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IFD from occurring in your home. The warning
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time to escape before being overcome by
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the time a fire breaks out, a person has less
live with". According to the National Safety than 10 minutes to escape the disabling ef-
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W1 h allig a or poaching
SCheck tarps on boats or other equip-
ment that may collect water.
SPump out bilges on boats.
SReplace water in birdbaths and pet or
Other animal feeding dishes at least once a
SChange water in plant trays, including
hanging plants, at least once a week.
SRemove vegetation or obstructions in
drainage ditches that prevent the flow of
For more information on mosquito-
borne illnesses, and mosquito control treat-
ment schedules visit.
DOH's Environmental Health web site
medicine/arboviral/index.html or call the
Collier County Health Department at 239-
252-8226. For a two-page Mosquito-borne
Disease in Florida Fact sheet describing the
transmission cycle, symptoms of illness and
mosquito-borne disease prevention go to:
m edicine/arb oviral/p dfs/E educational Materi-
als/Arb o_factsheetCol orng.p df
The Collier Mosquito Control District
website at: www.CMCD.org
September 23, 2010
customer's home or business. She said busi-
nesses have already been fitted with these
devices pipes about 12-18 inches high and
2 feet wide.
In fact, these back flow preventers are
the main reason why USDA is funding this
proacflow preventers are required at all
commercial accounts. However, business
owners must pay for and maintain the de-
vices themselves. Since they are quite ex-
pensive some $400 each IWSD received
the grant to install them for individuals. Cus-
tomers will see an additional $5 on their bills
per month for yearly inspection and replace-
ment of parts. No other rate increase is ex-
pected this year, Ms. Deyo said.
When this project is complete, the district
will take over maintenance of all backflow
preventers in Immokalee.
An early morning traffic stop on Thurs-
day, Sept. 16, by Glades County Sheriff's
Office deputies led to the arrest of two men
on charges of alligator poaching. When
deputies stopped a pickup on Highway 78
near Moore Haven and looked in the bed
of the truck, they discovered 36 dead alliga-
tors piled on top of each other and a bag
containing 19 live alligator hatchlings. Only
One of the alligators was legally tagged.
At that point, deputies called officers
with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission (FWC) to investigate.
FWC investigators charged Joel M.
Green of Fort Myers (DOB 11/29/62) and
Donald T. Strenth (DOB 10/12/87) of Moore
Haven with 54 felony counts each on ille-
gal possession of American alligators. Both
men are being held at the Glades County
Jail with no bond.
The alligators were taken to a licensed
processor, and the hides will be retained
for evidence. The live hatchlings were re-
turned to the wild. It is unclear where the
alligators came from or what the men were
doing with them.
"We hope this case sends a strong mes-
sage to any would-be poachers," said FWC
investigator Capt. Jeff Ardelean. "We will
find you and hold you accountable for
wildlife law violations." American alligators
are protected under state law. It is unlawful
to kill, injure, capture or possess, or to at-
tempt to kill, injure, capture or possess an
American alligator without authorization
from the FWC.
36 alligators lie dead on the ground behind the Glades County Jail along
with a container with 19 live hatchling alligators after a traffic stop netted two
men accused of poaching by Glades County Sherriff's Office.
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The district has constantly been adding
lines in Ms. Deyo's 18 years at the district.
This is the fourth or fifth project adding lines,
hydrants and so on, she commented.
"We've known we needed this for a long
time," she added, but it's expensive. Over
two miles of pipes are being laid.
The project is funded by USDA money -
part loan, part grant. In fact, this project is
85 percent grant funded. In most cases, the
district gets 25-40 percent grant as a rule.
In addition to the new lines, crews are
placing back flow preventers at each resi-
dence to protect the water supply from
anything that might happen at an individual
Continued From Pagfe 1
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Weather forecast for Collier County from the National Weather Service
Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sun-
ny, with a high near 92. East wind between 6 and 10 Inph.
Thursday night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy,
with a low around 73. East wind around 7 Inph.
Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high
near 93. East wind between 6 and 10 Inph.
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high near 92
Annual Christmas Around the World event set
Road safety to improve for older Floridians
Christmas around the World Parade and
Snow Gala will be corning to Irnrokalee, on
This year's Parade Therne "Irnrokalee
Makes History" A Great Historical Event, An
Era of Tirne or a Farnous Person.
The cost of the entire Gala is still FREE to
our corniunity, except for all the delicious
food, drinks and wonderful garnes for the
kids and adults.
The Parade will start on the corner of
Carver and First Street, directly across from
the Irnrokalee Seminole Casino at 5:30
p.ni.hLin u t me starts at 4:3 r a Paks
and Recreation Dept. will have lots of Christ-
Inas music, food, garnes, crafts, a carnival
and local entertainment with "Irnrokalee's
R61&} f0r Life kick-off party
planned for October 28
Relay for Life of Irniokalee will host
its Tearn Kick-Off Party on Thursday, Oct.
r8, at the Irnoalt dir Dele itn II
about Relay for Life or who are already
involved with Relay for Life is invited to
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not least MR. 99 Supermarket, for letting us
hold our Irnrokalee Lions Club yard sale on
their property. All the proceeds accumulated
from our sales will go towards purchasing a
ve ice to transport te patients to th Bo-
nita Springs Eye Clinic or helping patients
with sorne of their eye surgery expenses.
Be looking out for future projects from the
Irnrokalee Lions Club.
Immokalee Lions Club
The Collier County Sheriff's Office has
earned the prestigious Excellence in Indus-
try Innovation Award from the Economic
Development Council of Collier County.
The award was presented to Sheriff
Kevin J. Rarnbosk at the EDC's Excellence
in Industry luncheon at the Naples Hilton
The award recognizes innovative lead-
ership in a product or process. CCSO was
honored for its groundbreaking approach
to strategic planning. While law enforce-
inent strategic plans are traditionally cre-
ated in-house, Sheriff Rarnbosk invited
the cornrunity to provide input and help
shape CCSO's Cornrunity Safety Plan.
More than 350 residents attended a series
of public meetings around the county in
the spring and helped shape the plan.
Together, agency nernbers and the
cornrunity set five areas of focus: youth
prograiniing, corniunication, traffic
safety, community outreach, ar d crirne
Sheriff Rarnbosk said the award shines
a spotlight on the importance of cornru-
"When law enforcement works hand-
in-hand with its citizens the result is a safer
corniunity," Sheriff Rarnbosk said.
CCSO competed in the large business
category for organizations with 76 or more
nernbers. Previous winners of the award
include Kraft Construction, WilsonMiller
and the Naples Daily News.
Tallahassee-The Florida Department
of Transportation (FDOT) has established
a statewide coalition to address the specific
needs of Flonida's aging road users.
The Safe Mobility for Life Coalition's mis-
sion is to irnprove the safety, access and
Inobility of Flonida's aging road users by
developing a comprehensive strategic plan
to reduce injuries and crashes among this
In 2009, 17.5 percent of Flonida's popu-
lation was 65 years and older and growing.
By 2030, this population group is predicted
to reach more than 27 percent, according to
the U.S. Census Bureau.
"As Florida's population ages, we must
recognize the specific needs of older drivers
and provide the accornrodations to ensure
the safety of Florida's roads," said FDOT
Secretary Stephanie Kopelousos. Coalition
nernbers will work together to create strat-
egies and unplernent safety and mobility
programs designed to address all the needs
of this growing population. Some emphasis
areas initially identified for consideration by
the Coalition include data analysis, preven-
tion, education, roadway enhancements
and transitioning from driving.
Got Talent" Contest, Mexican Bingo, a huge
snow mountain and piles of snow for kids
to play in. And, of course the event most
waited for the arrival of Santa Claus by
helicopter from the North Pole to visit and
take pictures with all the boys and girls un-
der Santa's Tent, courtesy of the Irnrokalee
Parade applications can be picked up
at our local swirnring pool office or the
Irnrokalee Chamber of Cornrerce Office.
If additional information is needed, please
call Cherryle Thornas at 239-657-0080 (Pa-
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September 23, 2010
Positive behavior gets
By Joe Landon
Collier County District Schools
When you hear someone mention PBS,
the first thing that comes to mind is PBS,
the Public Broadcasting Service. And you'd
be right. But there's a PBS in place in our
schools -Positive Behavior Support -it's
a program that does just that. It supports
the positive behavior of our students usin8
recognition and various kinds of incentives
to do so. According to the school district's
PBS Coordinator, Pam Bruening, the pro-
gram helps makes our schools "a positive
place to be." The PBS program had its roots
in our elementary schools, spreading from
ri'ct Scho therea to id-
1, schools. moaeJust
two years ago,
QP port (PBS) pro-
CO ler GO00 / gram, and four
weeks into the
third year of the program, results are phe-
nomenal. Assistant Principal for Discipline,
John Lambcke, reports that there were
5,779 discipline referrals during the 2007-
2008 school year. Then the next year, the
first with a PBS program, referrals were way
down -cut in half -with only 2,896 being
dealt with. Last year, even more improve-
ment -2,441 discipline referrals reported
for the 2009-2010 school year. Immokalee
High School Activities Coordinator Linda
Ayer tells us that the "Indians" love the PBS
raffles they're doing at the moment -part
of that incentive piece that makes PBS so
successful. Linda also reports that interest
is very high right now during the school's
annual club recruitment period. This is
when students get involved with student
government, the academic team, a Readers
Leaders club, and more. BETA Club par-
ticipation is always huge on the Immokalee
campus especially since the club has been
winning statewide competitions since the
mid-1980's, and those at the national level
the past 20 years. BETA stands for "Better
Education Through Achievement," and the
club motto, "Let us lead by serving others,"
could actually apply to all of the club oppor-
tunities Immokalee High School students
are busy signing up for. "Our students are
very interested in helping out in their com-
munity," says Linda Ayer. "Involvement is
very important to us." And later in the year,
Ayer tells us that the clubs will come togeth-
er to work on several major community
proj ects such as Relay for Life for the Ameri-
can Cancer Society. On a weekly basis, stu-
dents are involved as well -reaching out to
help younger students by doing after school
tutoring at various Immokalee elementary
schools and day care centers, thanks to a
commitment from the Immokalee Founda-
tion and the Guadalupe Center -another
good example of Immokalee High School
students leading by serving others.
Edison State College District President, Dr.
Kenneth P. Walker, has extended an offer to
local superintendent of schools for the Lee
County School District, Dr. James Browder,
to serve as Vice President of Operations. Dr.
Browder signed and returned the letter this
"Dr. Browder is a respected leader in ed-
ucation locally and nationally," said Walker.
"I am impressed with his focus on students
and faculty and his understanding that these
two groups are the strength of our institu-
The Vice President of Operations is re-
sponsible for the oversight of the charter
schools, facilities, public safety, technology,
student housing and operational oversight
for the Hendry/Glades Center in LaBelle.
"Dr. Browder brings a unique understand-
ing of the local, state and national strengths
and challenges that exist in education," said
Walker. "Additionally, Dr. Browder has a long
history of working well with our College. Dr.
The School District of Collier County's
annual College Night is tomorrow night!
Students and parents are cordially invited to
th prog t kingH clc grm4 307as"=
(2925 Titan Way).
Approximately 100 colleges and univer-
sities will send representatives to College
Night. A list of the colleges and universities
attending is now available online at: http://
Throughout the evening, students and
parents will have the opportunity to visit
with the various college and university rep-
resentatives. The representatives will pro-
vide information about programs offered,
entrance requirements, expenses, financial
aid, and campus lifpeas otc r ida
Landrum, Coordinator of School Counsel-
ing, at 239-377-0517 or via e-mail at: Lan-
Browder previously held a dean's position
at Edison. Additionally, Edison State and
the Lee County schools enjoy an extremely
collaborative partnership for more than 20
Edison State College has been the fast-
est growing state college in Florida for the
past two years. Enrollment has skyrocketed
53 percent in the past three years. Edison
recently opened a collegiate high school in
Charlotte and Lee Counties with plans to
open another in Collier County. Additionally,
Edison State is looking at plans to open a
Leadership Academy for grades K-8 in com-
ing years. Additional plans include an en-
trance into student housing.
"We are excited about these changes
and feel most confident Dr. Browder will
complement our existing executive staff and
better enable us to move forward with the
Destination 2020 Strategic Plan and the Edi-
son Education System," said Walker. "I am
proud to recommend Dr. James Browder to
the position of Vice President of Operations
and feel that the attributes and skills he will
bring to the College will complement the
Dr. Browder will officially join the Edison
State College staff later this semester.
Celebrating nearly 50 years of excellence,
Edison State College is Southwest Florida's
largest, most established, accessible and
affordable institution of higher education.
Edison State serves more than 20,000 stu-
dents per year in five counties and through
the Edison Online virtual campus. For more
information please visit www.edison.edu.
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Equestrian Challenge organization gives kids a 'lift'
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/NEC
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Naples Equestrian Challege organization.
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September 23, 2010
Naples Equestrian Challenge gears up
for a new year of fun and therapy for those
with physical, cognitive and emotional chal-
Naples Equestrian Challenge, a non-prof-
it organization that offers therapeutic horse-
back riding services to children and adults
with disabilities, opened for their 16th year
this week with over 100 riders enrolled.
Hooves, bridles and hay -what do these
have to do with learning and healing? The
answer is a lot for the many children and
adults in Collier County with challenges
who benefit from equine therapy at Naples
As the barn opens for riding therapy ses-
sions again, parents and riders are excited
about returning to riding lessons.
"I'm so happy to be back!," says Paul Ste-
vens, 24, who was one of the four original
riders when therapeutic horseback riding
came to Naples in 1995. Paul has the most
amazing smile as he says," Ted is my favor-
ite horse because he listens to me. We have
a new lift and it helps me to be transferred
onto the horse. I love the lift!" Paul's family
shares that he has checked the calendar ev-
ery day for the past two weeks and counted
down the days until he was back with his
buddy, Ted. Paul has cerebral palsy and uses
a wheelchair to get around when he is on
"Naples Equestrian Challenge has be-
come a vital part of the lives of so many indi-
viduals in our area," said Sheryl Soukup, the
new Executive Director of Naples Equestrian
Challenge. "It is a privilege to be part of this
fabulous program that brings horses togeth-
er with the people who need them most.
Horseback riding can empower those with
mobility issues, such as someone who uses
a wheelchair. Riding provides such a feeling
Soukup notes, "Equine therapy can have
a powerful impact on an individual facing
a tremendous life challenge. Not only can
horses benefit a rider physically, but the pos-
itive attitude they cultivate is amazing. These
smiles are so contagious!"
Therapeutic riding has reported ben-
efits that include increasing joint mobility,
strengthening muscle tone, improving pos-
ture and balance, increasing circulation,
boosting self-esteem, calming anxiety and
bettering socialization skills. As a horse
walks, the rider feels the rhythmic move-
ment in their own body and receives physi-
cal, sensory, and neurological stimulation.
The rider must also continually balance their
body, contributing to upper body strength.
These results are more than anecdotal,
with research studies pointing to the effec-
tiveness of equine therapy. For example, in
a 2008 study on the use of horse therapy
with children with cerebral palsy, a Wash-
ington University research team found that
there were measurable increases in head
and trunk stability as well as upper extrem-
Naples Equestrian Challenge riders range
from two years old to senior citizens, and
have disabilities that include autism spec-
trum disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syn-
drome, hearing impairment, multiple scle-
rosis, spina bifida, visual impairment and
mental health issues.
Mike Strain, father of a four-year-old rider,
shares, "The first time we brought Nathan to
Naples Equestrian Challenge, we didn't be-
lieve he would sit up on a horse. The child
we brought there had major sensory issues
and communication problems. We were
amazed to see him sitting way up high and
keeping his helmet on the whole ride. Since
that first ride, Nathan has become more
verbal and tells others in our family about
his riding of horses. He takes pride in know-
ing his commands for the horses and even
cheers on the other riders in his class. We
can see Nathan relax as he rides and love it
when his face lights up during a brisk trot.
He really has benefited from this therapy!"
Located at 206 Ridge Drive in Naples, Na-
ples Equestrian Challenge provides weekly
riding sessions where riders work with one
of the ten therapy horses on site.
Certified instructors and a team of trained
volunteers direct riders to meet individual-
ized goals. Beginning riders are provided
with two side walkers who remain on either
side of the rider to ensure safety, but also to
give encouragement and to focus the rider
on the task at hand. There is also a third vol-
unteer who leads the horse. In the center of
the arena is a NARHA-certified riding instruc-
tor who personally addresses each rider,
talking them through the lesson at their own
pace. NARHA is an international accrediting
organization for therapeutic riding and other
Naples Equestrian Challenge is sup-
ported by private donations and the help of
many volunteers. Experience with horses or
the disabled is not necessary to volunteer.
"If you like horses and have a passion for
helping others, give us a call," says Sheryl
The Naples Equestrian Challenge wishes
to inform those in the community about this
therapeutic resource. Their staff as well as
various riders are available for media inter-
views. Please contact Sheryl Soukup at 239-
596 2988 or: sherylsoukupenaplesequestri-
District of Collier County's Fine Arts
Department is announcing that its Septem-
ber-October newsletter is now available
online. The bi-monthly production features
a wealth of information about activities
and events involving all schools across the
district. From information on the Superin-
tendent's Art Gallery Show to the Florida
Art Educators Conference--you'll find it all
inside. More than 30 "What's Happening"
items fill the four-page layout.
The September-October edition can be
easily found by visiting the Fine Arts De-
partment Web site at: http://www.collier-
schools.com/finearts/. Once there, scroll
down to the bottom of the page and click
on the "Read the Fine Arts Newsletter"
To learn more, please contact Fine Arts
Coordinator Linda Cummings at 239-377-
0087 or via e-mail at Cumminli~collier.
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hel rolsds da
gree in microbi-
ology from the
Sh Il Souku of Leadership
ey up Collier. She is
a 2010 recipient of the Women of Achieve-
ment Award from the Collier County Chap-
ter of the American Association of University
Women. She also received the 2005 Citizen
of the Year Award from the Lee County
Chapter of National Association of Social
Ms. Soukup is a member of the Rotary
Club of Immokalee and volunteers as a men-
tor in the Take Stock in Children program.
She moved to Florida in 2002 from Boston,
where she worked for Children's Hospital
Boston and Harvard Children's Initiative.
Former Immokalee Housing
and Family ServiceS
director continues to help
children and families
Brigid Soldavini-Clapper, president of the
Naples Equestrian Challenge (NEC) Board
of Directors, is pleased to announce Sheryl
Soukup as the organization's new executive
"We are very proud to welcome Sheryl
as our new Executive Director," said Solda-
vini-Clapper. "We are confident that her ex-
perience and leadership skills will help NEC
grow, expand its programs and most impor-
tantly continue this much needed service for
the children, adults and families of Collier
"I am so excited to join NEC. I'm looking
forward to helping children and adults with
disabilities achieve their goals. In addition, I
am eager to work with the NEC Board, staff
and volunteers to ensure the future of NEC,
says Soukup of her new endeavor.
With more than 10 years of non-profit
management experience, Soukup formerly
Florida Department of Transportation
(FDOT) Secretary Stephanie Kopelousos
and Department of Highway Safety and
Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) Executive Direc-
tor Julie Jones announced today that state-
wide safety belt use reached a record 87.4
percent this year following the 2010 Click It
or Ticket safety belt campaign.
"Safety belts save lives," Kopelousos
said. "Wearing a safety belt is the best way
to stay safe in a crash. We want everyone
to remember to buckle up every time and
Florida's primary safety belt law, ad-
opted in 2009, is a critical piece of the edu-
cational and awareness initiatives spread
through media and grassroots efforts
across the state.
A recent study from the Centers for Dis-
ease Control and Prevention showed that
primary safety belt laws and enhanced
safety belt enforcement programs, such
as Click It or Ticket, are proven, effective
strategies to prevent motor vehicle crash
injuries and deaths.
"Florida's primary safety belt law has led
to greater safety belt usage, fewer injuries,
and fewer deaths from vehicle crashes,"
Jones said. "Our state troopers and law en-
forcement officers statewide are commit-
ted to making a difference through both
education and enforcement."
The Preusser Research Group docu-
mented observed seat belt use in Florida
vehicles following the Click It or Ticket
campaign from May 24 to June 6.
The results showed that Florida's safety
belt usage rate reached an all time high
with only four of the 12 surveyed coun-
ties experiencing slight declines. Many
surveyed counties achieved increases be-
tween 2.5 percent and 9.8 percent.
Pickup truck drivers and their passen-
gers continue to be among the lowest us-
The full 2010 safety belt usage final re-
port is available on the FDOT
website: http://www. dot. state. fl.us/
safety. For more information about Click
It or Ticket, please visit www.clickitfla.
com and fol-
low the Click It or Ticket campaign on Twit-
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice,
Inc., which operates 36 programs through-
out 10 counties in Southwest Florida,
received the coveted four-star rating for
sound fiscal management from Charity
Navigator, the largest independent evalua-
tor of charities in the country.
"Approximately a quarter of the chari-
ties we evaluate have received our highest
rating, indicating that Catholic Charities,
Diocese of Venice executes its mission in a
fiscally responsible way, and outperforms
most other charities in America," said Ken
Berger, president and CEO of Charity Navi-
gator. "This exceptional designation from
Charity Navigator differentiates Catholic
Charities, Diocese of Venice from its peers
and demonstrates to the public it is worthy
of their trust."
Berger said as the nonprofit sector
continues to grow, donors are demand-
ing more accountability, transparency and
quantifiable results from the charities they
choose to support.
"I hope our donors will use the Char-
ity Navigator web site to see for themselves
how and why Catholic Charities, Diocese
of Venice received this high rating," said
Peter Routsis-Arroyo, CEO of Catholic
Charities, Diocese of Venice. "One visit will
provide further assurance that we strive to
make the maximum use of all funds we
The ratings are available for free at the
Charity Navigator web site at www.charity-
"We are truly excited to receive this
award again," said Routsis-Arroyo. "This
four-star rating demonstrates to our donors
that we are good stewards of their financial
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice,
Inc. serves the needy in the 10-county area
of Southwest Florida regardless of race,
nationality or creed. For more information
call Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice at
941-488-5581 or visit: www.catholicchari-
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September 23, 2010
By Moises Diaz
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
Week one, Indians upset Barron Collier.
Many would predict a winning season for
the first time since the 2007 season. Last Fri-
day, the Indians gave up a 13 to 0 lead to fall
15 to 13 at Lely High School, giving Immoka-
lee its second straight loss.
The Immokalee High School Indians
played with dominance on Friday night,
running and passing as they pleased. On
Immokalee's second possession, they tray-
eled 88 yard down inside the Trojan one yard
line. The Indians scored on 3rd and goal, but
the touchdown was called back due to an
ineligible man down field. A few plays later,
a 13 yard field goal was blocked, leaving the
game scoreless in the first quarter.
Immokalee was able to score on defense,
when sophomore defensive back Mackenro
Alexander made his way pass two defenders
to block the punt. Freshman running back
D'Ernest Johnson came up with the ball in
the end zone to put Immokalee on the board
with 2:43 left in the first quarter.
The Indians second score came with 3:41
to go in the first half. On fourth and six, QB
Tshumbi Johnson threw up a 26 yard jump
ball in the back right corner of the end zone.
Wide receiver Xavier Richardson leaped up
over senior defensive back Makinton Dor-
leant to add on another six points.
Although the Immokalee Indians didn't
win, they did show improvement. The of-
fensive only gave up two turnovers while the
defense racked two turnovers themselves.
This Friday night the Indians host Gulf Coast
Sharks (1-2). Show your Indian Pride and
join the team as they look to even their re-
cord to 2-2 at Gary Bates Stadium. Kick-off
at 7:30 p.m. Go Indians!
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Adam Herrera
Starz Sanchez performs on the xylophone during half time game between
Immokalee and Lely. Immokalee's sophomore defensive back Mackenro Alex-
ander blocks the punt. Assistant coach Williams shows his frustration after a
noun penalty flag. The Indians took a heartbreaking loss Lely 15, Indians 13.
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Xavier Richardson leaped up over Lely's senior defensive back Makinton Dor-
leant to add on another six points. The next game is tomorrow night at Gary
Bates Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Go Indians!