Cape Gazette

Sports Briefs

Apr 07, 2014

Delmarva Rugby victorious in Philly

Delmarva Rugby Club traveled north April 12 to take on the Philadelphia Gryphons. Delmarva put together a solid showing to earn a 24-19 win, improving their season record to 2-0. It is the first time the squad has opened the season with two wins in club history. Delmarva was led by Cape Henlopen alum Sammy Mohr, who scored three tries. Lake Forest grad Robert Ortiz also scored. Delmarva will play North Penn Rugby Club in Hatfield Pa., in its next match.

Henlopen Soccer Club tryouts upcoming

The Henlopen Soccer Club Select Program will host open tryouts for its 2014-15 season at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 26, and Saturday, May 3, at H.O. Brittingham Elementary School in Milton. With three consecutive state championships, dedication to players and low fees, Henlopen Soccer Club is one of the most player-friendly clubs to play for. The club is seeking boys and girls ages 8 to 16 of all abilities to expand the select program. Tryouts are free, and registration begins at noon. For more information, email or go to

Sea Colony readies for spring season

Sea Colony Tennis Center, just south of Bethany Beach, is preparing to serve its springtime United States Tennis Association-sponsored tournaments.

“We are really excited about hosting these spring tournaments,” said Director of Tennis Thomas Johnston. “We now run eight USTA junior tournaments throughout the year and a variety of adult tournaments, ranging from the amateur level to the professional level. We can’t wait to start the 2014 season.”

The Sea Colony Junior Challenge, for boys and girls ages 12 to 18, takes place April 19-20. These clay court singles and doubles tournaments will include a first match loser consolation bracket. Entries are due by Sunday, April 13. Learn more about this event at

The Sea Colony Spring Adult Classic will take place April 26-27 and is open to men and women with NTRP ratings of 3.0 to 5.0. This clay court event includes singles, doubles and mixed doubles events with a first match loser’s consolation bracket. Entries are due by Sunday, April 20. More information on this event is available at

The Sea Colony Spring Junior Open is for boys and girls ages 12 to 18 and will be held May 17-18. This event will feature both hard court singles and doubles tournaments and a first match loser’s consolation bracket. Entries are due by Saturday, May 10. For more information on this event, visit

The entry cost for each of these tournaments is $33 each for singles players and $18 each for doubles players.

Tournaments are open to all USTA members. For more information, contact the Sea Colony Tennis Center at 302-539-4488.

Delaware football hosts camp April 26 in Milford

University of Delaware football will host a camp for boys and girls 4 to 12 years old from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at Milford High School. From 10 a.m. to noon, free interactive programming will be available, including Radio Disney interactive performance and games, a bounce house, face painting and more. At 10:30 a.m., football skills fun begins. At noon, Delaware football spring ball on-field action begins. Then at 2 p.m., fans will be able to meet their favorite players and coaches for photographs and autographs. Online registration is open until Monday, April 21, at For more information, email or call 302-831-8961.

Milton Little League seeks volunteers

With opening day for Milton Little League just around the corner, the Milton Little League Board seeks community support and volunteers. This year there is a specific need for umpires and concession stand help.

It takes a whole community to support such a beneficial program as Milton Little League. Anyone interested in volunteering as an umpire or a concession stand worker can contact Milton Little League via email at

The Milton Little League Board and area youth genuinely appreciate any support. For more information, go to

Golf tourney proceeds to support Georgetown Fire Hall upgrades

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Georgetown Fire Company will host a golf tournament fundraiser Friday, May 9, at Sussex Pines Country Club, Georgetown. A continental breakfast will be served from 8 to 8:45 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. A hot lunch will be served after the tournament.

First State Chevrolet will sponsor the hole-in-one contest for this preferred drive, best ball gross tourney. There are prizes for first, second and third place; closest to the pin; and longest drive. Mulligans will be available for purchase, and there will be a 50/50 raffle. Participants will receive goody bags, and door prizes will be awarded.

The fundraiser will support the recent remodeling of the interior of the 48-year-old Georgetown Fire Hall. Hole sponsorships are still being accepted. To receive a participation form and/or more information, go to or call 302-856-3255.

State parks seek beach lifeguards

Delaware State Parks Beach Patrol is actively searching for qualified applicants to fill ocean lifeguard positions at five of Delaware’s premier swimming beaches in Sussex County. Tryouts for interested applicants will be held at the Freeman Fitness Center at Sea Colony in Bethany Beach at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 12. There is no preregistration necessary. Interested individuals may simply attend the tryout of their choice for a chance to work at the beach.

No experience is necessary; however, applicants must be at least 16 and able to meet fitness standards and swimming ability minimums, such as:

• Swim 550 yards in 10 minutes

• Complete a two-mile beach run in 20 minutes

• Do 25 push-ups in 60 seconds

• Do 25 sit-ups in 60 seconds

• Complete a 100-yard timed soft sand sprint

• Complete a 25-yard timed swim sprint.

Delaware State Parks Beach Patrol offers a competitive salary, strength training and participation in ocean lifeguard competitions. Limited beach housing is available. As a U.S. Lifesaving Association Advanced Certified Agency, the beach patrol also offers the following paid training: Delaware State Parks Ocean Rescue Training, DOT - First Responder Training, CPR/AED/First Aid Training, Helicopter - Open Water Rescue Program and Sussex County EMS Medic Assistant Training.

More information about the Delaware State Parks Beach Patrol is available at or by calling 302-632-0396 or 302-227-2800, Ext. 106. Sea Colony is at 38994 West Way Drive in Bethany Beach.

Sports at the Beach to host Pitch, Hit & Run competition

Sports at the Beach will host a free Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run Competition for baseball and softball players ages 7-14. The event will be held Saturday, April 12. Time for the event is still undetermined.

Pitch, Hit & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball. This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a contest that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball and softball skills.

Boys and girls are divided into four age divisions: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14, and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game.

The individual pitching, hitting and running champions, along with the all-around champion in each age and gender group at the local competition will be awarded and advance to the sectional level of competition.

All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and have their parent or guardian fill out a registration/waiver form prior to the start of competition.

For more information, contact local coordinator Sports at the Beach at or 302-856-7400.

PJ's Viking Lax Camp registration open

Registration for the second annual PJ's Viking Lax Camp is now open. The camp will be held exclusively for girls entering grades 4-9 from 9 a.m. to noon, June 17-19. The camp is limited to 50 players and four goalies. It was sold out in three weeks last year, so early registration is highly recommended. The camp will include the basics and cutting-edge stick techniques; advanced instruction in shooting, cutting and dodging; and instruction on offensive and defensive strategies, draw control and 8-meter shooting. In addition to Cape coach PJ Kesmodel, goalie coach Steve Aubrey will provide instruction for goalies. Delmarva Division I players and/or Virginia Tech teammates or former teammates of Meg Bartley may also be on hand.

The camp will be held at Cape Henlopen High School. Cost is $130 per player. A multi-child discount reduces the price for a second child to $105. An early bird discount of $115 is available if first payment of $30 is postmarked on or before April 1. To preregister, email and include name, address, home phone number, parent cellphone, parent email, school, grade as of fall 2014, playing experience, playing level and player's position. Registration is not complete and an early bird discount is not earned until a check is received.

Snow goose hunting open through April 12

The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife is once again implementing an annual Snow Goose Conservation Order, which began in 2009 as part of an Atlantic Flyway-wide effort to reduce the population of greater snow geese. Snow goose numbers have reached levels that are now causing extensive damage to their breeding grounds in the Canadian Arctic as well as the wetlands and agricultural areas where they overwinter in the Mid-Atlantic, including Delaware. The 2014 Conservation Order to harvest snow geese will open Saturday, Feb. 1, and run through Friday, Feb. 7, then will reopen Monday, Feb. 10, and run through Saturday, April 12.

The conservation order is a separate season open only for snow geese, which occurs after the regular waterfowl hunting seasons close. It was created with the intent of using hunting as a game management tool to reduce and stabilize the greater snow goose population. Last year, an estimated 9,965 snow geese were harvested by more than 700 hunters who participated in Delaware’s Conservation Order.

Use of unplugged shotguns and electronic calls are allowed, with legal shooting hours starting a half-hour before sunrise and extended to a half-hour after sunset; there are no daily bag and possession limits. All other federal and state hunting regulations apply.

The conservation order will be closed Saturday, Feb. 8, for a special statewide waterfowl hunting day for youths and non-ambulatory disabled hunters. Regular snow goose hunting is also allowed on this day for all legally licensed waterfowl hunters in Delaware, but the special harvest methods described above are not allowed and the regular-season daily bag limit of 25 snow geese will be in effect on this day.

Most state wildlife areas will open to hunting during the conservation order beginning Monday, Feb. 3, to avoid conflict with Delaware’s firearm deer seasons. Wildlife areas in New Castle and Sussex counties will be open on a first-come, first-served basis with no registration required, except at Assawoman Wildlife Area, where hunters must self-register at the Assawoman check station. In Kent County, individual sign-in will be required at Woodland Beach, Little Creek and Ted Harvey wildlife areas.

To participate in the conservation order, hunters must obtain a free Snow Goose Conservation Order permit number by registering at Participants are also required to have a valid Delaware hunting license or a Maryland resident hunting license, a 2013-14 Delaware waterfowl stamp and a Delaware Harvest Information Program number, with the HIP available at the website above. A federal waterfowl stamp is not required.

Hunters are required to keep this permit number in their possession while hunting and to report their hunting activity and success to the Division of Fish and Wildlife by Thursday, May 1 via website at; hunters may also report by phone at 302-735-3600.

For more information, call 302-739-9912 or go to

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