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Full gallery »Prep football: Lely vs. East Lee

  • Lely's Riczer Desvaristes (44) tries to strip the ball from East Lee's Pierre Raymond during the first half as East Lee High School visited Lely for a Friday night football game on Oct. 9, 2009. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Lely running back Willie Pugh (2) tries to break the tackle of East Lee's Nate Duncan (40) during the first half as East Lee High School visited Lely for a Friday night football game on Oct. 9, 2009. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Lely's Darion Hall breaks away from all East Lee tacklers on his way to a 48-yard touchdown during the first half as East Lee High School visited Lely for a Friday night football game on Oct. 9, 2009. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Lely's Donard Noel (5) disrupts a pass to East Lee's Jeremy Thomas (7) during the first half as East Lee High School visited Lely for a Friday night football game on Oct. 9, 2009. Lely lead at the half 34-3. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Lely's Michael Snyder (10) tries to strip the ball from East Lee quarterback Marcus Simmons (16) during the second half as East Lee High School visited Lely for a Friday night football game on Oct. 9, 2009. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Lely's Romamthi Mathurin (88) jumps for a ball in the end zone as he is face guarded by East Lee's Jeremy Thomas (7) resulting in a pass interference penalty during the first half as East Lee High School visited Lely for a Friday night football game on Oct. 9, 2009. Lely won 34-3. Greg Kahn/Staff


Full gallery »Prep football: Lely vs. Golden Gate

  • Golden Gate quarterback Devin Woods (6) is tackled by Lely cornerback Makinton Dorleant (7). Photo by Gary Jung
  • Golden Gate quarterback Devin Woods (6) runs for yardage. Photo by Gary Jung
  • Lely running back Darion Hall (9) carries the ball in wet conditions after a two hour rain delay in a game against Golden Gate. Photo by Gary Jung
  • Lely quarterback Sean O'Regan (12) hands off to running back Darion Hall (9). Photo by Gary Jung
  • Golden Gate's Matthew Rafferty at end of game. Photo by Gary Jung
  • Lely won over Golden Gate 21-7 in high school football action.  Photo by Gary Jung


Full gallery »Prep football: Lely at Immokalee

  • Lely running back Darion Hall scores a Lely's second touch down of the night during the first half of the football game between the Lely High School and Immokalee High School on Friday night in Immokalee.  Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Immokalee's quarterback Kovan McSwain is sacked by a Lely opponent during the first half of the football game between the Lely High School and Immokalee High School on Friday night in Immokalee. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Lely's Ben Jean, right, runs in for a touch down during the first half of the football game between the Lely High School and Immokalee High School on Friday night in Immokalee.  Lexey Swall/Staff
  • An Immokalee assistant coach yells instructions from the side line the first half of the football game between the Lely High School and Immokalee High School on Friday night in Immokalee.  Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Immokalee's Mackeuro Alexander celebrates after Immokalee forces a turnover during the first half of the football game between the Lely High School and Immokalee High School on Friday night in Immokalee. Lely beat Immokalee 21-6. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • The football gets lost in a pile up after an Immokalee fumble during the first half of the football game between the Lely High School and Immokalee High School on Friday night in Immokalee. Lely beat Immokalee 21-6. Lexey Swall/Staff


Full gallery »Prep football: Lely High band

  • Lely band during Gulf Coast game on Sept. 11, 2009
  • Lely band during Gulf Coast game on Sept. 11, 2009
  • Lely band during Gulf Coast game on Sept. 11, 2009
  • Lely band during Gulf Coast game on Sept. 11, 2009
  • Lely band during Gulf Coast game on Sept. 11, 2009
  • Lely band during Gulf Coast game on Sept. 11, 2009

Pictures of the Lely High band from Sept. 11, 2009



Full gallery »Prep football: Lely High fans

  • A Lely fan at game against Gulf Coast on Sept. 11, 2009
  • Lely fans at game against Gulf Coast on Sept. 11, 2009
  • Lely fans at game against Gulf Coast on Sept. 11, 2009

Pictures of Lely Trojan fans from the Sept. 11 game against Gulf Coast,.



Full gallery »Prep Football: Gulf Coast vs. Lely

  • Former Lely football head coach Steve Pricer became a fan in the stands at Lely's Sept. 11 game. Pricer claims he was forced to resign on Sept. 10, following an incident involving the football team. He has filed a grievance with the school district.
  • Rolling to his right, is backup Gulf Coast quarterback, Kenny Mouton, Friday night, Sept. 11, 2009 at Lely Stadium, during first quarter action. Lely hosted Gulf Coast for the Trojan home opener.
  • Gulf Coast quarterback Darby McCormick with the toss, Friday night, Sept. 11, 2009 at Lely Stadium, during first quarter action. Lely hosted Gulf Coast for the Trojan home opener.
  • Willie Pugh with the carry for the Trojans, Friday night, Sept. 11, 2009 at Lely Stadium, during first quarter action. Lely hosted Gulf Coast for the Trojan home opener.
  • Willie Pugh with the carry for the Trojans, Friday night, Sept. 11, 2009 at Lely Stadium, during first quarter action. Lely hosted Gulf Coast for the Trojan home opener.
  • Cutting up the middle of the field for a punt return is Lely Trojan, Jhony Faustin, Friday night, Sept. 11, 2009 at Lely Stadium, during first quarter action. Lely hosted Gulf Coast for the Trojan home opener.

Gulf Coast takes on Lely on Friday, September 11 at Lely.



Full gallery »Lely's Jesse Witten at U.S. Open

  • Jesse Witten of Naples, serves to Novak Djokovic of Serbia, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York on Saturday. Djokovic, the No. 4 seed, won 6-7, 6-3, 7-6, 6-4. AP Photo/Kathy Willens
  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia, serves to Jesse Witten of Naples, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York on Saturday. Djokovic, the No. 4 seed, won 6-7, 6-3, 7-6, 6-4. AP Photo/Kathy Willens
  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia, serves to Jesse Witten of Naples, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York on Saturday. Djokovic, the No. 4 seed, won 6-7, 6-3, 7-6, 6-4. AP Photo/Kathy Willens
  • Lely High graduate Jesse Witten follows through with a return to Igor Andreev of Russia, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York on Tuesday. Witten won 6-4, 6-0, 6-2. AP Photo/Kathy Willens
  • Lely High graduate Jesse Witten reacts during his match with Igor Andreev of Russia, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York on Tuesday. Witten upset the No. 29 seed in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0, 6-2. AP Photo/Kathy Willens

Lely High School graduate Jesse Witten was a Cinderella story in the 2009 U.S. Open. Witten made it all the way through qualifying for the second time in four years, then didn't stop. He upset No. 29 Igor Andreev of Russia in straight sets, beat Maximo Gonzalez in the second round, and took No. 4 Novak Djokovic to four sets before falling on Saturday.



Full gallery »Darion Hall, Lely star running back

  • Lely running back Darion Hall runs through a seam in the defense during practice at the high school on Monday. Hall, the teams' starting running back, has verbally committed to the University of Miami for next fall. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Lely running back Darion Hall gets water during a break in practice at the high school on August 17, 2009. Hall, the teams' starting running back, has verbally committed to the University of Miami for next fall. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Lely running back Darion Hall, center, heads back onto the field after a water break during practice at the high school on August 17, 2009. Hall, the teams' starting running back, has verbally committed to the University of Miami for next fall. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Lely running back Darion Hall, right, kneels with teammates, including fellow running back Frankie Pugh, far left, as they  practice at the high school on August 17, 2009. Hall, the teams' starting running back, has verbally committed to the University of Miami for next fall. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Lely running back Darion Hall takes a break during practice at the high school on August 17, 2009. Hall, the teams' starting running back, has verbally committed to the University of Miami for next fall. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Lely running back Darion Hall talks with Buddy Quarles, outside linebacker coach, during practice at the high school on August 17, 2009. Hall, the teams' starting running back, has verbally committed to the University of Miami for next fall. Greg Kahn/Staff

Lely High School running back Darion Hall, the teams' starting running back, has verbally committed to the University of Miami for next fall.



Full gallery »Lely football team opens fall practice

  • Gerrod Ackley, Lely offensive coordinator, discusses a play during opening day practice for the Trojans.
  • Dave Miller, Lely defensive coordinator, readies to blow his whistle during the Trojans first practice of the season on Monday.
  • Thom Popoli, right, Lely JV offensive line coach, makes a point with Steve Pricer, head varsity coach, during official opening day of the football season for high schools throughout the state.
  • Mike Snyder, Lely outside linebacker, center, leads teammates in a drill with his coach Buddy Quarles watching intensely.

The Lely High School football team opened fall practice on Monday. Head coach Steve Pricer said the Trojans will be facing a "monster'' schedule for the upcoming season.



Full gallery »Hog Pride linemen camp

  • Lely's Max Tyler follows Jim 'Mouse' McNally's blocking instructions at the 1st annual Hog Pride Camp for area high school linemen.
  • Barron Collier linemen (in white) practice their tehcniques on Lely players at the 1st annual Hog Pride Camp at Lely last week.
  • Players and coaches, like Barron Collier’s Mike Ivey, right, learned something from Jim “Mouse” McNally, left, at the Hog Pride camp for offensive linemen.
  • Brian Johnessee, Lely High offensive line coach, works with a couple of his Lely players in teaching a blocking technique at the Hog Pride camp for area high school offensive linemen.
  • Jim 'Mouse' McNally, former NFL and college coach,  demonstrates his duck stance to members of the Hog Pride camp at Lely for high school offensive linemen.

The inaugural Hog Pride camp for offensive linemen was held at Lely High School last week.



Full gallery »Career Exploration

  • Johanna Derville hammers two beams together while Paola Prieto, center, and Daphney Charelus, right, hold the beams steady during a construction career exploration class at Lely High School on Thursday, July 2, 2009. The course is part of the Southwest Florida Workforce Development Group's new career exploration program, which pays student to attend school and learn about careers in construction, the medical field and business. Allie Garza / Staff
  • Dieunie Eglasus listens to Claudamie Jerome's heart beat during a health focus career exploration class at Lely High School on Thursday, July 2, 2009.The course is part of the Southwest Florida Workforce Development Group's new career exploration program, which pays student to attend school and learn about careers in construction, the medical field and business. Allie Garza / Staff
  • Johanna Derville drills a hole into a beam while students in her construction career exploration class watching on Thursday, July 2, 2009 at Lely High School.The course is part of the Southwest Florida Workforce Development Group's new career exploration program, which pays student to attend school and learn about careers in construction, the medical field and business. Allie Garza / Staff
  • David Moreno, left, has his pulse listened to by Roshaka Davis, center, while Miley Rodriguez, right, watches during a health science summer course on Thursday, July 2, 2009 at Lely High School. The Southwest Florida Workforce Development Group has started a new program that will help students choose careers while paying them to attend school. The Career Exploration Program allows students to learn about careers in construction, the medical field and others. Allie Garza / Staff

The Southwest Florida Workforce Development Group has started a new program that will help students choose careers while paying them to attend school. The career exploration program allows students to learn about careers in construction, the medical field and others.



Full gallery »Lely running back Darion Hall

  • A key to Lely's football success, running back Darion Hall, talks with Vince Turner, assistant football coach. The Trojans are in their spring workouts, culminating with a game on May 28. Hall led the area in overall yards and was a first-team all-star. Roger Lalonde/Staff
  • Lely Trojan running back Darion Hall breaks off a good first down run during Friday night's quarterfinal game vs. the Dunbar Tigers at Tiger Stadium. Keith Isaac-Special to the Daily News
  • Lely Trojans running back Darion Hall tries for an extra inch or two on his way to a second quarter first down during Friday night's quarterfinal game vs. the Dunbar Tigers at Tiger Stadium. Keith Isaac-Special to the Daily News
  • Lely Trojans running back Darion Hall breaks off a good first down run during Friday night's quarterfinal game vs. the Dunbar Tigers at Tiger Stadium. Keith Isaac-Special to the Daily News
  • Lely running back Darion Hall sits out the game with a shoulder injury on Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, in Naples. Gulf Coast defeated Lely, 31-25, in their last regular season game. David Albers/ Staff
  • Lely star running back Darion Hall blasts past the Estero defense on his way to six points Friday night at Wildcat Stadium. Keith Isaac-Special to the Daily News

Lely High School running back Darion Hall was one of the top rushers in Southwest Florida as a junior last year. He has verbally committed to the University of Miami.



Full gallery »Travis Waters honors Don Stewart

  • Former Lely High School basketball player Travis Waters plans on throwing a retirement party for Lely's basketball coach, Don Stewart. Waters had a basketball signed by the former 1983-84 basketball team, Stewart's first team at Lely High. Allie Garza / Staff
  • Former Lely High School basketball player Travis Waters plans on throwing a retirement party for Lely's basketball coach, Don Stewart. Waters had a basketball signed by the former 1983-84 basketball team, Stewart's first team at Lely High. Allie Garza / Staff
  • A page out of the scrapbook made for Don Stewart shows Travis Waters and other members of the 1983-84 Lely High School basketball team playing against former North Fort Myers' Deion Sanders. Allie Garza / Staff
  • Travis Waters holds a ball signed by 1983-84 Lely High School Basketball team that he plans on presenting to Lely High School basketball coach Don Stewart. Stewart has coached the Lely High basketball team since Waters' first year on the team in 1983. Allie Garza / Staff
  • Travis Waters plans on presenting Coach Don Stewart with a scrapbook during his retirement party on Saturday. Waters and his wife compiled photographs and news articles encompassing the past 26 years of Stewart's career as Lely High School's basketball coach. Allie Garza / Staff

Old basketballs Travis Waters presented Saturday to recently retired Lely High boys basketball coach Don Stewart are coated in history. The balls, used in Stewart’s first season with the Trojans, represent the past and Waters’ mission to properly pay tribute to the coach he feels he let down 26 years ago.



Full gallery »Lely football alums come home

  • The Lely Touchdown Club held Alumni Night before the spring folotball game on Thursday. Players enjoyed a cookout and sharing memories. At halftime, former Lely standout, Steve Octavien, was honored. He is the first Lely player ito make it in the pros, playigng defensive back for the Dallas Cowboys. His parents, Philmene and Estefan, accepted a plaque and football jersey in Steve's honor, who was unable to attend due to mini-camp practices with Dallas. Lely Principal Ken Fairbanks, left, shows the plaque to Kim Butts, former Lely strength coach, who is a long-time friend of Octavien, as his parents and Paul Ruby, Lely athletic director, look on. The jersey, plaque and other memorabilia will be placed in a showcase at the school to honor Ocatvien.
  • Culmer St. Jean, left, who led theway in Lely beating Naples in 2005, was on hand for the first Lely Touchdown Club Recognition Cookout. With him is Landy Padin, who coordinated the event, sponsored by Foxboro Sports Tavern.
  • Marco's Chris Fowler and David Ged took part in the first Lely Touchdown Club Alumni Recognition Cookout on Thursday. Fowler, played the offensive line, defensive end and tight end for the 1979 Trojans and Ged played defensive back on the 1981 team.
  • Members of the 2007 Lely High football team took part in an Alumni Cookout before the Thursday’s game against Clearwater-Countryside. From left, Dado Michel, redshirt sophomore folotball player at Jacksonville College; Mike O’Regan, redshirt sophomore at Assumption College, Worcester, Mass.; Justo Vasquez, playing basketball at Florida Atlantic University; Michael Jean, Flroida Gulf Coast University and Marek Molcan.


Full gallery »Lely’s football outlook good for 2009

  • Lely's Jhony Faustin shows his speed as he outruns Clearwater-Countryside defenders for a 30-yard gain on a punt return in Lely's spring game loss.
  • Lely llinebacker Mike Snyder tries to rev up his defensive teammates during the game against Clearwater-Countryside, which Lely lost, 14-9.
  • Lely's Romanthi Mathurin dances backward into the end zone with a little early celebration of his 34-yard touchdown reception, giving Lely a 6-0 lead over Clearwater-Countryside in its spring game on Thursday. Countryside rallied in the fourth quarter to win, 14-9.
  • Lely's Frankie Pugh cuts in to gain yardage in Lely's spring game loss to Clerawater-Countrryside. He peformed very well with an inexperienced offensive line.
  • Lely quarterback  Sean O'Regan discusses plays with his team while the defense was busy holdng Clearwater-Countryside. Lely lost a hard-fought  game, 14-9.
  • Clearwater-Countryside's size showed all night as they tried to manhandle Lely defenders. In this case Cesar Torres is about to get caught in the crunch.


Full gallery »Lauren Embree at French Open

  • Marco Island's Lauren Embree, 18, in first-round play against Russia's Nadia Petrova on Court Suzanne Lenglen at the French Open in Paris on Sunday. Petrova, the No. 11 seed, won 6-1, 6-2. Art Seitz/Special to the Daily News
  • Marco Island's Lauren Embree, 18, in first round play against Russia's Nadia Petrova on Court Suzanne Lenglen in the French Open on Sunday. Petrova won 6-1, 6-2. Art Seitz/Special to the Daily News.
  • Marco Island's Lauren Embree, 18, slips and cuts her knee during first-round play on Court Suzanne Lenglen at the French Open in Paris on Sunday. Embree lost to No. 11 Nadia Petrova of Russia, 6-1, 6-2. Art Seitz/Special to the Daily News
  • Marco Island's Lauren Embree returns the ball to Russia's Nadia Petrova during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday May 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Laurent Baheux)
  • Marco Island's Lauren Embree returns the ball to Russia's Nadia Petrova during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday May 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Laurent Baheux)
  • Russia's Nadia Petrova returns the ball to Marco Island's Lauren Embree during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday May 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Laurent Baheux)

Marco Island's Lauren Embree, 18, lost in the first round of the French Open on Sunday in Paris to No. 11 Nadia Petrova of Russia, 6-1, 6-2.



Full gallery »Winged Foot Scholarship Awards Banquet

  • Community School of Naples student Taylor Burfield, center, won the Winged Foot Scholarship Thursday evening at the Ritz Carlton in Naples, receiving the coveted trophy from scholarship chairman Bud Hornbeck, left.  It's the 20th year for the scholarship.  Michel Fortier/Staff
  • Winged Foot Scholarship finalist Molly Lawson of Gulf Coast High School stands with Urban Meyer, left, and scholarship chairman Bud Hornbeck, right.  Michel Fortier/Staff
  • Winged Foot Scholarship finalist Marjorie Eldira of Golden Gate High School stands with Urban Meyer, left, and scholarship chairman Bud Hornbeck, right.  Michel Fortier/Staff
  • Winged Foot Scholarship finalist Karisa Brown of Everglades City High School stands with Urban Meyer, left, and scholarship chairman Bud Hornbeck, right.  Michel Fortier/Staff
  • Winged Foot Scholarship finalist Austin Albury of Barron Collier High School stands with Urban Meyer, left, and scholarship chairman Bud Hornbeck, right.  Michel Fortier/Staff
  • Urban Meyer, head coach of the University of Florida football team was the guest speaker Thursday night at the Winged Foot Scholarship Awards Banquet in Naples.  Community School of Naples student Taylor Burfield won the Winged Foot Scholarship Thursday evening at the Ritz Carlton.  It's the 20th year for the scholarship.  Michel Fortier/Staff


Full gallery »Lely optimistic as spring football begins

  • Lely football players taking part in blocking drills as they ready for the spring game on May 28.
  • Lely kicker Sergio Pomajomba practices field-goal kicking as another candidate for the psotiion, Adolfo Bedolla, looks on.
  • Lely Quarterback Sean O'Regan readies to throw a pass in an offensive drill as the Trojans begin their spring workouts.
  • A key to Lely's football success, running back Darion Hall, talks with Vince Turner, assistant football coach. The Trojans are in their spring workouts, culminating with a game on May 28. Hall led the area in overall yards and was a first-team all-star.
  • Former defensive coordinator Jerrod Ackley rejoins Lely as its offensive coordinator.


Full gallery »Winged Foot nominees

  • Barron Collier High School - Austin Albury
  • Everglades City High School - Karisa Brown
  • Community School of Naples - Taylor Burfield
  • Golden Gate High School - Marjorie Eldira
  • Palmetto Ridge High School - Peter Falisi
  • St. John Neumann High School - Lauren Geraghty

The names of the 10 finalists for the 20th annual Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete Award were released Monday, April 27.



Full gallery »Lely girls take second at district

  • Lely's Victoria Howard makes good on her triple jump leap and also won the long jump in leading her team to a second-place finish at the Class 3A-District13 Championships on Friday.
  • Lely's Amber Imm stays in form as she runs to third place in the 3200-meter run, which clinched the girls team's second-place finish overall in the Class 3A-District 13 Championships.
  • Not all the Lely girls track team were around after a long day of track and field events, but those who were celebrated taking home the second-place trophy in the Class 3A-District 13 Championships.
  • Lely's Donald Reseau watches his shot put attempt, which ended up being good enough for third place in the Class 3A-District 3 Championships at Palmetto Ridge High School.



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