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Delaware Budokan’s Scudieri inducted into Hall of Honors

Featured in new book ‘Modern Masters of the Martial Arts’

Coastal Point • Submitted: Scudieri is featured in the book ‘Modern Masters of the Martial Arts.’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 “Oscar” winner.

In front of the 1,500 in attendance at the ceremony held at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., in January, Hanshi Scudieri was inducted into the Action Martial Arts Magazine’s Hall of Honors and presented the award for Outstanding Contributions in the Martial Arts.

But even after 45 years of both training in and teaching martial arts, and even after his fair share of past honors — including three other Hall of Honors inductions and two invitations to represent the United States at the Kyoto Budofest in Kyoto, Japan — the Selbyville-based Hanshi was still more than humbled when he got the news.

“It’s just amazing. I was blown away,” said Scudieri. “To get called up in front of all these pioneers of martial arts, I was thrilled to be considered for this kind of recognition.”

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.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 Tribe Youth Lacrosse Program Jim Dietsch would turn to his players and ask: “Alright — who’s going to step up to help coach the kids tonight?”

And it was after every Tuesday and Thursday practice, without exception, that senior co-captain Gianni Gottschalk would be the first to volunteer.

“Gianni was always the first one to say, ‘I’ll be there, Coach,’” said fellow co-captain Hayden McWilliams of his long-time teammate. “He was there for all the indoor practices, all the outdoor practices, and he really took the time to personally work with every kid out there and make a positive impact on them. They all loved Gianni.”

“Gianni is a really good coach and worked really well with those kids. I know from just watching him out there that he took pride in that,” added co-captain George Martin. “And he’s just a great guy that you want out there on the field with you. He’ll pump you up, he’ll make practices more intense — we definitely felt it when he wasn’t out on the field with us.”

But his coaches and teammates were equally without exception when it came to taking notice of Gottschalk’s dedication to the youth program at Tribe.

‘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.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, too.

After a one-year hiatus, the annual family-friendly race to help support the family-friendly Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade and help kick-off the Independence Day week’s festivities will return under USAT race directors Rick Hundley and Ernie Felici of Focus Multisports — who bring with them an array of experience putting together larger-scale races, including the Coastal Delaware Running Festival and Bethany Beach First-Responders Tri-Du-Aquabike.

The event, originally put on by long-time race director Greg Mavraganis, had become a vital part of the parade and its own Bethany Beach tradition since launching in 2009, but extenuating circumstances forced its cancelation in 2016.

“It was kind of heartbreaking when we found out it was getting canceled last year,” said Hundley. “So we met with Greg, and we told him that we’d love to keep the tradition going as part of the Fourth of July celebration in Bethany.”

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.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 sidelines for every football game of his high school career — even through the famous Hurricane Joaquin game against Seaford in 2015.

But until the DRFC Blue-Gold All-Star football game on Saturday, June 17, recent Indian River High School graduate Griffin McCormick had never had his family there with him in the locker room during halftime.

“That’s when I realized that the Blue-Gold wasn’t going to be like any other game I had ever played in before,” said McCormick with a laugh. “It was definitely different, as a player, to spend halftime with your whole entire family.”

Lightning storms had caused a near two-hour delay at the annual All-Star game, held at the University of Delaware, sending players and spectators alike into UD’s Indoor Field House to take cover.

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 Clary.

Judge rules against would-be White Marlin winner

Court holds fishing began before start time, $2.8M cash prize going elsewhere

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.

‘How the South was won’

IR boys’ lax makes more history with program’s first South title

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 ‘G-Mart’ Martin with the Henlopen South trophy.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 ‘G-Mart’ Martin with the Henlopen South trophy.They were even in the categories of division record, head-to-head record and head-to-head points differential. They even had an edge by holding one more win in the category of record overall.

So, considering the evenness, it was odd when the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team saw the bid to the 2017 Henlopen Conference Championship game and automatic ticket to the DIAA state tournament go to rival Milford after a committee decided to defer to “record against common opponents” for the official Henlopen South division tie-breaker late last month.

For the team’s 12 soon-to-be graduating senior leaders — who, during the pre-season, had made it their own personal business to bring home the school’s first-ever division title for lacrosse — the news was admittedly hard to take in as they hung up their cleats for what would be the final time in green and gold.

“I remember walking out of school on the second-to-last day with Hayden [McWilliams], pretty disappointed,” said George “G-Mart” Martin of the day he received the news. “Honestly, we just wanted to play Milford again.”

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 shake hands at the conclusion.

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.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, kicking off this Monday, June 19, from 6 to 7 p.m. on the beach in front of Garfield Parkway in downtown Bethany Beach.

“You know it’s finally summertime in ‘Big Sussex’ when Bethany Surf Shop Skim Jam starts,” said local pro and Catch Surf/Slotstik rider Bill Baxter, who helped get the event started, along with Bethany Surf Shop owners Jim and Sheila McGrath, now 16 summers ago. “The longest-running skim jam in the U.S. — just finless fun all around.”

The free event is open to skimmers of all ages and skill levels, who will get the chance to drop in along with pros including Baxter and Hurley/Toobs team rider Colin Herlihy on Monday nights throughout the summer.

Skimmers without a board or those looking for a new one are free to take a test run on plenty of boards provided by the shop, including Herlihy’s signature Toobs model, some of Baxter’s boards of choice from Catch Surf and Slotstik, and fiberglass models from Zap and Exile.

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.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 first.

Sussex Riptide Special Olympics Delaware coaches Marie McIntosh and Tony Gough did just that last month at the Special Olympics Delaware (SODE) Over the Edge fundraiser.

“Last year, I went down for the first time, and he decided not to steal my thunder. It was cutsie,” said McIntosh of Gough. “He thought, ‘Well, she should do it without me.’ This year, we decided to do it together, because I wanted to show him I could beat him, and I did. I was down first!”

Each participant registers with a $50 deposit to reserve a spot and then raises a total of $1,100 for the opportunity to rappel down the 300 Delaware Avenue Building in Wilmington.

One for the thumb!

Fargo claims fifth national title at USAT national championships

Coastal Point • Submitted: Lance Fargo shows off his fifth USAT national championship jersey in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Sunday, June 11.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 View’s Lance Fargo looked up to see his wife, Paula Fargo, holding up four fingers.

It was that number 4 — signaling the four triathletes ahead of him headed into the bike portion of the USA Triathlon Clydesdale national championships on Sunday, June 11 — that would give Fargo the motivation he needed to eventually bring home the fifth national title of his career.

“When I saw her holding up four fingers, I knew at that point that the pressure was on,” said Fargo. “With my shoe falling off, I knew I needed to go out there and really lay it down on the bike to take the lead.”

The mounting mishap had cost Fargo nearly 40 seconds on what has historically been his strongest event. But, despite the setback, he still managed to set a new personal record and more than make up for the lost time by the time the bike segment’s 40K was through.

“I must have been riding angry,” said Fargo with a laugh. “I was trying to really hammer the bike even more than usual, because I knew that it was my best chance for a comeback.”

Skimmin’ Safari!

RELYance restores 1982 Land Cruiser ‘Troopy’ for summer surf search

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 camper Jack Lee.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 camper Jack Lee.For the past three summers, RELYance Skim Camp has cruised the lands along the Delmarva coast in search of the best possible surf conditions for their campers.

Now, headed into year No. 4, they’ve landed the right Land Cruiser to cruise those lands in, and for their upcoming summer skim safaris.

“I think it’s pretty sick,” said RELYance camper Jack Lee of the camp’s new 1982 army-style Toyota Land Cruiser, going on to rate past experiences with RELYance a perfect “10/10.” “It’s just so much cooler. Before we were just driving around in SUVs, and everyone was sort of split up. Now everyone’s going to be together in just a really cool way.”

“We wanted to get something big enough where everyone could be together,” said Dave Bracht, who launched RELYance in 2014 with his brother, Tom Bracht. “We were looking for a van or something — then Tom found this.”

Ehlers sisters take top spots at beach volleyball tournament

Ready for nationals competition in Georgia and Florida

Coastal Point • Submitted: Raychel Ehlers on a dig during the JBT tournament in Ocean City, Md. on June 3.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., on Saturday, June 3, to compete in the Junior Beach Tour (JBT).

Among the top finishers on the day were Selbyville Middle School standouts and sisters Raychel and Camryn Ehlers, who both helped the Indians to their second-straight undefeated season and perfect 10-0 record on the volleyball courts in the fall.

The older of the Ehlers sisters, Raychel Ehlers, took first-place at the June 3 event, in the 14U division, while teamed up with Wilmington’s Kyla Dow.

A rising freshman at Indian River High School fresh off her third career undefeated season at SMS after helping lead the SMS girls’ soccer team to a 10-0 record last month, Raychel Ehlers is no stranger to the sand, having also been selected for the High Performance Beach Championships in Hermosa, Calif., in July of 2016.

Get Well Gabby, RELYance return with Skim A Thon for childhood cancer

Coastal Point • File Photo: Ryan McLaughlin won a new skimboard from Exile after raising the most funds at a previous Skim A Thon.Coastal Point • File Photo: Ryan McLaughlin won a new skimboard from Exile after raising the most funds at a previous Skim A Thon.After raising upwards of $10,000 for research and local families battling childhood cancer in its first two years, the Get Well Gabby Skim A Thon will be back for year No. 3 this Saturday, June 17, ready to do it again.

The event, being held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the beach in front of Tower Road, just outside of Dewey Beach, will again feature not only plenty of skimming and skim lessons for those new to the sport, but plenty of family-fun beach games, lunch catered by Bethany Blues, and chances for prizes and giveaways, all while supporting the cause.

“Each year’s it’s gotten a little bit bigger and more participants. It’s a great day to hang out with your family at this event, too,” said Carolynn Vogel, who founded the Get Well Gabby Foundation in honor of her daughter Gabby Vogel, who passed away at the age of 5 after a battle with cancer.

To lend both a hand and a board to new skimmers signed up to learn the ropes, RELYance Skim Camp pros and brothers Dave and Tom Bracht will also be back again this year with 30 boards from Exile skimboards to share and demo.

Paddle Second Chance adds ‘SUP-squatch’ costume contest

Reaches $100,000 raised for wounded vets

Coastal Point • Submitted: ‘SUPsquatch’ hands out the awards at last year’s Paddle Second Chance event, held at Holts Landing State Park.Coastal Point • Submitted: ‘SUPsquatch’ hands out the awards at last year’s Paddle Second Chance event, held at Holts Landing State Park.There should be plenty of “SUPsquatch” sightings when Paddle Second Chance returns to Holts Landing State Park near Millville on Saturday, June 24, ready to help raise funds for wounded veterans and their families for the fifth straight year, through Operation Second Chance.

Inspired by the popularity of PSC’s new SUPsquatch mascot, this year’s event will add even more festivities to the mix, with a costume contest and prizes for the best-dressed standup-paddlers and kayakers in attendance.

“We’re encouraging the most creative and outlandish outfits that people want to wear when they paddle,” said PSC Chairman Walt Ellenberger. “Last year was kind of the introduction for SUPsquatch, and he became a big hit, so we’re going to have him give out the award.”

While SUPsquatch could steal the show, the main events of the day will again include SUP (stand-up paddleboard) races, kayak races, and SUP and kayak sprint races, with various heats and divisions for chances to win more prizes and awards throughout.