Some of the most popular things to do in Delaware Seashore State Park are surf-fishing, crabbing and clamming, but many people who did not grow up along the coast are curious about these popular pastimes but just aren’t sure how to get started.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 12-01, will conduct Vessel Safety Checks on Saturday, June 25, at Island Watersports, 36084 Harpoon Road, Fenwick Island, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Not to be confused with “Tripple Overtime Takeover,” in which Indian River High School head soccer coach Steve Kilby often enjoys questioning Tripp’s abilities as an actor while at the same time masterfully clearing up weeks’ worth of discrepancies regarding Patriots’ QB Tom Brady and HC Bill Belichick — in “Reverse Tripple Overtime,” Tripp debates controversial topics from the sports world and world at large with his reverse-self, Ppirt (one of the P’s being silent… not sure which). Why he does this instead of just, like, talking to a real human being about it, or, you know, just not doing it all, like a normal person, we are not sure.
Many players selected for the DRFC Blue-Gold All-Star football game will say that it’s a special experience. Unlike anything they’ve done before. Life-changing, even.
And all of that is true.
Ever since the Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens added the “Hand-in-Hand” program in 1974, Blue-Gold players have been paired up with a “buddy” from the community who is dealing with an intellectual disability, spending the week before the game held at the University of Delaware hanging out, playing games and forming life-changing friendships.
After being selecting for Blue-Gold this past spring, recent Indian River High School graduate Joey Anderson was paired up with Layne Twigg from Roxana, a 10-year-old with a rare chromosome disorder.
But their life-changing friendship began long before the week’s events. Almost as soon as he opened the letter from the DRFC, Anderson and Twigg had met for breakfast at the Frankford Diner, and they took to each other right away.
Soon after, Twigg was visiting Anderson at baseball practice, getting to know the team and going to games. Their families became friends and, then, practically family, too.
It was Anderson’s impact on Twigg that inspired his mother, Dani Twigg, to write a heartfelt letter to the DRFC, recommending that Anderson be considered for the Barb & Winnie Spence Hand-in-Hand Award.
Recent Indian River High School graduates Callie McDowell and Ky’Lesha Neal may not have ended their softball careers the way they might have wanted, after the Indians fell just short of a playoff bid this season. But the senior standouts would still get a chance to play one last game, with both of them being selected to represent the Indians at the 2016 Blue Gold All-Star game in Dover on Thursday, June 16.
“It was cool to play with Ky in the outfield one last time, because I’ve been playing with her since we were 9 or 10,” said McDowell — who, along with Neal, had previously never missed a DIAA tournament, going back to their freshman seasons.
An All-Conference selection, McDowell got the Blue-Gold nod after posting some impressive numbers in 2016 — batting .377 with 20 hits, three doubles and 15 RBIs.
She was also the Indians’ go-to player in the clutch, leading the team in batting average with runners in scoring position (0.625).
Defensively, she found similar success in left field, finishing with a perfect fielding percentage (.1000) and notching seven put-outs on seven chances, with zero errors.
It was a situation that Ocean View resident and triathlete Lance Fargo had been in before… pretty much.
Also a frequent competitor in National Amateur Field Championships with his Weimaraner dog, NAFC FC AFC Snake Breaks Sargent “Sarge” Von Reiteralm, Fargo had already experienced having to wait a full calendar year for a shot at redemption, since, after a mishap in 2014, Fargo and Sarge earned their first title in December 2015.
While Fargo is no stranger to bringing home USA Triathlon Clydesdale National Championships, he missed out on the title in 2015 after back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014, when a knee injury kept him from training properly.
But just like with Sarge, after long year’s wait, Fargo was back on top for the 2016 USA Triathlon Clydesdale and Athena National Championships, held in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Sunday June, 12.
Although the Special Olympics Delaware Summer Games wrapped up earlier this month, Sussex County SODE athletes are still going strong. Athletes from Sussex Riptide continue to be active in their sports, by attending practices.
Marie McIntosh, one of the coaches for the area athletes of the Sussex Riptide, said that the athletes are fortunate to be able to use the Bayside Tennis Club’s facilities in the summer, when Sea Colony — where they practice in the winter — is too busy.
“We’ve been at Bayside every summer for the last, I would say, 10 years,” said McIntosh, who is an equity member at Bayside.
The athletes first started using Bayside’s facilities after McIntosh simply asked for court time.
“They, from the very beginning, allowed us to play tennis here in the summers.”
Bethany Skim Jam celebrates 15 years of barrels and backflips
It’s hard to believe, for pro skimboarder Bill Baxter, that it’s been 15 years already.
Not for his pro skim career, but for the Monday-night summer tradition for the last decade and a half, known infamously around town as Bethany Skim Jam.
It was 2001 when Baxter, then working for Jim and Sheila McGrath at the old Bethany Beach Surf Shop location — before they moved to their current spot farther down Garfield, next to Mango’s — came up with the idea to help grow the sport in the area.
The idea was to give the local kids an outlet and way to get together a few times a week, for the skim crews from South Bethany and North Bethany or wherever else, and the newcomers, too, to get a chance to show off their skills without the pressure of a contest setting.
Shorebirds earn back-to-back SAL Player of the Week honors
While Delmarva Shorebirds’ shortstop Ryan Mountcastle may have missed out on a South Atlantic League All-Star bid this year, the former first-round draft pick is still managing to make a name for himself early in his career, recently being named the SAL Player of the Week for June 6-12.
Sunny summer weather greeted 173 young anglers and their families who gathered Saturday, June 4, at three Delaware ponds for DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police 30th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament. All fish caught in the tournament were weighed and released, as young anglers got a firsthand lesson in conservation.
The 44th Annual Camp Barnes Benefit Stock Car Race will be held at the Delaware International Speedway on Tuesday, June 21. Gates will open at 4 p.m., with racing action beginning at 7 p.m. The rain date is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22. The Delaware International Speedway is located on Route 13, north of the Delaware/Maryland line.
I had been putting it off for, let’s say, like, exactly a year or so, give or take.
SMS girls’ soccer caps second-ever no-loss season
It had only happened one other time in Selbyville Middle School girls’ soccer history.
The year was 2012, and the Indians had pulled off a perfect 10-0 season led by an eighth-grade class that would go on to help lead Indian River High School to their first-ever state title game for girls’ soccer.
That considered, it seems all too fitting that, this past season, with the 2012 group in their final season at IRHS, SMS would pull off their second undefeated season, finishing the year 9-0-1.
“The seniors are leaving, and our eighth-graders are stepping up [to the high school],” said head coach Neal Barch — who also coached the 2012 team — of the symbolic season.
“It’s real special. Every year, we’re close. Every year, a different team knocks us off — never the same team. Everyone wants to beat Selbyville Middle School, and they play their best game. I can’t tell you how many times there’s just been one loss.”
The official start of the summer of 2016 is slated for Monday, June 20, at exactly 6:34 p.m., when the sun reaches the northernmost point of the equator. Not so coincidentally, Bethany Skim Jam is slated for the same night, at 6 p.m., serving as an official unofficial start to summer now going on 15 years.
“Skim Jams in Bethany are synonymous with summertime. It means summer is finally in full effect,” said Catch Surf pro Bill Baxter, who helped start the event with Bethany Surf Shop owners Jim and Sheila McGrath. “It’s cool to see the local kids and the kids that come from all over meeting back up, getting their summer skim crews back together.”
As always, the Bethany Surf Shop event will feature both Baxter and pro-surfer/board creator Colin Herlihy.
While the Paddle Second Chance standup-paddleboard (SUP) races will back by popular demand for a fourth straight year next week, new by popular demand will be the addition of both kayak races and a competitive cornhole tournament.
The event benefitting Operation Second Chance — an organization that helps military veterans and their families — has seen steady growth since getting its start in 2013. According to PSC Chairman Walt Ellenberger, adding activities for non-SUPers looking to join in just made sense.
“It’s kind of turning into more of a festival for Operation Second Chance,” Ellenberger said of the two-day event, which gets under way with a pre-registration packet pick-up and happy hour at The Starboard in Dewey Beach on Friday, June 24, before race day on Saturday, June 25.
“We got a lot just over time, a lot of inquiries about kayaking. It’s such a neat venue, that oftentimes we have spectators or supporters that get everybody ramped up to get them out on the water, and then there’s a little bit of down time.”
This July, Elena Delle Donne will make another homecoming return to the University of Delaware. But, this time, she’s bringing Team USA with her, as they get ready to take off for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
The Bob Carpenter Center in Newark will be the first stop for the 2016 USA Basketball Showcase, featuring not only the USA Basketball Women’s National Team, but the teams from Australia, Canada and France as well.
“The Delaware Sport Commission is excited about the opportunity to work with USA Basketball again and further strengthen our relationship with the U.S. Olympic Movement,” said DSC Chairman Matthew Robinson. “This is also a great opportunity for the state to receive national and international exposure. The DSC, UD Athletics and Gene Delle Donne worked with USA Basketball throughout the spring to get it done. It was a true team effort.”
While hosting the showcase will hold its fair share of benefits for both the state and the University of Delaware, perhaps the bigger news for local hoops fans is the opportunity to see Elena Delle Donne — a former Blue Hen and Ursuline Academy grad — back on her home court once again.
Four Shorebirds named to SAL All-Star team
The Delmarva Shorebirds will be well-represented at the 57th South Atlantic League All-Star game, with catcher Yermin Mercedes, catcher Alex Murphy, pitcher Garrett Cleavinger and pitcher Ryan Meisinger all selected to represent the ’Birds and the Northern Division.
Are you ready to play?
Have you heard about pickleball? It’s known as the fastest-growing sport in the U.S. today. The great thing about pickleball is that it’s enjoying fans in all age groups, and part of the reason for the popularity is that, regardless of your athletic skill level, you can play.
Revenge is a dish best served… Well, that’s it, really. Revenge is a dish best served, regardless of what I can only assume would be its metaphorical temperature (hot, cold, etc. — never really understood the idiom and its apparent ties to Quiznos sandwich chefs, if I’m being honest).
IR seniors leave legacy
Exactly one year and one day was how long it had been for the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team.
After a 3-1 loss to then-No. 1 Caravel in the 2015 DIAA championship, the No. 1 Indians were more than ready for redemption when they took the field to face the Buccaneers in a rematch of that game on Friday, June 3, 2016.
But after those 367 long-awaited days, it only took Caravel 29 seconds to get a leg up on history repeating, when sophomore Sierra Frey found the net right off the opening whistle.
The Indians would never recover from the early miscue and eventually fell 2-0, bested by the Bucs in the title game for the second straight year.
“We just couldn’t get in to get the goal we needed,” said head coach Steve Kilby, noting that the quick strike had changed the tempo. “We chased the game the whole game.”
On Saturday, June 18, not only can local residents learn how to skimboard, they can help fight childhood cancer while they do.
Back again at the Delaware Sea Shore State Park is the Skim A Thon for Childhood Cancer, organized by Carolynn Vogel and the Get Well Gabby Foundation, in honor of her daughter Gabby Vogel, who passed away at the age of 5 after a battle with cancer.
“Basically, we’re looking for community support to be able to support the community,” said Vogel, noting that since Get Well Gabby’s inception, the fund has donated $98,000 to the A.I. duPont Hospital for Children’s Oncology Unit.
After promising a grant of $125,000 to go toward building a dedicated playroom in the Oncology Unit, a new electronic medical record system and supporting local families afflicted by cancer, Vogel said they’re hoping to fulfill that promise by the end of the summer.
It’s no question that Julia Bomhardt has made a name for herself as one of the top outfielders in the Henlopen Conference the past two seasons, getting an Honorable Mention nod as a freshman and honored as a First-Team All-Conference softball selection for 2016.
But last week, the Indian River High School sophomore earned some statewide recognition as well, when Bomhardt was named to the Delaware Softball Coaches Association (DSCA) All-State team.
“All-State is always tough [to make],” said IR head coach Erika Brittingham — an All-State selection herself during her pitching days at Sussex Central High School.
“There’s so many girls in the state to pick from and so many girls on the list — I think her numbers really spoke for themselves. She’s a game-changer.”
A Second-Team selection, Bomhardt is the first softball player from IR to make the cut since pitcher Rachel Hudson, shortstop Karlie Smith and second-baseman Ana Impastato earned All-State honors as seniors back in 2014.
This past season, Bomhardt stepped up to fill the offensive void left by her cousin, catcher Eliza Bomhardt, who had to sit out her senior campaign with a knee injury.
The sophomore slugger lead the Indians in six different categories, including batting avg. (.474), hits (27), triples (two), on base percentage (.500), slugging percentage (.632), stolen bases (four) and total bases (36).
While the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team may have fallen just short of their ultimate goal of winning a state championship this season, there’s been no shortage of individual accolades for the state runners-up.
After seeing 10 different players collect All-Henlopen Conference honors, the Indians also had four players honored at the All-State level.
Headlining the list was senior midfielder and recent state Gatorade Player of the Year Brooke Beam, named to the state Top XI for the second year in a row.
Beam led the Indians with 29 goals and 19 assists on the season, becoming in a game against Polytech on May 3, the first player in IRHS soccer history to tally 100 career goals. She has now collected both All-State and All-Conference honors in all four years of her high school career.
Sussex Central 1989 baseball team to be inducted into HoF
The 1989 Sussex Central High School baseball team will be inducted into the Delaware Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, June 13, in honor of their undefeated state championship season.
Since getting its start 13 years ago, the Progress for Prostate golf tournament at Cripple Creek has established itself as the premiere event for men’s health in the state of Delaware. In fact, according to event coordinator Drew Sunderlin, it’s the only event specific to men’s health in the state of Delaware.
After getting its start in 2004, their efforts have raised more than $285,000 for Beebe Healthcare’s Tunnell Cancer Center, raising nearly $45,000 last year alone, to set Beebe’s all-time record for any golf tournament fundraiser.
“This is a big deal. This is a huge step forward,” said Sunderin. “We’re gonna top that number this year,” he said of the June 23 tournament.
Fundraising has more than tripled in the past four years, with Sunderlin — a cancer survivor himself — taking the reins three years ago. Since then, he’s also been lobbying for Beebe to bring in robotic surgery equipment for prostate cancer treatment.
“This golf tournament is the beginning of that process,” said Beebe Medical Foundation President and CEO Judy Aliquo of the possibility of bringing in a da Vinci robot for treatment.
“Every year, [Sunderlin] does more and more and more to raise money for Beebe. He brings such energy and such dedication for raising money — it’s really inspiring.”
The students of the Indian River High School Business Professionals of America (BPA) and Future Farmers of America (FFA) will walk, jog and run to raise funds for the school, which is introducing a program called My School Color Run (MSCR).
Some of the top skim talent from not only around the area — but from around the world — will be on display this weekend, when the South Side Shoot Out gets under way on Saturday, June 4, at the Indian River Inlet.
Internationally-ranked professional and amateur riders from Delaware, California and as far as Brazil will again compete in the 11th annual Alley-Oop-sponsored event, as part of the United Skim Tour and Skim USA Tour.
“This is an opportunity for some of the local riders to get some points on their home turf,” said Alley-Oop’s Jason Wilson, the event organizer. “It’s a good kickoff to the summer skim scene here in Southern Delaware.”
Pros including Zap’s Sam McCoy and Exile’s Max Wheeler, as well as young gun Carter Hill, will be just some of the local names in the water, with preliminary heats running all day on Saturday, June, 4, and the semi-final and final rounds set for Sunday, June 5.
But you don’t have to be a pro to enjoy the festivities.
She didn’t even realize that the game was on the line.
But Indian River High School senior Aline Check-Guzman would find that out soon enough when she stepped up for the fourth of a potential five penalty-kick opportunities, buried a ricochet shot off Tower Hill keeper Morgan Rollins’ fingertips and was rushed by a slew of fired-up teammates.
“I did not know that was gonna be the goal. My main goal was just to shoot the ball in the goal. That was my main focus,” said Check-Guzman after netting the shot that gave the Indians a 4-1 quarterfinal win over the Hillers.
The River Soccer Club and Selbyville Middle School athletic programs need some help. And for their company-wide Annual Community Service Day, the Long & Foster Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island offices are stepping up to aid the cause.
In an effort to raise $1,000 for each organization, the area offices will team up with The Den at Bear Trap Dunes to host a Family Fun Night & Silent Auction on Wednesday, June 8, from 5 to 8 p.m., inviting the rest of the community to join in for the mission… and the fun.
“We’re hopeful that a lot of the parents will come out to Bear Trap that night,” said Bethany Beach Branch Manager Dottie Wells. “Of course, at Bear Trap, there’s lots of things outside for the kids — it’s really a family affair.”
For nearly two decades, Long & Foster and their more than 200 offices spreading across Maryland, Delaware and Virginia have chosen a different organization to benefit each year. This year, however, the event hits particularly close to home for local affiliated agents including Anne Vogel of Prosperity Home Mortgage.
Notre Dame alum Ingelsby takes over UD hoops
After more than two months without a head coach, the search has ended for the University of Delaware men’s basketball program. In a press conference on Wednesday, May 25, the Blue Hens announced that Martin Ingelsby would take the reins for the 2016-2017 season.