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. 

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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.