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The Persistence Podcast - Jessica Babcock
The Persistence Podcast - Jessica Babcock
Annabelle Frazer and Helen TottenDecember 7, 2023

In this installment, the girls speak with Jessica Babcock, a female Pastor at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Injuries in Florida sports are rapidly rising due to intensity and competitiveness.
Florida Sports Injuries Increase
Medney Garraux, Staff Writer • December 7, 2023

Injuries frequently occur during sports. However, the injuries in the state of Florida have increased incredibly. In 2023, Florida is experiencing...

Meme of the Day 12/07/23
Meme of the Day 12/07/23
Maximo Walters, Staff Writer • December 7, 2023

Morning Announcements - 12/7/23
December 7, 2023

Announcements   Good morning Marco Island Academy, today is THURSDAY, December 7th, 2023, and these are your morning announcements!    General...

Meme of the Day 12/06/23
Meme of the Day 12/06/23
Lauren Riley, Associate Editor • December 6, 2023

Boys Basketball Preview

Jayden Wampler
The Basketball season is ready to tip off, and our mighty Manta Ray is ready to win.

Boys Basketball Season Preview

Practice Schedule: The team works to improve their skills at after school practice every day, and occasionally on Saturdays.

Senior Players: The varsity team will consist of two seniors this season: Grayson Jones and Samson Brown. The two hope for a memorable and successful final season at Marco Island Academy. They look not only to succeed and show leadership on the court but to inspire the future of Marco Island Academy basketball to work hard.


  • Head Coach Jim Watt
  • Assistant CoachTim Sadler

High Expectations: After posting an 8-9 record in the 2022-2023 regular season and participating in a tournament in Boca Raton, the basketball team is eager to further improve their record this season. 

The Season Ahead:

  • The first scrimmage is Saturday, November 18th where our Manta Rays will play the Imagine School at North Port.
  •  Their first regular season game will be an away game on November 27th at Naples Classical.
  • As of right now, the season has 16 games scheduled, 9 of them being home games at MIA’s very own gymnasium. You can see the full schedule for the MIA Manta Rays basketball season at

The Starting Five:

  • Nick Sadler (sophomore)
  • Veleon Nazrako (sophomore)
  • Grayson Jones (senior)
  • Jake Watt (junior)
  • Mathis Fontes (sophomore)

Key Factors

  • Locally, MIA will face stiff competition from local rival Donahue Academy. They look to repeat their successful 14-11 record and a 9-4 record in their local conference. 
  • With three sophomores starting, it will be interesting to see if they can successfully step into a bigger role on the team.
  • With the loss of three seniors from last year, it will be fascinating to see how our Manta Rays recover this season.
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Jayden Wampler, Staff Writer
Jayden Wampler is a junior at Marco Island Academy and a Staff Writer of The Wave. Jayden has lived in Collier County his entire life, and enjoys the lifestyle of Florida. In his free time, he enjoys travelling and watching sports. After high school he plans on pursuing a career in business, finance, or any other job that makes money.
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