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Without Willie Neal, Fort Myers overcomes deficit to beat district foe Lehigh  The News-Press

Fort Myers High School football coach Sam Sirianni Jr. watched senior quarterback Willie Neal test his injured ankle long before fans started filing into Edison ...

Why did Fort Myers, Riverdale basketball have home court state playoff games moved?  The News-Press

Three Lee County boys basketball teams will play regional state playoff games away from their home gyms on Tuesday. While Canterbury School lost that right ...

Three Lehigh football players suspended six weeks by FHSAA following brawl in St. Pete  The News-Press

The Lehigh Senior High School football team will be without three of its players when it faces Fort Myers High School tonight due to six-week suspensions ...

High school boys basketball: Riverdale, Fort Myers, Naples, Lely claim district titles  Naples Daily News

Tyrone Baker's putback with 5.2 seconds to go sent Riverdale to a 51-50 win over Gulf Coast for the 8A-12 championship. Bryan Cooney, bcooney@news-press.

Lehigh's Delshawn Green drums up success on the basketball court and football field  The News-Press

Lehigh Senior High boys basketball coach Greg Coleman calls his star guard Delshawn Green a Renaissance Man. It's a nickname Green has earned the past ...

Lehigh snaps 4-game losing streak vs. Dunbar with thrilling overtime win to start Week 2  The News-Press

Lehigh 12, Dunbar 6 OT. At North Law Firm Stadium. • Senior running back Bud Chaney made two big plays, blocking a field goal and scoring the game-winning ...

High school girls basketball roundup: Barron Collier, Fort Myers, Canterbury advance  Naples Daily News

Fort Myers will travel to Barron Collier for a regional semifinal Tuesday, while Canterbury will host with a berth to the state final four at stake.

Local teams hit the floor for the only time on Day 1 of 2018 City of Palms Classic  The News-Press

The success of local boys basketball teams Lehigh and Canterbury the past four years has made them regular Lee County invitees to the Culligan City of Palms ...

The News-Press High School Football Week 8 Power Rankings of all 20 area teams  The News-Press

Who are the best high school football teams in the area? Each week The News-Press will rank all 20 teams in Lee County and LaBelle. The power rankings are ...

Lehigh High School upgrading security, campus to accommodate more students  Wink News

Lehigh High School is expecting many new faces to roam the halls beginning in the upcoming school year. To make room for those students, over the next year, ...

Band tournament comes to Lehigh  Fox 4

Lehigh high school hosted the 9th annual Lightning Tournament of Bands. 18 schools competed against each other to raise money for high school band ...

Talented, resourceful, overachievers: Lee County public schools class of 2018  The News-Press

The Lee County school district's 2018 class is made up of roughly 5000 students.

The News-Press High School Football Week 3 Power Rankings of all 20 area teams  The News-Press

Who are the best high school football teams in the area? Each week The News-Press will rank all 20 teams in Lee County and LaBelle. The power rankings are ...

Oasis guard honored with shoes of fallen Lehigh basketball star  NBC2 News

Saturday, for the second consecutive year, Lehigh High School will host the Stef'an Strawder Memorial Showcase.

Fort Myers police officer shot: A closer look at recent high-profile incidents  The News-Press

Saturday night's shooting involving the serious injury of a Fort Myers police officer during a shootout along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. can now be added to a ...

Canterbury's Berrick Jeanlouis reunites with Lehigh teammates at SFABC All-Star Classic  The News-Press

For Canterbury School senior Berrick Jeanlouis, the chance to play alongside former Lehigh Senior High teammates Bershard Edwards, Quan Martin and Mo ...

School overcrowding: How cash-strapped Lee County schools deal with growing enrollment  The News-Press

Lee County needs to build or expand nine school sites in the next five years to cope with its constant 2000-students-a-year growth trends.

Cape Coral seeks strong second half after two straight losses  The News-Press

Even as Kanye West's “All of the Lights” blasted during a third-quarter timeout at the Lehigh New Year's Shootout, it didn't drown out Cape Coral coach Brandon ...

Stef'an Strawder Memorial Showcase at Lehigh High School  Fox 4

The Lee County Sheriff's Office will host a memorial basketball showcase in honor of Stef'an Strawder. Stef'an was killed at Club Blu last year.

Riverdale reclaims The Bell with 27-26 victory over Lehigh  The News-Press

Riverdale put together a second half where it scored 21 unanswered and got the defensive stops it needed in a 27-26 win over Lehigh in the Battle of the Bell.

Lehigh learns lessons in district title loss  USA TODAY High School Sports

In only his second varsity game as a head coach, Mike Bonilla was given the opportunity to draw up a play to win the game.

Fort Myers star athlete earns Gatorade Florida Girls Basketball  NBC2 News

Fort Myers High School athlete Destanni Henderson has been named the 2017-18 Gatorade Florida Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

Stef'an Strawder Memorial Showcase provides opportunities, exposure for area ballers  The News-Press

When Sylvester Smalls created a basketball showcase for the under-recruited talent in Southwest Florida last year he had Stef'an Strawder in mind. The 20-year ...

Full schedule: Lee County high school graduations  The News-Press

Thousands of Lee County high school seniors will graduate this weekend at Germain Arena, Harborside and Alico Arena. The News-Press will photograph all of ...

Irma update: Lehigh residents wade home after the storm  The News-Press

Lehigh residents are the working thread of Lee and Collier Counties, and now they're wading to homes and cars in high post-Irma waters.

20 shot, 2 dead outside Fort Myers nightclub; 2 remain in critical condition  WPTV West Palm Beach

Three persons of interest in custody, police are looking for others in shooting that killed two teens.

Special night remembers Strawder, pushes Lehigh to victory  The News-Press

No one could deny the emotion moving through this gym Monday night.

Irma update: Lee County declares Hurricane Irma 'major disaster'  The News-Press

The Lee County Commission has declared Hurricane Irma to be a "major disaster," giving county officials special authority over recovery and reconstruction.

Hurricane Irma: One year later  Naples Daily News

Nearly a year ago, Hurricane Irma left a mark on Southwest Florida that has been slow to fade. Parents and children are coping with loss in the hardest-hit areas ...

Fort Myers man faces Barcelona terror attack, two hurricanes in eventful month  The News-Press

Fort Myers High graduate Andrew Kagan braves terror and Hurricanes Irma and Maria. He decided to hunker down in his Puerto Rico home for Maria.

Running: Palmetto Ridge senior Mo Palmer, Lely grad Josh Wagner win Moe's Firecracker 5K  Naples Daily News

As America celebrated its birthday on Wednesday, Mo Palmer celebrated a personal best time in winning a big Fourth of July race. Palmer won the women's ...

Prep boys basketball: Loyola Academy rides defense, hot early shooting to Hoopfest title  Naples Daily News

Sharp-shooting guard scores 14 of game-high 23 points in first quarter to lead Ramblers to second consecutive Hoopfest title. Andrew Sodergren/Naples Daily ...

Unforgettable: Southwest Florida's most memorable sports stories of 2016  The News-Press

Triumph and tragedy. Joy and sorrow. The real kind. As always in sports, Southwest Florida experienced it all in 2016, from the death of Lehigh Senior High ...

LCSO: Lehigh husband kills wife, newlywed neighbor  The News-Press

A Lehigh Acres newlywed and expectant father was shot and killed by his neighbor as he tried to mediate an argument between his neighbor and his neighbor's ...

Estero knocks off Lehigh to clinch playoff berth  The News-Press

As Colin Simoneau dissected the Lehigh offensive formation nearly all the coaches on the Estero sideline yelled to him and signaled where the play was ...

Southwest Florida Marching bands bring out their best  The News-Press

Local high school marching bands will play for an assessment at Fort Myers High School today.

Hurricane Irma damage toll in Lee County: $742 million and rising  The News-Press

Property damage inflicted on Lee County by Hurricane Irma is close to three-quarters of a billion dollars, according to preliminary estimates released Friday.

Oak Ridge hoops star Emmitt Williams charged with sexual battery, false imprisonment  Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Oak Ridge basketball star Emmitt Williams was arrested Wednesday and charged with sexual battery and false imprisonment, according to an Orange ...

Lee County teens identified as fatal shooting victims  Fox 4

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A promising high school basketball player and a 14-year-old juvenile have been identified as the fatal shooting victims in last night's violent ...

Taking a year off before college: good idea or bad idea?  The News-Press

Malia Obama elected for a "gap year" before attending Harvard, another example of teens opting to put college on the backburner for 12 months.

Bonita Springs might raise property taxes. The city blames Hurricane Irma.  Naples Daily News

The reality of Hurricane Irma's devastation on Bonita Springs' finances hit city council, spurring a renewed search for money and talk of raising taxes. Cleanup ...

Dunbar beats Lehigh in preseason game  The News-Press

Seniors Bob Rice and Daniel Cobb each scored two touchdowns as Dunbar cruised to a 34-21 victory over Lehigh in a preseason game on Saturday morning at ...

Lee Health fires then rehires its essential employees who did not work during Irma  The News-Press

After initially firing essential staff for not following "Code Brown" protocols, Lee Health reverses decision.

Irma update: Lee County lifts curfew for all areas  The News-Press

Eight days after Hurricane Irma made landfall in Southwest Florida, the curfew has been lifted for all areas of Lee County.

Homeowners leave Bonita Springs neighborhood flooded by Hurricane Irma  Naples Daily News

Hurricane Irma, which brought the most destructive flooding in recent memory to Bonita Springs, has driven property owners away from their homes in one ...

Basketball Showcase Honors Slain Club Blu Victim  WGCU News

On the night Stef'An Strawder was killed last year, the Lehigh Senior High Schooler was with his basketball teammates at Club Blu. This week marks a year.

Hillmyer-Tremont scholars are thankful  The News-Press

When Brandyn Lanston and his family moved from Arkansas to Fort Myers a few years ago they had to bear the cost of moving Lanston's cancer-stricken ...

SWFL students react to Collier principal's anthem order  The News-Press

Some Southwest Florida students support principal's order to stand during national anthem, but some say it goes too far.

Prep basketball: Palmetto Ridge's Trey Cox, Community School's Stephanie Paul win SFABC awards  Naples Daily News

FORT MYERS - In a high school all-star game loaded with talent, Community School senior and University of Georgia recruit Stephanie Paul was the best player ...

Damaging freshwater releases from Lake Okeechobee won't end soon  The News-Press

The combination of heavy rainfall, stormwater runoff and Lake Okeechobee releases have driven freshwater miles into the Gulf of Mexico.

President Trump to visit Naples to see the aftermath of Hurricane Irma  Naples Daily News

President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Naples and Fort Myers on Thursday to get a first-hand look at the devastation suffered by the region following ...

Bonita Springs expects about $16.8 million in Hurricane Irma costs  Naples Daily News

Debris removal costs have driven the city's Hurricane Irma recovery expense far above the originally budgeted $6 million, according to city staff.

Naples Daily News  Naples Daily News

Busy roads are still covered in water Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, two days after Hurricane Irma passed through Bonita Springs.

Hurricane Irma update: What's open in Cape Coral?  The News-Press

For more coverage of Hurricane Irma and the storm's aftermath visit: The Cape Coral Economic Development Office is monitoring ...

By the numbers: 2017 was most expensive US hurricane season ever  Naples Daily News

This year's U.S. Atlantic hurricane season is officially the most expensive ever, racking up $202.6 billion in damages since the formal start June 1.

Hurricane Irma update: Army Corps releases more water from Lake Okeechobee  The News-Press

More water will be coming down the river after the Army Corps of Engineers announced plans to release anywhere from 2000 to 4000 cubic feet per second at ...

Hurricane Irma: Searching the waterways of Quinn Street in Bonita Springs for people in need of help  Naples Daily News

Don Manley stood at the helm of his fishing boat, snaking through fallen tree limbs and nearly bumping a few mailboxes as he drove down a river called ...

A generation of families survive Hurricane Irma's aftermath in Chokoloskee  Naples Daily News

Darrel Daniels greeted Hurricane Irma 50 yards from the shore. He was sitting in a lawn chair beside his brother and grandkids in front of his house on ...

Bonita Springs: Three months after Hurricane Irma  Naples Daily News

Golf carts drove around the softball diamonds of Citrus Park, a mobile home retirement community in Bonita Springs. Two teams played a spirited game on a ...

Five dead at Hollywood, Florida nursing home that lost power during Hurricane Irma  Naples Daily News

Five residents at a Florida nursing home that lost power for several days during Hurricane Irma have died, Broward County officials said Wednesday.

Bonita Springs Wonder Gardens face massive tree, animal pen damage after Hurricane Irma  Naples Daily News

Iconic trees and animal pens are left damaged at the Bonita Springs Everglades Wonder Gardens.

Hurricane Irma: North Naples post office first to resume normal operations  Naples Daily News

The post office at 1130 Creekside Way in North Naples resumed operations, according to the U. S. Postal *Service's* website.

Hurricane Irma took the best and biggest of Naples Botanical Garden  Naples Daily News

The Naples Botanical Garden operates knowing it faces a slashing every five to 10 years. Dealing with it is not a fun matter, however.

Citrus industry feels squeeze from Irma, waits for help  Naples Daily News

Irma estimated to have taken out as much as 70 percent of Florida's orange crop. Among the hardest hit: growers in Southwest Florida.

Late putt helps Na pull ahead of Patty Berg field  The News-Press

Staring at 195 yards from her final hole of the day, Grace Na figured she had no chance of getting her golf ball even close to the green. So the rookie swung her ...

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