Local Fishing Team Wins Big in Jersey
The same team that placed 3rd in the Key West World Sailfish Tournament strikes it big again.  Chris Shultz and Captain Scott Walker of Duck Key, Capt. Paul Ritli of Grassy Key and Capt. Bill Wiatt of Conch Key placed 3rd with this 82 pound White Marlin in the Cape May, NJ Mid-Atlantic 500,000 Marlin Tournament.  Their 3rd place finish yielded a payout of $205,000.  The team fished aboard the Cracker, Chris Shultz’s 57 foot custom built Dean Johnson sport fishing boat.

Beginners Photography Class Available at City Park
The “Beginning Photography” class being offered by the City of Marathon Parks and Recreation Department had its first session August 21 at the Main Pavilion, Sombrero Beach. The free classes are on Saturday mornings at in the same location and will run through mid September. John Sheagren, pictured here, participated in the first class. For information or to sign up, call 743-6598. Photo by Ali Adams, Marathon Parks and Recreation Department

Wonderlin Tennis Launches Youth Academy
Open House this Sunday at 5:30 pm

Wonderlin Tennis furthers its goal of “For Kids, For Adults, For Life” by announcing the formation of a Youth Tennis Academy. Tropical Tennis Academy is open for beginners to advanced players from 5-18 years old and will be holding an open house Sunday, August 29 from 5:30-6:30 at the courts at Boatman’s Sombrero Resort in Marathon.

New after-school programs and night programs will be offered to accommodate skill levels and schedules.  The team of tennis professionals, Tim Wonderlin (25+ years teaching in Marathon); Chris Bull (High School coach and ranked #6 in Florida in USTA NTRP Division); and Adrian River (former top-ranked Junior in Florida), have collaborated to make this possible. Also, Wonderlin Tennis was awarded a USTA Share the Love grant to purchase QuickStart equipment for kids 5-10 years old.

“We believe in excellence in tennis and personal development,” stated Academy Director Chris Bull.  “Tennis should be used as a vehicle by which to develop not only winners on the court, but to instill values, character and a commitment to personal excellence that will make them winners in life.  The pathway to excellence is slightly different for each individual player, and can be achieved through the various programs offered at Tropical Tennis Academy for ages 5-18.”

More information can be found by visiting www.wonderlintennis.com or www.tropicaltennisacademy.com or calling (305) 396-1078 or (305) 304-4802.

Tennis Pros Tim Wonderlin and Chris Bull stand with some tennis academy students showing off the new QuickStart equipment purchased from a USTA Share the Love grant. Wonderlin Tennis will be hosting an open house explaining the new academy Sunday at 5:30 at their tennis courts at Boatman’s Sombrero Resort.

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