Strong defensive play and two crafty goals propelled the Lady ’Canes to a victory over Florida Christian, 2-0, on senior night on  Jan. 13. Ali Beth Wilson put the ’Canes ahead with a header from a corner kick by Kai Redruello. Then, defender Noelle Engelmeyer made a long pass to Redruello for a picture perfect finishing goal. “The team plays like a team; they are great at moving the ball through the middle and distributing to the outside wings. The defense played smart, only allowing three shots on goal,” said coach Evie Engelmeyer. During halftime, eight seniors were recognized as their families joined them on the field: Katelyn Gilman, Kelly Ramos, Edy Kemmer, Melani Valdes, Isabella Dick, Joey Eysenbach, Ashley Jans and Emily Murphy. The Hurricanes, 8-3, will head to LaSalle on Jan. 19 for the final regular season game. The Lady ’Canes are third in the district behind Palmer Trinity and Somerset South Homestead. A win over LaSalle would catapult the Lady ’Canes to second place. The Lady ’Canes have scored 35 goals this season.

Coral Shores girls soccer player Ali Beth Wilson (11) heads the ball into the net for a goal against Florida Christian.
Players look to gain possession of the ball.
Coral Shores senior Edy Kemmer walks with her parents during a senior night ceremony during halftime.
Holding flowers, senior Melani Valdes celebrates senior night with her family.
Jim McCarthy is one of the many Western New Yorkers who escaped the snow and frigid temperatures for warm living by the water. A former crime & court reporter and city editor for two Western New York newspapers, Jim has been honing his craft since he graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2014. In his 4-plus years in the Keys, Jim has enjoyed connecting with the community. “One of my college professors would always preach to be curious,” he said. “Behind every person is a story that’s unique to them, and one worth telling. As writers, we are the ones who paint the pictures in the readers minds of the emotions, the struggles and the triumphs.” Jim is past president of the Key Largo Sunset Rotary Club, which is composed of energetic members who serve the community’s youth and older populations. Jim is a sports fanatic who loves to watch football, hockey, mixed martial arts and golf. He also enjoys time with family and his new baby boy, Lucas, who arrived Oct. 4, 2022.