Sports


Tennis team hopes to reverse close scores

The Indian River varsity tennis season began with a lot of hype and promise, following on a 7-7 record last year. They returned seven players and each of them spent the time to improve their game for the upcoming season. The one glaring blemish...

Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

Abbott wows them on the field, at 15

Last year was a learning experience for Trevor Abbott, as a freshman. He was a wide-eyed, talented, young pitcher on a conference championship varsity team, and he was just waiting for an opportunity to play and contribute. He took a few cuts...

Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

Lady Indians look ahead to long season

Last year, Indian River’s varsity girls’ soccer team finished with a 14-2-1 record and won the Southern Henlopen championship. They beat Dover 4-3 in the opening round of the state tournament but couldn’t keep up with A.I. DuPont’s speed, losing...

Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

Baseball squad knows they're the hunted

Mistakes decrease a team’s chance at winning any game. A false start can turn a third-and-two into a third-and-seven situation, which in turn limits a coach’s play-calling. They would’ve liked to run and have a possibility at two-down territory...

Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

Girls hope to improve on court

Indian River’s girls head tennis coach Elizabeth Tiffany was working with the bare essentials last season. She had a tough time fielding a team to compete from week to week last season, and their home court had seen better days. They only won one...

Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Indians hope to join elite

Henlopen Conference tennis is traditionally dominated by just a few schools: Caesar Rodney, Dover and Seaford. But the balance may have shifted in Indian River’s favor this year.
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Ed Smith sends one back...

Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Indians test out new field

Some things in sports never change — like the intense rivalry between Seaford and Indian River varsity baseball teams. But one thing has changed since the last time they played — a new Indian River ballpark.
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Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Warhawks drop third straight

The Sussex County Warhawks semi-pro football team’s season is nearly over. A light is visible at the end of the tunnel, but no one knows just how long their road may go and despite losing three straight games, it is possible to still make the...

Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

New Indians hope to make a splash

The start of a new sports season is a place to start from the ground up. Few have starting positions. No one has a losing record, and everyone is a contender. Graduation gobbles up the a majority of the experience and leadership on any team, so...

Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Softball team looks to build on success

Last year, eight of the 14 Henlopen Conference softball teams were ranked in Delaware, and every indication points to a similar circumstance coming this season. The Indians made the state tournament last season but couldn’t get past Sussex Tech...

Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Lady Indians optimistic about season

The Indian River Girl’s soccer program received an early indication of how strong a season they may have after going 4-1-1 against some of the top teams in the state at Woodbridge’s play-day on March 11.
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Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Lions fall short to Chiefs

Destiny is often mentioned in reference to athletic competition, but it almost never plays any clear part in the end result. Down three games and on the verge of elimination from the 2004 American League Championship Series, the Boston Red Sox...

Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Warhawks miss chance at win

The Baltimore Nightmare Diamond League football team was in Sussex County on March 5 and it’s keeping the Warhawks up at night — especially after they missed two fourth-quarter field goals in a 15-12 loss.
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Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

The competition--boys

Caesar Rodney Riders
2005 record: 17-4, lost first-round state tournament game to McKean
Key losses: Lost majority of varsity team. A number of players were three- and four-year starters.
Returning players: Eight of 20 are...

Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

The competition--girls

Sussex Central
Lady Golden Knights
2005 record: 20-4, 2005 Delaware State Champions
Key losses: Beth Hitchens (P), Candace Shockley (RF), Mindy Willing (DH (Del Tech)
Returning players: Returns seven of nine starters from...

Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Lady Indians move forward with new leader

The Indian River Soccer program will don a slightly new look this season, with Steve Kilby taking over the heading coaching duties starting with the girl’s varsity team this spring season. Kilby has served as Howard Gerken’s assistant coach the...

Thursday, March 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Lions knock off Saints

There were probably a dozen scenarios in which the Fenwick Lions would lose their first-round playoff game to the two-time defending Jr. Diamond Football League champions the Elkton County Saints on March 4. The Saints amassed a league-high 169...

Thursday, March 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Indians hope to keep momentum rolling

Last year, Indian River’s golf program surged from anonymity to establish itself among the Henlopen elite. They won 10 of their last 11 matches to garner12-4 record before falling to Sussex Tech 234-242 in the Henlopen Championship. Snd Indian...

Thursday, March 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Young wrestler shows his stuff

Eddie Boyer isn’t a typical 12-year-old from small-town Delaware. The Rehoboth Beach-born and current Farmington resident has carved out a burgeoning wrestling career over the past seven years. He’s won tons of matches in New Jersey and...

Thursday, March 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Indians drop playoff opener

The Indian River basketball team barely squeezed into the 2006 Delaware State Tournament at the 24th slot ,but their first round performance against Caesar Rodney wasn’t so close — following the first quarter.
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Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

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

Fenwick Lions head to playoffs

Amidst the howling wind Saturday afternoon, one could detect roaring lions in Sussex County. They didn’t escape a traveling circus but were running loose at Sussex Central High School. The Fenwick Lions Junior Diamond League football team shut...

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

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

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

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

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