Roundup: Panthers’ DeMora named Gatorade Del. Softball Player of Year

Polytech High’s Whitney DeMora was named the Gatorade Delaware Softball Player of the Year on Thursday.

DeMora is the first Polytech player to win the honor.

The 5-foot-7 senior infielder batted .582 with 11 home runs, 27 runs scored and 29 RBI this past season, leading the Panthers (13-6) to a berth in the DIAA state tournament. A returning Honorable Mention All-State selection, DeMora worked 16 walks and collected 23 extra-base hits, recording a .681 on-base percentage and a 1.400 slugging percentage.

She helped lead Polytech to the state championship as a junior.

DeMora has maintained a 3.40 GPA in the classroom. In addition to donating her babysitting services to a family in need, she has volunteered as a youth softball instructor.

“Whitney is an outstanding hitter,” said Nicki Shirey, head coach at Smyrna. “We definitely give the sign to pitch around her at all cost.

Sometimes that doesn’t even matter. In our last matchup, she took a very low, way-outside pitch and slammed it well over our fence, leaving us all in awe.”

DeMora has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on scholarship at Wilmington University this fall.
DeMora joins recent Gatorade Delaware Softball Players of the Year Regan Green (2014-15 & 2013-14, Laurel), Carolyn Szymanski (2012-13, Caravel), Kim Smith (2011-12, Sussex Tech), Rachel Gillen,(2010-11, 2009-10 & 2008-09, Archmere), Erika Brittingham (2007–08, Sussex Central), and Brandy
Jester, (2006-07, Sussex Central) among the state’s list of former award winners.

Special Olympics

Summer Games on tap: The Summer Games, Special Olympics Delaware’s largest sports event, will be held on June 10-11 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 will compete in six sports — aquatics, bocce, powerlifting, softball, tennis, and track and field. In addition, Young Athletes demonstrations involving children ages 2-7 will 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 take place on June 11 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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