By Roger LaLonde
Is the Marco Island Charter Middle School moving a step closer to having a football team with tryouts on Thursday at the school?
Candidates will have their fist tryout, beginning at 3:30 p.m., at the new site for football and soccer on school grounds.
Roger Rayonnd, the school’s athletic director, would not comment, only to say, “We are going to hold some tryouts to get a feel for this, starting on Thursday.”
An initial survey last week survey showed that 50 boys and 20 girls were interested in football. This group is expected to attend the tryout session. Kids in sixth through eighth grades are eligible.
Mike Vanderjagt, who is expected to be the head coach, said a number of the kids who have shown interest have experienced football through the Optimist football Eagles program.
The Optimist Club of Marco Island, whose football program is led by Ed Webb, said last week that the Optimists are not against the team formation.
Raymond said then that there are teams in a 45-minute radius that would be interested in playing the Eagles.