Sports

Plantation Lakes to host Grand Opening Golf Scramble on June 4

Golfers are being invited to play in the free Grand Opening Golf Scramble on Saturday, June 4, at Plantation Lakes, Lennar’s golf resort community in Millsboro. The event celebrates the opening of the first nine holes of the community’s Arthur Hills Championship Golf Course and will showcase the homes and lifestyle available at Plantation Lakes.

Annual Youth Fishing Tournament set for June 4

As part of their activities for National Fishing & Boating Week (June 4-12), Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police will hold their 30th Annual Delaware Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 4, at Ingrams Pond in Millsboro, Wyoming Pond in Wyoming and at the dog training area of Lums Pond State Park in Bear.

Marine Corps League golf tourney set for June 9

On June 9, the First State Detachment of the Marine Corps League, Ocean View, will hold its 11th Annual Golf Tournament at the Ocean City Golf Club, Seaside Course, 11401 Country Club Drive, Berlin, Md. The fundraising event will help assist military members, veterans, their families, youth groups and those less fortunate in the local Delaware and Maryland communities.

Coastal Delaware Running Festival raises funds for local groups

Dewey Beach and the surrounding beach communities recently hosted the weekend-long festivities of the 2nd Annual Coastal Delaware Running Festival.

Skim a Thon for Childhood Cancer scheduled for June 18

The second Skim a Thon for Childhood Cancer will be held on Saturday, June 18, at Delaware Seashore State Park’s Tower Road Beach, south of Dewey Beach. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and run until 3 p.m.

State tournament update: Indians advance after downing Tower Hill in PKs

It took 80 minutes, two golden-goal over times, and seven shots after the game went down to penalty kicks. But the Indian River girls’ soccer team finally took down Tower Hill, 4-1, to advance to the DIAA semi-finals.

Tribe Top Five: The best of IR spring sports in 2016 (pretty much)

Thanks to El Niño, even though it’s pretty much Memorial Day — which is pretty much the unofficial start to summer, more or less — it hasn’t felt like spring until pretty much right now.

River Express takes down Kirkwood 2-0 in State Cup final

Club looking to raise funds for regionals

Coastal Point • Submitted: Head coach Duncan Smith, right, and assistant coach Adam Rhamses gather with the River Express U18 team after their 2-0 State Cup win over Kirkwood on Sunday.Coastal Point • Submitted: Head coach Duncan Smith, right, and assistant coach Adam Rhamses gather with the River Express U18 team after their 2-0 State Cup win over Kirkwood on Sunday.Headed into the State Cup final against Kirkwood, and after falling to club in the final 1-0 for the past two years, the River Express U18 team was looking for revenge.

They’d find some within the first two minutes, when River forward Marlon Trejo put the Express up 1-0 on a PK.

Then, just before half, midfielder Mac Smith would tack on the insurance goal, when teammate Danny Garza won a ball in the River defensive half and played it long to Smith, who pushed by a defender and finished the chance, to make it 2-0.

That would be the final, as the Express kept Kirkwood off the board in half No. 2, to clinch their second State Cup final in their now 11-year history.

Now getting ready for their second regional final during that history, head coach Duncan Smith — who has coached the squad since their days starting out as 7-year-olds on the playground at Frankford Elementary School — said this is the best squad he’s seen.

Indians fall to Riders in HAC championship rematch

Enter playoffs as No. 1 seed

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Junior forward Maddie Hogsten looks to get past a CR defender during last Friday’s title game.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Junior forward Maddie Hogsten looks to get past a CR defender during last Friday’s title game.On paper, the Indian River and Caesar Rodney high school girls’ soccer teams don’t look much different.

The Henlopen South-champion Indians were set to enter the Division II playoffs this week as the No. 1 seed. The Henlopen North-champion Riders were set to enter the Division I playoffs this week as the No. 2 seed.

The Indians finished the regular season with a 14-1 record.

So did the Riders.

And, just like the Indians’ offense revolves around All-State senior forward Brooke Beam, the Riders’ offense revolves around All-State senior forward Aleya Cummings.

Kilby named Henlopen Coach of the Year

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River head coach Steve Kilby is congratulated by Caesar Rodney head coach Darrell Gravatt after being named Henlopen Conference Coach of the Year.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River head coach Steve Kilby is congratulated by Caesar Rodney head coach Darrell Gravatt after being named Henlopen Conference Coach of the Year.Caesar Rodney may have edged the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team for the conference championship, but that didn’t stop IR head coach Steve Kilby from collecting 2016 Henlopen Conference Coach of the Year honors.

Kilby was awarded the honor in a ceremony after the game, shortly after his squad was recognized for winning their fourth straight Henlopen South title.

“It’s always humbling when your peers will vote you into that slot,” said Kilby, who is no stranger to the award and also collected the honor for the Indians’ boys’ soccer team this season after leading them to a state championship.

He went on to express his hope that some of the up-and-coming programs in the conference — specifically those at Smyrna, Woodbridge and Lake Forest — get some recognition in the future after turning teams around in recent years.

IRSD Volleyball Skills Academy serves up successful first sessions

Co-ed classes to continue this fall

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Coach Bill Croal, right, and Jay Clark, left, gather with the players from the first IRSD Volleyball Academy on May 18.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Coach Bill Croal, right, and Jay Clark, left, gather with the players from the first IRSD Volleyball Academy on May 18.To quote Indian River High School head coach Jim Barnes, “It’s an exciting time for volleyball in Sussex County.”

Not only are Indian River School District high school programs on the up-and-up — with IR senior Kaya Ziskay recently announcing plans to play at Wesley College next fall, and now 10 girls participating in winter club ball — but the middle school programs are as well, with Selbyville Middle School capping their first-ever season undefeated.

Following the trend, and to help build the program from the ground up, SMS assistant coach and local volleyball guru Bill Croal has launched the IRSD Volleyball Skills Academy for young players, which recently finished their last of six spring classes.

IR’s Ziskay to continue career on the court at Wesley

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : IR senior Kaya Ziskay on May 19 announced plans to play volleyball at Wesley College.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : IR senior Kaya Ziskay on May 19 announced plans to play volleyball at Wesley College.Headed into the senior All-Star volleyball game this past November, Kaya Ziskay had more on the line than just a win.

Coming off a standout season in which she collected First-Team All-Conference honors, the Indian River High School senior captain had drawn her fair share of attention from college coaches. But in the stands that day sat the one she wanted to impress the most: Wesley College head coach Lindsay Miller.

After the game, however, Miller gave Ziskay some news she may not have been expecting.

“She said she didn’t like [my playstyle],” said Ziskay. “She wanted to see my hands open. Even my [high school] coaches always said that my passing style is very unorthodox — it’s not normal, but it works.”

Extra Points — May 27, 2016

Sports at the Beach invites Pickelball’ers to new indoor facility grand-opening

A new indoor complex at Sports at the Beach in Georgetown is set to open its doors on Tuesday, May 31, and the First State Pickleball Club is inviting pickleball’ers everywhere.

Beam named state Gatorade Player of the Year

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River High School soccer player Brooke Beam poses with her game ball from scoring her 100th career goal earlier this season, and her trophy for being named state Gatorade Player of the Year.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River High School soccer player Brooke Beam poses with her game ball from scoring her 100th career goal earlier this season, and her trophy for being named state Gatorade Player of the Year.Brooke Beam has collected just about every individual accolade there is to collect during her storied soccer career.

The senior forward has earned First-Team All-Conference and All-State honors every year since arriving at Indian River High School for her freshman season. As a junior, she was named to the state’s Top XI list. And, recently, she became the Indians’ all-time leading scorer, as the first soccer player in school history to eclipse the 100-goals mark.

But there was still one thing that Beam hadn’t accomplished — something that she’d made a personal goal ever since stepping foot in the gym at IR some four years ago, a starry-eyed freshman looking up at banners for legendary IR athletes Jamie Jarmon and Caitlin Forte.

Little did she know then that one day she’d have a banner of her own hanging in the rafters, as last Tuesday, Beam became only the third athlete in Indian River High School history to be named a Gatorade Player of the Year.

Plantation Lakes to host Grand Opening Golf Scramble on June 4

Golfers are being invited to play in the free Grand Opening Golf Scramble on Saturday, June 4, at Plantation Lakes, Lennar’s golf resort community in Millsboro. The event celebrates the opening of the first nine holes of the community’s Arthur Hills Championship Golf Course and will showcase the homes and lifestyle available at Plantation Lakes.

Playoffs?

Tribe alive after 9-4 comeback at Milford

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Freshman pitcher Abi O’Shields threw seven strike-outs in a 9-4 win over Milford on Monday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Freshman pitcher Abi O’Shields threw seven strike-outs in a 9-4 win over Milford on Monday.Not only was the game on the line, but, in all likelihood, so was their season.

The Indian River High School softball team had dug themselves into a quick hole on the road against Milford on Monday, May 16, but still managed to battle back and pull out a 9-4 win in comeback fashion, to keep their post-season hopes alive.

“We definitely knew we needed this game,” said senior LF Callie McDowell. “We know that if we win out, we have a spot in the playoffs. We don’t want to have that “what-if” feeling. We just want to win out.”

“We started like we’re playing the playoffs today,” added head coach Erika Brittingham. “That’s the mentality that we went in with.”

After a three-run shot had put the Bucs up 4-0 in the first inning, freshman pitcher Abi O’Shields entered the game in relief, to immediately knock down her first two batters up and extinguish the Milford momentum.

Spoiler alert!

Heavy hitting Indians blast Bucs 17-9

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior Zion Howard looks on as junior Zane Richard slides into home during the seventh inning against Milford on Monday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior Zion Howard looks on as junior Zane Richard slides into home during the seventh inning against Milford on Monday.If a controversial call in their game against Lake Forest earlier this season had gone the other way, the Indian River High School baseball team could have very well been playing for the Henlopen South title at Milford on Monday, May 16.

They’d settle for spoiling the Buccaneers own title run, however, taking down the division leader, 17-9, for the first time since 2010.

“Milford’s a good team, but at the same time, we earned this one. We’re starting to play to our capabilities,” said head coach Chris Megee after the game. “I can’t be any more proud of them today.”

With the Bucs leading 8-4 through four innings, the Tribe blew the doors after tying it up in the top of the fifth, racking up 14 runs in the last three innings alone and giving up only one run in the process.

Mochiam takes fourth at conference championships

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior Patrick Mochiam returns a shot against Lake Forest’s James White at the Henlopen Conference championships at Sea Colony on Saturday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior Patrick Mochiam returns a shot against Lake Forest’s James White at the Henlopen Conference championships at Sea Colony on Saturday.It’s been a bit of a rebuilding year for the Indian River High School boys’ tennis team.

But despite a young and, for the most part, inexperienced lineup, the Indians still finished on a high note, with a win over Seaford and making some noise at the Henlopen Conference championships.

At first singles, junior Mac Smith earned a bye to get him through the first round of the tournament, only to have to face the No. 1 seed and state’s top-ranked player, Milford senior Colt Williamson.

“I just wanted to be able to compete and give him a challenge,” Smith said. “I don’t think many people hit as hard as Colt around here.”

In his third time having to face Williamson this season, Smith said that he saw some improvement, despite falling 6-0, 6-0, and that facing players of that caliber only makes him a better player himself.

IR girls’ tennis brings back South title

Fitz takes fourth at conference championships

Coastal Point • Submitted: The 2016 Henlopen South champion Indian River High School girls’ tennis team gathers at the Henlopen Conference championships, held at Sea Colony on May 12.Coastal Point • Submitted: The 2016 Henlopen South champion Indian River High School girls’ tennis team gathers at the Henlopen Conference championships, held at Sea Colony on May 12.After clinching four straight Henlopen South titles, the Indian River High School girls’ tennis just missed out on a fifth conference title last season in getting the short end of a tie-break against rival Milford.

However, they made up for that this season, clinching the division and bringing the title back to IR after a 4-1 win against Seaford on Tuesday, May 10.

“It came down to that last match. We were preparing and preparing. We knew that we had to win that one to clinch,” said head coach Stefanie Riddle. “They worked so hard. They definitely earned it.”

“I’m so proud of the team,” said senior first singles player Hannah Shultie. “It took all of us and our hard work to achieve the goal we had been working so hard for. It was a great end to a senior year.”

Shultie put her squad up with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-0 victory over Seaford’s Samantha Cotten, with the Indians sweeping the Blue Jays at second and third singles as well.

At the two spot, sophomore Kayla Huebner took down Jordyn Lewis, 6-4, 6-2, and freshman Alex Fitz rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 win over Kaitlyn Coll at third singles.

Indians to face Riders for HAC title after clinching South

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: IR freshman forward Isabella Keith sends a shot across the field against Sussex Central on May 12.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: IR freshman forward Isabella Keith sends a shot across the field against Sussex Central on May 12.One check mark down. Two more to go.

Head coach Steve Kilby and the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team always have three items on their “short list” at the beginning of the season. First, they want the division. Then, they want the conference. And, finally, they want the state championship.

While it’s been a busy week, that first box got checked last Tuesday, May 10, when they earned their third straight Henlopen South crown by taking down Woodbridge, 6-0.

The then-10-2-1 Blue Raiders had seen their own title hopes toppled after falling to Delmar in their previous game, but the Indians still needed to the win to mathematically clinch the division.

They’d keep things rolling on Thursday, May 12, that time by rolling over district rival Sussex Central, 9-0.

IR lax routs Central 20-5 on Senior Night

Indians set for playoff run

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior midfielder Joey Ciriello celebrates with teammates Josh Lucido and Cole Josetti after scoring his first goal of the season.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior midfielder Joey Ciriello celebrates with teammates Josh Lucido and Cole Josetti after scoring his first goal of the season.After seeing their Henlopen South title hopes erode after dropping two straight games to Lake Forest and Delmar, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team almost saw their playoffs hopes do the same after dropping two straight goals against district rival Sussex Central to start their Senior Night game on Thursday, May 12.

However, after the initial deficit, the Indians rallied back to a 20-5 win, to keep their chances at the tournament very much alive.

“We did want the South. We let Lake get away from us a little bit, and I take nothing away from Delmar — they played very well — but we didn’t bring our best that day,” said coach Dave Spencer. “Moving forward, we’re gonna go ahead and have our goal be the playoffs.”

While the Tribe looks well-positioned to make that goal a reality, their comeback against the Golden Knights was sparked with a gelling offense early on.

Paddle Second Chance set for June 25

Paddle Second Chance (PSC) this week announced their fourth annual stand-up paddleboard (SUP) and kayak day of racing and fundraising for Operation Second Chance (OSC), set to take place June 25.

Extra Points — May 20, 2016

Bear Trap to host Family Fun Night for River Soccer/SMS

Teaming up with Long & Foster’s Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island offices, The Den at Bear Trap Dunes will host a “Family Fun Night” and silent auction to help raise money for both Selbyville Middle School sports programs and the River Soccer Club in Roxana.

Indians squawk Seahawks 14-5 in historic meeting

Shuey gets sent out in style

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior middie Lexi Haden goes to the goal against Sussex Academy sophomore Mia Kwan on May 12.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior middie Lexi Haden goes to the goal against Sussex Academy sophomore Mia Kwan on May 12.It was a tale of two halves when the Indian River High School and Sussex Academy girls’ lacrosse teams met for the first time, on Thursday, May 12.

The pioneer programs had taken turns trading goals early on, with IR riding a 5-3 lead headed into the break. But after the Seahawks cut that lead to 6-5 early in half No. 2, the budding rivalry would end there, with the Indians stringing together nine unanswered goals and clinching a 14-5 win to send their only senior — captain Emiley Shuey — out in style.

“Emiley has always had our back,” said sophomore Helen Davis after the game. “I know that all the girls wanted to win this one for her.”

Shuey would notch the game’s first goal just 0:33 in, finding the net on a penalty shot to put her squad up 1-0.

Coastal Kayak to host fundraisers May 22, June 19

Coastal Kayak of Fenwick Island will be host two more fundraisers for two local charities this summer: Cancer Support Community and Delaware Audubon Society.

Tautog season closed through July 16, posession prohibited

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police this week reminded anglers that landing and possession of tautog in Delaware are prohibited from May 12 through July 16 and again Sept. 1-28, regardless of where the fish was caught — Delaware waters, another state’s waters or federal waters.

Extra Points — May 13, 2016

Cleavinger named Orioles’ Minor League Pitcher of the Month

Delmarva Shorebirds relief pitcher Garrett Cleavinger has been named the Baltimore Orioles’ Pitcher of the Month for April.

Tripple Overtime: I don’t want to blame it all on El Niño, but it certainly didn’t help

“I haven’t seen the sun in so long that I can hardly remember what it looks like anymore…” would be a grossly exaggerated statement and, also completely inaccurate, if I were to make it.

Indians roll Sussex Academy 9-0 on Senior Night

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: From left to right, seniors Madi Mercer, Davina Baine, Brooke Beam, Marias Mateo-Matias, Aline Check-Guzman, Kayla McCarra, Emma Engel, Emma-Lee Merrick and Hope Pearce gather on senior night.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: From left to right, seniors Madi Mercer, Davina Baine, Brooke Beam, Marias Mateo-Matias, Aline Check-Guzman, Kayla McCarra, Emma Engel, Emma-Lee Merrick and Hope Pearce gather on senior night.The Indian River High School girls’ soccer team’s seniors have definitely seen their fair share of firsts since their days starting out at the River Soccer Club.

As eighth-graders, they put together Selbyville Middle School’s first-ever undefeated season for girls’ soccer. When they got to the high school, they helped win the girls’ program’s first Henlopen Conference championship as sophomores. Then, as juniors, they made history again as the first girls’ soccer team to make it all the way to the state championship game.

While they’re hoping to add another first to the list and finally bring home the title as seniors, on Thursday, May 6, they took the field at Indian River High School soccer stadium like they have plenty of times before — only, this time, it would be their last.

“It’s bittersweet having our last game here ever for high school,” said senior Kayla McCarra after Senior Night ceremonies and the 9-0 win over Sussex Academy.

“There’s so many good memories that we’ve made on this field together,” said a teary-eyed Emma Engel, with a laugh. “I’ll cry if I start talking about it, so somebody else say something.”

Cape snaps IR baseball win streak

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: IR freshman Grant Argo makes a play at third against Cape on Tuesday, May 10.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: IR freshman Grant Argo makes a play at third against Cape on Tuesday, May 10.Headed into their Tuesday, May 10, matchup against Cape Henlopen, the Indian River High School baseball team was riding a three-game win streak. A 19-4 victory against Laurel and comebacks against Seaford and Woodbridge had the Indians looking to keep things rolling.

Fresh off a state championship appearance last season, Cape’s Vikings had other ideas, however, keeping the IR bats at bay and notching a 6-0 victory.

“They battled today,” said head coach Chris Megee of his Indians squad. “That’s a good team. That’s a team that was in the state championship last year and really didn’t lose too many people.”

After jumping out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning, a seasoned Cape squad tacked on runs throughout the game, pushing the lead to 3-0 in the top of the fourth and adding three late scores to cap the shutout.

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