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Bethany Skim Jam is back on Monday nights

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: A young skimboarder catches some air during Monday night’s Skim Jam in Bethany Beach.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: A young skimboarder catches some air during Monday night’s Skim Jam in Bethany Beach.For years, pro surfer Colin Herlihy and pro skimboarder Bill Baxter have been showing up at the beach on Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach every Monday night from 6 to 7 p.m. for the Bethany Beach Surf Shop Skim Jam. And, for years, it has been the premiere weekly summer event for skimmers across Sussex County.

“I think the kids, they count down the days until Monday,” said Herlihy. “They love it.”

“There was a kid last year who used to take the bus from Seaford and used to ride the bus for two hours to get here,” added Baxter, also recalling another skimmer from Frankford who would ride his bike all the way to Bethany every Monday.

This year’s turnout has been just as impressive as that in recent years, and both Herlihy and Baxter noted that none of it would be possibly without Bethany Surf Shop owners Jimmy and Sheila McGrath.

“It varies from week to week depending on holiday weekend and stuff like that, but we always have a good turnout,” said Baxter. “Once we moved up here to this, Colin and I teamed up, and it [has] just kind of blown up to this.”

Lower Sussex takes Major League Softball district championship

Lower Sussex notched a Delaware Little League District III championship last Monday, June 30, with a 6-3 victory over Nanticoke.

All-Star tournament veteran Airelle Parker pulled off an inside-the-park grand slam in the sixth inning, adding four runs that would ultimately be the difference in the game. The line drive to right field came with two outs in the inning.

Lasek wins Skate Bowl at record-breaking Dew Tour

Coastal Point • Submitted: Bucky Lasek took another Skate Bowl Dew Cup last weekend.Coastal Point • Submitted: Bucky Lasek took another Skate Bowl Dew Cup last weekend.Baltimore native Bucky Lasek was this year’s Skate Bowl Dew Cup champion, crowned amidst the record-breaking crowds at last weekend’s Dew Tour Beach Championships held at the boardwalk in Ocean City, Md. More than 100,000 people made their way to the temporary skate park on the beach to see some of the world’s best skating and BMX talent.

BMX pro Jamie Bestwick also made Dew Tour history, with his 10th consecutive BMX Vert Dew Cup. Bestwick put together a finals run score of 90.75, to edge out Vince Byron’s 90.00. Byron would finish in second place.

“It is the most pressure I’ve been under for any contest,” said Bestwick. “So it was nice to have my whole family here to help me pull through. The Dew Tour is a landmark event that you want to win every year. My 10th Dew Cup in the Dew Tour’s 10th anniversary year caps off one of the best years of my [career].”

In the Skate Bowl, Dew Tour veteran Lasek edged out two of skating’s most promising young shredders — 14-year-old Tom Schaar and 15-year-old Cory Juneau.

Talkin’ Dew Tour with Bob Burnquist

Coastal Point • File Photo: Bob Burnquist recovers after a wipeout during the 2012 Dew Tour in Ocean City.Coastal Point • File Photo: Bob Burnquist recovers after a wipeout during the 2012 Dew Tour in Ocean City.Some of the best skateboarders in the world flocked to the Ocean City, Md., boardwalk last weekend to compete at the Dew Tour Beach Championships. One of them was 26-time X Games medalist and Brazil native Bob Burnquist.

“It’s fun. I got my family with me here, and we just kinda cruise the boardwalk and hang out. And then I go skate. And then I’m done,” said Burnquist of the venue. “As far as venues go, this is one of the best ones. There’s something for everyone. It’s one of those venues where it’s family-friendly.”

After checking out the boardwalk, Burnquist balanced his time between interviews and appearances, practice and, of course, competing — which, admittedly, isn’t his favorite thing to do.

“Competition isn’t a big thing for me. I’d rather stay at home and film new tricks. Obviously, that’s where I progress the most,” he explained. “Pressures, all that — I don’t know if I like it too much, but it’s part of my job. This is the 9-to-5. My favorite part is skating with the guys during practice.

Shorebirds split series with Nats’ affiliate Hagerstown

After starting off last week’s series-opener against Washington Nationals’ affiliate the Hagerstown Suns last Friday, June 27, with two one-run losses, the Delmarva Shorebirds bounced back to finish the series strong with back-to-back wins.

The ’Birds snapped a five-game losing streak last Sunday, June 29, with a one-run win of their own, besting the Suns 5-4.

IRSD field hockey camp caps off successful first year

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Girls pose for a photo at the IRSD Field Hockey Camp on Thursday, June 26. Field hockey coaches Jodi Stone, Pattiva Cathell and Molly Chamberlin organized the event to generate more interest in the sport.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Girls pose for a photo at the IRSD Field Hockey Camp on Thursday, June 26. Field hockey coaches Jodi Stone, Pattiva Cathell and Molly Chamberlin organized the event to generate more interest in the sport.When Indian River School District field hockey coaches Jodi Stone, Pattiva Cathell and Molly Chamberlin began organizing the IRSD Field Hockey Camp, they had one goal in mind — to generate interest in the sport. After their inaugural campaign last week, it’s safe to say that that goal was met with overwhelming success.

“It went as good as it could have gone. It was awesome,” said Chamberlin. “It was really successful. We saw a lot of improvement from Monday to Thursday — every day, they were pumped.”

“I think that the numbers were great. We weren’t expecting to have the 90-plus,” Cathell said of the turnout. “I was super-stoked with the number — our biggest numbers were in the elementary-school level. There were some kids who had no exposure prior to the camp.”

As promised, the camp catered to players of all experience levels — from beginners, to high school players that had been playing for years. With each prohibited from coaching their own players in the off-season, Cathell worked with the high-schoolers, while Stone worked with the middle-schoolers and Chamberlin the elementary-school players.

Carroll withdraws from county council race, supports Cole

Last week, Sussex County District 4 hopeful Bill Carroll formally withdrew as a candidate for county council.

“I really enjoyed the bit that I did. I renewed a lot of friendships and acquaintances. I had fun. I had fun going out there,” said Carroll of campaigning.

Ocean View approves Route 26 townhouse development

The Ocean View Board of Adjustment on June 19 held a public hearing regarding an application submitted by the Evergreene Companies, eventually approving their request for a special exception to constrict 16 townhouses on property located at 28 Atlantic Avenue. The townhomes would be constructed on three parcels of land, to be combined as one, zoned in General Business District 1.

Fireworks and festivities galore on tap for Fourth of July

Those looking for a way to celebrate Independence Day on the Delaware shore with a real bang may have trouble picking where to go to celebrate.

District 5 county council candidates hold Millsboro forum

Last week, Sussex County Council District 5 candidates spoke at the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce’s monthly member meeting.

Candidate Brad Connor, who is currently serving as mayor of Dagsboro, noted that he always had a desire to serve the community.

“I just always wanted to get involved in the community and in helping people,” Connor said.

Code of Ethics on the minds of county council candidates

At this week’s forum for County Council District 5 held in Millsboro, hopefuls Brad Connor and Bob Wheatley discussed whether there is a need for a new Code of Ethics in the county.

Frankford residents urge Town to pursue other options

At the last Frankford Town Council meeting, residents gathered to voice their disapproval for the proposed town pension plan — many of them attempting to do so within the three-minute window allotted for each resident to speak to the council at the beginning of the meeting.

Frankford residents urge Town to pursue other options

At the last Frankford Town Council meeting, residents gathered to voice their disapproval for the proposed town pension plan — many of them attempting to do so within the three-minute window allotted for each resident to speak to the council at the beginning of the meeting.

IRSD rejects free lunch for all students in some schools

Board delays new middle school request

The Indian River School Board of Education this week discussed, and ultimately rejected, a free meals program. Funded by the U.S. government, students could get free breakfast and lunch though Community Eligibility Provision, regardless of economic necessity. The CEP aims to feed children in high-poverty areas.

‘The whole Eastern Seaboard is lagging behind’

Crops delayed after frigid winter

If the cold weather this winter didn’t get you, the repeated snowstorms did, as the farming season has been delayed across the board — from fruits to grains, from Delaware to Georgia.

County races appear to be ones to watch this year

With Bill Carroll deciding to drop out of the Republican primary for the Sussex County Council District 4 race, the picture in that election gets much more clear. It will be local political heavyweights Shirley Price and George Cole battling for that seat.

Letters to the Editor — June 27, 2014

ECGC celebrates 15 years

Editor:

Thank you to everyone who came out to the East Coast Garden Center’s 15th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, June 14, 2014. It was a great day, despite all the flooding caused by a storm the day before. There was some logistical re-arranging, but the weather could not have been more gorgeous.

Local surfers to compete in Surf Shop final at Dew Tour

This weekend’s Dew Tour Beach Championships, being held in Ocean City, Md., feature some of the best surfers in the area among both national and international talent, set to take to the waves in Thursday night’s Amateur Surf Shop final.

Civil War Profiles: Secret agent provides timely report on Lee’s invasion

In an increasingly apprehensive search for Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army, Union Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker, from his headquarters in Fairfax, Va., sent his cavalry to the west and an intelligence agent to the north, to pinpoint the Army of Northern Virginia’s location.

Bethany library summer programs offer something for everyone

Although school is out for the summer, it doesn’t mean it’s time to close up those books. The South Coastal Library is continuing to hold their Summer Reading Program, for library patrons ranging from children to adults.

This year’s program theme revolves around discovering and exploring the world of science.

FIFA aims to keep young soccer players safe

Like so many of you, I am really caught up in the excitement surrounding soccer’s World Cup matches. Whether Team USA wins or loses, the spotlight on soccer and our team’s strong play has really energized soccer fever here at home. Of course, having Maryland’s Kyle Beckerman on the team adds to the excitement for all of us on Delmarva.

Roberts opens Bethany Beach studio, Beach Pilates

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Kelly Roberts celebrated the opening of Beach Pilates with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 19. The studio will serve as more than just a place to learn and do Pilates, Roberts teaches about all kinds of health related subjects.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Kelly Roberts celebrated the opening of Beach Pilates with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 19. The studio will serve as more than just a place to learn and do Pilates, Roberts teaches about all kinds of health related subjects.Kelly Roberts is a certified Pilates instructor, yoga instructor, holistic health coach, raw-food chef, Master Gardener, author of two cookbooks and a novel about Tuscan culture, history and cuisine, and a food and fitness blogger — among other things. Needless to say, she knows what she’s doing when it comes to all things holistic.

After spending the last few years traveling around the area for appointments with clients, and being jokingly referred to as “Gypsy Rose” by her husband, Roberts finally opened her own studio to incorporate all of those concepts on April 1, right off Route 1 in Bethany Beach.

“I was traveling constantly,” she explained. “Everybody was so excited when I was like, ‘Well, I’m gonna finally open my own place.’ The town’s super excited, so I’m excited.”

“I’ve been looking for a Pilates instructor for some time. I used to have a great one in D.C., and now I found one [here],” said enthusiastic client Sheryl Swed. “I’m so pleased that Kelly, who is an excellent instructor, is here, and she can serve this whole area.”

Turtle crossings sometimes need a little help

I moved to the shore area in 1986. I remember driving up and down Route 1 and seeing the “Turtle Crossing” signs. But over the years I have never been fortunate enough to see any turtles crossing Route 1.

I do, however, occasionally come across eastern box turtles, sliders and some snappers crossing many of the back roads all over the shore areas. The most popular times are after a spring or summer storm. When I do see them, I always stop and “help them cross the roads.”

You should never remove the turtles from the area they live in. Move them across the road or turn them around the other way, but do not pick them up and take them home, or “relocate” them to another area.

Tripple Overtime: If nationalism is cool again, then the USA is Miles Davis

This may come as a shock to you, but there may be a few people out there that don’t like America. Not Central America. Not South America. And I doubt anyone legitimately hates Canada way up in North America, but I’m talking about the United States of America. Surely, geopolitics is to blame, but I have a feeling that making the Kardashians famous probably has something to do with it, as well.

Baltimore native Lasek returning to O.C. for Dew Tour

Coastal Point • File Photo Bucky Lasek performs a trick during the 2011 Dew Tour. Lasek returns again this year to compete in the 2014 Dew Tour Beach Championships.Coastal Point • File Photo Bucky Lasek performs a trick during the 2011 Dew Tour. Lasek returns again this year to compete in the 2014 Dew Tour Beach Championships.One of the most notable names at the 2014 Dew Tour Beach Championships held in Ocean City, Md., this weekend is also one of the most local to the area, as world renowned skateboarding pro Bucky Lasek is set to compete for yet another Dew Tour title.

Lasek, who grew up in Baltimore, Md., vacationed in Ocean City with his family frequently and competed in both amateur and regional events at the Ocean City Skatepark.

“We would vacation there very regularly,” said Lasek of his trips to the beach. “I’ve competed in all of the amateur contest at the Ocean City Skatepark. They held the national regionals there.”

While Lasek’s stage is now certainly on a larger scale, the longtime skate pro is used to it, having racked up a dozen X-Games medals to go along with multiple Dew Tour and ASA Championships throughout his storied career.

Hudson, Smith gear up for final Big League World Series run

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Shortstop Karlie Smith makes a play for the Diamonds against the Explosion last Saturday night. Smith and pitcher Rachel Hudson are currently playing for Millsboro for a chance at the 2014 Big League World Series.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Shortstop Karlie Smith makes a play for the Diamonds against the Explosion last Saturday night. Smith and pitcher Rachel Hudson are currently playing for Millsboro for a chance at the 2014 Big League World Series.Recent Indian River High School graduates and softball standouts Rachel Hudson and Karlie Smith have been playing together since they were 10 years old. They’ve played for the Delaware Diamonds travel team, the Millsboro Big League team and, of course, the IRHS Indians. They’ve won seventh-inning thrillers, and they’ve lost them, too.

They’ve teamed up for double plays and knocked each other home countless times. As pitcher and shortstop, they’ve always — both literally and figuratively — had each other’s backs. And just last August, they won their first Big League Softball World Series title. But this season, they’ll take to the diamond for the last time together, as they try to win another one.

“Going out with a win would be icing on the cake,” said Hudson. “Karlie and I have experienced so much together — from World Series wins to state championship titles. One last winning season would be great before moving on.”

Stewart wins 2014 ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony

Coastal Point • Submitted: No. 7 seed Katerina Stewart, 16, of Coral Gables, Fla., won the singles championship Sunday morning at the fourth annual ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony, with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Josie Kuhlman, 18, of Ponte Vedra, Fla.Coastal Point • Submitted: No. 7 seed Katerina Stewart, 16, of Coral Gables, Fla., won the singles championship Sunday morning at the fourth annual ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony, with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Josie Kuhlman, 18, of Ponte Vedra, Fla.No. 7 seed Katerina Stewart, 16, of Coral Gables, Fla., bested Josie Kuhlman, 18, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 6-0, 6-3, this week, to win the fourth annual ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony.

The eight-day tournament, held on the Har-Tru clay courts at the Sea Colony Tennis Center from June 15-22, featured dozens of professional tennis players, representing five countries, from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Pro Circuit tour, competing for world ranking points and a share of $10,000 in prize money.

Stewart, who beat the tournament’s No. 4 and No. 6 seeds on her way to the final, didn’t drop a game in the first set of the championship match. Kuhlman, who toppled the No. 1 seed in the opening round, fought back, striking early and taking the first game in the second set. The first few games of the second set were evenly split; then Stewart pulled away, winning 6-3.

The prior afternoon, the top-seeded team of Lena Litvak and Alexandra Mueller beat the unseeded team of Rima Asatrian and Stewart to claim the doubles championship. The title was Litvak’s third at the Sea Colony event, having earned both the 2011 singles crown and doubles championship, with then-partner Alexandra Hirsch.

Supported by the Sea Colony homeowners, the tournament is sponsored by ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, ResortQuest Real Estate and the United States Tennis Association.

Additional tournament sponsors, as well as homeowners who opened their homes to the players, included: Babolat, Beth Kravetz & Bethany Beach Norfolk Terriers, Brenda Evans, China Express, Dixieland, Dr. Rajshekar Narasimaiah, Head/Penn Racquet Sports, Logo Motive Custom Apparel, Montego Bay, Off the Hook & Just Hooked, Pepsi, Smile Heating & Air, Sport Builders, Sports For Nature, T-Shirt Factory, the Drizd family, the Fallavollita family, the Fox family, the Graham family, the Haze-Luehrs family, the Katz family, the Kent family, the Kerger family, the Lavet family, the Lieb family, the McIntosh family, the Norden family, the Panetta family, the Pritzlaff family, the Roberts family, the Rogers family, the Simpler family, the Slice family, the Sneller family, the Suarez family, the Taylor family, the Vogel family, the Vosters family and the Zweig family.

Local tournament organizers also offered special thanks to Sea Colony homeowners, tennis committee, event volunteers and USTA officials, who helped make the annual event happen from signup to the trophy presentation and beyond.

For information about the event and everything tennis at Sea Colony, visit www.SeaColonyTennis.net.

Shorebirds back on track after All-Star break

The Delmarva Shorebirds finished the first half of the season with a 39-31 record — the team’s best start since 2008. That was despite the fact that Delmarva had dropped nine out of 10 games before heading into the All-Star break.

DSC announces national teams for Slam Dunk to the Beach tournament

Coastal Point • Submitted: Cheick Diallo is currently a top five recruit for the class of 2015 and will play at the Slam Dunk to the Beach Tournament at CapeHenlopen this December.Coastal Point • Submitted: Cheick Diallo is currently a top five recruit for the class of 2015 and will play at the Slam Dunk to the Beach Tournament at CapeHenlopen this December.More than a dozen teams from seven different states and Washington, D.C., have been selected to participate in the Slam Dunk to the Beach basketball tournament when the event makes its return to Lewes on Dec. 27-29.

Cape Henlopen High School, which will host the tournament after it’s hiatus of more than a decade, was one of five Delaware schools announced in March to have made the cut — with the other four being Salesianum, Sanford, St. Georges Tech and Caesar Rodney.

The other schools from across the country were announced by the Delaware Sports Commission at a press conference held at the University of Delaware last Wednesday, June 18. Some of the nation’s consistently top-ranked teams made the cut, including Gonzaga College High School (Washington, D.C.), Sunrise Christian Academy (Wichita, Kan.), Our Savior New American School (Centereach, N.Y.) and Ss. John Neumann-Goretti High School (Philadelphia, Pa.).

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