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Indian River’s Emma Barthelmess competes in a match last year at Sussex Academy. Barthelmess posted a state-qualifying time in the 100m breaststroke.

Indians swim past Blue Jays for first win of the season

It was a clean sweep of all 11 events for the Indian River High School girls’ swim team on Tuesday, Dec. 10, as they rolled past Seaford 127-25 for their first win of the young season.

Junior Emma Barthelmess has jumped off the blocks...

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 2:42pm

Indian River boys' swimming off to a strong start in pool

The Indian River High School boys’ swimming team swept all 11 events en route to a 128-29 win over Seaford on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in a Henlopen Athletic Conference South Division tilt at the Boys & Girls Club in West Sussex.

In the...

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 2:39pm

Indian River freshman Jordan Illian earned first team All-Conference honors.

IR Sports Report

Indians’ fall athletes garner state, conference recognition

For the first time in Henlopen Conference girls’ volleyball history, a player was recognized with First-Team All-State honors. That first-timer is none other than Indian River High School junior Raychel Ehlers.

Ehlers helped guide the...

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 2:36pm

Indians struggling early with finding identity, jam-packed schedule

The gauntlet of their early-season schedule has left the Indian River High School boys’ basketball team trying to find an identity, while also working to grow in new head coach Devin Mann’s program with virtually an entirely new roster of players...

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 2:28pm

Indian River senior Yonya Wise is one of four key returners this year.

Youth, inexperience main issues for Indians’ girls

A new coach and a lot of new faces — many of them young and inexperienced at the varsity level — is the main story when it comes to the 2019-2020 Indian River High School girls’ basketball team.

With Pat McCrea taking over as the main man...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:39am

Matt Hill poses with his Crate Late Model in his shop in Georgetown.

Georgetown’s Hill goes from go-karts to championships

A learning experience

According to Matt Hill of Georgetown, four-time U.S. 13 International Speedway Sweeny Cars RUSH Late Model Series powered by Pace Performance champion, his racing career began one afternoon when he invited his mother, Judy, to ride along with him...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:36am

Indian River’s Colby Hook gathers with his family and friends at his Eckerd College letter-of-intent signing.

IR’s Hook signs letter-of-intent to golf for Eckerd College

It takes a lot of hard work, dedication and commitment to become good at any sport, but maybe none more so than golf — the little nuances, the mental approach and the way the ball travels various different ways, depending of your club angle, hip...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:33am

Pickleball Points

Stanley Stanpenzack is alive!

The recent ratings clinic conducted in Ocean City, Md., by Gold Medalist Darryl Noble and his wife, Cathy, was well-received and professionally administered. Darryl is my kind of guy. There were no fancy introductions — he and his wife each took...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:30am

Hunting and trapping seasons opening in December

Numerous Delaware hunting and trapping seasons open in December, including multiple waterfowl seasons that extend into or through January, coinciding with the influx of a variety of migratory waterfowl for the winter, DNREC’s Division of Fish...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:28am

Indian River’s Ta’Jon Knight works his Sussex Tech opponent in a match two years ago.

Strong returning presence has IR wrestling expectations very high

Following a season in which they worked their way into the DIAA Division II state semifinals as a team, the Indian River High School wrestling program has its sights set on getting back there once again, and possibly taking it one step further....

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 12:41pm

One of the Indian River girls participates in the breast stroke event at Sussex Academy last year.

Depth, experience hope to lead to success in pool for Indians

There is plenty of hope and optimism for the Indian River High School girls’ swim team this season, thanks to a plethora of depth and experience that returns to the pool for the 2019-2020 season.

Head coach Dana Schaefer is back for her...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 12:37pm

Indian River junior Declan Burke shows good breathing technique during a swim at Sussex Academy last year.

Indians’ swimming confident they have right pieces

The Indian River High School boys’ swimming team was very fortunate to have some amazingly talented swimmers on last year’s Henlopen Conference South Division Championship team.

But gone are the likes of Mitch McGee, Michael Barnes and Max...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 12:34pm

Indian River looks to find some of the talent lost from departing seniors like Jamier Felton, above. Here, Felton scores his 1,000th career point last season.

IR’s hardwood hopes rest with young, inexperienced roster

With a roster that features a slew of youth and inexperience, coupled with a first-time head coach, the Indian River High School boys’ basketball team will need to learn to crawl before they can run during the early parts of their 2019-2020...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 12:32pm

The Indian River High School field hockey team received a hero’s sendoff on Saturday, Nov. 16, as they departed to take on Delmar in the program’s first-ever state championship game. Delmar, the defending three-time state champion, topped the Indians, 6-3. Turn to page 73 for more on the game, and some words from a big fan of the team, Point reporter Jason Feather.

Team inspires community

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert

The Indian River High School field hockey team received a hero’s sendoff on Saturday, Nov. 16, as they departed to take on Delmar in the program’s first-ever state championship game. Delmar, the defending...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 12:11pm

Indian River High School athletes look forward to repaved track

Imagine stepping up to the starting line for an important race. It’s the 100-meter dash, so every millisecond counts. You see the finish line, you visualize the win, and you lean down into the starting position.

This is not the time to be...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:31am

Indian River’s Jessica Rybicki takes a shot in IR’s 4-0 win over Newark Charter on Saturday, Nov. 9, in the quarterfinal round of the DIAA Division II state playoffs.

Indians cruise into state semis

Cordrey scores twice in IR’s 4-0 win over Newark

As they’ve done all year long, the Indian River field hockey team got out on their opponent early and often, then kept the pressure on until the final buzzer sounded. This time it came at the expense of Newark Charter as the Indians cruised to an...

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:54pm

New boys basketball coach Devin Mann poses for a photo in the hallways of Indian River High School.

New ‘Mann’ in charge for Indians’ boys hoops program

There is a new “Mann” in charge on the hardwoods of the Indian River boys basketball program, and his name is Devin Mann. The Indian River School Board approved the hiring of Mann a couple weeks ago, and he hit the ground running on Monday for...

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:53pm

Pickleball Points: Ladies in pickleball

Recently I wrote about pickleball tournaments. This week, I am writing about several women who have excelled at playing pickleball. 

The first, of course, is the Queen Mother of Delaware Pickleball. I have written about Marion Lisehora...

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:18pm

Mandatory trapper education course registration open

With Delaware’s trapping season approaching, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Hunter Education Program this week reminded both residents and non-residents of state trapper-education requirements. Trappers born after Jan. 1, 1978, must pass...

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:17pm

Indian River’s Blake Morgan celebrates with his team after scoring the first goal in IR’s win over Brandwine on Saturday, Nov. 9.

Morgan, Illian lead Indians into the Division II state semifinals

A pair of young Indian River boys soccer players certainly played like seasoned veterans last Saturday, Nov. 9, when the Indians battled Brandywine in the DIAA Division II state quarterfinals at Milford.

Sophomore Blake Morgan took a pass...

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:16pm

The start of the boys’ DIAA Division II race at Killens Pond on Saturday, Nov. 9.

Indians wrap up season at DIAA state meet

Since their season began with the Lake Forest Invitational at Killens Pond State Park back in August, the Indian River cross country team has been focused on one goal: winning the DIAA Division II State Championship. A lofty goal for a young team...

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:14pm

Indian River’s JaQuan Floyd powers through a leg tackle in IR’s loss to Sussex Central on Thursday, Nov. 7.

Indians wrap up season with loss to Central

It was certainly not the season that they had anticipated, and last Thursday, Nov. 7, the Indians wrapped up their 2019 campaign with a loss to neighboring Sussex Central, 47-7. The loss gives IR a 2-8 overall mark as they head into the off-...

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:12pm

Indian River’s Nicholas Angelo breaks a tackle during a game versus Seaford earlier this year.

Early offensive effort leads to win for Indians

It had been more than a month since the Indian River High School football team had tasted the sweet nectar of victory. Injury after injury, and tough break after tough break, had led the Indians to four straight losses during the month of October...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 10:33am

No. 4 Amanda Whaley fights her way through traffic during the race on Friday, Nov. 1.

Bucks and bragging rights

A chance to earn money and bragging rights had Georgetown Speedway’s paddock packed with 231 racecars entered in the annual Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend. Despite cold weather, fans, eager to see their favorite drivers, filled the bleachers...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 10:31am

New Indian River girls’ baskebtall coach Pat McCrea poses for a photo at Indian River High School.

Veteran McCrea takes over IRHS girls’ hoops program

For more than 50 years, Pat McCrea has been a mainstay along the sidelines of high school basketball programs in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. He’s been a winner everywhere he’s been along the way, and now he is hoping that past success...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 10:27am

Indian River's Jordan Illian jumps over the Cape Henlopen goalie in a game earlier this year.

Indians fall to nemesis CR in Henlopen Conference championship game

Having picked up a win over Caesar Rodney during the regular season, the Indian River High School boys’ soccer team knew full well that the Riders were gunning to avenge that setback as the two teams collided yet again for the Henlopen Conference...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 10:23am

Pickleball Points: Tournament versus recreational pickleball

Several female readers have requested that I write about the differences in tournament pickleball versus recreational pickleball.

It’s a great question, but I have struggled with this article because, although the game is exactly the same...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 10:20am

Youth hunting days announced for 2019/2020

To promote youth hunting participation and recruitment, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated special deer and waterfowl hunting days available to youth hunters ages 10 through 15 on both public and private lands statewide.

...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 10:19am

IR Sports Report: IR girls’ volleyball team bows out of state playoffs

It was a challenging circumstance, and perhaps one that the state athletic powers-that-be will start to take a look at, as the Indian River High School girls’ volleyball team saw its post-season run come to a halt following their road loss to Red...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 10:17am

The Indian River High School girls’ volleyball team poses with the Henlopen Conference championship trophy.

Indians capture first-ever Henlopen Conference title

Volleyball

It has been an accomplishment that has eluded the girls’ volleyball program for its entire existence at Indian River High School. Sure, they had winning seasons, and have won the Henlopen Conference South Division title numerous times before …...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 9:08am

Indian River’s Dalton Hall drags a Delmar defender on Oct. 18.

Injury-depleted Indians struggle against Woodbridge

Football

Already facing a shortage of players, the Indian River High School football team was hit with even more injuries last week, leading to just 22 healthy players dressing for their Henlopen Conference South Division tilt with unbeaten Woodbridge on...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 8:53am

Indian River juniors R.J. Senseny, left, and Declan Burke are all smiles after receiving their medals following their Top 10 finishes in the 2019 Sussex County Cross Country Championship meet on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Sussex Academy.

IR boys wrap up regular season with sweep

Cross-country

For many Indian River High School cross-country runners, the two-win tri-meet last Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Sussex Academy was their first time on Sussex Academy’s Georgetown campus course. It’s the same course they would be running a week later...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 8:50am

Amanda Whaley poses with her Super Late Model car in her garage.

Whaley smashes Glass

On Sept. 28, history was made at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar. That Saturday night, after 14 straight weeks of battling for the S.R. Pete & Sons Super Late Model Club Championship, time had come to settle it. Millsboro natives...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 8:46am

Indian River’s Jessica Rybicki boxes out her opponent in a game earlier this season.

IR Sports Report

Indians field hockey close out regular season with win

The 2019 Indian River field hockey team’s season as a whole thus far has been record-setting, to say the least.

And last Thursday, Oct. 24, another milestone was reached, following their 11-0 rout of the host Blue Jays. Nine different...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 8:40am

SMS Sports Report

Football comes back for win over Millsboro

The Selbyville Middle School football team found its way back into the win column following their first loss of the season, with a 28-14 win over visiting Millsboro on Thursday, Oct. 24.

The win improves the Indians season record to 5-1....

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 8:34am

Seniors on Indian River's field hockey team get the spotlight on Senior Night.

Indians field hockey posts pair of shutout wins

It was not the type of weather one would ideally dial up for playing field hockey, but that didn’t stop the Indian River High School squad from doing what they do best — take care of their home turf.

Following pre-game ceremonies to honor...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 2:34pm

Indian River running back Dalton Hall tries to slip through a tackle in IR’s Homecoming loss to Delmar on Friday, Oct. 18.

Indians drop divisional contest to Delmar on Homecoming

It was Homecoming weekend for Indian River High School, and the football team was hoping the energy from those in attendance could help them in their Henlopen Conference South Division tilt against visiting Delmar.

Through the first couple...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 2:24pm

IR Sports Report

Indian girls’ volleyball continues rolling

The Indian River High School girls’ volleyball team cruised to easier 3-0 wins over both Woodbridge and Early College this past week.

On Tuesday, October 22, the Indians wasted little time getting things going against Woodbridge, with a 25...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 2:05pm

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