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Area's best getting ready to face Deion Sanders' Texas Prime Truth 7-on-7 team  The News-Press

Lee County's top skill position football players will face some of the best from Texas and Mississippi in 7-on-7 competition with Deion Sanders keeping tabs on it ...

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 ...

High school football: Lehigh hands Cape first loss; Riverdale and North Fort Myers roll  The News-Press

Mariner, South Fort Myers and Fort Myers also post victories Friday night.

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 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 ...

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 ...

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.

Riverdale celebrates 16 college signees and Lehigh had five in ceremonies held Tuesday  The News-Press

The largest known signing class for Riverdale High School made it official in a ceremony as 16 student-athletes were celebrated for continuing their careers in ...

Southwest Florida's top seniors take basketball court for a final time in all-star games  The News-Press

Southwest Florida's top boys and girls seniors came together for one last high school basketball game as the SFABC All-Star games were played at Bishop ...

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, ...

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 ...

Retired NFL star Deion Sanders' long-awaited return to Fort Myers leads to reconciliation  The News-Press

Deion Sanders' return to Fort Myers on Saturday was an effort at reconciliation with his hometown. The two-time Super Bowl winner and World Series player was ...

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 ...

Gold Jacket Deion Sanders apologizes to hometown in long-awaited return - General - News  Pro Football Hall of Fame

Story courtesy of Florida Times. Deion Sanders' return to Fort Myers, Florida, on Saturday was an effort at reconciliation with his hometown. The two-time Super ...

Deion Sanders thrives in coaching role at Prime Underclassmen Camp in return to Fort Myers  USA TODAY High School Sports

Early during Sunday's Prime Elite Underclassmen Camp, Miles Weston was running a drill against Deion Sanders. The outsole of the Venice High School ...

Student injured during fight at Lehigh High School  NBC2 News

Students at Lehigh High School said a fight broke out between two male students resulting in one of them being injured.

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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

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

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

A shooting at a Fort Myers nightclub early Monday morning killed two people and wounded at least 18, police said. The victims who were killed have been ...

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.

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 ...

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: 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.

Resilient Green, Lehigh battle back to save season  The News-Press

Channeling late teammate Stef'An Strawder during tough times on and off the court has become a habit for players like Lehigh sophomore Delshawn Green.

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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...

Documents detail Lehigh Acres triple-murder  The News-Press

Brian Hyde is facing several murder charges in the killing of his family.

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.

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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

SWFL students react to Collier principal's anthem order  Naples Daily News

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

Hurricane Irma: At Ave Maria University, classes are out, but education continues after storm  Naples Daily News

The students and staff of the university, which was largely spared from hurricane damage, have been volunteering in droves to help in Immokalee,

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 ...

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.

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.

Daughter, son think Bonita man died because Hurricane Irma delayed care after fall  Naples Daily News

Robert Ramstorf, 74, owned Signature Cleaning, a home care business, and stayed through the storm to help clients. But he fell down stairs Sept. 11.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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