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IR soccer bounces back against Lady Blue Jays with 10-0 win

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior forward Devin Thune pushes the ball upfield in the Lady Indians, 10-0 win against Seaford last Tuesday, April 1.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior forward Devin Thune pushes the ball upfield in the Lady Indians, 10-0 win against Seaford last Tuesday, April 1.Head coach Steve Kilby had already started pulling some of his starters when the Lady Indians’ soccer team headed into halftime up 8-0 against a struggling Seaford squad. However, even playing a man down and just trying to work possession in the second half, IR still managed two more goals, eventually locking in a 10-0 victory against the Henlopen South opponent.

“We asked them to play possession in the second half,” Kilby explained of how he approached the mismatched game. “I told them we’d be pulling some players off the field so we actually played a man down in the second half, which meant there were less forwards to play the ball to, so we had to keep the ball moving and play possession.”

The scoring started early when sophomore midfielder Ailene Guzman struck first, unassisted, in the fifth minute. Sophomore forward Brooke Beam made it 2-0, knocking one in off the assist from junior midfielder Brianna Belfiore a few minutes later. Both Guzman and Beam would get on the board again soon after, with Guzman notching another unassisted goal in the 11th minute, and Beam following the scoring pattern with an unassisted goal of her own, to make it 4-0.

2014 Shorebirds Preview

Coastal Point • Submitted: Current Manager Ryan Minor looks on as former Shorebird outfielder Roderick Bernadina eyes up a pitch during a 2012 game.Coastal Point • Submitted: Current Manager Ryan Minor looks on as former Shorebird outfielder Roderick Bernadina eyes up a pitch during a 2012 game.After a disappointing 2013 campaign, the Delmarva Shorebirds are headed into the 2014 season with a new manager and new expectations for the stars of their 2013 draft class, with pitcher Hunter Harvey, outfielder Josh Hart and catcher Chance Sisco — the Baltimore Orioles’ top three draft picks last season — all expected to make strides.

Former Shorebirds Manager and Orioles infielder Ryan Minor makes his return to Delmarva after managing the Frederick Keys, an Advanced A Orioles affiliate, for the 2013 season. Prior to managing the Keys, Minor had spent five seasons as a coach for the Shorebirds, serving as manager for the 2010-2012 season and a hitting coach in 2008 and 2009.

“I live here. I love it here. So I’m happy to be back,” said Minor on his return. “It’s great for me. I’ve been here since 1997, and my wife’s from here — it’s a good situation.”

Minor will be joined by 12-year Major League Baseball veteran and former Orioles reliever Alan Mills, who will be the team’s pitching coach, and former Shorebirds second baseman Paco Figueroa, who will serve as the team’s hitting coach and is already familiar with a few players on this year’s roster after having coached them in Aberdeen last season.

Indian River track can’t catch Cape in season opener

Coastal Point • Aaron Mushrush: Junior Shaquille Hall leads the pack in the 110-meter hurdles event during a meet against Cape Henlopen last Tuesday, April 1.Coastal Point • Aaron Mushrush: Junior Shaquille Hall leads the pack in the 110-meter hurdles event during a meet against Cape Henlopen last Tuesday, April 1.The Indian River High School track-and-field team started off the season in a tough dual meet at Cape Henlopen last Tuesday, April 1, with the boys falling to the Henlopen North squad by the final score of 109-37 and the girls 135-10.

Senior Tim Roberts was excused from lacrosse practice to establish himself as high-scorer in the meet, winning the long jump at 19 feet, 4 inches; the triple jump at 40 feet, 4 inches; and high jump at 6 feet even.

On the track, sophomore KiAnté Sturgis ran competitively for the first time this season without shoulder pads and a helmet, notching a win in the 200 with a time of 24.2 seconds.

The boys’ only other top finish on the day was junior Shaquille Hall’s 17.1-second finish in the 110 hurdles.

For the girls, senior Shanice Waley locked in the only first-place finish, with a time of 1:11 in the 400-meter dash.

“It’s a good learning experience for us,” said head coach Bob Hahn after the meet. “Cape’s always been one of the more powerhouses in track-and-field, so we’re getting good experience. There’s only two teams here, so we can see where we stack up against Cape. They’re a top team.”

Indian River tennis racking up conference wins early

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Seniors Emily Engh and Ashlyn Calhoun defeated Seaford's Samantha Cotten and Abby Pearson 6-0, 6-0 last Thursday, March 27.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Seniors Emily Engh and Ashlyn Calhoun defeated Seaford's Samantha Cotten and Abby Pearson 6-0, 6-0 last Thursday, March 27.Both the boys’ and girls’ Indian River High School tennis teams started off the season with multiple conference wins last week, with the girls starting 3-0 with wins against Seaford, Milford and Lake Forest and the boys starting off 2-1 against the same teams — their only loss against Milford, 3-2 — last Friday, March 28.

After a rainy pre-season eliminated many of the team’s planned outdoor practices, the girls got one of their first opportunities to play together when they faced Seaford last Thursday, March 27.

“This was one of the first times they’ve played together, because of the weather,” said head coach Stefanie Riddle after that match. “I think they did really well. I think they mentally were prepared.”

Kelsey Waite — who is now serving as head coach of the boys’ team while continuing to assist with the girls’ team — had similar thoughts on finally being about to get back out on the courts.

Customers can get digital adapters at Mediacom open house April 11-12

Mediacom announced this week that it had distributed more than 22,000 digital adapters to area customers over the past eight weeks in preparation for a phase-out of analog television reception that begins April 8 and will affect viewing for cable channels 18-66.

Central Avenue intersection to close Monday for Route 26 project

Let the detours begin. A month of Central Avenue road closures begins in Ocean View on Monday, March 31, related to the State Route 26 construction project.

Due to relocation of the sewer force main, Central Avenue will be closed at the Route 26 intersection full-time until May 9. Construction continues 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, pending weather.

School board talks Sussex Tech, Common Core

It’s almost a joke to see some of the misconceptions about Common Core educational standards, said Donald Hattier at the March Indian River School Board meeting.

“I ask that we get as a board as basic rundown of how we are approaching it, as opposed to other districts,” Hattier said.

Weather delays could push Bethany’s Streetscape into summer

There’s no question that the winter of 2013-2014 has been an unusual one for its severe weather, with extended below-freezing temperatures and numerous snowstorms. The question now is whether that weather will extend Bethany Beach’s Streetscape project so far past its original timeline that it extends into the summer season.

Millsboro Downtown Partnership decides to take hiatus

Community members, Millsboro residents and business owners met with state officials last week to have an open discussion about local issues and needs. During the meeting, Jessica Wiggins — president of the nonprofit Millsboro Downtown Partnership (MDP) and owner of Blue Water Grill — announced that the MDP would be taking a break from its efforts to revitalize the town.

Civil War Profiles: Pea Patch Island in history and myth

As a heavily-laden ship made its way up the channel of the Delaware River around 1770, it foundered and broke apart on a mud shoal, dumping its cargo of peas into the water. When the peas sprouted, an island eventually emerged. Ergo, the legend of how Pea Patch Island came into existence between Delaware City, Del., and Salem County, N.J.

Business resiliency checkup can help avoid disaster

How can people cope with a major business disruption, such as a hurricane or cyber-attack? The nonprofit Delaware Business Resiliency Initiative will host a free workshop to help local businesses stay open when unexpected events disrupt service.

Towns and State must find solution to care

Rising healthcare costs have affected nearly all of us over recent years. If it’s not the cost of insurance, it’s the increase in costs of medical services, or the increased usage of prescription medication.

Whatever the case, it is hitting many of us hard.

The white flag is raised — winter beats me up

There’s an ominous line that is repeated often in the HBO show, “Game of Thrones,” that often sends shudders up and down the spines of the central characters whenever it is uttered.

Guest column: Know your dog before training — and set realistic goals

Every once in a while, things happen that can cause a really bad situation, and here it is in a nutshell: When you think your dog is harmless, think again! When a dog’s energy level is high and if you are unsure of the other dog or dogs or your surroundings, then taking precautions is the best policy — consider safety first!

Letters to the Editor — March 28, 2014

Ellendale group thankful to governor

Editor:

The Ellendale Civic Association would like to commend our governor on his stand to clean up the water here in Delaware. We appreciate the fact that he has recognized the need for improvement throughout the state and the hazard that is presented with the current water situation.

Markell talks water, transportation with Chamber

Gov. Jack Markell spoke to members of the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce last week about his proposals to improve the state’s transportation and water.

“We got some issues in the state that we’ve got to deal with,” he said.

During the March 20 meeting at Blue Water Grill, Markell said Delaware must invest in its roads and bridges.

Bay Forest shows some heat at chili fundraiser

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Cooks did not serve their own chili recipe, to prevent bias, so Bob Anderson, left, serves Chili Nite Chili at the cook-off.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Cooks did not serve their own chili recipe, to prevent bias, so Bob Anderson, left, serves Chili Nite Chili at the cook-off.A warm aroma of spices, beef and tomato swept through the Bay Forest community, and if needed, Millville Volunteer Fire Company was already on-hand to douse the heat.

But a delicious day was in store at the Bay Forest Chili Cook Off on March 8, benefitting the fire company.

“Anytime a community like this comes and does something like this we know we’re really appreciated,” said Bob Powell, MVFC spokesman. It’s “just their way of giving back to our community for the service we provide.”

This is the only community fundraiser hosted exclusively to support the fire company, Powell said.

Besides sampling and voting on 20 homemade chili recipes, 270 people enjoyed more food, bid in silent auctions, bought MVFC shirts and saw vintage fire trucks up close. They raised more than $4,700, surpassing last year’s $3,100 total.

The Bay Forest Community Club Social Committee’s Gene Speicher and his wife, Liz, delivered the final contribution to MVFC, expressing the community’s gratitude for the fire company’s dedication to all residents, year-round.

Ocean View council discusses health insurance, budget

The Ocean View Town Council cut its monthly budget meeting short earlier this week, following the late March snowfall.

Library offers talk on political violence in the Middle East

Respected consultant to share views, opinions

Those who are interested in politics, and the current turmoil in the Middle East, will find an upcoming lecture at the South Coastal Library is tailored just for them.

“The United States & Political Violence in the Middle East” will be the topic of discussion at a presentation given by Bard O’Neill on April 3 at 6 p.m. at the library.

Voveris throws her hat into the ring for South Bethany mayor

South Bethany resident and town council member Pat Voveris filed this week to run for mayor of the town in the May 24 election.

Clapping allowed:East Millsboro teacher inspires with fun and encouragement

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: East Millsboro Elementary School teacher Jason Orlen strives to make learning fun for his fifth-grade students. His efforts has landed him the school’s Teacher of the Year honors.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: East Millsboro Elementary School teacher Jason Orlen strives to make learning fun for his fifth-grade students. His efforts has landed him the school’s Teacher of the Year honors.Teacher Jason Orlen knows that kids are more engaged in a fun classroom.

“Just making learning fun. Who wants to sit here all day if they’re bored? Not me, and I have to be here all day long,” he said.

Orlen’s fun and encouraging classroom helped him become 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year at East Millsboro Elementary School.

“When I was growing up, you didn’t hear” singing and clapping in the classroom, said the fifth-grade teacher. “But if you play them a song,” he said, kids will remember anything. Recently in math class, he was surprised to hear students burst into a song about equations, which they had learned months ago.

He makes up silly songs, dances on desks or anything else he can devise to make a lesson memorable.

“No matter how old you get, you can still kid around,” Orlen said.

Millsboro Chamber offers scholarship to seniors

The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce is offering Dagsboro and Millsboro high-school seniors the chance to receive one of two $1,000 scholarships.

“You do have to be attending a two- or four-year higher-learning center,” explained Amy Simmons, the Chamber’s executive director.

Local Band Spotlight: Tsunami Sunset has local teens playing regional music festivals

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Alternative Pop/Punk band Tsunami Sunset is working on their debut album while playing regional events this spring. The band is made up by lead singer/guitarist Kevin Lundergan (left), drummer Jimmy Cooper (center), and bassist Isaac Lopez (right).Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Alternative Pop/Punk band Tsunami Sunset is working on their debut album while playing regional events this spring. The band is made up by lead singer/guitarist Kevin Lundergan (left), drummer Jimmy Cooper (center), and bassist Isaac Lopez (right).One of Sussex County’s newest pop/punk and alternative bands, Tsunami Sunset has been rocking venues across Maryland and Delaware — most recently at Battle of the Bands in Dover and The Pulse in Berlin, Md.

With vocalist/guitarist Kevin Lundergan belting out lyrics, Isaac Lopez slapping the bass and Jimmy Cooper on the drums, the up-and-coming trio is beginning to garner attention across the area.

Already their spring calendar is starting to fill up, scheduled to play events including an acoustic set at Barnes & Noble in Salisbury, Md., on Saturday March, 29, BunnyPalooza in Bethany Beach on Saturday, April 29, and The Elephants for Autism Music Festival in Atlantic City, N.J., on Friday, May 16 — the last day of school for high school seniors Lopez and Lundergan.

After that, the band will return to Atlantic City for another music festival, which they hope will lead to more exposure and opportunity.

Hattier donates rifles to Boy Scouts

Coastal Point • Submitted: Chris Jensen, right, will teach local Boy Scouts to safely handle and shoot this rifle, donated by Donald G. Hattier, left.Coastal Point • Submitted: Chris Jensen, right, will teach local Boy Scouts to safely handle and shoot this rifle, donated by Donald G. Hattier, left.Shooting is part of Donald G. Hattier’s fascination with American history. Moreover, target practice is a memory shared with his father, the retired Sgt. Donald D. Hattier, who enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 15.

“All of my children have been target shooting since age 7 or 8,” said Hattier, who, if needed, can entrust home defense to the youngest of his four children, now in high school.

Hattier and his father passed the tradition on to the Boy Scouts of America by donating funds for two rifles — specifically, bull-barrel aperture-sight target rifles — at Camp Henson.

Shooting is just one part of the traditional campground activities at Camp Henson, located on Maryland’s Nanticoke River, just west of Laurel.

Students learn the safe way to properly use a firearm, respecting the mechanism in their hands. If people are careful and deliberate when handling guns, they should never have an accident, said Chris Jensen, shooting-sports director.

River Soccer Club to start season

Sussex County soccer youths can kick it on Saturday, April 5, when The River soccer Rec Soccer program starts their spring season at the River Soccer Complex in Roxana.

The program is open for boys and girls ages 4 to 14, with players being placed on teams based on age and ability. Full uniforms with be provided for all players.

Lady Indians pounce on Panthers in soccer season opener

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: 2013 All-State selection and sophomore forward Brooke Beam dribbles the ball upfield in the Lady Indians’ 4-3 victory last Monday, March 24.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: 2013 All-State selection and sophomore forward Brooke Beam dribbles the ball upfield in the Lady Indians’ 4-3 victory last Monday, March 24.A talented freshman and sophomore class was on display last Tuesday, March 24, as underclassmen lead the way in the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team’s season-opener, taking down Henlopen North foe Polytech 4-3.

The Lady Panthers jumped out to a 1-0 lead to start the game, but sophomore forward and 2013 All-State selection Brooke Beam answered the call before the end of the first half, scoring off the assist from freshman forward Maddie Hogsten.

Beam returned the favor to start the second half, setting up Hogsten for a goal of her own, to put the Lady Indians up 2-1 at the beginning of the second half. The sophomore star added another assist in the 58th minute, setting up junior midfielder Maria Papavasillis in front of the net, floating one just over the head of Polytech keeper Amanda Deputy, to make it 3-1.

After Hogsten notched her second goal of the game, to make it 4-1, off an assist from junior defender Marissa Fox, head coach Steve Kilby decided to let some of his less-experienced players close out regulation. However, after sitting through most of the game, withstanding frigid temperatures, the girls struggled to warm up, allowing Polytech to cut the lead to 4-2 in the 73rd minute, and eventually make it a one-goal game in the 78th minute.

IR softball starts off season hot, despite the cold

Lady Indians catch 10-6 win vs. Polytech

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Shortstop Karlie Smith (left), third basemen Makenzie Collins (center), first basemen Madison McGee (background), and pitcher Rachel Hudson (right), excitedly head back out the field after a 7th inning out against Polytech last Monday, March 24.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Shortstop Karlie Smith (left), third basemen Makenzie Collins (center), first basemen Madison McGee (background), and pitcher Rachel Hudson (right), excitedly head back out the field after a 7th inning out against Polytech last Monday, March 24.With temperatures in the low 30s, it didn’t quite feel like opening day for the Indian River High School softball team last Tuesday, March 24. But despite the frigid cold, the Lady Indians were swinging hot, battling back from a 5-1 deficit to take down one of the top teams in the state in Polytech High School, 10-6.

The Lady Panthers jumped to a 4-1 lead early on, but senior pitcher Rachel Hudson kept her composure to keep their bats at bay, getting some help from senior short stop Karlie Smith who got the first out of the fourth inning with a diving grab between second and third before combining with senior catcher Sarah Hickman on a double play to close out the inning.

Senior second baseman Anamaria Impastato set the tone for a fifth-inning comeback, leading off with a shot to left field that fell just shy of the fence and ended in a double. She would score from second after Hudson dropped one in the centerfield gap on the next at-bat, closing the Polytech lead to 5-2.

IR baseball falls to Polytech 10-4 in season opener

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore Jake Hudson makes contact during an at bat in the Indians 10-4 loss against Henlopen North Polytech last Monday, March 24.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore Jake Hudson makes contact during an at bat in the Indians 10-4 loss against Henlopen North Polytech last Monday, March 24.The Indian River High School baseball team started the 2014 season facing a tough opponent in Polytech High School — who finished last season an impressive 12-4, while battling in the Henlopen North.

Though the young squad battled tough behind sophomore starting pitcher Billy Williams, they would eventually go on to lose the opening game of the season 10-4.

According to Co-Head Coach Kevin Cordrey, a loss against a tough team like Polytech can actually provide some benefits for a developing young ball club.

“When they get out there and have an opportunity to play against teams like this they get seasoned quick,” he explained after the game. “Either they figure out how to do it, or we find somebody else that can.”

Williams struggled on the mound early, but eventually regained his composure — especially as a batter, nearly homering in the first inning.

Indian River Lax steamrolls Salisbury School 18-2

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior defenseman and Dutch waffle cookie entrepreneur Joost Elling squares up against senior attackman Jackson Jorss in a pre-season practice. Both players will be key for the  Indians this spring.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior defenseman and Dutch waffle cookie entrepreneur Joost Elling squares up against senior attackman Jackson Jorss in a pre-season practice. Both players will be key for the Indians this spring.The Indian River High School lacrosse team started off their second-ever varsity season on the right foot last Tuesday, March 24, dominating Salisbury School on the road, 18-2.

Senior attackmen Spencer Murray lead the scoring with four goals in the matchup, but most the Indians’ offensive attack was generated by their midfield.

Senior middie Tim Roberts notched a goal of his own, and continually drew defenders by dodging from up top, dumping it off for the assist four times. Senior midfielder Ben Gonski also racked four assists on the day.

“Now he’s learning how to play the game, he’ll slow it down a bit,” Dietsch said of Roberts’ progression and four assist performance. “It’s pretty hard to stop him one on one, so a lot of people will slide to him really quick and he can dump the ball.”

The production from the midfield units wasn’t at all surprising for Head Coach Jim Dietsch, who acknowledged the position as the strong point of the team for both this season and last.

IR Lax Coach Dietsch to launch Tribe Lacrosse Youth League

Recently beginning their second varsity season, the Indian River High School lacrosse roster is full of athletic talent. However, most of that talent is raw when it comes to stick skills and lacrosse fundamentals, which can be expected considering that most of the team never played youth lacrosse.

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