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IR girls’ soccer looking to clinch South after 10th straight win

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior Maggie Ford congratulates junior Sammi Whelen after her goal against Laurel on Thursday, May 4.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior Maggie Ford congratulates junior Sammi Whelen after her goal against Laurel on Thursday, May 4.Amongst the 100th-career-goal celebrations and River Soccer Club halftime shows at the Indian River High School soccer stadium last week, it was back to business as usual for the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team as they approached their final stretch of the regular season and aimed for a fifth consecutive Henlopen South division title.

With wins over Laurel on Thursday, May 4, over Ursuline Academy on Saturday, May 6, and over Polytech on Tuesday, May 9, the Indians now find themselves 11-1 overall and riding a 10-game win streak, not having lost a game since falling to Caesar Rodney, 3-2, on March 28.

“We’re playing pretty well right now,” said head coach Steve Kilby after the 8-0 win over Laurel on May 4. “I was very happy with how the younger girls played tonight. They were moving the ball and moving off of the ball well.”

IR lax falls to Sussex Tech on Short’s last-second score

Josetti scores 100th career goal

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR junior attackman Cole Josetti goes up against Tech’s Victor Lentonoff during Monday’s matchup.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR junior attackman Cole Josetti goes up against Tech’s Victor Lentonoff during Monday’s matchup.After heading into halftime down 10-5, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team would manage a second-half surge to eventually go up 16-14, only to see the Sussex Technical High School Ravens mount their own comeback and eventually seal a 17-16 win with just 18 seconds to go, on a score from freshman attackman Patrick Short.

“It’s a game of runs, and you just hope you’re running at the right time,” said IR coach Dave Spencer, noting that his squad was understandably devastated after the rivalry loss and tale of two comebacks.

“We had a two-goal lead and the ball, and a couple mental breakdowns ended up costing us, but you can’t deny that the effort was there. The effort was absolutely there, and we’re proud of our guys. They play hard, and they never quit.”

L. Haden’s goal in OT sends Indians past Ravens

Coastal Point • Submitted by Lincoln Davis: IR senior Lexi Haden gets some love from teammates Delaney Brannon, Sarandon Slebodnick and Helen Davis after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime on Thursday, May 4.Coastal Point • Submitted by Lincoln Davis: IR senior Lexi Haden gets some love from teammates Delaney Brannon, Sarandon Slebodnick and Helen Davis after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime on Thursday, May 4.After tying things up 10-10 in the conference-rivalry matchup between the Indian River High School and Sussex Tech girls’ lacrosse teams on Thursday, May 4, IR senior midfielder Lexi Haden was forced to the sideline when she was struck by a ricocheted shot at the start of overtime.

The second-year captain and leading scorer for the Indians wouldn’t stay down for long, however, getting subbed back in shortly afterwards and hauling in a pass from junior midfielder Delaney Brannon to tally her lucky No. 7 score on the day and seal the 11-10 win for the Indians as the celebration ensued.

While end-of-game theatrics made for a storybook way for the Indians to send out their four seniors (Lexi Haden, Erin Haden, Sara Saylor and Alexis Purcell) in their final home game, what would turn out to be an OT thriller was almost decided before it even got under way.

The Indians had taken a 6-4 lead into halftime, going on to manufacture a four-goal lead in the second-half, but a late-game rally gave the Ravens a 10-9 lead with less than a minute left in regulation.

IR boys’ tennis downs Cape, clinches South title

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR sophomore Luke McCabe returns a shot against Cape on Monday.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR sophomore Luke McCabe returns a shot against Cape on Monday.Last season was somewhat of a rebuilding season for the Indian River High School boys’ tennis team, the team winning just one match in 2016 under first-year head coach Mariano Woo with a squad heavily populated with first-year players.

After returning both Woo and the bulk of that lineup this season, however, the Indians have turned things full circle on the courts, winning their eighth match of the season against Cape Henlopen on Monday, May 8, and matching a key marker of their 2015 season by officially clinching the Henlopen South title after division wins against Lake Forest and Milford on Tuesday, May 2, and Wednesday, May 3.

Coming off the 3-2 win over the Spartans and 4-1 win over the Bucs, the Indians set their sights on the Vikings on Monday, pulling off a 4-1 victory, even without senior captain and third-year first-singles player Mac Smith in the lineup.

Senior Patrick Mochiam filled in the first-singles spot for Smith in Monday’s matchup, earning a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Cape’s Tyler Justiniani.

Dietsch, Terps celebrate 50th anniversary of ’67 championship

<strong>Coastal Point • Submitted</strong> Indian River High School head boys’ lacrosse coach Jim Dietsch shows off his 1967 National Championship ring at the 50th anniversary ceremony held at the University of Maryland College Park last month.Coastal Point • Submitted Indian River High School head boys’ lacrosse coach Jim Dietsch shows off his 1967 National Championship ring at the 50th anniversary ceremony held at the University of Maryland College Park last month.While Jim Dietsch may best known around Sussex County for his coaching career, the Indian River High School head boys’ lacrosse coach and director of the Tribe Lacrosse Youth Development Program was recently honored for his days as a player at the University of Maryland, getting a chance to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the program’s 1967 Big Ten and national championship with teammates last month.

At the ceremony held in College Park, the ’67 team was presented with their official USILA Championship rings, to commemorate their 9-5 Big Ten title victory over Johns Hopkins University and shared national title with the Blue Jays and Navy, now a half-century ago.

“It was fantastic getting to see everybody again. I couldn’t believe it, everybody was old — except for me, of course,” said Dietsch with a laugh.

After a ring ceremony and banquet, they also got a chance to cap the weekend by watching a new generation of Terps get the best of the Blue Jays on Saturday, April 29, in what was the team’s regular-season finale and still very much a highly-touted conference rivalry.

MMS hold on in extra inning to hand SMS their only loss

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The Millsboro Middle School softball team celebrates after their rivalry win in extra innings over Selbyville Middle School on Monday, May 8.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The Millsboro Middle School softball team celebrates after their rivalry win in extra innings over Selbyville Middle School on Monday, May 8.It was a rivalry saved for the last game of the season, and one that took until the last inning of the game — and then some — to finally decide.

But after the back-and-forth battle between the Millsboro Middle School and Selbyville Middle School softball teams went into extra innings on Monday, May 8, it was the Golden Knights who would eventually come away with a 7-6 victory, playing spoiler to what would have been an undefeated season for the Indians.

“We’re feeling really good,” said MMS eighth-grader Hadlie Jarvis, explaining that her squad’s own undefeated season hopes had been spoiled in a 3-1 loss to Seaford on April 11. “We’re very hype about it, just because we couldn’t go undefeated, and now we made sure that they can’t either.”

“When we lost the opportunity to go undefeated earlier this season, this was one game on the schedule we kind of circled,” added MMS head coach Zach Murphy, who had coached the Knights to an 8-0 season in 2016 and 10-0 season in 2017.. “After we realized last week that [Selbyville] took out Seaford, we knew that this was a huge opportunity for us to try and make up for it against another undefeated team. It was a game for us to get up and to play for.”

Welcome to the fastest-growing sport in America

In the “Baron” business, it gets very expensive maintaining castles, paying taxes and retainers, and whatever else barons do, so when a golden opportunity came along to write a column about pickleball, working with Tripp Colonell — the master of the phrase — I had to grab it.

Community mourns the loss of DSP trooper Ballard

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Candles are held up during the vigil on the Circle in Georgetown held in honor of Delaware State Police Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard on Monday, May 1. The trooper was killed in the line of duty in Bear.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Candles are held up during the vigil on the Circle in Georgetown held in honor of Delaware State Police Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard on Monday, May 1. The trooper was killed in the line of duty in Bear.

The entire state of Delaware was shaken last week, after Delaware State Police Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard was shot and killed in the line of duty, during a stop on a suspicious vehicle in Bear. Ballard was 32 years old.

Beach towns say they feel targeted by proposed rental tax

Anyone who owns a vacation rental property in Delaware might be facing a new occupancy tax. The Delaware State Legislature is considering a new 8 percent tax on short-term vacation rental units.

Community warned to be wary of phone scams

Local law-enforcement officials this week reminded residents to stay wary, as the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office has been informed of numerous fictitious calls being made in the county, supposedly on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office, and several other phone scams have been reported in the area recently.

PNC closing downtown Selbyville branch

Corner bank has existed since 1903

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant : The PNC Bank branch in Selbyville will close June 16.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant : The PNC Bank branch in Selbyville will close June 16.Selbyville is losing one of its two banks this spring. The PNC Bank at the corner of Church Street and Main Street will permanently close its doors at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 16.

The ATM will remain on-site at 1 West Church Street immediately after the office closes, although there is no timeframe for that availability. It’s a higher-functioning ATM that can process deposits.

Why is the bank closing? Basically, PNC representatives said, people use machines more for banking, and PNC doesn’t need a two-story office building on Church Street anymore.

“Over the last several years, we have been going over an evaluation of our overall branch network,” said PNC spokesperson Marcey Zwiebel. “We’ve also just been looking at data that says the way customers use branches is changing. They’re increasingly using the convenient and alternative channels” — online, mobile or ATM banking — “for many of the basic transactions that they used to use the branch for… We’ve been taking a look at how we can support our customers when and how and where they want.”

Richardson wins IRSD Teacher of the Year award

A love of reading at core of specialist’s work to help students

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The 2017-2018 Indian River School District Teachers of the Year pose in the Indian River High School auditorium.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The 2017-2018 Indian River School District Teachers of the Year pose in the Indian River High School auditorium.“I love to read,” said Lisa Richardson, reading intervention specialist at Millsboro Middle School.

Richardson is the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year for the Indian River School District. Her win was announced at a dinner on Wednesday, April 29.

Not only does Richardson treasure the worlds that can open through books, but she also has a keen understand of the impact the ability to read has on everyday life.

Richardson’ students come to her needing help meeting reading requirements. The main challenge of her job, she said, is “helping them catch up so they can be successful in their core classes.” If a students is struggling to read, she said, everything else in school becomes a struggle as well.

IRSD celebrates Teachers of the Year

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The 2017-2018 Indian River School District Teachers of the Year pose in the Indian River High School auditorium.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The 2017-2018 Indian River School District Teachers of the Year pose in the Indian River High School auditorium.Hundreds of teachers have made the Indian River School District a leader in education. On April 26, the IRSD honored the best of the best, their Teachers of the Year for 2017-2018.

In a surprise announcement, Millsboro Middle School reading teacher Lisa Richardson received top honors as IRSD Teacher of the Year.

“Her story is in many ways the story of the Indian River School District. She is product our school district who returned to give back, and has done that in many capacities and done it well. Both inside and outside the classroom, she is and has been a role model for others,” stated Gary Brittingham, former principal and assistant superintendent.

As the district’s Teacher of the Year, she is now eligible for the state Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced in October.

Community is more than the place you call home

As summer approaches, it’s easy to focus on the everyday irritations: the traffic, the guy who sits too close on the beach, the person who brings 20 items to the express lane. But the area has had ample evidence of late to remind us that living in this little paradise by the shore is an experience notable not for its few flaws but for its strengths as a true community.

Point of No Return — Sports’ fantasies-come-true make for compelling reality TV

It has been said by people much brighter than me — which is a list more prolific than I’m comfortable admitting — that sports is the original reality-television programming.

Letters to the Editor — May 5, 2017

River Soccer thanks Springtime Jamboree and community­­

Editor:

The River Soccer Club would like to thank the Hocker Family for their generous support through the Springtime Jamboree.

An evening full of music, comedy, and fun was performed on April 28 and 29 at Indian River High School.

This year, the River Soccer Club was the beneficiary.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 1

Coastal Point • Submitted : Expansive ocean-to-bay views await visitors to this home, which will be featured as part of the 26th Annual Beach &amp;amp;amp; Bay Cottage Tour, to benefit the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach.Coastal Point • Submitted : Expansive ocean-to-bay views await visitors to this home, which will be featured as part of the 26th Annual Beach &amp;amp; Bay Cottage Tour, to benefit the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach.

North Bethany oceanfront home offers expansive water views

(Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26-27 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

After vacationing in North Bethany for more than 20 years, the need for more space for their growing multi-generational family led its eventual owners to this 6,000-square-foot oceanfront home.

Under the guidance of a local architect, the owners were able to transform the exterior face with wall-to-wall windows to bring the seaside in from all angles and bathe the soaring spaces in natural light from the towering three-story glass entry stairwell.

The first-floor quarters offer a central lounge fronted by a pair of identical oceanfront master suites and flanked by four additional guest bedrooms with connecting baths.

Native Plant Sale to help with ‘Planting for Pollinators’ on Saturday

Anyone who wants to learn how to attract birds and bees and butterflies to their garden and then take home some plants that can help will find all that and more at the Center for the Inland Bays’ Native Plant Sale at the James Farm Ecological Preserve from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 6.

Lighthouse Christian to hold annual breakfast fundraiser

This weekend, the community can enjoy breakfast while also supporting Lighthouse Christian School families.

“It’s just so wonderful,” said Pat Viguie, event and curriculum planner at Lighthouse Christian.

‘Life by the slice’

Fresh ingredients, same recipe for owners of Pomodoro Pizzeria in Bethany Beach

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert Rose and Brian Conte hold up a white spinach with ricotta, fresh garlic and olive oil pizza in their new pizzeria in Bethany Beach.It was an offer that they couldn’t refuse.

After purchasing a home in Millville By the Sea six years ago, the search had been on for the Naples, Italy-born couple turned lifetime restauranteurs in all things Italian cuisine, Rose and Brian Conte.

After the success of Café Palermo — the Wilmington-based establishment that they had owned and operated together for 13 years — the Contes had been searching for the right location to introduce the cuisine of their home country to what they were hoping to make their new home, in Bethany Beach.

But after trying to find that perfect location for more than five years, it finally found them instead, on a boardwalk day last spring.

“We just happened to be walking around on a Sunday, and then we saw it. When we saw this spot, I said, ‘Brian — this is it.’ I knew right away,” said Rose Conte of the now official location of the Pomodoro Pizzeria, next to Dickey’s Frozen Custard just off the Bethany Beach boardwalk.

Parks’ save in final seconds seals IR win over Sussex Academy

L. Haden scores six for IR, K. Smith three for Seahawks

Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: Sussex Academy’s Bella Kwan and Indian River’s Erin Haden go for a loose ball in the first half of last Friday’s game.Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: Sussex Academy’s Bella Kwan and Indian River’s Erin Haden go for a loose ball in the first half of last Friday’s game.It was hot. It was tense. And the game was on the line.

That was the scene of a scoreless 15 final minutes in one of the area’s fastest-growing rivalries in one the nation’s fastest growing sports when the Indian River High School girls’ lacrosse team took on Sussex Academy last Friday, April 28.

With the Indians leading 9-8 and time left in the back-and-forth battle nearing extinction, the Seahawks would manage one last chance to tie things up when sophomore midfielder Clara Elliot brought the ball down on a fast break to find an open teammate for a last-ditch attempt on the far pipe with 21 seconds left.

But after racking up six saves to keep the ’Hawks off the board in the second half alone, IR junior goalkeeper Mya Parks was ready for one more, coming through in the clutch to seal the 9-8 victory and unofficial Henlopen South title for the Indians as the celebration ensued.

Indians win seventh straight with shutout over Smyrna

Hogsten one away for 100th career goal

Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: IR sophomore forward Skyler McClure looks to create some space up against a Smyrna defender on Tuesday.Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: IR sophomore forward Skyler McClure looks to create some space up against a Smyrna defender on Tuesday.The Indian River High School girls’ soccer team had a lot to celebrate on Tuesday, May 2.

Not only did they win their seventh straight game with a 5-0 victory over Smyrna, but they were also paid a visit by the next generation of IR soccer stars when players from the River Soccer Club got the chance to kick the ball around at halftime and kick it with the team after the game for high-fives and autograph signings.

“It was fun. I remember doing this when I was their age. It was the best thing ever. I thought it was so cool,” said IR sophomore defender Mackenzie Gorey of being on the other end of the experience.

“The little River girls get such a charge out of it. They really enjoy being here,” added IR head coach Steve Kilby. “We try and do something nice for them and make it a special night.”

IR boys’ lax controls South after wins over Delmar, Central

G-Mart set for 300th career point

Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: IR sophomore forward Skyler McClure, top, looks to create some space up against a Smyrna defender on Tuesday.Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: IR sophomore forward Skyler McClure, top, looks to create some space up against a Smyrna defender on Tuesday.After a spring-break stumble against Dover last month, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team has since regained their early-season mojo, winning two out of their last three and currently controlling their own destiny for what would be the program’s first-ever Henlopen South title headed into their Wednesday, May 3, matchup at Milford (after Coastal Point press time).

Before their 18-6 victory over the Golden Knights in a district rivalry on Friday, April 29, and 13-10 conference loss over Smyrna on Monday, May 1, the team saw their turning point in a 14-10 comeback win at Delmar on Wednesday, April 26.

“We had never won on that field,” said assistant coach Dave Spencer. “I’m proud of our guys, the way that the responded. That was a character win.”

IR girls’ tennis still undefeated in South after win over Lake

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : IR's Maddie Galbreath returns a shot during her 6-0, 6-2 third-singles win against Sussex Central on Thursday, April 27.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : IR's Maddie Galbreath returns a shot during her 6-0, 6-2 third-singles win against Sussex Central on Thursday, April 27.The Indian River High School girls’ tennis team is going for their fifth straight Henlopen South division title this season, taking one more step toward a five-peat with a 4-1 win over Lake Forest on Tuesday, May 2.

The Indians saw wins at all three singles spots in the matchup, with sophomore Alexa Fitz leading the way at first singles with a 6-3, 6-1 victory.

Senior Marianya Lovelace earned a 6-1, 6-4 victory at second singles, while sophomore Madison Galbreath rounded out the singles sweep with a 6-2, 6-1 win in the third-singles spot.

At first doubles, freshman Natalie Burnshaw and senior Saray Lopez pulled off a 6-1, 6-2 win, while junior Heidi Johnson and sophomore Analy Marquez took their second-doubles match to a tie-breaker set.

McGee’s walk-off home run sends IR softball past Milford

Indians fall to Golden Knights

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Senior 2B Madi McGee heads home toward some ecstatic teammates after her game-winning walk-off home run on Thursday, April 27.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Senior 2B Madi McGee heads home toward some ecstatic teammates after her game-winning walk-off home run on Thursday, April 27.Before last Wednesday, Indian River High School senior and four-year softball standout Madi McGee had never hit a home run.

Less than 24 hours later, she had hit two.

After tallying her first career bomb in a 14-12 loss to Sussex Tech on Wednesday, April 26, McGee took the plate with the score tied 10-10 in the bottom of the seventh inning of a game with Milford on Thursday, April 27, and sent her second career shot over the fence for the 12-10 walk-off win.

The DelTech-bound 2B finished the day going 3-4 with three RBIs. Junior P/DH Marley Evans also homered in that game, adding two RBIs and a double as well, while seeing action in the circle to close down the game with a save.

Bucs, Knights snap IR baseball three-game win streak

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior 2B Myles Clark goes for a tag during Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to Sussex Central.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior 2B Myles Clark goes for a tag during Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to Sussex Central.After racking up their third straight win and improving to 4-6 on the season, the Indian River High School baseball team suffered back-to-back losses, to Milford on Thursday, April 27, and Sussex Central on Tuesday, May 2.

The Indians were sitting on top of the Henlopen South division before both an early and late rally from the Bucs last Thursday dropped them to 3-2 in the division.

After starting the game on the mound in that game, IR sophomore pitcher J.J. Killen tallied three hits from the plate, one of them going for a double.

Junior shortstop Mark Smith had two hits for the Indians, but a six-run first inning by Milford would prove too much to overcome.

IR boys’ tennis could clinch South after win over Lake

The Indian River High School boy’s tennis team was well on their way to retuning the Henlopen South Division title after their fourth division win on Tuesday, May 2.

Facing Lake Forest for the second time this season, the Indians won the match 3-2 — the same score from their previous matchup against the Spartans — to open the season on Wednesday, March 22.

ACTS supports Camp Barnes community

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Cpl./3 Shawn Hatfield of the Delaware State Police poses for a photo with the ladies at ACTS, after ACTS donated $20,000 to Camp Barnes.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Cpl./3 Shawn Hatfield of the Delaware State Police poses for a photo with the ladies at ACTS, after ACTS donated $20,000 to Camp Barnes.The Atlantic Community Thrift Shop (ACTS) has supported the community throughout its nearly 30 years of existence. Last week was no exception, when the non-profit organization gave $20,000 to Camp Barnes.

“It’s going to benefit us greatly,” said Cpl./3 Shawn Hatfield of the Delaware State Police. “We’re constantly trying to renovate the camp, because it was built in 1947. All of our funds are either donations from the general public or fundraisers that we have.

“We do get a grant-in-aid from the State of Delaware. We had to do some repairs to our pool this year and other various repairs throughout the camp that are just everyday things. This will go far in that.”

In 1948, 40 campers attended Camp Barnes — today, more than 1,000 kids attend, free of charge. The camp was named for Col. Herbert A. Barnes, who was the superintendent of the Delaware State Police at the time of its inception and is considered to have played a “pivotal role” in establishing Camp Barnes.

Murray stepping away from IRHS for family

After four years, Bennett Murray has announced that he will leave the position of Indian River High School principal.

Starting this autumn, he’ll be assigned as an assistant principal in the district, spending half his time at Georgetown Elementary School and half at the Howard T. Ennis School.

IRSD unions to vote on new contracts

When the Indian River School District went to referendum in March, administrators said one potential way to save money was to renegotiate staff contracts.

More recently, within the Indian River Education Association, the teachers and the secretaries have given the go-ahead to renegotiate contracts, potentially spreading next year’s planned pay raise over the next few years instead.

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