Sports


Mother Nature leaves her mark

A slow-moving front — nearly a tropical depression — has dumped immeasurable amounts of rain on the Delmarva Peninsula in the past week. And though folks in Western Sussex County have shouldered the brunt of the storm, others — including the...

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 8:00pm

NSA ups the ante for softball players

The National Softball Association has deep roots in Delaware. It offers girls as young as 7 the opportunity to play softball at a high level of competition, and the results speak for themselves.

Every spring season, eight to 10 teams scrap...

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 8:00pm

Brock passing along his know-how

Todd Brock’s seven-year road through professional baseball’s Minor League system has finally come to end, but it has also signaled a new beginning as well. He’s played baseball in nearly every state, and even abroad, but rather than play for the...

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 8:00pm

Gold misses out on chance for cup

Any hopes of Sussex County’s Gold baseball team lugging home Carpenter Cup hardware were dashed in a football-score 27-9 loss to Chester County at University of Pennsylvania’s Meiklejohn Stadium on June 20.
Coastal Point • Ruslana Lambert:...

Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

Jensen looks good in return

For nearly a year, Post 28 pitcher Cody Jensen’s arm has been shelved. He didn’t follow up his All-Conference senior season or his team’s state tournament bid to play collegiate baseball but he did pass the time by playing soft-toss softball. So...

Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

The man behind the mask for Legion

Bo Wilkinson has always wanted to be a catcher. Heck, he’s always been a catcher — at least for the last 10 years. But now, as a member of the Post 28 American Legion baseball team, Wilkinson is ready to take his game to another level.
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Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bats should provide thunder for team

Despite their falling below .500 (1-2) this early in the season, Post 28 head coach Jodi Sweetman is pleased with how his team has come together thus far. They have experienced arms, plus a number of players who can play multiple positions, play...

Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 8:00pm

Post 28 looks to arms race

American Legion baseball is back in full swing in Delaware, despite a throng of recent rainouts and umpire shortages. And Eastern Sussex Post 28’s new coaching staff expects to compete for the Legion state tournament championship again.
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Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 8:00pm

Warriors show their stuff in Aberdeen

A year ago, the Delaware Warriors under-11 baseball team traveled to its very first out-of-town tournament and didn’t win a game. The kids were disappointed. But head coach Doug Hudson told them there would be another chance.
Sure enough,...

Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indian River keeps Founder's Cup

The hallowed traveling wooden Founder’s Cup has made its way back to Indian River High School for consecutive years following another strong year for the schools athletics.

The Indians’ seven conference and division championships yielded...

Thursday, June 8, 2006 - 8:00pm

Delaware tromps Florida 26-12 in DFL All-Star game

College football recruiters swarm states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, Texas and Florida to secure some of the best talent in the country for their respective schools. Further marking their football dominance, it isn’t uncommon to see...

Thursday, June 8, 2006 - 8:00pm

Pro Talk

This month our interview is with Brian Trout, Golf Pro at Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club in Dagsboro.

Q. Brian, there is a saying in golf: “Drive for show, putt for dough.” Please comment on that saying in the context of how younger...

Thursday, June 1, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lady Indians can't catch up to Central

Indian River’s softball team erased a 2-0 deficit against Seaford in the quarterfinals to win 5-2. But pulling off two straight come-from-behind games – the second against defending state champions the Sussex Central Lady Knights, no less –...

Thursday, June 1, 2006 - 8:00pm

Binstead leads Indians up the fairway

Four year’s ago, Indian River’s golf team was 1-15, a mere shadow of their now consecutive Southern Division championship seasons. Head Coach Neal Beahan’s team had a successful 11-5 season in 2000, but he lacked the necessary players to compete...

Thursday, June 1, 2006 - 8:00pm

Smith, Cole wrap up careers on high note

Indian River’s first-doubles tandem of Ed Smith and Charlie Cole finished their senior season with an 11-3 record and had a good showing in this year’s state tournament.

“They played high-level tennis,” commented head coach Sean Oates....

Thursday, June 1, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indians fall to William Penn

Only two days after shocking No. 11 seed Brandywine 5-4 in a ninth inning comeback, Indian River found it difficult to hold onto its own 2-0 lead against William Penn in the quarterfinals. That rough patch came before the team headed into extra...

Thursday, June 1, 2006 - 8:00pm

Powell piles up hits, recognition

With so many great players on Indian River’s softball team over the years, it’s understandable how a player can get lost in the shuffle. But, finally, catcher Sara Powell is getting the credit she deserves.

She’s spent her first two...

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 8:00pm

Golfers fall to Dover in championship

One week after setting the school record for regular season wins (13), winning the Southern Division and earning a place in the conference championship, Indian River’s golf team found themselves on the proverbial long ride home for the second...

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 8:00pm

Heroic rally lifts Indians

You’ve got to hand it to the Indian River baseball team; they never gave up when the chips where down, even though Brandywine held control of the state tournament opener for seven innings. But Indian River believed they could win even when some...

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lady Indians start off playoffs with a bang

The Lady Indians hit the ball hard, far and often in a 16-1 state tournament win over Concord on May 24 but none hit it better than first-team all-conference catcher Sara Powell.

She led the team with two homeruns — including one monster...

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indians take down Caravel on the diamond

Indian River’s head baseball coach Howard Smack looked like a kid on Christmas morning following the team’s 5-2 win over No.3-ranked Caravel on May 15. He couldn’t contain his smile. But why should he? His team had won their last six games and...

Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 8:00pm

Girls close soccer season with eight straight

The Indian River girls soccer team (13-3 overall) owned the Henlopen Conference this season, only two conference losses, to Caesar Rodney and Delmar. And the team just recently stamped its mark on two upstate teams, to conclude the regular season...

Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indian River wins consecutive Southern Division titles

Indian River’s golf team killed four birds with one stone on May 15, to win consecutive Southern Division championships and set a school record for wins (13) by beating Seaford and Southern contender Smyrna in a dual match at Cripple Creek Golf...

Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 8:00pm

Clash of the titans:

Indian River’s 17-2 softball team hosted Caravel (16-2) on May 15 in a clash of the titans and what could very well be a preview for the state championship. But with so much talent on the field somebody still had to lose. Caravel defeated Indian...

Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 8:00pm

SMS sweeps season series against Sussex Central

Winning 45 games and losing only one over a four-year period leaves fans thinking: dynasty. That a team could top such a fantastic accomplishment is beyond belief to most, but Selbyville Middle School’s baseball team did just that by notching its...

Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 8:00pm

Tiffany pleased with tennis team

Of all of Indian River’s tennis teams, only the freshman second-doubles team of Taylor Rosenblit and Julia Jaquette advanced to the second round of the conference tournament at Sea Colony on May 12. But the team saw so much competition in singles...

Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indians rolling as season winds down

Indian River varsity baseball head coach Howard Smack couldn’t have drawn it up any better, following a three-game slide to conference foes midway through the season. But his team has since won four of their past five games, including a 11-4 win...

Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lady Indians take Southern title

Indian River’s softball team was too good to stay down following a disappointing 5-4 loss to Delmar in the bottom of the seventh inning on May 2 and they have since annihilated Polytech and Lake Forest by a combined score of 31-3 (10-0 and 21-3,...

Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lady Indians soccer maintains strong play

As summer approaches and the school year winds down, it isn’t uncommon for students to do the same. Thoughts of warm weather, sandy beaches or new freedoms on the horizon dance through their heads. But that can’t be said of the Indian River girls...

Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 8:00pm

IR tennis steadies ship heading into Henlopen Conference tournament

The Indian River boys tennis team’s regular season ended like it started: with a .500 record (2-2 then to 6-6 now). They again had losses to Seaford and Smyrna but capped the season with their second win over Lake Forest in a 3-2 decision on May...

Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indian River golf in the hunt for Southern crown

Two weeks and change ago, Indian River head golf coach Neal Beahan’s gave his players a “get down or lay down” speech, following the team’s worst performance of the year in a match against perennial conference champion contender Dover.

He...

Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lady Indians score six first half goals

It’s hard to succeed when you’re given so many shots, and the same can be said for the Lady Indians varsity soccer team.
Indian River assaulted Lake Forest with a barrage of shots on goal (30) in a 6-0 win on May 2 and extended its winning...

Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 8:00pm

Dougherty goes double low on 18th

Cripple Creek resident Doc Dougherty retired two years ago and now plays regularly at his local course, but even he can tell you that some shots are tough to duplicate.

Two weeks ago, he scored his first-ever double-eagle on Cripple Creek’...

Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lady Indians top Tech, drop first

The Lady Indians had only three days to celebrate their 9-8, extra-innings win over Sussex Tech on April 28 before getting back to the grind.

Coastal Point • JOHN DENNY
Sara Powell beats the tag by Sussex Tech.Indian River lost...

Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 8:00pm

New lineup helps golf team

One week after they shot their worst mark of the season (181) against Dover, Indian River head golf coach Neal Beahan decided to jostle his starting lineup for the Lake Forest match, in an attempt to ignite his squad going down the stretch.

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Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 8:00pm

Arms, bats turn around Indians

Indian River’s varsity baseball team ended its three-game slide by picking up two of three games behind the strong arms of starting pitchers Colin Warner and Trevor Abbott, and a lineup of hot bats.

Coastal Point • JOHN DENNY
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Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indians drop one to Cape Henlopen

In each of the past two seasons, Cape Henlopen’s varsity baseball team has lost to Indian River. Last year Indian River, Cape Henlopen and Caesar Rodney were in a three-way heat for the conference championship, but it was the Indians who pulled...

Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Tennis teams fall to Caesar Rodney

The Indian River boys and girls tennis programs both lost to Caesar Rodney on April 25, with neither team was able to muster a competitive victory in either match. Indian River’s girls second-doubles team, Julia Jaquette and Taylor Rosenblit,...

Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lady Indians avenge loss to Delmar

The Delmar Lady Wildcats handed Indian River its only regular-season girls soccer loss in an overtime decision late last season (May 17), which derailed an impressive 12-0-1 record heading into the state tournament.

Indian River played...

Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indian River softball stays undefeated

A perfect 13-0.

Indian River’s softball team tossed another log on the fire by beating Cape Henlopen in its second come-from-behind victory of the season on April 25 and easily downing out-of-town travelers Poland and Wantagh High School...

Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indian River shoots blanks against Dover

Two weeks ago, Indian River’s golf team wasted Milford and Delmar by a combined 58 strokes, heading into a lengthy Easter holiday break. Head Coach Neal Beahan handed his players the responsibility of staying on top of their game over the 13-day...

Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

If you build it, they will come

The Indian River Lady Indians softball team wanted to play ball during the Easter break last year, so they loaded up the bus and headed to southern Maryland for a tournament at Calvert High School. They won all three games – including a 2-0 win...

Thursday, April 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Little League Opening Day set for Saturday

Nearly 1,500 Sussex Countians will converge on Roxanna’s Pyle Center just after day-break on Saturday, April 22, for Sussex County’s Little League Opening Day.
Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT:
Little Leaguers line up prior to a 2005...

Thursday, April 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Dean excels as Indians’ leadoff hitter

A good leadoff hitter does all of the following: get on base, swing at good pitches and run the bases well. Typically, a leadoff hitter bats in that position at the beginning of the game unless the inning ends on the ninth batter. But the good...

Thursday, April 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Warner announces plans for his future

Indian River standout pitcher Colin Warner has always wanted to play college baseball. Ever since he was knee-high to a waterbug, Colin has had this particular dream. But now it’s become reality. Next season, Warner is taking his pitching talent...

Thursday, April 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

YMCA hosts drug-education program

Almost everyone has seen the results of drug abuse or addiction, according to Suzanne Whittaker. Sometimes it’s a family member who abuses alcohol. Or maybe it’s a friend who is addicted to marijuana.

Sometimes people know the peril of...

Thursday, April 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Ocean View resident finishes Boston Marathon

It was a moment John Turssline won’t soon forget. On Monday, the Ocean View resident lined up next to 10,000 people on the streets of Boston to compete, running in the first heat of the Boston Marathon. More than 20,000 ran in the 110th annual...

Thursday, April 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indian River sets Nutter’s Crossing course record

Indian River reclaimed its conference-championship swagger by setting a course record in a 155-176 win over Delmar at Nutter’s Crossing in Salisbury, Md., on April 11. Usually, they’d play Delmar at the Shawnee Country Club — where just the day...

Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lady Indians can't climb all the way back

Last season, the Delmar Lady Wildcats served Indian River’s varsity soccer team its only regular-season loss (2-1, in overtime). Indian River made the playoffs and beat Dover in the playoffs but lost to A.I. DuPont in the following game, leaving...

Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lady Indians softball steamrolling opponents

The No. 2 Lady Indians continued their hot streak and easily downed Smyrna, Nandua and Caesar Rodney to improve to a 9-0 start. Despite losing 7-4 on April 6, Smyrna was the only team on the Lady Indians’ three-game bend to play the entire game....

Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 8:00pm