News Briefs

October 1, 2013

Cape to honor coaches as legends

The Cape Henlopen School District will honor three for­mer coaches later this week as Legends of Cape athletics. At 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, Janet Nowakowski, Carolyn Ivins, and Ruth Sponaugle Skoglund will be honored during halftime of the Cape field hockey game ver­sus Sussex Tech at Champions Stadium. On Friday, Oct. 4, the coaches will ride in the home­coming parade and will be later honored at 7:30 p.m. during a pregame ceremony at Legends Stadium when Cape football plays Bullis School (Maryland).

Janet Nowakowski was the face of girls’ athletics at Rehoboth High School in the 1960s, coach­ing varsity and JV field hockey, basketball, and softball.

Carolyn Ivins was the first field hockey coach at the newly consolidated Cape Henlopen High School, leading the program from 1969 to a 1979 state championship, the first for a downstate team. Ivins also coached tennis, basketball, and track.

Ruth Sponaugle Sk­oglund served three different tenures as head field hockey coach. Her five-year reign 1992-96 included a record of 61-15-10 and a 1995 state championship victory over Tower Hill in a re­cord seven overtimes over two days. Skoglund also coached basketball and softball.

Sussex Tech custodian sentenced for rape

A former custodian at Sus­sex Tech High School pleaded guilty to rape charges and was sentenced to five years in jail. Timothy O. Morris, 29, entered a guilty plea Aug. 7 at Sussex County Superior Court. On Sept. 13, Morris was sentenced to five years in prison followed by one year of home confine­ment. Morris was ordered to serve 17 years’ probation after his release and must register as a Tier 2 sex offender. Morris, of Seaford, was arrested in January, after administrators at Sussex Tech contacted police about a student who said Morris sexually harassed her.

Delaware State Po­lice Cpl. Gary Fournier said the girl told officials Morris would hug her and once tried to kiss her, which made her feel uncom­fortable and scared. After police contacted her, it was discovered she began a sexual relationship with Morris in 2010, when she was 16. The two met inside and outside of school and engaged in sexual intercourse, Fournier said. The relationship continued for more than a year and ended in August 2011, he said. Morris was ordered to have no contact with five female victims involved in the case or the victims’ families. He is prohibited from contact with anyone under 18 except his own children.