DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police reminded anglers this week that it’s time to purchase their 2016 Delaware fishing licenses, as their 2015 licenses expired on Dec. 31. A valid fishing license is required for fishing, crabbing and clamming in Delaware, in both tidal and non-tidal waters.
There’s a lot we know about the past presidents of the United States (of America). Abraham Lincoln could never tell a lie. George Washington had wooden teeth and, from far away, he kind of looked like an old lady in that powdered wig he was always wearing. And even after being elected, twice, George W. Bush is still a huge disappointment to his father.
Bolton, Arlett, Marcozzi remain unbeaten
Going into the matchup against undefeated Sussex Central High School on Wednesday, Feb. 3, Indian River High School wrestling coach Jeff Windish knew that his squad was in for a tough bout. But he also knew that his own undefeated wresters — including senior Mitchell Bolton, junior Jared Arlett, and junior Zeke Marcozzi — would go out there and get wins, just like they always do, giving the Indians a chance at taking the dual if they could pull out a few other weight classes.
“Mitchell, Jared and Zeke are clicking right now. When they go out, I expect them to get six points for the team, and they know that walking out on the mat,” Windish explained. “I’m proud of the way we came out. We knew there were some matches that we had on paper, and then we were hoping to pick up a couple other ones on the back side.”
While the Indians would eventually end up falling to the Golden Knights 61-18, they got six points from the usual suspects, just as Windish had expected — with Bolton, Arlett and Marcozzi all getting the fall and remaining undefeated in dual meets this season.
Headed into high school at Indian River, playing collegiate lacrosse wasn’t much of a thought for Erik Gulbronson.
There’ve been a lot of goals throughout Brooke Beam’s soccer career. In fact, at Indian River High School alone, there’ve been around 79 of them, even before the start of her senior season.
Registration for Lower Sussex Little League baseball and softball, and the Little League Challenger Division, are currently under way at the Lower Sussex Little League complex in Roxana.
Sea Colony’s indoor courts will be rockin’ Saturday evening, March 19, for the center’s annual March Madness free tennis event and fundraiser.
Open to the public for all ages and skill levels, March Madness features music, food and games, including fast-serve, slow-serve and accuracy contests, complete with prizes from 7 to 9 p.m., with free play and social from 9 to 10 p.m.
Tripple Overtime: If beaver trapping is a sport (and/or cool), then Leonardo DiCaprio is Miles Davis (‘The Revenant’ review)
If you’re being rational, then you can agree that I am just as good an actor as Leonardo DiCaprio. Not only because we’re both renowned for our boyish good looks, and certainly not only because we both always shout “I’m the king of the world!” whenever we get on a boat with Kate Winslet, but mostly because we have the same number of Oscar wins (approximately zero, to be exact).
Indians reunited with Sturgis
A packed house at Sussex Central High School certainly got their money’s worth on Tuesday, Feb. 2, when the Indian River and Central basketball squads went down to the final minute of their annual rivalry matchup, with the Golden Knights eventually locking a 51-42 win.
IR junior guard Mac Smith gave the Indians a 3-2 lead early on after draining a shot from downtown, with the Golden Knights sparking an 8-0 rally after that, to go up 10-4.
The Indians would put together their own rally to tie the game at 10-10, just before the end of the first quarter, however, starting with senior forward DeAndre “D.D.” Cooper pulling down an offensive rebound and drawing the foul to pull off the “and one’ play and make it 10-7, with senior forward Barry Hooper knocking down a three to then tie it up.
“It got everybody pumped. I think everybody played better,” Cooper said of the electric atmosphere. “It was a fun game. That’s my favorite team to play.”
“I said, ‘It’s a rivalry. If you can’t get up for this game, you can’t get up for any game,’” added IR head coach B.J. Joseph.
The second quarter was a different story, however, as Central jumped out to a 20-10 lead, and guards KiAnté Sturgis and Lashawn Hondy continued to find forward Richard Flemming underneath the net for easy buckets.
“When the other guys drove in, we were sliding positions. When somebody takes the guy driving, somebody’s gotta slide, and that wasn’t happening,” explained Joseph. “That’s something we gotta work on.”
There was nothing familiar about Groundhog Day for the Indian River High School girls’ basketball team this year. After a dominating performance against Seaford on Monday, Feb. 1, taking down the Blue Jays 57-13, the girls ran into a much more experienced opponent in Sussex Central the very next night — with the game ending in a much different outcome as well, by way of a 50-19 loss.
The two teams on the court on Tuesday, Feb. 2, were vastly different — as a youthful Indians’ squad took on an experienced Central team.
“It was a good lesson for me, good lesson for them — today was a good learning experience,” said head coach Donna Polk after Tuesday’s game. “I told them to keep their heads up, that was a good team that we played, they do what they’re supposed to do, they’re explosive, they play physical — they can now see what an experienced team is capable of doing.”
There have been plenty of storylines for the Selbyville Middle School girls’ basketball squad this season. Two of the team’s losses came against 10-1 Postlethwait, by way of a three-pointer at the buzzer. Then there was a tough overtime loss to a 7-4 Mariner. And the team also held defending state champion Central Middle School (11-0) to a season-low 25 points when that squad had averaged more than 50 points per game.
However, despite some tough losses to some tough teams, the ending to the girls’ season was almost storybook — mounting a 36-28 comeback victory against rival Millsboro on Monday, Feb. 1, to finish the season with a 5-4 winning record, and sending some of their eighth-grade leaders out the right way.
“This has been a story for them all year, in the fourth quarter — games where we don’t score, and then the next thing you know we’re scoring in the last minute of the game,” said SMS head coach Matt Mayette. “They’re just a clutch group of kids that, at the end of the day, don’t want to lose.”
That clutch spirit showed on Monday night when, trailing 15-13 at the break, an inspired locker-room speech from Mayette reminded the girls of what was on the line.
“When we were down at halftime, the talk in the locker room was really intense,” said eighth-grader and co-captain Kayley Belzner. “We had to come together as a team and figure out what we had to change.”
Down 24-23 at halftime, the Selbyville Middle School boys’ basketball team rallied behind eighth-grade leaders to jump back out to the lead after the break and eventually hang on for a 47-41 win over rival Millsboro on Monday, Feb. 1.
While the back-and-forth battle may have been an exciting one, the ending to both the game and the Indians’ season was by no means surprising for SMS head coach John Frye.
“It’s important to get the win. But that’s the snapshot. The big picture is they played so hard this year,” he said. “They dedicated themselves. You always want to win, but they played so hard all year long, they gave such a great effort, so even if they had lost, I could never complain because of how hard they play.”
Ending their season with a win over the Golden Knights also holds added meaning for some of the payers — including eighth-grader Jalen Snead, who transferred from MMS this season to help the Indians on the football field as well.
The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce this week announced NV Homes/Ryan Homes as the presenting sponsor for the 27th Annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour. To be held on Saturday, April 16, in downtown Bethany Beach, cyclists have the choice of a 30-, 50-, or 62.5-mile ride. A 100-mile century ride is new to the race this year, for the serious cyclist.
If you’re like me, you spent this past weekend stuck snowed in watching “The Shining” in Baltimore, worried about who was gonna snap first should the beer run out before the roads got plowed.
Boosters raising funds for state champs
The Indian River High School soccer team made history this past November, when they brought home the 2015 DIAA state championship. But while their work on the field is done, their work in commemorating the event is far from over, as the team is currently in the process of trying to raise money for championship rings and field coats.
With many players on the team having a tough time in being able to mark the occasion financially, the boosters are raising funds at Buffalo Wild Wings in Rehoboth Beach this Monday, Feb. 1, and inviting the community to come help support the cause.
“We’ll be able to look back at that ring one day and think of the state championship,” said junior defender Max Stong about what the ring would mean.
“A lot of players on the team, they can’t afford it,” said junior midfielder Johan Cordoba. “We’re hoping that everyone comes out to support.”