Goalkeeper Lucas Silva keeps the ball out of the net.

On Dec. 16, a Monroe County rivalry made its way to the Marathon stadium as the Key West Conchs traveled to face the Marathon Dolphins varsity soccer team. Key West notched their first victory with a 3-0 shutout to improve to 1-2-1, while Marathon fell to 1-5-3 on the season.

Photos by BARRY GAUKEL/Keys Weekly.

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Alex Rickert made the perfectly natural career progression from dolphin trainer to newspaper editor in 2021 after freelancing for Keys Weekly while working full time at Dolphin Research Center. A resident of Marathon since 2015, he fell in love with the Florida Keys community by helping multiple organizations and friends rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Irma. An avid runner, actor, and spearfisherman, he spends as much of his time outside of work on or under the sea having civil disagreements with sharks.