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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

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

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

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

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

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.
Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT:
Dominique Morris (145 lbs.) tries...

Thursday, January 5, 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

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.
Coastal Point • JOHN DENNY:
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.
Coastal Point • ERNIE TURPIN:
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 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.
Coastal...

Thursday, November 17, 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.
Coastal Point • ERNIE TURPIN:
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 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

Indians win conference

The Indian River High School soccer team is the new Henlopen champions, after defeating Milford 2-1 on Nov. 1.
Coastal Point • Ernie Turpin:
Eddie Smith tries to keep posession of the ball during a game against Caesar Rodney on Oct....

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Indians drop first of season to rival

Better lose now than later, said Indian River offensive/defensive interior lineman Phillip Townsend. Indeed, the football team lost their first game of the season, 21-9, against county rival Sussex Central on Oct. 28. The closely contested game...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Volleyball team wins south, falls to CR

Indian River’s head volleyball coach, Jess Dodd, set high goals for his team this year, and they’ve achieved. They won the Southern Division in its first year of existence and improved upon last year’s losing season to notch a 11-7 record.
...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Lady Indians bounce back from loss

In a dash toward the finish line, the Lady Indians field hockey team lost a pivotal 6-3 game to Southern Division rival Seaford on Oct. 27 but rebounded to win their next two. That extended their record to 9-5-1 going into their season finale...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Continuity breeds success

Achieving continuity on the football field isn’t an easy task — 11 players start on each side of the ball, and coordinating their movements into a cohesive unit takes time.
Coastal Point • Ernie Turpin:
Brandon Marvel slips between two...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Love of sport helps middle school squad

The Selbyville Middle School soccer team loves the sport so much that most of head coach Neal Barch’s team play year-round through the River Soccer program or school ball. The skills developed over the years equate into an 8-0-1 record, a 4-1 win...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Indians take Laurel's shot, roll

Just 20 seconds into the game, Laurel’s Jeramy Bagwell took an Armand Brodeur’s pass 91-yards for a first-play touchdown against Indian River on Oct. 21. But the Indians would combine grind-it-out football with big plays to earn their seventh win...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local team wins national title

Delaware’s Old Tymers Naturals softball team came up just short of winning the Triple Crown of Senior Softball last week, falling to Seattle 11-10 in the gold-medal round despite owning a six-run lead going into the sixth inning.
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Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Lady Indians aim to play enough, win

The strong, driving weather associated with Hurricane Wilma and a rampaging nor’easter couldn’t edge out Indian River’s varsity field hockey team in their 2-1 victory against Milford on Oct. 25, but it sure did put them in a tight spot coming...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Volleyball team looks to make states

Indian River’s varsity volleyball has achieved two of their three goals for the year: win more games than they did last year and win the Southern Division. But making the state tournament is on hold – for the moment.

Back-to-back 3-0...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Lady Indians don't let score keep them down

Caesar Rodney’s field hockey team hadn’t given up a goal all season until they met Indian River on Oct. 19. Caesar Rodney jumped out to a 3-0 first-half lead but the Lady Indians fought back to tarnish the Lady Riders shutout record and popped...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

Lady Indians creep up on division title

The Indian River varsity volleyball team set some goals at the beginning of the season but the main thing was to win the Southern Division and to regain respectability. The Lady Indians have won three of their last five matches, putting them in...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

JV girls battle against Central

Junior varsity is a chance for players to learn how to play competitively and polish their skills so when they finally get to varsity, they are ready.

Indian River’s JV volleyball team hung tough with Sussex Central (8-3) on Oct. 18. But,...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

Indians storm back to remain perfect

Trailing Delmar 13-7 in going into halftime, Indian River’s head coach presented his players with a challenge: play your position at the highest level. Head Coach Jim Bunting assured his players that they would win the ballgame if they played...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

Soccer team still smoking

Howard Gerken’s Indian River High School varsity soccer team is boiling hot this season. They beat their last two opponents (Lake Forest and Poly Tech) by a combined score of 11-0, which improved their regular-season record to 11-0-1 as they...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

Lady Indians continue turnaround

After dropping their first two games, Indian River’s varsity field hockey team is headed in the right direction with their 5-1 victory over Lake Forest on Oct. 6. The win marked their fourth conference win of the season and fourth win in the past...

Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

Indians roll over Lake Forest, lose Gott

“Five yards and a cloud of dust,” combined with a solid defense.
That is the way Indian River’s football team is going to win football games this year, according to Head Coach Jim Bunting.
Coastal Point • ERNIE TURPIN:
Josh...

Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

Volleyball stands tall, falls short

Conference wins count for the state tournament. Losing to top-tier teams’ counts for something altogether different — but equally important. St. Thomas More is the cream of the crop in volleyball, and though Indian River lost in three straight...

Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm