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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

A Tiger Woods chip shot. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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 »

St. Jean, Trojans Goal to Bring Back Winning Tradition

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By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Culmer St. Jean knows his way around Lely High. An all-star in football, basketball and track, 2003-2006, his efforts took him to the University of Wisconsin where he was a standout linebacker. His life’s trail brought him back to Lely High School, becoming an assistant coach to Stacey Stewart in 2012, working with the defense. In 2013, he got the nod as head coach, making him the second straight Lely grad to take over after alum Stewart resigned. Joining his staff was Rolf Bathold. The two, along with the late Ereck Plancher, led the Trojans to ... Read More »

RedSnook Tournament Nets $72,000

The winning corporate team, RGM Capital LLC, included Ed Novinksi and Jason Krishnan. They are pictured with co-chairs
Wayne Meyland and Gary Parsons.

Submitted A record-breaking 45 teams participated in the 2014 RedSnook Catch & Release Charity Tournament that took place Oct. 24-26, generating $72,000 to support juvenile gamefish studies, water-quality research and estuary protection conducted by Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Wayne A. Meland of Morgan Stanley sponsored the event. Meland also served as event co-chair, along with Gary Parsons. The 2014 honorary chair was Oliver White, a rising star in the fly fishing community and passionate conservationist. “The mission of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and their water quality work is a natural fit for the conservation work I do,” White said. ... Read More »

Tennis Update

Mary Husted and Carrie Masci

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Island Club’s outstanding tennis director, Rick Calton, ran another successful event this past weekend and here are the winners: 3.5 Men’s Division: Corky Trebilcock and Anthony Tarakdjian defeated Monson Douglas and Lou DeMattheis, 6-2,6-0. 3.5 Ladies Division: Jackie Heise and Ramsay Erickson won the round robin with a perfect record of 2-0. 4.0 Men’s Division: Rick Eichman and Ken Baker defeated Walt Lasik and Trig Kuhn, 7-5, 7-5 4.0 Ladies Division: Carrie Masci and Mary Husted defeated Stacy Fromouth and Sara McGuinn, 7-6, 3-6, 10-4 Islanders have many more big events to get excited ... Read More »

Light the Way

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PEDAL IN PARADISE By Matt Walthour It seems now-a-days with so many new products for bicycles, like Go-Pro cameras and Garmin computers, you seem to run out of space on your handlebars pretty quickly, thus leaving out room for one of the most important accessories needed for this time of year: lights. Light sets are especially useful for early morning riding and late evening riding. Not only do they make you visible and feel somewhat safe, they are required by Florida law. (Section 316.2065, F.S.): A bicycle operated between sunset and sunrise must be equipped with a lamp on the ... Read More »

Do You Value Your Team Captain?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com “Oh, no way. I wouldn’t want to be captain of this team under any circumstances,” Sandy remarked after practice. Most CTA or USTA participants are well aware of the number of challenges team captains have each season with a wide variety of issues. Most importantly, a large majority of the players are cooperative and support the captain and the pro. Depending on the team, the captain plays a large role in the success of their team. A dynamic captain will assist in the following: Team roster Practice day and time Practice ideas Players attending ... Read More »

November Fishing in the 10,000 Islands

David Goodenough caught and released this Snook with  Capt Kurt on a Captain Rapps Charter. PHOTOS BY CAPT. PETE RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com November is one of my absolute favorite months here in the Everglades National Park! The reasons are numerous, and I could go on forever describing them, but some of the highlights are: 1) Mild weather patterns with little rain and light winds; 2) Fish are actively following and feeding on the huge bait pods just off the coastal beaches; 3) Daytime temperatures are comfortably hovering in the high 70s to low 80s; 4) Migratory birds are actively arriving for the winter…and the list goes on! The change of seasons will begin to affect ... Read More »

Maximum Distance

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org In 1997, world-renowned golf instructor Jim McLean published a book called, “X–Factor and Other Secrets of Power and Distance.” McLean has always been on the forefront of golf instruction. The X–Factor is a concept based on a golfer turning their hips to start the downswing without moving the shoulders (as seen in the picture). The greater degree of separation between the hip turn and the shoulder turn the farther the golf ball will travel. McLean has studies with stats to prove the theory, and also discusses in the book other factors involved in achieving distance. ... Read More »

LELY VOLLEYBALL

The Lely volleyball team was recognized during half time at the Lely-Sebring football game for winning its fourth straight Class 5A-District 12 Championship. The Lady Trojans will host Lemon Bay at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in regional quarter final matchups. Read More »

Lely Invitational Hosts Record 32 Schools

Lely’s Rosie Poling, center, passes a runner in the Lely Cross Country Invitational. Poling, of Marco Island, placed 10th in a personal best time of 19:43.7.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Lely Cross Country Invitational hosted a record 32 schools on Sept. 18, marking its 15th year. The Marco Island Academy girls, with five freshmen, raced against experience and still came in at 18th. The lone boy, Fermin Mendoza, set a personal best in his race. Lely’s Gage Wheeler of Marco, raced to seventh in leading his team to a fifth-place finish. Marco’s Rosie Poling, placed 10th, leading her team to a ninth-place finish. Olivia Watt led her MIA team with in a time of 22:42. Watt was an outstanding runner at Marco Island Charter Middle ... Read More »

Flag Football Sundays on Marco

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By Meghan Bonos If you look at the Mackle Park fields on a Sunday morning, you may think you’re watching an NFL game preview. Is that the Philadelphia Eagles playing the Denver Broncos? No, you are seeing the Optimist Club of Marco Island’s (OCMI) newly developed Flag Football program. With more than 40 kids from around the island, the OCMI Flag Football program has become an exciting morning of long passes and touchdowns for kids and parents to enjoy together. “The fields are buzzing with excitement on a Sunday morning. There’s music, kids high-fiving, a National Anthem sung by some ... Read More »

Skim Contest

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Second Annual 13th Avenue South Skim Jam hosted by the Old Naples Surf Shop brought several new entrants into the skimboard competition, but a few familiar names took the top slots. Placing in the contest or not, it was a great day at the beach. Congratulations to the winners as follows: Men’s 18 & Over 1st Place: Connor Bowden 2nd Place: Sterling Foster 3rd Place TIE: Nicky Sciry & Nick Karambellas Juniors 15-17 1st Place: Tyler Walters 2nd Place: Riley Stanton Boys 11-14 1st Place: Julian Kocbek 2nd Place: Jacob Strassel 3rd Place: Alden ... Read More »

Lely, MIA in Key District Games on Friday

Lely’s football captain’s for last Friday’s game are escorted to  midfield by referees, John Forbes, left and Art VanDamme. Captains, from left, are Tupac Isme, Jamal Durity, Raymond St. Jour and Daniel Obidiegwu. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Lely Trojans and Marco Island Academy football teams each have big games on Friday night. While Lely hosts Immokalee to determine the winner of Class 5A-District 15, the Manta Rays host First Baptist Academy on Senior Night, trying to win its first Class 2A-District 12 game. FBA is 3-0 in district play while MIA is 0-3. Both games kick off at 7 PM. The Manta Rays did snap a five-game losing streak by pounding Canterbury, 52-13, last Friday. MIA has been putting up the points, even against good teams, but haven’t had much luck in ... Read More »

PINK OUT

Varsity team covers Ashley as she tips the ball.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Talk about team spirit! Lely High School’s yearly PINK OUT brings out the “pink” in all the students. Pink Out is an evening of volleyball between Lely players and rivals Naples High School. T-shirt sales carrying the Pink Out theme are sold before and during the game. The JV team lost their bid against Naples High in three games. The games were close though, the last of which was 13-15, Naples High. The Lely girls were ecstatic they played so well and fought so hard. It was definitely not an easy win for Naples High. ... Read More »

Realistic Expectations

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Golf is not an easy game. I find that beginning golfers struggle with limiting their expectation. They see the person next to them on the range hitting the golf ball high and far. They want to make the ball fly far as well, and they expect to produce something similar. When I stand next to a basketball player dunking the basketball into the hoop, I do not change my own expectation of my own game. I simply do not have the physical capability to dunk the basketball. I would have to train for years, and ... Read More »

Mental Fishing: ‘STEP’ It UP

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com Although the act of fishing is physical, it is my belief that 75 percent of successful fishing is mental or cognitive in nature. For the purposes of this explanation, I will use the acronym “STEP.” The “S” stands for “seeing.” When seeking or hunting fish, it is imperative to “see” and observe the current environmental conditions, such as tidal exchange, wind, water temperature and depth. Additionally, look for things like structure and cover found around mangrove islands, beaches, docks and reefs. These observed conditions serve as the roadmap to where a current ideal ... Read More »

Are You Ready for a Great Tennis Invention?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com I don’t know about you, but I love conveniences. It’s been a long time since I walked through my bank to do a transaction. Heck, I seldom go into a fast food restaurant to do a quick order because I love the drive thru. Walgreens has made their pharmacy so convenient that one may pick up their prescriptions at the drive through window. Awesome! The new Pick-Up Wall for tennis ball machine enthusiasts may be the most incredible new invention because it is so easy to get the best workout, and there is little ... Read More »