Marco Island Half Marathon and 5K Walk/Run

Runners of all levels are invited to participate in the Marco Island Half-Marathon and 5K Walk/Run on Sunday, March 18, 2018. The Half Marathon is in its tenth year, and the 5K Walk/Run is celebrating its sixth event. The events have grown from Collier and Lee County residents to include participants from all over the United States and Canada. A […]

Olympic Observations


I have spent my entire life residing on the Gulf coast at an elevation that has been either at or below sea level. Because of this fact, I have never had the opportunity to participate in any type of winter related sports. I refer to these sports as being any activity that includes snow, ice or mountains as part of […]

Game, Set, Match

Age is no barrier for Corky Trebilcock and Tio Campanile when it comes to taking part in the sport they love. They teamed up at the respective ages of 84 and 91 to take on any and all competitors in the men’s doubles portion of the 27th Love of the Y tennis tournament, the annual fundraiser for the Greater Marco […]

Speed Zone


As tennis players gain confidence in their abilities and advance their level of play, they start to hit the ball faster (utilizing more MPH’s) and heavier (utilizing more RPM’s). The two kind of go hand in glove with one another, because the harder you hit the ball, the more spin you need to apply to the ball to keep it […]

Lady Rays Advance to Semi-Finals

But lose in double overtime heartbreaker to ECS

The Marco Island Academy (MIA) girls soccer team ended their regular season, in third place of their league, with a record of 11-4-1. On Monday, January 22, they opened the District playoffs at Winterberry Park with a hard fought win, 4-0, over a surprisingly resilient St. John Neumann’s (SJN) team. That game was a 1-0 nail biter until midway in […]

From Rags to Riches

Lady Rays seniors have seen it all

Four years ago, freshmen Kayla Kladis, Elizabeth Schultheis, Julia Wagner, Olivia Watt, and Danya Zarate joined a hapless Marco Island girls soccer team, which had gone winless the year before. Also joining was Jim Watt, a father of one of the players with no high school coaching experience. Although going winless in their first season (2014-15), this group would form […]

Lely Edges Barron Collier in Thriller

For the unindoctrinated fan, it would have been hard to fathom that Lely and Barron Collier were struggling teams with a combined 11-29 record. Because on Thursday, January 25 at the Lely gym, the two crosstown rivals put on a show that had the partisan crowd as excited about the outcome as if a district title was on the line. […]

The Proof is in the Paddle


As the sport of pickleball grows, several “mom and pop” companies have ventured into the pickleball paddle business. These entrepreneurial manufacturers are attempting to grab a piece of what is presenting itself to be a very popular and profitable marketplace. The USAPA governs the specifications of pickleballs and pickleball paddles; they monitor and oversee the materials used, as well as […]

What’s My Line?


I remember the old game show on TV called “What’s My Line?” where celebrity contestants would ask questions to try to figure out the usually, somewhat obscure occupation of the mystery guest. As a coach and instructor, when I inquire as to a player’s ability or level in the sport of pickleball, I often feel like a contestant on that […]

ACS Imagination Ball Honors Ray and Louise Jean

On February 10, 2018, the JW Marriott Marco Island will shine with the message of hope as the American Cancer Society will “Reach For the Stars to Find a Cure,” the 2018 ACS Imagination Ball, presented by Corrie Grado and chaired by Debra Shanahan. Featuring fine food, music by the Stacey Allison Band and both live and silent auctions, this […]

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