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Sports Briefs

June 19, 2017

Youth soccer camp set Aug. 7-11

A free week-long High Power Youth Soccer Camp will be offered at the First Baptist Church of Lewes from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 7 to Friday, Aug. 11, for youth ages 5-11. Participants will learn soccer skills and teamwork, and get lots of exercise. Most importantly, each day there will be a lesson from the Bible that will focus on one aspect of the good news found in Jesus Christ. The camp is for athletes and non-athletes alike, for those who know soccer inside and out, and for those who have never touched a ball. There's something for everyone (including the occasional water balloon fight). For more information or to register, go to FBCSoccer.org.

Red, White and Blue 5K set July 4

The second annual Red, White and Blue 5K will be held at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 4, at Rehoboth Beach Country Club. The course is USATF-certified with chip timing and goes around residential and golfing areas along the bay. Entrants receive a T-shirt. Awards will be given to overall male and female winners, and masters male and female winners along with top three male and female finishers in 10-year age categories 9 and under to 75 and over, as well as to the top walkers. A great post-race party hosted by RBCC will be held overlooking the bay and seaside towns.

There will be a special award for the best red, white and blue attire. Preregistration is $25, and day of race is $30. The Kiddie K, run at 7:25 a.m., is free. RBCC members and students under 18 pay $20, or $25 day of race. Go to www.races2run.com to register to run, register to only attend the party ($5), for more information, or to be a sponsor or donor. Special thanks go to Rehoboth Beach Country Club, Races2Run, and NKS Distributors.  Proceeds go to Meals on Wheels Delaware.  

Pickleballers place at National Senior Games

Because pickleball is growing so rapidly, so is the performance quality of play at the national level. The First State Pickleball Club let everyone know at the National Senior Games held June 2-15 in Birmingham, Ala., that Delaware was ready to mix it up with anyone. Local results included:

• Pearl Morris and Diane Milam placed sixth in Women's Doubles 55-59

• Marion Lisehora and Judy Lang placed fourth in Women's Doubles 80-89 

• Rick Bell and Bob O'Malley earned fourth place in Men's Doubles 55-59

• Georgia Billger and Delia Wan placed fifth in Women's Doubles 65-69

• Georgia Billger also earned eighth place in Mixed Doubles 75-79

• Marion Lisehora took gold in Mixed Doubles 85-89.

First State Pickleball Club President Kathy Casey asked everyone to join her in congratulations for the entire Delaware contingent. 

First Tee golf tourney set July 27

The First Tee of Delaware will sponsor the second annual Delmarva Scramble Golf Tournament Thursday, July 27, at Heritage Shores Golf Club, Bridgeville. Registration is $400 per foursome; details can be found at www.thefirstteedelaware.org. Thursday, July 20, is the registration deadline.

The First Tee of Delaware is also seeking tournament sponsorships to maximize fundraising efforts. Businesses and organizations can sponsor a tee box for $100 or donate gift certificates for door prizes; contact tourney Co-chair Steve Garner at stgarner@gmail.com by June 30. All donations are tax-deductible. 

The First Tee of Delaware is a youth development program dedicated to providing the core values of honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgement to all students in Sussex County and throughout Delaware through the sport of golf. The National First Tee Program is sponsored by the PGA and LPGA organizations.

Delmarva Youth Sports summer camps offered

Delmarva Youth Sports is offering seven weeklong sport camps this summer to rising third- through eighth-grade athletes.

Delmarva Youth Sports will hold the 2017 Sport Camps at Delmarva Christian High School in Georgetown. Starting the third week in June and running through July, the camps will be held Monday through Thursday. The seven sport camps will consist of basketball, softball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, field hockey and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Coaches from Delmarva Christian as well as the local community will lead the children in learning the ins and outs of the game, conditioning, relationship building, and more, all in a Christ-centered environment.

For more information on sport camps or to register, go to dchs.me or call 302-856-4040.

Tennis pro Justiniani returns to Sea Colony

A familiar face rejoins Sea Colony's world class tennis program. Accomplished coach and former resort head tennis professional Alex Justiniani returns to the world-renowned Bethany Beach-area club as its new assistant tennis director.

"It's great to have Alex back," said Sea Colony Tennis Director Thomas Johnston. "He's a fantastic teacher, was instrumental in the development of our junior tennis program and I look forward to working together again."

No stranger to Sea Colony, Justiniani served two stints on the resort's courts - the first as an associate professional from 2004-06 and, most recently, as the head tennis professional and junior tennis coordinator from 2009-13. For the last four years, he was the tennis director for a Baltimore-area country club, earning 2014 Proud Facility honors from the Professional Tennis Registry.

"I'm super excited and eager to be back at Sea Colony," Justiniani said. "I'm looking forward to collaborating with Thomas again and can't wait to help take the program to the next level."

Justiniani is a committed student of tennis instruction and is one of only a handful of teaching professionals to earn certification in multiple PTR pathways - junior development, adult development and performance. He is also certified by the organization to teach wheelchair tennis and cardio tennis. His professional accolades include 2012 PTR Delaware Pro of the Year and 2013 Top 30 Under 30 Professionals by Tennis Industry Magazine.

For more information about Sea Colony Tennis, go to SeaColonyTennis.net, call 302-539-4488 or stop by the pro shop.

Foundation seeks applicants for youth sports grants

The Jason Anderson Foundation for Youth Sports is now accepting applications for its spring 2017 grants. In 2016, the foundation's first year, $8,000 in grants were awarded to various local organizations.

"In our first year, we exceeded our expectations, and we were able to help more than half a dozen local sports organizations and hundreds of local kids," said Andrew Schwab, chairman of the Jason Anderson Foundation board. "We hope to help even more children in 2017, and we look forward to receiving even more applications."

During The Jason Anderson Foundation's successful first year, the following groups received grants of at least $1,000: Dover Little League, Kent County Stallions, The Police Athletic League of Delaware - Youth Basketball League at Garfield Park, Duffy's Hope, Henlopen Soccer Club, The Western YMCA and Kirkwood Soccer.

The Jason Anderson Foundation for Youth Sports is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt not-for-profit organization founded by the Anderson family after Jason tragically died in an automobile accident in January 2015 at the age of 33. The outpouring of support for the family from friends, colleagues, co-workers, neighbors and gracious members of the community prompted the family and close friends to establish this foundation in Jason's name as a way to give back. For more information, go to www.jasonandersonfoundation.org.

Delaware Fishing Guide now available

The Division of Fish & Wildlife's 2017 Delaware Fishing Guide and fishing rulers have arrived, with distribution to fishing license agents throughout the state, including sporting goods, bait and tackle, and hardware stores. Anglers also can pick up a copy of the guide and a ruler when buying their 2017 fishing license and trout stamp at the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife's main office in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover. The guide is also available online.

Inside the full-color, magazine-sized guide, anglers will find detailed information on Delaware's fishing license requirements and how to obtain a Delaware Fisherman Information Network number, as well as sections on tidal and freshwater sportfishing, fishing regulations and general angling information. This year's guide also showcases additions to the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament and Live Release program.

The new fishing ruler, colored red for 2017, serves as a handy tool to measure fish and shellfish catches and provide a quick reference on minimum size, possession limits and seasons.

Although the printed version of the fishing guide and the fishing rulers both provide a summary of minimum sizes, possession limits and seasons, the public is reminded that these regulations are subject to change after the guide has been published and the rulers produced. This year, changes are expected for summer flounder, tilefish, tautog and possibly black sea bass. The online version of the guide will be updated as new regulations become effective.

For more information on the 2017 Delaware Fishing Guide or on fishing in the First State, call the Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914. For freshwater fishing information, anglers also may call the section's Smyrna field office at 302-735-8650, or for saltwater fishing information, the Little Creek field office at 302-735-2960.

Military engineers golf tourney set Oct. 12

The Delmarva Post of the Society of American Military Engineers will hold its 2017 Scholarship Golf Tournament Thursday, Oct. 12, at Maple Dale Country Club in Dover. Registration is at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at noon. Advance registration is encouraged.

Funds raised by this event go to the scholarship program which provides college scholarships to several Delaware high school seniors who intend to pursue engineering degrees. These scholarships are competitive and are based on applicants' high school record and a personal essay.

To learn more about this year's outing, contact Joe Cuccinello at 302-747-1308 or jcuccinello@tuiwater.com. Go to www.same.org/Get-Connected/Find-a-Post/Delmarva/About-the-Post.

SAME works at fostering a working community amongst uniformed, public and private-sector architects and engineers in support of the citizen-soldier, community outreach, and to develop future leaders and pioneers in the engineering field.