Sports

Dont’ give up on Pickleball

There have been some — not many — folks who took pickleball lessons but later slowed down their participation. When I spoke with them, I mostly heard expected answers: a new grandchild, a pulled muscle, etc. But several told me that they didn’t...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 9:14am

IR surprises CR in varsity volleyball, 3-2

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Siera Johnson blocks a shot.A young Indian River High School girls’ volleyball team opened their 2017 season by surprising an older, more experienced Caesar Rodney team, 3-2, on Tuesday, Sept. 12, on...

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 7:37am

So when did it start and what’s with the pickle name?

Special to the Coastal Point • Vaughn Baker: The Ocean View Crew’s Steve Melofchik gets ready to hit a serve from behind the baseline.This year is the 50th anniversary of the first pickleball court, and the 2017 tournament in Ocean City, Md.,...

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 7:27am

Hitchens taking second-generation racing to the next level

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Scott Hitchens shows off his car before racing in the Big Block Modified class for the first time on Wednesday, Aug. 30.Sometimes kids watch what their parents do and then go off and do something completely...

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 9:55am

Adams earns $2,200 at Cody Hopkins Memorial Race

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce C. Walls: Stephen Adams (far right, holding trophy) celebrates his winnings.Stephen Adams, of Four Oaks, N.C., made another profitable trip to U.S.-13 Kartway in Delmar, Del., on Friday, Aug. 25. This time, he...

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 8:57am

Pickleball Points — Pickleball from Delmarva to Mars

Coastal Point • Submitted: Dom Travaglini hits a shot up the middle against Suss-exfactor.Whenever I teach a new student to play pickleball, I first ask then what sport they previously played, because it helps me explain pickleball to them in...

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 8:51am

Pickleball Points — Performance at the championship level

Whenever I teach a new student to play pickleball, I first ask then what sport they previously played, because it helps me explain pickleball to them in terms they already understand. I also sometimes ask about their profession, because an artist...

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 8:49am

The word ‘competition’ gets a bum rap

Coastal Point • Submitted : Multiple gold-medal winner Georgia Billger recently managed the successful Cucumbers & Pickles event for First State Pickleball Club, to help novices advance their game.Like each of you, I have my pet...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 7:53am

SODE athletes enjoy classic summer-camp experience

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Special Olympics Delaware Summer Camp attendees try their hands at archery.Approximately 120 Special Olympics Delaware (SODE) athletes from across the state were able to enjoy a classic summer-camp experience...

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 9:04am

Film to document how action sports keep people sober

Get stoked: Sober athletes are working on a documentary about using action sports, arts and other outlets to have fun while staying sober.

Scott French and Eugene Stiltner co-founded “Sober and Stoked,” “the movie, movement and mindset.”...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 9:42am

Maryland man takes home $1.6M in White Marlin Open

Coastal Point • File photo: The crew of the Rock Doc shows off some of their haul at last year’s White Marlin Open. Pictured are Matthew, Tyler and Tim Tribbitt, Jerry Mieklejohn, Cory Lednum, Ryan Savage and Captain Bob Wiggins.When an 86-pound...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 8:56am

Pickleballers practice hard ahead of three-team match

Coastal Point • Submitted: Team Captain Randy Redard of Suss-exfactor is second from left, standing, while team captain Bob O’Malley of Ocean Pines is in the last row on the right. The doubles pair that won most matches was Don Tome of Ocean...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 8:47am

Georgetown 5K to raise funds for Ballard Memorial Fund

This Sunday, the friends and family of late Delaware State Trooper Cpl. Stephen Ballard are sponsoring a 5K and “Kiddie K” in order to raise funds for the fallen trooper’s family.

“Being wives of state troopers and friends with Stephen...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 8:45am

Jakayla Sample runs in to homeplate after hitting a homerun, with her team gathered to celebrate.

Home cooking

Coastal Point photo • Tyler Valliant: Jakayla Sample runs in to homeplate after hitting a homerun, with her team gathered to celebrate.Players traveled from around the globe to compete for the right to call themselves “world champions” at the...

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 6:39am

Poor Girls Open set to cast lines and raise funds

Coastal Point • File Photo: Poor Girls Open team from last year’s competition included Terri Shapter, Kathy Jo Robbins, Julie Kypreos, Rae Ann Kane, Tracy Cieslukowski and Ellen Currie. The team released two white marlin and caught a bunch of...

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 6:23am

We need more pickleball courts

Statistica.com claims there are 27 million golfers who play at least once a year on 15,000 golf courses in the U.S. They also claim there are 11 million tennis players playing at least once a year on 500,000 tennis courts. I thought it might be...

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 5:53am

Bethany 5K walk/run to benefit Alzheimer’s Association

Coastal Point • Submitted: Runners take off from the start line during last year’s Athletes Against Alzheimers Run/Walk 5K.Approximately 200,000 Americans younger than 65 have early-onset Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, and...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 6:28am

Pickleball in Lower Slower Delaware (LSD)

Sitting at courtside, waiting to take the next available court, someone is sure to make a negative comment about a workman who is, or was, scheduled to repair or install something in their home, and end the conversation with “but this is Lower...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 6:26am

White Marlin Open ready to set lines on Monday

Ocean City, Md.’s 44th annual White Marlin Open — one of the largest billfish tournaments in the world — kicks off Monday, Aug. 7, with fishing continuing through Friday, Aug. 11.

“Marlin fishing is slow. The No. 1 reason is that not many...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 6:19am

Softball stars descending on Roxana

Coastal Point • File Photo: A runner slides into first base during last year’s World Series event in Roxana.A runner slides into first base during last year’s World Series event in Roxana.The eyes of the softball world will soon be on Roxana, and...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 11:30am

Pickleball and tennis and raquetball and squash and basketball and lacrosse and golf, etc.

Interested in pickleball? There are two important things to know about pickleball. First, pickleball is easy to learn in the very first session. But the other thing about pickleball is that it is so hard to master that it becomes outright...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 11:27am

How do the pickleball boom and the tennis boom of the 1970s compare?

With Wimbledon just finishing, I found myself comparing the pickleball boom with the great tennis boom. I was in the catbird’s seat of the tennis boom in the early ’70s when Wilson Sporting Goods enjoyed incredible market share in both tennis...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:11am

Peninsula Oil donates $5,000 to Autism Delaware through running festival

The 3rd Annual Coastal Delaware Running Festival in April hosted more than 3,500 runners, thousands of fans, and dozens of volunteers. The Coastal Delaware Running Festival, a Focus Muiltisports event, has been designated a State of Delaware...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:09am

Ocean City Tuna Tournament marks 30th anniversary

There are several new rules and added entry-level calcuttas in place for the 30th annual Ocean City (Md.) Tuna Tournament, taking place July 14-16.

Tournament organizers met with a committee of past participants over the winter to...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 1:19pm

Tripple Overtime: Michael Phelps vs. Great White Shark vs. Vegas... vs. Tripple OT?

Whenever the last Olympics was, that’s when I wrote about the time I sort-of ate sushi with Michael Phelps.


He had just graduated and was already being touted as the next great American Olympian. I was heading into my senior...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 7:33am

Robb, Redmond ready to drop in on Delmarva for Catch Surf Get Wet Tour

Coastal Point • File Photo: Pro surfer Kalani Robb is ready to drop in on Delmarva for the Catch Surf 'Get Wet Tour.'

Someone hit the Thin Lizzy on the jukebox, because come this Saturday, the boys are back in town.

After a one-year...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 7:26am

Let’s hear it for the girl guards!

Coastal Point • Submitted: A mix of Fenwick Island and Dewey Beach lifeguards gather during Sussex County’s first all-women’s lifeguard competition.

Female lifeguards competed in severe weather conditions during Sussex County’s first all-...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 7:16am

District III champs!

Coastal Point • Submitted: Back row: Manager Sarah Hoban, Manajha Briddell, Shania Lewis, Lanla Lewis, Olivia Rogers, Camryn Ehlers, and coaches Amy and Chad Hall. Front row; Logan Marvel, Destiny Mitchell, Kinsley Hall, Jaya Shaub, Lily Hoban...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 6:58am

Garrett Rogers takes to the field at Camden Yards

Photo courtesy of Orioles Baseball : Garrett Rogers throws out the first pitch at Camden Yards on July 1.

For Wendy Rogers, the simple joys of summertime seem sweeter this year.

That’s because last year at this time, her son Garrett...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 6:37am

Hydrate — don’t evaporate

No one needs to tell the weekly reader of Coastal Point that this region of the country can be very hot and humid in July and August. It’s one of the reasons so many people flock to our beaches. Society refers to the hottest part of the year as...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 6:06am

‘Release the Kraken!’

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The new 19th hole features ‘The Kraken’ from Scandinavian mythology (but people say it also kind of looks like the "Star Wars" monster, too...)There may be plenty of mythology surrounding the course, but for...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 6:54am

Pickleball Points - So what’s the pickle about all these paddles?

Coastal Point • SubmittedFor pickleball, your equipment needs are simple.

You need sport shoes with smooth tread for tennis-type courts, because running shoes on court surfaces can abruptly terminate your forward progress, ending in a...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 6:49am

Tripple Overtime: ‘The 4th Top Five’: The best sports moments to go down on Independence Day

There’s two things I like about Independence Day:

(1) It has relatable plot with an underlying universal message.

(2) Jeff Goldblum is awesome and receives ample screen time in the film.

But what you may not...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 7:57am

Local hockey standout Patille returns from first year at Taft

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Dominic Patille recently returned home from his first year away at the Taft School in Watertown, Conn.Like most kids growing up in Sussex County, Ocean View native Dominic Patille spent most of his springs on the...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 7:53am

‘Big Sussex meets Bigger Texas’

Special to the Coastal Point • Lauren Herlihy: Colin Herlihy tests out the waves at NLand Surf Park in Austin, Texas, during his latest surf trip.They say that everything is bigger in Texas.

Recently, however, local pro wave-rider and...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 7:38am

IRSD Field Hockey Camp continues to score in year No. 4

Coastal Point • Submitted: The IRSD Field Hockey Camp celebrated their most successful summer yet at Millsboro Middle School on Thursday, June 22.The Indian River School District Field Hockey Camp saw more than 80 youth players come out to...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 7:03am

Pickleball Points — Performance at the championship level

In the tennis world, I had to know something about the professional game, because I was betting corporate money on who would be the consistent winners and losers. And if I got it wrong more than one time, the president of Wilson or chairman of...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 6:47am

Delaware Budokan’s Scudieri inducted into Hall of Honors

Coastal Point • Submitted: Scudieri is featured in the book ‘Modern Masters of the Martial Arts.’They consider it “the Academy Awards of Martial Arts.” And, if that’s the case, Delaware Budokan’s Hanshi Philip M. Scudieri can consider himself an...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 10:07am

Gottschalk first IR athlete to win U.S. Lacrosse Bob Scott Award

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Gianni Gottschalk displays his 2017 U.S. Lacrosse Bob Scott Award.It was after every Tuesday and Thursday practice, without exception, that Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse head coach and founder of the...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 7:17am

‘Firecracker’ bigger and backer for Bethany 5K

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Firecracker 5K is back to support the Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade.It may have looked all but terminated, but the Bethany Firecracker 5K will officially be back this Sunday, June 25 — now, and for the future...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 7:03am

McCormick represents IR at DRFC Blue-Gold All-Star game

Special to the Coastal Point • Karen McCormick: Griffin McCormick represents the Indians during this year’s DRFC Blue Gold All-Star game, held at the University of Delaware on Sunday, June 17.His family had been there to cheer him from the...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 6:49am

Extra Points — June 23, 2017

Fitter & Faster Swim Tour headed for Georgetown on June 27

The national Fitter & Faster Swim Tour will make a stop in Georgetown on Tuesday, June 27, offering local swimmers a chance to learn techniques from Olympic gold-medalist Tyler...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 6:41am

Judge rules against would-be White Marlin winner

In an opinion released Wednesday, June 14, Federal District Court Judge Richard Bennett declared that White Marlin Open Inc. was correct in denying last year’s presumed tournament winner of more than $2.8 million in prize money.

Bennett,...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 6:37am

‘How the South was won’

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IRHS lacrosse coaches and captains celebrate a belated victory. Pictured, from left, are: co-captains Griffin McCormick and Hayden McWilliams, head coach Jim Dietsch, and co-captains Gianni Gottschalk and George...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 5:47am

Pickleball Points: The 15 do-not’s of pickleball

Although pickleball players are some of the nicest people I have met, it never hurts to review some rules of engagement for the good of the order. In case you were wondering:

• Do not forget to introduce yourself before every match or to...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 5:43am

Bethany Surf Shop Skim Jam back for 16th year of action

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Jimmy Farrell was flipping out for the launch of Bethany Surf Shop Skim last summer.Back by popular demand for the 16th straight season, and just in time for the summer of 2017, is the Bethany Surf Shop’s Skim Jam...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 10:35am

Riptide coaches go ‘Over the Edge’

Coastal Point • Submitted: Marie McIntosh rappels down the side of a building in Wilmington, as part of the Special Olympics Delaware ‘Over the Edge’ fundraiser.Imagine leaning over the edge of a 17-story building — 222 feet off the ground — back...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 9:28am

One for the thumb!

Coastal Point • Submitted: Lance Fargo shows off his fifth USAT national championship jersey in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Sunday, June 11.He had just lost his shoe after a 1,500-meter swim in the Thornapple River in Grand Rapids, Mich., when Ocean...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 6:52am

Skimmin’ Safari!

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: The search is on for RELYance Skim Camp this summer. Inset, on the hood of ‘Troopy’ are brothers Dave and Tom Bracht, with Will Ashmore, right. Not actually driving the Australian Land Cruiser is RELYance...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 6:22am

Ehlers sisters take top spots at beach volleyball tournament

Coastal Point • Submitted: Raychel Ehlers on a dig during the JBT tournament in Ocean City, Md. on June 3.Even with school still in session, local youth volleyball players were heading to the beach in front of the Carousel Hotel in Ocean City, Md...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 6:15am