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.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: CORAL SHORES’ SWIMMING SENSATION CORLEY SMITH

Corley Smith Coral Shores, seniorSwimming Coral Shores senior Corley Smith is already an outstanding swimmer. But she’s also on a constant quest for improvement. Last year, Corley took fifth place overall and was the second female swimmer to complete the Swim to Alligator Lighthouse. This year she came in first in...

SPORTS WRAP: KEYS RUNNERS FARE WELL AT SPANISH RIVER INVITE IN BOCA RATON

Keys runners representing four schools traveled to Boca Raton for the 40th annual Spanish River Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 16. Monroe County fared well against teams from scores of schools across south and central Florida.   The top Keys runner was sophomore Vance Bursa, who blazed to the finish line...

SPORTS WRAP: ’CANES & CONCHS FOOTBALL DOMINATE

Key West The outcome of Key West’s Sept. 16 game against the Crusaders of Dade Christian became obvious in the first quarter, during which the Conchs scored a record 30 points. The domination began on the Crusaders’ first offensive possession when Jakari Blackman intercepted the ball and the Conchs’ offense...

SPORTS WRAP: KEYS SPORTS SCOREBOARD & SCHEDULE (SEPT. 22)

Fall sports in the Florida Keys are underway as players take to the gridiron, court, pool, cross country trail and golf course. Get the latest on all the scores and view what’s upcoming in sports up and down the island chain.  THE SCOREBOARD TeamSportOpponentDateResultKey West / Marathon / Coral ShoresBoys GolfKWHS,...

SPORTS WRAP: KEYS GOLFERS SWING IT OUT AT FlORIDA KEYS COUNTRY CLUB

Coral Shores’ Gabby Thomas has solidified her lead as the Keys’ top female golfer. The boys competition is still up in the air. On Sept. 12, all three Keys teams met up in Marathon to play nine holes at Florida Keys Country Club. Key West’s Devon Gilday and Marathon’s Fisher...

SPORTS WRAP: KEY WEST & CORAL SHORES TRADE WINS IN THE POOL

Keys swimmers met up at Founders Park in Islamorada on Sept. 14 and both teams experienced success. Key West’s boys had a decisive 195-74 win and Coral Shores’ girls edged out the Conchs, 144-135. Key West took first place on the boys’ side of the meet, sweeping the 200 free,...

SPORTS WRAP: KEYS VOLLEYBALL HAS AN UP & DOWN WEEK

Key West The Lady Conchs started their week in Tavernier, beating Coral Shores 3-0, then worked on preparing for another round of high-level tournament play, this time at home. Key West hosted the Conch Cup Tournament, inviting 6A Martin County, 7A Palm Beach Central and 5A Pasco. On Sept. 16...

SPORTS WRAP: ’CANES & CONCHS VICTORIOUS IN VOLLEYBALL

Key West had a big road win against Marathon on Sept. 8, taking down the Dolphins in three sets as the Lady Conchs’ consistent serving and aggressiveness at the net proved too much for the Fins. The first W of the season had eluded the Conchs’ talented team until...

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: KEY WEST’S REESE HAGGARD

REESE HAGGARD Key West High School Sophomore  Setter In the Sept. 8 game against Marathon, Reese Haggard shouldered the responsibility of manning the team’s new offensive structure on the court, something which impressed her coach and held the team together when they had a few minor adjustments to make early in the game....

SPORTS WRAP: FLORIDA KEYS SWIMMERS EXPLODE OFF THE STARTING BLOCKS

A much-anticipated prep swimming season opened last week with meets at College of the Florida Keys and Founders Park. Coral Shores started its season with a tri-meet against Doctors Charter and Braddock on Sept. 9 at Founders Park in Islamorada. The girls team silenced their opponents to take first place,...

SPORTS WRAP: BASEBALL PROSPECTS HIGHLIGHT SKILLS AT SCOUT DAY 2022 IN KEY WEST, FLORIDA

More than a dozen professional and college scouts came out to Rex Weech Field in Key West last Saturday in pursuit of local baseball prospects. Scouts whose territories include Florida, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic started their grueling months-long search for the next generation of talent right here...

SPORTS WRAP: ALL WINS FOR MONROE COUNTY FOOTBALL

Three high schools are celebrating big wins this week in a rare trifecta of success for Monroe County prep football. The wins themselves couldn’t be more diverse, though. Coral Shores put up huge numbers in a shutout win, Marathon had to grind for its win, fighting mother nature as...