Indians rack up nine All-State selections in three spring sports

Coastal Point • Submitted: From left, Maddie Hogsten, Grace Engel, Sammi Whelen, IRHS head coach Steve Kilby, Fabrea McCray and Maggie Ford gather at the All-State soccer banquet held at Delaware State University on Monday.Coastal Point • Submitted: From left, Maddie Hogsten, Grace Engel, Sammi Whelen, IRHS head coach Steve Kilby, Fabrea McCray and Maggie Ford gather at the All-State soccer banquet held at Delaware State University on Monday.With the 2017 spring sports schedule inked in the books, nine athletes at Indian River High School have now been recognized with All-State honors for their contributions this past season.

Five of those selections were members of the girls’ soccer team, after their 14-1 season-ending in a DIAA quarterfinal appearance last Tuesday, May 30, with seniors Maddie Hogsten and Maggie Ford, juniors Sammi Whelen and Fabrea McCray, and sophomore Grace Engel all making the cut.

Junior Julia Bomhardt earned All-State honors for the softball team for a second straight year, joined by senior 2B Madi McGee after both of them helped lead the Indians to their first DIAA semi-final game in 10 years.

And on the boys’ lacrosse team, seniors George Martin and Sam Nitz made school history by becoming the first-ever All-State selections for the program.

Hogsten cracked the Top XI list for the first time, along with getting the fourth straight All-State selection of her career, after becoming the second-player from either the boys’ or girls’ soccer program at IR to reach 100 goals.

Having hit that mark, she went on to set a new program scoring record, eclipsing former teammate Brooke Beam’s record of 114 goals, set just one year prior, and pushing the mark to 119 career scores before she heads off to begin her career in the NCAA at Salisbury University next fall.

Ford earned her second career All-State nomination with a First-Team selection after switching positions from defense to midfield this past season to help set the pace for the Indians on offense.

It’s the first All-State mention for Whelen, who makes the list as a First-Team selection after finishing her junior campaign in her quarterback role, leading the midfield along with Ford.

McCray and Engel both make the All-State list for the first time as well, as Second-Team selections, with the goalkeeper and defender both playing key roles in holding opposing teams to just six goals in 15 games during the regular season this spring.

After being named Third-Team All-State in centerfield as a sophomore, Bomhardt was named to the First-Team at centerfield for her junior season. During that run, she led the Indians with 40 hits, 19 RBIs, 27 runs, 13 stolen bases and a team-high .482 average, while maintaining a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. As the leadoff hitter, Bomhardt managed to get on base for the Indians in every game this season and managed a hit in every game aside from one.

McGee racked up 26 hits this season, leading the team with three homeruns after managing her first career homer in a game against Sussex Tech and the walk-off winner in a game against Miford the next day. She also was second on the team in doubles, with seven, and triples, with three, and third on the team in RBIs, with 20.

Earning Third-Team All-State honors, both Martin and Nitz also made school history by leading the Indians to their highest win total for the program, with a 10-5 record.

Martin left his mark in the record books by becoming the first player at IR to reach 300 career points and setting the scoring record at 309 career points in his final game for the Indians as well, and, along with teammate Jared Arlett, became the first IR graduate to be accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy, where he’ll look to continue his lacrosse career in the NCAA next fall.

Nitz will also take his game to the collegiate level next fall, signing with Cazenovia College after finishing his senior campaign with a 71 percent success rate as a faceoff specialist. During the Indians’ 5-0 run to start the season, Nitz went 85 for 92 from the X, winning an unprecedented 92 percent of his draws during that streak.

The nine All-State nominations, spanning three different sports, nearly doubled last year’s total of five IR athletes receiving All-State accolades.