In its third seasonMarco Island Academy wins first two district games

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 Marco Island Academy's Cole Stretton squeezes by two Canterbury defenders for two of his 19 points in the Academy's 67-51 loss on Dec. 3.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Marco Island Academy's Cole Stretton squeezes by two Canterbury defenders for two of his 19 points in the Academy's 67-51 loss on Dec. 3.

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 Marco Island Academy's Preston Reese (30) swats away a Canterbury shot in the Manta Rays 67-51 loss on Dec. 3

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Roger LaLonde Staff Marco Island Academy's Preston Reese (30) swats away a Canterbury shot in the Manta Rays 67-51 loss on Dec. 3

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 Marco Island's Patrick Michel gets through two defenders for a basket in the Manta Rays 67-51 loss to Canterbury on Dec. 3.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Marco Island's Patrick Michel gets through two defenders for a basket in the Manta Rays 67-51 loss to Canterbury on Dec. 3.

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 Marco Island's Peter Servente drives by Canterbury's Edward Zurita as teammate Carver Stevenson comes up to help. The Manta Rays lost to Canterbury, 67-51, on Dec. 3.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Marco Island's Peter Servente drives by Canterbury's Edward Zurita as teammate Carver Stevenson comes up to help. The Manta Rays lost to Canterbury, 67-51, on Dec. 3.

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 Marco Island Academy's Preston Reese soars over Canterbury defenders for a basket in his team's loss, 67-51, on Dec. 3.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Marco Island Academy's Preston Reese soars over Canterbury defenders for a basket in his team's loss, 67-51, on Dec. 3.

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 Roger Raymond, Marco Island Academy coach, joins hands with his team against Canterbury on Dec. 3. Marco lost, but Raymond is confident that they will have a good season.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Roger Raymond, Marco Island Academy coach, joins hands with his team against Canterbury on Dec. 3. Marco lost, but Raymond is confident that they will have a good season.

In its third season

Marco Island Academy wins first two district games

Marco Island Academy ventures into its third basketball season, with more experienced mates on board and winning its first two district games.

This is the Manta Rays first year in Class 2A-District 10 competition that includes Seacrest, Everglades City and Ahfachkee, near Clewiston.

The Manta Rays have a good chance to make the district playoffs as two teams get to represent Class 2A-District.

In district play the Manta Rays defeated Seacrest, 69-27 and Ahfachkee, 56-17, last week, upping their record to 3-5.

Three seasons ago Raymond gathered players for an historic beginning at the first-year school. The team went 1-9.

“The roster had some kids who had not played middle school basketball and for sure not high school,” Raymond said.

The roster listed only freshmen and sophomores as those were the only grades when the Academy started.

In its second season “We had athletes with a year experience and others who had played middle and high school ball as the school added juniors,” Raymond said.

Freshman Cole Stretton and juniors Preston Reese, Jared Jackson and Peter Servente led the team to a 12-13 mark.

“It was a 180-degree turn in experience,” Raymond said.

Stretton, Reese and Servente are the stalwarts to this year’s edition. Al three are strong on defense and offense.

In the two district victories, Stretton scored 19 points against Seacrest and 16 against Ahfachkee. Reese took care of the boards in both games and scored 16 against Seacrest. Servente too played well on defense, scoring 14 against Ahfachkee.

The supporting cast includes junior Connor Schmidt, sophomores Patrick Michel, Miles Carlisle, Brandon and Austin Estremera, Brian Flynn, Paul Reisinger, Steve Linton and Isaiah Irquidez.

Stretton, Carlisle, Reese, Servente and Brandon Estremera can shoot the 3-pointers.

Inside play is a problem as Reese is the only consistent rebounder and he is not big compared to other schools.

Reese is 6-foot-1, 152 pounds. Reserve center Schmidt is 6-2, 150 pounds.

“We have trouble going up against taller, more bulky forwards and centers,” Raymond said. “Preston is our best jumper. Other teams beat us up on the boards.”

Of their 0-4 start, they show losses against Palmetto Ridge, Immokalee and Ida Baker, all schools with larger enrollments than Marco Island Academy.

“We have to out hustle our opponents,” Raymond said.

Already looking farther ahead, “I believe that we will be a team to be reckoned with next year as we gain even more experience,” he said.

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Konfuzius writes:

State of the Art!

Northerner writes:

Kon, what ever do you mean by "state of the art." I don't think a "D" rated trailer park HS is "state of the art", and neither is a basketball team that makes it to districts. Please explain.

Konfuzius writes:

All beginning is not easy. Misses Watt a vision and realized it. What kind of vision did you realized in your life? America was conquered and build with trailers. I guess you miss some very good movies with Audy Murphy. So - what is wrong with that?

Ruger writes:

in response to Northerner:

Kon, what ever do you mean by "state of the art." I don't think a "D" rated trailer park HS is "state of the art", and neither is a basketball team that makes it to districts. Please explain.

Trailer park? name calling...a sure sign of defeat and desperation.

MIMS started the same way a long time ago and is now the best performing middle school in Collier County, try to get a perspective.

Northerner writes:

Kon,I see what you're saying and there is nothing wrong with having a vision. I just wouldn't call it state of the art at this point. Just my opinion.

RugerMarcoDesperateMomface, try to get educated. Calling a trailer park a trailer park is not name calling. It's a HS made of trailers in a park...hence trailer park HS. Get it? The time you called the Sanctuary advocates "crooked nuts" now that is name calling at its worst. Lastly, a person with lots and lots of money such as I is neither desperate nor defeated.

Ruger writes:

in response to Northerner:

Kon,I see what you're saying and there is nothing wrong with having a vision. I just wouldn't call it state of the art at this point. Just my opinion.

RugerMarcoDesperateMomface, try to get educated. Calling a trailer park a trailer park is not name calling. It's a HS made of trailers in a park...hence trailer park HS. Get it? The time you called the Sanctuary advocates "crooked nuts" now that is name calling at its worst. Lastly, a person with lots and lots of money such as I is neither desperate nor defeated.

Nice backpeddle, but you are wrong.

It's a High School not a Trailer Park, some of the best schools have started this way...like it or not.

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