Ocean Bowl Skate Park, located at 3rd Street and St. Louis Avenue, will host a Fall Skate Jam on Saturday, Oct. 18. The event will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. Participants can enjoy free contests with prizes, as well as live music by the local band Funk Shue. Concessions will be available for sale.
I was fully prepared to put something together on my buddy Phill’s top 10 favorite sports-related Halloween costumes for this week’s column. Then I heard Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston’s name on ESPN, which, obviously, could only mean one thing — he’s done something stupid again.
The Indian River High School soccer team may have looked relatively docile sporting pink socks for breast cancer awareness last Tuesday night, but two early goals from freshman midfielder Oscar Cruz buried the Golden Knights early on route to a 3-1 victory.
The district matchup had even further cause for rivalry, as Indian River head coach Steve Kilby faced off against his son Pat Kilby, the head coach for the Golden Knights.
Both first-half goals were created by senior captain Danny Garza, who set up the second goal after making his way through multiple Central defenders and notched two assists on the night.
“We started Danny out wide on the left, and it was very effective,” Kilby said of the game strategy.
The 2013 State Championship commemorative sign was unveiled at Indian River High School’s soccer stadium last Thursday, honoring last year’s history-making team.
The sign was funded entirely by Jeff Hudson, who wanted to honor the team’s achievement and knows just how major that accomplishment was.
“I knew it would mean a lot to them. State championships are few and far between, and it’s a big accomplishment,” explained Hudson. “Years and years ago, I won a state championship at Sussex Central, and it’s nice to see every time I go back, my name’s on the wall still.”
The sign displays the names of last year’s first-ever state championship soccer team at Indian River High School and was built by Indian River juniors Donovan Eckman and Virgil Bullis, who have also helped build several trophy cases at the school.
The Indian River High School volleyball team continued their struggles against non-conference opponents this week, falling to Dover 3-0 on Thursday, Oct. 9, and to Cape Henlopen 3-0 on Tuesday, Oct. 14.
The Lady Indians were without senior captain and setter Taylor Bunting, who suffered a concussion the previous week.
“We’ve struggled with injuries this year,” said head coach Jay Clark after noting that the team also lost junior middle hitter Tiffany Rybicki to an ACL injury before the season began.
Down 8-1 in the first match, the Lady Indians rallied back within five after a shot by senior captain Lili Cooney made it 17-12. Indian River would then try to stay in the match after getting the point on a long rally, but ultimately Dover would take the match, 25-18.
A block by junior Eliza Bombhardt would give her squad a 3-2 start in the second match, as the two teams went back and forth, trading points. A Cooney ace made it 12-11 after the match was tied at 10 and saw another tie score at 16 before the Lady Senators pulled away en route to a 25-21 win.
They would go on to take the third match and lock in a victory.
Well-hidden among the cornfields and farmland along Gum Road in Roxana lies the nearly 45-acre, 10-field soccer complex that has become well-known as the River Soccer Club. However, the complex hasn’t always been capable of hosting 100-team tournaments, as it now does every Columbus Day weekend, and has come a long way since its humble beginnings.
“When we first started we were practicing at schools — any school that would let us go in there and practice,” recalled longtime board member Howard Gerken of the club’s early beginnings practicing at Selbyville Middle School and at John M. Clayton. “We put a field wherever we could find enough space to put a field.”
In the late 1990’s — a few years after the program got its start — the club began to grow.
“We had outgrown the facilities that we were using, so we were looking to find a permanent home,” said Gerken.
The Indian River High School football team was handed their second consecutive division loss last Friday night, after a second-half surge propelled Laurel (5-1, 2-0) to a 47-20 victory.
Despite the lopsided final score, the game went into halftime tied at 20, after junior running back KiAnté Sturgis ripped off a 42-yard touchdown run in the second quarter with the Indians down 20-13. Sturgis also managed a 30-yard touchdown scamper in the first quarter and finished the day with 19 carries for 107 yards to go along with his two scores. He’s now rushed for 412 yards and five touchdowns on the season, averaging 4.2 yards per carry.
The Indians’ first score of the game, however, came from sophomore RB/WR/DB George Martin, who punched in a three-yard touchdown — his first on the season.
The Bulldogs were led by senior running backs Chucky Auguste and Reggie Green, who rushed for 174 yards and 145 yards, respectively, as the Indians struggled to stop a rushing attack that accounted for 382 yards on the day.
Homecoming game set for Friday night
Don’t miss Indian River High School Homecoming this Friday night, when the Indians will face 3-3 Woodbridge in a Henlopen South matchup set for 7:30 p.m. at the Indian River High School football stadium.
Moore notches sixth TD for Seagulls in rout of Utica
Everyone knows Peyton Manning from his brilliant acting in Papa John’s pizza commercials, but what you may not know is that he’s also a pretty good quarterback.
After narrowly escaping Delmar with an unforeseen draw last week, the Indian River High School soccer team kicked it back into gear with an 8-0 division win against Laurel last Thursday and 7-0 romp of Smyrna on Monday, to improve to 5-4-1 on the season.
Over the past few games, the team has been without senior forward and captain Luis Cruz, but Cruz did see action against both Laurel and Smyrna.
The Indians posted their highest goal total since the first game of the season in their 8-0 win against Laurel last Thursday, Oct. 2, in a game that improved their division record to 3-0-1.
“We moved the ball well today. We tried to get one or two touch passing through the midfield. I take my hat off to Laurel. They show up every week,” said assistant coach Nick Slonin after the game.
With the first half of the season in the books, the Indian River High School football team finds themselves in the same position as last year, at 2-3 on the season and with a division loss to Lake Forest.
Unlike last season, however, the Spartans are undefeated, and they handed the Indians a 41-10 loss last Friday night, Oct. 3.
“We knew what we were getting into. We knew they’d come to play,” said head coach Ray Steele. “We didn’t tackle. We didn’t execute. We didn’t play well. And we didn’t come to play.”
The tone of the game was set early, when they Indians started with an offensive three-and-out and Lake followed with a six-play 67-yard touchdown drive to take an early lead.
Following another IR three-and-out, the Spartans would put together a four-play scoring drive, to increase their lead to 15-0.
For the past year and a half, Indian River head field hockey coach Jodi Stone has been talking about progress for the program, which prior to this season had only managed four wins in the previous four years.
However, after a 5-0 rout of Seaford last Thursday and a 2-1 overtime win against previously 5-3 Milford on Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Lady Indians find themselves already having tallied four wins on the season.
“It’s been a building process, and finally you see light at the end of the tunnel,” said Stone. “All of the hard work that these girls have endured is finally starting to pay off, and they’re starting to get their dividends.”
After the division wins, and a 1-0 loss at Worcester Prep last Friday, the Lady Indians were 4-6-1 on the season.
Following a season in which they collectively outscored their opponents 86-12 and won a Henlopen Conference title, it’s no surprise that last year’s Indian River High School girls’ soccer team produced six All-State selections — the most ever for the program.
“By far, this is the most we’ve ever had recognized at the All-State level,” said longtime head coach Steve Kilby of the achievement. “I think it has to do with the program. A lot of them have come up through the River Soccer Club and branched out to other clubs. Any team that has club players is going to be successful, and we’re fortunate to have those girls.”
Out of the six players honored, only two of them were seniors last season — midfielder Bri Belfiore, who notched the tying goal in the conference championship against Sussex Tech, and goalkeeper Alex Myers, who posted 12 shutouts during the regular season.
“I already miss it,” said Myers regarding a memorable 2014 season. “Their season hasn’t even started yet. I’m looking forward to seeing what they do.”
The annual River Soccer Columbus Day Classic tournament returns to Roxana this weekend, as the club hopes for better weather than last year’s nearly rained-out event.
Cannon posts shutout against Shenandoah
Sam Cannon has worked his way back into the starting lineup for the Lynchburg College soccer team after an injury earlier this season. The former Indians keeper tallied five saves in a shutout against Shenandoah on Oct. 4. The Hornets were 6-4 on the season and 3-1 in the ODAC at Coastal Point press time on Wednesday.
An experienced Indian River High School cheerleading squad has been “bringing it on” all football season, behind the direction of first-year head coach Kaitlyn D’Onofrio.
“I think they’re doing really good. They’re trying a lot of new stunts, and we’re even doing some collegiate things,” said D’Onofrio of her squad. “We’ve been doing a lot harder stunts — more sequences where they’re doing more tricks than the stunts before they come down.”
D’Onofrio might be in her first year with Indian River, but she brings an extensive amount of cheerleading experience, having coached Pop Warner in previous years and cheering herself since she was 6.
With all of her experience, she said she appreciates her advanced squad.
“I don’t have any new girls. They all have cheerleading experience. But they’re all willing to learn new things, which is awesome. So it’s easy to teach them and train them,” she explained. “These girls are more advanced. I can just throw things out, and they can do it for me.”
In fact, the girls have performed so well this season that the squad is even considering entering some competitions.
The third annual Zumbathon at the Freeman Fitness Center in Sea Colony will kick off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, to help raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The event has raised more than $1,000 for breast cancer research during each of its first two years, but participants don’t have to be Zumba experts to join the effort for the cause.
“You don’t even ever have to have done Zumba before,” said Sea Colony Activities & Fitness Manager Jen Neal. “It’s just to help support the cause and come have fun for two hours.”
During the two-hour dance party, participants are being encouraged to wear pink to show support for breast cancer awareness, and there will even be an award for best-dressed.
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While the Indian River High School volleyball team has struggled against non-conference opponents this season, they’ve had no trouble against division rivals, as they proved with a 3-0 win against Woodbridge last Thursday, Sept. 25.
The win put the Lady Indians at 2-6 on the season, and 2-0 in the Henlopen South. They would slip to 2-7 on Tuesday, however, dropping three matches against Division I Caesar Rodney.
“We had some of our toughest matches pretty early,” said head coach Jay Clark. “I’m very hopeful with what I’ve seen. I think we’ve made a positive turn.”
“It has definitely improved. We just play better when our mindset is the same [and] we’re coordinating with each other,” senior outside hitter Phoebe Walls explained about the turnaround. “We realized that we all had the same goals for the team, and to accomplish those [goals] we had to work together.”
Indian River 3, Woodbridge 0
Consecutive aces from senior captain Lili Cooney put the Lady Indians up 16-6 in the first match against the Lady Blue Raiders, eventually ending 25-12.
Now past the midway point of the regular season, the Indian River High School soccer team finds themselves in unfamiliar territory — below the .500 mark, at 3-4-1 as of Coastal Point press time on Wednesday, Oct. 1.
“We’re OK. We’ve got the rest of our schedule to play,” said an unconcerned Steve Kilby, the Indians’ long-tenured head coach. “We have [the] rest of our division schedule in front of us and we need to take care of that business. We’re in position to win the division still and get that automatic bid to the tournament.”
While a front-loaded schedule resulted in a few early losses to powerhouses including Sallies and Caesar Rodney, the Indians haven’t had senior forward, captain and All-State selection Luis Cruz for the past three games, due to a nagging hamstring injury.
“Not having Luis on the field is a big problem right now. Everybody looks to him to do a lot for us so, hopefully, he’s gonna get over this injury,” said Kilby. “When we play an organized team like [Cape], you lose his dynamic ability. He can break anybody down. That lets them focus on Danny [Garza], who has the same abilities. You have to pick your poison when they’re both out there.”
The Delmarva Shorebirds released their 20th anniversary logo last week, to commemorate two decades of baseball and 19 years as a Class-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.
“We are extremely proud of the tradition and history created by the fans and franchise over the past 20 years,” said Shorebirds General Manager Chris Bitters. “We received tremendous support from not only Wicomico County, but the surrounding Delmarva Peninsula, and are excited to share this milestone with them.”
The logo features the usual black-and-orange Shorebirds colors and “1996-2015” to go along with a design inspired by the original 1996 logo.
Heading into last Friday’s division matchup at Milford, Indian River High School junior DE/TE DeAndre Cooper wasn’t sure if he would be suiting up with his teammates, after a shoulder injury sidelined him at Smyrna.
However, by the time game-day arrived, Cooper was not only cleared to play but ready to put together his best performance of the season to date — notching 1.5 sacks and absolutely terrorizing Milford senior QB Richard Armstrong on passing downs.
“Difference-maker,” said head coach Ray Steele. “He defensively shut down one side all night long.”
Despite only giving up 158 yards of total offense, Milford lead early after a first-quarter pass interference call resulted in an eventual 12-yard touchdown run that put the Bucs up 6-3.
After the deficit, the Indians continued to stick to the ground game and their “NASCAR” formation, regaining the lead with a 4-yard touchdown run by junior running back KiAnté Sturgis.
Fresh off a defensive stalemate at Caesar Rodney, the Indian River High School field hockey team was faced with taking on Woodbridge for their new high school unveiling and hosting Division I Dover this week.
While the Lady Indians failed to find the win column in those matchups, they did put up a fight in both, falling to Woodbridge 4-1 last Saturday and 3-1 against Dover on Tuesday.
“We’re on the move. We’re making modifications here and there so we can become more competitive,” said head coach Jodi Stone. “These are the steps we need to take in order to get where we need to go.”
Woodbridge 4, Indian River 1
Three first-half goals were the difference in this matchup, two of which came from Woodbridge senior Hailey Andrews — who also pitched for District 3 in this year’s Little League Softball World Series.
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Prior to this season, the Indian River High School field hockey team had only managed three wins since 2011. But through just six games in 2014, they already have two notches in the win column, and they nearly managed two more, in a one-goal game against Smyrna that went down to the wire last week and a tie at Caesar Rodney on Tuesday.
“We’re right there this year. We just need to fine-tune [and] capitalize on some key opportunities,” said second-year head coach Jodi Stone. “We weren’t at that point last year, but we are this year.”
Smyrna 1, Indian River 0
After a 6-0 shutout of district-rival Sussex Central, the girls looked to follow with another win against Smyrna last Thursday, Sept. 18, but ultimately fell short in an evenly matched game that went down to the final minutes.
After finally getting through a difficult stretch of schedule, the Indian River soccer team went into last Thursday night’s matchup at Milford looking to get back to the .500 mark and take their second division win of the season.
They would have to do so without two of their captains, however, with senior forward Luis Cruz out for the game with a minor injury and sophomore midfielder Mac Smith not permitted to play after a red card against Georgetown Prep.
Without two of his key players, head coach Steve Kilby would look to captain and senior midfielder Danny Garza and freshman midfielder Edgardo “Gardo” Velasquez to run the offense.
“We had to make sure that we could lock down the midfield and still defend and counter from there, and with Danny Garza next to Gardo they did a nice job,” explained Kilby. “The idea was to play quickly and get forward, and they did a good job helping us do that.”
Milford was coming off a 3-0 win at Lake Forest and was also looking to start 2-0 in the South.
The Indian River High School girls’ volleyball team had yet to find the win column after starting the season with a stretch of non-conference games — but they turned things around at the right time, when Lake Forest came to town last Tuesday for both teams’ first divisional matchup.
According to second-year head coach Jay Clark, his squad looked completely revamped during their 3-0 sweep of the Lady Spartans, which saw the third match go down to the wire, to finally end 27-25.
“They were covering for each other. They weren’t getting down. They were just continuing to play good volleyball,” Clark explained after the win. “That’s the big difference between this match and most of our [matches] earlier this season.”
After a 43-7 loss to Cape Henlopen last Friday night, the Indian River High School football team finds themselves where they never expected to be: below the .500 mark.
The Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company & First Responders held their annual Triathlon-Duathlon-Aquabike event in Bethany Beach on Sunday, Sept. 21.
Below are the reace results and awards as supplied by the events staff.