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Film to document how action sports keep people sober

Get stoked: Sober athletes are working on a documentary about using action sports, arts and other outlets to have fun while staying sober.

Scott French and Eugene Stiltner co-founded “Sober and Stoked,” “the movie, movement and mindset.”

“We want to inspire people and spread the message that being sober is fun,” said Stiltner.

Maryland man takes home $1.6M in White Marlin Open

Coastal Point • File photo: The crew of the Rock Doc shows off some of their haul at last year’s White Marlin Open. Pictured are Matthew, Tyler and Tim Tribbitt, Jerry Mieklejohn, Cory Lednum, Ryan Savage and Captain Bob Wiggins.Coastal Point • File photo: The crew of the Rock Doc shows off some of their haul at last year’s White Marlin Open. Pictured are Matthew, Tyler and Tim Tribbitt, Jerry Mieklejohn, Cory Lednum, Ryan Savage and Captain Bob Wiggins.When an 86-pound white marlin came to Harbour Island Marina on 14th Street last Wednesday, Aug. 9, the smart money figured the odds of it taking the top prize were better than good, even with two days remaining in the 44th annual White Marlin Open.

And they would have been right were it not for Glen Frost of Stevensville, Md., who, as far as odds go, had to be one of the more unlikely winners of the tournament in some time.

First, he landed a 95.5-pound white marlin to win the Open and more than $1.6 million on Friday, the last day of fishing. Secondly, it was his first marlin catch ever, and third… more on that later.

“If I was a betting man, which I’m not, I would have sworn 86 pounds would hold,” said Jim Motsko, White Marlin Open founder and co-director. “Yeah, I was surprised.” The 95.5-pounder “was a big, fat fish. It’s the third-heaviest ever in 44 years.

Pickleballers practice hard ahead of three-team match

Coastal Point • Submitted: Team Captain Randy Redard of Suss-exfactor is second from left, standing, while team captain Bob O’Malley of Ocean Pines is in the last row on the right. The doubles pair that won most matches was Don Tome of Ocean Pines, on the far left, standing, and paCoastal Point • Submitted: Team Captain Randy Redard of Suss-exfactor is second from left, standing, while team captain Bob O’Malley of Ocean Pines is in the last row on the right. The doubles pair that won most matches was Don Tome of Ocean Pines, on the far left, standing, and paWe formed the Delmarva Team Pickleball League earlier this year, and there are now three teams: Ocean View Crew, Bob O’Malley’s Ocean Pines and Randy Redard’s Suss-exfactor. By this date next year, we hope to have six teams from across Delmarva.

The idea is to create an environment with the mental and physical demands of competitive match conditions.

Of course, there are more practices than individuals might organize on their own, and practice is the best way to advance your game in any sport.

I know that several weeks before a team match members of Ocean View Crew, including Steve Melofchik, can be seen spending longer training sessions at World Gym in Ocean View, which proves that this retired athletic director practices what he once taught.

Georgetown 5K to raise funds for Ballard Memorial Fund

This Sunday, the friends and family of late Delaware State Trooper Cpl. Stephen Ballard are sponsoring a 5K and “Kiddie K” in order to raise funds for the fallen trooper’s family.

Home cooking

District III team from Georgetown takes down world championship

Coastal Point photo • Tyler Valliant: Jakayla Sample runs in to homeplate after hitting a homerun, with her team gathered to celebrate.Coastal Point photo • Tyler Valliant: Jakayla Sample runs in to homeplate after hitting a homerun, with her team gathered to celebrate.Players traveled from around the globe to compete for the right to call themselves “world champions” at the Senior League Softball World Series in Roxana last week.

The District III team earned that right, but only traveled a few miles south on Route 113 to take it.

Led by a two-hit, complete-game shutout by pitcher Taylor Wroten, the District III team took down Asia-Pacific (Philippines), 4-0, in the championship game, held at the Lower Sussex Little League fields on Sunday, Aug. 6. The win made up for a 1-0, extra-inning loss handed to District III by Asia-Pacific earlier in the week.

The two teams played even through the first four innings, with Wroten and Asia-Pacific’s Kaith Ezra Jalandoni tossing shutouts. The only hit for District III in that time was a two-out double by Corrin Farris in the fourth.

Poor Girls Open set to cast lines and raise funds

Coastal Point • File Photo: Poor Girls Open team from last year’s competition included Terri Shapter, Kathy Jo Robbins, Julie Kypreos, Rae Ann Kane, Tracy Cieslukowski and Ellen Currie. The team released two white marlin and caught a bunch of mahi mahi. Coastal Point • File Photo: Poor Girls Open team from last year’s competition included Terri Shapter, Kathy Jo Robbins, Julie Kypreos, Rae Ann Kane, Tracy Cieslukowski and Ellen Currie. The team released two white marlin and caught a bunch of mahi mahi. Fresh on the heels of this week’s White Marlin Open, female anglers will show off their fishing abilities this coming week, as hundreds are expected to participate in the 24th annual Capt. Steve Harman’s Poor Girls Open, Aug. 17-19, also based in Ocean City, Md.

Organizers said women enjoy fishing in the tournament because it benefits a worthy cause — breast cancer research. Proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society and earmarked for breast cancer research and program development as part of the “Pink Ribbon Classic at the Beach Series” — an assortment of local activities designed to raise breast cancer awareness while garnering money for the organization.

“I think the word keeps spreading about [the Open]. They want to get involved because they know it’s for a cause,” tournament Co-Director Earl Conley said, adding that he has received numerous phone calls from women interested in the event. “Everyone is affected by cancer and touched by it in some way. It’s for a good cause — that’s what it’s all about. I think that’s the big draw.”

We need more pickleball courts

Statistica.com claims there are 27 million golfers who play at least once a year on 15,000 golf courses in the U.S. They also claim there are 11 million tennis players playing at least once a year on 500,000 tennis courts.

Bethany 5K walk/run to benefit Alzheimer’s Association

Coastal Point • Submitted: Runners take off from the start line during last year’s Athletes Against Alzheimers Run/Walk 5K.Coastal Point • Submitted: Runners take off from the start line during last year’s Athletes Against Alzheimers Run/Walk 5K.Approximately 200,000 Americans younger than 65 have early-onset Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, and with Sussex County’s growing senior population, Alzheimer’s is a cause near and dear to many people’s hearts.

Local business owner Michael Loftus of Loftus Wealth Strategies knows the disease firsthand.

“My father, Jim, passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2013. From the experience of him going through it, I knew I wanted to do something to bring awareness and raise money for Alzheimer’s research and help.”

Based on his own experience, Loftus chose to organize a 5K run/walk in Bethany Beach to raise money.

Pickleball in Lower Slower Delaware (LSD)

Sitting at courtside, waiting to take the next available court, someone is sure to make a negative comment about a workman who is, or was, scheduled to repair or install something in their home, and end the conversation with “but this is Lower Slower Delaware.”

White Marlin Open ready to set lines on Monday

Ocean City, Md.’s 44th annual White Marlin Open — one of the largest billfish tournaments in the world — kicks off Monday, Aug. 7, with fishing continuing through Friday, Aug. 11.

Softball stars descending on Roxana

Coastal Point • File Photo: A runner slides into first base during last year’s World Series event in Roxana.Coastal Point • File Photo: A runner slides into first base during last year’s World Series event in Roxana.A runner slides into first base during last year’s World Series event in Roxana.The eyes of the softball world will soon be on Roxana, and Roxana is ready.

For the 14th consecutive summer, Delaware District III is hosting the Senior League Softball World Series at the Pyle Center, beginning on Monday, July 31, and culminating in a world championship game on Sunday, Aug. 6.

“We’re ready for it,” said Martin Donovan, the tournament director, before pausing for a laugh. “Well, we’re still working on a few things. There’s always something new.”

Opening ceremonies will take place at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 31, breaking the tradition of the event kicking off on Sunday afternoons. The ceremonies will be followed by four games, two taking place at Bruce Layton Field, at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively, and two more at the same time at Connie Mack Field.

Pickleball and tennis and raquetball and squash and basketball and lacrosse and golf, etc.

Interested in pickleball? There are two important things to know about pickleball. First, pickleball is easy to learn in the very first session. But the other thing about pickleball is that it is so hard to master that it becomes outright addictive.

How do the pickleball boom and the tennis boom of the 1970s compare?

With Wimbledon just finishing, I found myself comparing the pickleball boom with the great tennis boom. I was in the catbird’s seat of the tennis boom in the early ’70s when Wilson Sporting Goods enjoyed incredible market share in both tennis rackets and tennis balls, and the sales were extraordinary.

Peninsula Oil donates $5,000 to Autism Delaware through running festival

The 3rd Annual Coastal Delaware Running Festival in April hosted more than 3,500 runners, thousands of fans, and dozens of volunteers. The Coastal Delaware Running Festival, a Focus Muiltisports event, has been designated a State of Delaware Championship event by the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and a Boston Marathon-qualifying race.

Ocean City Tuna Tournament marks 30th anniversary

There are several new rules and added entry-level calcuttas in place for the 30th annual Ocean City (Md.) Tuna Tournament, taking place July 14-16.

Tournament organizers met with a committee of past participants over the winter to brainstorm and discuss the competition, and some adjustments were made for the 2017 event.

Tripple Overtime: Michael Phelps vs. Great White Shark vs. Vegas... vs. Tripple OT?

Whenever the last Olympics was, that’s when I wrote about the time I sort-of ate sushi with Michael Phelps.

Robb, Redmond ready to drop in on Delmarva for Catch Surf Get Wet Tour

Coastal Point • File Photo: Pro surfer Kalani Robb is ready to drop in on Delmarva for the Catch Surf 'Get Wet Tour.'Coastal Point • File Photo: Pro surfer Kalani Robb is ready to drop in on Delmarva for the Catch Surf 'Get Wet Tour.'

Someone hit the Thin Lizzy on the jukebox, because come this Saturday, the boys are back in town.

After a one-year break, the Catch Surf Get Wet Tour will return to the East Coast and bring pros Kalani “The Godfather” Robb and Johnny Redmond back for the ride — the internationally renowned wave-riders set to make a pit stop in Delaware, en route to their tour appearance at K-Coast Surf Shop in Ocean City, Md., on July 15.

Back to captain the tour bus once again will be Sussex County native and Catch Surf East Coast Sales Manager Ryan Savage, ready to lead the way home after stops in Rhode Island and New Jersey to team up with local Catch Surf pros including Bill Baxter and Brian Stoehr.

Whether it’s some good old-fashioned backwoods bass fishing or firing up Baxter’s famous “winch” for a few afternoon airs at the drive-on, as always at the tour’s midway mark, the boys from “Big Sussex” will be ready to show their pals from the West Coast and North Shore another thing or two about the Slower Lower lifestyle.

Let’s hear it for the girl guards!

Coastal Point • Submitted: A mix of Fenwick Island and Dewey Beach lifeguards gather during Sussex County’s first all-women’s lifeguard competition.Coastal Point • Submitted: A mix of Fenwick Island and Dewey Beach lifeguards gather during Sussex County’s first all-women’s lifeguard competition.

Female lifeguards competed in severe weather conditions during Sussex County’s first all-women’s lifeguard competition on July 6.

The young women were set to compete on Middlesex Beach at 6 p.m. when a rainstorm hit the area. The coordinators, Middlesex Beach Patrol Capt. Justin Voorheis and Ocean City’s Sgt. Rick Cawthorn still decided to hold the event, saying they were confident that the competition would not be compromised by the weather conditions.

The women competed in six different events: the Ironwoman (a combination of running, paddling and swimming), a mile-long beach run, a run-swim-run event, a run-paddle-run event and an event called “beach flags.”

According to Voorheis, there were more than 40 guards who attended competition. The women represented patrols from Assateague Island to Rehoboth Beach.

District III champs!

LSLL Major League All-Stars clinch District III softball title

Coastal Point • Submitted: Back row: Manager Sarah Hoban, Manajha Briddell, Shania Lewis, Lanla Lewis, Olivia Rogers, Camryn Ehlers, and coaches Amy and Chad Hall. Front row; Logan Marvel, Destiny Mitchell, Kinsley Hall, Jaya Shaub, Lily Hoban and Aniyah Blake.Coastal Point • Submitted: Back row: Manager Sarah Hoban, Manajha Briddell, Shania Lewis, Lanla Lewis, Olivia Rogers, Camryn Ehlers, and coaches Amy and Chad Hall. Front row; Logan Marvel, Destiny Mitchell, Kinsley Hall, Jaya Shaub, Lily Hoban and Aniyah Blake.

The Lower Sussex Little League Major League All-Stars were off to the state tournament on Monday, June 10, after bringing home the Delaware District III softball title on Saturday, July 8, for players ages 11 and 12.

The 9-3 victory over Laurel came just one day after the squad’s 4-3 victory over that team on Friday, July 7, with Lower Sussex needing the back-to-back wins in order to clinch.

“We wanted to come out early and score first,” said LSLL head coach Sarah Hoban of Saturday’s championship game. “They put up four runs in the first inning, and I don’t think they ever let up after that, so we’re just really proud of the girls. It was a complete team effort from top to bottom.”

Working their way through the bracket, the Major League All-Stars had pulled off major victories throughout, with an 8-0 shutout over Millsboro on Friday, June 30, 17-0 shutout over Woodbridge on Sunday, June 2, and 12-2 win over Cape Henlopen on Wednesday, July 5.

Garrett Rogers takes to the field at Camden Yards

Millsboro boy injured last spring by drunken driver looks to return to play this fall

Photo courtesy of Orioles Baseball : Garrett Rogers throws out the first pitch at Camden Yards on July 1.Photo courtesy of Orioles Baseball : Garrett Rogers throws out the first pitch at Camden Yards on July 1.

For Wendy Rogers, the simple joys of summertime seem sweeter this year.

That’s because last year at this time, her son Garrett “G-Money” Rogers was recovering at A.I du Pont Hospital for Children in Wilmington from the severe injuries he sustained in a car accident. Garrett was struck by a drunk driver last May when he ran to retrieve balls during a baseball practice in Millsboro. His injuries were serious, and his future outlook was very much in question in the beginning.

“That day, I was in the helicopter; I was in the ambulance to Beebe, and I did not come home ’til August,” Rogers said. Garrett was in a medically induced coma for several weeks, allowing his brain and body to recover slowly from the trauma of the accident.

By September, though, Garrett had recovered enough to throw out the first pitch at a Delmarva Shorebirds game in Salisbury, Md. Surrounded by friends, the then-10-year-old Little League pitcher took a victory lap around the bases.

This year, with a little help from his friend and physical therapist Josh Smith, Garret upped his game a bit. On Saturday, July 1, he threw out the first ball at a Baltimore Orioles game. Again, family and friends — “a lot more than I expected” — were in stands, cheering him on, Rogers said.

It wasn’t the first time the team had reached out to the young baseball player. Immediately after the accident, baseball teams from all over the country, from Little League to pro — including the Orioles — sent photos and get-well wishes to Garrett. The support went viral on social media, with athletes and non-athletes alike sporting Garrett’s 22 jersey number and the hashtags #22 and #gmoneystrong.

Hydrate — don’t evaporate

No one needs to tell the weekly reader of Coastal Point that this region of the country can be very hot and humid in July and August. It’s one of the reasons so many people flock to our beaches. Society refers to the hottest part of the year as the “dog days” because that is when the star Sirius — the Dog Star — rises just before the sun in late July.

‘Release the Kraken!’

Viking Mini Golf adds 19th hole, more mythology to ‘Fenwick Boardwalk’

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The new 19th hole features ‘The Kraken’ from Scandinavian mythology (but it also kind of looks like the Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The new 19th hole features ‘The Kraken’ from Scandinavian mythology (but people say it also kind of looks like the "Star Wars" monster, too...)There may be plenty of mythology surrounding the course, but for decades, Viking Golf has been a very real fixture on the outskirts of Fenwick Island.

Whether it’s conquering 18 holes of Viking-style mini-golf, heading for the finish line at the Go-Kart track, splashing down at Thunder Lagoon waterpark, or just grabbing some boardwalk-style french fries; there’s always been something new at the “Fenwick Boardwalk.”

“The boardwalk was always here, really. First, we had some little shacks — there was a flower shop and a seafood place and a T-shirt shop, things like that,” said Jon Andersen, who, along with his brother, Tor, and business partner, Pete, took over ownership from his father, Bjorn, after he passed away. “But every couple of years, it seems like we’re doing something new.”

After renovating the greens and adding two brand new holes to the course this off-season, this summer will be no exception, as Viking Golf gets ready “release the Kraken” on Fenwick Island.

Pickleball Points - So what’s the pickle about all these paddles?

Coastal Point • SubmittedCoastal Point • SubmittedFor pickleball, your equipment needs are simple.

You need sport shoes with smooth tread for tennis-type courts, because running shoes on court surfaces can abruptly terminate your forward progress, ending in a nasty fall. Think about getting a pair of inexpensive sport goggles, because sometimes an errant ball might be attracted to your eyes or nose, and wear old, loose sports clothing because you soon will be ready to buy a smaller size.

Now, let’s talk about the paddle.

Like many of you, I first bought two of those wooden paddles, and they soon became very expensive firewood. I should have known better. I spent a lifetime developing and marketing tennis rackets using the same materials used in pickleball paddles, and I am even confused today when I go to the Internet to determine paddle playability differences.

Local hockey standout Patille returns from first year at Taft

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Dominic Patille recently returned home from his first year away at the Taft School in Watertown, Conn.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Dominic Patille recently returned home from his first year away at the Taft School in Watertown, Conn.Like most kids growing up in Sussex County, Ocean View native Dominic Patille spent most of his springs on the baseball diamond, behind the plate as a catcher for the Lower Sussex Little League.

Unlike most kids growing up in Sussex County, however, Patille also spent most of his winters traveling around to rinks in Harrington and Easton, Md., typically finishing up homework assignments in the back of his father’s pickup on the way to practice, to keep alive his childhood dream of one day playing professional ice hockey.

That still being the case following his freshman year at Indian River High School, when Patille was accepted into the Taft School — a highly selective private co-ed boarding school in Watertown, Conn., with both a baseball and hockey team — the chance to play both sports at the high-school level was the chance he had been waiting for.

“The harder decision wasn’t going away — it was which school to go to,” said Patille, who was accepted into three other highly ranked schools with hockey programs throughout Connecticut and New Hampshire. “I think it was someone that my mom worked with — her son played hockey, too, and was going away to prep-school. At the time, my dream was to play in the NHL, so that was how I first got into it.”

‘Big Sussex meets Bigger Texas’

Catching up with local pro Colin Herlihy on his trip to NLand Surf Park

Special to the Coastal Point • Lauren Herlihy: Colin Herlihy tests out the waves at NLand Surf Park in Austin, Texas, during his latest surf trip.Special to the Coastal Point • Lauren Herlihy: Colin Herlihy tests out the waves at NLand Surf Park in Austin, Texas, during his latest surf trip.They say that everything is bigger in Texas.

Recently, however, local pro wave-rider and everything-outdoorsman Colin Herlihy decided to find out for himself if the same was true about the surf.

Chances are you’ve spotted Herlihy around town at some point, whether it be helping the kids on Monday nights at the Bethany Surf Shop Skim Jam during the summer, dropping in on record surf along the Delmarva coast during hurricane season (Google “Hurricane Sandy surfer,” and he’ll be there), or the signature “Buck Board” logo from his Toobs’ pro-model under the arms of young skimmers and surfers just about anywhere there’s water. Maybe you’ve even not-spotted him camo’ed-out on a hunting trip somewhere deep in the Sussex County backwoods.

His world surf résumé includes everything from the now-renowned breaks that his father, Dan Herlihy, helped pioneer in Rincon, Puerto Rico, to all across Europe and then some. But before last month, the Lone Star State was one of the lone left off the list.

IRSD Field Hockey Camp continues to score in year No. 4

Coastal Point • Submitted: The IRSD Field Hockey Camp celebrated their most successful summer yet at Millsboro Middle School on Thursday, June 22.Coastal Point • Submitted: The IRSD Field Hockey Camp celebrated their most successful summer yet at Millsboro Middle School on Thursday, June 22.The Indian River School District Field Hockey Camp saw more than 80 youth players come out to Millsboro Middle School last Tuesday, June 20, through Thursday, June 22, to learn the sport from IRSD coaches Pattiva Cathell, Molly Chamberlin and Karen Irvin.

With hockey back on the rise throughout lower Sussex County, the fourth year for the camp turned out to be its most successful yet, steadily growing since launching in 2014 and already showing dividends at both the middle school and high school levels throughout the district.

“Our goal is to grow the game,” said Chamberlin, who this past fall helped coach Indian River High School to their first playoff appearance in 10 years.

“We want to see more girls playing hockey, and we want to see our local high school teams able to compete competitively against some of the better teams in the state. And I think we can already see that it’s working. We’re really hoping this is just the beginning of hockey growing in our area.”

Pickleball Points — Performance at the championship level

In the tennis world, I had to know something about the professional game, because I was betting corporate money on who would be the consistent winners and losers. And if I got it wrong more than one time, the president of Wilson or chairman of Pepsi would not give me a warm hug and tell me everything would be OK. Pepsi purchased Wilson, and used tennis and the U.S.

Delaware Budokan’s Scudieri inducted into Hall of Honors

Featured in new book ‘Modern Masters of the Martial Arts’

Coastal Point • Submitted: Scudieri is featured in the book ‘Modern Masters of the Martial Arts.’Coastal Point • Submitted: Scudieri is featured in the book ‘Modern Masters of the Martial Arts.’They consider it “the Academy Awards of Martial Arts.” And, if that’s the case, Delaware Budokan’s Hanshi Philip M. Scudieri can consider himself an “Oscar” winner.

In front of the 1,500 in attendance at the ceremony held at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., in January, Hanshi Scudieri was inducted into the Action Martial Arts Magazine’s Hall of Honors and presented the award for Outstanding Contributions in the Martial Arts.

But even after 45 years of both training in and teaching martial arts, and even after his fair share of past honors — including three other Hall of Honors inductions and two invitations to represent the United States at the Kyoto Budofest in Kyoto, Japan — the Selbyville-based Hanshi was still more than humbled when he got the news.

“It’s just amazing. I was blown away,” said Scudieri. “To get called up in front of all these pioneers of martial arts, I was thrilled to be considered for this kind of recognition.”

Gottschalk first IR athlete to win U.S. Lacrosse Bob Scott Award

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Gianni Gottschalk displays his 2017 U.S. Lacrosse Bob Scott Award.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Gianni Gottschalk displays his 2017 U.S. Lacrosse Bob Scott Award.It was after every Tuesday and Thursday practice, without exception, that Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse head coach and founder of the Tribe Youth Lacrosse Program Jim Dietsch would turn to his players and ask: “Alright — who’s going to step up to help coach the kids tonight?”

And it was after every Tuesday and Thursday practice, without exception, that senior co-captain Gianni Gottschalk would be the first to volunteer.

“Gianni was always the first one to say, ‘I’ll be there, Coach,’” said fellow co-captain Hayden McWilliams of his long-time teammate. “He was there for all the indoor practices, all the outdoor practices, and he really took the time to personally work with every kid out there and make a positive impact on them. They all loved Gianni.”

“Gianni is a really good coach and worked really well with those kids. I know from just watching him out there that he took pride in that,” added co-captain George Martin. “And he’s just a great guy that you want out there on the field with you. He’ll pump you up, he’ll make practices more intense — we definitely felt it when he wasn’t out on the field with us.”

But his coaches and teammates were equally without exception when it came to taking notice of Gottschalk’s dedication to the youth program at Tribe.

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