Sports


Indian River’s Camryn Ehlers goes up strong for a spike against Delmarva Christian earlier this season.

IR girls’ volleyball makes history with first-ever win over Smyrna

Indians overcome early deficit to clip Eagles’ wings

It has been the biggest monkey anyone could possibly imagine hanging on the backs of the Indian River High School girls’ volleyball team for the past 12 matches.

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, that monkey finally found a new home.

With a...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 5:12pm

The Indian River boys near the finish line during the meet on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

IR cross-country places third at Killens Pond Invitational

One of the goals Indian River High School’s first-year cross-country head coach Rick Hundley and assistant Andy White had for their runners was doing well at the Killens Pond Invitational race, held last Friday, Oct. 11.

Their plan worked...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 5:05pm

Jessica Rybicki passes the ball upfield in Indian River’s game against Caravel earlier this year.

Indians field hockey recovers following setback to Delmar

Fresh off their first loss of the season in a showdown of two of the top teams in the state — a 4-1 defeat by Delmar — the Indian River High School field hockey team rebounded rather nicely this week with an impressive 6-0 shutout of visiting...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 4:43pm

IR Sports Report

Indians come up short in overtime against Laurel, 27-21

Injuries and turnovers have plagued the Indian River High School football team almost from Day 1 this season, and those two issues reared their ugly heads again last Saturday, Oct. 12, when the Indians dropped a 27-21 overtime contest to Laurel...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 4:36pm

Indian River's Jessica Rybicki tries to box out her opponent in IR's game versus Caravel a few weeks ago.

IR field hockey wins school record 10th straight to start season

Sets up showdown with Delmar on Saturday, Oct. 12

Ever since the summer practices began back in August, the Indian River High School field hockey team has had one focus — one day, one practice, one game at a time. They’ve played by that mantra every step of the way, and it has led them to a...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 1:38pm

Indian River’s JaQuan Floyd makes a tackle in IR’s win over Seaford on Friday, Sept. 27.

Indians cough up early lead in loss to Lake

Through the first 18 minutes of last Saturday’s Henlopen Conference South Division clash with host Lake Forest, the Indian River High School football team looked like they were going to play spoilers for the Spartans’ Homecoming festivities....

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 1:32pm

Sports Report

Indians win fifth straight in volleyball

The Indians River High School girls’ volleyball team made it five wins in a row on Tuesday, Oct. 8, following a 3-0 sweep of visiting Polytech. The win improved the Indians to 9-2 on the season as they prepare for the final stretch of the season...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 1:25pm

Pickleball Points

Third-shot drop-shot into the kitchen spot

Some players tell me they feel they are caught in limbo, unable to advance that next step. I think we have failed you in teaching the third-shot drop. I written multiple articles on how to hit a third shot, but never why you hit it.

It is...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 1:21pm

Anglers set to cast their lines in the DMS surf-fishing tourney

The 13th Annual Delaware Mobile Surf-Fishermen’s Invitational Tournament is about to see anglers cast their fishing lines out into the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the Indian River Inlet Bay waters, this weekend, Oct. 11-13, in what is considered...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 1:18pm

Indians pick up first football win of the year

The elusive win finally came last Friday night for the Indian River High School football team, in a 31-12 decision over visiting Seaford, thanks to a defense that was determined not to let a first-half lead go to waste.

Senior linebacker R...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:29am

Indians rebound for key divisional win over Royals

After dropping the first game in their match with Delmarva Christian High School (25-20) on Tuesday, Oct. 1, the Indian River High School girls’ volleyball team responded in a big way as they recovered from their early deficit for a 3-1 win over...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:27am

The boys run through a wooded portion of the course at Killens Pond State Park.

Indians battle Spartans in cross-county duel

After three straight losses, a new plan put Indian River High School’s cross-country team back in the win column last Wednesday, Sept. 25, during a Henlopen Conference Southern Divisional meet against Lake Forest at Killens Pond State Park, where...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:18am

Gogarty, Wisniewski win 2019 Men’s & Ladies’ Club Championship

Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club recently hosted its 2019 Men’s & Ladies’ Club Championship tournaments, and this year’s winners were Patrick Gogarty & Natalie Wisniewski. Gogarty, a senior at Indian River High School, defeated three...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:16am

Indian River’s Jordan Illian dribbles to fake out his defender in IR’s tie with Polytech on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Indians rally to forge 1-all tie with Poly

Slow starts have plagued the Indian River High School boys’ soccer team at various times throughout the first half of their 2019 campaign.

Such was the case again on Tuesday, Oct. 1, when the Indians hosted Polytech, but found themselves...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:13am

Local Kids Catch-all Fishing tourney reels in national acclaim

When people set out to run a fundraising event, they rarely expect to receive national recognition for their efforts. Well, locally, the Kids Catch-all Fishing Tournament has done just that, having recently been recognized as one of the best kids...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:11am

Indian River’s Avery Congleton takes a shot against Milford’s goalie on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Indians pick up pair of OT wins to stay unbeaten

The mark of a winning program is finding ways to win when facing adversity. The Indian River High School field hockey program has figured out a way to do just that in several instances this season thus far, and especially in their two most recent...

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 10:33am

Indian River’s Evan Peterson boxes out Caesar Rodney’s Matthew McBarron during IR’s come-from-behind win on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

IR falls to Cape in battle of the top conference teams

Finding themselves in a battle from the opening whistle, the Indian River High School boys’ soccer team just could not seem to find a way to get through a stout Cape Henlopen defense during their divisional crossover game on Tuesday, Sept. 24....

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 10:29am

Indian River’s Declan Burke pushes to the finish line at IR’s meet at Sussex Central on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

IRXC competes at Sussex Central quad meet

Indian River High School’s varsity boys’ cross-country team battled tough in a competitive quad-meet at Sussex Central High School last Wednesday, Sept. 18, in Georgetown. The Indians were joined by Cape Henlopen and Caesar Rodney, as well as the...

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 10:25am

Pickleball Points: Anticipation and the Mona Lisa of pickleball

Have you ever been to the Louvre in Paris to see Leonardo DaVinci’s Mona Lisa? People will stand and view it in admiration for long periods of time. She simply captivates you. It is as if she is saying “Life shouldn’t be all pickleball.” She...

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 10:15am

Indians come up short against Tigers

The old adage in sports is that speed kills.

That was no more evident than in the display of speed put on by A.I. duPont running back Ja’Quai Bishop last Friday night, Sept. 20. The Indian River High School football team tried many...

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 10:14am

Truck Convoy for Special Olympics celebrating 17th year in Southern Delaware

More than 200 truck drivers from across the state and region will converge at the Delaware State Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 28, to take part in a police-escorted 29-mile scenic ride through Kent County.

The Truck Convoy, celebrating...

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 10:11am

Special Olympics families offered Families Day at the Beach

More than 250 Special Olympics athletes and family members are expected to gather on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon at Cape Henlopen State Park, for the 28th annual Special Olympics Delaware Families Day at the Beach.

Athletes and...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 10:52am

Indian River sophomore Emma Ruley gains posession of the ball in IR’s win over Caesar Rodney on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Indians field hockey continues winning ways

The Indian River High School field hockey team has been on quite the tear to start the season, and its latest victory came on the road, when they dismantled Laurel, 9-2, on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

Junior Kayler Townsend figured in on seven of...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 9:36am

Indian River’s Siera Johnson spikes the ball in IR’s win over Cape Henlopen last week.

IR girls’ volleyball, boys’ soccer post wins

Add two more sweeps to the ledger for the Indian River High School girls’ volleyball team as it cruised to wins over Sussex Academy and Red Lion over the past week. The Indians have one more home date, against Delmar on Thursday, Sept. 19, before...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 9:30am

Indian River’s Reece Stone drags some defenders during IR’s loss to Milford on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Indians drop a close one to Polytech

The Indian River High School football team made the trek north to Dover to take on Polytech last Friday, Sept. 13, only to find themselves on the short end of a 14-13 final score.

With the full moon beaming over the field, the Indians...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 9:23am

Capitol Renegade URC Sprint Cars highlight Georgetown Speedway’s ‘Wing Night’

A slate of 17 Capitol Renegade United Racing Club (URC) racers highlighted a full night of racing last Friday, Sept. 13, at Georgetown Speedway.

Series regulars and point leaders Chad Layton and Josh Weller won their respective heat races...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 9:20am

SMS teams ready to get their seasons going

They get a little later of a start since they aren’t permitted to practice in the summer, but the Selbyville Middle School fall sports teams are ready to get things going for their 2019 seasons following two weeks of preparation.

 

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Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 9:17am

Top, IR’s Arturo Cruz Bonilla gets a header during the win over Caesar Rodney on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Bonilla scored IR’s game-tying goal to setup overtime and then proceeded to score the game winner. Left, IR’s Bastian Perry slides for a save as CR’s Matthew McBarron jumps up to avoid him.

Indians pick up huge soccer win

IR scores three unanswered goals to beat CR in OT

After an impressive season-opening 2-0 shutout win over Maryland’s nationally-recognized Our Lady of Good Counsel last Saturday, Sept. 7, the Indian River High School boys’ soccer program was faced with a Henlopen Conference championship game...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:02am

Raychel Ehlers launches for a spike against Cape Henlopen on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Indian River swept Cape, winning three straight sets.

Indians sweep Cape for win in home opener

With a team loaded with talent — balanced across the board — the Indian River High School girls’ volleyball team has high hopes for their season.

Following a loss to perennial power Ursuline Academy last Saturday, Sept. 7, the Indians...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 9:58am

Indian River quarterback Reece Stone drags some defenders on a quarterback keeper in IR’s loss to Milford on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Turnovers spell fate for Indians on the gridiron

Milford capitalizes on several IR miscues for win

The Achilles heel for any football team is generally their ability to take care of the football. Turnovers can give opponents short fields and shift the momentum in games very quickly.

Such was the case in the 2019 season-opener for the...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 9:54am

The Indians gather for a celebration after Avery Congleton scored a goal in IR’s win over CR on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Indians cruise to win over Riders

McCabe, Congleton lead charge against CR

By Jason Feather

Staff Reporter

 

Indian River High School’s field hockey team scored early and often in an impressive 7-0 win over Caesar Rodney on Tuesday, Sept. 10, to stay unbeaten through their first two games of the...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 9:51am

Rally at the Creek supports Breast Cancer Coalition

The 2019 Rally at the Creek Committee this week extended their thanks to the many volunteers, individual and business donors who contributed to the success of the golf event and the Pink on the Patio companion event, which benefit the Delaware...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 9:42am

Selbyville VFC to hold golf tournament Oct. 11

The Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company will hold its 12th Annual Golf Tournament on Oct. 11 at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club in Dagsboro, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

The tournament has a scramble format, and the entry fee is $90...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 9:40am

The Indian River High School cross-country team poses for a shot at the Lake Forest Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Indians cross-country has solid showing in first competition of the year

Cross-country teams from 19 high schools across the state entered this year’s Lake Forest Invitational, held at Killens Pond State Park last Saturday, Sept. 7. Indian River High School had boys’ varsity and JV teams, as well as a girls’ team, in...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 9:39am

Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon set for Sept. 14

The Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon is scheduled to take place Saturday, Sept. 14, at 8 a.m. The event consists of a half-mile swim, 3.45-mile run and 16-mile bike ride. It begins and ends at Delaware Seashore State Park, at Tower Road.

Those...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 9:36am

Pickleball Points: Never give up, and. help fill the cup

I asked Dr. Sue Rattner (retired) to help me write this week’s article because both of us are examples of why you never should give up. Sue was one of the participating cancer survivors in our Cardiac vs. Cancer Pickleball Challenge. She didn’t...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 9:36am

Reese Stone under center during offensive drills as assistant coach Joe Donnelly looks on.

Showtime!

IR season-opener against Milford moved up by Dorian

All the two-a-days and scrimmages are over. All the days and nights of preparation have led to this weekend. And, just to throw some extra drama into the picture, a looming hurricane named Dorian has pushed up the schedule by a full day.

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Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:19am

Members of the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company’s Ladies Auxiliary took a moment out of their time during the event to pose in front of a Quint 50 truck that was on hand for the tournament that was benefitting the fire company. Members include (in not particular order for the picture) Barbara Brown, Brandy Davis, Joy Knox, Marty Pratt, Mary Putschky, Sandy Raymond, Pat Resnick, Tricia Roberts, and Linda Smith.

BBVFC Auxiliary’s inaugural golf event a success

With close to 60 golfers participating, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary’s first-ever benefit golf tournament was declared a rousing success on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the Salt Pond Golf Club.

According to the event’s...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:17am

Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon set for Sept. 14

The Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon is scheduled to take place Saturday, Sept. 14, at 8 a.m. The event consists of a half-mile swim, 3.45-mile run and 16-mile bike ride. It begins and ends at Delaware Seashore State Park, at Tower Road.

Those...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:14am

IR home games set to broadcast on NFHS

Back to college? Moved away from the area? Still want to watch your Indian River High School sports?

Well, that is now possible, thanks to the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) and their online streaming service. The subscription-...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 8:59am

Billy Pauch Jr. won the sixth edition of the VAHLCO Wheels-USA/Melon 1 ‘Blast at the Beach.’

Georgetown Speedway hosts Blast at the Beach

Regional racers packed the paddock at Georgetown Speedway last Tuesday night, Aug. 27, for the sixth annual VAHLCO Wheels-USA/Mellon 1 “Blast at the Beach.”

A total of 35 Short Track Super Series (STSS) Modifieds, 33 STSS Crate 602...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 8:56am

Pickleball Points: Pickle smorgasbord

About 20 percent of survey respondents in this part of Sussex County — 1 in 5 — play pickleball, so I suppose this can be declared a hotspot where it is best to raise and cultivate pickles.

Perhaps it is in the water, because Michael...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 8:53am

The Indian River football team has been working hard to get themselves ready for their 2019 season-opener against Milford on Friday, Sept. 6, at home starting at 7 p.m. The team will host Cape Henlopen on Friday, Aug. 30, in their final tune-up scrimmage, starting at 6 p.m.

IR football program has high hopes for season

Injuries turned what could have been the picture of a very promising 2018 season for the Indian River High School football team into something of a jigsaw puzzle that was missing several pieces.

Head coach Phillip Townsend and his staff...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 11:18am

The Indian River boys’ soccer program has been working hard in preparation for their 2019 season. The team opens their slate with a home date against Maryland’s Our Lady of Good Counsel on   Saturday, Sept. 7, at 3 p.m.

Boys’ soccer facing challenge of youth, inexperience

The Indian River High School boys’ soccer program is a perennial state and conference power. Come August, when practices begin, soccer fans can almost certainly count on the Indians being at or near the top of the Henlopen Conference South...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 11:13am

Ben Spencer

Indians’ cross-country teams running into Hundley era

The 2019 Indian River High School cross-country teams’ season could be a collection of highs and lows, and not just the hills on the course they will be running.

With a new head coach in Rick Hundley, the Indians are learning how to become...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 11:11am

Scott Hitchens and Taylor Cox pose with their 14-month-old daughter Hayden.

Hitchens a young veteran in East Coast racing

At just 26 years old, Scott Hitchens of Frankford has the résumé of a more seasoned racecar driver.

Hitchens was a mere 8 years old when he started racing karts at U.S. 13 Kartway on the grounds of Delaware International Speedway in Delmar...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 11:04am

Crabalina Beer Mixer to benefit Ball 4 All, local youth

What could be better than crabs and beer on a late summer evening? How about all of that, for the benefit of local children?

The Crabalina Beer Mixer, set for Sept. 14, will benefit the Ball 4 All Foundation, a local organization that...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:28pm

The Indian River girl’s volleyball team huddles at a game during last season.

Exciting potential for IR’s upcoming girls’ volleyball season

The popularity of volleyball has been growing by leaps and bounds, and that popularity has generated some impressive talent that is set to take the court this season for the Indian River High School girls’ volleyball program.

Head coach...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 10:53am

The Big Chill Beach Club hosted the 2019 Sussex County Lifeguard Awards last week, where it recognized all the top guards from along the coast were recognized. Pictured are the award winners with their captains, as well as others who took part in the festivities.

Sussex lifeguards wrap up another strong competition year

There is no secret how effective the lifeguard squads are up and down the beaches of Sussex County. Every year, the lifeguards are among the best in the business at keeping a watchful eye over the locals and vacationers as they enjoy some...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 10:51am

Indoor pickleball in O.C. gets some changes

As you know, I have been very appreciative of all the efforts of the folks in Ocean City (Md.) Recreation to accommodate pickleball, because there are a ton of other demands on that facility. For pickleballers located below Indian River, the...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 10:49am