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Marve's dad: ex-Plant QB's surgery goes well

Robert Marve, injured in a single-car accident, was released from a Naples hospital Tuesday.

By JOEY KNIGHT
Published July 18, 2007


TAMPA - Former Plant quarterback Robert Marve, injured in a single-car accident early Monday morning, was released from a Naples hospital Tuesday after successful surgery to his left hand the previous night.

Eugene Marve, Robert's father, said Tuesday his son sustained a fractured left wrist, some damage to his left middle and ring fingers, and some facial abrasions.

"Everything was put back together again and the reconstructive guy was an excellent surgeon," Eugene Marve said. "We were very happy with the outcome and very happy with the surgery."

Marve, entering his freshman season at the University of Miami, was returning to Coral Gables with a pair of Hurricanes teammates when the driver - freshman receiver Jermaine McKenzie - fell asleep at the wheel and lost control.

The car hit an Interstate 75 guardrail and crossed both southbound lanes before flipping several times. McKenzie, who attended St. Petersburg Catholic before transferring to Bradenton Prep, was cited for careless driving.

McKenzie's father, John, told CaneSport.com he "had some hairline fractures in his neck ... (but) he doesn't need surgery."

Eugene Marve said his son's recovery timetable is uncertain, but could range anywhere from "three to six months." Robert was "not up for talking" from his hospital room as of Tuesday afternoon, his dad said.

The surgeon "wasn't all the way sure about the full recovery of the middle finger and ring finger, and only time will tell that," Eugene Marve said.

ICE HOCKEY: Sunblades Ice Arena (13940 Icot Boulevard in Clearwater) will host the Sunshine State Games on July 27-29. The tournament is for open and c/novice divisions. The entry deadline is Friday. For information, contact Sunblades Ice Arena director Carol Hubbart at (727) 536-5843.

SOCCER: The Tampa Bay Crossfire, a New Power wheelchair soccer team, is conducting training clinics and demonstrations Sunday and July 29 at the Countryside Recreation Center.

Crossfire coach Elio Navarro will be there for drills, team-building exercises and scrimmages.

"I hope to bring the best game in the world to individuals who may never have thought they could play a competitive sport," Navarro said in a press release. "This is all about helping individuals with physical disabilities learn the same principles of teamwork, communication and socialization that able-bodied individuals learn in soccer leagues around the country."

New Power soccer is open to anyone 5 and older who uses a power wheelchair. Games are played on gymnasium basketball courts.

"These training clinics are a great way to learn about power soccer and try it out for yourself," Crossfire captain Justin McFatridge said.

McFatridge first learned about power soccer after injuring his spinal cord in 2000.

"Power soccer gave me the opportunity to get back on the court and be part of a team again," he said. "Now, I want to help other individuals with disabilities find the same excitement and team camaraderie that I found."

For information call (813) 679-2570 or go to www.xablesportsfoundation.org.

Times staff writer Bob Putnam contributed to this report.