The holiday break is over. It's time for high school sports teams to get back on the courts and fields of play around Southwest Florida
The first to break loose some of those wintertime cobwebs are the boys' basketball teams at Cape Coral and Mariner. Both play today in the Lee/Collier County Bash in Naples at Lely High School.
"The last couple of years we have taken this break," said Tritons coach James Harris. "It is good for us to go back and go over some things we need to do better, kind of recharge our batteries a bit. Our practices this week have been some of our best practices so far."
And on Tuesday, they will find each other warming up at opposite ends of the same floor for their second meeting of the regular season. The District 5A-13 and crosstown rivals collide Tuesday night at The Nest at Cape High. The Seahawks stunned the Tritons 49-43 the first time they met on Dec. 4 at Mariner.
"Really, either team could have won that game and we feel like we should have won," said Harris. "We've had an opportunity to make better decisions at the end of a game. I think we are a better team a month later and so is Cape."
The evenly matched squads carry identical 8-6 records into today's second-half restart. The Lee/Collier Bash consists of five games pitting five Lee County teams against five Collier County teams. The Seahawks play Golden Gate at 2:45 p.m. while the Tritons take on the host Lely Trojans at 8 p.m.
Riverdale, South Fort Myers and Canterbury are the other Lee County teams involved along with Barron Collier, Community School of Naples and Gulf Coast.
Cape and Mariner girls' basketball teams restart their season at Mariner, also on Tuesday.
Boys' and girls' soccer squads return to the pitch in their respective second half openers starting Monday night.
Evangelical Christian 64, Ida Baker 57: Ida Baker got a jumpstart on the second half with a schedule add-on game Thursday night at Evangelical Christian.
The second half hasn't started any better for the Bulldogs (1-14), who dropped their 10th straight game. Nate Evans led the team in scoring with 19 points to go with 11 rebounds while Seth Woods added 13 points.
The Bulldogs host Riverdale Tuesday night.
Ida Baker 9 15 14 19 - 57
Evangelical Chr.14 9 26 15 - 64
Baker 57 - Donabed 2, Benvie 8, Grimm 8, Woods 13, Snyder 5, Evans 19, Loza 2. Totals: 24 5-11 57.
3PG: Grimm 2, Woods 1, Snyder 1.
ECS 64 - C. Pearlman 4, McMichael 6, Chapman 7, Maederer 11, Church 5, J. Pearlman 26, Joyce 4. Totals: 19 24-37 64.
3PG: J. Pearlman 1, Church 1.