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  • Barron brilliance: Eckler strikes out 18 in no-hitter Published 03/14/2006 at 12:02 a.m.

    Barron Collier baseball coach Ted Parsons has seen many outstanding performances in his time from players wearing the Barron blue, players like Florida Marlins pitcher Chris Resop and Clemson first baseman Andy D'Alessio.

  • Injury knocks Chang out of contention Published 03/12/2006 at 12:08 a.m.

    Jim Courier looked like he's hardly missed a step. But it was one bad step that likely forced Michael Chang out of this weekend's Champions Cup Naples event.

  • Twins' Batista trying to get into a spring groove Published 03/11/2006 at 12:25 a.m.

    The Minnesota Twins handed Tony Batista a uniform for a reason. They wanted the numbers he’s produced at the plate for the past seven seasons. Ten games into spring training, those numbers just might be starting to turn over.

  • Recreation: Ripka goes the distance for U.S. Published 03/10/2006 at 12:15 a.m.

    The pain is coming. Of that there is no doubt. What else would you expect after running for 24 straight hours? But, Naples resident and ultramarathoner Danny Ripka said, it’s something you just have to deal with. “Going into the ...

  • Barron Collier's Caputo, Perryman sign Published 03/10/2006 at 12:10 a.m.

    Both Barron Collier’s 2005 starting quarterback and one of the men called upon to protect him will take their talents to the college level next season. Quarterback Nick Caputo recently signed with Division II East Stroudsburg (Pa.), while offensive lineman ...

  • Flame top Fayetteville for much-needed win Published 03/08/2006 at 12:03 a.m.

    Florida Flame coach Jeff Malone got the defensive performance he wanted from his team Tuesday night. The Flame got a win they needed.

  • South beats North in All-Star game Published 03/07/2006 at 12:03 a.m.

    Barron Collier seniors Courtney Jacob, Kasey Will and Karady Gatz, fresh off winning a Class 5A state championship, got one of their last few chances to take the court together Monday night.

  • Embree shows off experience Published 03/07/2006 at 12:02 a.m.

    Lely freshman Lauren Embree is young, but she's no stranger to big-time tennis as the top girls 16-under player in Florida. She's brought that experience to the Trojans and made an immediate major impact.

  • Missing top scorers, Flame fall Published 03/06/2006 at 12:03 a.m.

    The scoring situation is so dire for the Florida Flame, head coach Jeff Malone was joking that he might come out of retirement.

  • Flame will be shorthanded today Published 03/05/2006 at 12:03 a.m.

    After fighting a particularly nasty upper respiratory illness, Florida Flame head coach Jeff Malone will be back on the bench Sunday afternoon.

  • Lely's Pierre-Louis, Estero's Jones claim races at Eagle Invitational Published 03/05/2006 at 12:02 a.m.

    Lely's Wondy Pierre-Louis brought the status of two 2005 state championships with him to Saturday's Eagle Invitational at Naples High. Estero's Bona Jones brought her reputation, and a state cross country title, with her.

  • Recreation: Local swimmers break state records Published 03/03/2006 at 12:10 a.m.

    The Southwest Florida Aquatics swim team, accustomed to breaking records, recently broke a few more. The team set eight new state age group marks and three new marks for the entire southeastern region of the United States.

  • Suns call up Flame guard Barrett Published 03/02/2006 at 12:15 a.m.

    In an early-season online poll, NBA Development League fans considered Florida Flame point guard Andre Barrett the guy to receive a Gatorade Call-up to the NBA. Barrett got that call-up to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. The Suns signed ...

  • Lely girls athletics enjoying turnaround Published 02/28/2006 at 12:05 a.m.

    To say the Lely High School girls athletic program has had its struggles in recent years would be putting it mildly. The girls basketball team went winless last season. The girls soccer team trudged through seasons of handfuls of victories. ...

  • Recreation: Two races just around the corner Published 02/24/2006 at 12:09 a.m.

    The Gulf Coast Runners will ring in the spring with two races that should interest local runners. The fourth annual MS Home 5K will be March 4, while the second annual Beach Bum 5K will be April 8.

  • Naples facing big task Published 02/23/2006 at 12:25 a.m.

    Tonight begins the culmination of the high school girls basketball careers of two best friends. Naples High seniors Marlena Elbert and Jessica Gary have been best friends, teammates and regular one-on-one opponents for as long as they can remember.

  • Flame look to stay in D-League’s top spot Published 02/23/2006 at 12:17 a.m.

    The top spot in the NBA Development League hangs in the balance tonight as the Florida Flame host the Fort Worth Flyers at 7 p.m. at Germain Arena. The Flame and Flyers are tied atop the D-League standings at 20-12, ...

  • Assarian gives BC leadership Published 02/22/2006 at 12:07 a.m.

    Barron Collier girls basketball coach Mike Hamburger stood at practice a couple of weeks ago and he couldn't believe his ears. Were they deceiving him? Was that Kelsey Assarian chastising a teammate for not doing what she was supposed to ...

  • Seahawks run out of playoff magic Published 02/22/2006 at 12:03 a.m.

    The Community School boys basketball team definitely had designs of knocking off their second straight top 10 team in the regional playoffs Tuesday night, but its shooting touch betrayed them and its opponent's top player got rolling.

  • Cougars, Eagles share place in hoops history Published 02/21/2006 at 12:06 a.m.

    The number "1988" was the loneliest for the Naples High girls basketball team. Beside the sign that listed girls basketball regional championships, that year was the only one posted. Over at Barron Collier, Barron's banner was barren under the heading ...

  • Prep of the Week: BC's Carter learns from mistakes Published 02/21/2006 at 12:02 a.m.

    Barron Collier wrestling coach Jeff Mustari said his freshman, Ben Carter, needed to wrestle a mistake-free tournament in order to win the Class 2A 135-pound title.

  • State champs push local wrestling to head of class Published 02/20/2006 at 12:02 a.m.

    It was an unprecedented night for Collier County wrestlers. Five of them stood in the middle of the ring, arms raised in a state championship match. Minutes later, they stood atop a podium at the far end of the Lakeland ...

  • Golden day for the Bears Published 02/19/2006 at 12:06 a.m.

    Palmetto Ridge High wrestling coach Mark Rosenbalm made the statement over and over this week: If his wrestlers compete the way they're supposed to, the accolades will take care of themselves.

  • Four Bears going for titles Published 02/18/2006 at 12:27 a.m.

    Palmetto Ridge High wrestling coach Mark Rosenbalm made the statement over and over this week: If his wrestlers compete the way they’re supposed to, the accolades will take care of themselves.

  • Bears account for six of 12 area wrestlers to reach state quarters Published 02/17/2006 at 12:22 a.m.

    The Palmetto Ridge High wrestling team’s time at the Lakeland Center was very short on the first day of the Florida High School Athletic Association state wrestling championships. And that made coach Mark Rosenbalm very, very happy. All six of ...

  • Recreation: Southwest Florida Aquatics team rocks Clearwater Published 02/17/2006 at 12:12 a.m.

    You know it’s a good weekend when your swimming club takes home 10 more gold medals than the number of swimmers entered. The Southwest Florida Aquatic swim team’s 17 entrants took home 27 first places, 20 second places and 15 ...

  • Celtics assign Green to Flame Published 02/17/2006 at 12:10 a.m.

    Boston Celtics forward Gerald Green will return to the NBA Development League, but this time, he’ll be coming to the Florida Flame. The Celtics announced Thursday that Green, the 18th overall pick of the 2005 NBA Draft, will join the ...

  • Sixteen local wrestlers at state Published 02/16/2006 at 12:30 a.m.

    Palmetto Ridge wrestling coach Mark Rosenbalm didn’t think he’d need a caravan this big to take his qualifiers to the Florida High School Athletic Association wrestling championships in Lakeland. But now that he does — six sophomores will represent the ...

  • Companionship, community support mark life on Champions Tour for wives Published 02/16/2006 at 12:25 a.m.

    Lucy Sullivan sat in front of a short stack of children’s books in an Osceola Elementary School conference room. As she and other PGA Champions Tour wives signed their names inside the covers — a gift from them to the ...

  • NHS reaches regional final Published 02/15/2006 at 12:04 a.m.

    In four stellar years on the Naples High varsity girls basketball team, Jessica Gary and Marlena Elbert had never advanced to a regional championship game. The duo made sure that wouldn't be the case as seniors.

  • Pushing circle back could boost offenses Published 02/14/2006 at 12:05 a.m.

    Robert Iamurri's Naples High softball team has become nearly synonymous with the extra-inning, 1-0 win. He's always said that, if the Golden Eagles could get one runner across home plate, pitching and defense should be able to hold the opposition ...

  • Prep of the Week: Campbell untouched at regionals, eyes state title Published 02/14/2006 at 12:02 a.m.

    The saying, Gulf Coast wrestling coach Mike DiGrigoli said, is "Don't show it, throw it." Sharks senior wrestler Lee Campbell was no show, all throw this past weekend at the Class 2A Region 3 championships.

  • Sharks' Campbell just unstoppable at regional meet Published 02/12/2006 at 12:01 a.m.

    One could call Gulf Coast High wrestler Lee Campbell's 215-pound title win at the Class 2A Region 3 championships an exclamation point. Or, rather, four exclamation points.

  • Immokalee comes up short on penalty kicks Published 02/11/2006 at 12:21 a.m.

    Immokalee assistant boys soccer coach Manny Touron predicted his team’s Class 4A Region 3 title game versus Tampa Jesuit would come down to penalty kicks. That prediction came true Friday night at Chorale Stadium. Those penalty kicks, however, spelled the ...

  • Barron gets revenge against Dillard, 62-48 Published 02/10/2006 at 12:28 a.m.

    The Barron Collier High girls basketball team became close, personal friends with the running clock this season. Close games were few and far between, so it was a new experience when Fort Lauderdale-Dillard started with a deliberate, grind-it-out game to ...

  • Indians’ opponent well-known in soccer circles Published 02/10/2006 at 12:25 a.m.

    Immokalee High principal and assistant boys soccer coach Manny Touron said his Indians have never before played Tampa Jesuit. But he’s well aware of Jesuit’s legacy. “Jesuit has won numerous state titles and was ranked No. 1 in the nation ...

  • Recreation: FGCU lifting coach Dundon flexes muscles at state meet Published 02/10/2006 at 12:10 a.m.

    The coach still has it. Florida Gulf Coast University powerlifting coach Jim Dundon broke his own state masters record in the bench press at last weekend’s USA Powerlifting Florida State Championships. The event, which spanned two days, was held at ...

  • It’s a Titans-Trojans final Published 02/09/2006 at 12:16 a.m.

    The Golden Gate boys basketball team wasn’t about to give up its first chance at playing in a regional tournament. The Lely boys basketball team wasn’t about miss the opportunity to play in its third straight. The Titans and Trojans ...

  • Tampa Jesuit closes the books on Golden Gate Published 02/08/2006 at 12:02 a.m.

    The Golden Gate boys soccer team's maiden voyage into the regional playoffs ended Tuesday night, as a team with a long tradition made it a long ride back to Collier County for the Titans.

  • Sharks' Campbell can almost taste state title Published 02/07/2006 at 12:03 a.m.

    Gulf Coast High senior Lee Campbell sat in the school's media center, ready to dig into a thickly frosted piece of cake. He earned it. The cake celebrated his signing with the University of Minnesota as a linebacker.

  • Former Gator stars reunited on RimRockers Published 02/07/2006 at 12:02 a.m.

    Matt Walsh drove the lane at Alltel Arena. The defense closed in. He spotted teammate Anthony Roberson in the corner, behind the 3-point line. Like he has so many times before, Walsh kicked it out to an open Roberson.

  • Palmetto Ridge wrestler Dehnz stands at 50-0 Published 02/07/2006 at 12:01 a.m.

    The key to Palmetto Ridge wrestler Richie Dehnz's success, his coach Mark Rosenbalm said, is that now he knows he can be dominant.

  • Erwin helps Flame shake RimRockers Published 02/06/2006 at 12:03 a.m.

    Florida Flame forward Duane Erwin isn't used to scoring this much in the NBA Development League. He isn't used to winning this much, either.

  • Cougars run away from Sharks Published 02/05/2006 at 12:03 a.m.

    With East Coast powerhouse Fort Lauderdale-Dillard on the horizon in next week's regional quarterfinals, Barron Collier girls basketball coach Mike Hamburger was looking for intensity from his girls Saturday night in the Class 5A District 15 title game against Gulf ...

  • Weather delays Estero match again Published 02/05/2006 at 12:01 a.m.

    The Estero High girls soccer team, already sore that it couldn't finish its Class 4A Region 3 title game at Cypress Lake on Friday night, will have to wait a little while longer to do so.

  • Seven Bears win district titles Published 02/04/2006 at 12:09 a.m.

    Palmetto Ridge High 130-pound wrestler Richie Dehnz said he had no idea what his season record was until someone told him at the recent Collier County Athletic Conference championships. After his pinfall win for the Class 1A District 12 title ...

  • Flame light up Fayetteville Published 02/03/2006 at 12:22 a.m.

    How much have the Florida Flame’s fortunes turned around? Thursday night’s 101-88 win over Fayetteville was their 17th win of the season. Florida won 17 games during the entire 2004-05 season.

  • Recreation: Dundon looking to raise the bar Published 02/03/2006 at 12:15 a.m.

    Jim Dundon is about to show the members of the Florida Gulf Coast University powerlifting team that their coach still can get it done in the heat of competition. Dundon, FGCU’s powerlifting coach, will be one of more than 60 ...

  • Choosing Florida lets Pierre-Louis stay close to mom Published 02/02/2006 at 12:15 a.m.

    In the end, home was where the heart was for Lely High defensive back Wondy Pierre-Louis. And the University of Florida was where his allegiances lay. Pierre-Louis signed his letter-of-intent to Florida on Wednesday, one of seven Lely football players ...

  • Campbell: I’m on ‘Cloud Nine’ Published 02/02/2006 at 12:15 a.m.

    Gulf Coast High linebacker Lee Campbell has faced some of Florida’s best high school football teams. He navigated the often-agonizing recruiting season. But his hands started to shake when he went to sign his name to his letter-of-intent to the ...