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.”
Catch Surf launches brand new board
The crew from Catch Surf will ride just about anything. Since launching the “Womper,” however, they’ve been dropping in on the summer shorebreak riding pretty much nothing at all.
The 16-inch miniature bodyboard is the newest creation from one of the industry’s leading innovators, offering wave-riders a new way to get wet.
“That’s really what we’re all about,” said Catch Surf East Coast Sales Manager Ryan Savage. “Any board that we offer is about fun. We like to chart our own path and keep the product unique.”
Not only is their newest product unique, it’s versatile as well.
Designed to add another element to wave-riding, where the rider paddles into the wave and then glides with the Womper out front as it breaks, the board has evolved to cater to all demographics.
Former Shorebirds’ pitcher called up to the majors
It was only one year ago that Donnie Hart took the mound at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury.
The LHP and 2013 Baltimore Orioles draft pick (Round 27) out of Texas State had gotten his start in Aberdeen before spending the entire 2014 season and beginning of the 2015 season with the Shorebirds.
(Fine, I'll do it)
After watching Blake Lively get just absolutely Amity-Island-style terrorized by a Gigantic White Shark (GWS) in the movie “The Shallows” for roughly 1 hour, 27 minutes, one of two things can be assumed:
Lax on the rise in Sussex County
There are lacrosse camps to the north, up in the Cape region. And there are camps to the south, down in Ocean City and Berlin, Md.
Starting July 19, however, local laxers will have one right in their back yard, when coaches Dave Spencer and Jim Dietsch launch Sharp Shooter Lax Shooting Camp at Indian River High School in Dagsboro.
While the camp will not be directly affiliated with IR and will be open to players of all skill levels and ages ranging from grades 6 to 11, it will focus specifically on shooting skills, which both Spencer and Dietsch have honed during their collective 80-plus years of experience in the sport.
“It’s something that’s very specific,” Spencer said of the concept. “There’s a lot of mechanics and a lot of technique that go into shooting.”
At just 12 years old, Clifton Toomey III is gearing up to head to the Junior Gold Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., to compete against the best of the best in youth bowling. Though he’s only been bowling competitively for two years, Toomey has quickly risen through the ranks and become one of the best young bowlers in the state.
Initially, his mother, Donna Toomey, said, “It all started just by coming out to the lanes. We decided as a family to come bowling, and we noticed how good he was and said, ‘We’ll put you in a league and see how you do,’ and his team won first place. He really, really enjoyed it.”
“When he started,” his mom said, “he started in the younger bracket and, technically, he could’ve stayed down there, but he was doing so well, they decided to push him up. Now he’s bowling with the kids on his team who are anywhere from 14 to 19 years old. He’s kind of the young dude, but it’s been great for him, because he’s been able to be challenged.”
The news just keeps getting better for Delmarva Shorebirds’ RHP Cristian Alvarado.
Just days after being named the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week, the Venezuela native was named the Baltimore Orioles’ Minor League Pitcher of the Month for the month of June.
Peralta named SAL Pitcher of the Week
Just a week after RHP Cristian Alvarado collected the honor, the Delmarva Shorebirds saw RHP Ofelky Peralta named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the week.