Senior guard Gabriel Delgado fends off a defender as he drives to the basket.

Storms collided on Jan. 20 as the Coral Shores Hurricanes varsity boys basketball took on the Somerset Academy South Homestead Hurricanes. Offensive power from Somerset Academy scorers, however, led them to victory. 58-46. Coral Shores had a field goal percentage of 39% and a three-point percentage of 25%. Somerset went 36% from the floor and had a 23% three-point percentage. The Coral Shores varsity boys past two games ended in forfeit wins with Palm Glades Prep Academy and MAST Academy not able to play. They’re back in action on Thursday, Jan. 27 at Palmer Trinity in Miami. They’ll close out the season with a home game against Key West on Feb. 2 followed by an away game versus Marathon on Feb. 4. 

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Jim McCarthy is a northerner 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 his graduation from St. Bonaventure University in 2014. In his 3 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. Behind every community is resiliency and resolve in difficult times. As writers, we are the ones who paint the pictures in the readers minds of the emotions, the struggles and the triumphs.” Jim serves as President of the Key Largo Sunset Rotary Club, which is composed of energetic members who serve the community’s youth and older populations. “It’s a group that lives by the motto ‘Service Above Self,’” he says. “We’ve done service projects at the Tavernier nursing home, sitting down and socializing with residents. “We’ve also supplied cameras to young students exploring the Keys ecosystem.” Jim loves sports, family and time exploring underneath the water depths.