Keys Weekly Athlete of the week


Michael Merryman 

What do you enjoy about being on the football team? I really enjoy seeing everybody get better, every practice. I play the quarterback position, and I’ve really enjoyed this spot on the team because I get to be a team leader.

How long have you been playing on the team? I have been on the Marathon football team since eighth grade. I’ve always really loved the sport, but my parents encouraged me to grow more before throwing me out on the field. Now it’s my favorite sport, and the sport I’m best at. 

Describe one of your best moments in athletics.  My most memorable moment was actually a funny one. It was at our first game of the season this past fall, and my first game starting as the quarterback. I had forgotten one of my bags of pads and gear at home. As you can imagine my coach was not happy with me. This mistake has set me straight. Every game since then I’ve been fully equipped and ready to play. It has been a good reminder of the responsibility I need to own on the field. 

Coach Childress says … “Let’s get better every day.” It pushes me to become the best and be my best every day, whether I’m in the weight room or on the field, in order to succeed. 


The Upper Keys Weekly is proud to partner with the Coral Shores Athletic Department to highlight this week’s “Canes Sports Standout.” Recipients are chosen on qualifications of academic excellence, academic standing and community involvement. We thank our future leaders and the CSHS Athletic Department for allowing us to share a little “Hurricane Pride.”


A member of the ‘Canes basketball team for four years and football team for three, Gutierrez said he loves to compete on the gridiron and make a hit or a big catch. Growing up, Gutierrez always enjoyed sports and wanted to be the best athlete he could be at Coral Shores. Gutierrez said athletics taught him discipline and the belief to “work hard for the things I want.” Along with sports, he enjoys cooking and likes to put his talents on display in the kitchen. He plans to obtain certification to become a personal trainer. As for those assisting in his success, Gutierrez said Mrs. T always looked out for him throughout high school. His advice to younger Coral Shores’ student-athletes? “Hit the weight room. Outwork your peers and wait for your time.” Gutierrez said he wants to be known as a hard worker and leader who guides the lower class and motivates them to better themselves. 

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