Roundup: Ex-Smyrna star Laney to miss rest of WNBA season

Betnijah Laney

Betnijah Laney

Former Smyrna High basketball standout Betnijah Laney, a second-year guard with the Chicago Sky, will miss the rest of the WNBA season with a knee injury.

Laney tore her left anterior cruciate ligament in the second quarter of a game against the Mystics on June 3.

The Rutgers grad had appeared in eight games this season for the Sky with one start.

A year ago, Laney averaged 3.0 points and 2.2 rebounds per game for Chicago. There is no timetable for her return.

Big League baseball

Felton-Harrington 4, Smyrna-Clayton 2: Pitcher Dylan Cole earned the victory for Felton-Harrington in District I Big League action.

Also for Felton-Harrington, Tyler Collins hit a triple and drove in a run.

John Barkley pitched for Smyrna-Clayton.

Local tennis

Sea Colony hosting event: The top tennis players with an intellectual disability will vie for the Inas World Tennis Championship at Sea Colony Beach and Tennis Resort in Bethany Beach next week.

The event will take place June 13-18. Players from the U.S, Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic and Italy will compete for men’s and women’s singles, doubles, mixed doubles and team honors.

Amaury Russo, Board President of Inas, the international federation for athletes with intellectual disability and the governing body of the event, will attend.

“We are so pleased to have this event hosted in Delaware,” said Russo. “We know the facility is top rate and the organization of the event is excellent. The tennis will be fantastic and I invite the community to come and see these fantastic players from around the world.”

The tournament is run under the rules of the International Tennis Federation and will be officiated by USTA professional chair umpires. Players must meet eligibility requirements set by the International Paralympic Committee and Inas. Semifinals will take place June 17 with finals and medal ceremonies on June 18.

The public is encouraged to attend the event, which is free to spectators.

Special Olympics

Del. Summer Games this weekend: Delaware’s Special Olympics Summer Games will be held this Friday and Saturday at the University of Delaware’s athletic complex in Newark.

More than 650 athletes and 100 Unified Partners (peers without disabilities) from across the state compete in six sports — aquatics, bocce, powerlifting, softball, tennis, and track and field. In addition, Young Athletes demonstrations involving children ages 2-7 take place Friday morning in the pool and on the track.

More than 200 coaches have provided training over the past two months in preparation for the competition and over 1,000 volunteers from the community and corporate/venue sponsors help make this event possible. In addition to competing, athletes have the opportunity to visit Olympic Village and Healthy Athletes where they participate in fun, educational, and health-related activities.

The Opening Ceremony takes place Friday at 12:30 p.m. at the Carpenter Center. Among the highlights of the ceremony is the parade of athletes and the lighting of the cauldron by the Outstanding Athlete of the Year, Chris Truono, of Wilmington, and the Winnie Spence Torch Runner of the Year, Det. Danielle Martin of the Delaware State Police.

The “Flame of Hope” arrives at the ceremony after traveling 160 miles over three days as part of the 30th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

“The annual Summer Games is the highlight of the year for everyone involved,” said Special Olympics Delaware executive director Ann Grunert. “We take great pride in providing our athletes with a first-class event at which they can display their many athletic talents not only to family and friends, but their fellow Delawareans from the community. They never cease to amaze us … and inspire us.”

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