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No champs, but Indians have good showing

Last year’s DIAA state wrestling tournament had a storybook ending for Indian River High School.
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Dominique Morris puts some pressure on Smyrna’s Mike Agan in the Delaware State Tournament. Morris...

Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Warhawks fall to Warriors

Tough defense and a solid running game had been the Sussex County Warhawks forte in winning games the past two weeks, but both gave way in a 20-6 loss to the Talbot County Warriors on Feb. 25.
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Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Warhawks shut down weather, Kent

Nothing feels better than to win a football game in the snow or rain. The inclement weather can wear on players because — face it — nobody likes to be cold and wet. But to persevere against Mother Nature and in the face of the enemy is surreal...

Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Lady Indians look to regroup, improve

It’s been a long uphill struggle for the Indian River Lady Indians this season. They’d won only one game heading into a 35-23 loss to Delmar on Feb. 21. But with such a young team, many of them are already looking forward to the next season....

Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Wrestling staff leads improved team

Indian River’s smooth ascension to wrestling’s elite status has been marked by two years of accomplishment since Head Coach Jeff Windish and his staff started last year. In that time, they’ve wrestled perennial powerhouse Hodgson in their first...

Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Riley earns scholarship to Swarthmore

Kathryn Riley was in one of her classes at Indian River High School on Feb. 15 when she heard from her father that she’d received a letter from Swarthmore College.
Knowing that she was eligible for the college’s McCabe scholarship, she said...

Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Irving helps lead team by example

Game in and game out, senior forward Travis Irving exemplifies exactly what Indian River High School Head Coach Pat Kelly wants from a basketball player: basketball awareness, tough defense and the skill to back it up.
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Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Student drops teacher in hoops

Almost a year ago to the day, Dover Head Basketball Coach G.R. Myers faced off for the first time in his coaching career against his mentor, Indian River High School’s Pat Kelly, and lost in convincing fashion, 97-65. But he came back a little...

Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Lady Indians nearly catch perennial titans

Every year, Dover’s girls’ basketball team is one of the best. They have the numbers and the skill. And that combination translates into a 16-4 record. But the Lady Indians of Indian River High School put the basketball titans to the test on Feb...

Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Indians give Hodgson all they can handle

For the second consecutive year, Indian River High School advanced to the Division II State Dual Meet Championships. Both time, they have had to wrestle No. 3 Hodgson. Not much has changed – Hodgson is still the top Division II contender and...

Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Diamond leaguers start out rough

It’s been tough sledding for both the Fenwick Island Lions and Sussex County Mustangs so far this season in the Junior Diamond Football League. Both teams were winless thus far (0-3) upon meeting each other on Feb.11, but the Lions persevered in...

Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Warhawks bounce back with win

After getting dragged through the mud in a 61-0 beating by the mighty New Castle Saints, the Sussex County Warhawks dished out payback to the Queen Anne County Thunder on Feb. 11, beating them 9-0 the good ol’ fashioned way: running the ball,...

Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Boys turn the tide on streak

Indian River’s boys’ basketball team put a stop to its five-game losing skid and now sports a two-game win streak instead. But none of that will matter come Friday, Feb. 10. Southern conference contender Woodbridge (11-6 overall, 7-2 conference)...

Thursday, February 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Indians hang on for win

If given the choice, Indians Head Wrestling Coach Jeff Windish would start a match at the top and the strength of his lineup with Perry Townsend, who wrestles at 189 pounds. Indian River hosted Lake Forest on Feb. 3 and Windish did go with his...

Thursday, February 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Cousins do battle on court

The Indian River girls’ basketball team can go toe-to-toe with any team in half-court offense. They have the athletes to penetrate the lane for scoring opportunities and to thwart half-court offenses. But they still have to learn to play all...

Thursday, February 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Warhawks look to regroup after pasting

Losing a game 61-0 means something isn’t working. With that established, Sussex County Warhawks Head Coach John Boyer this week shifted the entire right side of his offensive line after giving up 11 sacks and failing to yield positive offensive...

Thursday, February 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Changes sparks win

Indian River’s boys’ basketball team started the season out hot, with an 8-2 overall record. But five straight losses to Northern Henlopen Conference teams threw the team into a tail-spin and a nearly even record. Head Coach Pat Kelly needed a...

Thursday, February 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Friends and foes

One could search all the stories of antiquity and probably not find as fine a tale of two best friends — champions even — pitted against each other in a contest of strength and skill.
Usually, each respective champion lays his opponent to...

Thursday, February 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Wrestler makes turn-around at IRHS

Wrestling in the third period is arguably the toughest aspect of the sport. Strength wanes, the breath gets shorter and only the best prevail. Indian River’s wrestling team is wrestling in the third period now, after logging three wins in four...

Thursday, February 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Warhawks ready for season

Military clichés are fairly common in athletics — especially football. Naturally, battle is linked to football because it’s violent and victory is achieved by brute force. But it’s the essence of teamwork that strikes at the root of its common...

Thursday, February 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Indians look to defense for help

If it ain’t broke then leave it be — but if there’s a problem then it must be addressed.
That’s precisely what Indian River head basketball coach Pat Kelly has done, amidst the Indians’ five-game losing streak. Losses to Polytech, Cape...

Thursday, February 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Lady Indians look to final weeks for hope

Lopsided losses to Sussex Tech, Sussex Central and Caesar Rodney have left Indian River High School’s Lady Indians basketball team in a heap at the bottom of the Henlopen Conference. B they have a good chance to pull themselves up with a few wins...

Thursday, February 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Lady Indians maintain defensive pressure

The Lady Indians basketball team’s recent 57-20 loss to Sussex Tech marks an important moment in their season. Defensively, they held the Ravens to fewer points than their season average. It’s a move in the right direction, but the team was...

Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 7:00pm

Indians continue to slide

After jumping out to an 8-2 record (6-1 in conference) Indian River’s basketball team dropped its third straight game to the Northern Henlopen Conference in an 85-70 loss to Sussex Tech on Jan. 24. Indian River played Sussex Tech close to the...

Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 7:00pm

Grapplers keep momentum rolling

Seven is one of the luckiest numbers in history — except for say, 11. But with no particular luck involved whatsoever, the Indian River High School wrestling team notched its seventh win in a decisive 48-23 victory over conference contender Cape...

Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 7:00pm

Rembert's buzzer-beater lifts Indians

Indian River’s junior varsity basketball team started its northern conference bid on a high note by beating 6-3 Polytech at home 45-42 on Jan. 17, which extended their current winning streak to four games. Tyshun Rembert snatched victory fwhen he...

Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 7:00pm

Lady Indians follow Graves' example

It’s been tough going for the Lady Indians basketball team this season. They held Milford within their grasp but gave way 47-40 on Jan. 12 and since have lost two games, to St. Thomas More and Polytech (51-28 and 39-28, respectively). That...

Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 7:00pm

Indian River lets Polytech pull away

Polytech had only a four-point third-quarter lead, but Indian River High School’s basketball team would get no closer. They hounded the Indian ball-handlers for 23 turnovers and beat Indian River at their own game — hustling.
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Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 7:00pm

Indian grapplers suffer first loss of season

Each season is marked by wins and losses and Jan. 10 marked the first loss for Indian River’s wrestling program this season. Indian River fell to conference titan Smyrna 46-26 and Caravel 40-30. State champion Andy Bokinsky lost his first match...

Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 7:00pm

Indians continue dominance on the mat

Indian River’s wrestling team has been tested early and often this season but has prevailed. The wrestlers slugged their way through December tournaments against tough regional competition to earn second place at Indian River’s “Battle at the...

Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 7:00pm

Indians move into first with win

Revenge is sweet and payback’s a…nother thing altogether. The Smyrna varsity basketball team dropped Indian River in an 80-71 season-opener conference loss, but on Jan. 10, the Indians shot down the Eagles 69-63 for sole possession of first place...

Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 7:00pm

Indians continue race on the courts

Indian River’s boy’s varsity basketball team showed just what they’re capable of against Laurel on Jan. 3 by defeating the Bulldogs 81-40. The Indians pressed them for nearly the whole game, creating more than 20 turnovers (24 total), which...

Thursday, January 5, 2006 - 7:00pm

Lady Indians hope new year brings wins

The Lady Indians varsity girls’ basketball team trudged through December without tasting victory. Three games and one scrimmage in five weeks just isn’t enough time for a team to gel. But the New Year promises the team plenty of opportunities to...

Thursday, January 5, 2006 - 7:00pm

Grapplers continue climb

Indian River’s wrestling program continues its ascent into Delaware’s elite after posting 15th out of 27 teams in the A.I. Dupont Tiger Classic tournament Dec. 28-29.
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Dominique Morris (145 lbs.) tries...

Thursday, January 5, 2006 - 7:00pm

Grapplers start out strong

Indian River wrestling continued their hot start to the season by defeating Dover 45-32 in their first conference match and placing second behind New Jersey’s Howell High School at their first annual Battle at the Beach tournament on Dec. 16 and...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Indians overcome, run streak to three

Good teams find a way to win and Indian River’s varsity basketball team is no different. The Indians notched their second and third consecutive wins by beating Woodbrige 82-76 on Dec. 16 and Nandua 51-48 on Dec. 20 — despite a lack of continuity...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Lady Indians look to turn things around

The Lady Indians’ varsity basketball team is still on the outside looking in. Losses to Woodbridge and Nandua pushed Indian River to a 0-3 record. But you won’t see them hanging their heads or feeling sorry for themselves. Now is the time to...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Indians get off to quick start

Indian River wrestling is off to a hot start after annihilating Charter Wilmington 81-0 on Dec. 7 and placing sixth out of 21 teams at the War on the Shore tournament on Dec. 9 and 10. Seven Indian River wrestlers placed in the top eight in the...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

Indians take down Seaford at end

You can’t knock the hustle. The Indian River High School Varsity Basketball Team — led by junior guard Brian Bell’s game-high 29 points and game-winning shot — held on to notch a 63-62 victory Dec. 13 over Seaford with only 1.7 seconds remaining...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

Croll earns national honors

Indian River alumnus Brittany Croll concluded her field hockey career at Franklin & Marshall by being named to the 2005 Dartfish/National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-American second team and the Eastern College Athletic Conference...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

Lynch overcomes size with skill, heart

Size is overrated. Some of the greatest athletes to play sports were told that they couldn’t or wouldn’t succeed because they weren’t the ideal size.
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Bryan Lynch grits out a tough pin, marking his third of...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

New players give Lady Indians optimism

Indian River girls’ varsity basketball has undergone major changes. Four of last year’s starting five have graduated or didn’t return to the team and Sommer Chorman has replaced Steve Persolio as the head coach. New players and a fresh...

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

Grapplers look forward to getting on the mats

The Indian River wrestling program made their big move last season. They netted two all-state wrestlers (D.J. Singleterry/Andy Bokinsky) and two state qualifiers (Mike Willis/ Perry Townsend) and Head Coach Jeff Windish anticipates similar...

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

Indians drop playoff dreams to Caravel

Southern Henlopen Champion Indian River High School’s state tournament championship dreams were dashed in their quarterfinal match-up with the Caravel Buccaneers on Nov. 25.
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Indian River’s Perry Townsend...

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

Boys look for improvement on hardcourt

Indian River basketball is back and quite possibly better than last year. That bodes well for the program, since they didn’t reach the conference tournament last season despite a 15-7 record.
Though top scorers Larry Bailey, Jeremy Sturgis...

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

Indians prepare for home playoff battle

The No. 7 Indian River Indians (9-1) will host their first Delaware State Football Tournament game against the No. 5 Caravel Buccaneers (10-1) on Nov. 25 at Indian River High School with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
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Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Indians to stay at home

It was originally thought that to host a playoff game and gain a first-round bye in the Delaware State Football Tournament, Indian River would have to go undefeated.
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Matt Williamson carries the ball...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Lower Sussex avenges loss

Regular-season wins are necessary to get a team into the playoffs, but once there — all bets are off. It doesn’t matter if one team beat another 63-0 in the regular season, because in the playoffs, anything can happen and it most likely will....

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Indians fall in second round

Indian River’s boys’ varsity soccer team was primed for running deep in the Delaware State Soccer Tournament after defeating Delmar 3-0 in the opening round. But they fell short of their goal, losing to Tower Hill 2-0 on Nov. 12.
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Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Indians shut down Delmar to advance

Indian River’s varsity soccer team sputtered then accelerated past Delmar on Nov. 8 to earn their first state tournament win of the 2005 season.

As the No. 2 seed, Indian River was a clear-cut favorite to win the game and 22 shots on goal...

Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 7:00pm