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Four Things to Pack For Your Charter Boat Trip


FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps When you go out on a charter boat trip, you want to be prepared to have a really great day out on the water! In order to make sure you’re prepared, there are some things you can bring along with you to make your trip even more successful.   The 4 things you should pack for your charter boat trip are: Snacks and water – The proper nourishment will keep you fueled up to reel in the big one! It’s important to remember that spending a day out on the water, especially when it’s ... Read More »

Putting – Beyond the Mechanics

Set two tees down on the target side, and behind the golf ball, both tees  equal distance from the ball. Make a few strokes from a distance that the back and forward swing would be approximately where the tees are. No target is needed for this drill. Check
to make sure your backswing is not shorter than your forward stroke. SUBMITTED PHOTO

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott There are many myths being told between playing companions. One of the sources that keep the myths going is the TV announcer who is in the booth analyzing professional golf tournaments. Many of these TV personalities played golf in the 80’s and 90’s, and have really not been around instructors, new technology, and other educational sources since then. They seem to still use the same sayings that were popular before new technology tools have proven, or disproven these common phrases. One example of a common phrase that has been proven to be incorrect is: “he/she ... Read More »

Order in the Court

Photo 1: Rafael Nadal 
sliding into a shot at the French Open. SUBMITTED PHOTO

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark You quite often hear the tennis commentators on TV comment as to what the players think of the court conditions at various tournaments. At the U.S. Open, you may hear something like, “the courts are playing faster here in New York than they did in Cincinnati or New Haven.” Or how the weather conditions at the French Open are affecting the speed of the court and the bounce of the ball. And let’s not forget the ever-changing conditions of the grass courts during the fortnight at Wimbledon. Whether we are talking hard courts or clay courts, ... Read More »

Team Tennis Dilemma: One Captain or Two


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne CTA or USTA team tennis offers distinct challenges each season, and picking the ‘right’ captain or captains is crucial to the success of the tennis operation. Moreover, when club teams win each week, there is a special buzz at the club. In my practices, I have enjoyed exceptional team captain, as well as the co-captain set up. There are many factors in determining which direction to move. For example, if the club head pro is “hands on”- sets up each roster, designs team practices and has weekly meetings with each team. In this particular case, ... Read More »

Fall Athletes Honored on MIA Senior Night

Cheerleaders hold up a banner for their football players to crunch on Senior Night, pertaining to the last time the team was to play under the lights at

By Roger LaLonde What started to be a nasty night, with high winds and rain, was still a memorable evening as the Marco Island Academy Senior Night at Winterberry Park on October 30. The game was nerve racking as MIA battled back to take the lead, but fell to Evangelical Christian School in the last 17 seconds, 30-26. At halftime, senior fall athletes on football, cheerleading, golf and swimming teams were honored.     Read More »

Center for the Arts Golf Tournament

Curt Koon, John Dougherty, Vip Grover and Jacquie Koon

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts held its Third Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday October 31, 2015 at Hammock Bay Golf and Country Club. With a shotgun start at 8:30 AM, the players swung away, with many successfully hitting balls from tee to fairway and even from fairway to green. Getting the ball in the hole proved a challenge for many, but everyone enjoyed a hearty lunch and a few good laughs at what proved to be a perfect day for golf. The tournament included 112 golfers playing for the education programs of Marco Island Center for the ... Read More »

Lady Rays Make History

Lady Rays after first-ever victory. PHOTO BY JENNY CARTWRIGHT

Submitted On Friday evening, November 6, after two years of futility, the Marco Island Academy (MIA) Girls’ Soccer Team exploded for the team’s first win, ever – a convincing 7 to 1 victory over Seacrest. This is only the third season of existence for this team at the still very young MIA. Jim Watt became their coach last year, when the team went 0 and 16, the same as the year before under a different coach. Before this season, Watt told me that there were some pretty good freshmen joining the team, and that they would be heard from sooner ... Read More »

Robinson downs Lely for regional title

The Lady Trojans celebrate an early score in the Class 5A Regional final at Lely on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Unfortunately they couldn’t hold the momentum, losing three straight games to Tampa Robinson.

By Roger LaLonde The team that makes the fewest mistakes wins. That sums up Tampa Robinson sweeping Lely in the Class 5A regional final on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Lely jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first game. That would be the last time it led in a game until late in the third game, but Robinson came back to finish off the Lady Trojans, ending their season, again without winning a regional championship. It was a bitter loss for a team that thought they would finally end what has seemed like a curse. With service problems and mistakes ... Read More »

Marco loses in electrifying finish

Marco Island's Tyler Gresham outruns Evangelical defenders on a 65-yard TD run on Friday, Oct. 30. The Sentinels scored in the last 16 seconds to down Marco, 30-26.

By Roger LaLonde An electrifying pass play, with but 16 seconds left, sent Marco Island Academy to a crushing 30-26 defeat on Friday, Oct. 30. Evangelical Christian quartberack Mikey Marcelak somehow tossed a 27-yard touchdown pass to Jerramie Joseph with two MIA players all over him. Joseph caught the ball and surged to the end zone for the game winner. The game ended with MIA’s Tyler Gresham trying valiantly to make a running play that just wouldn’t be. He lay helpless on the field as the clock ran out. In a game where the MIA defense tackled Evangelical runners for ... Read More »

Rays Fall, Lely Wins Rays Host Evangelical Christian on Senior Night

By Roger LaLonde Marco Island Academy (MIA) and Lely football fortunes differed on Friday, October 23. The Rays got themselves back into the game before a fourth-quarter barrage of points saw Community School of Naples win 69-37. Lely used a passing and running game to take an early 20-0 lead in its 27-8 victory over Cypress Lake. The area’s top passing quarterback, Andrew Fowler, threw for 354 yards and four touchdown passes. Austin Gross stepped up, as MIA’s running game was lacking two of its best runners. Gross ran for 116 yards, including a touchdown and caught six passes for ... Read More »

Haire, Ziegelmaier Earn FACA honors

Lely’s Lady Trojans Varsity Volleyball Team won  the District Championship. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Lely volleyball coach Christine Haire and player Kaitlyn Ziegelmaier were among the top honorees for Florida Athletic Coaches Association District 18 honors. Kaitlyn Ziegelmaier of Lely (Class 5A) Emily Hancock of Seacrest (Class 2A) and Kenzie Ackerman of Gulf Coast (Class 7A) were named players of the year in their respective classes. Emily Moore of Evangelical Christian (Class 3A), Mindy Mabry of Bishop Verot (Class 4A), and Alayna Ryan of Fort Myers (Class 6A) were the other players of the year. Hancock was also named Senior All-Star Player of the Year. Moore was first runner-up, ... Read More »

An Interview with YMCA Tennis Director Roberto Saad

Roberto Saad was ranked number 36 tennis player in the world in 1988.

By Samantha Husted Meet Roberto Saad, the Marco Island YMCA’s newest tennis director. Roberto’s life and tennis career has been nothing short of amazing. He’s traveled all over the world, played in tournaments such as the Davis Cup, won two doubles titles, and in 1988 he was number 36 in the world, a feat very few can claim. Now, he’s here on Marco Island to share his wisdom of the game and his philosophies on life, which to him are inextricable. Let’s start with the beginning, when did you first start playing tennis and how do you get involved with ... Read More »

MIA Girls Soccer Team Breaks Long Losing Streak


By Barry Gwinn On Tuesday evening, the Marco Island Academy (MIA) girls soccer team tied Golden Gate High School, breaking a losing streak that lasted all of last season. Down one-nothing at the half, the Rays tied the game early in the second half with a goal by freshman Abi Merideth, assist by Julia Wagner. Golden Gate then retook the lead with another goal. With about 10 minutes left in the game, MIA freshman Miranda Webb tied the game, scoring off a blocked shot by the Golden Gate goalkeeper. That was the last of the scoring. The Rays were understandably ... Read More »

Hart, Poling Lead Marco to Second-Place Finish

The field blasts off the starting line in the race on Saturday, October 24. PHOTOS BY PATRICIA POLING

By Roger LaLonde Again it was a battle of girl’s teams at the Collier County Athletic Conference Cross Country Middle School Championships on Saturday, October 24. Gulfview and Marco Island girls battled, but the outcome was the same. Gulfview placed its top five runners in the first 14, while Marco Island Charter Middle School’s top five placed in the first 19. Gulfview’s low score of 41 edged Marco with 53. No one else was close. Third went to Pine Ridge with 98 points. North Naples, 99 and Oak Ridge, 130, rounded out the top five schools. In the boys event, ... Read More »

Stretton Returns to MIA


By Roger LaLonde Mums the word when it comes to Cole Stretton returning to Marco Island Academy (MIA) in time for basketball season. Stretton decided to transfer in the fall to play his senior year at Lely, with the hopes of greater exposure for scholarship opportunities by playing at the 5A level, rather than MIA’s 2A team. The reason for coming back to MIA is not clear. In an email, William Mottola, Lely athletic director, gave a “No comment” remark when asked if there was a reason for Stretton leaving Lely. In a text, Roger Raymond, MIA basketball coach, confirmed ... Read More »


Roger Federer hitting his slice.

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark Taking my own advice from one of my previous articles, “Listen and Learn,” I was recently watching and listening to a post-match discussion earlier this year with Darren Cahill, former coach of Roger Federer. Cahill was commenting in regards to Federer, stating that while Roger prefers to offensively dominate in a match, he is so good at knowing when to play defense and when to play offense. With all sports there are times that offense is played, and there are times when defense is played. In most other sports, there is a definite separation of offense ... Read More »

Setting Intentions

The Line Drill (above) - Paint a line, with course marking paint, and hit golf balls that sit on top of the line. This will help determine initial club to
ground interaction entry point.

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott As golfers we can try a million different techniques or sensations when playing golf. One sensation might work for one swing. Another swing, though, might work for five or six holes. So which sensations are correct, and which sensations are not? As an instructor, I am trying to get people to be consistently better. My correction cannot be telling a student a sensation they should have. I prefer to help students set intentions, and guide them beyond that point. Whatever technique or sensation helps them accomplish this intention is the correct one; the sensation is ... Read More »

Lely Advances in 5A Regional Volleyball


By Roger LaLonde The Lely volleyball team is traveling a course where they have been before. This time though their goal is to get past the roadblock that has hit them for two years; Not winning a regional title to move onto the state semifinals. The Lady Trojans have won two district championships the past two years, yet have lost in the regional finals. On Tuesday, October 27, Lely downed Bradenton-Bayshore, 25-22, 25-15, 16-25, 25-21. They travel to Dunedin for a regional semifinal 5A match at 2 PM on Saturday, October 30. Dunedin, 5A-District 11 champ, downed Immokalee in four ... Read More »

Isles of Capri, Marco Swimmers Shine in Meets

MIA’s three-member swim team (from left): senior Kasey Bersh, sophomores Susan Faremouth and Lisa Cottage-Ramnick.  PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Roger LaLonde Lely and Marco Island Academy swimmers made a big splash in district meets last week. With just three swimmers on the MIA team, coach Kamal Farhat has made the most of their ability. All three will compete in regional races at the Sarasota YMCA pool on Saturday, October 31. Kasey Bersh, Susan Faremouth and Lisa Cottage-Ramnick qualified for regionals with strong finishes in the Class 1A-District 9 meet. Bersh, a senior, had personal best times in winning the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events. In the 50 free her time was 25.63 and in the 100 it was ... Read More »

13th Street Skim Jam


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Old Naples Surf Shop put on their annual 13th Street Skim Jam contest. The competition was complemented by gorgeous weather and brought out a wide age range of competitors, as well as a crowd of spectators, to the beach. The wave action may have been a bit flat for skimmers, but they did the best they could to get some ‘air,’ as seen here. Age 10 and under: 1st Place- Corey Klint 2nd Place- Kai Spitzer 3rd Place- Dean Reynolds Ages 11-14: 1st Place- Shane Figas 2nd Place- Jacob Carter 3rd Place- Jack Smith ... Read More »