like high school or college. She won a bit more than she lost. It was a bumpy road, yet she fought through it mentally. On tour, she played in about 25 tournaments a year. She was constantly on the road, ... Read More »

The Perfect Summer Mangrove Snapper Dinner

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Nothing beats a day out fishing with the family like a good old dinner, especially dining on your own catch. Everyone has spent the entire day out in the summer sun, bonding over an age-old tradition, and now you’re all settled back at home and ready for a family meal around the table. I’m telling you – there’s nothing better. Everyone can be a chef for the family with the right ingredients and recipe, but not everyone has a recipe in mind for the fish found around Southwest Florida. That doesn’t mean you can’t make ... Read More »

MIYC Supports Summer Youth Sailing Program

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From left: MIYC Vice Commodore Lois Dixon, Marco Island Community
Sailing Center Foundation President Rocky Cale and MIYC Sailing Fleet Captain Chuck Downton.

Submitted  The Marco Island Yacht Club (MIYC) donated $500 to support the Marco Island Community Sailing Center’s Summer Youth Sailing Program. The Sailing Center, located at the Marco Island Yacht Club beach, will again have a full slate of youth summer programs, starting on June 13 and ending in August. Youths must be at least 8 years old to take part. Prices vary, depending on the program. For more information or to register, visit www.marcoislandsailingcenter.org or email LDial@cityofmarcoisland.com. Read More »

Dominate the Dink

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Kane Pree demonstrates the correct way to hit a forehand dink.

Coach Wayne,s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com In one of my columns earlier this year, I stated that the serve and the return were the two most important shots in the game. In both tennis and pickleball, we can’t win a point if we can’t get the point started! While this statement still holds true, I believe that in pickleball, the dink (strategically) is the most important shot in the game. Also, in a previous column, I discussed “third ball opportunity,” which in the sport of pickleball, puts us into a strategical position where the dink now becomes a vital part of ... Read More »

Cheers for Champs Has MIA Looking Ahead

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By Roger LaLonde Marco Island Academy is always looking ahead. While just the basketball team has won a district title, the school held its first Cheers for Champions dinner on May 28. The dinner was about supporting all sports. Attendees, 130, enjoyed dinner at Kretch’s Restaurant, athletes modeling worn out uniforms needing replacement and auction items that added to the school’s coffers. Overall, $40,000 was raised, school founder Jane Watt said. The school does not receive Collier County Schools support for the sports program. Each year more than $80,000 is needed, Watt said. Each sports team has its own way ... Read More »

Surge Youth Soccer Tryouts

Sweetbay Memorial Cup championship winners- Surge U8 boys

Submitted Surge Soccer Club youth tryouts and registration for the 2016/17 season is this Saturday, June 11, from 10-11:30 AM at East Naples Community Park, 3500 Thomasson Drive, Naples. Surge Soccer Club has partnered with the Florida Fire Juniors to give boys and girls in East Naples and Marco Island the opportunity to learn and play soccer in a professional environment with the best coaching staff in Southwest Florida. The 2016/2017 season runs from September 2016 to May 2017 (9 month program). The following programs are available: •  SURGE FFJ Pre-Academy – Boys & Girls U7 & U8 (2009, 2010 ... Read More »

SUP Paddle Boarding Event Sets Records for Special Olympics

Paddle boarders depart from near the Capri Fish House for Special Olympics Florida –SUP Poker Run.

By Don Manley The first time was a fun time for Cragin and Kaye Anderson at the fourth annual SUP Poker Run to benefit the Special Olympics Florida – Collier County. It also proved to be a bit more challenging than expected for the Naples couple, who were taking part in the recent stand-up paddle boarding event for the first time. “It was a lot of fun,” said Cragin Anderson, as he lugged his board to the shore at the end of their run. “We ended paddling back from the last stop, in the current. The total paddle was three ... Read More »

Winged Foot Award

Jonathon Irigoyen was joined by (from left) grandparents Frank and Barbara Cassavell, parents Joe and Kim Irigoyen, friend Brittany Kordus, (Jonathan), brother Joey, and Anthony and Elizabeth Schmidt.

Marco Reps Patrick Michel, Jonathon Irigoyen Stephanie Paul wins Winged Foot Award By Roger LaLonde While judges chose from a wide range of outstanding athletes, the decision came down to Community School’s Stephanie Paul, winner of the 27th annual Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete Award on May 26. As allowed in Florida, private schools can have middle school players in their high school sports program. Paul played high school sports from eighth grade. She completed back-to-back state titles in discus and shot put this year. A huge basketball star, being named Area Player of the Year the past two seasons, Paul will ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in June

Bob caught a nice catch and release snook on a Captain Rapps Charter. Photo by Capt. Pete Rapps

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com As May makes way for June, the season for summer fishing begins, bearing entrance into our four warmest months of the year. Midday air temperatures hover around 90 degrees every day, making the shallow flats in the early morning – before both the peak heat of the midday sun and the almost daily afternoon showers – your best bet for fishing. Looking at moon phase, tides, and solunar calendar, I like what I see around June 3rd-7th on the new moon and the 18th-22nd on the full moon. These are the peak solunar days ... Read More »

MICMS Top Student Athletes

Coach Joe Bartos with his outstanding soccer student athlete, Jose Aguilera.

By Roger LaLonde Ryenn Hart and Michael Mertens parlayed their academics and athletic abilities into winning the top student athlete award at the annual Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) Sports Night on May 18. Trent Fetzer and Lauren Faremouth won the other top award, the Michael “Mickey” Mendel Sportsmanship Award. Some 400 relatives and friends packed the MICMS gym. Not only was it the largest crowd, but the highest number of athletes to be recognized. While many played more than one sport, the number of participants in all sports totaled 271. Roger Raymond, athletic director, extolled the virtues of ... Read More »

Tee it Forward

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org As we move into reciprocal season for private club members in Southwest Florida, many golfers in the area will enjoy neighboring courses for a minimal fee. This is a great program, and I am proud to say one of my mentors, John Carroll, helped start the program years ago. At that time it was an agreement with a few local clubs. The agreement was so members at these clubs would have a place to play when their course was shut down for summer agriculture practices. I bring up the topic of reciprocal season because this ... Read More »

Fun Time, Summer Time

Island Kids advanced level players, Andrew, Jaxson and Camdon, with their favorite hitting partner, “Beauregard,” the ball machine!

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com Summer is here and there are plenty of activities that are being offered for kids on Marco Island. As a coach, I believe that the more sports a young person can be exposed to, the better they will be at all sports! As a parent, I believe summer vacation is a time for kids to enjoy fun activities, like going to the beach, or the movies, or just hanging out at home and having a barbeque and swimming in the pool for the afternoon. So, as a coach and a parent, my advice is make sure ... Read More »