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Why the Slice?

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The dreaded slice. Why do so many golfers slice? What causes the slice? How do I fix my slice? Let us answer all these questions. A slice is a golf shot that takes off and turns significantly right of the initial starting direction. Slicing is a worldwide epidemic that does have a secret ingredient to fix the problem. I know you wanted a quick fix so you can take $5 off your friends tomorrow, but changing a bad pattern takes hours of work. However, you do not have to get worse before you get better. ... Read More »

Prime Shallow Water Fishing Targets of the 10,000 Islands

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Here in the 10,000 Islands we target many different species of fish throughout the year. As the seasons change, so do our target species and methods of how and where we fish for them. Our top shallow water targets include Snook, Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Tarpon. In addition to these four, we catch Snapper, Sheepshead, Shark, Tripletail, Pompano, Permit, Cobia, Gag and Red Grouper, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Flounder, Catfish, Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish, and a few others. Below is a very brief explanation of our top four targets. Snook: There is great prestige in ... Read More »

Do You Have a Good Tennis Job?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Talk about a loaded question…clearly, it means different things to different people. Certain business minded professionals enjoy matchmaking, programming and weekly meetings, and love being the leader in their department. Whereas, other tennis professionals just love to teach all day and not worry about the daily round robin. And then there are plenty of specialists: Adult coordinator, junior academy director and the Cardio Tennis clinic organizer. Often there are several different types of tennis jobs: Tennis clubs only, golf and tennis, camps and public parks. In order to win the interview, pros must do their ... Read More »

Spring Football Game Becomes a Scrimmage for MIA Rays

Oops! A number of Marco Island Academy football players, are caught watching a play, rather than being involved in it, during a scrimmage on a Friday night when Deerfield Beach-Zion Lutheran canceled at the last minute.

By Roger LaLonde On a balmy Friday night, May 15, Marco Island Academy football fans walked onto the field at Winterberry Park. They were anxious to see what the next season may hold as the Manta Rays were to play their spring game against Deerfield Beach-Zion Lutheran. The referees chatted as they readied to have the opportunity to work a game, after being idle for more than six months. But wait, they were only talking with coaches and players from the Rays. Zion Lutheran wasn’t on the field. In fact, they weren’t even on Marco. In the waning afternoon hours ... Read More »

Bringing Home a Trophy

Adidas Spring Cup players.

Submitted Over 70 teams competed in the Adidas Spring Cup, hosted by the Florida Fire Juniors, in Naples, over Mother’s Day weekend, including Collier FC SURGE U12 boys and girls, as well as U8 boys teams. The Collier FC U12 boys tied their first two matches against the Venice Falcons and Florida Fire in the U12 11v11 bracket, and then won their next two matches, both 1-0, against the same two teams, for a thrilling championship. The U8 Collier FC boys also brought home a championship plaque. “It was a fun, well run tournament for the kids,” said Chadd Chustz, ... Read More »

Marco’s Wheeler, Ragan Represent Schools for Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete Award

Jessica Ragan, the Marco Island Academy Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete Award nominee, with her family, from left, Cameron, Connor, Jaden, Jenna, mom Paula, Jessica and dad Ron.

By Roger LaLonde Overcoming worthy competition, Michael Walker of Naples High was named the 26th Annual Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete on May 21. He was among 13 candidates, each representing a Collier County high school. Marco Island’s Gage Wheeler represented Lely, and Jessica Ragan represented Marco Island Academy. Each nominee received a $2,500 scholarship from the Collier Athletic Club. Walker received a $10,000 scholarship, paid over four years. Wheeler will attend the United States Air Force Academy. Ragan is undecided, although Stetson University in Deland is a possibility. Starring in the classroom, cross country and track at Lely High School, Wheeler ... Read More »

Rash, Hart Lead Charter School at County Track & Field Championships

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By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com On Saturday, Marco Island’s Dagan Rash and Ryenn Hart showed their worth by winning first-place medals at the Collier County Middle School Track & Field Championships at Golden Gate High School. Rash came back from being upset at the South Division Track & Field qualifications on April 25, to easily winning the shot put in the championship round at Golden Gate High School on Saturday. His throw of 38-feet-2-inches topped the field. Jet Su, who upset Rash in the qualifier round, was second, but 1.4 feet shorter. “I was kind of surprised that I could win ... Read More »

Is it a Job or is it a Career?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Color me delusional but I always approached each new opportunity as a part of my extensive career as tennis professional. As my mentor, Jak Beardsworth, once coined, “It seemed like a good idea at the time,” he said with a wry smile. Indisputably, my early ascent to running my own tennis program was an integral aspect of my joy in choosing my path in life. Similar to my playing career, I was lucky to taste success early, and that offered motivation to keep climbing, pursuing my dreams. My hometown club hosted the United States Clay ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in June

Kelvin with a nice redfish.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com As May rolls out and June rolls in, we begin our summer fishing season and enter into our four warmest months of the year. With midday time air temperatures now hovering around 90 degrees each day, your best bet for fishing the shallow flats will be to start early in the morning before both the peak heat of the midday sun, and the almost daily afternoon showers. We are now fishing mostly on the outside flats and shorelines and have pretty much left the farther backwaters for the summer. The Snook will be feeding ... Read More »

Lely Earns Medals at 3A State Track & Field

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Recently, Lely High School scored medals in the high jump, boys 800, and girls 4×800 events at the 3A State Track & Field Championships at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. Competitors finishing in the top eight spots earned a medal. In the high jump, Richard Annorat went 6-feet-2-inches for 6th place. In the 800 meter run, Dieuvenel Tanis recorded a time of 1:58.30, which was good enough for an 8th place finish. The girls 4×800, with Christie Thorstenson, Taylor Fetzer, Mallory Bell and Rosie Polling, recorded a time of 9:46.2, for an 8th place ... Read More »

MIA Rays host Zion Lutheran in spring game on Friday night

MIA's Vinnie Moller runs a play during the Manta Rays spring practice.

By Roger LaLonde Spring practice for the Marco Island Academy football team is different from years past. They have experience. They are going through every drill with gusto and dropping for 10 push-ups should they make a mistake without being told…at least sometimes. The team was 4-6 a year ago, its best record in its first three years. They have 10 offensive starters back and eight on defense. Many of them have been together most of the past three years. There will be strong senior leadership for the first time in the school’s short history. Most of all they are ... Read More »

Determining Contact Point

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ByTodd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org   The secret to better golf is making solid contact with the golf ball. Off-center hits affect the flight of the golf ball, distance, accuracy, and more specifically, launch, spin, trajectory, and spin axis. Spin axis determines which way and how much the golf ball turns after initial launch. As an instructor I first look at ball flight before evaluating the student’s golf swing. Then I will try to change any swing patterns that may be causing the undesired ball flight, and unwanted misses. Before making any changes to the ball flight I determine where the student ... Read More »

Get Ready to Scream

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By Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com At the risk of sounding too fuddy-duddy, I may not be ready to endorse the new Big-12 Conference tennis rule which supports, screaming, yelling, shrieking during play. Yes, it is okay to yell at the opponent when he is about to strike his serve or when he is gearing up to rip a big groundstroke. Anything goes on the tennis courts during Big 12 Conference play. Why is collegiate tennis making such a dramatic — and seemingly desperate — change? In order to understand this new rule, we need to examine the big picture. For years, ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in May

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By Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com   Spring is here and one of my favorite months of fishing is among us. Mild weather patterns make May a perfect month to enjoy our local waters. It is typically a dry month with light winds. The water is warming up into the 80’s and the fish are on their annual migration from the back country waters into the near shore Gulf flats and Island areas. Snook season was again open for a couple of months, but will close on May 1st and will remain closed until September 1st. The big “momma” Snook are ... Read More »

Collier FC Surge takes 1st place at Mexisoccer Naples Finals

U14 boys win 1st place at
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Submitted Mexisoccer Naples Youth Soccer League finals last Saturday night had Collier FC competing for the championship in 3 out of the 4 age divisions. The U14 Collier FC Surge won against Bayern Munich in penalty shots 2-0. “The game was crazy intense,” said head coach Mario Guzman. The match was tied 1-1 at fulltime. Johnny Garcia made a spectacular save at the end of regulation time to keep the match tied. In overtime, Bayern Munich scored with only minutes left, but the Collier FC Surge boys didn’t give up, and scored just before the end of overtime. Goalie Luis ... Read More »

Surge Plays Mexisoccer Naples

SURGE united in victory! SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The two Marco Island based youth soccer clubs, SURGE and the Optimist Club, squared off in the local Mexisoccer Naples soccer league at East Naples Park on Friday. The U9 SURGE team beat the Optimist handily 5-2. With the win, the U9 SURGE proceed to the playoffs against Holanda on Friday. The championship is played on Saturday night. The U7 game between the #2 seed SURGE and #3 seed Optimist teams was a gripping match. Tied at 2-2 in regular time, the game went into overtime, and was finally decided in extra penalty kicks when 5 year old Luke Trebilcock banged ... Read More »

Don’t Just Carry a Life Jacket… Wear It!

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Submitted On May 11th the Chairman of Marco Island City Council, Larry Sacher, will present the Commander of Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron, Peggy Reiss, with a Proclamation to have the week of May 16th – 22nd declared National Safe Boating Week on Marco Island. We would like to have as many people as possible attend the event outside of City Hall on May 11th at 4:45 PM for the presentation ceremony and the photograph. The Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron (MISPS), a squadron in the United States Power Squadron™, has always taught boating classes for boaters of ... Read More »

What is the Hurry to Turn Pro?

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By Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Tennis’ latest sensation, 17 year old, Frances Tiafoe, has made the decision to hit the professional circuit. Believe me, as a huge supporter of American tennis, I’m rooting for this fine young man to be a total success. He has signed with Wajid Syed of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation agency; a savvy move for this rising star. Not too long ago, my son was training with three of the top juniors in the land: Bjorn Fratangelo, Brett Clark and Gordie Watson. Clearly, Matt Browne hit far more balls with Bjorn and Brett but he was blessed to ... Read More »

Patriot Golf Day at Hideaway

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I am going to break away from the topic of golf instruction for one publication, and talk about a very important charitable foundation. On Saturday, March 14th Hideaway Beach Club hosted the 1st 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, ... Read More »

Fishing the Ten Thousand Islands in April

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Spring is here and April is a more than welcomed month here in the Ten Thousand Islands. Spring is here, the cold fronts and windy days are about over, and the fishing is typically fantastic! Near coastal water temperatures are averaging 80 degrees, with air temperatures in the mid 80’s. The full moon this April falls on the 4thth and the new moon is on the 19th. April is the first month of the year that we will not have any extreme negative low tides to be concerned with. We will have some ... Read More »