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Soccer Drops Heartbreaker to CR

By Kevin Eickman

It had to happen sooner or later, the Milford boys soccer team was going to lose a game. That occurred this past Thursday evening as the Buccaneers fell to Caesar Rodney in a thrilling and intense game. All night long the teams battled with Milford finally yielding the game winning goal with just five minutes remaining in regulation.

The game was both a demonstration of how far Milford soccer has come and also what they need to do to get to the next level. From the very start the visiting Riders set up shop in the Milford defensive end. They tried to find their way through a compact Milford defense with a back line of three, led by junior Luke Bogan in the middle. The Bucs held firm however and began to work themselves into the game.

As their confidence grew, Milford found themselves on the front foot, creating several runs down the center and right side. While they were not connecting on all their passes they were sending a clear message to the visitors that the Bucs had come to play.

[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”1091″ display=”basic_thumbnail” thumbnail_crop=”0″]Milford was the first team to find the net as junior Aaron Sollie nailed a pass from fellow junior Samuel Dominguez which found the back of the net. The goal would give Milford a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute.

Caesar Rodney responded quickly however, securing the equalizer about a minute later. It was a blow that could have proved fatal to a young team like Milford, but the Buccaneers responded in positive fashion for the rest of the half.

“To give up a goal like that after just taken the lead can break a lot of teams, we stayed together though,” Coach Todd French stated. “Our guy’s heads never dropped, in fact they played with greater resolve for the rest of the half.”

With the teams starting the second half knotted at one, the game became a test of wills. While Milford started out on the front foot, a missed opportunity in the 55th minute proved to be their undoing. Shooting high with only the goal keeper to beat, the shot was the final solid opportunity for the Bucs.

The Riders began to apply greater pressure as the game wore on and the Milford defense continued to play strong. Besides Bogan, Milord Keeper junior Kirk Hammer was solid, if not spectacular in net turning back multiple shots from the Riders. Another player who had a solid game on defense was senior Evan Strickland who had several key tackles breaking up Rider runs along the Bucs defensive left side.

After the Riders broke through in the games 75th minute to take the advantage, Milford could do little in terms of attacking to equalize. Following the 2-1 defeat, French was pleased with the overall performance of his team. “We knew this was going to be a real test for us, it was going to either show we can play with some good teams or if we had just gotten lucky with how the season started out.”

The loss dropped Milford to 6-1 (2-1), a position few expected them to be in at this point in the season. French believes that his team can still get better from here. “The guys are really beginning to understand the system and the victories have shown them that the results are there,” French said. “We just have to keep working together as a unit and stay united.”

The Bucs will face three consecutive road tests which look to be quite challenging. This Tuesday they will head up to Middletown to face a Cavalier squad with an identical 6-1 record, before traveling to Polytech on Thursday to battle the 4-2-1 Panthers.

The Middletown game will begin at 3:30, while Poly will start at 5:30.

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Oktoberfest Rocks St. John’s

St. John’s Oktoberfest began on Friday, September 27 and ran through Saturday, September 28. In true Oktoberfest tradition, the festivities kicked off with live entertainment and the 3rd Annual Oktoberfest 5K Run/Walk. The 5K saw another increase in registrations this year, up to 121 from 90 last year.

“The increase also brought the attendees family and friends who took part in the Oktoberfest festivities,” said 5K organizer Lance Skinner. “The atmosphere really kept people there throughout the night. Live music and great food were keeping the large crowd having a wonderful time.”

After running the 5K and dancing to the sounds of The Funsters, festival goers enjoyed a variety of food. The ever-popular Oktoberfest international food court served their traditional German entrees, as well as Italian, Spanish and Polish dishes. For the adults, the very popular Beer Booth returned with local and international libations.

[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”1089″ display=”basic_slideshow”]Oktoberfest is always such a fun event for our community. This year was no exception and I thought Friday night was electric with so many people in attendance,” said volunteer Sara Pletcher. “The food is always my favorite part. So many international delectables to choose from and the cannolis were a new addition this year and they were stellar.”

On Saturday, the festivities began with arts and crafts booths, fire truck rides, free carnival style games for children including face painting and a petting zoo. Entertainment throughout the day included the McAleer School of Irish Dancing, the German Enzian and St. John’s Spanish Dancers. Live entertainment by Joe Kroboth, Glass Onion Band and DJ Lucky keep the crowds dancing.

“I hope people learned St. John’s is a staple in this community and by enjoying themselves at Oktoberfest they supported our church more than they’ll ever know,” said Pletcher. “We’re grateful for the community’s support.”

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Hockey Shows Progress Through Losses

By Kevin Eickman

Most times when a team loses two games in a week it can be reason for doom and gloom. That is certainly not the case for this young and feisty Milford field hockey team. The Buccaneers faced off against an undefeated buzz saw, hosting Indian River this past Tuesday.

After falling behind early in the first half to the tune of two goals, the Bucs found their way back in the game on goals from senior Olivia Cromer and junior Summer Davis late in the first half to level the score at two as the first half came to a close. The resolve of this young Milford team left coach Andrea McPike pleased.

“We let in 2 pretty early goals and within a minute of each other, and this was after coming out pretty hard. I called a time out to give the girls sometime to collect themselves mentally, make a few adjustments on our corner defense, and to light the fire a little,” said McPike. “Well it worked. They came out of the timeout raring to go and with a very determined mind set. They answered back within the next 7 minutes and with less than 3 minutes in the 1st half tied it up.”

The second half was a scoreless one, with both teams having chances. Milford had the advantage in shots and corners but did not convert them into goals, something the team has been making inroads on improving on.

 

 

Milford lost the game in overtime 3-2, but McPike believes that there was a great many positives to come out of the contest.

“I was very proud of the resilience and grit the team showed in this game. Our offense really came alive this game and had numerous scoring opportunities throughout the entire game,” said McPike. “ Overtime was a bit heartbreaking with the close chances to end it that just didn’t go our way. However, the girls learned a lot about themselves this game.” The Bucs showed great resolve in losing to a 7-0 IR team who have been solid all year.

On Thursday Milford traveled to Cape. While Milford did come out on the short end of a 2-0 score, McPike believes that the game was yet another step forward as the loss came against a team boasting a 6-1 record.

“This year we held them to 1-0 until about 10 minutes left in the game. We dominated the first 10-12 minutes of each half but then lost our steam where Cape was able to keep playing at a high level the entire game. However, our girls battled until the end,” commented McPike.

While the pair of losses dropped Milford to 2-4 on the season, McPike can see this very young Milford team coming together. “We’ve come out much stronger as a team and it has given us lots of opportunities to focus on our areas of need,” she stated. “The team continues to improve every practice and game. They’re learning to communicate with each other and each other’s styles of play. They have also continued to grow as a unit and are very self-reflective of their strengths and weaknesses. They want to be held accountable and are willing to hold each other accountable as well.”

The Bucs still harbor hopes of making the State tournament but know that they are going to have to step it up a notch to get it done. “The mentality of raising our level of play each and every day along with hard work and a never give up attitude is what will get us in the tournament. They’re ready to unleash, McPike said.

Milford will host 5-0-1 Smyrna this Thursday with the game set to start at 4 pm.

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Troy Haynes Passes Away

By Kevin Eickman

Sometimes we forget. Sometimes we lose sight of what this is all about. Participating in or covering high school athletics, we forget these are not just players in a game. These are real live human beings who are receiving an education and beginning the most exciting times of their lives.

In the case of former Woodbridge quarterback Troy Haynes, he was dealt one of the most devastating hands a young man can get. Earlier this year he was diagnosed with cancer. At first it was thought to be just in his kidney but it was quickly discovered he had a very aggressive form of the disease. He required intensive treatment with a bleak diagnoses.

Having a chance to speak with Haynes following his diagnosis, he was very optimistic that he would be able to beat it, no matter the odds. The entire Delaware football community rallied around him, with both emotional and financial support. In the words of Milford coach Shaun Strickland, “Troy Haynes was a true champion, his presence these last few months transcended the game of football, it broke down district lines and brought an entire state together. He brought awareness to a rare form of cancer as he battled day in and day out when others would have just given up!. I one day hope I leave that inedible mark on one life as Troy Haynes did on mine.”

Haynes was a champion in every sense of the word. Quarterbacking Woodbridge to a pair of State Championships, he was much more than a football player. Everyone who met him was a better person for having done so. With a contagious smile and a zest for life, there was little doubt that the world is a lesser place for him having passed away this Sunday.

 

 

The many words that could be used to describe his time at Woodbridge are limitless. If one had to choose, it would be competitor. Haynes was a multi-sport athlete with a competitive streak a mile wide.

During a conversation in May, he was asked what he loved most about football. Haynes was quick to respond, “It’s all about being with my teammates and my coaches. They are family to me, you can’t imagine how wonderful it is to be a part of that.”

The one thing about family is that they are always there for you. Over the last six months the size and love of his family rose by the day. The #fightlike4 movement became a battle cry as all of Delaware pulled for and demonstrated their love for a person most of them had never met.

In June Haynes mustered all his strength for one last moment of glory, on the same football field on which he had enjoyed so many marvelous nights. Ravaged by illness and treatment, he made his way unassisted to receive his diploma. It was a chance for him once again to demonstrate what Champions do. They do not quit; they fight. There is a lesson in that for all of us.

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XC Girls Defeat Sussex, Poly Tech

The Girls team defeated both Sussex and Poly Tech today 23-32 and 19-39 moving their overall record to 3-1 on the season. The girls were able to defeat both teams by finishing 1,2,3 overall. The team was led by Faith Mitchell 20:04 (7th fastest all time MHS XC Girl), Brianna Thompson 21:17 (19th fastest all time) and Alex Herber 21:45.

The boys lost to both schools and now are 2-2 overall. They were led by Moses Martinez 18:36 and Conor Sylvester 18:38 and Dale Osterman 19:03.

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Ravens Rip Bucs 42-14

By Kevin Eickman

This past Friday evening the Milford Buccaneers traveled down to Sussex Tech on an evening just made for football. The only problem for Milford was their failure to capitalize on opportunity and commit penalties in key moments.

“We simply can’t continue to play the way we played tonight,” Coach Shaun Strickland said. “We had our chances to make defensive stops and also to score more points. But when you don’t execute in key moments, you can find yourself on the wrong end of the scoreboard more times than not.”

The game started ominously as the Ravens took over at their own 35 yard line and proceeded to march the ball right down the field. With a solid ground game Milford looked helpless to stop them. The drive culminated on with a one-yard touchdown run by Ravens senior Kevin Custis, who would have four touchdowns on the evening.

“Custis was very good out there tonight, every time they needed a big play he showed up,” Strickland stated.

[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”1090″ display=”basic_slideshow”]The Buccaneers moved the ball towards Tech territory on the ensuing possession but the drive came to a halt on a third and short as an errant snap on third on short left Milford with little option but to punt.

Once again the Tech ground game flexed its muscle as Custis scored from two yards out to double their advantage. The drive was aided by a key Milford penalty which kept with the spirit of the game. “We have to clean it up, we can’t be giving away free first downs and expect to win football games,” said Strickland. With the extra point the Ravens extended their lead to 14-0 midway through the first quarter.

Milford finally responded as they got the offense moving in the right direction as the ground game finally found their feet. With senior Jabraih Luke and junior Marquis Gillis pounding the rock, the Buccaneers scored as the second quarter got underway. With the two point conversion not converted, Milford trailed 14-6.

Tech started with great field position following the kick-off, setting up shop at mid-field. Once again the potent Raven running game was on display as this time Tech’s Connor Ellingsworth took it in from six yards out, extending the Raven lead to 21-6 halfway through the second quarter. That was the lead they would carry into the locker room.

Milford’s misfortune continued on the opening drive of the second half, where mistakes once again kept the offense stagnant. Unable to move the ball, Milford was forced to punt the ball back over to their foes.

Finally fortune seemed to fall in Milford’s favor as they recovered a fumble on the Ravens 26 yard line with 9:00 minutes remaining in the third quarter. The Bucs were unable to take advantage however as four consecutive plays yielded zero yards, turning the ball back over to Tech.

Adding insult to injury for Milford was injuries to key personnel including Luke and senior defensive lineman Anthony Diaz. “It hurts when you lose two guys like that and we have the limited number of players we do. Luckily we have a guy like Aaron Sivels [sophomore] to come in and contribute like he did,” stated Strickland.

With the Milford defense continuing to struggle, Custis capped another long offensive drive to put the Ravens up 28-6, early in the fourth quarter.

The Buccaneers responded with a drive of their own as Gillis took it in from 18 yards out and also took in the two point conversion, to halve the Raven lead to 28-14 with 8:20 remaining in the game. This gave Milford a glimmer of hope. That hope was short lived as Tech added a pair of touchdowns to close out the scoring as Milford fell to 2-2 (0-2) on the season. Along the way, Strickland received an ejection for arguing with the officials. Strickland declined to comment on the incident.

It does not get any easier for Milford as they host Dover this Friday, who will feature their all everything running back Javon Peace. Strickland commented, “Dover is an extremely talented team and Peace reminds me a lot of David Bowman, you do everything you can to stop him but he is so good there is very little you can do about it. You know what’s coming but you just can’t stop it. It’s going to be a huge challenge against Dover.”

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Arrested On Assault Charges

On 09/19/2019 at approximately 7:34 a.m., Milford Police Department Criminal Investigations Division was notified of an assault victim at Bayhealth: Kent General Hospital in Dover, DE. Detectives responded to Bayhealth: Kent General to interview the victim. It was learned that the victim resided in the unit block of Cedar Beach Rd. Milford, Sussex County, DE and had been assaulted by the suspect throughout the overnight hours between 09/18/2019 and 09/19/2019. The victim disclosed to detectives that they had been strangled and struck multiple times by the suspect throughout the evening. The victim alleged that the suspect allowed them to leave in the morning of 09/19/2019 for work, which is when they responded to Bayhealth: Kent General. They alleged that prior to that time, the suspect refused to allow them to leave the residence. Detectives learned that the victim did sustain physical injury from the assault and was treated and released from Bayhealth after the interview. Detectives learned from the victim that the suspect was Enrico B. Giangiacomo, 22 of Milford, DE. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Giangiacomo in reference to this incident.

On 09/19/2019 at approximately 7:45 p.m., Giangiacomo turned himself into Milford PD on the outstanding warrant for his arrest. Giangiacomo was charged with Kidnapping 2nd Degree, Assault 2nd Degree, Strangulation, and Terroristic Threatening. Giangiacomo had a presentment through the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and was committed to the Department of Correction in default of $30,000.00 USC cash bail only. A no contact order was put into place between Giangiacomo and the victim. Giangiacomo was ordered to appear in the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas on 09/26/2019 at 8:30 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.

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Arrested On Burglary Charges

On 09/16/2019 at approximately 7:58 a.m., the Milford Police Department Patrol Division was dispatched to Duck In Car Wash located at 215 Aerenson Dr. Milford, Kent County, DE for a burglary that occurred overnight. Through surveillance footage obtained from the business it was learned that the suspect had allegedly entered into the business on approximately 3 separate occasions between 09/15/2019 at 7 p.m. and 09/16/2019 at 7 a.m. Investigation revealed that that the suspect had allegedly taken an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency during each time he entered into the business. It was learned that the suspect had allegedly done damage to property inside the business as well. Management and employees of the business were able to identify the suspect as William E. Hutson 2nd, 39 of Milford, DE, through the surveillance footage. Information was learned that Hutson was allegedly staying in a wooded area in the 900 block of N DuPont Blvd. Milford, DE. Patrol Officers responded to the area where they located Hutson in the wooded area and took him into custody without incident. Some of the missing property was recovered and returned to the business.

Hutson was transported back to Milford PD, where he was charged with two counts of Burglary 3rd Degree, one count of Possession Of Burglar Tools, one count of Theft $1500 Or Greater, one count of Theft Under $1500, and one count of Criminal Mischief Under $1000. Hutson had a presentment through the Justice of the Peace Court 2, where he was released on $8500.00 USC unsecured bail with a no contact order with Duck In Car Wash. Hutson was ordered to appear in the Kent County Court of Common Pleas on 09/27/2019 at 8:30 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.

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The Weekly Review – September 24, 2019

Read this week’s edition at https://new.delawarelive.com/milfordlivede/review/Sept.%2024.pdf

Headlines of the week:  Ladybug Music Festival draws thousands Downtown; Community Parade Marches, Oct 16; Ross, Banneker Named National Unified Schools; TADA Plans Inaugural Tutu Trot;Ross Welcomes New Assistant Principal; Bayhealth Recognizes Physicians of the Year; Her passion for science pollinates; Putting Pain in its Place; DNREC announces Delaware hunting seasons; Grant Helps Fight Local Hunger; Del-One Supports DE Housing Collaborative.

PLUS SPORTS including Soccer Keeps on Rolling, 5-0 Record; Field Hockey Looks to Finish; and Bucs Fall to Cape 28-14.

 


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Bayhealth Recognizes Physicians of the Year

Alvaro Toledo Rivera, MD, and Muhammad Syed, MD, have been recognized as the 2019 Physicians of the Year for Bayhealth. Since 2014, the Nursing Department has presented this annual award to the doctor at each of the two Bayhealth hospitals in recognition of commitment to exceptional care and the organization’s values. Dr. Rivera was named Physician of the Year for Bayhealth Kent Campus and Dr. Syed was named Physician of the Year for Bayhealth Sussex Campus. Each was presented their award at Bayhealth’s annual Medical Staff Recognition Event at the Duncan Center in Dover.

Dr. Toledo Rivera has been an Apogee Physicians hospitalist at Bayhealth for six years and was nominated for his outstanding dedication. His nominator said he went above and beyond in caring for a 34-year-old patient with terminal cancer, and spent a lot of time compassionately answering her and her family’s questions. “The patient and the family were very lucky to have him as their doctor, and they couldn’t thank him enough,” she said. “His care was exceptional. I never question his love of being a doctor, and he really did shine on this day.”

 

 

Dr. Toledo Rivera said receiving the award was very meaningful and makes him want to only do better to serve others. “I became a physician to make a difference in people’s lives. Every day it’s a gift to have the chance to care for patients in their most vulnerable times.”

During his five years at Bayhealth, Dr. Syed has developed a strong rapport with those around him and helped many patients. He’s been program director for Apogee Physicians in Milford since 2016. His nominator cited his professionalism and commitment to his patients, even under difficult circumstances. She gave an example of how well he handled one particular encounter, clearly communicating with the patient and his family and respectfully carrying out the patient’s wishes. “This doctor’s compassion and respect greatly moved me,” said the nominator. “While I’ve always had a positive working relationship with him and trust his decisions, this moment verified that he would be the doctor I would want at my or my family’s bedside,” she said.

 

 

Dy. Syed expressed that he was extremely humbled by the nomination and award. “I have the highest respect for all our nursing staff and to have them say they would trust me with the health of their loved ones is the highest honor any physician could receive.”

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