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LIGHTNING PROTECTI gN Trlsh Vernon photo Mike Fintel controls the bah as Mike Triffilis tries to move in during indoor soccer action. YMCA's indoor soccer drawing large crowds to Skatewodd By Trish Vernon Steve Lind knew if he organized it, they would come. And come they did to sign up for the Sussex Indoor Soccer League, sponsored by the Sussex Family YMCA. Almost every Monday and Thursday evening in January and February, 175 players, ranging in age from nine through 18, descend upon Skateworld II at Midway Shopping Center to hone their skills and test them out in friendly competition. That doesn't count the four adult teams which play on Sundays. They come from as far away as Seaford and Milford now, with Hispanic teams, which had already formed, joining in, as word travels about the new league, which began as a small offshoot of the Y's fall outdoor youth soccer program seven years ago. "I knew it would happen if we did it right and if we made our- selves available to the Hispanic teams we could double our adult division," Lind said, noting he would like to continue attracting more of these already-formed teams inthe area. A tribute to Lind's tenacity is the fact that he was invited to be a guest at this year's Cape Henlopen Soccer Boosters Banquet. "Cape had a really good season and many of this year's star players got their start as youngsters in the Y outdoor league," Lind said. (That league began almost a decade ago and attracts a healthy throng of boys and girls as young as five-years-old.) Such well- known players as Brian Higgins, Corey KinKy and Jack Lingo learned the sport at Lind's knee. The beauty of the indoor league, according to Lind, is that with an average of 10 to 11 players on each team, everyone gets a chance to play, as it's a strenuous sport. While the Ocean City indoor league concentrates solely on pro- ducing stars for its St. Patrick's Weekend Tournament (in which the Sussex Y players have been participating for a number of years), Lind's philosophy is dif- ferent. "Our philosophy is that the players come first-- then the game," Lind explained. He would eventually like to see a Kent-Sus- sex soccer tournament and an all- star team which would combine students from both Cape and Sus- sex Central, who are usually found at opposite sides of the are- na. Since Lind's son attends Sussex Central High, he has been able to foster connections in that district, while continuing to work with the players in the Cape Henlopen Dis- trict. When embarking upon his task of creating the league, he was con- cerned he would not be able to attract enough coaches and refer- ees, but so far, those fears have been allayed. Mike Price, former Cape All-State goalie and school referee, is the chief referee, who is joined by other well-qualified people such as Cape High Head Coach John Myers, Donn Steele and John Lingo. Now Lind is in the process of singling out certain players in the 15 to 18-year division whom he believes would make good coach- es and referees. As with most youth programs the budget is tight, although Lind emphasized how fortunate they are to find "an excellent facility" at Skateworld II, and noted how owner Rick Slatcher has done all he can to make it a success. However, any business which would like to contribute funds for team shirts can contact Lind at 945-2216. Lewes Little League registration set Feb. 7 Lewes Little League will be holding open registration on Mon- day, Feb. 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Lewes Middle School multi- purpose room. Registration will also be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Saturday, Feb. 12 in the gym. Free physicals will only be given on Feb. 7; if you have pre- registered your child and a physi- cal is needed, plan to attend that night. Girls and boys who will be age five before July 31 and no older than 18 by July 31 are eligible to sign up. The fee is $20 per child and $35 per family. Those with pre-registration packets are asked to fill out all of the information and drop it off one of those days. First time registrants must bring in a copy of the child's birth certificate and insurance informa- tion and all children must be accompanied by a parent at regis- CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, February 4 - February 10, 1994 - 25 tration. White ball pants will be avail- able for sale on these days and membership for the year will be available for a $1 fee. For more information call Mary Warrington at 645-2679. Delaware girls' sports awards luncheon set Delaware's Women in sports Day seventh annual girls' and women's sports awards luncheon and celebrity auction will be held at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5 at the Best Western; junction of 1-95 and Rt. 273, Newark. Awards will be presented to outstanding female high school athletes from Delaware and the theme is "break- ing barriers." Over 150 people are expected to attend, with three women from the All American Girls' Professional Baseball League, who were fea- tured in "A League of Their Own" will be guest speakers. They are Gertie Dunn, Dorothy Kamenshek and Jean Faust Eastman. Door prizes donated by major sports companies and local stores will be awarded. Tickets for the event, which raises scholarshi V money for senior high school ath- letes through the celebrity auction' which follows the luncheon, are $10. Call Bonnie Lane at 995- 8 I00 for more information. HAZZARD Z Electrical Contractor L.P.I. 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