Crandell named HAC Coach of the Year
The goal for head coach Colin Crandell and his Indian River High School swimming team is always the state finals.
The Indians actualized that goal last weekend, when they clocked some of their best times of the year at the DIAA state championships held at the University of Delaware, breaking IRHS school records in the process.
The only female swimmer for the Indians to make it to the Top 16 on Saturday, Feb. 25, was senior Lindsey Grow, who broke her own school records in the 200 IM with a time of 2:20.61 and 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:12.50.
The 100- yard breaststroke time was good for an 11th-place finish as Grow returned to the finals for the fourth straight year.
When we drove up Saturday, the whole conversation was about mindset,” said Crandell of heading into the finals. “The goal is always states. It’s a progression. Our trajectory is always to get them to go faster and faster and faster, and they did that. If they improve, we’re happy.”
IR's Rayne takes second at states
After a strong showing at the Henlopen Conference championships last week, local wrestling squads, including Indian River and Sussex Central high schools, followed up by sending a collective six wrestlers to the DIAA state individual championship finals, held at Dover High School on Saturday, Feb. 25.
For the Indians, it was freshman Will Rayne making it all the way to the finals of the 106-pound bracket, eventually earning himself a second-place finish after being taken down by Salesianum’s Zach Spence in a 10-6 decision.
Spence entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed, while Rayne earned the No. 2 seed when he clinched IRHS’s first Henlopen Conference individual title since 2010 at the HAC championships held at Sussex Central last weekend.
The Golden Knights saw two individual state championships on the night, when junior Rashad Stratton edged Charter’s Jesse Muaka for the state title in a 7-6 decision.
First there was a team at district high schools, then a winter clinic and a summer camp. But now, local lax-ers in fifth through eighth grades will have a chance to run with the “fastest game on two feet” in the spring, when the Indian River School District launches the Tribe Lacrosse recreation league later this month.
“There’s nothing like this around here. The kids are hungry for something like this,” said IR assistant boys’ lacrosse coach Dave Spencer of the rec league, which is set for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m., starting March 21 and spanning through May 4. “I know personally I want help the sport grow, especially because my kids are playing now.”
Spencer will help run the show, along with IR head boys’ lacrosse coach Jim Dietsch, who has been coaching at the youth, high school and collegiate levels for the past 42 years — including at Belmont Abbey College and the University of Maryland. Spencer played collegiately at Towson University and professionally for the Baltimore Thunder.
Coastal Delaware Running Festival registration open
“Delaware’s Coolest Marathon” is set to make its return to Dewey Beach this April 21-23, with online registration already open for the Coastal Delaware Running Festival.
Contractors working in Bethany Beach now have a little more time to get work done during the off-season, with the town council’s unanimous approval this week of extending permitted work hours on Saturdays by four hours — but only from Oct. 1 through May 15.
Walter Curran will serve the Town of Ocean View as its mayor for another three years, come April.
“The reason I’ve decided to step forward one more time is to finish the job. That’s my nature. I started this… It seems to be going in the right direction.”
The deadline to file to run for mayor of Ocean View was Feb. 21, and Curran was the only resident to file for the position.
Cuts for residential, commercial building
While the town of Millsboro may be getting older, its residents keep getting younger.
That’s the kind of growth that the Millsboro Town Council would like to see continue, as made evident by the council’s unanimous decision to cut the Building Fund portion of the building permit rate by more than 80 percent — opening the door for new businesses, new developers and new potential.
In South Bethany, Bill Murphy was horrified to discover a colony of feral cats had broken into his house in the winter of 2013-2014.
“The house was winterized,” Murphy said at a Feb. 10 council meeting. “When we returned in the spring, they had lived in the whole house. They had defecated, they had vomited…”
Local entrepreneur adds anteaters to swag bags for glitzy event
What do anteaters and actresses have in common? The answer involves handbags, swag, a local woman’s childhood love of a certain insect-eating mammal, and a big night in Hollywood.
Ten actresses, in particular — the ones who will be vying for the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress statuettes at Sunday’s Academy Awards in Hollywood — will receive handbags imprinted with an anteater pattern.
The bags, produced by Bethany Beach resident Julie Kypreos’ company, Jules K., are part of “Everyone Wins” promotional “swag bags” provided to Oscar nominees by the promotional company Distinctive Assets.
Through the Distinctive Assets promotion, packages of “swag” are delivered to the homes of nominees for Best Actress, Best Actor, Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor, as well as Best Director nominees and host Jimmy Kimmel.
Kypreos, whose handbags are sold online, said she came up with the idea of submitting her handbags for consideration while researching ways to get the word out about her unique handbags.
“I’m a start-up,” she said, adding that she recognizes that her handbags are so unique that they require some creative marketing. “No one is probably going to do a Google search for ‘anteater handbags,’” she said with a bit of a chuckle.
The swag bags include gifts for the nominees that range from a tube of ChapStick to a three-day stay at an 18-bedroom beachfront mansion in northern California, valued at $40,000. Kypreos’ handbags range in price from $370 to $395.
While all of the nominees for Best Director are men and, obviously, the 10 Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor nominees are men, they — as well as Kimmel — will also receive Jules K. bags. Kypreos said she tried to take the men’s significant others into consideration when choosing which bag to contribute for them, when applicable.
Feedback is coming in for the Millsboro-South Study, which proposes widening Route 113 and a new Route 24 connector road. The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is inviting the public to comment on the plans, officially laid out in the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS).
The filing deadline for the mayoral position in Ocean View has come and gone, and incumbent Mayor Walter Curran was the only one to throw his hat into the ring.
Well, this zealot-driven nastiness that has infected the rest of the nation has now infected our cozy little oasis by the shore.
Teacher argues that kids are the future
“Mistakes have the power to turn you into something better than you were before.” — Author unknown
Civil War documentation, such as letters, diaries and memoirs, frequently surface after being forgotten over the past 150 years in trunks, attics and official archives. Such is the case for the collection Peter Wellington Alexander produced during his career as a newspaper correspondent.
A 34-year-old man was severely injured in a minor chemical explosion at Mountaire poultry processing plant in Selbyville earlier this month.
According to officials, in the early morning of Thursday, Feb. 9, a Mountaire employee suffered facial trauma and chemical burns when he accidently mixed two cleaning chemicals that caused an explosive reaction.
Grade-school memories follow people through life, for better or worse. And, although the old Richard Allen School was born of segregation, people are being inspired today to transform it into a community and cultural center in Georgetown.
“When Richard Allen opened its door [in the 1920s], it was a beacon of hope for African-Americans living in Sussex County,” according to the Richard Allen Coalition. “When it reopens next year, it will welcome all of us who want to learn about the past while helping our youth explore their talents and prepare for a wonderful future.”
The non-profit Richard Allen Coalition wants to restore the school’s legacy as an educational and community center. Physically, the old building won’t just become a museum to freeze history, but a community center to breathe life into the town.
(If you like local sports, local kids being able to learn stuff/do things)
Calling all tennis players. Calling all golfers ready for shotgun starts. Calling all shuffle-board players, 5K runners, jazzercise jazzers, yoga’ed-out yogis, grayed-out barrel-riders, cast-out fish-finders, and even calling all 65-year-old hockey players still carving rink with the best of them (if any of them actually happen to exist, aside from Selbyville’s Lee Stanley). Most definitely calling Vaughn Baker, the First State Pickleball Club and pickleball players everywhere.
Indians headed to playoffs
They call him “The Fixer.” Mostly because that’s what B.J. Joseph does.
In fact, ever since leading Cape Henlopen High School to a state title as a player in 1976 and capping his collegiate career at Wilmington College, that’s what B.J. Joseph has always done — taken down-on-their luck programs, such as Milford and Laurel, from playoff-plagued to playoff-perennial.
Now in his second year as the head coach at Indian River High School, Joseph is at it again, recently earning his 200th career win and getting ready to take the Indians to the state tournament after inheriting a senior-depleted roster in 2016.
“It just means you’ve been around for a little while,” Joseph said of the milestone, with a laugh. “When you start off taking over a program that’s down, it’s tough to build it back up, but I think we’re finally turning things around here.”
He may be just a freshman, but that doesn’t mean that Indian River High School 106-pounder Will Rayne wrestles like one.
Coming off an undefeated season at Selbyville Middle School, Rayne took the mats for the Indians earlier this season and immediately started racking up the wins, eventually finishing with a perfect 16-0 record during dual-meets and 33-4 record overall, earning himself the No. 2 seed at the Henlopen Conference championships this past weekend.
That’s where, on Saturday, Feb. 17, in front of a packed house at Sussex Central in Georgetown, Rayne would advance all the way to the 106 finals before taking down No. 1 seed Mike Primo from Caesar Rodney, 9-2, for the Henlopen Conference title.
Marcozzi sets new school record for career wins
It was, without question, one of the main events. If not the main event, even.
After getting the Henlopen Conference wrestling finals started with the 195-pound bracket, seniors Lucas Hudson and Zeke Marcozzi had to wait 13 long championship bouts before getting to the 182-pound title match at Sussex Central High School on Saturday, Feb. 19.
And so did the crowd.
With Marcozzi entering the tournament as the No. 1 seed for Indian River and Hudson as the No. 2 seed for Central, the highly-anticipated matchup would eventually give fans their money’s worth, and then some, as the longtime rival wrestlers from longtime rival schools finally took the mats and Hudson finally took the championship title, in a hard-fought 8-5 decision, for the tournament’s grand finale.
IR boys' hoops finishes 12-8, ready for playoffs
After capping the regular season with a 12-8 record, the Indian River High School boys’ basketball team is looking primed to return to the DIAA state tournament for the first time since the 2013-2014 season.
Indians say goodbye to Ford, McGee
Headed into the season, the goal for second-year head coach Donna Polk and the Indian River High School girls’ basketball team was simple: Be better than they were last year.
Even after dropping their last game of the season 38-20 to Laurel on Thursday, Feb. 16, that was still a goal that the Indians would accomplish, doubling their win total from 2015-2016 and finishing 10-10 — their best record since 2013.
“We’ve definitely improved. We’re getting better,” said Polk. “This year, I thought we started off really well, with them understanding the expectations a little bit more.”
After going back and forth with the Bulldogs during the first half of last Thursday’s game and eventually trailing 20-16 headed into the break, the Indians would struggle with the scoring in half No. 2.
Bethany officer wins top award for rescue of drowning boy
Numerous emergency-services personnel were recognized for their contribution to the community last week at the Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards.
Atlantic Avenue is one of Bethany Beach’s most-used streets. In fact, the town’s easternmost north-south street tops all roadways in the state for pedestrian traffic density during the busy summer season.
The Frankford Town Council at a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14, approved a settlement with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control that centers on the Town adding fluoride to its water supply.
The Bethany Beach Town Council at its Feb. 13 council workshop reviewed the most recent draft of the Town’s budget for the 2018 fiscal year. A public hearing on the budget is planned in March.
Finance Director Janet Connery said the draft calls for $9.4 million overall, with $7.7 million of that in operating costs, $600,000 for capital projects and $488,000 for debt repayment.
Across Delaware, public recycling services are significantly improving in some areas, but people may have to drive farther to get there.
In lieu of following up on a recommendation to buy a new town trolley, Bethany Beach staff are now recommending the Town move back to a single, longer trolley route. That could save the Town around $360,000 — the $400,000 cost of a new trolley, minus the trade-in value of one of the existing three trolleys.
As an NFL quarterback, Tim Tebow makes for a fantastic humanitarian.