This Week's News
The Indian River High School field hockey team is looking primed for their first playoff appearance since 2005, after securing their ninth win of the season and taking down St. Thomas More 8-0 on Thursday, Oct. 20.
“It’s very exciting to see the program from where we started four years ago, to where we are now,” said head coach Jodi Stone after the win.
“The girls are doing everything that we’ve asked them to do. That’s why they’re in the position that they’re in. They’re working really hard.”
After struggling to get anything going offensively early on in the game, it was senior forward Lexi Haden who got the Indians on the board first in that matchup, knocking in her first of four goals on the day on an assist from sophomore Keirstyn Hassler.
Indians blanked by No. 1-ranked Woodbridge
Headed into Friday’s game against No. 1-ranked Woodbridge, Indian River High School head football coach Phil Townsend knew that his team would need to play nearly perfectly to pull off an upset and keep their Henlopen South title hopes in reach.
Unfortunately for Townsend and his squad, however, they didn’t.
“We knew going in that Woodbridge would be a really talented team,” said Townsend of the 48-0 Homecoming loss.
“Against teams like this, you’ve got to be flawless and, unfortunately, we weren’t. We had some penalties and made some mistakes in the first half — it’s hard to come back from that when you’re playing a team like them.”
The woes started early, when Woodbridge senior running back Terrique Riddick ran for his first of three touchdowns on the night, by way of a 23-yard handoff on the Blue Raiders’ first possession.
Coming off a Homecoming loss to Woodbridge, the Indian River High School football team will hit the road on Friday, Oct. 28, looking to take down Delmar on what will be the Wildcats’ Senior Night.
At 5-2 overall and 3-0 in the Henlopen South, Delmar still holds Henlopen South title hopes, with division matchups against IR, Milford (7-0, 3-0) and Woodbridge (7-0, 3-0) still left to play.
This year, the Wildcats are again led by senior signal caller Jimmy Adkins, who was a Second-Team All-Conference selection at quarterback and First-Team All-Conference selection as a punter in 2015.
Recently, the 5-foot-9, 145-pound Adkins was instrumental in 28-14 come-from-behind win over Archmere Academy on Saturday, Oct. 15, scoring once on the ground on a QB sneak, and twice through the air, on strikes from 69 and 39 yards out.
It was — as Selbyville Middle School volleyball head coach Sally Craig and assistant coaches Lisa Stetler and Bill Croal would put it — bittersweet.
While the team got the 2-0 win over Millsboro on Monday, Oct. 24, they also said goodbye to the eighth-grade class — many of whom had helped launch the program as seventh-graders last season — during the Indians’ final home game and on what was their Eighth-Grade Recognition Night.
“This group — it’s a special group of girls,” said Craig after the win. “They’re very dedicated and very disciplined. We leave every day with smiles on our face.”
“To have that many girls in eighth grade that we’ve connect with that are going to move up, it’s kind of bittersweet. They’ve grown so much,” added Stetler. “You can have the worst day at work and then come to practice, and just end up having the best day.”
Indian River High School graduate and current Salisbury University senior running back Aaron Moore was named the ECAC South Special Teams Player of the Week last week, coming off his standout performance against William Patterson on Saturday, Oct. 15.
Moore put the Sea Gulls up 7-0 in that matchup, after taking the opening kickoff return 80 yards for a touchdown.
The return TD was Moore’s first of his career and the second time that Salisbury has taken the opening kick back for a score this season — the first having come in the home opener against Albright College on Saturday, Sept. 2, on a return from sophomore wide receiver Sean Rowland.
Moore would go on to score his second touchdown on the day on a handoff from 5 yards out, to put the Sea Gulls up 63-19 in the third quarter and on their way to an eventual 77-19 victory.
On the season, after the game against William Patterson, Moore was averaging 34.4 yards per return and had three total touchdowns.
It’s been one of their goals all season: Finish with the first winning record for Indian River High School volleyball since 2011.
Second-year head coach Jim Barnes and his squad accomplished that goal last week, racking up wins over Sussex Academy, Seaford and Woodbridge to improve to 8-6 on the season and to guarantee a winning record, with one game against Sussex Tech, on Thursday, Oct. 27, still left to go.
“That was one of our main goals this season, was to have a winning record, which is a good feeling going into Thursday,” said Barnes early this week. “We’re working on establishing a winning tradition. We’re moving forward, we’re moving in the right direction, but I’m still not satisfied with where we are. We’re good; we could be better.”
The Indian River High School cross-country team is getting ready for the Sussex County championships after recognizing their seniors during their final home meet of the season, on Wednesday, Oct. 19.
The Indians hosted Henlopen South rivals Lake Forest and Milford in a tri-meet on what was their Senior Night, with the boys’ team falling to Lake 45-17 and Milford 44-17, and the girls’ getting the win over Lake 23-32, but going down to South champion Milford 38-17.
Despite their teams being edged by the Bucs for the title for the second straight year, both boys’ head coach Maj. Frank Ryman and girls’ head coach Katie Ryman said they were encouraged by their teams’ performances headed into the Sussex County championships.
“I hate to lose them,” said Frank Ryman of the senior class. “There’s some real talent on the girls’ side.
“I hate to see Sydney [Messick] and Maddie [Hogsten] and Lindsey [Grow] go, because our girls’ team is really shining. That’s OK — they need to move on so the others can rise up and follow in their footsteps.”
Cadet Program to start off at Millsboro Middle School
Volunteerism is on the downswing at fire companies across the nation, and the Roxana Volunteer Fire Company is beginning a new Cadet Program for all local children. They’ll kickstart it with an eight-week class at Millsboro Middle School.
“Our nation is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic,” said Peggy Geisler, executive director of the Sussex County Health Coalition, at the Sussex County Addictions Forum held earlier this week. “More people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than any other year on record. The state sees as many as 15 overdose deaths per month.”
For the second time this year, area law enforcement is offering community members the chance to dispose of prescription medications in a safe way, through the National Prescription Drug Take-Back initiative, conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration.
With the election fast approaching, the League of Women Voters of Sussex County is doing its part to make sure voters are prepared.
It’s one of the biggest, spookiest celebrations in southeast Sussex County: The Selbyville Halloween Parade will return on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. The Fenwick Island Lions Club and the Town of Selbyville sponsor the event, which is more than 60 years old.
What makes it so special?
St. George’s celebrates 200 years of service
St. George’s United Methodist Church in Clarksville has served southeastern Sussex County for 200 years — a milestone that will be celebrated on Sunday, Oct. 22, with a special service and meal, attended by members, former pastors and United Methodist Church officials.
When St. George’s was established in 1816, the church was served by circuit riders — pastors who covered a certain territory and would preach in each church every few weeks.
“We Methodists love to talk about the circuit riders,” said St. George’s pastor the Rev. Dr. Robert Kirby. “Since there were not enough clergy to go around, the laity would conduct worship services in many of our early churches until a pastor would come through.”
If a circuit rider was not available, church members directed their own meetings, which by 1816 were being held in an “old house, just 16 feet by 18 feet,” according to a church history compiled by church member Doris Collins.
Selbyville police officers sat down to discuss local issues with residents for National Coffee with a Cop Day on Oct. 7. The Selbyville Public Library hosted the event to help bring the citizens and law enforcement together.
The League of Women Voters of Sussex County (LWVSC) rocks.
There. We said it. A local organization, comprising volunteers throughout our community, flat-out rocks. Let us explain.
It’s been said that the path of an individual’s life is often set by a series of decisions.
Per our policy, we will not run any letters to the editor the week before the Nov. 8 election. Therefore, our Oct. 28 issue will be the last time readers can promote any candidates for this year’s general election.
Also, and this is important, we expect our letters to be supportive of candidates, as opposed to bringing the conversation into the gutter.
Bennett puts support behind Connor
I want to address the citizens of the 41st District during this critical election year.
Coming off sold-out performances of “Same Time, Next Year,” the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) is back at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville this month with a new Bob Davis original, titled “Noah’s Arc.”
Despite the play’s title, the story’s plot has more to do with the extramarital affair of a struggling playwright than it does animals marching two by two.
“It’s far from a biblical story — it’s an adult comedy,” explained Davis, who not only wrote but who will also direct the production, along with assistant director and BART veteran Rusty Hesse.
“The story actually was told to me by someone — it’s actually is based on a true story.”
A Lighthouse Christian Middle School sixth-grader has been granted a special exception from the Dagsboro school’s dress code for the last year. Dillon Polly, 11, of Laurel, has spent the last year growing out his blond hair to donate to a wig-making charity for children.
What did Rose O’Neal Greenhow of Washington, D.C., Belle Boyd of Martinsburg, W.Va., Pauline Cushman of Louisville, Ky., and Elizabeth Van Lew of Richmond, Va., have in common? They were willing to risk their freedom, and potentially their lives, for a cause held dearly!
This weekend, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control’s (DNREC) Division of Parks & Recreation will host its second-annual Boo-B-Que By the Sea.
America: The land of the free. The home of the brave. The birthplace of the word “supersize” and adult-onset diabetes.
Jacob Anderson set the tone early, when he returned the opening kickoff 85 yards and all the way to the house for a score.
That put the Indian River High School football team up 7-0 on undefeated Milford.
But the Bucs would bounce back and set their own tone on their own ensuing drive on Oct. 14, when senior fullback Dominyc Hovington found the end zone on a 16-yard run, the two-point conversion giving Milford an 8-7 lead that they would never relinquish on their way to a 52-15 Homecoming win and 6-0 start to the season.
While the Indians dropped to 2-4 overall on the season, at 2-1 in the Henlopen South and with three division matchups left to go, their playoff hopes are far from foiled.
Headed into the half tied at 0-0 under the lights at Cape Henlopen, the Indian River High School field hockey team was facing another 30 minutes on the turf with no subs.
But after battling the highly-touted Vikings without giving up a score midway through the second half as well, the two programs’ mismatched numbers showed as the Indians began to wear down and Cape tallied five goals in the final 16 minutes, to pull off a 5-0 win.
“They’re a very well-orchestrated team. They have an awesome feeder program, they’re very well coached, and they have the depth, so they can just roll in fresh legs. We just didn’t have the depth,” explained IR head coach Jodi Stone.
To make matters worse, the Indians were without defensive leader Sammi Whelen for the matchup, who was out with a minor injury and expected to be back in the lineup soon.
The Indian River High School football team will face one of their toughest tests since the start of the season this Friday night, when No. 1-ranked Woodbridge comes to town for what will be the Indians’ Homecoming game.
The 6-0 Blue Raiders are 2-0 in the Henlopen South and coming off their third straight shutout and a 54-0 win over Seaford (1-5, 0-3) on Friday, Oct. 14.
This year, they’re again led under center by sophomore quarterback Troy Haynes. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound signal-caller managed touchdowns through the air and on the ground last year in what was the Blue Raiders’ own Homecoming game, during a 34-0 win over the Indians after the game had gone into halftime scoreless.
First-Team All-Conference running back Terrique Reddick has again been the Blue Raiders’ bell cow for his senior campaign, joined by senior running back Anwain Holden, who poses a threat as a return man as well, and recently returned a 73-yard kick for a touchdown against Lake Forest on Monday, Oct. 3.
Sussex Academy’s Helou sets new course record
The Indian River High School cross-country team took on Sussex Academy, Caesar Rodney and Polytech during a quad-meet held at Polytech on Wednesday, Oct. 12.
The Riders won the day, with both the boys’ and girls’ squads sweeping the meet and racking up three wins each.
For the second time this season, former Indian River High School Top XI selection and reigning Delaware Gatorade Player of the Year Brooke Beam has been named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week during her freshman campaign for the University of Richmond women’s soccer team.
Beam scored the game-winning goal for the Spiders in a 2-1 win over Rhode Island on Sunday, Oct. 9, and helped hold St. Louis to just nine shots in a 1-0 loss on Thursday, Oct. 6.
“Brooke is a very talented player who has shown steady improvement while adapting to the speed and power of A-10 soccer,” said head coach Peter Albright of the freshman midfielder.
Jarmon gets carry, catch in UD football loss to Maine
Indian River High School graduate, former state Gatorade Player of the Year and current University of Delaware sophomore Jamie Jarmon was back in action during the University of Delaware football team’s matchup against the University of Maine on Saturday, Oct. 15.
After nearly five hours of discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 11, the Sussex County Council approved its revised signage ordinance.
The council has been discussing signs since April of last year, following a letter from the Sussex County Board of Adjustment, which led to the entire ordinance being reviewed and a moratorium on off-premises sign applications.
The Ocean View Town Council this week reviewed its latest draft agreement for ambulance subscription fee, which would require businesses and property owners to pay a flat rate of $35 per year to the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) to help pay for ambulance service, for a period of three years.
Good planning starts early, so people recently got a look at Delaware’s six-year Capital Transportation Program (CTP) for the 2018-2023 fiscal years.
Got old paperwork gathering dust? In Millville, County Bank is hosting a paper-shredding event, open to the public on Friday, Oct. 14, from noon to 3 p.m. People can bring up to three banker-size boxes worth of papers (a standard-size financial container is approximately 10 by 12 by 15 inches).