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IR boys’ lax still hoping for playoffs after 20-2 win over Lake

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior midfielder Andrew White goes up against a Lake Forest defender on May 10. White finished the game with three goals and four assists.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior midfielder Andrew White goes up against a Lake Forest defender on May 10. White finished the game with three goals and four assists.With the Henlopen South title and a bid to the DIAA state tournament currently out of their control, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team was keeping their focus on the things that weren’t out of their control last Wednesday, May 10, taking care of business with a 20-2 win over Lake Forest.

Despite the lopsided final, it was actually the Spartans who struck first in that matchup, taking their only lead of the game shortly after the opening whistle.

The Indians wouldn’t trail for long, however, tying things up on the next possession with the first of three goals from senior midfielder Max Stong.

Senior midfielder Andrew White struck next, making it 2-1 with his first goal of what would end up a career-high in points on the night, finishing with three goals and four assists.

IR softball ready for playoffs after Senior Night win over Dover

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell:  From left, seniors Makenzie Collins, Sami Mumford and Madi McGee were honored before Tuesday’s Senior Night game.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: From left, seniors Makenzie Collins, Sami Mumford and Madi McGee were honored before Tuesday’s Senior Night game.It was their last home game at Indian River High School. Or maybe it wasn’t.

The Indian River High School softball team was still hoping for home-field advantage in the DIAA state tournament headed into their final game of the regular season against Caravel on Wednesday, May 17, (after Coastal Point press time), but still made sure to send their seniors out on a high note in their final home game of the regular season, with a 10-0 win over Dover on Tuesday, May 16.

“There were a lot of different emotions — happy, sad, mostly both. It was bittersweet,” said senior shortstop Makenzie Collins. “It lit a fire, knowing that this could be our last game playing on this field.”

“We had to get hype,” added senior LF Sami Mumford. “We knew it could be our last game on this field; hopefully, it’s not, but we all wanted to do our best.”

Undefeated… again!

SMS posts program-first second-straight undefeated season

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Selbyville Middle School’s Chloe Beam celebrates with teammates Sia Diakos and Izzy Binko after a goal during their May 10 8-0 win over Millsboro Middle School.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Selbyville Middle School’s Chloe Beam celebrates with teammates Sia Diakos and Izzy Binko after a goal during their May 10 8-0 win over Millsboro Middle School.They had been waiting for exactly 365 days.

The date was May 10, 2016, when the Selbyville Middle School girls’ soccer team closed out their match against rival Millsboro Middle School with a 2-2 tie — the only game of their entire 2016 schedule to not result in a mark in the win column during their 9-0-1 undefeated season.

Last Wednesday, after a long-awaited full calendar year, the date was May 10 once again when Indians went into their 2017 matchup against the Golden Knights, at 9-0 yet again, determined to come out with a second-straight undefeated season for the first-time in program history — this time with a perfect 10-0.

“Every time we passed the school, I just thought, ‘I can’t wait to play here,’” said SMS eighth-grader and forward Sia Diakos, who had made her way by the school plenty of times throughout the last calendar year, during trips to the nearby restaurant owned by her parents. “It made us want to play better. We just wanted to play our hardest every game.”

Smith, Pirates make first-ever AAC semi-finals appearance

Photo courtesy ECU Athletics: IR grad and current ECU junior shortstop Karlie Smith gets on deck during the American Athletic Conference championships.Photo courtesy ECU Athletics: IR grad and current ECU junior shortstop Karlie Smith gets on deck during the American Athletic Conference championships.While they may have seen their season come to an end after a 6-0 semi-final loss to No. 2 Houston on Thursday, May 11, Indian River High School graduate Karlie Smith and the East Carolina University softball team still closed out that season making ECU softball history.

The Pirates’ 4-2 quarter-final victory over No. 3 University of Central Florida on Wednesday, May 10, was their first-ever American Athletic Conference (AAC) championship win, resulting in their first-ever AAC semi-final appearance, against the Cougars the following day.

ECU entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed, rounding out the season with a 26-30 overall record and 5-13 record in the conference.

As for Smith, the former First-Team All-State selection for the Indians capped her junior campaign after starting all 56 games for the Pirates, tallying 31 hits, nine doubles, two homeruns, 13 RBIs and 17 runs in 2017.

Extra Points — May 19, 2017

Justin’s Beach House 5K registration open

Registration is open online for the annual Justin’s Beach House 5K run and 2-mile walk. The event, put on by Focus Multisports, is set to take place on Saturday, May 27, in downtown Bethany Beach, to help raise funds for the Justin Jennings Foundation.

Tournament pickleball picking up steam along the Pickleball Coast

The First State Pickleball Club’s Fourth Annual Beach Blast this coming weekend is expected to be a resounding success. This year, it will be played indoors at Dave Marshall’s Tennis & Fitness at the Plantations in Lewes.

Five young skateboarders offer a lesson

It doesn’t necessarily sound like the biggest news of the week, but there is great hope in what took place at the last Frankford Town Council meeting.

Five local boys, skateboards in hand, showed up at the council meeting and asked that the Town consider a place where people could ride their skateboards without interference or incurring wrath.

Teachers, secretaries change contracts to help IRSD

More than 900 IRSD staff impacted

Some Indian River School District staff won’t make as much money this year as they were originally entitled to. They’ve reduced their next three years of raises to help the district deal with budget shortfalls and impending state budget cuts.

Ocean View makes appointment to BOA

The Town of Ocean View had received a letter of resignation from Board of Adjustment Member James LeGates, who stated that he and his wife are planning to return to Pennsylvania.

Millville approves 2018 budget with $230,000 cushion

Selbyville is trying to finish building a drinking-water plant. South Bethany needs to micro-surface its roads. The Indian River School District can’t afford to hire enough teachers.

In Millville, the biggest 2018-fiscal-year budget debates were over fire department funding and guests at the holiday party.

Long Neck community looks for more police

Long Neck Strong group asks for help with safety

Residents of Long Neck want to keep their community safe and are taking steps to do so. A group of citizens attended the May 9 Sussex County Council meeting to speak to the council about their safety needs.

Frankford youth ask for help on skatepark

Five boys were skateboarding in the Frankford fire hall parking lot in the minutes before the Frankford Town Council’s meeting was to begin just down the street on May 1.

By the time the meeting began, the boys were seated in the back row of the council chambers, skateboards at their feet.

Bluegrass festival to celebrate music, swamplands

Coastal Point • Submitted: New & Spare Fools will be performing at the Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, May 20.Coastal Point • Submitted: New & Spare Fools will be performing at the Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, May 20.The Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival, set for Saturday, May 20, celebrates not only a classic American musical genre, but also arts and crafts, food and, of course, the Great Cypress Swamp itself.

The festival will once again be held on the Roman Fisher Farm, 24558 Cypress Road, near Frankford. The event is a fundraiser for Delaware Wild Lands, which owns and manages 10,500 acres of the Great Cypress Swamp, which is the largest forest on the Delmarva Peninsula.

This year’s lineup of bands promises to bring on some serious toe-tapping: The High & Wide, Flatland Drive, Free Range, Blue Crab Crossing and New & Spare Fools (featuring Mickey Justice and Todd Smith of Such Fools, Jon Simmons and Martin Wirtz of New & Used Bluegrass and Wes Parks of No Spare Time).

This year, for the first time, the festival will have a craft vendor area. Delaware Wild Lands spokesperson Wendy Scott said festival organizers have teamed up with the Dewey Artist Collaboration, a group of artists and craftspeople who have joined together to promote the artists’ community in the area, as well as the sale of their work.

Millville to get its own holiday lights, GMB to build park

Millville Town Manager Debbie Botchie sighed and said, quietly, “It’s been 12 long years.”

Botchie finally got her Christmas wish — of more than a decade — on Tuesday, May 9, when the Millville Town Council approved a contract for the purchase and installation of Christmas lights.

County discusses trash, illegal dump sites

Trash has been a topic of discussion for some time in Sussex County. Over the years, County Councilman Sam Wilson has voiced his upset with littering, and Councilman Rob Arlett recently focused on illegal dump sites.

At the May 9 council meeting, County Constable Ryan Stuart said one of the main responsibilities of his office is to handle property-maintenance complaints.

Selbyville asks for ‘yes’ votes on water referendum

Selbyville is in the homestretch for building a new water treatment system. But the Town needs the public’s help one more time to get the job done.

The Town must go to public referendum to secure $500,000 in what is essentially free money from the Delaware Drinking Water Revolving Fund. The vote will be held June 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Town Hall.

My rock continues to amaze and awe me

We can all sometimes feel like the world is ganging up on us all at once. To stay on this cliché train, I think it’s safe to suggest that, at some point in time, all of us have taken stock of the circumstances surrounding us, shaken our heads and muttered, “When it rains, it pours.”

Millsboro man, Niblett, wins $10,000 in Delaware lottery

Millsboro native George Niblett, 61, got a lesson in reinvestment this week when he went to Bodie’s Market in Millsboro on Saturday, May 6, to purchase a $10 Instant Game and his usual Play 3 and Play 4 day tickets from the Delaware Lottery.

Assault complaint in Dewey Beach leads to drug arrests

The Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit this week arrested four people following an investigation into an assault complaint.

On Friday, May 5, police said, troopers were dispatched to an assault complaint at the Sea Esta Motel IV in Dewey Beach. Responding troopers made contact with two victims who both suffered facial injuries from an apparent assault, they reported.

Barefoot Gardeners’ Plant Sale sprouting up this weekend

Coastal Point • File Photo: These are just some of the plants that were available during a past Barefoot Gardeners Plant Sale.Coastal Point • File Photo: These are just some of the plants that were available during a past Barefoot Gardeners Plant Sale.Fenwick Island’s Barefoot Gardeners will hold their annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 13, kicking off a summertime focus on area homes and gardens — including a very famous “house.”

The proceeds from the plant sale, according to club member Karen Dudley, help the club fund several community projects, including beautification of the town of Fenwick Island, the gardens at the Fenwick Island Lighthouse, participation in Operation Seas the Day, scholarships for area students, and programs at the Brandywine Assisted Living facility west of Fenwick Island.

In addition to many varieties of annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables, the sale will also include pre-planted containers. Club members will also be on hand to answer questions and offer advice on plant combinations that work well in area gardens.

Made By Hand to host 15th annual Fair Trade Day

Coastal Point • File Photo: Itzel Aguilar, Edgar Lopez and Chris Clark show off wood-burning art during a past World Fair Trade Day at Made By Hand in South Bethany.Coastal Point • File Photo: Itzel Aguilar, Edgar Lopez and Chris Clark show off wood-burning art during a past World Fair Trade Day at Made By Hand in South Bethany.South Bethany business Made By Hand will be hosting its 15th annual World Fair Trade Day this weekend.

World Fair Trade Day will take place on Saturday, May 13, from noon to 5 p.m., and feature samplings and information from JuiceFresh, a Rehoboth Beach business that produces organic juice and a three-day juice cleanse.

“We always try to find something new and exciting,” said Kimberly Grimes, who co-owns the store with her husband, Marco Hernandez. “In years past, we always focused on a particular artisan. Then we thought, this year, why don’t we focus more on our customers that we love? That came up with the theme — ‘Fair Trade Day: Be Fair to Yourself.’ They’re trying to help people get more energy, have less food cravings.”

Grimes said attendees can also learn how to renew their spirit through detox, raw, vegan and paleo foods.

Good Earth marks a decade for its Arts & Crafts Festival

Art and nature will come together at Good Earth Market’s 10th annual Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free, and guests will be able to see the big tent from Route 26 in Clarksville.

“We’re so excited,” said owner Sue Ryan. “It’s a local arts and crafts show and sale. We have so many very local crafters,” with pottery, wood carving, sea-glass jewelry, clothing, beading, photography and more.

“It’s so nice. First of all, it’s in a beautiful setting. The garden is beautiful,” Ryan said.

She described the garden, with roosters crowing and flowers growing, plus cornhole games and live acoustic guitar music.

“We think that our setting is perfect for this, because there’s something for everyone to do,” Ryan said. “I think the customers just seem to love it.”

The best part, she said, is seeing what new creations the artists will bring each year.

“Just come out and support our local folks, our local artists, and plan on having a sandwich or a glass of wine or a snack,” Ryan said.

Carper talk sea-level rise on Climate Change Tour

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: From left, Dewey Beach Town Councilman Mike Dunmyer, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, Chris Bason of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays and Karen McGrath, Carper’s Sussex County regional director, gather on the Rehoboth Bay on April 21.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: From left, Dewey Beach Town Councilman Mike Dunmyer, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, Chris Bason of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays and Karen McGrath, Carper’s Sussex County regional director, gather on the Rehoboth Bay on April 21.U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) visited four flood-prone towns in Delaware on April 21, ending the visit in Dewey Beach. The Climate Change Tour highlighted areas that are already commonly prone to damage from storms and high-tide events, which are just the start of the inconvenience of climate change and rising sea levels.

During the tour, staff from the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays highlighted new projects under way to improve stormwater management and reduce flooding through more natural means, such as building “living shorelines” that mimic nature’s ability to buffer land from strong bay tides.

The Dewey Beach Lions Club showed off their marshland park, a protected chunk of land that absorbs water like a sponge but also educates people about the local ecosystem.

“It’s our neighbor here. … It’s in need of attention,” said Lions member Bill Zolper.

PCS students painting for the stars

Coastal Point photos • Submitted: Jeremy Hill, Madelyn Clattenburg and Everett Hall enjoy painting their bees on the nose cone.Coastal Point photos • Submitted: Jeremy Hill, Madelyn Clattenburg and Everett Hall enjoy painting their bees on the nose cone.Local elementary-school students’ artwork could someday be described as “out of this world,” as first-graders at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School were invited in April to paint the top of a sounding rocket. Around 4 feet tall, the nose cone would be attached to the top of a small rocket that carries experiments into the atmosphere, collects data and falls back to earth within 30 minutes.

According to art teacher Laurie Hall, a Selbyville resident who judged the school science fair also works at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Soon after the fair, he invited the first-grade students to help paint a nose cone.

Each PCS student painted a bumblebee on the hive-shaped metal chunk.

Bees have become a school mascot, encouraging students to “Bee responsible, bee respectful, bee positive, bee safe.”

“There can be so many great partnerships formed,” Hall said. “Everybody in the community has something to give or share. You never know who’s living here and what they can bring to the students and the school … [to] help enrich their education.”

Will the hand-painted creation find its place among the stars? Maybe. Even Wallops personnel can’t guarantee it’ll actually be used for a mission.

Sussex Academy announces Honor Roll

Third Marking Period

2016-2017 School Year

6th Grade

Distinguished (A Honor Roll)

Brady Thompson

B Honor Roll

Civil War Profiles — Robert E. Lee’s resounding victory at Chancellorsville

When Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker took command of the Army of the Potomac in January 1863, these Union forces were in disarray following a crushing defeat at the hands of the Army of Northern Virginia at Fredericksburg the previous month.

Views of White Creek highlight this cedar plank home

Coastal Point • Submitted : This home’s design brings the outside in with these views of White Creek.Coastal Point • Submitted : This home’s design brings the outside in with these views of White Creek.

Editor’s note: This is the second 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 and 27, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

After owning a vacation townhome in Bear Trap for 12 years, the owners built this traditional cedar plank house on White Creek in 2014 to be their permanent home upon retirement, as well as a vacation magnet for their three adult children. The house is 5,000 square feet, with six bedrooms, 5.5 baths and 10-foot ceilings, for plenty of space for the extended family to spread out over three floors.

Opportunities for outdoor family fun and relaxation abound, with a screened porch, covered deck, patio, fully-equipped outdoor kitchen, 20-by-38-foot pool and a dock for the family boat. Bringing the outside in was a top priority and led to the multi-level window configuration in the family room, designed by the owners to highlight the water views.

Tripple Overtime: Is this spring named Mick Jagger? ’Cause the milestones are Rolling

Call me Jack Flash, because I’ve been Jumpin’ from one school to the next, one game to the next, one Ruby Tuesday to the next, all spring, trying to keep up with all the new records set and milestones surpassed on the local sports scene.

Hogsten makes IR soccer history with 100th career goal

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior Maddie Hogsten was presented with the game ball and gifts from her teammates after her 100th career goal on Thursday, May 4.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior Maddie Hogsten was presented with the game ball and gifts from her teammates after her 100th career goal on Thursday, May 4.The pressure was on.

After scoring her 99th career goal in a game against Smyrna on Tuesday, May 2, and headed into a division matchup against Laurel on Thursday, May 6, expectations were high for Indian River High School senior forward Maddie Hogsten to become only the second player in Indian River High School soccer history to reach 100 career goals.

The Salisbury University-bound All-State selection would see two early chances in that game, sending shots just over the crossbar on both occasions.

Then, in the sixth minute, the third time would turn out to be the charm, as Hogsten took a ball from a Laurel defender and started off on a footrace toward the near pipe, burying a rolling shot past the keeper and cementing her place in the Indian River record books for all time.

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