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Felton’s 21 helps Indians get division win over Wildcats in OT

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Senior forward Isaiah ‘Izzy’ Bratton goes up for a basket.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Senior forward Isaiah ‘Izzy’ Bratton goes up for a basket.It was what Indian River High School head boys’ basketball coach B.J. Joseph referred to as “a trap game.”

The last day of winter exams. No school the next day. Against a 1-12 team.

But, despite seeing the game against Delmar go to overtime on Thursday, Jan. 26, the Indians still pulled out a 67-64 division win, with Joseph getting his second win of the season over a coach who is one of his former players — Delmar head coach Shawn Phillips.

“I knew they would play hard. When you’re 1-12, you don’t have anything to lose,” said Joseph after the game. “We weren’t ready for that game. The silver lining is we did pull out a W, and it was one we had to have.”

The Indians got off to a slow start after the opening draw, falling behind 6-2 before sophomore center Kashid Waples finished an offensive rebound and senior guard Colby Chandler managed a steal shortly thereafter and got it down to senior forward Isaiah “Izzy” Bratton on a fast break to tie things up.

Falling behind and tying it up would become a first-quarter trend after that, as the Wildcats took a 20-16 lead into the second quarter, and five points from IR sophomore guard Jamier Felton just before the half tied the game at 30-30 headed into the break.

Felton led with 21 points on the night, with the Indians also seeing production from junior guard Patrick Mumford and freshman point guard KJ Custis, who each tallied 13 points in the matchup.

Lower Sussex Little League sign-ups under way

District 3 ‘Challenger Division’ returns for third year

While online registration for the 2017 Lower Sussex Little League season is already open, the league will begin walk-up registration at the ballpark starting on Wednesday, Feb. 9, spanning through Saturday, Feb. 18.

Participants will have four chances to sign up in person, with additional sessions held on Saturday, Feb. 11, and Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Pyle Center in Roxana.

IR to host double-header, Unified basketball game and more

It won’t be your average rivalry game when the Indian River High School and Sussex Central High School basketball teams tip off on Thursday, Feb. 9.

Not only will the night feature a double-header, with both the boys’ and girls’ varsity teams facing each other; not only will there be history made, with the district’s first Unified basketball game for players with special needs in between; but the community is being encouraged to come support their hometown teams with half-time skills competition, contests, prizes, a special Blue-Gold All-Star presentation and even some live entertainment from IR’s competitive cheer team.

With all that going on, Athletic Director Todd Fuhrmann and the IRHS Basketball Boosters are aiming to make Indian River High School the place to be next Thursday night.

“We’ve made some changes to basketball games this year. Both teams are having successful years. We’d really like to build our fan base back up,” Fuhrmann said. “We want the people in the community to come out and enjoy some great games and a great night.”

Extra Points – February 2, 2017

Tickets still available for IR soccer alumni mixer

The Indian River High School Soccer Boosters will host an alumni mixer for both the boys’ and girls’ soccer programs at the Frankford fire hall on Friday, Feb. 11.

Celebrating geography

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The annual National Geographic Spelling Bee was held at Lord Baltimore Elementary School drew some talented students and enthusiastic crowds. Below, from left, Ian Lewis (first place), Jackson Chandler (third) and Jack Cappo (second).Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The annual National Geographic Spelling Bee was held at Lord Baltimore Elementary School drew some talented students and enthusiastic crowds. Below, from left, Ian Lewis (first place), Jackson Chandler (third) and Jack Cappo (second).

What is the tallest mountain in Africa? Which country produces the most coffee beans? What is the capital of Iowa?

Bucs best Indians in potential state-title preview

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR freshman Ta'Jon Knight goes for the fall at 120 on Wednesday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR freshman Ta'Jon Knight goes for the fall at 120 on Wednesday.It was a battle of the unbeaten when the Indian River High School wrestling team took on Milford on Wednesday, Jan. 25, with the defending state champion Bucs keeping their perfect record intact and handing the Indians their first loss of the season in comeback fashion, 37-33.

“We definitely have some things to work on, but I know I speak for the whole coaching staff when I say that we’re definitely pleased with the way we wrestled,” said IR head coach Jeff Windish after the match. “We had some kids really step up big in matches.”

The Indians jumped out to a quick lead with pins from freshmen Will Rayne at 106 and Ta’Jon Knight at 120.

DelDOT seeks input on new Route 113 revamp concept

Nearly two years have passed since the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) abandoned the unpopular plan for a Route 113 bypass for Millsboro south to Selbyville. Instead, they now plan to widen the existing highway and build a new road connecting Route 113 to Route 24.

Bethany preparing for new museum, docent program

Bethany Beach’s history will be getting some attention in the coming summer season, as the Town’s Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee (CHAC) prepares for the opening of the historical Dinker Cottage as a museum, which is anticipated to happen in the coming months.

Ocean View discusses employee compensation

The Town of Ocean View held a special workshop this week to review and discuss a 2016 employee compensation survey.

“We all want to do the right thing. We all want to take care of our employees, because I do think they’re exceptional,” said Mayor Walter Curran. “By the same token, we have a budget that we have to create.”

Sussex County committee discusses services for the elderly

The Sussex County Advisory Committee on Aging & Adults with Physical Disabilities met this week and provided to those in attendance a brief update as to what services a number of area organizations provide.

Sports commission: Tournament a ‘Slam Dunk’ for Sussex County

Matthew J. Robinson of the Delaware Sports Commission spoke before the Sussex County Council this week regarding the success of Slam Dunk to the Beach Tournament.

“Really, why I’m here today is, one, to thank, and, two, share on the success of the tournament,” said Robinson at the council’s Jan. 24 meeting. “I think it’s been a great example of cooperation.”

National Guard renovations up for Dagsboro council approval

The Dagsboro Town Council appears set to approve planned renovations at the National Guard facility in Dagsboro.

Not just tragic lovers: IRHS shows humor, flaws of 'Romeo and Juliet'

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Cast members of Indian River High School’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’ prepare for performances on Feb. 3 and 4. In producing what may be the school’s first drama production in decades, they dropped some of the dialogue and put a modern spin on the classic.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Cast members of Indian River High School’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’ prepare for performances on Feb. 3 and 4. In producing what may be the school’s first drama production in decades, they dropped some of the dialogue and put a modern spin on the classic.It’s either the most famous romance of all time, or the silliest. A love story between two teenagers, ages 14 and 17, “Romeo & Juliet” now has modern-day teenagers calling out their literary counterparts out for being a bit overdramatic. And Indian River High School’s new Drama Club is plunging in with its first full production, taking on William Shakespeare’s classic romantic tragedy.

To top it all off, “Romeo & Juliet,” coming at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3 and 4, may be the first drama production at IRHS in decades. Tickets cost $5 each. Guests can bring extra money for the concession stand at intermission. Indian River High School is located at 29772 Armory Road, Dagsboro.

It’s time for IR’s “hidden talent” to display their acting skills, said English teacher and director Sadie Andros.

No board seats up for election in Indian River School District

The Indian River School District will not have a school board election this spring. This time, it’s none because there aren’t enough candidates — it’s because none of the seats are even up for election.

Town must juggle employees, fair tax rates

The Ocean View Town Council recently held a special workshop to review and discuss a compensation survery that was completed at the end of 2016.

The survey revealed that Town employees make “on average 10 percent less than market midpoint levels, which leave them vulnerable to being hired away by the compeitition,” said Charles Hendricks, of Hendricks & Associates.

Guest Column – Hate-crimes, social media are symptoms, not cure

Hate: (noun) — feel intense or passionate dislike for (someone or something).

Synonyms of Hate: loathe, detest, despise, abhor, execrate, abominate.

Crime: an action or omission that constitutes an offense that may be prosecuted by the state and is punishable by law.

Letters to the Editor — January 20, 2016

IRSD sends letter to fire company

Editor’s note: At its special meeting on Jan. 18, the Indian River Board of Education voted 9-0-1 (Board Member Leolga Wright abstaining) to send the following letter to the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company. It was also sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

Civil War Profiles – Chronicling events on the Delaware homefront

Beginning in April 1961, the Delaware Historical Society commemorated the 100th anniversary of the war between the Northern and Southern states. The society commissioned historian Norman B. Wilkinson for this project, titled, “The Brandywine Home Front During the Civil War,” published in its quarterly journal, “Delaware History,” during the Civil War centennial, 1961-1965.

Purebred? Mixed-breed? Mutt?

There are some people who only believe in obtaining a rescue dog. Others will only own a registered purebred dog. Is there a right or wrong answer? No. There are different reasons for owning different types of dogs.

Tripple Overtime: No contest for old men? TB12 and the best oldest quarterbacks in Super Bowl history

There’s no question that Tom Brady is one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks of all time. First-ballot Hall of Fame? You bet.

IR swimming sweeps tri-meet, boys stay undefeated

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR junior Brian Meadows competes in a backstroke event at Sussex Academy on Tuesday.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR junior Brian Meadows competes in a backstroke event at Sussex Academy on Tuesday.The Indian River High School swim team came out on top after a tri-meet held at Sussex Academy on Tuesday, Jan. 24, with the Indians coasting to wins over both Seaford and Virginia’s Nandua.

Coming off a 90-80 win over Sussex Tech on Thursday, Jan. 19, the boys’ team stayed undefeated and moved to 8-0 with a 67-21 non-conference win over Nandua and 81-15 division win over the Blue Jays.

The boys swept the meet with first-place finishes across the board, with junior John Kohr taking first in both the 50 and 100 freestyle, junior Blake Shuart taking the top spot in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, sophomore Dylan Tuttle winning the 100 breaststroke, sophomore Michael Barnes earning first in the 500 freestyle and 200 IM, and sophomore Max Kohr taking first in the 200 freestyle.

Indians romp over Blue Jays 54-32 in division win

Jordan posts career double-double

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR senior forward Maggie Ford goes up for a layup during Tuesday's win over Seaford.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR senior forward Maggie Ford goes up for a layup during Tuesday's win over Seaford.The Indian River High School girls’ basketball team made it back-to-back division wins on Tuesday, Jan. 24, taking down Seaford 54-32.

“Today I told the girls before the game that, for us to have an opportunity to win this, we needed to hold Seaford to 30,” said IR head coach Donna Polk after the game. “They got 32, so that’s kind of where we needed to be in order to control the tempo of the game.”

Coming off a 39-36 win over Woodbridge on Tuesday, Jan. 17, the Indians started off hot in their matchup against the Blue Jays when junior guard Fabrea McCray knocked down a shot from beyond the arch to make it 3-0.

Two more lay-ins from McCray and senior forward Maggie Ford would put the Indians up 7-0 before Seaford could answer, closing the gap to 9-7. IR junior guard Trayona Nock then answered the call to put the Indians back up 11-7, on their way to a 20-11 lead at halftime.

Ford would get the second half started in similar fashion when she found sophomore center Julia Jordan down low to make it 26-11, with Jordan making it 28-11 on the next possession after pulling down a rebound and finding the net.

Jordan would finish the game with a career-high double-double, posting 19 points and 17 rebounds in the matchup.

IR hoops to honor troops at Military Appreciation Night

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Indian River’s Marine JROTC Color Guard will present the colors before the boys’ game at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, for ‘Military Appreciation Night.’Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Indian River’s Marine JROTC Color Guard will present the colors before the boys’ game at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, for ‘Military Appreciation Night.’It may not be a federal holiday, but that won’t stop the Indian River High School basketball programs from honoring veterans on Wednesday, Feb. 1, when they host “Military Appreciation Night” for their boys’ and girls’ varsity doubleheader against Cape Henlopen.

“We just wanted to take an opportunity to thank and respect all of our military veterans, anyone who’s fought and served for our country, on a day that’s not necessarily a special day set aside,” explained Indian River High School Athletic Director Todd Fuhrmann of the concept.

“It’s something that I’ve seen done at the college level and other venues, and I had never seen one here, so I thought it’d just be a great thing to do at one of our games.”

The festivities will get under way with the girls’ game against the Vikings, starting at 5:15 p.m., with the boys’ game to follow.

Extra Points – January 27, 2016

Lower Sussex Little League signups under way

Sign-ups for the 2017 baseball and softball seasons are under way at Lower Sussex Little League, with online registration currently open at www.lowersussexlittleleague.com.

Local couple celebrates a Marvel-ous 70 years together

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Irene and Charles Marvel in their kitchen in Dagsboro.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Irene and Charles Marvel in their kitchen in Dagsboro.Charles Marvel traveled the world in the 1940s as a sailor in the U.S. Navy. He says, however, that he had to come home to Sussex County to find his bride. Now 70 years on, the Dagsboro couple looked back on those days fondly, and bit surprised at how fast time has flown.

“I was a sailor, visiting ports,” he said. “I saw a lot of women.”

By 1947, Marvel had settled back into life in Delaware, getting a job at the Roland Scott clothing store in Selbyville. One day, he recalled, “A friend said, ‘Let’s go around to this little greasy spoon’” for lunch.

Delaware delegation, healthcare officials: Fix healthcare

For 48-year-old Nick Serratore, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides stability. He gets the reassurance that, someday, his emergency costs will be manageable. He has a high risk of colon cancer but visits the doctor for preventative maintenance, trying to avoid hospital stays.

Local fire company helps S.C. brethren get operational again

When the phone at the town hall in Nichols, S.C. rings, callers hear a message about how “normal town operations have been suspended” until further notice. A female voice instructs callers how best to reach the town’s officials in the meantime, ending her message with a reminder to residents that “We are Nichols strong.”

Date set for Frankford well permit appeal to be heard

In August 2016, the Town of Frankford filed a statement of appeal with the State’s Environmental Appeals Board, following the decision of Delaware Department of Natural Resources Secretary David Small to approve well permits issued to Mountaire Farms.

Carney and Pettyjohn talk shop over coffee with constituents

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: A group of Sussex County librarians got an opportunity to meet with Delaware Gov. John Carney last week. Coastal Point • Maria Counts: A group of Sussex County librarians got an opportunity to meet with Delaware Gov. John Carney last week. Sussex Countians had the opportunity to spend time with incoming Delaware Gov. John Carney last week, when he joined state Sen. Brian Pettyjohn for a morning coffee talk, just days before his inauguration as Delaware’s 74th governor.

“It was a privilege to serve all of you and everyone here in Delaware as the low member of Congress,” said the state’s former U.S. Congressman. “It was a very difficult six years, but working together with my colleagues on the other side of the aisle — because, as a Democrat, I was in the minority of the House — we got a lot of work done.”

During the event, the two officials answered questions posed by those in attendance, including about the State’s budget.

Pennsylvania Powerball winners claim $72 million from local ticket

A couple from Pennsylvania started 2017 with a $121.6 million prize after matching all five white balls plus the red Powerball in the Dec. 17 lottery drawing. The man and woman, who wished to remain anonymous, purchased the winning ticket at Selbyville Goose Creek, a subsidiary of Cato Gas & Goose Creek Food Stores, located at 38452 DuPont Boulevard in Selbyville.

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