Sports

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 the “dog days” because that is when the star Sirius — the Dog Star — rises just before the sun in late July.

‘Release the Kraken!’

Viking Mini Golf adds 19th hole, more mythology to ‘Fenwick Boardwalk’

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The new 19th hole features ‘The Kraken’ from Scandinavian mythology (but it also kind of looks like the 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 decades, Viking Golf has been a very real fixture on the outskirts of Fenwick Island.

Whether it’s conquering 18 holes of Viking-style mini-golf, heading for the finish line at the Go-Kart track, splashing down at Thunder Lagoon waterpark, or just grabbing some boardwalk-style french fries; there’s always been something new at the “Fenwick Boardwalk.”

“The boardwalk was always here, really. First, we had some little shacks — there was a flower shop and a seafood place and a T-shirt shop, things like that,” said Jon Andersen, who, along with his brother, Tor, and business partner, Pete, took over ownership from his father, Bjorn, after he passed away. “But every couple of years, it seems like we’re doing something new.”

After renovating the greens and adding two brand new holes to the course this off-season, this summer will be no exception, as Viking Golf gets ready “release the Kraken” on Fenwick Island.

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

Coastal Point • SubmittedCoastal 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 nasty fall. Think about getting a pair of inexpensive sport goggles, because sometimes an errant ball might be attracted to your eyes or nose, and wear old, loose sports clothing because you soon will be ready to buy a smaller size.

Now, let’s talk about the paddle.

Like many of you, I first bought two of those wooden paddles, and they soon became very expensive firewood. I should have known better. I spent a lifetime developing and marketing tennis rackets using the same materials used in pickleball paddles, and I am even confused today when I go to the Internet to determine paddle playability differences.

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.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 baseball diamond, behind the plate as a catcher for the Lower Sussex Little League.

Unlike most kids growing up in Sussex County, however, Patille also spent most of his winters traveling around to rinks in Harrington and Easton, Md., typically finishing up homework assignments in the back of his father’s pickup on the way to practice, to keep alive his childhood dream of one day playing professional ice hockey.

That still being the case following his freshman year at Indian River High School, when Patille was accepted into the Taft School — a highly selective private co-ed boarding school in Watertown, Conn., with both a baseball and hockey team — the chance to play both sports at the high-school level was the chance he had been waiting for.

“The harder decision wasn’t going away — it was which school to go to,” said Patille, who was accepted into three other highly ranked schools with hockey programs throughout Connecticut and New Hampshire. “I think it was someone that my mom worked with — her son played hockey, too, and was going away to prep-school. At the time, my dream was to play in the NHL, so that was how I first got into it.”

‘Big Sussex meets Bigger Texas’

Catching up with local pro Colin Herlihy on his trip to NLand Surf Park

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.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 everything-outdoorsman Colin Herlihy decided to find out for himself if the same was true about the surf.

Chances are you’ve spotted Herlihy around town at some point, whether it be helping the kids on Monday nights at the Bethany Surf Shop Skim Jam during the summer, dropping in on record surf along the Delmarva coast during hurricane season (Google “Hurricane Sandy surfer,” and he’ll be there), or the signature “Buck Board” logo from his Toobs’ pro-model under the arms of young skimmers and surfers just about anywhere there’s water. Maybe you’ve even not-spotted him camo’ed-out on a hunting trip somewhere deep in the Sussex County backwoods.

His world surf résumé includes everything from the now-renowned breaks that his father, Dan Herlihy, helped pioneer in Rincon, Puerto Rico, to all across Europe and then some. But before last month, the Lone Star State was one of the lone left off the list.

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.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 Millsboro Middle School last Tuesday, June 20, through Thursday, June 22, to learn the sport from IRSD coaches Pattiva Cathell, Molly Chamberlin and Karen Irvin.

With hockey back on the rise throughout lower Sussex County, the fourth year for the camp turned out to be its most successful yet, steadily growing since launching in 2014 and already showing dividends at both the middle school and high school levels throughout the district.

“Our goal is to grow the game,” said Chamberlin, who this past fall helped coach Indian River High School to their first playoff appearance in 10 years.

“We want to see more girls playing hockey, and we want to see our local high school teams able to compete competitively against some of the better teams in the state. And I think we can already see that it’s working. We’re really hoping this is just the beginning of hockey growing in our area.”

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 Pepsi would not give me a warm hug and tell me everything would be OK. Pepsi purchased Wilson, and used tennis and the U.S.

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.”