There wasn’t supposed to be practice last Friday, the Friday before Labor Day weekend, for the Indian River High School field hockey team.
But there was.
After a successful pre-season campaign, the senior captains didn’t want to go four days without practicing, especially with Tuesday’s season-opener at Sussex Tech just a week away. So, they called one.
That’s the attitude that the team has this year.
“There’s so much more passion on the field,” said senior Maggie Ford, an All-Conference selection at defense as a junior last season. “Just at the scrimmages I can tell we’ve been working hard each game.”
“This is definitely the most confident that we’ve ever been,” added senior forward Madi McGee.
Beam nets first career NCAA goal in 3-1 win over Scared Heart
She scored more than 100 of them during her career at Indian River High School alone, but just last Sunday, former Indian and current Richmond freshman Brooke Beam scored her first-ever goal in the NCAA.
As a lifelong athlete and fitness trainer, Trevor C. Hurd is now passing his knowledge on to others. But that love of functional fitness started during his days as an All-American tennis player, which has now helped earn him a spot in Washington College’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
He was a top-ranked athlete, graduating in 1993 from the liberal arts school located in Chestertown on the eastern shore of Maryland.
Now he’s the owner/personal trainer at Coastal Athlete with a mission “to train every individual to achieve success, whether on the playing field or in life.”
Living near and working in Bethany Beach, Hurd will be Delaware’s only representative out of 13 inductees officially joining the Hall at the Oct. 1 ceremony in Chestertown.
The Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company announced this week that it will be holding its 9th Annual Golf Tournament at the Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club in Dagsboro on Friday, Oct. 14, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The tournament is a fundraiser to help defray the increased operational costs of the fire department.
I don’t really get it, how my friends don’t really get it, how I most definitely do not want to get in on their fantasy football draft.
Local guards earn top finishes at USLA nationals
There were 43 beach patrols from across the nation that showed up to compete at the 2016 United States Lifeguard Association (USLA) National Lifeguard Championships, held in Hermosa Beach, Calif., from Thursday, Aug. 11, through Saturday, Aug. 13.
Among the best of them were local guards from Sussex County.
Going up against year-round crews including the L.A. County Surf Lifesaving Association and Fort Lauderdale Ocean Rescue, Sussex County’s summer-only patrol team placed fifth for the Howard Lee Trophy for total overall points in open and age-group events combined, with a score of 281.500.
The county team also placed sixth for the Greg Farry Trophy, for overall points in men’s and women’s open divisions, finishing with 255.000. The total was just over 10 points shy of the score for the Monmouth County (N.J.) squad, which took fifth and also edged Sussex in the Howard Lee Trophy standings.
Among the top finishers from the group were local guards from Bethany Beach, South Bethany, and Fenwick Island — all three patrols earning gold medals at the event.
She may have traded in her signature No. 1 jersey for No. 25, and her Indian River High School green and gold for Richmond red, but Brooke Beam is still making soccer headlines, just three games into her freshman campaign for the Spiders.
The two-time Top XI selection and 2016 Gatorade Player of the Year recorded the first official NCAA points of her collegiate career in a 4-2 win against JMU on Friday, Aug. 26, tallying two assists and being named the Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week in the process.
“It’s really exciting to see Brooke take off so quickly at the collegiate level,” said Indian River head coach and River Soccer Director of Coaching Steve Kilby, who coached Beam at various levels throughout her career.
“I would imagine it’s extremely difficult for a freshman to make the type of impact that she has had at a Division I program so quickly.”
The Pyle Center in Roxana has hosted its last Big League World Series.
After seeing local Big League teams from Millsboro and Laurel make it to the title game and appear on national television throughout the years, and Little League legends including Regan Green take the circle, this year’s team from Millsboro-Georgetown will be the last to represent District 3 in the division, after Little League International recently announced that it will discontinue the age division for players ages 17 to 18 for both baseball and softball.
Instead, the restructuring will cap all Little League play at the age of 16, beginning as soon as the 2017 season. The Big League Softball World series had previously been held since 1982.
“Little League strives to continue to find new ways to support communities around the world and provide a healthy, fun sporting experience for children around the world,” explained Stephen D. Keener, Little League president and CEO, on the Little League website.
Ansboury to appear at Sports at the Beach for pickle ball clinic
As part of the 25th Anniversary of the Delaware Senior Olympics, current national women’s pickleball champion Sarah Ansboury will be making her way to Sussex County for instructional clinics.
It started with a club program at Indian River High School. Then a varsity program for the boys, and eventually one for the girls. Then youth clinics and, just this past summer, the first Sharp Shooter Lax Shooting Camp.
Now, with the sport on the rise not only across the state of Delaware, but the nation as well, the local area could finally have its first lacrosse feeder program, with the Tribe Lacrosse Youth Developmental League.
“The hunger is there for the sport. We just don’t have enough kids that are into it yet because they really don’t know where to turn,” said Indian River High School assistant lacrosse coach and Sharp Shooter Lax Shooting Camp’s Dave Spencer.
“We want to be in competition with some of these powerhouses around. Even though we’re five years old, we feel like, to step up and play with the big boys, you gotta do it the right way and doing stuff like this is the right way.”
Tucked away near Holts Landing, next to the Indian River Bay, is Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club.
Cripple Creek boasts an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Algie M. Pulley, dining experiences that range from casual to elegant, tennis courts and a saltwater swimming pool. But the most special feature of the private club may not be its first-class facilities, but its first-class members.
“A couple weeks ago I was playing golf and someone said to me, ‘Isn’t this a great club?’” recalled Don Antonucci, who has been a member for 12 years. “I was thinking to myself, I belong to clubs in New York, in Maryland, in Florida … I have always felt that Cripple Creek was the best.
“It’s the membership — it’s the people themselves. It’s a unique club from the standpoint of actually caring about its own membership, caring about the community and their charitable initiatives.”
Throughout American history, the sports world and world in general have seen their fair share of lies and liars.
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.
2016 IR Football Preview
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.