Some of the most popular things to do in Delaware Seashore State Park are surf-fishing, crabbing and clamming, but many people who did not grow up along the coast are curious about these popular pastimes but just aren’t sure how to get started.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 12-01, will conduct Vessel Safety Checks on Saturday, June 25, at Island Watersports, 36084 Harpoon Road, Fenwick Island, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Not to be confused with “Tripple Overtime Takeover,” in which Indian River High School head soccer coach Steve Kilby often enjoys questioning Tripp’s abilities as an actor while at the same time masterfully clearing up weeks’ worth of discrepancies regarding Patriots’ QB Tom Brady and HC Bill Belichick — in “Reverse Tripple Overtime,” Tripp debates controversial topics from the sports world and world at large with his reverse-self, Ppirt (one of the P’s being silent… not sure which). Why he does this instead of just, like, talking to a real human being about it, or, you know, just not doing it all, like a normal person, we are not sure.
Many players selected for the DRFC Blue-Gold All-Star football game will say that it’s a special experience. Unlike anything they’ve done before. Life-changing, even.
And all of that is true.
Ever since the Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens added the “Hand-in-Hand” program in 1974, Blue-Gold players have been paired up with a “buddy” from the community who is dealing with an intellectual disability, spending the week before the game held at the University of Delaware hanging out, playing games and forming life-changing friendships.
After being selecting for Blue-Gold this past spring, recent Indian River High School graduate Joey Anderson was paired up with Layne Twigg from Roxana, a 10-year-old with a rare chromosome disorder.
But their life-changing friendship began long before the week’s events. Almost as soon as he opened the letter from the DRFC, Anderson and Twigg had met for breakfast at the Frankford Diner, and they took to each other right away.
Soon after, Twigg was visiting Anderson at baseball practice, getting to know the team and going to games. Their families became friends and, then, practically family, too.
It was Anderson’s impact on Twigg that inspired his mother, Dani Twigg, to write a heartfelt letter to the DRFC, recommending that Anderson be considered for the Barb & Winnie Spence Hand-in-Hand Award.
Recent Indian River High School graduates Callie McDowell and Ky’Lesha Neal may not have ended their softball careers the way they might have wanted, after the Indians fell just short of a playoff bid this season. But the senior standouts would still get a chance to play one last game, with both of them being selected to represent the Indians at the 2016 Blue Gold All-Star game in Dover on Thursday, June 16.
“It was cool to play with Ky in the outfield one last time, because I’ve been playing with her since we were 9 or 10,” said McDowell — who, along with Neal, had previously never missed a DIAA tournament, going back to their freshman seasons.
An All-Conference selection, McDowell got the Blue-Gold nod after posting some impressive numbers in 2016 — batting .377 with 20 hits, three doubles and 15 RBIs.
She was also the Indians’ go-to player in the clutch, leading the team in batting average with runners in scoring position (0.625).
Defensively, she found similar success in left field, finishing with a perfect fielding percentage (.1000) and notching seven put-outs on seven chances, with zero errors.
It was a situation that Ocean View resident and triathlete Lance Fargo had been in before… pretty much.
Also a frequent competitor in National Amateur Field Championships with his Weimaraner dog, NAFC FC AFC Snake Breaks Sargent “Sarge” Von Reiteralm, Fargo had already experienced having to wait a full calendar year for a shot at redemption, since, after a mishap in 2014, Fargo and Sarge earned their first title in December 2015.
While Fargo is no stranger to bringing home USA Triathlon Clydesdale National Championships, he missed out on the title in 2015 after back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014, when a knee injury kept him from training properly.
But just like with Sarge, after long year’s wait, Fargo was back on top for the 2016 USA Triathlon Clydesdale and Athena National Championships, held in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Sunday June, 12.
Although the Special Olympics Delaware Summer Games wrapped up earlier this month, Sussex County SODE athletes are still going strong. Athletes from Sussex Riptide continue to be active in their sports, by attending practices.
Marie McIntosh, one of the coaches for the area athletes of the Sussex Riptide, said that the athletes are fortunate to be able to use the Bayside Tennis Club’s facilities in the summer, when Sea Colony — where they practice in the winter — is too busy.
“We’ve been at Bayside every summer for the last, I would say, 10 years,” said McIntosh, who is an equity member at Bayside.
The athletes first started using Bayside’s facilities after McIntosh simply asked for court time.
“They, from the very beginning, allowed us to play tennis here in the summers.”
Bethany Skim Jam celebrates 15 years of barrels and backflips
It’s hard to believe, for pro skimboarder Bill Baxter, that it’s been 15 years already.
Not for his pro skim career, but for the Monday-night summer tradition for the last decade and a half, known infamously around town as Bethany Skim Jam.
It was 2001 when Baxter, then working for Jim and Sheila McGrath at the old Bethany Beach Surf Shop location — before they moved to their current spot farther down Garfield, next to Mango’s — came up with the idea to help grow the sport in the area.
The idea was to give the local kids an outlet and way to get together a few times a week, for the skim crews from South Bethany and North Bethany or wherever else, and the newcomers, too, to get a chance to show off their skills without the pressure of a contest setting.
Shorebirds earn back-to-back SAL Player of the Week honors
While Delmarva Shorebirds’ shortstop Ryan Mountcastle may have missed out on a South Atlantic League All-Star bid this year, the former first-round draft pick is still managing to make a name for himself early in his career, recently being named the SAL Player of the Week for June 6-12.
Sunny summer weather greeted 173 young anglers and their families who gathered Saturday, June 4, at three Delaware ponds for DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police 30th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament. All fish caught in the tournament were weighed and released, as young anglers got a firsthand lesson in conservation.
The 44th Annual Camp Barnes Benefit Stock Car Race will be held at the Delaware International Speedway on Tuesday, June 21. Gates will open at 4 p.m., with racing action beginning at 7 p.m. The rain date is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22. The Delaware International Speedway is located on Route 13, north of the Delaware/Maryland line.
I had been putting it off for, let’s say, like, exactly a year or so, give or take.
SMS girls’ soccer caps second-ever no-loss season
It had only happened one other time in Selbyville Middle School girls’ soccer history.
The year was 2012, and the Indians had pulled off a perfect 10-0 season led by an eighth-grade class that would go on to help lead Indian River High School to their first-ever state title game for girls’ soccer.
That considered, it seems all too fitting that, this past season, with the 2012 group in their final season at IRHS, SMS would pull off their second undefeated season, finishing the year 9-0-1.
“The seniors are leaving, and our eighth-graders are stepping up [to the high school],” said head coach Neal Barch — who also coached the 2012 team — of the symbolic season.
“It’s real special. Every year, we’re close. Every year, a different team knocks us off — never the same team. Everyone wants to beat Selbyville Middle School, and they play their best game. I can’t tell you how many times there’s just been one loss.”
The official start of the summer of 2016 is slated for Monday, June 20, at exactly 6:34 p.m., when the sun reaches the northernmost point of the equator. Not so coincidentally, Bethany Skim Jam is slated for the same night, at 6 p.m., serving as an official unofficial start to summer now going on 15 years.
“Skim Jams in Bethany are synonymous with summertime. It means summer is finally in full effect,” said Catch Surf pro Bill Baxter, who helped start the event with Bethany Surf Shop owners Jim and Sheila McGrath. “It’s cool to see the local kids and the kids that come from all over meeting back up, getting their summer skim crews back together.”
As always, the Bethany Surf Shop event will feature both Baxter and pro-surfer/board creator Colin Herlihy.
While the Paddle Second Chance standup-paddleboard (SUP) races will back by popular demand for a fourth straight year next week, new by popular demand will be the addition of both kayak races and a competitive cornhole tournament.
The event benefitting Operation Second Chance — an organization that helps military veterans and their families — has seen steady growth since getting its start in 2013. According to PSC Chairman Walt Ellenberger, adding activities for non-SUPers looking to join in just made sense.
“It’s kind of turning into more of a festival for Operation Second Chance,” Ellenberger said of the two-day event, which gets under way with a pre-registration packet pick-up and happy hour at The Starboard in Dewey Beach on Friday, June 24, before race day on Saturday, June 25.
“We got a lot just over time, a lot of inquiries about kayaking. It’s such a neat venue, that oftentimes we have spectators or supporters that get everybody ramped up to get them out on the water, and then there’s a little bit of down time.”