Marathon's Ava Merryman #3 and Aivy Nguyen #23 work to secure a loose ball. DOUG FINGER/Keys Weekly

The Marathon Dolphins girls middle school basketball team traveled up the island chain for a game against the Plantation Key Panthers on Jan. 6. The scoring went back and forth throughout the game inside the PKS gym, but coming out on top were the Dolphins, 24-21. The PKS boys and girls teams will head to Marathon for games on Tuesday, Jan. 18 beginning at 5 p.m. 

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.