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NICK KRUEGER

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  • St. Jean girls track Player of the Year Published 05/31/2011 at 11:27 a.m.

    For as successful and as diverse as Lely’s Liciane St. Jean’s track season was, it’s clear to see that the best is yet to come.

  • 2010-11 GIRLS SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ciera Abundez, Lely Published 04/01/2011 at noon

    When asked about the numbers that she put up in the 2010-11 season, Ciera Abundez racked her brain.

  • Girls Prep of the Week: St. Jean helps Lely girls breeze to Eagle Invitational win Published 03/07/2011 at 7 p.m.

    Liciane St. Jean was part of three winning relay teams at Saturday’s Eagle Invitational at Naples High School, and was one botched baton hand-off of a fourth.

  • Lely loses valiant battle to Golden Gate Published 01/27/2011 at 6:38 p.m.

    Before Lely’s Class 4A-District 12 semifinal match with Golden Gate on Wednesday night at Immokalee High, Trojans boys soccer coach Rob Schank was smiling.

  • Boys Prep of the Week: Taylor riding high after Captain Archer title Published 12/13/2010 at 8:43 p.m.

    Barron Collier has had its fair share of wrestlers in its lighter weight classes lead the program in recent years, and Tanis Taylor looks to be the latest to carry on that tradition.

  • Girls Prep of the Week: Ervin bringing Naples back to last season's form Published 12/13/2010 at 8:40 p.m.

    After playing point guard for the Naples girls basketball team since she was a freshman, she’s become accustomed to opponents game planning against her.

  • Girls Prep of the Week: Lopez leading the way for surprising Trojans Published 12/06/2010 at 9 p.m.

    What may be surprising about this year’s Lely girls soccer team is its 6-0-2 record. What’s not, is who is powering the Trojans this season.

  • Girls Prep of the Week: Woods gets Community girls off to strong start Published 11/29/2010 at 9:01 p.m.

    Michelle Woods has been the heart and soul of the Community School girls basketball team since her freshman year, but this season, she may take on an even larger role with the team.

  • Boys Prep of the Week: Debonis' leadership key in South's win over Naples Published 11/29/2010 at 8:55 p.m.

    While everyone was seemingly focused on the offensive matchup between last Friday’s South Fort Myers and Naples regional semifinal, it was Anthony Debonis and the Wolfpack defense that came up big.

  • Boys Prep of the Week: South's Sammy Watkins caps big week with big game against Cougars Updated 11/23/2010 at 2:44 a.m.

    The past week and a half has been pretty hectic for South Fort Myers receiver Sammy Watkins.

  • Girls Prep of the Week: Gibler helping put Lely volleyball on track Published 09/06/2010 at 6 p.m.

    In recent seasons, Lely’s volleyball team has been little more than an afterthought in its district, but this year could be very different from the Trojans, and Mary Gibler figures to be a big part of that.

  • VIDEO/PHOTOS Running: Cruz wins annual Moe's Firecracker 5K Updated 07/04/2010 at 2:21 p.m.

    For three years, Argeo Cruz had come up just short in the annual Moe’s Firecracker 5K run. On Sunday, through the morning rain, it was his turn to shine. Cruz’s time of 15:31.9 was the top overall finish out of ...

  • Prep track: Wide-open fields make for promising 1A, 2A district meets this week Published 04/14/2010 at 6 p.m.

    The common sentiment among teams heading into Thursday's 2A-11 and Friday's 1A-12 district track meets seems to be the same: Anyone has a chance to win, so everyone better bring it.

  • VIDEO: Prep track: Barron girls win Eagle Invitational, Naples boys place third Updated 03/08/2010 at 12:24 a.m.

    As the girls relay teams competing in the 4x400 event of the 46th annual Eagle Invitational took to their blocks on Saturday afternoon, Barron Collier’s foursome knew they needed nothing short of a first-place finish to win the meet.

  • PHOTO: Girls Prep of the Week: Mambuca the latest to step up for Sharks volleyball Published 09/14/2009 at 8:30 p.m.

    The Gulf Coast volleyball team has continued on its undefeated tear to start the season and there’s little doubt as to why.

  • Boys Prep of the Week: Lely's Hall runs into spotlight Published 09/09/2008 at midnight

    Darian Hall wasted no time in throwing his coming-out party this season.

  • Lely hopes spring game foretells future Published 06/04/2008 at 11:01 a.m.

    A month before last year’s spring football season, Steve Pricer had just been named the new head coach of Lely football. This spring season, he had a bit more time to prepare his squad, and because most of them had ...

  • Mitchusson fills big sneakers for Lely tennis Published 04/09/2008 at 5 p.m.

    For three years the face of Lely girls tennis has been Lauren Embree.

  • Oliver Group Champions Cup: Martin pounds McEnroe to win title Published 03/16/2008 at 9:17 p.m.

    The last time Todd Martin was at The Players Club & Spa at Lely Resort, it was November during the Gullikson Swingtime charity event, and he was sick as a dog.

  • Trojan wrestling moves on to regionals Published 02/06/2008 at 4:42 p.m.

    Prior to last week’s 2A-12 District meet, first-year head coach Tige Thompson took his team away to compete

  • Wrestling: Palmetto Ridge wins Class 2A-12 title Published 02/02/2008 at 8:34 p.m.

    Nothing has changed in three years with the Palmetto Ridge wrestling team, unless you count adding to a rapidly growing legacy.

  • Soccer: Estero blasts Lely, 8-0, in regional quarters Published 01/31/2008 at 10:29 p.m.

    Estero High forward Matt Rhoades had been mentally replaying the shot he sent over the crossbar of a wide-open goal in a district championship win for the past week. This time against Lely, the senior was determined not to do ...

  • Basketball: Lely boys knock off Palmetto Ridge Published 01/22/2008 at 10:06 p.m.

    This was an important one for Lely. After losing their last two district games to Golden Gate and Naples, the Trojans won their second consecutive game on Tuesday night, as they took down Palmetto Ridge, 74-65.

  • PrepZone: Top boys soccer teams ready for districts Published 01/22/2008 at midnight

    At a glance, Estero boys soccer coach John Robinson and his players appear to have a clear path to repeat as 4A District 11 champions, but he isn't ordering the 2008 patch for the district champion banner in the school's ...

  • Schank ‘on fire’ for Trojan soccer Published 01/10/2008 at 10:03 a.m.

    As long as the Lely boys’ soccer program is under the guidance of Rob Schank, there never once better be a complaint from any of the players about having to work too hard.

  • Girls basketball: SFM unhappy with win Published 12/13/2007 at 12:31 a.m.

    The South Fort Myers girls’ basketball team filed out of its locker room on Wednesday night with dejected looks on each of the players’ faces.

  • Lely girls run on, boys stay at home Published 11/08/2007 at 11:15 a.m.

    For Mark McGarity’s boys and girls cross country teams, the performance they gave at the 3A District 6 meet last week was bittersweet. On one hand, the Lely girls squeaked through to sixth place to advance to regionals, but the ...

  • Sophomores breaking the surface for Trojan diving Published 10/18/2007 at 11:23 a.m.

    Most coaches will say there isn’t a great deal of value in ‘moral victories,’ but Trojan divers Doug Knox and Vincent Ippolito gave their coaches something about which to be excited anyway. The two sophomores posted solid finishes in their ...

  • Winter Girls Soccer Player of the Year: Alex Sheckler Published 04/09/2007 at 6:43 p.m.

    The Daily News selects Estero's Alex Sheckler as the Girls Soccer Player of the Year.

  • Winter Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Damian Coliqueo Published 04/09/2007 at 6:35 p.m.

    The Daily News selects Golden Gate soccer player Damian Coliqueo as its Boys Soccer Player of the Year.

  • Oliver Group Champions Cup: Cash, Wilander win early matches Published 03/09/2007 at 7:19 p.m.

    Pat Cash beat Petr Korda and Mats Wilander defeated Jimmy Arias in the afternoon matches at Lely Resort on Friday.

  • Seahawks win in overtime Updated 02/21/2007 at 1:14 a.m.

    Dont call it a comeback. The Community School boys basketball team sure won’t, as the Seahawks beat Lakeland Christian School, 60-58, in overtime to advance to the regional finals for the first time in school history. For a while, it ...

  • Signing Day: Gulf Coast's Meneley signs with NAIA school Published 02/08/2007 at 2:53 a.m.

    Dustin Meneley may not be going to a school most student athletes dream about playing their college football at, but he's as happy as any recruit you'll find in the country. On National Signing Day, Meneley formally signed his letter ...

  • Golden Gate's Napoleon headed to Bethune-Cookman Published 02/08/2007 at 2:52 a.m.

    The smile on Jenior Napoleon's face was contagious. As he placed plastic football-shaped rings on his fingers off the top of his cake celebrating his announcement to play football at Bethune-Cookman, he ignored the icing all over his hands.

  • Trojans survive in OT; Titans win Updated 02/08/2007 at 7:02 a.m.

    Lely High School head coach Don Stewart had the same post-game look as most of his players after the Trojans' 62-56 district semifinal win over Immokalee on Wednesday night. As animated and seemingly hard-working as any one of his players ...

  • Lely, Golden Gate boys advance to district title game Published 02/08/2007 at midnight

    The Trojans survived Immokalee in overtime, while Golden Gate beat Naples by 11.

  • FGCU baseball wins 25-0 Published 02/02/2007 at 11:04 p.m.

    FGCU beat Clark Atlanta 25-0

  • Estero boys soccer wins first district title Published 01/26/2007 at 9:14 p.m.

    The Estero boys soccer team won its first district title on Friday night, beating Lemon Bay, 4-2, to win the Class 4A-District 11 title.

  • Community School boys capture Canterbury Invite Published 12/30/2006 at midnight

    After a sleepy first half, the Community School boys basket­ ball team’s offense awakened, scoring 37 second-half points to win the 2006 Canterbury Basket­ball Invitational over Coral Springs Christian, 57-51.

  • Chinaglia siding with Italy Published 07/09/2006 at 12:26 a.m.

    In today’s FIFA World Cup final match, France squares off against Italy to try to win its second championship in three attempts. Italy survived the “group of death” with wins against Ghana and the Czech Republic, as well as playing ...

  • Sommer sticks up for Arena Published 06/26/2006 at 12:10 a.m.

    After the Americans' disappointing showing in this year's World Cup, the U.S. Soccer Federation finds itself in an unenviable public position. Team USA head coach Bruce Arena's future might be in jeopardy if he chooses not to step down after ...

  • Sommer: Experience the key for Americans Published 06/12/2006 at 12:10 a.m.

    In his heyday, Juergen Sommer was an NCAA championship goalkeeper and played with two U.S. World Cup teams. After a professional playing career spanning 10 years and two countries, Sommer has had a front-row seat to watch the ascent of ...

  • Minors making their mark Published 05/10/2006 at 2:37 p.m.

    While the big boys of Little League were playing in Estero, their younger counterparts, the minors, were playing in the Southwest Florida Invitational at Golden Gate Community Park starting May 6. The tournament consisted of the same teams and leagues ...

  • Little League majors battle for Top Team Classic crown Published 05/10/2006 at 2:36 p.m.

    The District 18 Little League Top Team Tournament for majors began play May 6 with a bang, as aspiring young ball players from age 10-12 began play for a post season championship. The tournament was held at Three Oaks Park ...

  • Dougherty's ace helps Collier repeat vs. Lee at County Cup Published 05/08/2006 at 12:10 a.m.

    Rich Dougherty hit his first hole-in-one as Collier County dismantled their Lee County counterparts in the second annual County Cup TPA golf event.

  • Definitely not your average teenage crush Published 05/03/2006 at 3:30 p.m.

    Courtney Jolly doesn’t have the look of someone who drives a monster truck for a living, but don’t write her off as someone who can’t. Take a look at her profile in the drivers’ section of the USHRA website, and ...

  • Embree goes out on top Published 05/03/2006 at 3:27 p.m.

    Keith Embree had to wait three years to find himself in another high school singles state title tennis match. His freshman year, he walked away empty-handed. In his senior year, he was not denied. Embree took home that singles title, ...

  • Lemon Bay stings Naples, 4-3 Published 05/03/2006 at 12:12 a.m.

    The Naples High baseball team couldn't find a way past Lemon Bay in their regional quarterfinal matchup Tuesday night, losing to the visiting Manta Rays, 4-3. Naples only had one error in the game. However, the solitary boot by shortstop ...

  • Pruitt wins Gene Doyle Memorial tournament Published 05/01/2006 at 12:15 a.m.

    Troy Pruitt didn't begin the ninth annual Gene Doyle Memorial Fishing Tournament with victory on his mind. By tournament's end, however, he finished with a winning smile stretching ear to ear.

  • Gene Doyle begins with tough conditions Published 04/30/2006 at 12:21 a.m.

    After being postponed due to the interference of Hurricane Wilma last year, the Gene Doyle Fishing Tournament began Saturday with less than favorable weather conditions. The morning weather showed promise for those competing, but Anglers dealt with overcast, windy conditions ...

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