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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.

Extra Points — June 16, 2017

Mango’s to host first annual ‘Davey Day’ and paddle-out

Mango’s Bethany Beach will host the first annual ‘Davey Day’ on Saturday, June 17, in memory of the late Davey Allison.

Pickleball Points - Ratings: Are you a 2.0, a 4.0 or a 9.9? That depends

The green elephant in the room is where we each fall on the USAPA pickleball scale, from 1 to 5. First, let’s talk real-world. We might exaggerate our rating in social conversation, but if we tell folks we are a 9.9, then the cat is out of the bag.

Indians rack up nine All-State selections in three spring sports

Hogsten, Ford, Whelen, McCray, Engel, Bomhardt, McGee, Martin and Nitz all honored

Coastal Point • Submitted: From left, Maddie Hogsten, Grace Engel, Sammi Whelen, IRHS head coach Steve Kilby, Fabrea McCray and Maggie Ford gather at the All-State soccer banquet held at Delaware State University on Monday.Coastal Point • Submitted: From left, Maddie Hogsten, Grace Engel, Sammi Whelen, IRHS head coach Steve Kilby, Fabrea McCray and Maggie Ford gather at the All-State soccer banquet held at Delaware State University on Monday.With the 2017 spring sports schedule inked in the books, nine athletes at Indian River High School have now been recognized with All-State honors for their contributions this past season.

Five of those selections were members of the girls’ soccer team, after their 14-1 season-ending in a DIAA quarterfinal appearance last Tuesday, May 30, with seniors Maddie Hogsten and Maggie Ford, juniors Sammi Whelen and Fabrea McCray, and sophomore Grace Engel all making the cut.

Junior Julia Bomhardt earned All-State honors for the softball team for a second straight year, joined by senior 2B Madi McGee after both of them helped lead the Indians to their first DIAA semi-final game in 10 years.

And on the boys’ lacrosse team, seniors George Martin and Sam Nitz made school history by becoming the first-ever All-State selections for the program.

Hogsten cracked the Top XI list for the first time, along with getting the fourth straight All-State selection of her career, after becoming the second-player from either the boys’ or girls’ soccer program at IR to reach 100 goals.

His ‘Tern!’

Andrew Ternahan caps career with second national championship, All-American selection

Coastal Point • Submitted: Bethany Beach native Andrew Ternahan celebrates with teammates after Salisbury University’s national championship victory over RIT on Sunday, May 28.Coastal Point • Submitted: Bethany Beach native Andrew Ternahan celebrates with teammates after Salisbury University’s national championship victory over RIT on Sunday, May 28.Last year, it was for the seniors. This year, they were the seniors — and this one was for them.

After helping lead the Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team to a national championship as a junior in 2016 — and helping the team’s senior class avoid becoming the first SU group not to earn a ring since 1993 — Bethany Beach native and Stephen Decatur High School graduate Andrew Ternahan finished out his own career with the Seagulls last Sunday, May 28, with a second straight NCAA Division III title.

“It’s probably the best way that I could have ever pictured going out,” said Ternahan. “After winning it for [the seniors] last year, we kind of had it off of our shoulders a little bit, but this year we realized that it was our chance now. This senior group has gotten pretty close over the past four years, so it was great to be able to end it on a high note.”

The Gulls claimed their 12th national title with a 15-7 win over No. 2 Rochester Institute on Sunday, in a game played at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., that saw crowds upwards of 30,000 fans.

“It was awesome to be able to play there,” said Ternahan, who also got the chance to play at Lincoln Field in Philadelphia, Pa., during last year’s title game. “The atmosphere was pretty crazy. We had a lot of people make the trip, so there was a pretty good fan base for it being so far away.”

Sharp Shooter Lax offers new camps in second year

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Dave Spencer instructs players at last summer’s Sharp Shooter Lax Shooting Camp.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Dave Spencer instructs players at last summer’s Sharp Shooter Lax Shooting Camp.The need was there.

With the sport of lacrosse picking up steam both in Sussex County and across the nation, Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse coach and former pro Dave Spencer launched the Sharp Shooter Lax Shooting Camp last July to give local players a much-needed opportunity to develop their game right in their own back yard.

Following the success of their first summer, and with the need continuing to grow, along with the sport, faster than ever before, Sharp Shooter will be back again this summer — this time with even more opportunities, more camps and more sessions.

“The need is there, because the interest is there for the sport,” said Spencer. “We’re trying to provide a chance for the kids to learn and continue the game, with things like the youth league and the camps, so they can really start to look at lacrosse as part of their athletic future.”

Extra Points — June 9, 2017

Get Well Gabby Skim-a-thon to raise funds for childhood cancer

The annual Get Well Gabby Skim-a-thon will return on Saturday, June 17, set to once again raise funds for local kids battling childhood cancer.