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Dylan Ziels
Senior, Marathon 

“Dylan was electric from the very first pitch. Positive emotions were flowing all around Dolphin Country after a great signing ceremony to start off the night.” – Joey Gonzalez, Marathon head coach

Marathon’s Dylan Ziels is well known as a lights-out pitcher with maturity and composure to boot. But on Feb. 23, Ziels was downright extraordinary. The big righty inked his letter of intent to play collegiate baseball at Palm Beach State that afternoon, but his heart and soul were with his hometown high school team and his full focus was on winning. He dialed in everything he had and went 3-3 at the plate as he pitched a no-hit shutout, making his four-inning run perfect for the Fins. Coach Joey Gonzalez described his ace as, “locked in and laser focused,” adding, “his fastball was in the 88-90 range and he got stronger as the night progressed. It was a special evening capped off by a shutout, no-hit, 12-strikeout performance.” For his Herculean performance and on-field leadership, Dylan Ziels is the Keys Weekly Athlete of the Week.

Tracy McDonald
Tracy McDonald fled to the Keys from the frozen mountains of Pennsylvania hours after graduating from college and never looked back. She is a second generation coach and educator, and has taught in the public school system for over 25 years. She and her husband met at a beginning teacher meeting in 1997 and have three children born and raised in Monroe County. In her free time, McDonald loves flea markets, historical fiction and long runs in the heat.