It’s basketball mania at Lely High School on Saturday for the 2nd annual Lee/Collier Basketball Bash.
Ryan Bowen, host coach, said, “We started the showcase to put teams from the neighboring counties against one another. Our thought was to mimic the ACC/ Big Ten challenge. Eventually we would like to expand the field to get the best seven teams from each county and go head to head.”
Bowen thinks there are some great matchups.
The 1 p.m. game features Cape Coral against Community School of Naples.
“Both teams shoot the 3 and like to get in transition,” Bowen said.
The 2:45 game features Riverdale and Golden Gate.
“Both teams are athletic and fun to watch,” Bowen said.
The 4:30 game will have Mariner taking on Gulf Coast.
“The two teams are very well coached and do a great job of executing in the half court,” Bowen said.
The fourth game, at 6:15 p.m., features South Fort Myers and Barron Collier, with Old Dominion commit Deion Clark.
The last game has the host school Lely Trojans taking on the Green Wave of Fort Myers.
“This will be a great test for the young Trojans as the square off with the 2010 state Champions,” Bowen said. “It will feature two young ball clubs who are looking to find their way. Hopefully this will be an exciting day of basketball and will become a tradition in Southwest Florida hoops.”
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Ripken Baseball joins Gulf Coast Little League
Over the years Marco Island has been involved in two baseball programs.
They participated in the Gulf Coast Little League and the last few years on the island Cal Ripken Baseball League.
In order to make a stronger, more competitive league for both leagues the organizations have come up with a merger, spanning the next two baseball seasons, reports Shaun Chute, Ripken League president.
Gulf Coast Little League will have practices and a portion of their games here on Marco Island fields. This year all baseball players, ages 9 and older, are asked to sign up with Gulf Coast Little League, either by attending their registration at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Mackle Park Recreation Center, or by going online to www.eteamz.com/GCLL and GCLL.firstname.lastname@example.org
As for the younger kids ages, 4 to 8, both leagues will remain the same this year. The Cal Ripken League is taking registration now and practices and games will be on Marco starting in a few weeks. You can read more and get a registration form on the website at www.leaguelineup.com/marcoislandbaseball The Gulf Coast Little League is also taking registration at the present time.
Next year, for the 2013 season, all Marco Island Cal Ripken players will move to Gulf Coast Little League, with practices on Marco and games on Marco and Naples baseball fields.
The merger of both leagues will give the kids the opportunity to play better ball and have the competition and opportunities of post season ball, including tournaments and all-star games that larger leagues have.
Chutes asks players get your applications in now. The more kids the better the teams and more games on Marco, he said.