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Rehoboth Little League announces further additions Rehoboth Beach Little League pushed its fundraising campaign into higher gear this week with announcement that it has begun three new projects. The most sig- nificant of those projects is the addition of lights to the boys ma- jor league field. "Little League rules mandate that any league hosting a tourna- ment must have at least one ball field with Little League-ap- proved lighting," laid Blake Thompson, chairman of the League's capital fundraising campaign. (Rehoboth Little League this year will host the re- gional girls 11-12 year old tour- nament for the top teams from a 12 state area.) "We're pleased to announce," said Thompson, "that the lights have been ordered and will be up on our major league field in time for opening day. Without the ability to host end-of-season tournaments, our beautiful sports complex and the community spirit that has made it all possible would become our 'best-kept se- cret' and would never be fully re- alized." Thompson said League offi- cials felt confident going forward with the additional improve- ments to the field because of tremendously positive response to the fundraising campaign. The League is also moving for- ward with construction of a new field for the youngest players in the league-, the tee bailers. He noted that recent sign-ups pro- duced 60 more children interest- ed in playing tee ball in Re- hoboth this year compared to 1996. That puts Rehoboth Little League's total number of chil- dren participating at more than 300. And finally, because Rehoboth will host Lewes Senior League games this year- which include senior league-age boys from Re- hoboth) - the League decided to replace the existing dirt infield of the senior league field with sod and an irrigation system to keep it in good shape. Thompson said that work is underway as well and will be complete in time for the field to be playable this season. Rehoboth Beach Little League moved into its new seven acre complex in 1996 on land provid- ed for its use by Epworth United Methodist Church. Wally Townsend, father of Re hoboth Little League President Pete Townsend, has directed much of the work on the four field complex to date. Bill Vernon (1) recently presented $1,000 to Rehoboth Beach Little League fundraising chairman Blake Thompson on behalf of O'Conor, Piper and Flyma Realtors. The money will go toward erasing the 8150,000 debt on the League's complex of fields on Glade Road, as well as helping to pay for recent additions announced for the comple The cam- palgn has now raised more than $120,000 toward the goal Three Slam Dunk To Beach players named to McDonald's All-Americans tourney lists winners The national basketball tourna- ment "Slam Dunk To The Beach" again has set the standard as being the number one high school bas- ketball tournament in the United States by placing three players on the prestigious McDonald's All American team. Consisting of the nation's best 24 high school players, the Mc- Donald's All-American team rep- resents the best players the United States has to offer in high school basketball. The players, who played in re- cent versions of Slam Dunk and who were named to the team, in- clude 6' ] 1" Jason Collins of Har- vard-West Lake, North Holly- wood, California, signed with Stanford University; his brother Jarron Collins, also of Harvard- Westlake, signed with Stanford University; and Mark Karcher of St. Frances, Baltimore who hasn't yet decided where he will play college ball. Tony Meoli, owner and opera- tor of several Delmarva McDon- ald's franchise including Re- hoboth Beach and Midway, said: "This indeed is an unbelievable testament which shows the quali- ty of basketball played at Slam Dunk. "We truly are proud that we have been asked to be involved with this national event and sin- cerely hope that the people of Delaware understand what having this tournament and its players mean to the state economically." The 20th annual McDonald's All-American game will be played in Colorado Springs, Col- orado on Saturday, March 29 at the Cluna Arena, home of the United States Air Force Acade- my, and will be broadcast live at 2 p.m. by CBS Sports.. Slam Dunk Executive Director Bobby Jacobs has been invited to this prestigious event by the leg- endary DeMatha High School Coach Morgan Wootten. Jacobs sits on several All-American player selection committees and in respected for his opinion on high school basketball talent across the nation. For more information on the Slam Dunk To The Beach Nation- al Holiday Basketball Invitational Tournament contact the state tournament corporate office at (302) 734-7526. The Sussex Tech Raven Wrestling Tournament held March 22 saw Jimmy Hudson from Tech take fast place in ihe Jr. Division, 155 lb. and Jenna Pavlik of PAL coming in second. In the Jr. 165 lb. class, Derrick Davis of Sussex Central was first, followed by Chris Couch of Tech in second place. Coming in fourth place in the Jr. Heavyweight divi- sion was Brandon Morrow of Tech. In the senior division, Eddie Cook of Tech took fourth place in the 128 lb. class while in the 138 lb. class, Ken Weller of Carrolle, took first, followed by Tim Traynor of Tech, and Nick Tripple of Tech. In the 148 lb. division, Anon Harris of CR came in first, with Lionel Waters of Tech taking Rehoboth Little League sets girls softball clinic April 12-13 Rehoboth Beach Little League will sponsor a Girls' Softball "All Skills" clinic during the weekend of April 12 and 13 at the Re- hoboth Beach Little League Com- plex on the Glade road. The clin- ic, open to girls aged 7 to 15, will be taught by Bob Pelle, instructor for FP Softball. Pelle's FP Soft- ball Camps and Cfinics is entering its 12th year of softball instruc- tion. The first session will be for girls aged 7 and 8, and will take place on Saturday from 9:30 to noon. The second session will follow at 12:30 to 3 p.m. and is for 9 to 12 year olds. The third session will be held on Sunday, April 13, from 12:30 to 3 p.m, and is for all 13-15 year olds. In the event of rain, all sessions will be held at the Re- hoboth Elementary school gym. The skills taught will be field- ing, batting and pitching. Students participating in this clinic will al- so receive information regarding Pelle's week-long summer clinic that will be coming to Millsboro and his fast pitch softball clinics that are taught twice a year in lo- cal areas. This is a participation clinic, so students must wear clothing suit- able for action. Black soled sneak- ers are prohibited if the clinic is relocated to the gym. Students must bring a glove, and a bat, ff possible. The cost of each session is $15. For more information and to reg- ister, call Kathy Cooper at 227- 9045. Early phone registration is required. .1 LEWES FISHHOUSE & PRODUCE SNOW CRAB CLUSTERS $5.99 lb. second. 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