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Lely Homecoming Win over Dunbar

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By Roger LaLonde Lely fans were breathless at the end of the Lely Homecoming win over Dunbar, 27-24 on Sept.16. The noise card that was supposed to inspire the Trojans, was left laying on the ground that in the first half as Dunbar built a 16-0 lead. Only a miraculous pass-catch play of 53 yards from quarterback Jacquez Carter to Jean Joseph in the second quarter left the Trojans down 17-6, but that started the comeback. In the third quarter the Trojans pounded the Dunbar defensive line while Carter went to the air. Joseph and Taejon Wright each caught TD ... Read More »

Karen Raymond Didn’t Miss a Note

Karen Raymond with the cast of “Alice in Wonderland.” Submitted Photos

By Roger LaLonde At seven, Karen Garriott was already interested in music, playing the piano. In junior high Karen continued with piano, adding the school choir and singing at church in her hometown of Indianapolis. She went on to Ball State University, majoring in music education and minoring in piano, adding musical theater. She was part of the Ball State University singers who performed at the National Governors Convention, with Governor Ronald Reagan the headliner. She met Roger Raymond, a Ball State basketball player, who was pledging Lambda Chi Alpha with two of her friends. She had joined Chi Omega. ... Read More »

Roger Raymond, a Middle School Sports Icon

Roger Raymond relaxing at his desk at Marco Island Charter Middle School.

By Roger LaLonde Roger and Karen Raymond went from having a band to owning a music store, when Roger was asked if he would be interested in serving as athletic director for a new school opening in 1998. Roy Radlovacki and John Pike had children enrolled and wanted to get a sports program going at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. The Raymonds had lived on Marco, part or full time, since 1984. They completed their time as the house band at the Marco Marriott in 1994 and bought a music store. It was named Morningstar music, just like the ... Read More »

MICMS Alum Shadrick Takes Over as Athletic Director

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Damien Shadrick takes over as new athletic director at Marco Island Charter Middle School.

By Roger LaLonde Damien Shadrick attended Marco Island Charter Middle School in its infancy. It was 1998 and the school was made up of portable trailers. He played on the team’s first basketball team under Roger Raymond, the school’s first athletic director. The team went an undefeated, 9-0. “It’s a bit surreal now,” Shadrick says with a smile. “I can hardly believe that I am taking over for Roger.” Shadrick became the new athletic director in mid-August when Roger and Karen Raymond announced they were moving to Orlando for family health reasons. As Raymond was leaving he showed Shadrick a ... Read More »

Olympic Opportunity

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Coach Wayne’s Corner  Wayne Clark I have always enjoyed rooting for the underdog. Even more so, watching underdogs win! Such was the case in both men’s and women’s tennis in this year’s Olympic Games. The tennis coverage of the 2016 Olympics on Bravo network was fantastic. Virtually every match that was played was available to be watched. It was great seeing Juan Martin Del Potro giving it his all for the entire tournament, and proudly ending up a silver medalist against Andy Murray in the final match. On the women’s side, Monica Puig, became not only the first woman from ... Read More »

A Tough Game Ahead For MIA Football

MIA football team is lined up and ready to go for its preseason game. Photos by Roger LaLonde

By Roger LaLonde The Marco Island Academy (MIA) football team travels to Lake Highland Prep in Orlando for a 7 PM game on September 2. Marco Island’s game with St. Petersburg- Shorecrest Prep on August 26 was canceled due to severe weather. Distance and a non-district game determined the game will not be made up. The highly-touted 5A Highlanders won easily on August 26, downing Lake Weir, 36-19. The score was closer than the game as Lakeland used many subs in the fourth quarter, giving up 12 points, while the Highlanders scored three. A year ago 2A MIA hosted Lake ... Read More »

MIA Cross Country Makes Its Move

From left: MIA Coach Bruce Kretschmer with girls team members Morgan Jones, Danya Zarate, Kayla Kladis, Anna Chamberlin, Olivia Watt, Teagan Havemeier and Julia Wagner. Jim Watt in back

By Roger LaLonde Just a few years ago the Marco Island Academy (MIA) cross country team consisted of three girls. Today, coach Bruce Kretschmer is smiling as he has full girls and boys teams to compete in Class 2A-District 10. In the Lemon Bay Invitational on August 27, out of the 20 teams from all school sizes, the MIA girls came in 12th. Junior Olivia Watt ran to ninth place in 21:52. “That is a good time for her first race of the season,” Kretschmer said. Last season she was steps away from getting out of the regional and running ... Read More »

Running a Natural Parting for the Raymonds

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Roger Raymond leads runners for a casual jaunt at his going away run.

By Roger LaLonde Like thousands of practices, Roger Raymond led his stalwarts on a run around Mackle Park, but it wasn’t the same. It was his athletes, young and older, and parents, gathering to recognize him and wife Karen for their years of service to Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS), Marco Island Academy (MIA) and the community. Karen Raymond, as school musical director, put on outstanding musicals. She has been Roger’s assistant coach for countless MICMS cross country and track meets. She became team manager and statistician supreme. The Raymonds are moving to Orlando due to an illness in ... Read More »

Y Kids Put Through Olympic Paces

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Submitted Shades of the recent Rio Olympics came to the Greater Marco Family YMCA recently when staff members combined to offer tastes of swimming, basketball and tennis to youngsters who might not have tried them before. “We decided we wanted a family fun night,” said the Y’s Healthy Living Director, Deborah Passero. “The kids were from 3 years old and up, and what we saw was a great turnout. We combined all our departments (business, swimming, tennis and after-school), blending people who work here together. It’s the way to become stronger together.” And certainly to inspire kids to maybe take ... Read More »

The Importance of Holding Serve

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Coach Wayne’s Corner  Wayne Clark I enjoy watching tennis and golf on television because the commentators (who are usually retired champions themselves) do such a great job of explaining what is occurring mentally and emotionally with a player, which directly translates to what is occurring physically as the players compete. How many times do you hear winning players being asked, “What made the difference in your game today?” In tennis they usually say something like, “My serve was really on today,” or a golfer, after a good round stating, “I was hitting my driver well today.” Like hitting a good ... Read More »

The Primary Care Physician and YOU

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To Your Health Scott Lowe  It’s often been said that there is no “I” in team. That may be true, but when it comes to those who make up your health care team, the INDIVIDUAL reigns. The people who cater to your health care needs must do so with a teamwork mentality—yet maintain a solitary focus on Number One: Y-O-U. Many individuals falsely believe they only need a doctor when they are sick; however, having a primary care physician may be the very reason you remain healthy. Not only does he or she provide you with necessary preventative care—in staying ... Read More »

Sailing Center’s Summer Program Ends

The MICSC summer camp participants in action. Photo by Mary Lee Cale

By Don Manley Rocky Cale is looking forward to the fall after another successful summer for the Marco Island Community Sailing Center’s youth program. “Our advanced class really took off this year, which is what we were really trying to achieve,” said Cale, the nonprofit’s president, said of enrollment in the summertime program. The Marco Island Community Sailing Center (MICSC) provides instruction to youths between the ages of 8 and 18 at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. The year-round program, which operates from the Marco Island Yacht Club beach, also provides instruction to adults, including private lessons. For the ... Read More »

Marco Optimists Clean up in Orlando

Coach Jim Watt fires up his U10 team up before the big game. As always, he has their undivided attention.

Jake Watt’s Big Day  By Barry Gwinn Jim Watt is the volunteer varsity soccer coach at Marco Island Academy. He is the only coach the team has ever had. His daughter Olivia, now a junior, is a star on the team. Olivia has two younger brothers, Jake, at Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE), and Jonathan at Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS), both soccer players par excellence. Watt is national sales manager for a thriving family business, King’s Company (commercial lumber), which has now gone global. He is constantly on the road keeping his customers happy and signing up new ... Read More »

Lely Opens with Island Coast

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A Lely defender flies to block a Noah Reich field goal, but is a bit late as it sails 42 yards through the uprights. The holder is and will be Hakeem Durity.

By Roger LaLonde It is a new head coach, with mostly new assistants, looking to begin a new day with the Lely football program. It starts with Lely’s first fall game at 7 PM August 19, hosting Island Coast. Maurice Belser gained his first experience with the Trojans in its spring game, shortly after replacing Culmer St. Jean. Belser chose to replace many long-time coaches as he puts his mark on this year’s team. New coaches include Derek Woods, linebackers, Cliff Cook, defensive backs, Bill Dunne, defensive linemen, Allen Carter, offensive coordinator and Talise Simeon, receivers. Returning is Mike Cassio, ... Read More »

MIA Opens at Home Against Gateway Charte

Coach Damon Coiro sets up play during practice.

By Roger LaLonde The lightning warning went off, forcing the Marco Island Academy football team to practice under a pavilion, behind Marco Island Charter Middle School on August 15. The team is hoping they will provide its own lightning when it opens its season at home against Fort Myers-Gateway Charter at 7:30 PM on August 19 at Winterberry Park. The Manta Rays lost 12 starters from a year ago, but is steadily building its own leaders. “Bon Deese has been phenomenal,” Coach Damon Coiro said. “He and Tyler Gresham are all in to bring success to the team.” Deese and ... Read More »

Rays Down Gateway Charter 45-38

MIA football team is lined up and ready to go for its preseason game.

By Roger LaLonde When the Marco Island Academy defensive line stuffed the quarterback on the last two plays of the game, the Rays earned a hard-fought win over Fort Myers-Gateway Charter, 45-38 on Aug. 19. First-year coach Damon Coiro’s team was looking to shed its losing ways over its first four years. They did it in dramatic fashion as they rallied their way on offense and defense. Coiro ran onto the field to share a bear hug with Tyler Gresham who scored three touchdowns and made numerous plays on defense. Many of the players came off the field in tears ... Read More »

Raymonds Resign

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By Roger LaLonde In a shocking move to most, Roger and Karen Raymond have resigned from Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS), effective September 1. Roger Raymond has served as athletic director for MICMS since the beginning, creating all sports programs. He did the same for Marco Island Academy before resigning last year. Karen Raymond has been the school’s musical director from the start, some 14 years ago. Her many musical productions were highlights each year. Raymond is known throughout the state for his coaching abilities. His outstanding record at MICMS as a cross country, track and basketball coach put ... Read More »

In the Spirit to Serve: Marriott Raises Over $97K for Relay For Life

From left: Chris Major, Rick Medwedeff, Cathy Nelson, Sue Olszak, Lisa Honig, Katie Betz and Kathy Cleeland
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By Maureen Chodaba The spirit of giving was evident on July 26 at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort as Rick Medwedeff, general manager and Chris Major, general manager of golf operations and Spirit to Serve chair, presented a check in the amount of $97,655.92 to the American Cancer Society (ACS). The funds were raised through various activities of the Marriott Relay For Life team, led by team captain Jaclyn Moser-Wilmet. These activities included a golf tournament held at Hammock Bay, as well as the fundraising efforts at the actual Relay For Life event. Held at Mackle Park on April ... Read More »

Where’s Stef?

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Stef at the 2016 Christmas Island Style golf tournament, which he helped organize.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Coastal Breeze News is pleased to announce that reporter Steve Stefanides, widely known in the community as “Stef,” has joined their team. Steve will be writing on local civic and public interest news, and will contribute a regular opinion column. Steve says, “I really have enjoyed the last three years covering the news here on the island. So when a group as accomplished and respected as the Coastal Breeze staff approached me with the opportunity to continue in that role I was delighted to accept their offer.” Publisher Val Simon says, “Steve is an important voice ... Read More »

Communication Breakdown

Venus and Serena discussing strategy in between points. Submitted Photos

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com In all sports, focus and concentration are a vital part of winning. In most sports, coaches on the sidelines are able to constantly observe and advise on a play-by-play status, allowing the athletes to be able to focus solely on performing. Pickleball, like the sport of tennis, requires players to be their own coach and it is quite a challenge to play the dual role of competitor and coach all at the same time. In both the sports of tennis and pickleball, players must be able to remain focused and compete, while having to ... Read More »