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A brief trip through the Civil War on videos

Learning about individual states that engaged in the Civil War in four minutes or less is a novel program the Civil War Trust created as a service to the public. Using videos to convey the message, the goal is to educate the public about the history of this country and the wars in which it engaged at the time of its founding and evolution as a nation.

IR boys’ soccer nets another win

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Oscar Cruz boxes out a defender during Indian River’s 4-2 win over Seaford on Thursday, Oct. 5.Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Oscar Cruz boxes out a defender during Indian River’s 4-2 win over Seaford on Thursday, Oct. 5.Indian River High School’s boys’ soccer team improved their conference season record to 5-2 with a dominant 4-2 win over Seaford High School last Thursday, Oct. 5.

IR was first on the scoreboard, as senior Oscar Cruz Osorio hit the game’s first goal at 26:21, with an assist from junior Luke Morgan.

“We knew they’d be a tough opponent,” Cruz Osorio said. “We had to work extra hard today, especially since it was a conference game. We put more players in the middle. At first, we started with a 4-3-3 — we wanted to see how it was.

“Once we saw that we could go forward a lot more, we put numbers up — more people in the middle. That helped us find the strikers, and we could get into the attack a lot more.”

Seaford senior midfielder Andy Elorge tied it at 1-1 with a penalty kick. With less than 2 minutes in the first half, the Indians’ Jared Cordoba got a head shot into the goal to give IR a 2-1 lead at halftime.

Cruz started the Indians’ second-half scoring with a penalty kick. IR senior Wilberth Gonzalez Gomez sealed the win several minutes later.

Smyrna stops IRHS volleyball win streak

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls : IR’s Sierra Johnson sends the ball over the net against Smyrna in Tuesday night’s loss.Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls : IR’s Sierra Johnson sends the ball over the net against Smyrna in Tuesday night’s loss.Indian River High School’s varsity volleyball team suffered their first loss of the season on Tuesday night at home, at the hands of the Smyrna Eagles, ending the Indians’ win streak at eight.

Smyrna won a hard-fought first match 25-18. IR rebounded, taking the next set 25-18 and tying the game 1-1. Then IR took the lead with a 25-19 third-set win. Smyrna tied it back up with a 25-18 fourth set, forcing a first-to-15 tie-breaker set, which the Eagles handily won, 15-2.

“There was a lot of good play tonight. I was really hoping we’d come out with a win tonight,” said IR head coach Jim Barnes. “I’m really proud of the girls. I really felt we could beat Smyrna.

“They’re a great team,” he added. “They just served very well at the end, and we just couldn’t make the offensive moves to win the game. Our passing wasn’t there to set up the play, and we just kept turning it over to them.

IR football suffers fourth straight loss

Special to the Coastal Point • Susan Walls: Indian River quarterback Jalen Snead rushes the football against the Lake Forest defense.Special to the Coastal Point • Susan Walls: Indian River quarterback Jalen Snead rushes the football against the Lake Forest defense.Saturday, Oct. 7, may have been a happy homecoming football game for the Lake Forest Spartans, but on the Spartans’ home turf, it was also the Indian River High School football team’s fourth straight loss.

After their narrow 21-20 win over Glasgow High School back on Sept. 7, they’ve suffered losses at the hands of Polytech High School (39-21), St. Marks High School (51-13), Delmar High School (41-6) and now Lake Forest High School, 28-14.

While his team lost, for Indians sophomore LB/FB JaQuan Floyd, it wasn’t such a bad day. The 6-foot, 2-inch 200-pound Floyd crossed the goal line twice for the Indians. The Spartan offense scored on the game’s first drive, and Floyd responded by picking up a kickoff fumble and running across the goal line to tie the game 7-7.

“It felt good getting those two touchdowns,” Floyd admitted. “I just kept pushing and pushing and pushing the team. We just didn’t capitalize on winning. We’ve got to keep pushing and work hard.”

A pickle and a movie review

Before there was unequal prize money in tennis, there was no prize money in tennis. The various national tennis associations paid the player’s expenses and then pocketed the proceeds from the gate of national events to fund their own organizations and sometimes overinflated egos. The players were little more than indentured servants.

Frankford decides against police department merger

In the wake of the departure of its police chief — its sole police officer — over the summer, Frankford officials and residents early this week continued to wrestle with how best to maintain an acceptable level of public safety in the town. But on Wednesday, Oct.

Neighbors fight against Oakwood Homes applications

More than a dozen residents of Hoot Owl Lane near Dagsboro came out to a Sussex County Board of Adjustment meeting on Oct. 2 to voice their opposition to a special-use exception application filed by Oakwood Homes.

County introduces update to special-events ordinance

The Sussex County Council at its Tuesday council meeting introduced a draft ordinance related to special events.

Assistant County Attorney Vince Robertson said most of the draft ordinance remains the same as the existing ordinance. Those who wish to host a special event would go into the Planning & Zoning office for a permit or would have to apply for a conditional use.

East Millsboro Elementary named National Blue Ribbon School

East Millsboro Elementary School was one of three schools in Delaware and 342 nationwide to be named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2017.

This is the second time that East Millsboro Elementary has received this national honor. It also won the award in 2008. Overall, it is the Indian River School District’s ninth National Blue Ribbon Award since 2001.

Artisan Festival the apple of crafters’ and pie-lovers’ eyes

It’s Columbus Day weekend, and for the past 10 years, that has brought dozens of local artists together under one roof, at the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company’s Artisan Festival.

In celebration of that anniversary — and because, well, everyone loves pie — the fire company auxiliary is bringing back its famous apple crumb pies for the occasion.

Local beaches to receive replenishment in new year

Gov. John Carney, U.S Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (all D-Del.) on Monday announced that the next steps are under way in the long-awaited beach replenishment projects in Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island.

Tour to offer a peek inside historic homes of Ocean View

The Ocean View Historical Society is giving residents and visitors the unique opportunity to get an inside look at some of the most historic homes in Ocean View on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Editorial — Frankford makes tough call — now needs a solution

On Wednesday, the Town of Frankford announced via their Facebook page that they would not be going through with a proposal from Dagsboro Police Chief Clifford Toomey that would consolidate two separate police agencies under the supervision of Toomey.

Bethany to gather opinions on proposed tent, canopy bans

Having spent the summer observing beachgoers on the town’s shoreline, Bethany Beach officials are now ready to further consider the notion of restricting the types of shade devices beachgoers can use there.

Historic home shows off quintessential beach-house feel

Coastal Point • Submitted: The Anne Del Vecchio Powell Cottage, circa 1920-1940, is one of the seven historic homes being featured on this week’s inaugural Coastal Towns Historical Homes Tour.Coastal Point • Submitted: The Anne Del Vecchio Powell Cottage, circa 1920-1940, is one of the seven historic homes being featured on this week’s inaugural Coastal Towns Historical Homes Tour.Tourgoers on the Ocean View Historical Society’s inaugural Coastal Towns Historic Homes Tour on Saturday, Oct. 7, will be able to stroll through the pre-Depression-era Anne Del Vecchio Powell Cottage — an example of the quintessential beach house.

Built around 1920, the house originally had just a kitchen, living room, bath and two bedrooms, all on ground level, but with additions made through 1940, by the time Powell purchased it, the attic had been transformed into a master bedroom, and two bedrooms and a bath had been added.

But Powell said “10 Daisey is still a diamond in the rough,” and she loves living there. The sturdily-built home shows its character through classic style and furnishings. Powell preserved the soft pine floors, original bathroom door and cast iron enameled bathtub. A Rumsford fireplace provides efficient heat, and the house sports a basement that she said “doesn’t ever flood.”

Alfred Gaylord Tunnell, the son of George Washington Tunnell, and his wife, Mary Hall, (daughter of William S. Hall of Hall’s Store), built the cottage after his daughter’s marriage.

A journey in the pages of a book

Selbyville Middle School student wins state essay contest

This summer, a basic picture book inspired sixth-grader Molly Amerling to write about refugee families. Now, she’s the first Sussex Countian to represent Delaware in the “A Book That Shaped Me” essay contest.

Sponsored by the Library of Congress and National Book Festival, the idea behind the contest is simple: fifth- and sixth-graders write about a book that has impacted their life.

Civil War Profiles — Thomas Garrett goes on trial as UGRR stationmaster

Prior to the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and the 13th Amendment to the Constitution in 1865, slavery was prevalent throughout the American South, including the state of Delaware. Slavery in the First State, however, had gradually declined over several decades prior to the Civil War in 1861.

Battle of the undefeated

IRHS volleyball goes to 8-0 against DCHS

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls : Julia Bomhardt lays into the volleyball with a spike in Tuesday night’s win over Delmarva Christian High School.Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls : Julia Bomhardt lays into the volleyball with a spike in Tuesday night’s win over Delmarva Christian High School.On Tuesday night, Indian River High School’s varsity volleyball team entered their home gym, packed with spectators, to face a formidable 8-0 Delmarva Christian High School team. With perseverance and determination, IR’s team — themselves also undefeated, 7-0 — came out fighting and, despite early losses, fought back to win the match, 3-2.

“They played well,” said IRHS head coach Jim Barnes. “I thought they played really well in the beginning. They were the better team in the first two sets. I thought our girls played well and stuck with it. You never know — that’s why you play five sets. We picked it up. We had to pick it up against that team.”

“We needed more offense, made some adjustments, and the girls played well and we came through,” he added.

“Delmarva Christian High School’s volleyball team is a very good volleyball team. That’s why they’re undefeated and that’s why this was such a good game tonight,” said Barnes. “You had two undefeated teams going at it. You couldn’t ask for a better matchup, and certainly I’m pleased with the outcome.”

IR field hockey ends week with wins

Special to the Coastal Point photos • Bruce Walls: Sammi Whelen advances the balls upfield during IR’s 10-3 win over Worcester Prep on Friday, Sept. 29.Special to the Coastal Point photos • Bruce Walls: Sammi Whelen advances the balls upfield during IR’s 10-3 win over Worcester Prep on Friday, Sept. 29.After defeating Caesar Rodney High School’s varsity field hockey team 3-0 last Tuesday, Sept. 26, at home, the Indian River High School team went on the road for two wins later in the week.

On Thursday, Sept. 28, the Indians slayed Sussex Central’s Golden Knights, and on Friday, Sept. 29, they blew the feathers off of Worcester Prep’s Fighting Mallards, 10-3, to improving their record to 4-0-2.

The Indians got both of their goals against the Golden Knights in the first period.

Senior midfielder Kaleigh Cordrey struck first, with 21:44 minutes remaining in the first period. Then, with 0:19 seconds left in the first period, sophomore attacker Avery Congleton scored the Indians second and final goal, with an assist from freshmen attacker Kayler Townsend.

“It really was fun. Everybody worked good as a team, and we were very successful,” freshman attacker Kayler Townsend said of the win.

IR football drops 41-6 loss to Delmar at home

Special to the Coastal Point • Susan Walls:  An IR runner tries to get through the pile against Delmar on Friday, Sept. 29.Special to the Coastal Point • Susan Walls: An IR runner tries to get through the pile against Delmar on Friday, Sept. 29.Last Friday, Sept. 29, third-ranked Delmar High School’s Wildcats (2-1) handed Indian River’s Indians a humbling 41-6 defeat at home.

The Wildcats scored their first touchdown on their opening play and added an extra point. The Wildcats would get across the goal line two more times before Indians sophomore running back Kevin Custis scrambled across the goal line for IR’s only touchdown, with 11:53 minutes still on the clock. The kick went wide, and the Indians’ downfall began.

“We gave up some early touchdowns, got down quick, and their offense is very well sound — they’re well-coached. They beat us up front tonight, especially the offensive line,” said IR Head Coach Phillip Townsend.

“We didn’t get the surge up front that we needed on defense to make stops, and we didn’t wrap up a couple times. We just gave up big plays. We’d have a stop or two, and then we’d give up 10- or 15-yard big play. You can’t win games like that,” Townsend said.

Indian River hosts cross-country trip-meet

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: The first male runners across the finish line on Sept. 17 were Tony Velasquez and Patrick Spencer (newly elected junior class president).Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Indian River High School’s cross-country course begins behind their football stadium’s visitor’s side, quickly heading into the woods behind the school along grassy paths, leading to an opening by the soccer field. From there, the 3.1-mile course returns to the woods and eventually to the finish line behind the tennis courts.

Last Wednesday, Sept. 17, IR invited teams from Dover High School and Delmar High School to a varsity tri-meet, including those school’s girls in the competition. That day, winds blew sustained at 10-15 mph, occasionally whipping up to 25 mph.

“Everyone has to deal with the wind,” said IR girls’ head coach Katie Raymond. “The woods will shield them from the wind, but once they get to the soccer field, it’s all open.”

The first male runners across the finish line on Sept. 17 were Tony Velasquez and Patrick Spencer (newly elected junior class president).Tony Velasquez was IR’s first male runner to reach the finish line. Velasquez completed the course in 19:06 minutes.

“It was a pretty good race,” said Velasquez, a 16-year-old junior. “I just ran and did what I mostly do. I pushed myself at the end. When I see that finish line, I just do what I do — run hard.”

IR’s first female to cross the finish line was 16-year-old junior Sarah Roehl.

“It’s pretty hard,” Roehl said of her run. “We kind of had an advantage because it’s our home course, but it’s always a tough run,” she described, adding that the wind encouraged her to run harder and faster.

Delmar Wildcat A. Cabe turned in the meet’s fastest time, with a run of 16:34 minutes. Following Cabe in the top five of 67 entries were Dover runners G. Williams (17:26), N. Guy (18:16), S. Courtney (18:53) and Velasquez.

Pickleball points — Picking pickles and the pickleball tour

This week, I became enamored with the title “Picking Paddles,” but I am a little shaky on the rest of the story. Well, here goes…

Frankford Fall Festival to feature costume contest, games and more

Envision Frankford is planning the town’s annual Fall Festival for Saturday, Oct. 28. The fun-filled day will feature a costume contest, parade, games and more.

Muscle cars will be on display at Selbyville luau

A luau in October? Why not?

To celebrate the grand opening of their muscle-car showroom, the Speed Shop in Selbyville will host a luau-themed ribbon-cutting party on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Trustee spouses denied vote as Fenwick ends voter discussion

Fenwick Island election laws will not change significantly anytime soon. The town council has decided not to extend voting rights to anyone married to individuals who own their property in trusts.

Sports center asks County for support

Members of the Sussex Sports Center Foundation this week requested that Sussex County financially support their endeavor at the Sussex County Council meeting on Sept. 26, giving a presentation on the project to the council.

The foundation is planning to build a sports facility for resident and visitor use in Georgetown, just north of Route 9 on Sandhill Road.

IRSD high schools consider cell phones in the classroom

Is there any cell phone service in the science lab? How about the cafeteria?

If most high-schoolers are already carrying what are essentially mini-computers in their pockets each day, then Indian River School District might take advantage of that fact.

Selbyville discusses sewage success, County upgrades

Selbyville is a small town with a healthy utilities business. In fact, money from the municipality’s sewer and water customers often pays for other Town operating expenses.

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