IR boys split week on the hardwoods

Seniors Jamier Felton and Michael Meehan led the way for the Indian River High School boys’ basketball team in a 61-53 win over Laurel on Thursday, Jan. 17.

Felton scored a game-high 25 points, including a pair of three-pointers, while Meehan also hit the 20 mark in the victory over the Bulldogs.

IR held an 18-11 lead after the first quarter, which increased to 54-42 heading into the final eight minutes of play.

On Tuesday, Jan. 22, the Indians squared off with Henlopen Conference South Division rival Woodbridge, in a rematch from just over two weeks ago that the Blue Raiders had won 68-39.

It was more of the same this time around as Woodbridge defeated IR 70-46.

Felton scored 16 points to lead the Indians, while Antonio Jones chipped in with 12. Luke Webber and Meehan each added seven in the loss.

The split of the week’s games left the Indians’ record at 5-10 overall on the season. They were set to host Division I foe Cape Henlopen on Thursday, Jan. 24, after Coastal Point press time. Results of that contest can be found on the Coastal Point sports Facebook page.

Girls’ basketball

Indians 42, Laurel 34

Savannah O’Shields scored 14 points to lead IR to a win over Laurel on Thursday, Jan. 17. It was the second victory of the season over the Bulldogs for the Indians.

Lauren Meehan added a double-figure effort with 10, while Julia Jordan chipped in with eight, and LeAnya Garrison had six.

The Indians hit the road to face undefeated state-power Woodbridge on Tuesday, Jan. 22, and the Blue Raiders maintained their perfect mark with a convincing 62-19 win over the Indians.

Woodbridge used a stifling defense to jump out to a 23-0 lead after the first quarter of play and made it 40-9 at the intermission. Jordan led IR with eight points, with Micayla Meehan and Yonya Wise each adding four.

The 1-1 week leaves the Indians at 6-9 overall on the season. They were set to welcome the high-powered Cape Henlopen Vikings to IR on Thursday, Jan. 24, after Coastal Point press time, for a divisional crossover game. Results of that contest can be found on the Coastal Point sports Facebook page.

Boys’ swimming

Indians go 1-1 on the week

Indian River swam past Stephen Decatur (Berlin, Md.) last Thursday, Jan. 17, with a 92-78 decision.

The Indians won seven of the events in the meet, with Patrick Banks leading the way for two individual wins, as well as being a part of two relay wins. The IR senior picked up firsts in the 200 free (2:07.00) and 100 breast (1:08.09) events. He also swam legs in the 200 and 400 free relays. Banks, William Douds, Michael Barnes, and Declan Burke teamed up to post a 1:36.07 time in the 200. Banks, Burke, Mitch McGee and Max Kohr joined forces for the 400 win with a time of 3:33.57.

Burke turned in a first-place finish in the 500 free (5:46.73). Kohr was tops in the 50 free (23.66), and Barnes made it a clean sweep in the 100 free (50.77).

The Indians fell in a Henlopen Conference divisional crossover meet against Cape Henlopen on Tuesday, Jan. 22, by a score of 89-81.

Barnes won a pair of individual events with the 50 free (23.40) and 100 free (53.14), while also adding two relay wins to his credit.

He was joined by Banks, Douds and Kohr in the 200 free relay win (1:36.00), and then McGee, Burke and Kohr in the 400 free relay first-place finish (3:33.91).

Banks picked up the only other win for IR in the meet, with his first in the 100 breast with a time of 1:09.59.

The loss ended a five-meet win streak for the Indians, and left their overall mark on the season at 7-2. They were set to host Delmarva Christian and Seaford on Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Howard Ennis School pool, after Coastal Point press time. Results of the tri-meet can be found on the Coastal Point sports Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Indians boys’ final meet of the season will be Senior Night against Sussex Tech on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 3:30 p.m. That meet will be at Sussex Academy.

Girls’ swimming

Indians drop a pair of meets

The IR girls’ swim team gave valiant efforts in their two most recent meets, against Stephen Decatur and Cape Henlopen, but came up on the short end of the stick both times.

The Indians fell to Decatur, 122-43, on Thursday, Jan. 17, before dropping their Henlopen Conference divisional crossover contest against Cape, 127-39, on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Emma Barthelmess picked up a pair of wins in the Decatur meet, in the 50 free (28.15) and 100 breast (1:17.75). Against Cape, the Indians didn’t pick up any individual event wins.


By Jason Feather

Staff Reporter