Delmar Sports Scene
By Tommy Young
While all the Wildcat teams were busy last week gong through their paces getting in shape for their opening day or night games next week, an historical event happened.
The Delmar soccer team now has a lighted field, something the local soccer fans and supporters have been working on for quite some time became a reality last Wednesday while the “Cats” were scrimmaging the Mardela High team.
Although it was in the afternoon, it was a beautiful sight. Peninsula Electric did a great job, but just as Bob Jennette, whose company did the work, said they are going to have to do some fine tuning after dark to see if the field is well enough lighted and if it needs more lights, which can easily be taken care of. The main thing is the folks who are employed and could not get to the afternoon games will be able to attend the games because all home games will start at 5:30 p.m. with the JVs playing first followed by the varsity contest.
I was out to school on Tuesday and talked to head coach Rick Evans about the team knowing they lost several good key players from last year’s squad, and he seemed to be very optimistic about the group he has out this year. They scrimmaged three schools last weekend, Salisbury School, North Caroline and Poly Tech and did very well against them. After the way they outplayed Mardela in their scrimmage game Wednesday, I could see whey he felt the way he did about this year’s team because I thought they looked good.
Three things that have really helped the team are that most of the squad has been spending a lot of time in the weight room, and it shows especially with the boys coming up from last year’s JVs; Brad Vanderwende, who was a varsity soccer player two years ago and played football last year but now has returned to the soccer team; and a foreign exchange student from Germany who has joined the team and should be an asset. The bad news is that the three varsity games scheduled away before their first home game on September 16 versus Cape Henlopen at 5:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, the girls’ field hockey teams were winding up their pre-season scrimmages last week, but as this was a short week because of the holiday, I had to get the column in early, and I don’t have any results. The same thing applies to the football scrimmages down at Parkside where they were also to take on Snow Hill again; I will have something on all this next week.
The cross county teams do not open their season until September 10, and all of their meets are away; there will be more about them also next week.
ASSISTS AND ERRORS
The best deal as far as golf is concerned is out at Wood Creek on Thursday as they have their two-man scramble going on, and it only costs $10 per person for nine holes, and the cart is included. This started in April and runs through the middle of October, and the public is invited. Just get a playing partner and check in with Art between 3:15 and 5:15 p.m. any Thursday. The winners are awarded points which can be turned in for merchandise at the end of the season. It will give you a chance to work on your short game and have some fun.
Delmar Public Library
The Delmar Library will be closed on Thursday, Sept. 11, for the Delaware Division of Libraries staff development day. It will reopen on Friday, Sept. 12, at 9 a.m. Patrons can use the drop box at the front door entrance to return materials during these days.