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Tripple Overtime: There’s worse curses than the "Madden curse" for Odell Beckam Jr.

Ah, the “Madden curse.” Every year, it’s the same story. But even though the media usually blows it out of proportion, and I’m pretty sure I haven’t played a video game since I got my driver’s license, every year it still seems to strike again.

Sturla shines at Blue-Gold All-Star game

Coastal Point • Submitted: Josh Timmons swipes Spencer Sturla’s helmet at Saturday’s Blue-Gold game, giving Sturla a chance to show off his new mohawk.Coastal Point • Submitted: Josh Timmons swipes Spencer Sturla’s helmet at Saturday’s Blue-Gold game, giving Sturla a chance to show off his new mohawk.He hadn’t suited up for more than six months. He had spent years going up against players that he would now call teammates. And — oh, yeah — he was still getting back to health after shoulder surgery.

But when the first whistle sounded at the 60th annual Blue-Gold All-Star game on Saturday, June 20, none of that mattered to recent Indian River grad and football standout Spencer Sturla.

“I adjusted pretty well,” Sturla said to his role as both an offensive and defensive tackle. “My shoulder really kept up with me, the whole week and even throughout the game — I just fought through it.”

And “fighting through it” is exactly what he did.

After getting the start at defensive tackle for the Gold team, Sturla was called upon in the second half to take over at offensive tackle, as well, as they battled the Blue team in a defensive deadlock that went down to the game’s final minutes.

Firecracker 5K returning to benefit Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade

Coastal Point • File Photo: Runners and walkers take-off during last year’s Firecracker 5K.Coastal Point • File Photo: Runners and walkers take-off during last year’s Firecracker 5K.The Firecracker 5K has enjoyed steady success since it launched seven years ago, and this Sunday the 5K run and 3K walk looks to be just as popular as ever.

“It was started to celebrate the great Fourth of July traditions in Bethany Beach,” explained race director Greg Mavraganis. “Now in year seven, I think it’s one of Bethany’s signature events.”

Starting out with 200 participants, the race grew to encompass 425 registered runners last summer, and Mavraganis said that they’re hoping to see an even larger turnout this Sunday, with the possibility of upwards of 500 racers.

“We’ve enjoyed steady growth in participation during our first six years,” he said. “Our goal is to host an event that’s enjoyable for people of all ages.”

DelTech’s Steele caps career as Region XIX Player of the Year

Photo courtesy • DelTech: Mykala Steele capped her softball career as the Region XIX Player of the Year while pitching for Del Tech this season.Photo courtesy • DelTech: Mykala Steele capped her softball career as the Region XIX Player of the Year while pitching for Del Tech this season.Since getting her start playing in the Georgetown Little League, Mykala Steele has put together one of the most storied softball careers in the area’s recent memory.

The former Sussex Central Golden Knight and recent Del Tech grad has done it all. She’s been a Big League World Series champion. She’s been a USSSA World Series champion. She’s played on national television. She’s been First-Team All-Conference, and she’s been First-Team All-State.

But when that storied career finally came to a close this spring, it also closed with a storied ending, as not only did Steele collect Region XIX Tournament MVP honors for the second consecutive year, en route the Del Tech’s second consecutive Region XIX title, but the Lady Roadrunners’ ace pitcher was also named the 2015 Region XIX Player of the Year.

“It’s one of my greatest accomplishments,” said Steele. “It’s been a goal of mine since freshman year. Ending my career at Del Tech with this is an awesome feeling.”

Just as she had been for the Delaware Diamonds, the Golden Knights, the Millsboro Big League team, and any other lineup she’s been a part of during her career, Steele was instrumental for Del Tech in her final season, leading the Lady Roadrunners to a 24-4 record.

“She’s the real deal,” said Del Tech head coach Wayne Price. “She dominated all the time.”

O.C. Tennis Club launching summer tournaments for local HS players

Coastal Point • Submitted: Tournament Director Buzz Truitt congratulates finalist William Niessner and Championship Flight winner Andrew Kilchenstein after the Delmarva Boys’ 16 Tournament at the Ocean City Tennis Club earlier this month.Coastal Point • Submitted: Tournament Director Buzz Truitt congratulates finalist William Niessner and Championship Flight winner Andrew Kilchenstein after the Delmarva Boys’ 16 Tournament at the Ocean City Tennis Club earlier this month.The Ocean City (Md.) Tennis Club is keeping the rally going for area high school tennis players this summer.

Taking into consideration that teams typically don’t get to see competition out of their division or conference, the club decided to give serious Eastern Shore players a chance to do just that — recently hosting the first of three tournaments at their Ocean City-based facility and generating a successful turnout in the process.

“This is a new venture. We’re trying to give the kids a chance to play after the high school season,” explained O.C. Tennis Club Director of Tennis Rod Dulany. “It really gives them a chance to play different players and to improve their game, hopefully — it’s somethings that’s missing on the Eastern Shore, so we filled that need.”

“It’s not a coaching environment when they have active coaching. It’s shorter matches where they play more people,” added O.C. Tennis Club assistant pro Kelsey Waite. “As a coach, it’s really cool to see them take the initiative to do that.”

At the club’s first summer tournament, 30 players from seven different high schools showed up to compete, spanning from as nearby as Indian River and Worcester Prep to as far as Washington High School and Bohemian Manor.

The Ivy 5K set for June 28 in Dewy Beach

As part of the Ten Sisters of Dewey Beach Summer Run/Walk Road Race Series, the 13th Annual The Ivy 5K will be held at 8:45 a.m. on June 28, starting and ending at The Ivy restaurant, located at 136 Dagsworthy Street, Dewey Beach.

Frankford teen wins state’s Youth Fishing Tournament

Warm breezes and sun after a light morning shower greeted 175 young anglers and their families who gathered Saturday, June 6, at three Delaware ponds for DNREC’s 29th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament. All fish caught in the tournament were weighed and released, as young anglers got a first-hand lesson in conservation.

Skim is in! First Bethany Skim Jam of summer to launch Monday

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sage Mastrota hits the lip and gets some air during one of last summer’s Bethany Skim Jam events, held every Monday on the Garfield Parkway beach.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sage Mastrota hits the lip and gets some air during one of last summer’s Bethany Skim Jam events, held every Monday on the Garfield Parkway beach.School may be out, but skim will be in session this Monday night, when the local pros Colin Herlihy and Bill Baxter help host Bethany Skim Jam, along with the Bethany Surf Shop.

As always, the free event will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday nights on Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach throughout the summer; but this year, skimmers testing out boards will get an exclusive first look at one of the newest products on the market — the as-yet-unreleased Herlihy pro model.

“I’ll have the prototypes at the first Skim Jam to give everybody a sneak peek,” said Herlihy, a longtime professional surfer and bodyboarder, and creator of Toobs’ “Herlihy” board. “My pro model is 49 [inches in length]. It’s a little bit wider than the 46 — we’re gonna be releasing that.”

The longer Herlihy models will be available for skimmers at the Skim Jam, along with plenty of other skimboards and bodyboards that Bethany Surf Shop offers, with riders of all ages and skill levels encouraged to come test them out.

This ain’t Annapolis:

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Fenwick Island Yacht Club, above, gathers after their opening regatta on Saturday.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Fenwick Island Yacht Club, above, gathers after their opening regatta on Saturday.The blue jackets may be hung up. The clubhouse grounds at Seal Island may be underwater. But the burgee is still displayed as proudly as ever.

While the Fenwick Island Yacht Club may have originated with all the intentions of aristocracy seen with traditional memberships, it’s come a long way since the initial planning stages in the mid-1950s.

“My parents came down here in ’55, and they had bonds that they were going to put up to buy [Seal Island],” explained former FIYC Commodore and current Rear Commodore Bob Clark.

“They bought the island, and their thoughts were, ‘We’re going to put a bridge over to the island and we’re going to build a clubhouse and have Guy Lombardo and Glenn Miller and have dancing out there.’ — It was great thoughts of grandeur, but it never worked out.”

Sturla to rep Green and Gold at Blue-Gold

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Spencer Sturla and DeAndre Cooper take down Woodbridge QB Logan Wescott during the Indians’ Senior Night this season. This Saturday, Sturla will be playing with Wescott on the Gold Team.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Spencer Sturla and DeAndre Cooper take down Woodbridge QB Logan Wescott during the Indians’ Senior Night this season. This Saturday, Sturla will be playing with Wescott on the Gold Team.Spencer Sturla might have some trust to build with his teammates before Saturday.

After spending years chasing down players including Woodbridge quarterback Logan Wescott and Laurel running back Chucky Auguste, the recent Indian River High School grad has spent the last week protecting those same guys, practicing side by side with his former rivals and prepping for the 60th Anniversary Blue-Gold All-Star game at the University of Delaware.

“It all changes,” said Sturla. “During the regular season, you prepare to play against them — now you’re protecting them. It’s a whole different thing.”

A First-Team All-Conference selection as a senior this season, Sturla will line up as both an offensive and defensive tackle for the Gold Team as they go up against the Blue Team in a matchup featuring some of the best football talent in the state.

Shorebirds win three straight, head for Hagerstown

The Delmarva Shorebirds sparked a three-game win streak by snapping a four-game losing streak on Monday, taking down Kannapolis 13-5 in the series finale with the Intimidators.

The Ivy 5K set for June 28 in Dewey Beach

As part of the Ten Sisters of Dewey Beach Summer Run/Walk Road Race Series, the 13th Annual The Ivy 5K will be held at 8:45 a.m. on June 28, starting and ending at The Ivy restaurant, located at 136 Dagsworthy Street, Dewey Beach.