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TOM RIFE

Title: Correspondent - Sports
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  • 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 ...

  • Two Marco men offer what they think is a GEM of a vehicle Published 12/03/2006 at 10:20 p.m.

    The quintessential smart aleck simply can't resist asking. "So, how many miles per gallon does it get?" Not to worry. Right there on the windshield, just like any other car one might purchase, is the sticker that explains the vehicle's ...

  • West nails down Fall Classic title Published 10/30/2006 at 12:05 a.m.

    Leonard Chesser did his boss a little favor Sunday afternoon. He helped Larry West win the Budweiser Fall Classic swamp buggy races at the Florida Sports Park. At the wheels of a retooled buggy built by Chesser and once driven ...

  • Construction company owner wins Budweiser Fall Classic Published 10/29/2006 at 8:19 p.m.

    If often has been said that good things come to those who wait. Local construction company owner Larry West is now a believer. After nearly 25 years of waiting, good things finally did fall into place for the 44-year-old West ...

  • Building character Published 10/11/2006 at 12:16 a.m.

    Sculptor Philip Calabro said he anticipated answering more questions from the audience. "Do I have you all mesmerized?" he asked good-naturedly. Heads nodded unanimously in an up-and-down motion.

  • Bathing and blessing Published 10/09/2006 at 12:36 a.m.

    A fire-bellied frog named "Hop" attended — swimming comfortably in a small glass jar, of course. "Pixie" and "Foxie," a pair of perky pomeranians who for years have been cheering up Hospice patients, were there Sunday evening, too.

  • Marco feels little effect from Ernesto Published 08/30/2006 at 5:13 a.m.

    The brunt of Tropical Storm Ernesto was supposed to roll across Marco Island at about 4 a.m. today. But with the usual clanging of flagpole lanyards and some rustling of palms, there was little, if anything, that didn’t seem normal.

  • Marco residents urged to monitor Ernesto Published 08/29/2006 at 12:27 p.m.

    As Tropical Storm Ernesto threatened to dump up to 10 inches of rain on Marco Island on Tuesday night and in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday, City Manager Bill Moss apprised locals on updated specific aspects of the storm and its ...

  • Tom Rife: Good times, good spirits at the Lema Published 07/24/2006 at 12:12 a.m.

    The skinny, redhead from small-town southern Ohio was in way over his head on this one, or so it seemed. Cell phones hadn’t been invented yet, but had he run outside the ballroom to dial home, nobody would have believed ...

  • Motor sports: Germain team gets much-needed break Published 07/21/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    Some time off may be just what the doctor, err, crew chiefs, ordered. The Germain Racing team and the rest of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series operations are idle this weekend. The 15th event of the 2006 season looms Aug. ...

  • Eagle Eye: 40 years after Lema's death, the spirit lives Published 07/21/2006 at 12:15 a.m.

    The voice on the other end of the line was quivering. A disheartened Jim Stackpoole hadn’t just lost his best friend. He’d lost dozens of best friends he’d come to love through the Tony Lema Memorial golf showcase he helped ...

  • Germain's Bodine takes points lead to Kentucky Published 07/08/2006 at 12:13 a.m.

    On the heels of a seventh-place finish in last weekend’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race in Kansas, parking in Victory Lane for a fourth time this season tops driver Todd Bodine’s to-do list tonight.

  • Tennis: Three champs crowned at Bath & Tennis Club Published 07/06/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    Not all the racket in tennis this past weekend was made “across the pond.” Tennis Naples Resort at the Naples Bath & Tennis Club hosted the Florida-sanctioned NBTC Adult Championships in three divisions of singles play. In the men’s open ...

  • Eagle Eye: Watching dolphins not always what you think Published 07/04/2006 at midnight

    Never mind that it was 33 years ago. Crystal-clear images live on. Tony Weitzel lived near the end of Fairlawn Court and he apparently was more prone to hire others to manicure his lawn than sweatin' it himself. So he ...

  • NASCAR fans in every nook and cranny of the U.S. - including Marco Published 07/04/2006 at midnight

    NASCAR fever extends to most every pocket of America. Marco Island and all of Collier County is no exception. In terms of television audience, the area is one of racing's fastest-growing markets.

  • Former Mavericks player, current Marco resident thought team was destined to win Published 06/28/2006 at midnight

    A man who knows the National Basketball Association inside-out, Marco resident Allan Bristow was like a lot of other fans watching the recent NBA Finals. When he saw the Miami Heat down two games to none, trailing the Dallas Mavericks ...

  • Eagle to move to free daily publication Published 06/28/2006 at midnight

    As the evolution of Marco Island continues, so, too, does the shaping of the city's longest-running, island-based media messenger. True to the "Born on the Fourth of July" theme, the holiday vitality locally will be will complemented on July 4 ...

  • Marco Island children send art to the skies at inaugural Kite Festival Published 06/28/2006 at midnight

    Had Ben Franklin been able to attend, he would have beamed with approval. America's most famous flier of kites would have gotten quite a charge out of watching creative youngsters of all ages assembling — and then sending skyward when ...

  • Marco artist offers painting for bid at National Sports Gala Published 06/28/2006 at midnight

    Marco Island faux and decorative artist Betty Newman was pleased to be a part of the National Sports Gala and silent auction at the Radisson Suite Beach Resort on June 24, and was proud to offer up one of her ...

  • National Sports Gala honors amateur, pro sports figures Published 06/28/2006 at midnight

    The honorees — 21 strong — were introduced. Stylish medals were placed around their necks. Balloons dropped. And the party was on at the National Sports Gala & National Sports Achievement Awards Dinner at the Radisson Beach Suite Resort. A ...

  • USTA-sanctioned Summer Super Series comes to Naples; local kids win titles Published 06/22/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    Locals took a back seat to few when Tennis Naples Resort at the Naples Bath & Tennis Club hosted Summer Super Series tournament action this past weekend. It was a United States Tennis Association-sanctioned event, and, as a result, some ...

  • Swingtime returning to Naples; event aids Gullikson Foundation Published 06/15/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    A smash hit during its first trip to Naples, the eighth annual Swingtime -- A Pro-Celebrity Pro-Am Tennis & Golf Tournament benefiting the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation -- is returning Nov. 18-19. Stock Development will act as host of ...

  • Naples tennis championships wrapping up Published 06/01/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    When legendary composer Richard Rodgers and noted lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II needed a marquee tune for the 1945 Broadway hit Carousel, they must have been thinking about this time of year. “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over” became a classic.

  • Charlotte track hosts solid card on big weekend Published 05/27/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    On a weekend that is all about horsepower, the cozy Charlotte County Speedway in Punta Gorda has a pretty brawny card of its own tonight. As a local build-up to Sunday’s Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600, the ~-mile, paved Charlotte ...

  • Naples' Carleton leads locals at USTA junior event Published 05/25/2006 at 12:19 a.m.

    Many of the flashiest junior tennis players from throughout the country invaded the clay courts of Tennis Naples Resort at the Naples Bath & Tennis Club this week. Yet the locals did not go unnoticed in the United States Tennis ...

  • Get some eats, watch some tennis tonight at Cambier Published 05/18/2006 at 12:15 a.m.

    Tonight figures to be a festive evening at Cambier Park in downtown Naples. As the 37th annual City of Naples Tennis Championships continue at the Art Allen Tennis Center, tonight’s agenda is highlighted by the players party that will begin ...

  • Marco Island players excel at tournament Published 05/11/2006 at 12:19 a.m.

    Players from the Marco Island Racquet Club made their impact on the JusTennis/USPTA Junior Tennis Series doubles tournament this past weekend at the Golden Gate Park Community Park. Max Belsinger won the round-robin with a 7-2 tie-breaker over Island peer ...

  • Germain Train thunders through truck series fields Published 05/06/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    Granted, the drivers in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series are just five races into their 25-race schedule for 2006. Yet the message is clear: the Germain Racing team has every bit of the muscle that was promised — and then ...

  • Naples' Witten part of strong Challenger field Published 05/04/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    The tournament trail continues for Naples’ Jesse Witten next week in Tunica, Miss. The next USTA Pro Circuit event is the Harrah’s Entertainment $50,000 Men’s Pro Challenger, a USTA Pro Circuit men’s challenger event at Tunica Resorts. Play begins Monday ...

  • City Championships to begin this weekend; big turnout likely Published 04/27/2006 at 12:10 a.m.

    May 1 and the “official” opening of the 37th annual City of Naples Tennis Championships don’t arrive until Monday. But tournament director Kevin Walker is encouraging players to be earlybirds, and he says some will play first-rounders over the weekend ...

  • Deadline for tennis tourney fast approaching Published 04/20/2006 at 12:15 a.m.

    Yes, the deadline has passed for filing their income tax returns. Yet local tennis players still have five more days to sign up for one of Naples’ most taxing tennis events. The entry deadline for the May-long, 37th Annual City ...

  • Naples city tourney coming up in May Published 04/13/2006 at 12:10 a.m.

    May is on the way, and so is one gem of a tennis tournament that is held locally each year throughout the month of May. The 37th Annual City of Naples Tennis Championships will begin May¤1 at the newly named ...

  • Germain teammates hold second, third spots in truck standings Published 04/07/2006 at 12:11 a.m.

    While Roush Racing’s Mark Martin continues to lead the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings, Germain Racing’s Ted Musgrave and Todd Bodine have danced a little sidestep. Going into last Saturday’s Kroger 250 at the Martinsville Speedway in Virginia, Bodine ...

  • City Tennis Championships slated for May Published 04/06/2006 at 12:10 a.m.

    OK, so March Madness didn’t really end until April for the best men’s and women’s college basketball teams in America. Cambier Park’s Kevin Walker, admittedly among those going through hoops withdrawal, now looks ahead to his version of May Madness.

  • Bodine tries to make it two straight today in Kroger 250 Published 04/01/2006 at 12:10 a.m.

    Normally race drivers don’t like it when they are running pit-stop hot. But when you’re as hot as Germain Racing’s Todd Bodine is right now, it’s the best kind of hot. With the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series to resume its ...

  • Naples teen dominates in Texas Published 03/30/2006 at 12:15 a.m.

    They say big things can happen in the big state of Texas. And after her trip to Dallas this past weekend, Naples junior standout Amy Simidian is a believer. In the prestigious Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation national championship for ...

  • Celebrity tournament could become annual event Published 03/23/2006 at 12:10 a.m.

    The 2006 ASG Tennis Celebrity Calcutta Tournament at Tennis Naples at Naples Bath & Tennis Club featured nonstop action this past weekend. Everyone was kept on their toes with all of the close matches in this celebrity-filled special. For the ...

  • Outlaw Pro Mods returning to Immokalee Published 03/17/2006 at 12:12 a.m.

    If you’re standing close to the starting line at the Immokalee Regional Raceway drag strip on the night of March 25, be sure to snug up the earplugs. That is the night the Outlaw Pro Modified cars will return to ...

  • ASG celebrity event takes spotlight this weekend Published 03/16/2006 at 12:10 a.m.

    With Jim Courier having won the inaugural Outback Champions Series-Naples event Monday night at The Players Club & Spa at Lely Resort, the focal point of local tennis this weekend becomes the Tennis Naples at the Naples Bath & Tennis ...

  • Germain’s Bodine, Musgrave fine-tuning during break Published 03/11/2006 at 12:10 a.m.

    Another weekend off the track has meant more in-the-shop preparation for the Germain Racing team in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. With drivers Todd Bodine and Ted Musgrave running two-three to Mark Martin in NTCS points after two events, the ...

  • Champions series has new sponsor in Outback Published 03/09/2006 at 12:17 a.m.

    The men’s pro tennis tournament that begins Friday at The Players Club & Spa at Lely Resort may be the kickoff event of a newborn series. But news released by InsideOut Sports & Entertainment this week was proof that this ...

  • Tennis: Naples’ Witten continues to make strides in career Published 03/09/2006 at 12:14 a.m.

    Having netted his third title of the year, Naples’ Jesse Witten continues to make inroads into professional tennis. Witten’s latest victory came recent in a $15,000 Futures event in Harlingen, Texas. The event, played on hard courts, featured a draw ...

  • Migliazzo schools 'em Published 03/06/2006 at 12:07 a.m.

    Gripping the steering wheel of a swamp buggy painted bright "caution yellow" to look like a school bus, unheralded racer Tony Migliazzo threw caution to the wind and took all his competitors to school Sunday in the Spring Classic competition ...

  • Walshes enjoy mud-slinging marriage Published 03/06/2006 at 12:02 a.m.

    If marriages were based solely on mud and motors, Bonnie Walsh and her husband, Terry, would define matrimonial bliss.

  • Walsh out to match wife's feat Published 03/05/2006 at 12:07 a.m.

    A year ago, Bonnie Walsh became the first woman ever to capture swamp buggy racing's Budweiser Cup Series points championship.

  • Bud Cup comes down to last race Published 03/04/2006 at 12:03 a.m.

    The person in charge of tallying swamp buggy racing points better have more than one sharp pencil handy this weekend at the Florida Sports Park.

  • Ex-Wimbledon champ Cash ready for Naples’ Champions Cup event Published 03/02/2006 at 12:10 a.m.

    With a total purse of $140,000 — $48,000 to an undefeated champion after round-robin and playoff showdowns — The Champions Cup Series-Naples men’s pro tournament will be played March 10-13 at the Players Club and Spa at Lely Resort. Naples ...

  • Sneaky Pete’s tennis event sneaking up Published 02/16/2006 at midnight

    Something a little sneaky is brewing on the local tennis scene. Not to worry. It happens every year about this time. The Club at Sterling Oaks, just south of Bonita Springs on U.S. 41, will put on its 7th annual ...

  • Tennis: Former Graf instructor now World Tennis Club director Published 02/09/2006 at 12:02 a.m.

    A tennis instructor linked to women’s star Steffi Graf and other celebrities has taken on a new, official role locally. Pavel Slozil of the Czech Republic has been appointed Tennis Director at the World Tennis Club on Airport Road. Slozil ...

  • Witten chosen to be on Davis Cup team Published 02/02/2006 at 12:23 a.m.

    Jesse Witten will tell you straight-out that when the phone rang, he could hardly believe his ears. Yet it’s true. On Sunday, the former local junior tennis standout will depart — with the United States Davis Cup team — for ...

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