SWAMP BUGGIES: Eddie Chesser does it again, rallies to win Big Feature and Budweiser Cup Series title
Published 03/03/2013 at 8:02 p.m.
Seems like these days, the only swamp buggy driver who can one-up Eddie Chesser is Eddie Chesser himself.
SWAMP BUGGIES: Lorrie Johns, Walsh, Eddie Chesser in title contention heading into Sunday's finale
Published 03/02/2013 at 6:04 p.m.
With mere fractions of a second separating the fastest entries, and only a handful of points separating the championship contenders, the stage is set for today’s season-ending Spring Classic swamp buggy races at the Florida Sports Park.
Swamp buggies: Glen Chesser suffers badly broken arm, other injuries after scary wreck
Updated 01/27/2013 at 10 p.m.
Things — good and bad — happen quickly in motor sports.
Ground game a winner for Barron over Lely 17-0
Published 10/02/2012 at 3 a.m.
Gound game wins for Barron Collier over Lely, 17-0.
Local tennis column: Area teams at State Super Senior tournament this weekend
Published 04/12/2012 at 2 p.m.
State super senior team titles are up for grabs this weekend in Daytona Beach, and Collier and Lee players are among those in the hunt. All players are age 60 or older.
Local tennis column: Play for Blue prostate cancer fundraiser set for Saturday
Published 03/08/2012 at 3 p.m.
In what is being called the “Play for Blue” tennis event, the Naples Community Tennis Center is hoping to raise some “green” for charity Saturday on its green clay courts.
Local tennis column: One week from FineMark Tour Players Classic
Published 02/23/2012 at 3 p.m.
Just one week away — and counting. Be sure to mark March 2-3 on your tennis calendar, because 18 of the world’s top former touring tennis professionals will gather at Bonita Bay Club for a weekend of tennis matches, mini-clinics, ...
Local tennis column: Sneaky Pete's tournament at Sterling Oaks from Feb. 18-25
Published 02/02/2012 at 3:31 p.m.
For good reason, it seems, local tennis players get a little bit sneaky this time of year.
Local tennis column: Naples Tennis Center hosting Girls Night Out on Feb. 2
Published 01/26/2012 at 2 p.m.
The phrase "girls night out" now has special meaning to local tennis players.
Swamp buggies: Troy Ortega wins the Big Feature at Budweiser Fall Classic
Updated 11/14/2011 at 9:40 a.m.
Troy Ortega wound up holding the biggest trophy.
Swamp Buggy Races postponed because of wet conditions
Published 10/29/2011 at 10:05 a.m.
Organizers of the Swamp Buggy Races have postponed races scheduled for today and Sunday. They will be rescheduled for Nov. 12-13 because of wet conditions at Florida Sports Park.
Prep football: Immokalee runs past Lely in district opener
Published 10/07/2011 at 11:04 p.m.
Competing with the Immokalee Indians at Gary Bates Stadium is always a tall order. Stir in some special ingredients such as district implications, brand-new uniforms and homecoming, and this one wasn’t close.
NFL: Tom Rife: Remembering Deion Sanders' high school days and dubbing him "Neon Deion"
Published 08/05/2011 at 1:45 p.m.
As everyone knows, there’s never been an “i” in team. What everyone may not recall is that at one point in time, there was no “i” in Deion, either.
Local tennis column: Regional USTA Adult League championships loom
Published 07/07/2011 at 2 p.m.
Regional USTA Adult League championships are on the line the next two weekends at eight sites around the Sunshine State. The Naples Grande Beach Resort is among the facilities hosting regional action. At stake are berths in the 2011 USTA ...
Local tennis column: Naples Super Senior teams finish 2nd, 4th in national championship
Published 04/21/2011 at 12:30 p.m.
To no one’s surprise, two Naples men’s teams represented their region well in this past weekend’s USTA League 6.0 and 8.0 Super Senior National Championships in Surprise, Ariz.
SWAMP BUGGIES: Greenling takes time trials at Spring Classic
Published 03/05/2011 at 5:10 p.m.
If Dan Greenling played poker the way he drives swamp buggies, he’d be in deep, deep trouble.
SWAMP BUGGIES: Eddie Chesser goes for championship title No. 9 this weekend
Published 03/04/2011 at 2:49 p.m.
Make no mistake. Whenever Eddie Chesser buckles into his swamp buggy racer called The Rapture, he plans on winning.
Local tennis column: Area pros at Wyndemere for event Tuesday through Thursday
Published 03/03/2011 at 12:30 p.m.
Local tennis professionals will tote their talents to the Wyndemere Country Club for a special event Tuesday through Thursday.
SWAMP BUGGIES: Johns' Winter Classic win puts Chesser in points lead PHOTOS
Published 01/30/2011 at 9:55 p.m.
When the 2010-11 Budweiser Cup Series swamp buggy racing championship wraps up March 6 at the Florida Sports Park, it promises to be a quite a finish.
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Neumann fans rally behind football player injured at homecoming dance
Published 11/05/2010 at 8:08 p.m.
Wilkins Vilcin was injured at the dance after landing on his head wrong. He was doing back flips on the dance floor.
PHOTOS: Swamp Buggies: Greenling edges emotional Chesser for Budweiser Fall Classic title
Updated 10/31/2010 at 9:49 p.m.
Winning any kind of swamp buggy race is never easy. But Dan Greenling sure made it look like a Halloween treat Sunday in the Budweiser Fall Classic at the Florida Sports Park.
Prep football: Gulf Coast rallies to beat Lely
Updated 09/11/2010 at 2:02 p.m.
Short of lightning striking the 50-yard line at Tudryn Field, Friday night’s football shocker between host Gulf Coast High and visiting Lely had all the sparks one could possibly ask for.
Local tennis: Three men's teams win first-place USTA honors
Published 04/22/2010 at 4:44 p.m.
A trip to Daytona Beach was one sweet ride for three local men’s tennis teams.
PHOTOS Swamp buggies: Eddie Chesser in position for another title in Spring Classic this weekend
Published 03/05/2010 at 1:09 p.m.
Can swamp buggy racing leadfoot Eddie Chesser put the finishing touches on his eighth Budweiser Cup Series points championship this weekend at the Florida Sports Park?
Local tennis: Pro singles tournament at The Dunes this weekend
Published 02/25/2010 at 6:50 p.m.
The Dunes in North Naples will conduct its annual professional singles tournament Saturday and Sunday. This event will bring together the area’s finest professionals in a winner-take-all, prize-money format.
Local tennis: Naples defeats Marco Island in City Champions Challenge
Published 02/04/2010 at 4:16 p.m.
It wasn’t a decisive victory, but then again, sometimes all you need is one more point than your opponent and you can go home happy.
Swamp buggies: Speed Channel to tape this weekend's Winter Classic
Published 01/27/2010 at 4:57 p.m.
Laden with unconventional traditions and colorful competitors, swamp buggy racing may not be the fastest form of motor sports. Yet that won’t keep the Monstsers of the Mudway from getting some valuable national television exposure on the Speed channel.
PHOTOS/VIDEO/STATS: Prep football Week 3: Lely overcomes mistakes to knock down Immokalee
Updated 09/18/2009 at 11:45 p.m.
It was an odd recipe, yet victory was sweet for the Lely Trojans in their 21-6 win over Immokalee on Friday night.
Local tennis: Southwest Florida leagues gearing up for fall
Published 09/18/2009 at midnight
In Southwest Florida, tennis players generally don’t rake leaves to get into the autumn swing. Instead, many of them get in their swings by playing in the wide variety of local leagues that are offered.
Prep football Week 2: Barron Collier facing stiff test from Archbishop Carroll
Published 09/10/2009 at 5:53 p.m.
The Barron Collier Cougars want to show everyone that they can play football with the big dogs. And that is why head coach Mark Ivey and the Cougars are eager to sink their claws into the Miami-Archbishop Carroll Bulldogs on ...
PREP FOOTBALL 2009: St. John Neumann going after playoff berth in Class 1B
Published 09/01/2009 at 6 a.m.
Numbers are up. Spirits are up. Time is up.
PHOTOS Prep football: Golden Gate crushes St. John Neumann, 36-7, in kickoff classic
Published 08/28/2009 at 10:39 p.m.
As dress rehearsals go, the Golden Gate Titans had to like what they saw in Friday night’s Kickoff Classic preseason football game at St. John Neumann.
Local tennis: Marco Island's Embree seeded in USTA National 18s
Published 08/07/2009 at 2 a.m.
Yet another prestigious national event awaits Marco Island’s Lauren Embree. She is seeded fifth among the top eight players in the USTA Girls 18 Nationals that begin this weekend at the Berkeley Tennis Club and the Claremont Resort & Spa ...
Tom Rife: Following Don Stewart's legacy at Lely will be tough task
Published 03/23/2009 at 10:36 p.m.
You’ve heard of tough acts to follow? I wouldn’t necessarily want to be the person who next takes the reins of Lely High School’s boys basketball program.
Local racing: Bodine rebounds with second-place finish
Published 08/22/2008 at 12:01 a.m.
Germain Racing driver improves to fourth in points standings
Local tennis: Marco's Embree continuing strong summer
Published 08/07/2008 at midnight
Marco Islander Lauren Embree has had quite an adventurous summer on the tennis court, one that has included her first title in a professional event and a national championship run in the Girls 18 National Clay Courts in Memphis.
Oliver Group Champions Cup: It's USA vs. Sweden
Published 03/11/2008 at 9:20 p.m.
What if you went to this week’s Oliver Group Champions Cup men’s tennis tournament — and a Davis Cup donnybrook broke out.
Oliver Group Champions Cup: Despite age, be wary of McEnroe
Published 03/11/2008 at 9:18 p.m.
Back in the day when the Tennis Grand Masters played each year in Naples, Australian great Ken Rosewall often commented that if he was within seven years of his opponent, he could still be highly competitive.
Local tennis: Best of Naples and Marco Island battle on Saturday
Published 01/10/2008 at midnight
Now, it’s time to “match” the best from the city of Naples against the top players from the city of Marco Island.
High school football Week 11: Gulf Coast outslugs Lely, 45-38
Published 11/09/2007 at 11:49 p.m.
Offense ruled Friday night in the regular-season finale for Gulf Coast and Lely High at Trojan Stadium. Despite 301 yards and three touchdowns from Lely senior quarterback Mike O’Regan, the Sharks pulled out a 45-38 victory in a seesaw thriller.
In the Eagle 30 years ago this week
Published 05/15/2007 at 4:10 p.m.
A look back at island issues and happenings.
Drivers hope to catch a break in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
Published 03/30/2007 at 9:54 a.m.
In motor racing, every driver from time to time needs to catch a break. Saturday at the paved half-mile paper clip known as the Martinsville Speedway, some drivers in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will be hoping just to have ...
Tennis: April is almost here; that means city championships getting closer
Published 03/29/2007 at 1:43 a.m.
In the event you haven't checked the calendar of late, be advised that the month of March is very soon to be a thing of the past. April arrives Sunday — no foolin'. And showers or no showers, taxes or ...
Swamp buggy races: Thornton, Chesser top Budweiser Spring Classic
Published 03/04/2007 at 7:37 p.m.
In a tangle of bizarre circumstances and drama that played out through the very last lap, William Thornton and Eddie Chesser emerged the big winners in Sunday’s Budweiser Spring Classic swamp buggy races at the Florida Sports Park east of ...
It’s how the Southwest is won — in Florida that is
Published 01/24/2007 at 7:20 p.m.
What has three legs, spews grime and causes scaly reptiles to skeedaddle for cover? Shucks, that’s an easy one. It’s the Budweiser Cup Series world championship of swamp buggy racing. The second leg of the 2006-07 trifecta looms at the ...
Published 01/22/2007 at 12:13 a.m.
Many people came from miles around Sunday to enjoy the sunshine and festive atmosphere of Goodland’s 23rd annual Mullet Festival.
After unusual holiday hiatus, Lely boys get back to business on court
Published 01/01/2007 at 4 p.m.
It’s quite unlike Coach Don Stewart and the Lely High boys basketball team to stay out of the gym during the Christmas holiday break. But changing up the routine a bit, that’s exactly when the veteran coach and his 9-3 ...
'Rackets Up!’ event ready to kick off tennis’ new year
Published 12/28/2006 at 8:43 a.m.
The clock may be ticking toward the drop of the big lighted ball in New York’s Times Square on New Year’s eve. But as the glistening sphere awaits its downward slide, it means that the third annual “Rackets Up!” tennis ...
Rice should win it all; Packers in trouble
Published 12/27/2006 at 5:36 p.m.
If Dave Rice is to relinquish his lead in the Marco Eagle National Football League swami race for 2006, it’s going to take a lot more than a frozen tundra in Chicago and a trick play from Brett Favre. Heading ...
Head for the hill
Published 12/26/2006 at 12:06 a.m.
For 25 years, the Marco Island 5-Mile Hill Run has been an event that has crowned winners young and old. And yes, crowned is the perfect word, because race director Mark McGarity has come up with a royal name for ...