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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 mahi mahi. 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 mahi mahi. Fresh on the heels of this week’s White Marlin Open, female anglers will show off their fishing abilities this coming week, as hundreds are expected to participate in the 24th annual Capt. Steve Harman’s Poor Girls Open, Aug. 17-19, also based in Ocean City, Md.

Organizers said women enjoy fishing in the tournament because it benefits a worthy cause — breast cancer research. Proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society and earmarked for breast cancer research and program development as part of the “Pink Ribbon Classic at the Beach Series” — an assortment of local activities designed to raise breast cancer awareness while garnering money for the organization.

“I think the word keeps spreading about [the Open]. They want to get involved because they know it’s for a cause,” tournament Co-Director Earl Conley said, adding that he has received numerous phone calls from women interested in the event. “Everyone is affected by cancer and touched by it in some way. It’s for a good cause — that’s what it’s all about. I think that’s the big draw.”

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.

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.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 with Sussex County’s growing senior population, Alzheimer’s is a cause near and dear to many people’s hearts.

Local business owner Michael Loftus of Loftus Wealth Strategies knows the disease firsthand.

“My father, Jim, passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2013. From the experience of him going through it, I knew I wanted to do something to bring awareness and raise money for Alzheimer’s research and help.”

Based on his own experience, Loftus chose to organize a 5K run/walk in Bethany Beach to raise money.

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 Slower Delaware.”

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.

Softball stars descending on Roxana

Coastal Point • File Photo: A runner slides into first base during last year’s World Series event in 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 Roxana is ready.

For the 14th consecutive summer, Delaware District III is hosting the Senior League Softball World Series at the Pyle Center, beginning on Monday, July 31, and culminating in a world championship game on Sunday, Aug. 6.

“We’re ready for it,” said Martin Donovan, the tournament director, before pausing for a laugh. “Well, we’re still working on a few things. There’s always something new.”

Opening ceremonies will take place at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 31, breaking the tradition of the event kicking off on Sunday afternoons. The ceremonies will be followed by four games, two taking place at Bruce Layton Field, at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively, and two more at the same time at Connie Mack Field.

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 addictive.

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 rackets and tennis balls, and the sales were extraordinary.

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 Championship event by the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and a Boston Marathon-qualifying race.

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 brainstorm and discuss the competition, and some adjustments were made for the 2017 event.

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.

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.'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 break, the Catch Surf Get Wet Tour will return to the East Coast and bring pros Kalani “The Godfather” Robb and Johnny Redmond back for the ride — the internationally renowned wave-riders set to make a pit stop in Delaware, en route to their tour appearance at K-Coast Surf Shop in Ocean City, Md., on July 15.

Back to captain the tour bus once again will be Sussex County native and Catch Surf East Coast Sales Manager Ryan Savage, ready to lead the way home after stops in Rhode Island and New Jersey to team up with local Catch Surf pros including Bill Baxter and Brian Stoehr.

Whether it’s some good old-fashioned backwoods bass fishing or firing up Baxter’s famous “winch” for a few afternoon airs at the drive-on, as always at the tour’s midway mark, the boys from “Big Sussex” will be ready to show their pals from the West Coast and North Shore another thing or two about the Slower Lower lifestyle.

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.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-women’s lifeguard competition on July 6.

The young women were set to compete on Middlesex Beach at 6 p.m. when a rainstorm hit the area. The coordinators, Middlesex Beach Patrol Capt. Justin Voorheis and Ocean City’s Sgt. Rick Cawthorn still decided to hold the event, saying they were confident that the competition would not be compromised by the weather conditions.

The women competed in six different events: the Ironwoman (a combination of running, paddling and swimming), a mile-long beach run, a run-swim-run event, a run-paddle-run event and an event called “beach flags.”

According to Voorheis, there were more than 40 guards who attended competition. The women represented patrols from Assateague Island to Rehoboth Beach.

District III champs!

LSLL Major League All-Stars clinch District III softball title

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 and Aniyah Blake.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 and Aniyah Blake.

The Lower Sussex Little League Major League All-Stars were off to the state tournament on Monday, June 10, after bringing home the Delaware District III softball title on Saturday, July 8, for players ages 11 and 12.

The 9-3 victory over Laurel came just one day after the squad’s 4-3 victory over that team on Friday, July 7, with Lower Sussex needing the back-to-back wins in order to clinch.

“We wanted to come out early and score first,” said LSLL head coach Sarah Hoban of Saturday’s championship game. “They put up four runs in the first inning, and I don’t think they ever let up after that, so we’re just really proud of the girls. It was a complete team effort from top to bottom.”

Working their way through the bracket, the Major League All-Stars had pulled off major victories throughout, with an 8-0 shutout over Millsboro on Friday, June 30, 17-0 shutout over Woodbridge on Sunday, June 2, and 12-2 win over Cape Henlopen on Wednesday, July 5.

Garrett Rogers takes to the field at Camden Yards

Millsboro boy injured last spring by drunken driver looks to return to play this fall

Photo courtesy of Orioles Baseball : Garrett Rogers throws out the first pitch at Camden Yards on July 1.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 “G-Money” Rogers was recovering at A.I du Pont Hospital for Children in Wilmington from the severe injuries he sustained in a car accident. Garrett was struck by a drunk driver last May when he ran to retrieve balls during a baseball practice in Millsboro. His injuries were serious, and his future outlook was very much in question in the beginning.

“That day, I was in the helicopter; I was in the ambulance to Beebe, and I did not come home ’til August,” Rogers said. Garrett was in a medically induced coma for several weeks, allowing his brain and body to recover slowly from the trauma of the accident.

By September, though, Garrett had recovered enough to throw out the first pitch at a Delmarva Shorebirds game in Salisbury, Md. Surrounded by friends, the then-10-year-old Little League pitcher took a victory lap around the bases.

This year, with a little help from his friend and physical therapist Josh Smith, Garret upped his game a bit. On Saturday, July 1, he threw out the first ball at a Baltimore Orioles game. Again, family and friends — “a lot more than I expected” — were in stands, cheering him on, Rogers said.

It wasn’t the first time the team had reached out to the young baseball player. Immediately after the accident, baseball teams from all over the country, from Little League to pro — including the Orioles — sent photos and get-well wishes to Garrett. The support went viral on social media, with athletes and non-athletes alike sporting Garrett’s 22 jersey number and the hashtags #22 and #gmoneystrong.