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IR track sets school records in home opener

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Sophomore Carly Collins, right, celebrates with junior Madelyn Parcells after Parcells’ state preliminary qualifying jump.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Sophomore Carly Collins, right, celebrates with junior Madelyn Parcells after Parcells’ state preliminary qualifying jump.The Indian River High School track team got more than just two key wins over Seaford and Holy Grove in their first home meet of the season, on Tuesday, April 19, with four different school records going down on the day.

For the boys, it was senior Logan Montouri clocking in a 2:12.63 for not only first place finishes over Seaford and Holly Grove but a new IR record in the 800m.

After senior Paiton Murray had set her own school record in discus, with a 75-foot, 8-inch spin earlier this season, senior Katelyn Jensen followed suit at the quad-meet also featuring Lake Forest, posting a 6:14 in the 1600m.

Sophomore Carly Collins broke the 300m hurdle record with a time of 52.82, and the girls’ 4-by-800-meter relay team of freshman Sarah Roehl, junior Sydney Messick, sophomore Jewel Yanek and Jensen set a new standard with an 11:36.

While all that record-shattering may seem overwhelming, it was by no means a surprise to head coach Bob Hahn, who said he expects to see more records fall before the season is through, based on what he’s seen from his squad so far this season.

“This is the hardest-working group of kids that I’ve coached since I’ve been here,” said Hahn, who’s led the track team for going on six seasons. “They seem to really enjoy the sport, and they seem to enjoy each other. They’re coming out here, giving 110 percent, and making themselves better each and every day.”

Indians down Delmar, Dover to keep playoff hopes alive

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior goalie Hayden McWilliams makes a critical save in the final minute against Dover to allow the Indians to hang on for the win.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior goalie Hayden McWilliams makes a critical save in the final minute against Dover to allow the Indians to hang on for the win.Coming off a 13-5 win against the Salisbury School and sitting at 2-4 on the season, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team knew they had a streak they needed to start to stay in post-season contention.

And after taking down Delmar 10-5 on Wednesday, April 20, and Dover 14-13 on Friday, April 22, the Indians looked primed to do just that, firing on all cylinders as they approach a crucial stretch of schedule.

“Our goal for the week was to go 3-0,” said junior goalie Hayden McWilliams. “Obviously, the best thing to do would be to win the conference, so we just gotta keep working until we get there.”

“This week was about buy-in,” said coach Dave Spencer, “them discovering the team that they really can be. That’s a big step forward for a group like this.”

IR girls’ lax falls to Padua in back-and-forth battle

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore goalkeeper Mya Parks makes one of a career-high 15 saves against Padua on Monday, April 25.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore goalkeeper Mya Parks makes one of a career-high 15 saves against Padua on Monday, April 25.The Indian River High School girls’ lacrosse team already had three wins on the season. But, oddly enough, none of them would compare to their 17-12 loss to Padua on Monday, April 25.

“That was, hands down, the best game of our season,” said head coach Kelsea Ayers. “Even though we didn’t win today, this was such a great stepping stone. We started to finally do the things that we need to be doing.”

“We’re all really happy, because this was definitely our best game,” added sophomore goalie Mya Parks. “Everyone just definitely worked together. Ground balls, winning draws — we started to crash more on defense, which definitely helped. New people were scoring and new people were catching the ball and keeping with it. It was just a good game.”

Indians down Dover, Smyrna to stay unbeaten

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior Madi Mercer tries to get forward on a Dover defender on Saturday, April 23.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior Madi Mercer tries to get forward on a Dover defender on Saturday, April 23.It was all about the harmony when the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team took on Dover on Saturday, April 23.

Just minutes after hitting all the right notes and singing the national anthem to start the game, senior forward Emma Engel was hitting the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season.

“I like to sing and play the guitar and everything, so I wasn’t really nervous,” said Engel, who recently performed in the IRHS variety show. “I noticed that [Dover wasn’t] super-strong in the back, so I was ready to capitalize on that. I just kind of stepped into it, got control and placed it into the net.”

The on-field harmony continued when senior midfielder Brooke Beam sent a through ball to junior forward Maddie Hogsten, who skipped a shot past the keeper to make it 2-0 in the 10th minute.

Indians end blues with 9-4 win over Jays

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Freshman pitcher J.J. Killen eyes the strike zone after getting the start against Seaford on Saturday, April 23.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Freshman pitcher J.J. Killen eyes the strike zone after getting the start against Seaford on Saturday, April 23.The momentum was all but lost for the Indian River High School baseball team headed into their matchup against Seaford on Saturday, April 23.

A tough stretch of schedule had kept the young squad from the win column through nine games, and a tough stretch at that plate had kept them off the board through four innings.

Enter senior 2B/P Jake Hudson. With his team down 4-0, Hudson got the Indians out of the fifth inning with only five pitches — forcing two outs on his first two counts, then racking up three strikes for the trifecta as the momentum began to swing along with the frustrated Blue Jay bats.

“Anytime you get out of an inning with five pitches, it just picks the team up and makes you start believing,” said head coach Chris Megee. “[Jake] had a lot of confidence on the mound.”

Cain, Lovelace cap win in extra sets for IR girls’ tennis

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior Tiffany Cain knocks down a shot while junior Mariayna Lovelace waits for the return during the duo’s third set against Lake Forest on Monday, April 25.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior Tiffany Cain knocks down a shot while junior Mariayna Lovelace waits for the return during the duo’s third set against Lake Forest on Monday, April 25.Not only was their game on the line when Tiffany Cain and Mariayna Lovelace took the court for their third set against the Lake Forest seniors Katherine Mello and Olivia Hobbs on Monday, April 25, but so was the match, and potentially, so were the team’s Henlopen South title hopes.

But despite the pressure, the first doubles duo delivered, taking it 6-3 and sealing the win for the Indian River High School girls’ tennis team that improved them to 3-4 overall on the season and 2-1 in the division.

“Definitely some MVPs,” said head coach Stefanie Riddle of the clutch performance. “I expected no less, because they keep it together. They pump each other up. They don’t worry about the crowd — they focus, and that’s all they had to do today was focus, and they came back and won.”

Special Olympics soccer skills competitions to be held statewide

More than 1,000 Special Olympics Delaware athletes and Unified partners (peers without a disability) will compete in soccer events across the state during the month of May.

IRHS BPA, FFA to host color-run fundraiser

The students of the Indian River High School Business Professionals of America (BPA) and Future Farmers of America (FFA) will walk, jog and run to raise funds for the school, which is introducing a program called My School Color Run (MSCR).

IRHS BPA, FFA to host color-run fundraiser

The students of the Indian River High School Business Professionals of America (BPA) and Future Farmers of America (FFA) will walk, jog and run to raise funds for the school, which is introducing a program called My School Color Run (MSCR).

NARFE golf tournament to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research

Registration is under way for the annual golf tournament to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research and the Sussex Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, sponsored by Coastal Sussex Chapter 1690 of the National Active & Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE).

Ryman named head professional for Sea Colony Tennis

Veteran teaching pro and accomplished junior and collegiate player Jeff Ryman has joined Sea Colony Tennis as the Bethany Beach-area program’s new head tennis professional.

By a 'Shu-String!'

Shuey's goal in OT sends Indians past Salisbury School

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Senior Emiley Shuey rushes toward her teammates after netting the game-winning goal in overtime against Salisbury School on Monday, April 19.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Senior Emiley Shuey rushes toward her teammates after netting the game-winning goal in overtime against Salisbury School on Monday, April 19.Emiley Shuey matched a career high with eight goals on Monday, April 18, when the Indian River High School girls’ lacrosse team took on Salisbury School. None of those goals, however, would compare to the late-game theatrics of the one she scored in sudden-death overtime.

After winning the draw, the Indians’ senior gunslinger charged the cage and took her shot — only to see it not go in.

A penalty on the Dragons, however, would give her a chance at redemption — and at finally sealing the win for her squad.

“I felt like I blew it,” Shuey said of her first attempt. “Then they put me on the center hash and — just like the whole game — we just needed to fake the goalie out. She was tall, so I shot low… and it went in.”

The score capped an 8-7 victory, and Shuey was rushed by a slew of ecstatic teammates — all in the first game of her return after sitting out for games against Red Lion on Monday, April 11, and Gunston Day School of Maryland on Friday, April 15.

Her eighth and final goal of the game may have been her most crucial, but according to head coach Kelsea Ayers, starting overtime with possession could have been even more so.

“First off, the draw is ours — there’s no if, ands or buts,” Ayers explained of what she told her team after the Dragons had sent the game to OT with a goal just before the end of regulation. “When you’re in a situation like that, everything is zero. The most important thing is to get the ball.”

IR lax scorches Salisbury School with 13-5 win

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Junior goalie Hayden McWilliams prepares to make one of 18 saves on the day against Salisbury School on Monday, April 19.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Junior goalie Hayden McWilliams prepares to make one of 18 saves on the day against Salisbury School on Monday, April 19.Not only did the Indian River High School lacrosse team get a much-needed win against the Salisbury School on Monday, April 18, they put some steak on.

After senior midfielder George Martin found the net early to put the Indians up 1-0, the Dragons would answer, to even the score at 1-1. Back-to-back goals from senior attackman Josh Lucido, however, would give the Tribe a lead that they’d never relinquish, as they rolled to a 13-5 victory.

“Much-needed,” said Lucido of the win. “It was a good turning point for us to come together and get that win. But it’s right back to work tomorrow. It’s time to be serious and go at practice hard.”

“Hopefully, this is a turning point,” said coach Dave Spencer. “We haven’t really discovered much about our identity — are we an offensive team? Are we a defensive team? One thing is for sure — we are a scrappy team. This group of guys, from the first whistle to the last, for 48 minutes — there’s gonna be fight. That’s the bottom line.”

IR soccer standouts Walls, Check-Guzman headed to next level

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River High School seniors Ian Walls and Aline Check-Guzman will both take their soccer talents to the next level next season, with Walls headed to Moravian College and Check-Guzman to Wesley College.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River High School seniors Ian Walls and Aline Check-Guzman will both take their soccer talents to the next level next season, with Walls headed to Moravian College and Check-Guzman to Wesley College.Neither Ian Walls nor Aline Check-Guzman were planning on continuing their soccer careers at the collegiate level. Both Indian River High School seniors had other plans in mind, with Walls focused on a career in physics and Check-Guzman planning on starting off as a psychology major and one day working for the FBI.

However, it doesn’t take a federal investigator to crack the case of why players from the seasoned state-championship Indian River soccer program are in such high demand with the NCAA. A slew of signings in recent years can be largely attributed to the success, from the ground up, of the program — where both Walls and Check-Guzman began their careers.

Garnering collegiate attention during their senior campaigns, both players eventually decided that the sport they started playing might just help get them where they’re aiming to go, with Walls headed to Moravian College in Pennsylvania and Check-Guzman staying in-state and attending Wesley College.

Future of IR soccer on display in 9-0 win over Seaford

Coastal Point photos • R.Chris Clark: From left to right, Isabella Keith, Grace Engel, Kayla McCarra and Skyler McClure all netted their first career goals on Thursday, April 21.Coastal Point photos • R.Chris Clark: From left to right, Isabella Keith, Grace Engel, Kayla McCarra and Skyler McClure all netted their first career goals on Thursday, April 21.Seven different players scored in Indian River High School’s 9-0 win over Seaford on Thursday, April 14. In doing so, four of those Indians players scored the first goals of their high-school soccer careers.

“Everyone on this team, I think, has scored a goal. I feel like I’m a part of the team officially now,” said senior Kayla McCarra after the game. “The more touches on the ball we get, the better for us.”

Despite some new names being announced over the loudspeakers, it was some familiar ones being called early on. In fact, less than a minute in, junior forward Maddie Hogsten found the net on a ball from senior midfielder Brooke Beam, to make it 1-0.

IR softball gets back in swing with 6-2 win over Parkside

Coastal Point • R.Chris Clark: Sophomore DH Damya Williams waits for the call after sliding into second against Parkside on Monday, April 19.Coastal Point • R.Chris Clark: Sophomore DH Damya Williams waits for the call after sliding into second against Parkside on Monday, April 19.Falling to 1-3 after a loss to Sussex Tech on Friday, April 8, was a low point for the Indian River High School softball team. It was also, however, a turning point.

“It kind of woke them up,” explained head coach Erika Brittingham. “We, as coaches, told them that we’ve given a lot of our wins away. I think, after the Tech game, we had one practice where we just really sat and talked about that, and since then they’ve really turned it around.”

“After that game, I think everyone knew that that’s not the team that we were, and we had to pick it up,” added senior CF Callie McDowell. “When we went into CR, we knew we needed a win.”

A win is exactly what the Indians got against North rival Caesar Rodney in their next game, improving to 2-3 and pulling out the victory in the bottom of the seventh after freshman 1B Samantha Mayfield knocked in sophomore 3B Braydee Whitman for the game-winning RBI.

The win is in!: IR girls’ lax downs DMA in historic home opener

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Junior midfielder Lexi Haden gets past the DMA defense for one of her four goals last Thursday.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Junior midfielder Lexi Haden gets past the DMA defense for one of her four goals last Thursday.First, it was No. 2 Polytech. Then, No. 1 Cape Henlopen. If starting the season against the state’s top two teams wasn’t test enough for the Indian River High School girls’ lacrosse team, things didn’t get any easier when they lost sophomore midfielder Kealey Allison to an injury just two days before their home opener.

But when the Delaware Military Academy team got to town on Friday, April 8, none of that stopped them from leaving their mark on school history.

“I’m so excited about it,” said sophomore defender Delaney Brannon after the Indians’ 13-8 win. “It’s our first home game ever for varsity. It’s insane. I don’t think it will hit me until later.”

“I was trying to explain to them how we were undefeated coming into this today,” said head coach Kelsea Ayers. “We had never lost or won a game at Indian River. We were starting off with ‘Where are we gonna leave our legacy? Are we gonna leave it with first ever women’s lacrosse varsity game as a loss? Or are we gonna battle it out and get a win?’”

Tech wrecked!: Indians clip Ravens 6-2 in anticlimactic rivalry

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: IR senior midfielder Brooke Beam tries to avoid impact on tackle that would result in a Tech yellow card on Tuesday, April 12.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: IR senior midfielder Brooke Beam tries to avoid impact on tackle that would result in a Tech yellow card on Tuesday, April 12.It’s what Indian River High School head soccer coach Steve Kilby often refers to as “big-girl soccer.”

There’s no question that the rivalry between IR and Sussex Tech has made for some hairbreadth escapes in the past (the Indians led the last three contests by a collective score of 7-6).

However, when the two teams met on Tuesday, April 12, evidence of that rivalry showed only in the game’s physicality, as the Indians dominated the scoreboard to cap a 6-2 victory and move to 4-0 on the season.

“It was a bit physical, but it’s two solid programs that play each other a lot,” said Kilby. “There’s no malice — there’s just hard play.”

Despite their dominance, the pressure was palpable early on, as the Tribe missed several scoring chances. They wouldn’t be kept from getting on the board for long, however, with senior captain Brooke Beam finding the net and breaking the stalemate after breaking away from several Tech defenders in the seventh minute.

The Ravens would even the score in the 14th minute, on a shot from freshman midfielder Nicolette Phillips that snuck past IR sophomore keeper Fabrea McCray. But after Beam gave the Indians the edge with another goal — this time off an assist from senior midfielder Aline Check-Guzman — tensions began to drop.

Strike Out ALS 5K Run/Walk set for April 30

Coastal Point • File Photo: The second annual Strike Out ALS 5K starts off at Camp Barnes last May.Coastal Point • File Photo: The second annual Strike Out ALS 5K starts off at Camp Barnes last May.The Strike Out ALS 5K Run/Walk is back for its third year and scheduled to get under way on Saturday, April 30.

As always, the event will raise funds to be donated to the Peninsula Medical Regional Center ALS clinic in Salisbury, Md., honoring the late Jack Lundergan and Selbyville resident Ellen Begun, who is still battling with the neurodegenerative disease.

“The first year will always be the best,” said race director Kristen Jones. “Jack and Ellen walked the race hand in hand.

“Last year, Jack had just passed away. It started as a sad day, because the race was for Jack and we knew he would not be there, but seeing the community come out to help raise money for the clinic turned it around to be another awesome event.”

Coach Woo takes over soccer-clad IR tennis squad

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior third singles player Patrick Mochiam returns a shot against Worcester Prep during the Indians’ first match of the season.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior third singles player Patrick Mochiam returns a shot against Worcester Prep during the Indians’ first match of the season.Worcester Prep may have bested the Indians 4-1 on Wednesday, April 6, but it was Mac Smith who stole the show.

After dropping the first set to Prep senior Alex Choy, the IR junior rallied back to take the second set and force the tiebreaker. Then, falling behind 5-1, Smith mounted another comeback — this time with all eyes on the battle at first singles.

“At 4-1, I thought I could make it 4-2, but I missed a couple shots in the fourth game,” Smith explained. “I knew it would come down to who would miss the most shots and that I just had to get it back.”

Cutting the lead to 5-3, Smith eventually evened the score at 5-5, which is when the match momentum began to swing.

“Once I tied it, I knew I had a pretty good chance of winning,” Smith said. “I just kept getting the ball back, just kept pushing like he was doing. I just had to make more shots than he did.”

IR lax tames Red Lion with second-half surge

Coming off a tough test against Berlin, Md.’s Worcester Prep, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team was looking for redemption on the road at Red Lion on Monday, April 11, and that’s exactly what they got with a 16-7 win.

Thunderstruck!: Indians douse Bucs 4-0 in rained out match

They only played one half, but that’s all the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team needed to clinch a 4-0 division victory over Milford on Thursday, April 7.

Triple Overtime: ­If missing out on sports moments and not knowing acronyms is cool, then call me Miles Davis

All the cool kids have been saying it for a while, which is why it’s so surprising that I’m just learning about it now.

Indian River softball takes down St. Mark’s 6-0 for first win

Special to the Coastal Point • Jill Corrozi Collins: Junior 1B Sami Mumford goes to throw out a St. Mark’s runner during the Indians’ 6-0 win on Saturday.Special to the Coastal Point • Jill Corrozi Collins: Junior 1B Sami Mumford goes to throw out a St. Mark’s runner during the Indians’ 6-0 win on Saturday.They could have gone to Florida. They could have gone to the Outer Banks. But for spring break, the Indian River High School softball team went to work.

After starting the season with back-to-back losses, every member of the team showed up for optional spring break practices to prep for their Saturday, April 2, matchup against St. Mark’s (then 2-0). And it showed.

Not only did the girls take down the Spartans 6-0 to claim their first win of the season, but they found their swing in the process.

“We’re back. That’s all I really have to say, is I think we’re back,” said sophomore CF Julia Bomhardt.

“We still are the team that we thought we were,” said junior 1B Sami Mumford. “This game boosted our confidence. I think we needed it.”

After a scoreless first inning, Mumford sparked a hitting rally with a single in the top of the second, with senior RF Ky’Lesha Neal getting on base next and senior LF Callie McDowell knocking in Mumford on an RBI-single that made it 1-0. Freshman catcher Grace Snyder would then score Neal on a sac-fly, and junior 2B Madi McGee would send McDowell home, to put the Indians up 3-0, on an RBI-triple before the inning was over.

IR’s Anderson headed to DRFC Blue-Gold All-Star Game

Opportunity about more than football

Coastal Point • Submitted: Anderson and Blue-Gold buddy Layne Twigg of Roxana.Coastal Point • Submitted: Anderson and Blue-Gold buddy Layne Twigg of Roxana.There were a lot of names submitted for the DRFC Blue-Gold All-Star football game this year, by both coaches across the state and by Indian River High School head coach Phill Townsend. However, the only one selected from the Indians was senior Joey Anderson.

“Joe kind of stood out more than the rest. I thought he was the best candidate to represent our school,” said Townsend, who was once a Blue-Gold selection for IR himself.

“It’s hard to get in there, especially from a small school representing such a big event,” added Chris Megee, who coaches Anderson in both football and baseball. “That’s just the respect that Joey has throughout the state. I can’t say enough about him.”

Anderson led the Indians’ football team on both offense and defense this past season, collecting All Henlopen-Conference honors as an offensive guard and defensive end.

Indians drape Cape 6-1, start 2-0

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: IR freshman midfielder Grace Engel fights for possession against Cape sophomore midfielder Haley Schnupp on Tuesday.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: IR freshman midfielder Grace Engel fights for possession against Cape sophomore midfielder Haley Schnupp on Tuesday.It was a bright, cold day in April, but the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team started off hot in their 6-1 victory over Cape Henlopen on Tuesday.

After team manager Hope Pearce opened the game by singing the national anthem, it was junior forward Maddie Hogsten who struck first for the Indians, just as it had been in their first game, against Delmar, tallying a goal off an assist from junior midfielder Natalie Herrera in the 18th minute.

Less than 60 ticks later, Hogsten found senior forward Brooke Beam, to make it 2-0. The team’s two leading scorers would account for the next two goals as well — one from Beam off a penalty kick and the other from Hogsten unassisted, making it 4-0 while still in the first half.

“I think we saw some of it last year. They were both scoring lots of goals for us,” said head coach Steve Kilby. “Brooke does warrant a lot of attention, and if you want to focus on her, you’re gonna open up space for Maddie.”

IR baseball falls to top-ranked St. Mark’s, 7-3

The Indians may have faced their toughest test to date against St. Mark’s (4-0) on Saturday, April 2. And despite a 7-3 loss, they may still have played their best ball of the season thus far.

“We took a step forward. If we play like that the rest of the year, I think some wins will start coming along,” said head coach Chris Megee.

Skippers learn rules of the water in safe-boating courses

Driving a boat isn’t just a matter of turning the key. So that boaters can get official training to safely and comfortably ride Delaware waters, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will host one-day boating safety courses at locations throughout the area in the coming months, helping boaters meet the state requirement for mandatory boating education, at a cost of $10 per person.

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