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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.

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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.

Ocean to Bay Bike Tour gears up for April 16

The 27th Annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour presented by NVHomes/Ryan Homes will take place on April 16 beginning at 7:30 a.m. in downtown Bethany Beach. In the event hosted by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, cyclists region-wide will complete 30-, 50- mile, metric century or century courses travelling throughout the scenic beach and bay locales of Southern Delaware.

Will the athlete in your house need Tommy John surgery?

Baseball fever is setting in for all of us who love the game. The pros are at spring training and school teams and clubs are ready to take to the field. There’s something about hearing the words, “play ball” that gives me a thrill.

Tripple Overtime: Is lowering the rim sexist or? Ask Elena Delle Donne

You play ball like a girl.

Aside from “You know, if my dog was as ugly as you, I’d shave his butt and tell him to walk backwards,” and “You’re killing me Smalls!,” it’s probably the most memorable line from the 1993 cinematic classic, “The Sandlot.”

IR soccer starts season with 7-0 shutout

Indians playing for Trevor Kramer

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Junior forward Maddie Hogsten congratulates senior forward Madi Mercer after her first goal of the season.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Junior forward Maddie Hogsten congratulates senior forward Madi Mercer after her first goal of the season.It turns out that the Indian River High School soccer team is playing for a whole lot more than a state title this season.

Just weeks before their season opener against Delmar, 16-year old Trevor Kramer — a friend and schoolmate to the girls on the team and many others — passed away after a battle with cancer. Then, just two-days before the match, head coach Steve Kilby was hospitalized for undisclosed medical reasons.

While Kilby would make his way back out onto the field in time for the game, the girls were more determined than ever when the whistle finally blew on Thursday, March 24 — wearing “Trevor Kramer” on their warm-ups jerseys and realizing that they had more to play for than just a win.

IR baseball gearing up for St. Mark’s after tough start

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore pitcher Myles Clark takes the mound against Smyrna on Thursday, March 24.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore pitcher Myles Clark takes the mound against Smyrna on Thursday, March 24.There aren’t many teams in the state with a tougher schedule than the Indians this season, but they wouldn’t have it any other way.

“We wanna play the best,” said head coach Chris Megee. “We’re going through a little bit of adversity and learning how to win.”

The strength of schedule has shown early on so far this season, with the team falling to Polytech 23-12 on Wednesday, March 23, in their opener, and to Smyrna 10-0 on Thursday, March 24.

The Indians hung tough in their first match up, tying the game at 5-5 with a hitting rally in the bottom of the second, then tying it back up again at 10-10 with four runs in the bottom of the fifth before the Panthers pulled away.

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