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Starting with the Indians’ season-opener against Maryland’s Linganore High School on Friday, Sept. 9, the Indian River High School Football Boosters will be honoring past alumni with halftime ceremonies at home games throughout the 2016-2017 season.
2016 IR Football Preview
It’s been two long years since the Henlopen South title belonged to the Indians. In a few short weeks, that’s a streak that this year’s re-focused Indian River High School football squad will set out on a path to snap.
Despite a disappointing 4-6 season in 2016, the division and ensuing automatic playoff bid had remained in reach until a late-season loss to eventual South champions Lake Forest (8-2, 6-0).
After reloading with a talented freshman class and some key contributors ready to step up for their senior campaigns, however, second-year head coach Phil Townsend is hopeful that his squad’s new “family” mentality and off-season spent in the weight room will pay dividends when the Friday-night lights finally switch on at Indian River High School football stadium this fall.
“To be honest, this is probably one of the best teams I’ve coached, in terms of behavior and commitment,” said Townsend. “These guys are really meshing as a family — picking each other up when they’re down.”
IR soccer seniors ready for run at third state championship
They earned their first state championship ring as freshmen, after helping the Indian River High School soccer team to their first-ever title in 2013.
Then, just last season, they brought home the program’s second title, in impact roles as juniors.
But this year’s senior class isn’t ready to stop there, aiming for a shot at a third state championship to round out their storied careers.
“We’re ready to get another one,” said senior defender Patrick Mochiam. “We’re not satisfied yet.”
“We’ve just got to take care of business early, win the division, work our way up the ladder and stay focused every game, every practice,” added senior midfielder Mac Smith of the team’s goals.
In its eighth year, the Ed Dean Memorial Scholarship 4-Mile Race and 1-Mile Walk will be held closer to Bethany and the lifeguards it supports, on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 8 a.m.
After dropping their sixth straight games with a loss against Hagerstown on Tuesday, Aug. 23, the Delmarva Shorebirds this week prepared for one of their final homestands of the season, when the Lexington Legends come to town on Friday, Aug. 26.
The losing streak started on Friday, Aug. 19, in a series against Lakewood.
For as much time as he spends in the water, it seems somewhat strange that Michael Phelps does not like fish.
At 84, Lisehora still rules the courts
Marion Lisehora is not the average card-carrying AARP member. Then again, there wasn’t really anything average about Marion Lisehora before she was eligible to carry an AARP card anyway.
Since her youth, the D.C. native and long-time Millsboro resident has stolen the show in recreations ranging from softball and field hockey to swimming and soccer.
She’s won state championships in basketball, been part of a doubles balancing act with her late husband, Tony, while attending the University of Maryland—College Park, and even famously rode the “Diving Horse” off the Steel Pier in Atlantic City for four summers before taking the act to the Sunshine State.
For the last few years, however, and now approaching the equestrian-inhibiting age of 85, the only thing golden about this girl has been her Senior Olympics medals.
The 43rd Annual White Marlin Open came to an end on Sunday, Aug. 14, with the closing ceremonies for the five-day bill-fishing tournament in Ocean City, Md., seeing winners from up and down the East Coast.
The big winner was Phil Heasley and the crew on the Kallianassa, from Naples, Fla., who reeled in a 76.5-pound white marlin and check for a cool $2.8 million as a result.
While the catch won Heasley the grand prize, it weighed in as the second-smallest winning white since 2000, and smallest since 2012.
As for blue marlin, however, Jim Conway and the crew on the Get Reel pulled in the largest blue in the last five years, weighing in at a staggering 790 pounds, good for a $258,995 check.
The tournament also saw the largest tuna caught in the past three years, with Rich Kosztyu of the Hubris, out of Forked River, N.J., landing a 236.5-pounder for a $767,091 prize.
While the fields at the River Soccer Complex in Frankford may be empty now, in a few short weeks they’ll be brimming with plenty of soccer action as the River Soccer Club runs and kicks its way into another fall season.
New additions to the club this year will include two four-week sessions for the “U5 Hoppers” clinic, and the “U6 Kickers” clinic, designed to teach younger players the game and develop skills.
The recreational program goes up through U14 for both boys and girls, with games played on Saturdays for eight weeks starting Saturday, Sept. 10.
Registration costs vary depending on age, but the club is designed to be affordable and accommodating for local youths, with jerseys, shorts and socks included for players in the U8 through U14 divisions, and a T-shirt for the Hoppers and Kickers clinics.
Eagle’s Landing to host Glo-Golf Tournament
Eagle’s Landing Golf Course in Berlin, Md., will host its Glo-Golf Tournament on Friday, Sept. 16.
The two-player scramble event will feature a 6:45 p.m. shotgun start, and nine holes after a 5:45 p.m. Twilight Party, with prizes available after the tournament.
The event costs $50 to enter.
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After a successful World Series debut last summer, the Lower Sussex Little League Challenger Division put on a show in Roxana yet again this year, having seen their turnout go from 12 to 19 players.
“Challenger is growing, and we’re getting the word out,” said Meghan Browne of the league designed for players with special needs.
“The kids love it. They get really excited about it. I really think they know this is different and that there’s something special about [the World Series game].”
Browne helps run the league with her husband, Kevan, Coach Jeff Smith, and Lower Sussex Little League board member and former president Tracy Littleton.
Last year, they were approached by District 3 about the possibility of playing a World Series game, to go along with the Big League and Senior League Softball World Series.
Facing the 2015 Big League Softball World Series champions from West Monroe, La., the Latin America team from San Juan, P.R., rallied from four runs down to clinch the 2016 title with a 10-7 win on Sunday, Aug. 7.
“It’s been a long time coming, a lot of years working to get to this day,” said Latin America manager Gerardo Flores. “Coming back from behind was a big point.”
“They got a rally started,” said Southwest manager J.D. Jones. “They did a good job. It just wasn’t our day today.”
Latin America got the scoring started in the bottom of the first, when Angelis Perez sent a shot over the fence to make it 1-0.
After back-to-back base hits from Janiliz Rivera and Tina Velazquez in the same inning, Andrea Sanchez loaded the bases on a walk, and Marie Collazo made it 2-0 when she was hit by a pitch and sent another run home.
It was the furthest that a softball team from Canada had made it in the Senior League Softball World Series to date, but U.S. Southeast (Fort Myers and Cape Coral, Fla.) would ensure that their historic run would stop there.
After three scoreless innings, Southeast would jump out to a 1-0 lead in the fourth and tack on a two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth to seal a 3-0 victory and claim the Senior League crown.
“They’re a great team — credit where credit is due,” said Canada manager Bill Hawkins after the game. “They played a great team game. There were no weaknesses. They’re the best team here, and they won the tournament. I thought their pitching was just outstanding.”
That pitching was led by Southeast’s Nicole Rodriguez, who racked up 14 strikeouts in the matchup.