Sports


Pickleball, tennis or whatever — The most important tip to know

First — two weeks ago, I gave a special shout-out to members of the Ocean View Crew for their performance in the Ocean City Pickleball Tournament. Now I need a megaphone because of their performance in the Beach Blast.

In men’s doubles,...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 6:03am

Tripple Overtime: Lead on Coach Ayers and Coach McBride, you will be missed

Three years ago, the Indians got a girls’ lacrosse team. Two years ago, they got a coach.


I remember it like it was a flower day just last spring, mostly because it was, except that El Niño had pretty much drowned all the flowers...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 8:21am

Indians ready for conference championship after 5th consecutive Henlopen South title

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Indian River High School soccer team honored their seniors before their May 16 game.The Indian River High School girls’ soccer team marked off the first checkbox on their “shortlist” last Tuesday, May 16,...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 8:14am

Welcome back to G-Mart!

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior midfielder George Martin winds up for one of his seven goals and three assists on May 10, leading to his 300th career point.“Alright, George — Go on out there and get it done.”

Those were the...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 8:08am

IR boys’ lax still hoping for playoffs after 20-2 win over Lake

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior midfielder Andrew White goes up against a Lake Forest defender on May 10. White finished the game with three goals and four assists.With the Henlopen South title and a bid to the DIAA state tournament...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 8:01am

IR softball ready for playoffs after Senior Night win over Dover

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: From left, seniors Makenzie Collins, Sami Mumford and Madi McGee were honored before Tuesday’s Senior Night game.It was their last home game at Indian River High School. Or maybe it wasn’t.

The Indian River...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 7:56am

Undefeated… again!

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Selbyville Middle School’s Chloe Beam celebrates with teammates Sia Diakos and Izzy Binko after a goal during their May 10 8-0 win over Millsboro Middle School.They had been waiting for exactly 365 days.

The...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 7:47am

Smith, Pirates make first-ever AAC semi-finals appearance

Photo courtesy ECU Athletics: IR grad and current ECU junior shortstop Karlie Smith gets on deck during the American Athletic Conference championships.While they may have seen their season come to an end after a 6-0 semi-final loss to No. 2...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 7:25am

Extra Points — May 19, 2017

Justin’s Beach House 5K registration open

Registration is open online for the annual Justin’s Beach House 5K run and 2-mile walk. The event, put on by Focus Multisports, is set to take place on Saturday, May 27, in downtown Bethany Beach, to help...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 7:20am

Tournament pickleball picking up steam along the Pickleball Coast

The First State Pickleball Club’s Fourth Annual Beach Blast this coming weekend is expected to be a resounding success. This year, it will be played indoors at Dave Marshall’s Tennis & Fitness at the Plantations in Lewes.

On Friday...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 7:14am

Tripple Overtime: Is this spring named Mick Jagger? ’Cause the milestones are Rolling

Call me Jack Flash, because I’ve been Jumpin’ from one school to the next, one game to the next, one Ruby Tuesday to the next, all spring, trying to keep up with all the new records set and milestones surpassed on the local sports scene.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 9:28am

Hogsten makes IR soccer history with 100th career goal

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior Maddie Hogsten was presented with the game ball and gifts from her teammates after her 100th career goal on Thursday, May 4.The pressure was on.

After scoring her 99th career goal in a game against...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 9:21am

IR girls’ soccer looking to clinch South after 10th straight win

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior Maggie Ford congratulates junior Sammi Whelen after her goal against Laurel on Thursday, May 4.Amongst the 100th-career-goal celebrations and River Soccer Club halftime shows at the Indian River High...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 9:10am

IR lax falls to Sussex Tech on Short’s last-second score

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR junior attackman Cole Josetti goes up against Tech’s Victor Lentonoff during Monday’s matchup.After heading into halftime down 10-5, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team would manage a second-half...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 8:58am

L. Haden’s goal in OT sends Indians past Ravens

Coastal Point • Submitted by Lincoln Davis: IR senior Lexi Haden gets some love from teammates Delaney Brannon, Sarandon Slebodnick and Helen Davis after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime on Thursday, May 4.After tying things up 10-10 in...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 8:47am

IR boys’ tennis downs Cape, clinches South title

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR sophomore Luke McCabe returns a shot against Cape on Monday.Last season was somewhat of a rebuilding season for the Indian River High School boys’ tennis team, the team winning just one match in 2016 under...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 8:37am

Dietsch, Terps celebrate 50th anniversary of ’67 championship

Coastal Point • Submitted Indian River High School head boys’ lacrosse coach Jim Dietsch shows off his 1967 National Championship ring at the 50th anniversary ceremony held at the University of Maryland College Park last month.While Jim Dietsch...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 8:28am

MMS hold on in extra inning to hand SMS their only loss

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The Millsboro Middle School softball team celebrates after their rivalry win in extra innings over Selbyville Middle School on Monday, May 8.It was a rivalry saved for the last game of the season, and one that took...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 8:15am

Extra Points — May 12, 2017

SMS Track caps season with new school records

The Selbyville Middle School track-and-field team closed out their 2017 season with two top finishes at the Cape Middle School Relay Meet on April 28, the boys finishing second and the girls placing...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 6:37am

Welcome to the fastest-growing sport in America

In the “Baron” business, it gets very expensive maintaining castles, paying taxes and retainers, and whatever else barons do, so when a golden opportunity came along to write a column about pickleball, working with Tripp Colonell — the master of...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 6:31am

Parks’ save in final seconds seals IR win over Sussex Academy

Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: Sussex Academy’s Bella Kwan and Indian River’s Erin Haden go for a loose ball in the first half of last Friday’s game.It was hot. It was tense. And the game was on the line.

That was the scene of a...

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 6:27am

Indians win seventh straight with shutout over Smyrna

Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: IR sophomore forward Skyler McClure looks to create some space up against a Smyrna defender on Tuesday.The Indian River High School girls’ soccer team had a lot to celebrate on Tuesday, May 2.

Not...

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 5:51am

IR boys’ lax controls South after wins over Delmar, Central

Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: IR sophomore forward Skyler McClure, top, looks to create some space up against a Smyrna defender on Tuesday.After a spring-break stumble against Dover last month, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse...

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 5:39am

IR girls’ tennis still undefeated in South after win over Lake

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : IR's Maddie Galbreath returns a shot during her 6-0, 6-2 third-singles win against Sussex Central on Thursday, April 27.The Indian River High School girls’ tennis team is going for their fifth straight Henlopen...

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 5:18am

McGee’s walk-off home run sends IR softball past Milford

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Senior 2B Madi McGee heads home toward some ecstatic teammates after her game-winning walk-off home run on Thursday, April 27.Before last Wednesday, Indian River High School senior and four-year softball standout...

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 9:04am

Bucs, Knights snap IR baseball three-game win streak

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior 2B Myles Clark goes for a tag during Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to Sussex Central.After racking up their third straight win and improving to 4-6 on the season, the Indian River High School baseball team suffered...

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 8:59am

IR boys’ tennis could clinch South after win over Lake

The Indian River High School boy’s tennis team was well on their way to retuning the Henlopen South Division title after their fourth division win on Tuesday, May 2.

Facing Lake Forest for the second time this season, the Indians won the...

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 8:48am

SPORTS UPDATE: Tech holds on to edge IR softball in rescheduled rivalry

Going on two and a half hours later, they still didn’t have an answer.

That was the scene when the Indian River High School softball team headed into the bottom of the seventh inning of their rescheduled game against Sussex Tech on...

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 7:46am

Tripple Overtime: Practice and plays just crazy enough to work 60 percent of the time, all the time

We had this super-secret-type play during my days on the middle-school lacrosse fields at St. James Academy.


It was called “Cornell,” and it went like this:

Alright, so after a timeout someone calls, “Cornell!” then all...

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:58am

IR softball posts back-to-back wins over Red Lion, Laurel

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior RF Damya Williams avoids a tag at the plate during Saturday’s 12-5 win.It’s been somewhat of a trend this season.

After a tough loss, the Indian River High School softball team bounces back with a...

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:50am

Dover hands IR lax first conference loss

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior goalie Hayden McWilliams picks up a loose ball after one of his 19 saves on Saturday.Coming off a 23-3 division win over Lake Forest, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team suffered their first...

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:31am

Panda-handled

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior midfielder Delaney Brannon races downfield against Padua’s Susan Stepek on Saturday.It was tough return from spring break for the Indian River High School girls’ lacrosse team on Saturday, April 22, as...

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:13am

View bests the Pines in ‘Battle of the Oceans’ pickleball tournament

The Ocean View Crew (OVC) competitive pickleball team took on the Ocean Pines, Md., (OP) team on Wednesday, April 19, for the first-ever “Battle of the Oceans” at Fairway Village in Ocean View.
Ocean View won the event by a score of 174 to...

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:09am

Extra Points — April 28, 2017

Indian River 12, Lake Forest 1 (baseball)

The Indian River High School baseball team tallied nine runs in the fourth inning to take down Lake Forest 12-1 on Thursday, April 20.
Sophomore CF Jacob Anderson gave the Indians a third inning...

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:04am

Tripple Overtime: These NFL teams should consider these fictional movie characters in the upcoming NFL Draft

You know that guy with the hair and the glasses that’s always on ESPN, talking about which teams should take what players in the NFL Draft, even when it’s like, half a calendar year or so off from actually going down? Well that guy’s name is Mel...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 8:49am

‘McCoy Story 2’

Coastal Point • Submitted: Lauren McCoy, left center, with teammates Laney Sanchez, Lindsei Hamilton, and Megan Granger, after the ODAC championships in February.It was the first event of the first meet of her collegiate career when Lauren McCoy...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 8:44am

IR’s Collins signs with Averett University to play softball

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior Makenzie Collins with her family after signing with Averett University to play softball last Thursday.Just days after having to mourn the loss of her favorite glove, Indian River High School senior...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 8:36am

Extra Points — April 21, 2017

Josetti nets eight in IR boys’ lax win over Lake Forest

Junior attackman Cole “the Machete” Josetti racked up eight goals and three assists as the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team took Lake Forest into halftime up 15-1 and went on to...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 8:32am

Pickle-pro Sarah Ansboury to appear at Sports at the Beach

Next month, local pickleballers and even those ready to pick up a paddle for the first time will have a chance to learn firsthand from one of the game’s best, when the reigning Women’s Mixed Doubles Pickleball National Champion Sarah Ansboury...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 8:31am

DCHS forms first boys’ high-school volleyball team in area

Coastal Point • Submitted: Coaches Matt Kwiatkowski, left, and Jim Berger, right, and team members Brayden Smith, Wyatt Kwiatkowski, A.J. Kwiatkowski, Ben Little, Liam Catron, Evan Timko, Parker Giltner, Jordan Flaherty, Josh Azeltine, Seth...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 8:10am

Bunny Palooza! races, chili cook-off to raise funds for QRCF

Coastal Point • Submitted : The crew from Smitty McGee’s at last year’s Bunny Palooza!The person who can hop (or run or walk) to the finish line faster than all the other bunnies at the Bunny Palooza 10K/5K, will go home with an award, and even...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 9:51am

‘Let the journey begin’

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Indian River High Schools seniors George Martin, left, and Jared Arlett, announced their official appointments to the United States Naval Academy at IR on Thursday.After moving to Delaware from Severna Park, Md.,...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 9:27am

Tripple Overtime: Strange superstitions Pt. II in honor of Makenzie Collins’ lucky glove (RIP)

I was standing on the sidelines, trying to keep potential line drives coming off the bat of Indian River High School sophomore 1B Samantha Mayfield from eliminating my own personal map, when IR senior shortstop Makenzie Collins’ glove… kind of...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 8:25am

‘Z for Vendetta’

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Tech transfer Zena Lowman, right, celebrates with IR senior midfielder Maggie Ford, left, after putting the Indians up 1-0 in the first half of Tuesday’s game against her old school.Just think, “Elephants are...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 8:19am

Indians blast undefeated Delmar in six, move to 2-0 in South

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert : Senior shortstop Makenzie Collins, right, slides safe back into second during Monday's 12-2 win over Delmar.Headed into their Monday, April 10, matchup at division rival Indian River High School, the...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 8:09am

Lydic takes third at Augusta in National Drive, Chip & Putt Challenge

Coastal Point Photos: Submitted by Drive, Chip & Putt: Lord Baltimore Elementary School fifth-grader Sarah Lydic takes a swing in front of the crowd at Augusta National during the Drive, Chip & finals on Sunday, April 2.It was the...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 7:54am

Extra Points — April 14, 2017

IR grad Smith homers in ECU softball win over N.C. State

Indian River High School graduate and current East Carolina University junior shortstop Karlie Smith tallied her second home run of the season on Tuesday, April 11, helping the Pirates to a...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 7:42am

IR baseball falls to Delmar in five innings

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Sophomore 3B Grant Argo gets ready to take off for second during Monday's game against Delmar.Coming off of two close decisions against two of the state’s top ranked teams — falling 3-2 to No. 1 ranked St. Mark’s...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 6:14am

Tripple Overtime: In hindsight, Pepsi should have probably used Ricky Bobby to save the world instead of a Kardashian

It’s a very Ripley’s type of a thing because, believe it or not, Pepsi Co. seems to think that only the exact thing wrong with the world can save the world, from all the things that are exactly wrong with it (it being the world).


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Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 10:02am

IR softball rolls St. Mark’s in five, wins third straight

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Senior shortstop Madi McGee makes her way to first during a 12-2 win over St. Mark’s on Saturday, April 1.Since falling to Smyrna in their season opener, the Indian River High School softball team has been on the...

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 9:54am