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Fishing 101: Protect Yourself From the Sun 

Appropriate sun protection on Kurt, who caught a snook.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com With summer right around the corner and the weather finally warming up, fishing is becoming more and more popular every day. And why not? You get to go out and enjoy the sun, a cool breeze, and relax for the day as you anticipate the excitement of your catch of the day. Going out and spending the day fishing is one of the best ways to enjoy the spring and summer months, but there are things you need to look out for as well, and one of them is the sun. It’s big, ... Read More »

Tour de Marco Returns

Photos by Scott Shook Scene from a past Tour de Marco, the popular bicycle tour that offers participants incredible water views, flowering plants and trees and some of the only hills in Southwest Florida.

By Don Manley A popular event that blends exercise, some of Marco Island’s most scenic environs and raising funds for one of the island’s chief community organizations has returned after a one-year hiatus. Registrations are underway for the 2016 Tour de Marco, set for April 24, which takes cycling enthusiasts on treks along the island’s roadways on courses laid out in five, 15 and 30-mile distances. The event benefits the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s scholarship fund. “It’s a chance for families to enjoy a bike ride and not a race, around the scenic areas of the island, including the south ... Read More »

Timing is Everything

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Federer hits on the run, demonstrating full reach and perfect balance.

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com If you are a regular reader of my column, you already know my favorite saying is “lazy feet lead to lousy shots.” We have accepted and conquered the fact that our feet must move for us to be in proper position to strike the ball. Let’s now consider the importance of the timing of our footsteps in relation to being in proper position to strike the ball. There is a certain cadence that is associated with a rally in a tennis point. In today’s world of professional tennis with all of the grunting and ... Read More »

The Shanks

The dreaded shank!

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I know…sorry. I said the “S” word. It is all in your head, right? You can try all you want to fix mental problems: yoga, meditation, performance experts, etc., but it will not change the fact that your technique is leading to “hosel rockets.” The shanks are a technical problem that make hitting golf shots a mental battle. So the solution should be easy, right? The technical problem becomes so bad that we start hitting shanks, and mental boundaries make the road to recovery a lengthy process. However, we must first solve the technical problems. ... Read More »

Rays Loss a Damper on Senior Night

Marcus Seidman rears back to throw first pitch.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Baseballs were flying everywhere and players ran the bases like pinball machines as St. John Neumann spoiled Senior Night at Marco Island Academy on April 6. Runners were plentiful, either by hits, errors or mental mistakes. In the very first inning Neumann scored four times. Mental and fielding mistakes put runners on base. Two hits, including a three-run home run by Celtics Cameron Criss, accounted for the runs on the way to an 18-8 win. Each team scored in five of the innings, but the Celtics scored in bigger bunches. They pounded out 18 hits to ... Read More »

East Naples Hosts ?Inaugural Pickleball Championship

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Submitted  The U.S. Open Pickleball Championships was founded by racquet sport professionals and life long athletes, Terri Graham and Chris Evon. Graham and Evon spent over two decades working for Wilson Sporting Goods in Chicago, where Graham was the Business Director for indoor racquet sports and spearheaded racquetball, squash, badminton, platform tennis and most recently, you guessed it, pickleball! The two recognized the time was right for a world-class international pickleball event and in 2014 they started Spirit Promotions, LLC to organize the U.S. Open Pickleball Championships. To their delight, these Marco Island part time residents needed to look no ... Read More »

April Fishing in the 10,000 Islands

Captain Pete Rapps with a nice catch and release permit.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com As March ends and April begins, our water begins to warm up, as does the bite. Water temperatures should get up into the high 70s this month, with air temperatures in the mid 80s. I always like to look at the moon phases and Solunar calendar when selecting the best bet fishing days each month. This April the new moon falls on the 7th and the full moon falls on the 22nd. When having a look at the moon phases, tides, and the Solunar calendar, we have some nice looking days on the 5th ... Read More »

Fundamentally Speaking

Skeet shooting- field layout

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com As an instructor and competitor in both tennis and pickleball, I have noticed a difference in how these two games are played. Here at the Marco Island Racquet Center, both sports are mostly played as doubles. As I watch games and matches being played, I see a significant difference when observing tennis in how much, or how little, all four players are participating in the point as compared to pickleball. The fundamental strategy of all doubles in both sports is for players to work together as a unit. Even though the two sports are very similar, ... Read More »

Patriot Golf Day at Hideaway

Patriot Golf Day winning team, from left: Jane Demler, Sally Crow, (Todd Elliott, golf pro), John Demler and Chuck Crow.

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org On Saturday, March 12th Hideaway Beach Club hosted the 2nd Annual Hideaway Beach Club Patriot Golf Day. Hideaway and many clubs around the nation raise money for the Folds of Honor Foundation by running Patriot Golf Days throughout the year. The mission statement of the Folds of Honor Foundation is written as such: Honoring Their Sacrifice, Educating Their Legacy. Of the one million-plus dependents adversely affected by deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, nearly nine out of 10 do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance. Folds of Honor seeks to meet this need by providing annual ... Read More »

Naples – World Pickleball Capital

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Submitted Save the date! On April 26 Collier County will become the pickleball capital of the world when the gates open for the first-ever Minto U.S. Open Pickleball Championships. For six event-filled days, America’s fastest growing sport will take Naples by storm when over 800 athletes compete for top prize money while thousands of spectators fill the hospitality village in East Naples Community Park. This premier event will feature special Gold Box seating, parties, live entertainment, charitable fundraising activities, a Kids Day, a unique Zing Zang Championship Court, and of course the greatest pickleball players in the world. Saturday night ... Read More »

Never Too Young For Boating Safety

Joey Puell with his MISPS membership card and his Boating Safety Education ID. Submitted Photos

By Kathleen H. Reynolds Some of the more “mature” attendants at two of the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron’s (MISPS) recent classes were wondering just who is that bright young man studying alongside us? Well, his name is Joey Puell; he is a 13-year-old student at Marco Island’s Charter Middle School, and he has some really good reasons for wanting to enhance his boating knowledge. Some time ago Joey had an accident while on a Boy Scout boating trip. As he approached the back of the boat to get out of the water, the propeller was moving. Joey suffered ... Read More »

Team’s the Theme for Lely Softball

The Lely softball team, front row (from left) Lily Manning, Brittany Kordus, Rebecca Gates, Sivan Palacios and Payton Krumholz. Second row (from left) Priscilla Mendez, Alicia Palacios, Savannah Weiben, April Alvarado and Vanessa Palacios.

By Roger LaLonde  Team, that is what Rich Costante, Lely softball coach, stresses. When he talks about his Lady Trojans he machine guns a litany of names. Costante didn’t mention that in his first season in 2015 the Lady Trojans downed Naples and Barron Collier, a feat not done by a Lely coach in 15 years. They also won the district championship. He is quick to say, “It is not me. Before me (coach) Jess (Duesler) did a great job.” On March 25 the Lady Trojans played a gritty game with Immokalee, taking a late-inning 2-1 victory. It moved their ... Read More »

Course Certifies Sailing Instructors

Sailboats on Marco, during the instructor certification course.

Submitted From March 17-20, 2016, the Marco Island Community Sailing Center (MICSC) had the privilege of hosting a U.S. Sailing Association (USSA) Level I Instructor Certification course. The purpose of this course is to teach prospective instructors how to properly teach individuals to sail safely, effectively and creatively, with a goal of producing highly qualified instructors. USSA is the governing body that provides the guidelines and oversees all organized sailing activities in the United States. Rocky Cale, MICSC president, arranged to have USSA hold the Level I Certification Course on Marco Island, in part to allow some of the MICSC’s ... Read More »

Bocce 2016

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Tournament winners the Beach Bums, from left: Paul Rhoads, Mike Cox, Connie
Taylor and George Taylor.

By Joan Kelly Bocce took over the Isles of Capri four days a week and on weekends when the team competition took to the court. Red and blue balls beat up the poor little white ball, playing in rain or shine, wind or calm, heat or cold. The measuring tape came out, as balls were close. At times there was no winner with equal distance between balls. Seventeen teams with at least four members played two games a week during the eight-week season. They were in two divisions, A and B, and only played within their division until the playoff. ... Read More »

The 10,000 Islands Fish You Should Know

This lucky fisherman will enjoy trout for dinner!

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com The warm weather is coming in, and the fish are popping up along with it- making it a great time to head out on the boat to do some fishing! Here in the 10,000 we catch many different species of fish, from redfish to trout, flounder to mackerel, sheepshead to snook. Right now with the warm April weather coming in, there are a few species you should be looking out for. Redfish This type of fish can be quite the challenge on the oyster bars and mangroves. You can often find redfish in shallow ... Read More »

Not Too Early, Not Too Late

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Federer displays proper timing of racquet preparation for an incoming ball, and out in front ball contact.

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com I think that possibly the oldest and most overused (and in my opinion, the worst) phrase ever heard in tennis instruction is “get your racquet back.” Unless we are hitting a volley, we should always be getting our racquet back! With that said, I believe that getting our racquet back too early can cause more problems than getting our racquet back too late. Getting the racquet back too early means we must stop in the middle of our stroke and wait for the ball, which breaks the rhythm of our stroke. In the photo sequence, touring ... Read More »

RC Laser Mid-Winter Championships

Sailors customize their boats to avoid confusion in the midst of an intense race.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com The Mackle Park lake was as smooth as glass. Thirty-two miniature boats, manned by 32 grown men, could be seen gliding across the surface, the breeze giving their boats an extra push here and there. For the 13th year in a row, the Marco Island Yacht Club and the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department have hosted the RC Laser Mid-Winter Championships. The event is the longest running RC Laser regatta in the country, and attracts competitors from all over the world. The farthest traveled contestants were from Canada and the Bahamas, respectively. The ... Read More »

Golfers Sizzle in ?K of C Tournament

Eagle Country Club pro Johnny Schwaller gets ready to hammer a drive. Watching the shot are, from left, Bill Cataldi, Don LaPato, Jack Hannigan, Dan Moll and Lee Cataldi. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The afternoon sun sizzled, and so did the scores in the 42nd Annual Marco Island Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament on March 13 at the Eagle Creek Country Club. Joe Fatony and Dick Shanahan chaired the event. “It was a great turnout,” Fatony said. “We had a number of entries sign up today, giving us a total of 122 players.” Funds from the event go to disabled children, veterans’ programs and the needy through St. Vincent DePaul and the Catholic Charities Food Bank, Fatony said. Alan Green, Al LaRochelle, Dave Robertson and Vic White won the ... Read More »

Charter Girls Breeze to GCAC Track & Field Championship

Village School’s Ashby Beckner has a half-step lead in going over the hurdle, but MICMS’ Susan Linn took over in the last 20 yards to win.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) girls blew away the competition in winning the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Track & Field Championships on March 10. The girls garnered 220 points in their victory. The Charter boys, without some key competitors, came in third, with Village School of Naples winning the title. All but relay results were reported. For the girls they had star power in most every event. Ryenn Hart took care of her specialties in the 800 and 1600 meter events where the girls swept the top four places. Following Hart in the 800 ... Read More »

Isner standing next to the Wimbledon scoreboard showing his longest  match in tennis history score. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com As a kid, I spent the majority of my spare time outdoors, playing sports. The main sports in those days at school were football, baseball and track. If it rained, you went into the gym and played basketball. If the coach was in a good mood, we got to play dodgeball! When we weren’t at school playing organized team sports, we were in the backyard or a vacant lot, playing football and baseball, or dodgeball, with our neighborhood buddies. There was no Pop Warner baseball, no youth football leagues, and the sport of soccer ... Read More »