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MIA Rays Make History


By Roger Lalonde The Marco Island Academy boys baseball team made history on April 22 by playing in its first district playoff game at Seacrest Country Day School. The Manta Rays faced off against the 1-16 Everglades City Gators in Class 2A-District 10. It too was the first playoff game for the Gators in its 23 years of baseball. During the season the Rays had beaten the Gators three times — twice by the 10-run mercy rule. But not on Tuesday. While the Rays couldn’t seem to get going, the Gators rolled to an 8-1 lead by the fifth inning. ... Read More »

Surge Heads to Venice for 3v3 Tourney

U12 Girls’ Kristin Petronzio goes on the attack.

Submitted The Marco Island Soccer Club fielded six SURGE teams under head coaches Jim Watt, Mario Guzman and Patrick Baldwin at the Venice Shark Tooth 3v3 Challenge Tournament. Coach Guzman’s U10 Boys Surge won first place in their division with a 3-2 win over the Spartans. Coach Watt’s U7 and U11 Boys, as well as Baldwin’s U12 Girls won second place in their divisions. A fun day and great effort by all our SURGE players! The Marco Island Soccer Club is hosting a LIVE 3v3 Soccer Tournament at Mackle Park on May 3. There will be a BBQ fundraiser at ... Read More »

Bud Light Competitors Enjoy A Great Weekend of Sailing

Spinnaker Class sprints for the finish. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Jeff Johnson Sailing Association of Marco Island Light afternoon winds on Saturday and Sunday made for challenging racing in the annual Sailing Association of Marco Island (SAMI) Bud Light Regatta, April 12-13. Boats of various categories and experience raced under mostly sunny skies enjoying a great weekend on the water. A total of three races were completed each day before mid-day swirling winds of less then 5 knots caused a suspension of the day’s races. As always, the starts were exciting to watch as the boats jockey for position at the start line. The top three places in each ... Read More »

Boating Safety: Carbon Monoxide


By Lt. Bill Hempel United States Power Squadrons® Even though boaters are normally out on the open water, carbon monoxide still poses a significant threat. This odorless and colorless gas is extremely poisonous and was almost fatal on a recent boating trip. We had 12 boats cruising lazily down the Florida Intracoastal. Suddenly, the boat in front of us started to weave side to side. Shortly after, it swerved hard to starboard and headed toward the shoals. The captain didn’t answer my hail, and when I pulled alongside, we found him lying on the deck with his wife trying to ... Read More »

Time to Raise Elbows

Matt Browne is raising his
elbows on his backhand service return. Submitted Photos

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Ironically, when I grew up playing tennis on the Har-Tru (clay) courts at the Milwaukee Town Club (former home of the United States Clay Court Championships) back in the late 1960’s, we never had to contend with high-bouncing tennis balls. Sure, many of my peers had nice, well-groomed American Twist serves, but no one commanded vicious topspin groundstrokes that routinely bounced above one’s shoulders. In my era, there was such a premium on the serve and volley strategy that points were relatively quick. Conversely, in the present game, foes constantly battle from the baseline ... Read More »

Boater’s Local Knowledge: Backwater Edition

Familiarity with navigational charts is just the first step in having local knowledge. Vice Flotilla Commander Keith Wohltman looks over a chart with a class participant.

By Noelle H. Lowery My husband is a blue water kind of guy, but since we moved to this area two years ago, he has been itching to explore the backwater passes complete with their mangrove forests, shallow depths and shifting sands. So, when I heard the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 95 was offering a new Local Boater’s Knowledge: Backwater Edition class, I jumped at the opportunity to take it, and found the information from the class to be priceless. The Boater’s Local Knowledge: Backwater Edition concentrates on six popular backwater routes through the 10,000 Islands, and was ... Read More »

MIPS Conducts Vessel Safety Checks

Moe’s sailboat gets an inspection by Jim Fahrbach....

Submitted Moe Bishop smiled as both his sail and power boats received a free Vessel Safety Check conducted by United States Power Squadron Certified Vessel safety Examiner Jim Fahrbach. Ted Reiss also of the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron accompanied Jim during the free safety check. Bishop received the 2014 US Coast Guard safety stickers which can only be issued by Certified US Coast Guard Auxiliary and United States Power Squadrons VSC examiners. These decals, placed on Bishop’s boats, signal that he is a careful and responsible boater, committed to his personal safety and to the safety of his ... Read More »

Keep It Light


LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink Although the sport of fishing is great fun, the excitement of catching is even more so. One sure bet to increase the action on your next trip is to use light tackle. Light tackle can be defined as a reel with a line capacity and strength in the 8-15 lb. range and a rod that is much lighter and shorter than average, say between 4-6 feet. Consider ultra light tackle being on the lowest end of this range. Keep in mind that fly fishing is light tackle fishing in a category all of its ... Read More »

Myers Wins Pro Title at Hideaway Beach


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne The big stage never looked better; no wind, no humidity and 175 enthusiastic fans cheering on 28 talented Southwest Florida professionals during the finals at Hideaway Beach. Tye Myers, who grew up in Naples and now is a club pro at both Eagle Creek and Hideaway Beach, needed enough of his A-game to edge out the stiff competition as he won the number one title by one game! His biggest competition was Benji Kendall, former tennis star at Penn State University and Lynn University. Kendall boasted a flashy and bombastic forehand drive and ‘dipper’ as ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in April


FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps The average air temperatures in April are a few degrees higher than in March and will typically range between 61 and 86 degrees. This will, in turn, keep our average water temperatures up into the mid to high 70s. Snook are on the move from the back country to the near Gulf river mouths. Best bets for catching snook during this time is live bait like pilchards and thread herring. Try the mangrove shorelines where the water is moving over deeper cuts. Typically, there is an eddy of still water around each point. The ... Read More »

Tour de Marco Rides Again!


PEDAL IN PARADISE By Matt Walthour Have you been enjoying all the new bike lanes around the island and the wider multi-use bike paths? How about the new multi-use path that goes from the Marco racquet center to Mackle Park parallel to South Heathwood? Well, if you haven’t yet had the chance to ride on some of these new paths or lanes, your time may soon be arriving. So get your bike ready for the upcoming Tour de Marco. The Marco Island Bike Pathways Committee began sponsoring the Tour de Marco four years ago in hopes of educating the public ... Read More »

Going Mental


Golf Tips Todd Elliott This game will make you crazy. Golf has so much time in between shots — so much time to think about all the bad things that can happen. I compare it to shooting a free throw in basketball. Nothing to stop the free throw; all the time in the world to think about what could go wrong. Many times, a professional basketball player is a great scorer, but has a dreadful free throw shooting average. This player does well reacting to the defense and makes the plays with their athleticism. Put them at the free ... Read More »

Bike Safety Tips


Nearly every year I write more or less the same article, but I believe it is the most important one of them all. It’s about bicycle safety and knowledge. Safety goes for both motorists and bicyclists as we need to be aware of our surroundings; we need to watch for both vehicles and other bicycles; we must think ahead at times and even possibly anticipate what the other person may be doing. Whether it be a motorist or another bicyclist, safety for ourselves and others should always be on your mind. Be courteous as well! We also need to be ... Read More »

Worst Swing Thoughts in Golf


Golf Tips Todd Elliott Have you ever hit a thin shot or topped the golf ball, and after the shot a playing companion says, “you lifted your head” or “keep your eye on the ball.” I have given thousands of lessons and I have never given “keep the eyes on the golf ball” as advice. However, I have spent thousands of hours fixing swings that revolve around a player trying to keep the eyes on the ball. Let’s talk about these two myths: why they have some merit but can really influence the golf swing negatively in the long ... Read More »

Hideaway Pro tennis tournament coming

A solid, steady player.

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Earlier this month, Hideaway Beach hosted the 4th Annual Open Doubles Tournament and it showcased some of the finest tennis players in our area; 3.0 through 4.0 divisional stars exhibited their many talents over a two-day period. On Wednesday, March 26 at 4:30 PM, the Hideaway Beach Tennis Club will be running the finals of the prestigious Pro league, and they will be using a different format than what was done over a 20 week period. Prior to the playoffs, players often played with their favorite winning partner and they played one two out of ... Read More »

Annual SAMI Lady’s Day Regatta

The Moby Nick

Submitted Saturday, March 15, was a beautiful day for sailing, and the Sailing Association of Marco Island took advantage of it, as it held its annual Lady’s Day Regatta in the Gulf waters along Marco Island’s beach. The coastal breeze was just right to be caught in the sails and gentle enough to provide a sway of waves for the boats at anchor. Even so, it was close quarters on the water, and some held their breath for a beat or two at the awesome sights. This is just one of several event SAMI conducts on Marco waters. The club ... Read More »

Land More Fish


LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink One of the most rewarding things about being a fishing guide is sharing the excitement and joy experienced through others when they hook and land fish. It has been my experience, however, that many less-experienced anglers lose a good number of fish through improper retrieval technique. Often, fish are lost due to over excitement when the angler tries to rush the fish into the boat. Others are lost due to excessive slack in the line or improper rod tip position where leverage is lost. Although not every fish hooked will be landed, there are ... Read More »

March is a great month to hit the water!

Tom and Chris with twin Redfish.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Typically, the month of March brings some of the best Speckled Trout fishing our area has to offer. If you can find areas where you have grass on one side of the boat and sand on the other, you could certainly get into some fun fishing! In these areas you can fish the same flats for both Speckled Trout and Pompano. Try casting out a 3/8 oz bucktail style jig tipped with very small fresh shrimp pieces (cut a shrimp into 6-8 pieces). The Trout will be in 3-5 feet of water in the ... Read More »

4th Annual Hideaway Beach Open


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Doug, I’ve played USTA tournaments throughout the state (Florida), and this is the best organized event I’ve attended,” entrant and former champion Monson Douglas offered Sunday afternoon. Not only did we have the largest draws in the four-year history but we had the greatest talent as well. The weather was picture perfect with 80 degree temperatures and literally no wind, and the players responded with stellar play. Finally, we had record crowds cheering their friends on Saturday and Sunday — a minimum of 200 players patrolling the grounds around the beautiful tennis center at the ... Read More »

The Dynamic Golfer


Golf Tips Todd Elliott Golf has many things to offer; fun with friends, exercise, friendly wagers, nature, family time, wildlife, etc. If you want to excel at the game of golf you must treat it as a sport. Golf is similar to many sports in which the human body moves in a rotary motion, such as batting in baseball, hitting a hockey puck, etc. The difference is the object is moving in most other sports, so more physical endurance might be needed to get to where the object is located. The kinematic movement to hit the object however is ... Read More »