Starting with the Indians’ season-opener against Maryland’s Linganore High School on Friday, Sept. 9, the Indian River High School Football Boosters will be honoring past alumni with halftime ceremonies at home games throughout the 2016-2017 season.
It’s been two long years since the Henlopen South title belonged to the Indians. In a few short weeks, that’s a streak that this year’s re-focused Indian River High School football squad will set out on a path to snap.
Despite a disappointing 4-6 season in 2016, the division and ensuing automatic playoff bid had remained in reach until a late-season loss to eventual South champions Lake Forest (8-2, 6-0).
After reloading with a talented freshman class and some key contributors ready to step up for their senior campaigns, however, second-year head coach Phil Townsend is hopeful that his squad’s new “family” mentality and off-season spent in the weight room will pay dividends when the Friday-night lights finally switch on at Indian River High School football stadium this fall.
“To be honest, this is probably one of the best teams I’ve coached, in terms of behavior and commitment,” said Townsend. “These guys are really meshing as a family — picking each other up when they’re down.”
IR soccer seniors ready for run at third state championship
They earned their first state championship ring as freshmen, after helping the Indian River High School soccer team to their first-ever title in 2013.
Then, just last season, they brought home the program’s second title, in impact roles as juniors.
But this year’s senior class isn’t ready to stop there, aiming for a shot at a third state championship to round out their storied careers.
“We’re ready to get another one,” said senior defender Patrick Mochiam. “We’re not satisfied yet.”
“We’ve just got to take care of business early, win the division, work our way up the ladder and stay focused every game, every practice,” added senior midfielder Mac Smith of the team’s goals.
In its eighth year, the Ed Dean Memorial Scholarship 4-Mile Race and 1-Mile Walk will be held closer to Bethany and the lifeguards it supports, on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 8 a.m.
After dropping their sixth straight games with a loss against Hagerstown on Tuesday, Aug. 23, the Delmarva Shorebirds this week prepared for one of their final homestands of the season, when the Lexington Legends come to town on Friday, Aug. 26.
The losing streak started on Friday, Aug. 19, in a series against Lakewood.
For as much time as he spends in the water, it seems somewhat strange that Michael Phelps does not like fish.
At 84, Lisehora still rules the courts
Marion Lisehora is not the average card-carrying AARP member. Then again, there wasn’t really anything average about Marion Lisehora before she was eligible to carry an AARP card anyway.
Since her youth, the D.C. native and long-time Millsboro resident has stolen the show in recreations ranging from softball and field hockey to swimming and soccer.
She’s won state championships in basketball, been part of a doubles balancing act with her late husband, Tony, while attending the University of Maryland—College Park, and even famously rode the “Diving Horse” off the Steel Pier in Atlantic City for four summers before taking the act to the Sunshine State.
For the last few years, however, and now approaching the equestrian-inhibiting age of 85, the only thing golden about this girl has been her Senior Olympics medals.
The 43rd Annual White Marlin Open came to an end on Sunday, Aug. 14, with the closing ceremonies for the five-day bill-fishing tournament in Ocean City, Md., seeing winners from up and down the East Coast.
The big winner was Phil Heasley and the crew on the Kallianassa, from Naples, Fla., who reeled in a 76.5-pound white marlin and check for a cool $2.8 million as a result.
While the catch won Heasley the grand prize, it weighed in as the second-smallest winning white since 2000, and smallest since 2012.
As for blue marlin, however, Jim Conway and the crew on the Get Reel pulled in the largest blue in the last five years, weighing in at a staggering 790 pounds, good for a $258,995 check.
The tournament also saw the largest tuna caught in the past three years, with Rich Kosztyu of the Hubris, out of Forked River, N.J., landing a 236.5-pounder for a $767,091 prize.
While the fields at the River Soccer Complex in Frankford may be empty now, in a few short weeks they’ll be brimming with plenty of soccer action as the River Soccer Club runs and kicks its way into another fall season.
New additions to the club this year will include two four-week sessions for the “U5 Hoppers” clinic, and the “U6 Kickers” clinic, designed to teach younger players the game and develop skills.
The recreational program goes up through U14 for both boys and girls, with games played on Saturdays for eight weeks starting Saturday, Sept. 10.
Registration costs vary depending on age, but the club is designed to be affordable and accommodating for local youths, with jerseys, shorts and socks included for players in the U8 through U14 divisions, and a T-shirt for the Hoppers and Kickers clinics.
Eagle’s Landing to host Glo-Golf Tournament
Eagle’s Landing Golf Course in Berlin, Md., will host its Glo-Golf Tournament on Friday, Sept. 16.
The two-player scramble event will feature a 6:45 p.m. shotgun start, and nine holes after a 5:45 p.m. Twilight Party, with prizes available after the tournament.
The event costs $50 to enter.
Tripple Overtime: If surfing again after a broken collarbone is cool, then I’m probably a far cry from Miles Davis
There are, as a general law of the universe, only a handful of chances that life allows us to look really unequivocally cool.
After a successful World Series debut last summer, the Lower Sussex Little League Challenger Division put on a show in Roxana yet again this year, having seen their turnout go from 12 to 19 players.
“Challenger is growing, and we’re getting the word out,” said Meghan Browne of the league designed for players with special needs.
“The kids love it. They get really excited about it. I really think they know this is different and that there’s something special about [the World Series game].”
Browne helps run the league with her husband, Kevan, Coach Jeff Smith, and Lower Sussex Little League board member and former president Tracy Littleton.
Last year, they were approached by District 3 about the possibility of playing a World Series game, to go along with the Big League and Senior League Softball World Series.
Facing the 2015 Big League Softball World Series champions from West Monroe, La., the Latin America team from San Juan, P.R., rallied from four runs down to clinch the 2016 title with a 10-7 win on Sunday, Aug. 7.
“It’s been a long time coming, a lot of years working to get to this day,” said Latin America manager Gerardo Flores. “Coming back from behind was a big point.”
“They got a rally started,” said Southwest manager J.D. Jones. “They did a good job. It just wasn’t our day today.”
Latin America got the scoring started in the bottom of the first, when Angelis Perez sent a shot over the fence to make it 1-0.
After back-to-back base hits from Janiliz Rivera and Tina Velazquez in the same inning, Andrea Sanchez loaded the bases on a walk, and Marie Collazo made it 2-0 when she was hit by a pitch and sent another run home.
It was the furthest that a softball team from Canada had made it in the Senior League Softball World Series to date, but U.S. Southeast (Fort Myers and Cape Coral, Fla.) would ensure that their historic run would stop there.
After three scoreless innings, Southeast would jump out to a 1-0 lead in the fourth and tack on a two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth to seal a 3-0 victory and claim the Senior League crown.
“They’re a great team — credit where credit is due,” said Canada manager Bill Hawkins after the game. “They played a great team game. There were no weaknesses. They’re the best team here, and they won the tournament. I thought their pitching was just outstanding.”
That pitching was led by Southeast’s Nicole Rodriguez, who racked up 14 strikeouts in the matchup.
Skim, skate and SUP under way at Summer Vibes fest
Rehoboth and Dewey Beach are the site of the third annual Summer Vibes Fest, which again brings together skimboarding, skateboarding, standup paddleboarding, art and music in the area, with the event getting under way on Thursday, Aug. 11, with the Rehoboth Amateur Skate Jam at Epworth Skate Park at noon that day.
For 20 years, a group of women at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club have been doing their part to raise money for breast cancer outreach, education and research, and on Aug. 9 and Aug. 10, a ladies-only event and a co-ed golf tournament will again be held to raise funds for the Delaware Breast Coalition.
This week’s “Tripple Overtime” column title translates loosely to “Only the one who does not fear the dragon’s breathe will walk the trail of fire,” or something else like that that you’re probably very likely hear Matt Damon say in “The Great Wall” whenever it’s, for whatever reason, supposed to premiere and whenever he, for whatever reason, is supposed to star in it.
Ehlers competes in High Performance Beach Championship
If there’s no question that volleyball is on the rise in Sussex County, then there’s no question that rising Selbyville Middle School eighth-grader Raychel Ehlers is helping the cause.
As a seventh-grader this past fall, Ehlers was a co-captain and one of the most instrumental players on the SMS squad that went undefeated during their first-ever season.
“I’ve never see a player with the work ethic that Raychel has,” said SMS head volleyball coach Sally Craig, who has coached for more than 30 years.
“She lives and breathes volleyball and is quite an accomplished player for her age. Ability-wise, she could be playing for a varsity team at the high school level.”
This past May, Ehlers took that ability and tried out for the High Performance team, in hopes of landing a spot on the regional or national team and chance to get special training with some of the nation’s top volleyball coaches while competing in the High Performance Championship tournament in California.
Softball teams from all over the world made their way to Roxana this week, for the Big League and Senior League Softball World Series.
The Sharp Shooter Lax Shooting Camp this past week wrapped up its first summer as one of the area’s only skill-specific lacrosse camps. And according to Dave Spencer, who both coaches lacrosse at Indian River High School and started the camp with coach Jim Dietsch, the camp was a success both for local players and the growth of the sport in Sussex County on the whole.
“It was better than we anticipated. Kids are hungry for the sport of lacrosse in Sussex County, and there’s nothing like this around,” Spencer explained. “We had quite a draw.”
With Dietsch’s more than 40 years of coaching experience and Spencer’s experience as both a D1 player and pro for the Baltimore Thunder, players from area high schools, including Woodbridge, Sussex Tech, Sussex Central, Milford and Indian River, area middle schools and even some out-of-town players on vacation in the area flocked to hone their shooting skills during the camp’s two sessions held during the span of two weeks.
The Sea Colony Sharks finished their season this past weekend with a strong showing at the Delmarva Swim Association Championships meet in Dover.
The team, represented by 39 swimmers who met qualifying time cuts to compete at the league-wide meet, finished ninth overall, with 420 points, and dropped a combined 67.41 seconds from previous best times.
Flounder Pounder Open set for Aug. 19-21 in Long Neck
More than $100,000 in prize money will be available when the Ultimate Flounder Pounder Open gets under way in Long Neck on Aug. 19-21.
The tournament, set up by Paradise Marina and Short’s Marine, will aim to become the largest summer flounder fishing tournament on Delmarva.
Tripple Overtime: While often slow and dangerous behind the wheel, old people can still serve a purpose sometimes
(Penn State vs. Ohio State vs. Coach Ayers vs. the Brannons)
As a general disclaimer, this headline, or at least some form of it, was suggested to me by my good friend Jim Brannon at barbecue last Friday night.
After seeing 700 participants show up last August, the Athlete’s to End Alzheimer’s 5K Walk/Run is back for year two and looking to raise the stakes.
“Last year was a huge success,” said event coordinator and founder Michael Loftus of Loftus Wealth Strategies in Millville.
“This year, we’re way ahead. We’d like to get 1,000 people signed up, if we could.”
The event raised $18,000 through both the race and fundraising efforts throughout 2015, donating all proceeds to the Delaware Valley Alzheimer’s Association. That’s also a goal that Loftus said they were looking to improve upon for year two, aiming for $25,000 in 2016.
It started as a mission: Two friends determined to make it from Washington, D.C., to the Delaware shore by way of only their bicycles, in 1999.
Now, with the Bike to the Beach charity for Autism now entering its 10th year, B2B is expecting nearly 700 riders from both the D.C. and Baltimore areas to make the 120-plus mile trek to Dewey Beach this Friday, July 29.
“We have five destinations and six city starts now, but this is our largest one,” said B2B Marketing Communications Coordinator C.J. Cross.
Like many of the event’s regular riders, Cross started out not knowing many other participating cyclists. After seven years, however, that’s all changed.
As the Sea Colony Sharks close the door on their regular season and swim toward the Delmarva Swim Association’s championship meet this weekend, the team’s coaches proudly reflected on what head coach Janna Schneider called “a great season full of fun, friendships, team buddies, hard work and fast swimming.”
The Sharks finished their season with a 4-3 record after facing teams from across Delmarva.
Last weekend, 14 swimmers represented Sea Colony at the Platypi Plunge Invitational in Salisbury, Md. — a meet that is informally known across the league as “Junior Champs.” The meet is specialized for swimmers who either didn’t make the qualifying times necessary to compete at the league championships or had qualified in only one event.
The swimmers earned a total of 157 points overall, giving the team a fourth-place finish in the meet.
(featuring Ernest Hemingway)
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The assignment was to take the court. There were four of us. Five, if you count The Baron, but he had lost his spot when the reveille call went off, and couldn’t fight as well as he could when I had first met him. And he was young and brave, and the court was dry, despite the rain. And it sloped down toward a road, and there were many curious drivers on the road. And the idea was to aim for the center line, and if our aim was true, we could beat them.
Headed to state tournament
With back-to-back wins over Millsboro on Friday, July 15, and Saturday, July 16, the Lower Sussex Little League Junior League All-Stars clinched their second straight District 3 championship and will gear up for the state tournament starting Thursday, July 21.
Made up primarily of members of the 2015 district championship team and 2015 Pat Knight championship team, the revamped squad started the series with a 4-0 win over Georgetown on Saturday, July 9, and 10-0 win over Laurel on Sunday, July 10, not allowing a single hit in the process.
“We’re blessed with a lot of pitching, that’s for sure,” said head coach Bill Medford, who coached the Pat Knight championship team last season. “Our whole bullpen pitched lights out. It was a collaborative effort.”
Things would heat up after the team suffered their first loss of the double-elimination tournament to Millsboro on Tuesday, July 12.
After falling short to Woodbridge in the title game last season, the Lower Sussex Little League 9-10 All-Stars were ready for redemption at the start of this year’s District 3 softball tournament.
And, in drawing the defending champions for Round 1, they’d not only get their shot, but a 5-2 win over Woodbridge when the tournament began on Saturday, July 9.
“Our returners were very excited to have that as our first game,” said head coach Sarah Hoban. “They were definitely psyched up.”
After a 3-2 loss to Laurel the next night, the girls got back on track in the double-elimination tournament, with a 9-0 win over Nanticoke on Monday, July 11.
For the past 13 years, softball teams from across the world have made their way to the Pyle Center in Roxana for the Senior and Big League World Series. For the first time in Lower Sussex Little League history, however, this year’s docket will include a team from China, set to represent Asia Pacific in Big League play.
“They just got their airplane tickets booked, so we know they’re coming for sure,” said Director Martin Donovan. “I’m anxious to see the response from the China team. Foreign teams always seem to draw an audience that we didn’t expect.”
“This is our 13th year in the World Series, and we’ve never had a team from China before, so it’s exciting. I think it will draw a lot of hometown people,” said Lower Sussex Little League President Bruce Layton. “That is unique. That’s a long flight in here, I can tell you that.”