Interview with Dee Hicks, QB/DB, Charlotte Tarpons – October 9, 2016

In this 11-minute interview, Jeff talks with QB/DB Dee Hicks of the Charlotte Tarpons. The senior discusses his role as starting QB for the undefeated team hoping to make a deep run into the state playoffs. Hicks also reflects on his career as a 3-year varsity starter, playing defense vs. playing offense, the school’s 2015 district championship, if he’s faster than teammate Maleek Williams, and Hicks’ own future opportunities to play football on Saturdays.

Interview with Ernest Harvey, RB/WR, Port Charlotte Pirates – October 9, 2016

In this 6-minute interview, Jeff talks with RB/WR Ernest Harvey of the Port Charlotte Pirates. The senior discusses his electrifying 2 TD performance in a big 38-34 comeback win over North Fort Myers. Harvey also breaks down his role on the undefeated team, previews the rest of the 2016 football season, and looks ahead at his future on and off the football field.

Top 5 Florida beaches


Florida is blessed with 1,300 miles of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Though each of those miles offers some form of eye-catching appeal, there are more than a few destinations that stand out.  Here are my top 5 Florida beaches.

Siesta Key: Stephen Leatherman aka “Dr. Beach” ranked Siesta Key in Sarasota County as the top beach in the United States in 2011. The popular travel writer considers factors including surrounding environment, ease of access, sand and water quality, and more. Siesta Key is a very wide beach, filled with plush, white sand. These qualities are less typical of the Southwest Florida coastline. Another appeal of Siesta Key is that it is located within a mid-sized community. The beachfront tourist district is limited and traffic on the island generally  moves well, even when the locals fill the parking lots on weekends.

Clearwater Beach: For many, Clearwater is the jewel of the bustling Tampa Bay region. Nearby Fort Desoto Park receives plenty of acclaim and may be better for those seeking seclusion. Yet, Clearwater Beach provides the total Florida experience. Despite the crowds, parking is plentiful, and there are many fun places to eat or drink right by the water. One of the cool features of Clearwater Beach is how people actually live here and not all of them are multi-millionaires. You’re as likely to find a church or library across from the beach as a tacky souvenir shop.

Panama City Beach: Having become the country’s spring break destination of choice, Panama City Beach’s pristine beaches offer stunning views of the northern Gulf of Mexico. For those looking to fish, it is a smart choice with multiple piers extending into the Gulf and a great harbor for boating. However, what truly makes PCB so much fun is the vibrant atmosphere by the beach. With numerous restaurants, bars, and nightclubs dotting the busy strip, the real action begins when the sun goes down.

Fort Lauderdale: South Florida is filled with memorable beaches and those in Miami tend to get most of the press. Making the scenic drive along the Atlantic coast on Highway A1A, one really cannot go wrong stopping nearly anywhere there is sand. But Fort Lauderdale Beach is my top spot in South Florida. The surf and sand is every bit as scenic as South Beach, but the beach as a whole is more intimate. In fact, at high tide the waves break just a beachball’s throw from A1A. Though it might be harder to take a nap, people watching is far more interesting in Fort Lauderdale.

Daytona Beach: How can you not like a beach on which you can drive your car? Daytona is a little slow in the winter, but becomes a collegiate hot-spot as the weather warms up, and a family vacation paradise all summer long. The beach varies widely  with the tide, yet still accommodates the towels, chairs, and volleyball nets of visitors all day long. One of the top draws of Daytona is the ease of finding lodging right at the beach. Whether it’s a luxurious modern resort or a dingy joint that time left behind, there is no shortage of rooms with a view along Daytona Beach.

Charlotte Tarpons 63 – North Miami 33

tarpons_northmiami This was a fun one, as the Charlotte Tarpons defeated the North Miami Pioneers 63-33 on Friday, September 9, in Punta Gorda. Making a splash for the home team, new Tarpon QB Dee Hicks impressed with a thrilling 91-yard scoring burst, as did senior RB Maleek Williams with 3 touchdowns and a game-high 175 yards on the ground. On the other side of the ball, new Tarpons’ starting DB Savorian Warren turned some heads by grabbing 3 interceptions. Yet, even in defeat, the passing attack of the Pioneers was exciting to watch. Senior QB Tyberius Horne threw 3 touchdowns and 459 yards. Meanwhile, WR Colson Jean soared high to grab several receptions wherein he looked like another Calvin Johnson.

Sports Train Radio – Coach’s Corner with Binky Waldrop, November 26, 2015

November 26, 2015 — GET SHOW HERE: In this 10-minute interview, Jeff talks with Coach Binky Waldrop of Charlotte High School. Coach Waldrop recaps his squad’s initial two playoff victories, previews the much-anticipated regional final with the Naples Golden Eagles, and reflects on a magical season in which the Fightin’ Tarpons have posted a dominant 12-0 record.

Sports Train Radio – Coach Bill Kramer Interview, November 24, 2015

November 24, 2015 — GET SHOW HERE: In this 7-minute interview, Jeff talks with Coach Bill Kramer of Naples High School. With a pair of state championships on his resume, Coach Kramer has guided the Golden Eagles to a stellar 10-1 record in 2015 and an appearance in the state regional finals. Kramer reflects on the playoff clash with the Charlotte Tarpons & on Naples’ much-heralded athletes DB/WR Tyler Byrd and RB Carlin Fils-Aime.

Sports Train Radio – Brennan Norus Interview, November 20, 2015

November 20, 2015 — GET SHOW HERE: In this 6-minute interview, Jeff talks with RB Brennan Norus of the Port Charlotte Pirates. During his third season of playing for Coach Jordan Ingman, Norus led his team to a playoff victory. Norus also arguably became Southwest Florida’s most dominant running back, breaking Port Charlotte’s single-season rushing mark with over 1,800 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Sports Train Radio – Brennan Simms Interview, September 4, 2015

September 4, 2015 – GET SHOW HERE: In this 8-minute interview, Jeff talks with QB Brennan Simms of the Charlotte Fightin’ Tarpons. Simms is enjoying a prolific senior season guiding the undefeated powerhouse from Punta Gorda. With good size, a strong arm, and effective use of his numerous weapons, Simms is one of 2015’s top quarterbacks in Florida high school football.