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  • Bowden: It's what's up front that counts Published 07/31/2006 at 12:15 a.m.

    Florida State University football coach Bobby Bowden's eyes were focused on the offense this offseason. Rather than fix his gaze on the glitzy positions like running back or quarterback, he cast it toward the trenches.

  • Plancher could get starting nod at USF Published 07/31/2006 at 12:09 a.m.

    The University of South Florida lost a major cog of its offense with the graduation of all-time leading rusher Andre Hall. His replacement just might be Naples-raised.

  • Coker hopes changes pay dividends Published 07/30/2006 at 12:08 a.m.

    At the University of Miami, reputation means a lot. That reputation doesn't include finishing eighth in a 12-team conference in total offense.

  • Rockets' title hopes spoiled by Plant City Published 07/26/2006 at 12:14 a.m.

    The Naples Rockets 9-10 All-Star softball team saw nearly everything it could Tuesday — a morning semifinal game before an afternoon final, a 25-minute rain delay and nine innings of nail-biting softball.

  • ACC partners up with Orange Bowl Published 07/26/2006 at 12:08 a.m.

    The ACC's trove of bowl partnerships is an embarrassment of riches — eight bowl tie-ins for a 12-team conference. That didn't stop the conference from further strengthening those bonds, as ACC commissioner John Swofford announced Tuesday during his address at ...

  • Bowden a big believer in balance Published 07/25/2006 at 12:17 a.m.

    The key to a long, prosperous coaching career, according to Florida State University football coach Bobby Bowden, is balance. "I've always been a balance man," Bowden said Monday at ACC Kickoff media interviews. "If we run the ball really well, ...

  • Local stars gaining ACCeptance Published 07/25/2006 at 12:16 a.m.

    The 2006 ACC football landscape is dotted with local players poised to make serious contributions to their respective teams. Whether those players are making their debuts, growing in their roles or settling in as starters, many of the coaches and ...

  • Hot seat? Coker isn't worried Published 07/25/2006 at 12:12 a.m.

    For a coach with the best winning percentage in University of Miami football history, Larry Coker has endured much this offseason. After an embarrassing Peach Bowl loss to LSU, Coker fired several assistants.

  • Canes chosen ahead of FSU Published 07/25/2006 at 12:11 a.m.

    The Florida State Seminoles have won 12 of the last 14 ACC football titles, but the media at ACC Kickoff don't think their 13th will come this season.

  • Miami looks to recover from rough campaign Published 07/24/2006 at 12:13 a.m.

    University of Miami linebacker Jon Beason trudged back to his locker room, an embarrassing 40-3 Peach Bowl loss to LSU in the books. It didn't take him long to find out the effects of such a thrashing. It was written ...

  • ACC dominance no longer a given for Florida State Published 07/24/2006 at 12:11 a.m.

    Did the Florida State Seminoles win another ACC football title, their 12th in 14 years, in 2005? Absolutely. Did they play in another BCS bowl game? For sure. But there was a dash of bitter in the sweet.

  • Olsen brothers lend each other support Published 07/24/2006 at 12:10 a.m.

    It took until his senior year, but Christian Olsen finally ascended to the role of Virginia's starting quarterback. He's happy to accept some brotherly love for that accomplishment, even if it comes from a conference rival.

  • Rockets cruise to win Published 07/23/2006 at 12:12 a.m.

    The Naples Rockets' unexpected Friday night off gave the 9-10 softball team's coaches the chance to scout Saturday's opponent, Martin County North. That scouting excursion was a rousing success.

  • D'Alessio returning to Clemson Published 06/30/2006 at 12:25 a.m.

    Andy D’Alessio’s experience at the College Baseball World Series ended earlier than he would have liked, so he’s coming back for his senior year to take another shot at an NCAA title.

  • D'Alessio remains at Clemson Published 06/29/2006 at 5:10 p.m.

    Andy D'Alessio's experience at the College Baseball World Series ended earlier than he would have liked, so he's coming back for his senior year to take another shot at an NCAA title.

  • Immokalee barred from playoffs, must forfeit titles Updated 06/07/2006 at 11:56 a.m.

    The Immokalee football team is barred from the playoffs for next season and the boys soccer team is barred for two seasons – and the school must forfeit two district soccer titles and one district football title – after the ...

  • D'Alessio drafted by Dodgers Published 06/07/2006 at 12:14 a.m.

    Three years and three standout seasons at Clemson University later, and former Barron Collier baseball player Andy D'Alessio's draft day didn't change very much. The destination, however, is quite different.

  • Student-athlete eligibility policy to be revised Published 06/03/2006 at 12:26 a.m.

    One day after addressing a legislative subcommittee, Florida High School Athletic Association commissioner John Stewart told his entire board of directors of his plans to revise the athletic eligibility policy for international students at their general meeting Friday.

  • D'Alessio's big week gets under way tonight Published 06/02/2006 at 12:28 a.m.

    Even though the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft is just days away, former Barron Collier baseball player Andy D’Alessio isn’t worried about it. “I did all my worrying three years ago,” he said of the 2003 draft, when the ...

  • Athletic eligibility rule to be revised Published 06/02/2006 at 12:26 a.m.

    The confusion over international student athletic eligibility that has vexed Immokalee and other high schools across the state will not be there much longer. The Florida High School Athletic Association will draft a revision to its international student eligibility policy ...

  • FHSAA to revise international student policy Published 06/01/2006 at 1:46 p.m.

    The confusion over international student athletic eligibility that has vexed Collier County and several other areas will not be there much longer.

  • Confusion widespread over FHSAA rule Published 06/01/2006 at 12:28 a.m.

    The Florida High School Athletic Association’s investigation into Immokalee High’s athletic program uncovered a problem that spilled over one school’s -- and one county’s -- boundaries. Could thousands of Florida prep athletes be technically ineligible because they are international students ...

  • States take different approaches to determining student eligibility Published 06/01/2006 at 12:27 a.m.

    The issue of international students playing high school sports is not one found solely in the Florida peninsula. Immigrants, legal and illegal, enter the country and take up residence in many states. And how each state high school athletic association ...

  • Preps Year in Review: SW Fla. basks in success Published 05/23/2006 at 12:14 a.m.

    It was another year of firsts. First places. First evers. In an area tucked away in what they're now calling the "Paradise Coast," many high school athletes found their way to the sports Shangri-la known as the top of the ...

  • Immokalee's Hall soars to another state high jump title Published 04/30/2006 at 12:26 a.m.

    As Immokalee high jumper Lou’Tisha Hall rolled off the mat after her final attempt, the spring remained in her long legs. She bounded bounded away from the pit, her long hair flying in the breeze and a smile on her ...

  • Collier athletes earn nine track medals Published 04/29/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    St. John Neumann’s Bobby Davis barely squeaked into Friday’s Class 1A FHSAA Track and Field Championships. But on his first triple jump attempt, he removed all doubt that he should be there. Davis’ first jump of the meet was good ...

  • Eber chosen as co-captain by FSU teammates Published 04/20/2006 at 12:21 a.m.

    It didn’t take long for Whitney Eber to make a good impression on her new team. Just three weeks into her first season on the Florida State University women’s tennis team, Seminoles coach Jennifer Hyde approached Eber, a Barron Collier ...

  • Malone proud of his team's perseverance Published 04/19/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    Florida Flame head coach Jeff Malone is like anyone else in the NBA Development League, hoping his D-League experience will move him to higher levels of basketball hierarchy. He’ll keep his coaching options open this summer, but said that if ...

  • Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Clotaire Joseph Published 04/16/2006 at 12:10 a.m.

    Clotaire Joseph has been the Immokalee High boys soccer team's stealth bomber –- quiet, unassuming, but a powerful marksman. And when we say quiet, we mean quiet.

  • Girls Soccer Player of the Year: Tricia Townsend Published 04/16/2006 at 12:10 a.m.

    Tricia Townsend decided a long time ago that numbers would not define her as a soccer player. "(Goal-scoring statistics) are interesting to see, but that's not what soccer's all about," she said.

  • Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Courtney Jacob Published 04/16/2006 at 12:10 a.m.

    Courtney Jacob doesn't work in "I's." She works in "we's." Even in winning the Naples Daily News Girls Basketball Player of the Year award, the Barron Collier senior guard makes absolutely sure to spread around the credit.

  • Coach of the Year: Mike Hamburger Published 04/16/2006 at 12:10 a.m.

    As the 2005-06 girls basketball season, the most memorable in Collier County girls hoops history, rolled around, Barron Collier girls basketball coach Mike Hamburger wasn't exactly sure what he'd get.

  • Rolle's two interceptions help Seminoles defense beat offense Published 04/09/2006 at 12:16 a.m.

    Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews hasn't set a date for freshman Myron Rolle's ascent into the starting lineup. "When he gets ready to start, he'll start," Andrews said. He may be ready much sooner than later.

  • Dered Redd: Some things are better left un-Redd Published 04/06/2006 at 12:23 a.m.

    I’m not big into the mushy, treacly stuff. But now it’s time to say goodbye, and goodbye is what I must say. I’m heading up the road from here to Tallahassee, where my very smart and talented wife is now ...

  • Clements still running, but for different sport Published 04/04/2006 at 12:06 a.m.

    The shape of Matt Clements' spring changed this year. For the past two seasons, his spring sports season had been about baseball diamonds. It's different now, rounded and shaped into a track oval, but it's a wonderful fit. Clements has ...

  • BC's Clements shatters record Published 04/02/2006 at 12:14 a.m.

    So what does Barron Collier sprinter Matt Clements do for an encore after setting a new school record in the 400-meter dash Friday night? Set another one in winning a first-place golden baton in the event Saturday afternoon.

  • BC grad in finals of ESPN contest Published 04/01/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    Jennifer Owsiany sees no reason why the men’s basketball atmosphere at Penn State University shouldn’t be the same as the football atmosphere. She’s doing everything she can to create that balance, and her work has gotten her into the finals ...

  • Cougar Challenge: Sick, Jones still wins easily Published 04/01/2006 at 12:18 a.m.

    Not even a cold can keep Bona Jones from getting faster. Jones, Estero High’s phenom distance runner, plowed through a head cold to post her personal best time in the 3,200-meter run and leave the field far behind at Friday’s ...

  • Cougar Challenge begins today Published 03/31/2006 at 12:17 a.m.

    Normally, some local track and field athletes get a mid-season taste of big-time meets at the annual Florida Relays in Gainesville. With the University of Florida’s track under renovation, that opportunity was lost.

  • Recreation: St. Pete team wins fishing tourney Published 03/31/2006 at 12:15 a.m.

    The weather was nowhere near perfect or cooperative this past weekend, but 36 boats still braved the waters at the Naples Contender Kingfish Classic.

  • Prep of the Week: Zampell trying for another title Published 03/28/2006 at 12:04 a.m.

    Barron Collier sophomore Erin Zampell doesn't look like she's done collecting medals just yet. The gold one she got from helping the Cougars girls basketball team to the Class 5A state title?

  • Flame free-fall continues with loss to Roanoke Published 03/26/2006 at 12:04 a.m.

    The Florida Flame's fall from second place to sixth in the NBA Development League standings was quick. And it was painful.

  • Despite struggles, Flame still in playoff hunt Published 03/25/2006 at 12:21 a.m.

    Five teams, three playoff spots. It’s exciting to watch. It must be maddening if, as in the Florida Flame’s case, you’re in the middle of it. The Flame are part of a five-team battle royal for the last three of ...

  • Flame fighting for playoff spot Published 03/24/2006 at 12:21 a.m.

    The Florida Flame have gone from the hottest team in the NBA Development League to one clinging for life to a playoff spot. That makes this weekend’s two games against the Roanoke Dazzle more important than ever. Five teams sit ...

  • Recreation: Boyle pushing natural bodybuilding Published 03/24/2006 at 12:15 a.m.

    Eric Boyle has been a bodybuilder for 32 years, and says the steroid problem is worse now than it’s ever been. “Steroids are totally out of control,” he said. “I don’t think there’s enough enforcement out there. Kids want to ...

  • BC boys, girls tennis seek another repeat Published 03/21/2006 at 12:06 a.m.

    When the euphoria died down after the Barron Collier High girls tennis team's 2005 state title win — and when you win the first girls tennis team title in Collier County history, that can take a while — Barron coach ...

  • Short beats buzzer, leads South Published 03/17/2006 at 12:28 a.m.

    The participants in the inaugural Collier County All-Star Boys Basketball Game made it a memorable one. The contest came down to the last shot. That shot came to St. John Neumann’s Jon Short, who drove to the hoop and ...

  • Recreation: Bocce is booming among local residents Published 03/17/2006 at 12:15 a.m.

    Bay Forest community association president Jim Carlson had a “Field of Dreams” moment last year. The bocce players who populated the two courts the community already had gave him a message: If you build a third, they will come.

  • Derek Redd: Drug testing a good thing for schools Published 03/16/2006 at 12:25 a.m.

    Upon the agenda items given to the Collier County School Board, a belief often is printed. Belief Number One reads, “Students are our number one priority and their needs are the focus of all district decisions.” That’s exactly what it ...

  • Sharks turning things around on the diamond Published 03/14/2006 at 12:03 a.m.

    In those special seasons, the ones you talk about 20 years later at the local tavern, there often are occurrences that let you know you're in the middle of one of those special seasons. No Gulf Coast High baseball player ...