It’s almost funny now that, when his father asked him if he wanted to play lacrosse as a kid, Andrew Ternahan was, admittedly, pretty terrified.
Growing up in Bethany Beach and around Breakers Surf Shop, which his family has owned for years and which he now manages, the rising senior at Salisbury University didn’t know much about the fastest game on two feet — back then.
Sure, there were some kids from Baltimore or Bethesda playing catch on the beach every once a summer or so, but not many area high schools had teams back in those days.
One school that did have a lacrosse program, however, was Worcester Preparatory School in nearby Berlin, Md. After enrolling there and eventually transferring to Stephan Decatur High School for his junior and senior seasons, his views on the sport changed pretty drastically.
(Probably not, no, but still…)
It’s fairly hanging low fruit… or figs… or whatever it is that they eat over in England (not sure… basing all knowledge of the U.K. off Austin Powers), to say that London Bridge is falling down.
The Sea Colony Sharks swim team is kicking off their 13th season with a splash as they looked to sweep their home meet streak on Thursday, June 30.
With head coach Janna Schneider at the helm, the team has swum to victory in their first three meets of the summer, defeating the Delaware Riptide Swim Team of Middletown 290-251, the Dover Dolphins of Dover 365-146 and the Onley Recreation Swim Team of Onley, Va., 391-105.
The Sharks’ season runs from mid-June to the end of July, concluding with a championship meet for all swimmers in the Delmarva Swim Association who achieve the league’s qualifying times during the regular season.
The First State Pickleball Club’s second annual Beach Blast wrapped up on Sunday, June 12, with 88 players from Delaware and surrounding states competing in 16 categories.
SU national champs to lead boys’ lax camp at OCRP
Fresh off their national championship victory against Tufts, the Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team will make their way to Ocean City, Md., for Ocean City Recreation & Parks’ Lax’n at the Beach boys’ lacrosse summer camp.
While they had previously tallied back-to-back wins and sent four players to the South Atlantic League All-Star game on Tuesday, June 21, the Delmarva Shorebirds struggled after the mid-season break, dropping four games in a row to Kannapolis on the road.
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.