Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Pine Brook, FL, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Pine Brook, FL, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.
Our friendly, knowledgeable TRT and HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!973-587-8638
Ocala Star-BannerThis is a list of deed transfers of $60,000 or more in Marion County. The list is presented in alphabetical order by subdivision name – if there is a subdivision listed in the deed. If there is no subdivision, or if the subdivision is very small, just "Marion County" is listed. In some cases, there is a subdivision listed but our system is not picking it up. After the su...
This is a list of deed transfers of $60,000 or more in Marion County. The list is presented in alphabetical order by subdivision name – if there is a subdivision listed in the deed. If there is no subdivision, or if the subdivision is very small, just "Marion County" is listed. In some cases, there is a subdivision listed but our system is not picking it up. After the subdivision name comes the seller and buyer (presented last name first) and then the sales price.
Please direct any questions to [email protected]
Deed transfers of $60,000 or more as recorded with the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Nov. 21-27, 2022.
Belleview: Antich Michael Wayne to Fortner Kyle Sage, $170,000
Belleview Heights Estates: McLaras Investments LLC to Ortiz Hunter, $292,500
Belleview Ridge Estates: Smith Randy L to Herrera Ashley Ann, $125,000
Calesa Township: Colen Built Development LLC to Victoria Stephanie, $328,940
Calesa Township: Colen Built Development LLC to Izlar Benjamin Sr, $428,715
Candler Hills: Tucker Ruth to Whittaker Mary Denise, $439,000
Candler Hills: On Top Of The World Communities LLC to Mason Lawrence John, $553,225
Circle Square Woods: Brenon Marion P to Brown Richard F, $80,000
Circle Square Woods: Murphy Laurel A to Lindsey John L, $205,000
Citra Highlands: Triple Crown Homes Inc to Cunningham Brandon, $245,800
Country Club of Ocala: Fant George C III to Mitra Chandan, $897,500
Coventry: Wright Randi to Highpoint Holdings Group LLC, $87,000
Coventry: Highpoint Holding Group LLC to Halstead Jason, $89,900
Deerwood: Cooper Riley T to Futch Landon, $625,000
Evergreen: Just Lucky LLC Tr to Diaz Orlando, $200,000
Florida Highlands: George Melissa to Shaden Dennis, $218,000
JB Ranch: Schiefer Jamie to Coco Joseph Jr, $320,000
Kingsland Ctry Ests Forest Glenn: Conny Vincent James to Snow John, $370,000
Lake Diamond: DR Horton Inc to Aponte Margarita Maria, $344,990
Leeward Air Ranch: Thomson Jonathan H to Bosque Raul E, $499,900
Liberty Village: Lennar Homes LLC to Menarguez Julian T, $290,480
Little Lake Weir: Happy Panda Investments Inc to Wisinger Stefanie, $134,900
Longleaf Ridge: On Top Of The World Communities LLC to Reda Michael J, $438,430
Longleaf Ridge: On Top Of The World Communities LLC to Nowacki Michael R, $449,870
Longleaf Ridge: On Top Of The World Communities LLC to Wyman William E, $607,915
Marion County: Everyday Home Buyer LLC to Activation Investment Group LLC, $67,000
Marion County: Amaro Frances L Tr to Amaro Frances L Tr, $68,500
Marion County: Stetser Jack Haines Est to Capella Walt, $75,000
Marion County: Activation Investment Group LLC to Imple Capital LLC, $90,000
Marion County: Jmrw Sands Trust to Maintrust Capital Assets LLC, $100,000
Marion County: Barrow Judy to Gonzalez Quevedo Pablo, $110,000
Marion County: Ramunno Law Firm P A to Trumpets Call Inc, $118,502
Marion County: Morgan Jacqueline J to Petersen Joyce M, $132,500
Marion County: Brill James to Limerock Ranch LLC, $160,000
Marion County: Mitchell Kenneth Darnell to One Seven Properties LLC, $160,000
Marion County: Cascade Funding Mortgage Trust Hb5 to Hussain Azam, $185,000
Marion County: B&R Holdings Of Ocala 6 LLC to Hubbard Dustin, $199,900
Marion County: Harper Brad to Geiger Karen Tr, $210,000
Marion County: Hannah Douglas C to Casteleiro Magdiel, $220,000
Marion County: Opendoor Property Trust I to Fieldhouse Warren W, $220,000
Marion County: Tillman Barry E to Alvarez Roberto Hernandez, $246,000
Marion County: Solomon Emmett J to Cornett William Jackson III, $280,000
Marion County: Bowen Lauren V to Pena Jamiel, $290,000
Marion County: Curington David L to Andrews Ralph E Sr, $320,000
Marion County: O’Donnell Lora to Mowry Jeanne I, $325,000
Marion County: Housworth Laurie A to Hibbard Kenneth R, $355,000
Marion County: Brill James to Badal Krishan, $475,000
Marion County: Lemonade Mm Ocala LLC to Gulf Atlantic Bank, $840,000
Marion County: Sharma Umar to Patel Arunaben G, $900,000
Marion County: Beaulieu Kenneth to Ball Deborah A Tr, $1,175,000
Marion County: Flechas Alfred J Jr to Parboyd LLC, $1,567,000
Marion County: Marsh Carolyn W to Miller Donna R, $1,575,000
Marion County: Pyles Stephen T to Tw Farm Real Estate Holding LLC, $1,695,000
Marion County: Target Hill Farm South LLC to Magnan Alain, $2,790,000
Marion County: Wkdr Inc to Drj Land Company LLC, $4,000,000
Marion County: Sai Of Ocala One LLC to Rajshree LLC, $5,700,000
Marion County: Coyote Crossing Holdings LLC to Ocala Hbm Investors LLC, $9,367,000
Marion County: Bv Heather Island LLC to Heather Island Plaza LLC, $12,750,000
Marion Landing: Carrio Melva R to Nuccio Pietrina, $264,000
Marion Oaks: Bermejo Moscol Juan Francisco to Warwick Sean Edward, $200,000
Marion Oaks: Khimani Ariff to De Los Santos Garcia Rodriguez Maria, $253,000
Marion Oaks: Belac Homes LLC to Bridge Mark, $254,900
Marion Oaks: Perfect Deed Homes LLC to Gerstner Wilford Clayton, $259,080
Marion Oaks: Perfect Deed Homes LLC to Christensen Russell B, $262,250
Marion Oaks: Fl Acquisition LLC to Montero Carlos E Calzada, $264,900
Marion Oaks: Woods Ventures South LLC to Maldonado Juan Alberto Aquino, $267,000
Marion Oaks: Perfect Deed Homes LLC to Reynolds Mary Katherine Bowen, $274,000
Marion Oaks: Deltona Corporation to Greene Harvey G, $298,131
Marion Oaks: Fl Pro Builders LLC to Gonzalez Marcel, $299,900
Marion Oaks: Rivera Pagan Lucy M to Nash Ilone M, $325,000
Marion Oaks: Richardson Terrell L to Guillaume Roody, $329,900
Marion Oaks: Laja Investments LLC to Barraque Eillyn, $335,900
Marion Oaks: Milestone Management Group LLC to Francois Billy, $337,900
Marion Oaks: Worldwide Alliance LLC to Cf Kl Assets 2021 2 LLC, $1,595,000
Oak Run Neighborhood: Rollman Leona L to Brooks Robert, $260,000
Ocala Park Estates: Willis Donald E to Chambrot Kristian J, $65,000
Ocala Park Estates: Albritton Christopher to Vandermaas Lauren Liane, $260,000
Ocala Preserve: Sh Aa Development LLC to Slavich William Lewis, $352,355
Ocala Preserve: Sh Aa Development LLC to Vlach Bernadette Ann, $447,708
Ocala Ridge: Rowe Justin M to Brown Barbara, $172,000
Ocala Ridge: Fla Ga Enterprises LLC to Florida Merit Homes LLC, $680,000
Ocala Thoroughbred Acres: Divan Charles R Jr to Nunn Clayton, $200,000
On Top of the World: On Top Of The World Communities LLC to Goldberg Jeffrey F, $386,275
On Top of the World: Moore Sandra K to Garman Jared B, $317,000
Orange Blossom Hills: Cilwa Anthony to Trust No 16685-102, $77,000
Orange Blossom Hills: Dg Suleiman Homes LLC to Goodrich Larry P, $299,900
Palm Terrace: Cao Qiao Qiu to Vining Donald R Tr, $160,000
Pine Run Estates: Lennar Homes LLC to Shah Dishant Dipak, $352,365
Pine Run Estates: Lennar Homes LLC to Echaves Monica Suzanne, $366,480
Quail Meadow/Meadows: Romaelle Armando Jr to Gerstner Steven Lee, $320,000
Rainbow Lakes Estates: Strole Virginia K to Tucci Deanthony Shane, $185,000
Rainbow Park: Fernandes Ronaldo Rodrigues to Rios Bruny Marie Alvarado, $215,000
Rainbow Park: Bakan Homes LLC to Lewis Brandon, $220,000
Rainbow Springs: Ccw Of Marion County LLC to Gissy Goetz Properties LLC, $400,000
Reddick: Endurance Capital Management LLC to Schum John B Jr, $180,000
Rolling Hills: Mercede John C Est to Worldwide Alliance LLC, $247,500
Rolling Hills: Core Dev LLC to Gutta Srinivasa Babu, $364,500
Shady Wood: Foos Keith to Carrigan Lindsey Taylor, $262,500
Silver Springs, 2070 Se 178 Ave LLC to Laney Larry, $62,500
Silver Springs: Lammers John A to Lewis Sonya W, $125,000
Silver Springs: Rodriguez Mildred Perez to Gorilla Capital Florida Jkr LLC, $185,000
Silver Springs: Smith Scott Jr to Fincher Amanda, $250,000
Silver Springs Shores: A Plus Homes Inc to Glover Lecreisha, $133,000
Silver Springs Shores: Lee Jamie to Gorilla Capital Florida Jkr LLC, $178,000
Silver Springs Shores: Showalter Kathryn C to Hernandez Alvarado, $183,000
Silver Springs Shores: Marston Inez G to Reece Catherine Anne, $200,000
Silver Springs Shores: Worldwide Alliance LLC to Clark Brett W, $239,900
Silver Springs Shores: United Builders Of Central Florida Inc to Phan Nam Dinh Ky, $246,000
Silver Springs Shores: Tjan Richard to Lecorn Erica Michelle, $255,000
Silver Springs Shores: Covell Douglas to Brown Craig Leon, $318,000
Silver Springs Shores: Shedd Barbara to Dinh Nam, $435,000
Spruce Creek Golf & Country Club: Giresi Lucille V to Piergross Paul Thomas, $295,000
Spruce Creek South: Riley Richard Allen to Stephan Mark H, $245,000
Stone Creek by Del Webb: Pulte Home Company LLC to Lambert Billie J, $274,170
Stone Creek by Del Webb: Pulte Home Company LLC to Allen Ann M, $409,570
Stone Hill: Mercer Lee V to Davenport Christopher, $205,000
Stonecrest: Moir Francesca A to Steele Shirley Gulley Tr, $275,000
Stonecrest: Poelck Lisa Neely to Jernigan Tommie, $320,000
Stonecrest: Kaifas Steve C to Yankovitz Carolyn, $340,000
Stonecrest: Kelly Ernest P to Carpenter Lynn J, $350,000
Stonecrest: Chiste Jo Ann Est to Guzzardo Michael, $353,000
Stonewood: Noon Laura M to Tran Bao Chau, $235,000
Summercrest: Summercrest Funding to Clayton Properties Group Inc, $61,600
Summercrest: Summercrest Funding A LLC to Clayton Properties Group Inc, $123,200
Summercrest: Clayton Properties Group Inc to Maxwell Andrea, $291,705
Summercrest: Rocha Ricardo Esmeralda to Gray Brandon Jackson, $330,000
Summit: Zacco Christopher Brian to Pyles Stephen T, $1,940,000
Sunset Harbor: Petry Gregory A to Baird Steven Wayne, $267,500
Timberwood: Molina Isaac to Utley Robert B Tr, $430,000
Villages of Marion: Matters James F to Bentsen Robert M, $260,000
Villages of Marion: Markey Eileen to Lamers Allen Tr, $305,000
Villages of Marion: Goodman Renee to Mitchell Julie, $315,000
Villages of Marion: Trotter Mary F to Osmanski Paul J, $355,000
Villages of Marion: Frazier Royall Hunt to Rhoten William B, $405,000
Villages of Marion: Pagel Robert J to Degroot Larry O, $445,000
Westwood: Wilson James C to Freedom Home Solution LLC, $98,000
Weybourne Landing: On Top Of The World Communities LLC to Funderburg Larry E, $367,055
Weybourne Landing: On Top Of The World Communities LLC to Mutone Theresa Marie, $369,235
Wynchase Townhomes: Boggs Amy to Napior Robert E II, $255,000
Midway through the 2022-23 Texas high school boys basketball season, two programs familiar to hoops fans throughout the Lone Star State hold the top two spots in SBLive’s first statewide basketball power rankings of the season.Duncanville and Beaumont United — the reigning UIL Class 6A and 5A state champions, respectively — headlined the first edition of SBLive’s Texas Boys Basketball Top 25 power rankings for this season.The Duncanville Panthers (19-1) have navigated one of the toughest schedules in the...
Midway through the 2022-23 Texas high school boys basketball season, two programs familiar to hoops fans throughout the Lone Star State hold the top two spots in SBLive’s first statewide basketball power rankings of the season.
Duncanville and Beaumont United — the reigning UIL Class 6A and 5A state champions, respectively — headlined the first edition of SBLive’s Texas Boys Basketball Top 25 power rankings for this season.
The Duncanville Panthers (19-1) have navigated one of the toughest schedules in the state nearly flawlessly, winning several marquee matchups against quality out-of-state competition before surging into district play in a hyper-competitive District 11-6A, which features three different teams in our first statewide boys basketball rankings of the year.
Led by 6-foot-8 senior forward Ron Holland, a Texas Longhorns commit, and senior guard K.J. Lewis, an Arizona Wildcats commit, along with one of the deepest rosters in Texas high school basketball, Duncanville has only lost twice in the last three seasons against Lone Star State competition.
The Panthers lost to district rival Waxahachie 88-85 (OT) in their only loss of 2020-21 and fell to Richardson 58-56 (OT) in their only loss of the 2021-22 season.
This year, though, Duncanville has averaged 75.9 points per game while looking like the state’s best team during the first half of the season.
Close behind the Panthers, however, are the Beaumont United Timberwolves (21-1), who have impressed in their first year transitioning to the Class 6A level after winning back-to-back 5A state titles.
The Timberwolves have also racked up a number of impressive wins against top-tier out-of-state competition, beating elite teams from Arkansas, Louisiana, Utah and Washington D.C. in tournament play.
Beaumont United has tallied several resume wins against the top teams in North and Southeast Texas too, claiming victories over Dallas Carter, Fort Bend Marshall, Humble Atascocita and Silsbee.
Buoyed by senior combo guard Wesley Yates III, an explosive scorer and Washington Huskies commit, and senior wing Traelyn Porchia, a dual-sport Prairie View A&M commit in basketball and football, the T-Wolves are allowing just 48.3 points per game defensively in the midst of a 20-game winning streak.
Here’s a closer look at every team that earned a spot in the first edition of SBLive’s Texas Boys Basketball Top 25 power rankings for the 2022-23 Texas high school basketball season:
Editor’s Note: SBLive’s Texas Boys Basketball Power 25 is determined by Andrew McCulloch and Buck Ringold and will be updated weekly through the end of the 2022-23 regular season.
SBLIVE’S TEXAS BOYS BASKETBALL TOP 25 POWER RANKINGS (JAN. 17):
* — Represents Texas high school basketball teams that also hold spots in the latest edition of the SBLive/Sports Illustrated Boys Basketball Power 25 national rankings.
% — Represents vacated 2021 Class 6A UIL boys basketball state championship, which was revoked by the University Interscholastic League’s executive committee during a disciplinary hearing in November 2022.
^ — Represents teams banned by the UIL from qualifying for/participating in the 2022-23 Texas high school boys basketball playoffs… Teams serving postseason bans imposed by the UIL are also not included in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ (TABC) weekly statewide rankings.
1. Duncanville Panthers (19-1, 5-0)*
2. Beaumont United Timberwolves (21-1, 5-0)
3. Lake Highlands Wildcats (19-3, 8-0)
4. Dallas Carter Cowboys (19-2, 1-0)
5. Dallas Kimball Knights (18-2, 8-0)
6. Killeen Ellison Eagles (23-3, 5-0)
7. Oak Cliff Faith Family Academy Eagles (19-2, 4-0)
8. Arlington Martin Warriors (21-3, 4-0)
9. Pearland Dawson Eagles (21-4, 5-0)
10. Mansfield Summit Jaguars (23-2, 7-0)
11. Round Rock Stony Point Tigers (20-1, 5-0)
12. Allen Eagles (21-6, 6-0)
13. San Marcos Rattlers (26-2, 1-0)
14. Fort Bend Marshall Buffalos (22-3, 5-0)
15. Katy Seven Lakes Spartans (23-4, 8-0)
16. DeSoto Eagles (20-5, 4-1)
17. Amarillo Sandies (23-3, 0-0)
18. Plano Wildcats (20-7, 4-1)
19. Austin Westlake Chaparrals (23-3, 7-1)
20. Mansfield Legacy Broncos (17-5, 4-1)
21. Plano East Panthers (22-3, 4-1)
22. Highland Park Scots (17-5, 6-1)
23. Trophy Club Byron Nelson Bobcats (20-4, 4-1)
24. Boerne Champion Chargers (23-1, 5-0)
25. Mt. Pleasant Tigers (24-0, 5-0)
A little bit of living history will be on display in Fort Walton Beach now through Jan. 2.The Sanger Ship’s Pinta, a replica of one of the Portuguese caravel sailing ships used in Christopher Columbus’ voyage across the Atlantic, is currently docked at Brooks Bridge Marina.The 85-foot-long by 24-foot-wide ship was made in Brazil and took three years to construct. It's made of Brazilian cherry hardwood, using the same techniques that Portuguese shipwrights used to construct the original craft. Complete...
A little bit of living history will be on display in Fort Walton Beach now through Jan. 2.
The Sanger Ship’s Pinta, a replica of one of the Portuguese caravel sailing ships used in Christopher Columbus’ voyage across the Atlantic, is currently docked at Brooks Bridge Marina.
The 85-foot-long by 24-foot-wide ship was made in Brazil and took three years to construct. It's made of Brazilian cherry hardwood, using the same techniques that Portuguese shipwrights used to construct the original craft. Completed in 2005, the ship weighs about 100 tons and has about a 7-foot draft.
This version is a bit larger than the original Pinta and is powered by diesel engines. Beyond that, there’s little evidence of modern technology found on the deck, and steering the ship is still done by hand using a long tiller mounted at the ship’s aft.
And while the Pinta hasn’t followed Columbus’ famous journey from Spain to the new world in 1492, it nevertheless racks up about 8,000 to 10,000 miles per year touring ports across the eastern United States. The ship runs a circuit around the Gulf of Mexico, up the Eastern Seaboard, into the Great Lakes and into parts of the Illinois, Ohio, Mississippi and Tennessee rivers.
“We’ll start each year in Mobile,” said Stephen Sanger, the ship’s owner and captain. “We’ll typically travel about nine months out of the year, hitting about 20 to 30 stops.”
At each of those stops, visitors can walk the ship's deck and imagine what it must have been like for the 26 men who sailed west across the Atlantic Ocean for 70 days, not knowing what they would find on their journey.
“Luckily for them they were cruising around the Caribbean; that’s probably the only blessing they had,” Sanger said of those early explorers. “Back in the day, they used pine on the hulls of the ships as a preservative, so they would have been covered in pine tar. They all slept out on the main deck, because down below deck you had all your provisions, including the livestock.”
The Pinta will be available for self-guided tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Jan. 2, when it will head to Pensacola for its next stop. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for children ages 5-16. Guided tours can be booked for a reduced rate of $5 per person with groups of 15 people or more. Guided tours can be made by visiting the website at website https://www.ninapinta.org/.
Ian brought record-breaking storm surge highs for Key West, Fort Myers and Naples several feet above previous high water marks, and caused “catastrophic flooding” as it crossed over east-central Florida Thursday morning.As Hurricane Ian took aim on Pine Island, the largest barrier island off Florida’s Gulf Coast, Jackie Mononhan and her neighbor Bernee Brawn headed to the opposite side of the state and safety.But Jackie’s husband, Brian, decided to stay behind in Brawn’s stilt house in St. James Ci...
Ian brought record-breaking storm surge highs for Key West, Fort Myers and Naples several feet above previous high water marks, and caused “catastrophic flooding” as it crossed over east-central Florida Thursday morning.
As Hurricane Ian took aim on Pine Island, the largest barrier island off Florida’s Gulf Coast, Jackie Mononhan and her neighbor Bernee Brawn headed to the opposite side of the state and safety.
But Jackie’s husband, Brian, decided to stay behind in Brawn’s stilt house in St. James City, at the southern tip of the island, a boat ride away from Sanibel and Captiva. The last time Mononhan talked to him was Wednesday morning before a massive storm surge swept over the island. He told her: “I’ll stay. I’ll stay here.”
She didn’t hear from him again until mid-afternoon Thursday when he got cellphone reception near the fire station. He told her he was fine but the island was “a disaster.”
Despite mandatory evacuation orders, some residents decided they could ride out the storm on the tight-knit 18-mile-long island, and local Facebook message boards buzzed as evacuees tried to track down family and friends. Some who stayed on the island pleaded for help or rescue.
“I know there are at least a half dozen people with elderly parents who decided to stay on the island,” Brawn said Thursday from Wellington in Palm Beach County, where she evacuated with her two dogs. There were reports of people going up to their roofs to escape rising water.
“Please can someone send help,” Darcy Lynn Conner, of Bokeelia at the northern end of the island, posted at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
And that was before a 4:21 p.m. high tide pushed the storm surge higher. Another high tide came at 3:15 a.m. Thursday.
Then there was the frantic post Wednesday afternoon on the Facebook group, Pine Island Florida, from Nikki Taylor: “Is anyone on Pine Island safe enough to check on my uncle and aunt? He says they are about to drown.” The couple live on Stringfellow Road, the main road on Pine Island.
Linda Brooks couldn’t find her 53-year-old brother, Justin Brooks Jr., who lives in Cherry Estates, near the southern tip of the island.
She said he doesn’t have a cellphone, only a house phone, and he suffers short-term memory loss as a result of a brain injury.
“I tried to get my brother off the island, and he wouldn’t,” Brooks wrote in a post on the Facebook group, Things To Do on Pine Island. “Before the storm actually hit, I gave him a list of things to make sure he had taken care of but he has a hard time comprehending sometimes, especially when he’s in a panic.”
The Matlacha/Pine Island Fire District suspended emergency services just before midnight on Monday as the weather deteriorated and said 911 calls would be logged and attended to when conditions allowed. Lee County Electric Cooperative reported 7,000 outages on Pine Island, or virtually the whole island without electricity.
Serina Barry posted on a local message board that a friend tried to make it out to Pine Island Thursday morning but found the road to Bert’s Bar & Grill, an institution in Matlacha known for its all-you-can-eat fried shrimp, live music and dockside dining, gone. “I don’t just mean covered with water. I mean it’s a massive crater.”
Barry’s friend reported that the Pine Island Fire Department was at the entrance to Matlacha Thursday morning considering whether it could launch boats to get over to the island and help.
At one point during the hurricane, a fast-moving river of water carrying unmoored boats rushed down what was once Pine Island Road, the main street through Matlacha, a slice of old Florida.
A two-lane drawbridge in Matlacha connects Pine Island to the mainland. Other than by boat, the bridge is the only way on and off the island. On Thursday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said the bridge, along with the Sanibel Causeway, was seriously damaged. Smaller spans linking Matlacha also showed gaping holes.
Ken Russell, who was on Pine Island Thursday, posted a message board warning early Thursday to those eager to get back on the island: “Roads gone in Matlacha. Anyone off island, you will not be going onto the island unless you have a boat and even then, there are submerged obstructions in the water, so right now it’s extremely dangerous….”
Although Matlacha is technically not a part of Pine Island, islanders think of the low-lying enclave of tutti-frutti-colored clapboard houses, fish houses, art galleries and restaurants as part of their community.
Pictures and videos posted on social media showed widespread destruction on Pine Island with roofs ripped off, debris from destroyed homes littering the roads, boats tossed at crazy angles and large trees and boats blocking Stringfellow Road, the only street that runs from St. James City on the island’s southern tip to Bokeelia, the northernmost point.
Those who stayed on the island were the eyes of snowbirds and evacuees who pressed them for news of the fate of their homes and how high the water rose on their streets. For many, the news wasn’t good.
“We just heard it is 4 [feet] in our house on Bayview,” Dan Brother, who lives in St. James City, posted on a local message board.
For residents and snowbirds alike, canal-laced Pine Island has always been special — a slice of Old Florida with old-school fishermen, mango groves, cattle farms, Calusa shell mounds, nesting Bald Eagles, and countless tunnels snaking through thickets of mangroves. Residences range from fishing shacks to multimillion-dollar mansions overlooking the water.
It is a place where people look out for each other, civic groups fight vigorously against encroaching development from nearby Cape Coral and environmental groups such as the Calusa Land Trust work to buy and preserve the natural beauty of wide swaths of the island.
The possible erosion of their way of life in the wake of Hurricane Ian may be what scares Pine Islanders the most, but if anything, they are resilient.
“Pine Island was pretty destroyed after Hurricane Charley [August 2004] and they made it back,” said Brawn. “Is our lifestyle gone? Who knows? I do believe Pine Island will make it back. I just don’t know when.”
For her, the most stressful part is the uncertainty. “I think the not knowing is the worst. Just tell me do I have a house or don’t I have a house,” said Brawn. “And then, of course, so many people who stayed and we just can’t reach them.”
At 8:10 a.m. Wednesday, just before the power began flickering off across the island, Jim McLaughlin, the administrator of a Facebook Group called Jim Mac’s Pine Island Updates, wrote: “Well, we have reached the point of no return… I fear for our tiny community. Be strong. Have faith. Believe that whatever the damage, we will recover… together. God help us all.”
Stephanie Platts wasn’t going to wait for help from authorities. She loaded up her car with a kayak, a canoe and a Jon boat before driving off from Lake Worth on Thursday afternoon.
She hasn’t spoken to her mother or stepfather, Rose and Kevin Davis, who live in a mobile home in Bokeelia, since Tuesday. Despite her pleas, they did not evacuate.
“We’re literally sailing into no-man’s land and then walking into zombie land,” Platts said. “I’m not saying that I don’t have faith in the National Guard, I mean I do, God bless them. But I need to go on my own. I have people there that are stranded and they need my help.”
Mimi Whitefield, a former foreign correspondent for the Miami Herald, lives on Pine Island. She and her cats are staying with friends in Coral Gables and she has no idea what has happened to her St. James City home. She can be reached at [email protected]
Miami Herald intern Natalia Galicza contributed to this report.
This story was originally published September 29, 2022 2:30 PM.
KALKASKA — Two big-growth industries are coming to one tract of land in Kalkaska County.Pine Brook Properties is developing a self-storage facility as well as a 200-plus site recreational vehicle park on 80 acres of commercially-zoned property along M-72, just west of the village of Kalkaska. The development aims to provide more available options for storage and camping in the area, an issue for several years exacerbated by the pandemic.“There’s a big demand right now,” Jordan Development Company Chief O...
KALKASKA — Two big-growth industries are coming to one tract of land in Kalkaska County.
Pine Brook Properties is developing a self-storage facility as well as a 200-plus site recreational vehicle park on 80 acres of commercially-zoned property along M-72, just west of the village of Kalkaska. The development aims to provide more available options for storage and camping in the area, an issue for several years exacerbated by the pandemic.
“There’s a big demand right now,” Jordan Development Company Chief Operating Officer Ben Brower said, who is managing the Pine Brook project and is one of the minority owners. “They’re all full.”
While the storage portion of the project is moving ahead first, bringing the RV park to the property is what Brower is most excited about. Bob Boeve, the majority owner of the project, has owned the 80-acre property on the north side of M-72 for about 20 years, said Brower.
Brower, who is joined by Ben Leggett as minority owner, said both projects will have a lot of impact on the village.
“We’re excited about building a development,” he said of Pine Brook. “Our goal is to bring some economic development to Kalkaska County through job creation and people will also spend money in the city if we build a campground.”
Kalkaska Zoning Administrator and Soil Erosion Agent Laura Hendricks said the special use permit for both Pine Brook projects was unanimously approved in February.
But not everyone — or at least one person — isn’t behind the proposed RV park, which was approved by the county and proceeding through the state permit process with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). Weeks after putting up a sign near M-72 announcing the Pine Brook RV Park was coming soon, someone painted ‘Go Home’ in green paint on one-side of the sign.
Brower said he’s not sure if it is a reference to the dispute between developers and the Milton Township planning commission about rejected plans for an RV park in Torch River because it didn’t meet zoning requirements to alter the site as little as possible, according to several previous Record-Eagle articles. Public sentiment also seemed against that proposed park.
“I don’t know what they mean,” Brower said. “I don’t know who did it. We have been talking to the neighbors, especially the ones to the north. We want to be good neighbors to the community around us.”
Brower moved from Florida to Kalkaska in 1990 when his parents, Steve and Jan Brower, along with his five siblings decided to start building the Christian retreat Starwood Ranch. Ben Brower graduated from Kalkaska in 1993, the year the school district closed early because of financial difficulties.
“I am home,” he said in response to the graffiti.
Brower said he’s not interested in making the RV Park anything other than a place he would like to have a camper on for a week.
He said all of the sites will have full hook-up and plans are to have the campground off the road and away from the sounds of traffic.
“We don’t want to make it a concrete park,” he said. “We want to keep it woodsy, with the goal of cutting the minimal amount of trees as possible. We also want activities for kids like bike trails, a (remote control) course track, disc golf, those types of things.
“I want a canopy of trees overhead and some space between sites. I want to make it a place I want to go.”
Based in Traverse City, Jordan Development is an oil and gas exploration and development company. The company also started the Ashland Park commercial and residential planned unit development in Garfield Township near the intersection of Garfield and Birmley roads.
That includes 256 units of Ashland Storage constructed in seven building over the last three years at 1067 N. Rusch Road.
“We’re 100 percent filled to capacity with a waiting list of 30-40 people,” Brower said.
Phase I of Pine Brook Storage in Kalkaska is scheduled to bring 72 total units in three buildings on 4½ acres of the property this fall. Land has been cleared and concrete poured and Brower anticipates an Oct. 15 opening date.
“Like everybody else, we’re waiting on materials,” he said. “We ordered steel in March and it is coming Sept. 2.”
The self-storage portion of Pine Brook will eventually bring 40,000 square feet of storage space over eight buildings with 24 storage units in each.
Lauded as “a recession-resistant industry,” the global self-storage market was valued at more than $48 billion in 2020 and is expected to register a compound annual growth rate of 5.45% from 2021-2026, soaring to $64.71 billion, according to a March 30 article on the commercial real estate site REJournals.
Camping has also had a major resurgence in popularity. He said some families are even using available WiFi to stay beyond vacation, working remotely during the day and making it a family activity.
“It’s hard to get a campsite,” Brower said. “Six months out it’s all booked up. People are flocking to camping and wanting to buy campers.”
Such is the case with campgrounds in Kalkaska, which has a variety of private, state and county facilities. The largest campground is the 100-site Kalkaska RV Park and Campground at 580 M-72. The county-run Log Lake Campground at 2475 Log Lake Road Northeast has 39 sites while the Guernsey Lake State Forest Campground has 35 sites for tents and trailers.
Joe and Tina Cooper and daughter, Jessica, have operated Kalkaska RV Park & Campground since purchasing the facility in 2019. Joe Cooper said Kalkaska RV Park and Campground is “doing very well this year” after a record 2021.
He said another park will do well because the demand doesn’t appear to be dipping.
“I’m a firm believer there is more than enough camping opportunities to go around,” he said.
Cooper added his park attracts families coming north, but also draws local customers looking for a change of scenery.
He said its not uncommon for people to book the same site for the following year when pulling out of the park.
“Our park tends to be a hub for people,” Cooper said. “They use our park to camp and then make day trips to different places in the area.”
Brower said Pine Brook RV Resort will use Timber Ridge southeast of Traverse City as a blueprint for the Kalkaska County property. Brower said the EGLE permit process is a slow one and will take place through the winter and hopefully finish by the spring of 2023.
“Then we’ll see,” Brower said. “It depends on financing and it depends on the economy.”
“We’re excited about building a development. Our goal is to bring some economic development to Kalkaska County through job creation and people will also spend money in the city if we build a campground.” Jordan Development Company Chief Operating Officer Ben Brower
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