Just weeks after the surfing and skateboarding world was stunned by the loss of Shogo Kubo, one of its legendary originals, the time came to say goodbye to the original, as Dogtown’s tow-headed golden child Jay Adams passed away in his sleep last week from an apparent heart attack.
After the crowds leave the ballpark and ESPN sends the lights and cameras back up to Bristol; after the celebration dwindles and the teams head back home; and after the popcorn is swept up from the Lower Sussex “Walk of Fame,” Delaware District III Director Martin Donovan starts taking a look at the numbers.
“Economic development for the county and the state was huge,” Donovan noted, after estimating that District III spent more than $200,000 locally just in food, housing and transportation for the teams alone as host of the Big League and Senior League Softball World Series, held in Roxana during the first week of August. “I think that one of the things that people don’t realize is it’s a county-wide event, as far as people spending money.”
This year’s Big League Softball World Series featured two teams from Delaware playing in the championship game, with Milford representing USA East and Laurel getting a bid as the District III host team.
Just a year after capturing his first national title at the USA Triathlon age-group national championship in Milwaukee, Wisc., and just weeks after winning his division at the New York City Triathlon, Ocean View’s Lance Fargo returned home from Arkansas last week with another national championship.
“It certainly means a lot to me,” said Fargo of his two consecutive national titles. “I definitely felt more confident going into this year. Last year, I didn’t really know what to expect.”
On a relatively flat course in Milwaukee last year, Fargo went into the event as a national championship rookie, only to beat his goal time, despite his lack of experience with large-scale triathlons. This year, however, with varying terrain in Degray Lake, Ark., he had a different obstacle to overcome.
“This was a mountainous area. The course was more challenging,” he explained, “very hilly, a lot of climbing on the bike and uphill running.”
The Delmarva Shorebirds split their road series against Texas Rangers affiliate the Hickory Crawdads in North Carolina last week, falling in their last two games after beginning the series with back-to-back wins.
After years in making, Epworth Skatepark will finally celebrate its grand opening this Sunday, Aug. 24.
Beginning at 2 p.m., a dedication ceremony will take place, followed by skate contests, live music, and food and drink provided by the Matt Haley Companies’ Big Thunder Roadside Kitchen, which will be donating all of the proceeds from sales back to the skate park.
For an avid ocean-goer, or for me at least, there are few things more terrifying than the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week.” There are, however, a couple of things that come close — the obviously inevitable “Zombie Apocalypse,” my ex-girlfriend getting a hold of my new phone number, somehow getting stuck in line at the bank behind Gary Busey… The list goes on.
There aren’t many 8-year olds committed to the sport of golf, and there are certainly far fewer winning PGA Tour-affiliated events. However, Ocean View’s Sarah Lydic has taken her golf game from practice shots around the house to recently winning the second annual Drive, Chip & Putt Sub-Regional in Philadelphia, qualifying her for the regional event in Great Falls, Va., on Sept. 6.
Before taking first place in the 7-9 age division in Philadelphia, Lydic first earned her trip by winning the local qualifier at Bayside earlier this summer. After advancing, she not only won her age division at the sub-regional event but beat most of the older girls, as well — posting an overall score of 94, which was second to only one other golfer, in the 10-11 age group, and better than any golfer in the 7-9 age range by 20 points.
The national event is scored the same for all age groups, so the scores can be compared directly.
Currently, Lydic is practicing a few times a week with her sister, Hannah, who is quite the golfer herself, and parents Garret and Leslie Lydic. They’ll typically spend an hour driving, an hour chipping and an hour putting in preparation, in addition to the time spent at home where the girls set up various golfing challenges to compete against each other.
Each year, the teams come from far and wide to compete in the Big League World Series at the Pyle Center in Roxana. However this year, the ESPN-2 aired championship game featured two teams that didn’t have to travel very far at all — as USA East (Milford, Del.) edged Delaware District III (Laurel, Del.) in a 1-0 extra-innings victory that not only went down to the wire, but come down to a controversial call.
The two Delaware squads faced off last Saturday night as the rest of the world watched. Milford had punched their World Series ticket by winning USA East regionals in Massachusetts, while Laurel earned their bid in a series against 2013 Big League World Series Champion Millsboro to represent host District III.
The game was a rematch of the series pool-play opener last Sunday, when Milford had previously bested Laurel by just one run in a 6-5 slugfest. Less than a week later, the matchup proved to be quite a different game, though with a similar outcome, as Milford pitcher Shaina Reed and Laurel ace Regan Green squared off in a pitcher’s duel.
When the ESPN cameras set up at last weekend’s Senior League Softball World Series championship game in Roxana, the District 11 team from South Bend, Ind., representing USA Central couldn’t have been too rattled. After all, they had been in the same situation before — just last year, when they were crowned Senior League World Series Champions on the exact same field.
This year, however, the Central squad had to get past USA West pitcher Macey Newbary — who had racked up 16 strikeouts in the Missoula, Mont., squad’s 7-2 victory over Asia-Pacific in series pool play earlier in the week.
In the matchup on Saturday, Newbary would square off against Central pitcher Nichole Kirkpatrick, who would help lead Central to a 5-0 victory from not only in the circle, but from in the batter’s box, as well.
Delmarva Shorebirds’ third-baseman Drew Dosch and pitcher Luis Gonzalez both earned honors from the Baltimore Orioles organization recently — as Dosch was named Orioles’ Player of the Month and Gonzalez earned Pitcher of the Month for July.
The Ocean City Lacrosse Classic was set to make its return to the shore on Wednesday, with games spanning through the weekend, at Northside Park in North Ocean City, Md., Northern Worcester County Athletic Complex in Berlin, Md., and the tournament’s 4th Street location in Ocean City.
My column didn’t run last week. I wrote it. I submitted it. I never saw it in print.
The days of summer are numbered as the start of the school year approaches, and there is no better indicator of that in lower Sussex County than Indian River High School football season and fall sports starting up next week.
Pre-season practices for all sports will begin on Friday, Aug. 15, with times for all practices and updates being posted on the school’s athletics website, at www.indians-sports.com.
Coach Jodi Stone and the field hockey squad will get started the earliest, at 6 a.m., with volleyball at 6:30 a.m., football and cross-country at 7 a.m., and soccer starting at 8 a.m. (Pre-season schedules are subject to change by the coaches.)
According to Athletic Director Todd Fuhrman, no athlete will be able to participate in any practices without a physical dated after April 1 of this year.
“You have to have a brand new physical dated after April 1st of this year, and you have to have it in your hands that day or you can’t practice,” Fuhrman explained.
To go over the fall sports season, there will be a meeting held for parents and athletes on Thursday, Sept. 4, in the auditorium.
Players have come from all over the world to compete in the Big League Softball World Series at the Pyle Center in Roxana, but one of the teams best positioned to challenge for a championship through the first three days of tournament play is USA East — which only had to travel from Milford to get there.
Located just outside the district in which they would have been able to compete for a host-team bid, the Delaware District I squad had to win at regionals in Worcester, Mass., to get back to Delaware for the World Series — and they haven’t slowed down since.
As of Wednesday morning, the squad is 3-0, having outscored their opponents 20-10 collectively and leading the Big League Pool A Division in the process.
Not only did they pull off a 6-5 win against District III host team Laurel, lea by First-Team All-State pitcher Regan Green, but they also put together a commanding victory against a tough Asia-Pacific (Manilla, Philippines) team 10-3 on Tuesday.
“These girls and I — it’s been a struggle trying to beat Reagan and this team all together, and being able to beat them today was awesome. It was great,” said USA East pitcher and Polytech graduate Shaina Reed after Sunday’s 6-5 win against Laurel to start the tournament.