Snyder tallies first career IR homer
Headed into their Monday, April 10, matchup at division rival Indian River High School, the Delmar High School softball team was not only undefeated on the season, but ranked No. 2 in the state.
As has been the M.O. of the Indians during the tenure of fourth-year head coach Erika Murphy however, records and rankings don’t typically find their way into the game plan.
That philosophy was put on display on Monday afternoon, as the Indians ran wild on the ’Cats, racking up 18 hits and handing the state’s No.2-ranked squad their first loss of the season in six innings, by the final score of 12-2.
“We did the little things right today,” said Murphy after the game. “We kept their runners off the bases. We didn’t have as many free passes. We didn’t have as many errors. We just hit the ball. When you can string hits together, good things happen.”
It was the officially decreed “Sarah Lydic Day” in the town of Ocean View when the 11-year-old Lord Baltimore Elementary School student teed off at the home of the Masters in Augusta, Ga., for the National Drive, Chip & Putt Challenge, taking third place against some of the best young golfers in the country.
In the girls’ 10-11 division, Lydic finished with a score of 5 in the drive category, 8 in the chip category and 8.5 in the putting category, which tied fourth-place overall finisher Kate Bennett of Fort Worth, Texas, for a category-high.
“I am happy about my performance overall,” said Lydic of the event held on Sunday, April 2.
“I was confident that I had prepared the best I could, and excited to compete and do my best at such a nice golf course,” she continued. “Of my six shots, I hit two great drives, two solid chips and one really great putt. The second putt just wouldn’t stop rolling and ended up a few feet past the hole.”
IR grad Smith homers in ECU softball win over N.C. State
Indian River High School graduate and current East Carolina University junior shortstop Karlie Smith tallied her second home run of the season on Tuesday, April 11, helping the Pirates to a 4-0 win over N.C. State.
VonArx homers twice for Wildcats
Coming off of two close decisions against two of the state’s top ranked teams — falling 3-2 to No. 1 ranked St. Mark’s on Saturday, April 1, and 5-3 to undefeated Sussex Tech on Friday, April 7 — the Indian River High School baseball team was stunned in a division battle against Delmar on Monday, April 10, falling to the Wildcats 12-2 in five innings.
After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first inning, the Indians got things rolling early, despite facing senior pitcher and Delmar ace Jimmy Adkins on the mound, when sophomore CF Jacob Anderson led off the bottom of the first with a line-drive shot to center for a double.
Anderson would get called out trying to make his way back to the bag after a single off the bat of junior P/2B Myles Clark, but a single to right-center from junior shortstop Mark Smith on the next at-bat pushed Clark to third and put the Indians in scoring position.
They would not only tie things up but take the lead on the next at-bat, when senior RF Zion Howard doubled to center, sending both Clark and Smith home and giving the Indians a 2-1 lead.
Art and religion come to life in the “Living Last Supper,” the story of Jesus Christ’s disciples, which will be presented April 12 and 13 by Millville United Methodist Church.
The one-hour performance begins with Jesus revealing that one of his disciples will betray him. The men are startled into the pose of Leonardo da Vinci’s 1498 painting “The Last Supper.”
Wanted: People who know numbers.
As promised, Indian River School District is seeking in-depth public input on district finances. The IRSD is now accepting applications for the new Citizens Budget Oversight Committee.
Volunteers will be specially trained to understand, review and contribute to regular discussions on IRSD budgets.
With a goal of conserving energy, the Indian River School District will invest in an energy audit with Trane USA Inc. through the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility.
The audit will include every district school and cost a minimum of $71,500.
Proposed sweets shop competing for space
The Town of Frankford is looking for more ways to use a piece of property adjacent to the town park that it recently purchased.
The parcel was purchased primarily to provide overflow parking for those going to the park; however, Councilman Marty Presley said at the town council’s April 3 meeting that there would be space leftover on the nearly 2-acre property.
Last summer, the town of Selbyville saw a potential crisis on the horizon. Money was running low during construction of a new water-treatment facility. If they failed to complete the project, the small town would have to repay a $2.7 million state grant, and Selbyville residents would still be drinking gasoline additives in the water while staring at a half-finished water facility.
A $500,000 USDA Rural Development grant saved the day and pushed the project forward toward its completion date of late May.
But President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal would eliminate all USDA water and wastewater loan and grant programs, worth $498 million. As part of his proposed 21 percent cut from USDA’s overall budget, Trump suggested shaving 2.8 percent by eliminating the $498 million program that has helped Selbyville on multiple occasions.
That’s alarming to leaders at all levels of Delaware government.
The USDA helps rural communities build, expand or modernize water and wastewater facilities for populations of 10,000 or fewer. Delaware has benefitted from about 44 projects, worth $131.2 million dollars, including $70 million in Sussex County, said Kathy Beisner, acting state director for USDA Rural Development in Maryland and Delaware.
Several million dollars have been granted to Selbyville projects, and the Town is hoping for more in the near future.
The Delaware Office of Highway Safety recently recognized law-enforcement officers from across the state for their DUI enforcement efforts.
The Town of Fenwick Island will save some money by switching to public program of worker compensation. The Town expects to save at least $10,000 by leaving its current $75,000 workers-comp plan for the DeLea Founders Insurance Trust (DFIT), a consortium of 24 municipalities that partner to purchase insurance.
The community can get a first-hand account of what life is like inside prison on Tuesday, April 11, as the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice (SDARJ) will host a former-inmate panel at the Trinity Faith Christian Center in Lewes, beginning at 7 p.m.
The president’s proposed 2018 federal budget, as it stands today, would eliminate all USDA water and wastewater loan and grant programs — slashing $498 million from federal spending. And that sounds great on the surface. We all would like to see the government become a little more thrifty with its spending.
Chemical attack in Syria. Suicide bombing in Russia. North Korea fires off another missile.
A recent tour of news around the world can make a person want to crawl back into bed, pull the covers over his or her eyes and just hope this is all a bad dream. It’s a helpless feeling to watch people suffer, mourn and die due to the selfish and cruel actions of others without having any ability to aid them, and, even if one did have the power or resources to assist... how?
Reader urges others to give ‘gift of life’
Organ and tissue donation are subjects that rarely enter our thoughts — that is, until you have a dog in the fight.
In an all-day event on Saturday, Feb. 11, the Selbyville Middle School Robotics Team competed at the Delaware state championship in the VEX Robotics Competition.
Presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, the VEX Robotics Competition is the largest and fastest-growing middle school and high school robotics program, involving more than 16,000 teams from 40 countries playing in more than 1,350 competitions worldwide.
Each year, an engineering challenge is presented in the form of a game. Students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors, build innovative robots and compete year-round in a variety of matches.
In this year’s event, three teams represented Selbyville Middle School. The team of Kendall Coleman, Kaitlyn Johnson and Evan Carpenter received the Excellence Award, qualifying them to go to VEX World Competition in Louisville, Ky., over spring break. The team of Ann Weaver, Kevin Reid and Oriana Peterson were First Place Tournament Champions, while the team of Chris Sichina, Slone Hoban and Fritz Winkler placed sixth.
Selma, Ala., is well-known as the starting point of Martin Luther King Jr.’s nonviolent march to the capital at Montgomery in 1965 to gain voting rights for African-Americans. A century earlier, in a precursor of this struggle for freedom, Selma was the scene of a violent clash between Union and Confederate forces.
Tripple Overtime: In hindsight, Pepsi should have probably used Ricky Bobby to save the world instead of a Kardashian
It’s a very Ripley’s type of a thing because, believe it or not, Pepsi Co. seems to think that only the exact thing wrong with the world can save the world, from all the things that are exactly wrong with it (it being the world).
Since falling to Smyrna in their season opener, the Indian River High School softball team has been on the warpath, taking care of their last three opponents by a collective score of 49-8 and improving to 3-1 on the season.
The Indians hosted St. Mark’s on Saturday, April 1, taking down the Spartans 12-2 in just five innings and earning their third straight victory.
After giving up two runs in the top of the first, sophomore pitcher Nicole Patille and the defense held St. Mark’s hitless for the rest of the game.
“I knew that the defense had my back,” said Patille. “They were playing really well. They have all season.”
Offensively, the Indians had the bats working all game, taking a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the second inning and going on to rally for 11 hits in the game.
Anderson notches first career homer, technically
It was the first pitch of a wind-blown game between the Indian River High School baseball team and Seaford when sophomore CF Jacob Anderson took a swing on a high and dry pitch, sending a shot back toward the right-field fence for what he thought was a surefire out.
“I was looking to go opposite field with the wind blowing out,” said Anderson. “I thought it was a pop-up, but it just kept going.”
While the ball never made its way out of the park, by the time the Blue Jays managed to track it down as it one-hopped its way across right-field, Anderson was already one-hopping his own way across home plate to put the Indians up 1-0.
“I was rounding second, and it bounced in front of [the outfielder], so I just kept going,” Anderson said, explaining what went down in the stat book as an inside-the-park home run.
Indians getting prepped for Worcester Prep
It was only 23 seconds into the game when senior faceoff specialist Sam Nitz won the opening draw and got the ball down to junior attackman Wyatt Kovatch for the game’s first goal.
Not only did the score set the tone of the game against Delmarva Christian High School on Monday, April 3, with the Indians going on to roll the Royals 18-1, but the quick-strike offensive attack has been the tone of the season so far, with the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team jumping out to a 4-0 start headed into a Wednesday, April 5, matchup at Salisbury School (after Coastal Point press time).
“We want to go out there and execute and play our game,” said second-year assistant coach Dave Spencer of the team’s best start in program history. “We don’t want to play to anybody else’s level. We want to play up to the bar that we’ve set for ourselves.”
It was a strange week for surfaces for the Indian River High School soccer team.
After getting the season started with back-to-back home games on the natural grass at IRHS’s soccer stadium, the Indians adjusted to a smaller size of field at Delmar on Thursday, March 30, before taking to the turf at Cape Henlopen on Tuesday, April 4, for the “Kilby Clash” between the teams coached by IR head coach Steve Kilby and his son, Cape head coach Pat Kilby.
Surface tension or no, however, the Indians would still pull out wins in both games, downing Delmar 2-0 and Cape 4-0 to improve to 3-1 on the season.
“We struggled with the weight of our passes at first, but we adjusted to that in the second half a little bit, I think,” said Steve Kilby, who had his squad practice on the Bermuda grass at River Soccer Club last week in preparation for the six-game road series.
Evans and Lingo medal in Sussex Tech golf win over IR
The Sussex Technical High School golf team defeated Indian River 187 to 204 at Cripple Creek on Tuesday, April 4, as the Ravens improved to 3-0 on the year, while the Indians fell to 2-3.
IR senior John Evans and Tech sophomore Brady Lingo were the medalists on the day, each finishing with a 42.
Dick Bradley has been a lifelong Philadelphia Eagles fan and, until he retired, an occasional golfer. He still loves his Eagles, but golf has become as much a focus of his life as his work used to be. And, to her surprise, Bradley’s wife, Rita, became involved, too, though not as a player.
Bradley started his career with Eastern Airlines in 1957 at the Philadelphia Airport. Never a shy man and always friendly, he took advantage of opportunities that came his way for advancement and making a difference. Thus he progressed from providing luggage-ramp service to gate agent, to supervisor and then to administrator for 137 pilots.
The Bradleys moved to Bay Colony after retirement, looking for a slower pace of life. It would be the time, they thought, for Dick to play a little more golf.
“I heard there was a golf group associated with the Indian River Senior Center and decided to join,” said Bradley. “Two years later, in 1999, Rita and I were on vacation in Florida and I got a call from the Center and heard, ‘I understand you’re going to run the Golf League.’ Apparently, my good friend Bob Lenaghan had volunteered me!”
“At that time, we had 54 golfers — all men — and used seven golf courses. Today, there are 710 players — men and women — and we play at 21 different courses. We used to line up on the first tee and draw Popsicle sticks to determine the order of play. Changing to a shotgun start was one of the first things I did.”
Due to the growth of the league, it now has five Indian River divisions, each with 30 teams. As Bradley acknowledges, the divisions are not very creatively named: North, South, East, West and Central.
Tucked away near Frankford is a non-profit environmental research facility dedicated to restoring “the former grandeur of the Delaware Estuary.”
Birdsong Gardens sits on a 20-acre working farm, which still grows grain, corn and soybeans in cooperation with a larger neighbor farmer. However, the main focus of its owner, Dave Rickards, is to preserve the environment for generations to come.
“I’m just trying to do my part,” said Rickards. “Growing up on a farm, the environment was never that far away from my thoughts. I grew up in this area. My father was a farmer, and over the years I have watched the change in technology eliminate the buffers that used to be. When I was growing up, there was a lot of quail and you could go quail hunting... I don’t even hear quail anymore, because they’ve lost their habitat.”
Rickards first became active in environmental issues in 1999, when he became involved with the Inland Bays advisory group.
It was a unanimous vote this week as Mark Steele was officially hired as the superintendent of the Indian River School District.
At their March 27 meeting, the IRSD Board of Education promoted former assistant superintendent Steele from interim superintendent, effective immediately, with a two-year contract beginning July 1.
A lifelong Dagsboro resident and 36-year educator, Steel said, “It feels good to know that people support you and people trust you. It feels really good.”
Now that the IRSD officially has a new leader, it removes a level of uncertainty, and the administration can stride forward with a better sense of direction.
“This gives me a chance to look at the long-term things we need,” said Steele, who suggested creating a long-term district plan and a community financial review group.
Indian River School District officials have said from the beginning of recent financial concerns that budget cuts are needed. The recently-passed current-expense referendum, which will bring in an additional $7.35 million annually in local property taxes, simply prevented the inevitable budget cuts from being more severe.
The Ocean View Town council held a budget workshop earlier this week to review the fourth draft of its 2018-fiscal-year budget.
When 14-year-old Lindsey Espinoza signed up for the fire-cadet class at Millsboro Middle School, who would have guessed she’d be saving her little sister just a few months later?
The Roxana Volunteer Fire Company started the fire-cadet class in autumn to introduce students to lifesaving skills and community service.
“Towards the beginning of the school year, we taught basic first-aid, puncture wounds, choking and hands-only CPR,” said RVFC Fire Chief Chris Uibel. “Little did we know that within two months, Lindsey would save her sister from choking.”
“She was at home, watching her 4-year-old sister. Her sister began to choke on a toy. Lindsey was able to quickly react, knowing everything that she had learned from our program. Through her lifesaving measure, she was able to help her sister from choking.”
A heat lamp appears to have caused a barn fire that killed four horses and possibly other animals on Wednesday, March 22. The blaze was reported just before 3 a.m., in the 24000 block of Cannon Road, Millsboro, just west of Long Neck.