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Women in Sports Day 2010
“Stay Strong, Play On”

21st Annual Event Luncheon
Presented by DWASF

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Women in Sports Day 2010 was held on Sunday, April 25, 2010 at the University of Delaware Clayton Hall. The following were award recipients:


2010 Outstanding Female Athletes

2010 Athletes of Promise

A. I. duPont
Casey Grasso
Cynthia Hagerty
Archmere Academy
Moira Dolan
Elyse Andrews
Caesar Rodney
Corrie Kiger
Karly Jones
Cape Henlopen
Devin Price
Jaclyn Coveleski
Caravel Academy
Ellee Rollins
Heather Willey
Danielle Cedeno
Khashema Boyer
Taylor Lober
Vanessa Huber
Delmarva Christian
Sarah Bett
Sarah Bryan
Hodgson Vo-Tech
Briana Glen
Kenya McVey
Howard H.S. of Tech
Amenia Williams
Geral’Myra Wanamaker
Lake Forest
Briana Tilghman
Hunter Matusevich
Ariana Goode
Morgan Dukes
Sara Kolobielski
Savannah Becker
Tediah Grant
Alexa Webb
Megan Young
St. Mark's
Amanda Farrell
Lindsey Nichols
St. Thomas More
Kaitlin LeBlanc
Christine Eliassen
William Penn
Kelli Williams
Jen Tordella
Wilmington Christian
Ashley Connell
Joy Hickman
Danielle Griffin
Caitlin Blades


DWASF Sportsmanship Award
Laura Leone

The DWASF Sportsmanship Award honors a Delaware female athlete of any age who has demonstrated either an outstanding instance of sportsmanship or who continually displays those qualities that define the best in sportsmanship and the ideals of ethical conduct in sports. The nominee serves as a positive role model and leader.

Laura Leone started her swimming career at the age of six at her local pool and continued to swim competitively year round at The Delaware Swim School and at Brandywine High School where she broke several school records. Laura also competed on the volleyball team and softball team in high school while doubling as the Brandywine Bulldog Mascot. She went on to swim at the University of Delaware where she earned a degree in Health and Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training.

During her time at U.D., Laura again had the urge to ham it up and was selected as the Delaware Fighting Blue Hen. During that time she rallied the crowd at each game and duked it out with the West Chester Ram and other mascots winning every battle!! This continued until she was tackled by a sea of football players ending her Fighting Blue Hen career with a partially torn Achilles tendon and broken ankle. Needless to say the feathers were flying everywhere! She accepted a graduate assistant job at West Chester University to study exercise physiology as well as teaching and coaching at the college level. Laura then went on to earn her Masters Degree at Wilmington College in Leadership and Education.

Her true love was always coaching. She coached track at Delcastle, softball at Glasgow High and settled in coaching at her alma mater Brandywine High for over 15 years in which the team found itself vying for a state championship title every year. She was nominated coach of the year during this time. In addition to the high school and college level, Laura coached at Pine Crest International Swim Camp and the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Here she worked among other coaches training athletes from all over the world preparing them for the Olympic Games.

Miss Leone also coached volleyball at Hodgson Vo-Tech High school for 10 years. She coached a struggling team who never won to a team that qualified for the state tournament numerous times and again received the coach of the year award for high school volleyball.

In addition to her other commitments, Laura has been a standing member of the DIAA State Basketball Tournament committee since 2004. Presently Miss Leone has been the Athletic Director at Hodgson Vo-Tech for the past nine years. As chair of the sportsmanship committee she guided her athletes, students, faculty, and fans to observe and respect the Delaware Interscholastic Sportsmanship Code, thereby winning this prestigious award for her school the past 4 years. Laura is a strong proponent of women’s sports and athletics. She continues to promote, mentor, and encourage young women to participate and strive for excellence in their game.

~Presented in memory of Ethel McInerney Starr~
Mrs. Starr was a pioneer and champion for the cause of equity for young women in CYO sports.

DWASF Outstanding Coach
Sheila DiNardo

The DWASF Outstanding Coach Award honors a Delaware coach who has been an outstanding coach, role model and mentor. The nominee may coach within any organized club, sport, college or recreational program at any level. Criteria include coaching success; status as a role model for female athletes; community involvement as it relates to increasing opportunities for girls and women; involvement in coaching/professional organizations.

In high school at Mt. Pleasant, Sheila played basketball and softball and was on the All-State team of both! She attended Delaware Technical Community College on a Basketball scholarship and also played on 2 Region 19 Junior college championship teams. She attended Wilmington College, where she played Basketball and Softball. She played on Wilmington colleges NAIA North East Regional Championship team.

After college, she began her coaching career. She became first an assistant coach at Wilmington College before becoming the head coach at Wilmington College from 1993-1999. At Sanford School from 2000-2004, she held a 84-30 record, and her teams were the Delaware Independent Schools Conference (DISC) Champions in 2001,2002,2003,and 2004. They were State Semi-Finalists in 2003. Sheila was named the DIBCA Coach of the year in 2002 and Blue-Gold All Star Coach in 2003.

As head coach at Ursuline Academy from 2004-2006, she held a 46-6 record, and they were named Delaware Sate Champions in 2005and 2006, Diamond State Classic Champions in 2004 and 2005. USA Today honored the team with a national “Top 25” ranking in 2005and 2006.

As head coach at Archmere Academy from 2006-2009, Shelia held a 39-27 record, and the team was named Diamond State Conference Champions in 2008 and 2009 and State Quarterfinalists in 2008.

Presently, Shelia is the head coach at Harcum Community College and has held a 29-2 record. The team was named Region 19 Champions and is ranked # 10 nationally. Shelia was named the Region 19 Coach of the Year.

She is married to Bill DiNardo and has seven children ages 10-23.

DWASF Women’s Health & Fitness Award
Susan Gosney

The DWASF Women’s Health and Fitness Award honors a Delaware female who has promoted women’s health and physical fitness as a way of life wither as an educator at any level: elementary, high school, or college.

Sue graduated from Concord High School in 1972 where she had made First Team All-State for Softball her senior year. She continued her education at Ohio Wesleyan University where she majored in Physical Education and Health and played intercollegiate field hockey and softball. After graduating in 1976 she furthered her education at the University of Virginia with a M.Ed. in Adapted Physical Education which she completed in 1977. During her summers while in college she worked at Grove Point Girl Scout Camp starting in the kitchen and advancing to Assistant Camp Director.

After graduating from U.Va., she returned to Ohio, working at the Richland Newhope School as the P.E. teacher for physically and mentally challenged 3yr.-22yr. olds. Various other jobs in Ohio included a position as a “sensory motor teacher” at a preschool along with substitute teaching while she raised a family.

In the late 1980”s Sue returned to the area settling in West Chester, PA. She pursued a different career path and received an Associates degree in Radiation Therapy from Gwynedd Mercy College in 1991. She continued with Radiation Therapy while raising 3 children, coaching two of the children’s intramural soccer teams and constantly making sure that they were involved in various physical activities. At one point her home voicemail message stated “If you are listening to this message that means we are at lacrosse, soccer, track or softball games or practices or just too tired to answer the phone so please leave a message.” She continued working as a staff radiation therapist and moved up to Chief Radiation Therapist at the Phoenixville Hospital in Pennsylvania.

Sue did miss teaching and her teaching weekly Sunday school just wasn’t enough. Two friends informed her that the NCCVT school district was advertising for a Health and PE position and she applied. During the interview the assistant principal said apologetically that she would be teaching more Health then PE which suited Sue just fine. She had been working in hospital settings for several years and teaching health at the high school level greatly appealed to her. She almost did not get the job but the former part-time employee did not respond by the deadline so the position was hers!!

Since starting at Howard High School in 1996 Sue has been a member of many committees including both the school and district Wellness Committee. She also is on several boards including Howard’s Wellness Center board for 14 years; the Delaware Alliance for Health, PE, Recreation and Dance where she has held the position of VP Health for 5 years. Additionally she is a member of United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware, Inc. board for 2 years and chairs the Camp Manito Committee. Besides this she has been named Howard H.S Teacher of the Year in 2006-2007 and DAHPERD’s Health Teacher of the Year in that same year. Finally, she has worked on various DOE curriculum development committees with Janet Ray including Health Cadre from 2000-2004 and Understanding by Design health writing from 2005-2008 and the UbD Peer Review committee for the past 3 years. And while participating in all these ventures she teaches Health to Howard students!!!

DWASF Senior Sportswomen
“The Sisters”
Doris Brown, Ellen Cavins, Georgia Irwin, Minnie Cubbage

The DWASF Senior Sportswoman of the Year Award honors an active female athlete, 50 years or over, for exceptional accomplishments in athletics, leadership and community service in any sport.

(In Doris’ words and her sisters included…)

Many people have asked when I started playing softball. I started playing softball as soon as I was able to hold a stick and hit a sponge (rubber) ball. We learned to catch without gloves. We had to be tough. When our uncles would throw the ball as hard as they could, they would laugh if it stung our hands. You would learn to catch with two hands and swing your arms back as you caught. While I was growing up, we played ball on Sundays and at family gatherings with our cousins. The ball field was a pasture with the cows in it.

I played every sport I could in school, which included field hockey, basketball, softball and summer softball. When I was 14 I traveled with the high school varsity softball team along with my three sisters. I was one of the youngest members on the team and so I did not play often. When the coach would play me, the scorekeeper would say “another sister”.

Once I was out of high school, I played summer softball, winter basketball and started bowling in my late 20’s. I continued to play fast pitch softball until I was 35 when the league disbanded. In my 40’s I began playing co-ed volleyball with the Parks and Recreations league. At this age I was also introduced to a slow pitch softball league and played a couple of years on a team.

While at my bowling league in 2002, I overheard a fellow male bowler speaking to another teammate. He asked if he would like to play slow pitch softball on his team in the Senior Olympics. The first chance I had, I found his wife and asked her, “What is the Senior Olympics? Is there a women’s softball team?” As a result of my findings I started playing softball in New Castle County with the “Blue Chicks.” I convinced two of my sisters to join the team and we once again became “The Sisters.” In 2005, the Blue Chicks did not organize a team for our age group, so I played in Sussex County with the Delaware Diamonds. In 2006 the Blue Chicks formed a team including my three sisters. For three seasons my sisters and I played on opposing teams teasing each other and loving every moment of it. In 2008, I returned to the Blue Chicks and moved up to the 65-69 age group along with my three sisters. What a great year! Who would believe my sisters and I would be fortunate enough to play softball on the same team over the age of 65. I also play in three or four tournaments each year with the Golden Girls a team from Virginia.

Since 2002, when I began participating in the Senior Olympics I have had the joy of participating in softball, basketball, basketball throw, volleyball, horse shoes, shuffle board, bowling - singles, doubles and mixed. One year, I even threw the discus and javelin in the track event. A fellow competitor could not believe it was the first time I had ever thrown a discus.

I have cut back the events I participate in the past couple of years due to the price changes. At present, I participate in softball, volleyball and three bowling events through the Senior Olympics. I also bowl on a Monday and Wednesdays league.

I may not be the best in all of the sports I have played, but at this age, winning is not as important as in once was. Don’t get me wrong, winning is always GREAT, but now the great thing is we are still able to participate in the different sports.

(In Ellen’s words…)

I started playing high school softball when I was in the eighth grade. I played five years of varsity softball, four years of varsity basketball, and one year of varsity field hockey. The field hockey program started once i was a senior. I played summer softball for many years.

Now I play for the Delaware Senior Olympics, on the Blue Chicks Team. Our team won the gold medal in the Women's Nationals Tournament in Galletin, Tennessee, in the 65 year age bracket. Our team has won the state championship in our age bracket for many years.

We sadly lost our sister last year, who was part of our team.

(In Georgia’s words…)

Georgia started playing high school softball when she was in the eighth grade. She played five years of varsity softball, four years of varsity basketball, and one year of varsity field hockey at Caesar Rodney High School. The field hockey program started once she was a senior, and she played summer softball for many years.

Now Georgia plays for the Delaware Senior Olympics on the “Blue Chicks” Team. The team won the gold medal in the Women's Nationals Tournament in Galletin, Tennessee, in the 65 year age bracket. The team has also won the state championship in their age bracket for many years. She also played church ball for N.C. County six years while in she was in her 50s and softball with the Blue Chicks for the past 10 years now.

Sadly, Georgia and her sisters Ellen Cavins and Doris Brown lost their sister, Minnie Cubbage last year who was part of their team. Being part of a large family the three sisters and Georgia always played sports. Having two older brothers made them play more aggressively. The four sisters ran after so many balls in the outfield, of course being younger, the brothers made the girls play in the outfield until they could catch and throw a ball straight.