For the love of the game

On a warm Aug. 29 morning, 18 guys met on the old Indian River High School softball field for a little competitive play. Their intentions were to play seven full innings, but they cut the game short to five due to the heat as the Cherrystones cracked the Quahogs 11-8 for the victory in their over-70 softball league.

New Indians quarterback on a mission

Selflessness in athletics is pretty uncommon. Great athletes want the ball in their hands when the game is on the line, or have visions or desire to be in the statistical hierarchy for their respective sport, but Indian River’s starting quarterback Eric Givans has no such desire. He only wants to win.

Pop Warner teams ready for action

Who’s ready for some Pop Warner football? There are about 30 7-to-9-year-olds that have been waiting their entire lives to play organized football, and Sept. 3 will be their first chance as the Lower Sussex Pop Warner League kicks into high gear.

Indians look to throw ... a little

Indian River Head Football Coach Jim Bunting is adding a little spice to this year’s offense and will break out of their traditional run, run, run ground game — a little bit.

Boys soccer hopes to strike a balance

Balance is a wonderful thing and the Indian River varsity boy’s soccer team has that very luxury. Offense, defense, depth, experience and athleticism are the ingredients to a competitive team, according to Head Coach Howard Gerken, and his team has all of them.

Field hockey looks to get over the hump

Last year’s .500 season was a bit of a disappointment according to Indian River’s Head Field Hockey Coach Pativa McKean, but with so much senior leadership on the field, the Lady Indians should thrive in 2006.

Volleyball team looks to jump forward

Indian River’s Head Volleyball Coach Jess Dodd has his team going back to the basics and, with that emphasis, the Lady Indians look to rebound from a sub-par 8-11 season and return to respectability in the conference.

Local girls rolling through series

Look out, Kalamazoo, the District III Big League Softball team has won their first three games of the World Series Tournament and are two games away from the world championship.

Florida takes world championship

Florida brought the Senior Softball Little League World Series Championship back to the good ol’ U.S. of A. on Aug. 13 by defeating Puerto Rico 1-0.

Naturals take championship title

Long car rides can be exhausting, and a 13-hour journey to Lansing, Mich., can test even the most veteran of road warriors, but the Delaware Naturals over-55 softball team made the trip worth their while and won the Eastern United States softball Championship, held Aug. 9-11.

District 3 makes good showing

Winning a World Series Championship is the ultimate goal of thousands of kids in the United States. But to win in your hometown — that would be special. The Senior League Softball World Series was held at Roxana, and this year’s host team, Laurel, represented District III in hopes of improving on last year’s fifth place finish.

Skimboarders hit Dewey Beach for East Coast championship

Tropical storm Irene served up a heaping plate of great surf for the pro and amateur skimboarders at the East Coast Championships in Dewey Beach, held Aug. 13-14.

Series not all games

A lot goes on to make sure that 150 to 160 girls and coaches have the best time they can in Delaware. But not everything can always go as planned.

Legion team runs into hot Steevers squad

Post 28 appeared primed and ready to challenge for the Delaware American Legion State Tournament title following consecutive slaughter victories over Delvets and Sussex West, but heavy rainfall and a top-ranked Steevers team would eventually derail the Warriors’ dreams.

Junior baseball team has good ride

As long as one goes forward instead of backwards, an accomplishment is achieved — and though the Lower Sussex Junior Baseball League team didn’t get to the World Series, they did improve on last year’s standing.

Lower Sussex’s representatives went .500 in regional play, winning two and losing two.

District 3 has ups, downs, in tourney

District 3 lost a game they had a chance to win. Last Sunday, Aug. 7 and day one of the Senior League Softball World Series, they lost to USA East (Punxsutawney, Penn.) 3-2.
District 3 held a 2-0 lead into the fifth inning, and that’s when it fell apart. USA East’s first five batters reached base that inning.

Indian River makes move in volleyball

Volleyball has had a slow start in Sussex County, but Indian River High School has moved the sport in the right direction by hosting its very first camp from Aug. 8-12.

VFW comes back for 10-9 win

One would think that playing softball at 10 a.m. would be cooler than in the afternoon, but on Aug. 2, the Wells Fargo squad squared up against the Veterans of Foreign Wars 55-and-over team in steamy 90 degree and rising temperatures for an Old Tymers Softball game.

Sharks attacks opponents in second year

In only two years of existence, the Sea Colony Sharks swim team placed 11th overall and first in their division in the Delmarva Swimming Championship, at the Mid-Shore YMCA in Salisbury, Md. on July 30.

Last year they finished in 17th place and third in their division out of 24 teams, but this year 20-year swim coach veteran, Donna Smith made some changes in hopes of placing higher.

Local Legion stars shine

With so many players to shuffle in and out in an all-star game playing time can be scarce, so a player must make the best of their limited opportunity, and that’s precisely what Post 28’s representatives did when they traveled up to New Castle on July 31 to take part in the American Legion All-Star game at Wilson Field.

Fencing comes to Bethany Beach

En Garde!
In English, that translates to “On guard” — a popular term heard in sword fights and duels in the movies. In the sport of fencing, however, it is the position that the fencers are to be in when they are ready to begin fencing.

Lower Sussex takes state

“Coach [Conover] asked me if I wanted to bunt or drive it, and I told him I could hit it to the outfield,” said Lower Sussex Junior League third baseman Cory Showalter following the team’s dramatic 3-2 win over M.O.T. (Middletown-Odessa-Townsend) for the Delaware State Championship on Aug. 1.

A player of all seasons

Whether it is summer, fall, winter or spring one thing is for sure. Colin Warner will be playing baseball.
“I could always play baseball,” Warner said.

Warriors hot as regular season comes to close

Legion ball is heating up going down the stretch in Sussex County, and Post 28 and their legion of hot bats are the cause of it. The Warriors won three more games in two days, to improve their record to 19-8 and win their last five outings.

More Old Tymers take to field

On Aug. 14, 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act and on Aug. 1, 2005, many local retirees born in 1935 or before will participate in a 70-or-older softball league at the Dagsoboro Church of God on Route 113 in Dagsboro.

There are plenty of physically active senior citizens and many of them are clamoring for a way to stay fit. Some are choosing softball.

Junior League All-Stars win district

Lower Sussex did it again and repeated to win the District III Junior League All-Star championship for the second straight year by defeating Laurel 9-4 on July 17.

Warriors wallop opponents heading into playoffs

The East Sussex Warriors rounded third so many times against RC Dupont on July 16 that apparently it sparked the Post 28 team to turn the corner going into the playoffs.
After falling to first-place Steevers 11-5 on July 14, Post 28 rebounded to win their next two games against RC Dupont and Post 2 Dover.

Competing teams, final details for World Series being finalized

Most of the logistics of Senior League Softball World Series have been figured out. All that is left is to determine which teams will be playing at the championship event.

“Right now it looks like we know Puerto Rico and Poland are coming,” organizer Bruce Layton said.

Local skimboarder to star in TV series

Professional skimboarder Bill Baxter of Bethany Surf Shop will begin a new weekly skimboarding series on July 22, airing on local access television channels. It will be seen every Friday evening at 7:30 p.m.

Softball All-Stars strike out

Building anything takes time. Houses, financial portfolios, classic hotrods and even sports teams take time to build — and in the case of Lower Sussex’s Senior League Softball All-Stars, they have a pretty good start for the future.

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