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IR baseball South hopes still alive approaching road stretch

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior pitcher Jake Hudson notched the win from the mound against Laurel last Thursday, giving the Indians a 3-1 record in the South.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior pitcher Jake Hudson notched the win from the mound against Laurel last Thursday, giving the Indians a 3-1 record in the South.The Indian River High School baseball team is making some noise this season, after keeping their division title hopes alive with a 12-2 win against Laurel on Thursday, April 23, and following up on that by taking down Caesar Rodney 8-5 on the road on Friday, April 24.

“We’re definitely not out of it,” said junior 2B/P Jake Hudson of the Indians’ South title hopes. “We’re definitely still playing for the South.”

Hudson pitched the majority of the game for the Indians in last Thursday’s win against Laurel, with junior 1B/P Billy Murray coming in relief for the final five pitches.

“That seals the win,” Hudson said of Murray coming in to finish the job. “I feel like I could have gone even more, as long as we get the win.”

The 92 pitches on the day is unusual for the Indians’ bullpen, but coaches Chris Megee and Kevin Cordrey said they felt confident in Hudson’s arm and took into consideration having to face Caesar Rodney the following day.

IR golf posts season’s best in wins vs. Laurel, Dover

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Freshman Mikaela Brosnahan tees-off at Cripple Creek last Tuesday against Dover. Brosnahan capped the day with career best 50 against the Senators.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Freshman Mikaela Brosnahan tees-off at Cripple Creek last Tuesday against Dover. Brosnahan capped the day with career best 50 against the Senators.The Indian River High School golf team is getting hot at the right time.

After shooting a 197 in a win against Laurel on Monday, the Indians turned around the next day to put together their best team performance of the season to date, shedding 11 strokes off their score and finishing with a 186, to take down Dover at Cripple Creek.

“It feels pretty good,” said sophomore John Evans, who shot a season-low 48 on the day and broke 50 for the first time. “I feel like we’re working better together and we’re shooting better.”

Evans wasn’t the only Indians’ young gun to mount a personal best on the day, however, with freshman Mikaela Brosnahan finishing with a 50 in the victory.

“Mikaela started off right around 60-62, then 58, 56, 53; then she had a 51,” said coach Billy Wingate of the freshman’s progression. “We have some young talent. Their scores are getting better every match.”

Smith named American Athletic Conference’s Player of the Week

Photo courtesy of ECU Athletic Deepartment: Former All-State Indian River shortstop and current East Carolina University freshman 3B Karlie Smith celebrates after a grand slam against UConn. Smith earned American Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors last week.Photo courtesy ECU Athletic Department: Former All-State Indian River shortstop and current East Carolina University freshman 3B Karlie Smith celebrates after a grand slam against UConn. Smith earned American Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors last week.In just her freshman season at East Carolina University, former All-State Indian River softball standout Karlie Smith is showing the NCAA just how she earned the nickname “Karlie Clutch,” recently earning American Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors.

Having helped the Pirates to a 4-3 comeback win in the bottom of the seventh inning after being down 3-0 against the University of North Carolina with an RBI and run scored on Thursday, April 23, Smith continued her heavy hitting streak on Saturday and Sunday in series wins against the University of Connecticut. Not only would Smith belt her first NCAA career home run with a grand slam against the Huskies on Saturday, she’d follow the performance with another grand slam, for her second career homer, the following day.

She’d finish the week with 10 RBIs, five runs and two homers in just 14 at-bats. Last Thursday’s win over UNC marked ECU’s first against the Tarheels since 2008.

“To see both team success and individuals goals met as the season comes to a close is extremely rewarding,” said Smith. “I'm looking forward to what is to come in the future.”

Tripple Overtime: What’s in a name? Don’t ask Shakespeare, ask the Lady Indians

I was standing there at Indian River High School, watching the Lady Indians take on Milford last Friday night... until I realized that I wasn’t.

IR soccer stays unbeaten after shutting out Cape, Delmar

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior midfielder Ailene Guzman looks to push the ball downfield during the Indians’ 6-0 win at Cape Henlopen on Thursday, April 16.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior midfielder Ailene Guzman looks to push the ball downfield during the Indians’ 6-0 win at Cape Henlopen on Thursday, April 16.Despite starting the season with seven straight road games, the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team is a perfect 7-0, most recently capping a pair of 6-0 wins against both Cape Henlopen and Delmar.

During the impressive run, they’ve only given up one score, collectively outscoring their opponents by an astounding 45 goals, and look primed for not only another conference championship run but possibly a state title run, as well, headed into their first home game of the season against Laurel on Thursday, April 23.

Indians 6, Cape Henlopen 0

After making her return from Europe, where she competed in the Olympic Development program, All-State forward junior Brooke Beam made her presence known early and often — racking up a staggering four goals in the first half, to give the Indians a 4-0 lead at the break.

Sixth-inning rally sparks Indians’ comeback vs. Milford

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior Olivia Ruberti dives headfirst for home plate during the Indians’ rally against Milford on Friday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior Olivia Ruberti dives headfirst for home plate during the Indians’ rally against Milford on Friday.Down 8-3 against Milford heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Indians were running out of chances to pull out a division win Friday, April 17. But that’s exactly when the hitting began to get contagious, as the young softball squad rallied with six scores, to eventually edge the Bucs 9-8.

“We all just passed the bat around,” said junior Olivia Ruberti of the offensive rally. “I think that this was the best hitting game that we’ve all worked together on.”

Before they mounted the comeback, however, the girls had the difficult task of shaking off a tough loss to Delmar their previous game.

“Losses hit you hard, whether it’s by one or whether it’s by 10,” said head coach Erika Brittingham. “Before this game, I told this girl, ‘Whether it’s 10-0 we’re winning or 10-0 we’re losing, I wanna see the same team.’”

“After that game, we just knew that that wasn’t the team who we really are,” added Ruberti. “At practice, we came out and we were ready.”

IR baseball falls to Milford, gear up for Laurel, CR

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Freshman Mark Smith chases a pop fly against MIlford on Friday, April 17.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Freshman Mark Smith chases a pop fly against MIlford on Friday, April 17.The Indian River High School baseball team saw their win streak cut short against Milford on Friday, bested by the Bucs 8-2.

After falling behind 3-0 in the first inning, the Indians managed runs in the fourth and fifth innings, but ultimately left too many runners stranded to mount a comeback.

“They came out. They were aggressive. They got their hits in. They were looking for first pitch strike, and they went ahead and tattooed it, and they were putting runners on,” explained coach Chris Megee.

“We had our opportunities, too. We put runners on just about every inning, but we didn’t cash them in.”

IR sports: Yeah, there’s an app for that

The Indians are on the field, they’re in the Coastal Point and, now, they can be on your smartphone, too, as Indian River High School this week officially unleashed their Team App — the free smartphone app designed to keep fans, parents and athletes up to date.

Indians fall to Cape in tiebreaker heart-breaker

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior first-singles player Seung Son returns a shot against Cape Henlopen on Tuesday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior first-singles player Seung Son returns a shot against Cape Henlopen on Tuesday.The tensions were high after nearly two hours of deadlocked play between the Indian River and Cape Henlopen girls’ tennis teams Tuesday afternoon, going all the way down to a tiebreaker match before the Vikings finally pulled out a 3-2 victory.

The team had gotten first-singles player Seung Son back after she had to miss the Sussex Central match while on a band trip to Florida, but the senior had no trouble getting back in the groove, taking down Cape Henlopen senior TyKia Duffy, 6-0, 6-2.

“Last year, it was harder, because she played more defense,” explained Son of her opponent. “This year, she was more offensive.”

Second-singles player senior Zoe Richard was out on the courts the longest. After splitting sets with Cape junior Anna Steiner 6-2, 6-1, the match went into extra sets where Steiner eventually notched the 7-5 win.

DNREC? eminds hunters about baiting prohibition

DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between April 6-12 made 1,254 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 110 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers responded to 41 complaints and issued 26 citations.

LSLL opening ceremony set for Friday: Signups for Challenger League open

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark  : Little Leaguers at last year's LSLL Opening Day show what the event is all about … fun!Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Little Leaguers at last year's LSLL Opening Day show what the event is all about … fun!

While the Lower Sussex Little League may have kicked things off with their first game of the season last Monday night at the Pyle Center, they’ll celebrate the occasion this Friday, April 17, with their annual opening-ceremonies event. The festivities are set to begin at 6 p.m.

“The first hour is gonna be the opening ceremonies,” said LSLL President Tracey Littleton, “the flag-raising ceremony and recognizing the people we need to recognize. It’s just a fun night for the kids.”

Also honored at the ceremony will be former LSLL players who went on to serve the country, as well as the LSLL Big League team that made it to regionals last year, coached by Sam O’Shields.

“We’ll be honoring them,” Little explained. And, “We had some Pat Knight teams that won first place in their tournament, so we’ll be recognizing them.”

Get in golf shape before you tee off

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Indians’ fifth-inning frenzy kicks off wild comeback vs. Wildcats

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior Kenny Rishel celebrates with teammates Jake Hudson and Ryan Engh after scoring from second against Delmar on Saturday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior Kenny Rishel celebrates with teammates Jake Hudson and Ryan Engh after scoring from second against Delmar on Saturday.Bases loaded. Full count. The game on the line.

It’s the situation that Indian River senior 3B/P Eddie Hogan found himself in after his team had rallied back against Delmar last Saturday to lead 10-5. And, in a display of what has come to be expected from the Indians’ captain, he delivered, getting a Delmar batter swinging and sealing the win in dramatic fashion his squad.

“He’s starting to be that guy that wants to have the ball — a senior leader,” said coach Kevin Cordrey. “That’s what we need — somebody that’s gonna go in there and throw strikes like that.”

“I think it’s just a sign of him being a leader on our team,” added coach Chris Megee. “He wants the ball, and we want him to have the ball. We’ve got faith that he’s gonna pitch the contact and he’s gonna put it in our fielder’s hands and we’re gonna get an out.”

Late rally, McWilliams’ 17 saves, not enough to spoil Tech victory

Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark: Sophomore goalie Hayden McWilliams was put to the test against 49 shots from Sussex Tech on Monday night.Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark: Sophomore goalie Hayden McWilliams was put to the test against 49 shots from Sussex Tech on Monday night.It was a tale of two lacrosse programs on Monday night, as a young Indian River High School squad took on the seasoned veterans of Sussex Tech. Ultimately, experience would win out, as the Ravens soared to a 17-4 victory over the Indians.

“They’ve been playing together a long time,” explained Indian River co-head coach Jerry Sheridan of the Henlopen North squad. “They’ve got a lot of good athletes over there that have been playing the game a long time — on travel teams, club teams, things like that.”

The Ravens showcased their team chemistry and talent early on, jumping to a 13-0 victory at the half, despite Indian River sophomore goalie Hayden McWilliams’ relentless efforts between the pipes.

“If I’ve got him in goal, I’m confident in any game that we play,” said Sheridan of McWilliams’ 17 saves on the day. “Great kid, too.”

Lady Indians roll to 5-0 with wins at DCHS, Smyrna

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior midfielder Madison Mercer goes to the goal during the Lady Indians’ 8-0 victory over DCHS last Monday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior midfielder Madison Mercer goes to the goal during the Lady Indians’ 8-0 victory over DCHS last Monday.The Indian River High School girls’ soccer team has only given up one goal this season. They’ve scored 34. In just five games.

Even more impressively, they’ve gotten off to their 5-0 start without having hosted a single home game yet this season — most recently racking up road wins against Delmarva Christian High School on Monday, April 13, and Smyrna on Tuesday, April 14.

Indian River 8, DCHS 0

In their 8-0 win over the Lady Royals last Monday, the Lady Indians had only play the first half with their leading goal scorer from last season, junior forward Brooke Beam, who got the offensive started with a quick unassisted goal, adding another off an assist from freshman Sammi Whelen and tallying an assist of her own before calling it a day.

Lady Indians wreck Tech in first-ever girls’ lax game at IR

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Sophomore midfielder Lexi Haden moves the ball during the Lady Indians’ 14-4 win over Sussex Tech on Monday. The game was the first ever girls' lacrosse match up held at Indian River High School.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Sophomore midfielder Lexi Haden moves the ball during the Lady Indians’ 14-4 win over Sussex Tech on Monday. The game was the first ever girls' lacrosse match up held at Indian River High School.The Indian River High School girls’ lacrosse program couldn’t have scripted a better opening scene.

After demolishing the Salisbury School last month in the program’s first-ever game, they followed that performance by taking down rival Sussex Tech 14-4 on Monday night, in what was the first-ever home game in IRHS girls’ lacrosse history.

“The Tech rivalry is always a big one,” said assistant coach Anne McBride. “I know the girls were pumped for it.”

One of the girls especially pumped for it was lifelong laxer and freshman midfielder Kealey Allison, who gave the Lady Indians a 1-0 advantage early on. They’d go on to make it 7-0 before halftime, with another score from Allison and goals from junior Emily Shuey, sophomore Lexi Haden and freshman Helen Davis. Two key first-half saves from freshman goalie Brianna McGee kept the Lady Ravens off the board.

IR boys’ tennis sweeps Central, starts 3-0

Coastal Point • Submitted: Indian River’s Adam Izzo and Patrick Mochiam took down Central's Hayden McCabe and Brandon Ventura 6-1, 6-2, in the second doubles matchup on Monday.Coastal Point • Submitted: Indian River’s Adam Izzo and Patrick Mochiam took down Central's Hayden McCabe and Brandon Ventura 6-1, 6-2, in the second doubles matchup on Monday.With a roster composed mostly of state-champion soccer players, it’s not entirely surprising that the Indian River High School boys’ tennis team is off to a 3-0 start and eyeing a Henlopen South title.

“They’re proving themselves,” said head coach Kelsey Waite. “They’re all such athletes — maybe they’ll be playing against someone with more match experience, but they’re fighters and they don’t like to lose.”

The squad further proved their will to win on Monday, with a 5-0 sweep of district rival Sussex Central.

“I think staying focused was key yesterday, just to get back in the groove of things,” said Waite of the matchup held right after spring break. “They did a really good job.”

Sophomore Mac Smith headlined the victory at first-singles, taking down Sussex Central’s Chris Wise, 6-1, 6-0.

“That’s a lot of pressure for a sophomore,” said Waite. “Mac is really doing a nice job at [first-singles].”

Inaugural Coastal Delaware Running Festival nearly sold out

Certified Race Directors Rick Hundley and Ernie Felici of Focus Multi-Sports reported this week that the inaugural Coastal Delaware Running Festival, scheduled for May 3, has nearly sold out for registrations.

Bridgeville golf tournament to honor fallen Marine

On May 9, golfers can play a round and celebrate a fallen U.S. Marine in the process. The second annual Cory Palmer Memorial Golf Tournament is being hosted by a group of the young man’s best friends that Saturday, at Heritage Shores Golf Club in Bridgeville.

Seaford resident Cory L. Palmer died on May 6, 2006, when his Humvee patrol was struck by a roadside bomb near Fallujah, Iraq.

Indian River splits doubleheader against Maryland’s Easton, Parkside

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Senior third-baseman Eddie Hogan tags out a Parkside runner last April 2.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Senior third-baseman Eddie Hogan tags out a Parkside runner last April 2.The Indian River High School baseball team picked up their first win of the season last Thursday, taking down Easton 6-5 in the first game of a doubleheader against a pair of Maryland squads.

“This is a team that’s starting to get fun to be around,” said coach Kevin Cordrey of his squad’s developing chemistry. “I think they’re starting to become brothers, just like we want them to be.”

Falling behind 3-0 after three innings and 5-0 after the fifth, the Indians started to heat up at the plate when they strung together five runs in the top of the sixth inning, to tie the game 5-5. RBIs from senior third-baseman Eddie Hogan, junior Ryan Engh and sophomore catcher Andrew White were all instrumental in the late comeback.

Keller brings ‘K-Vest’ golf technology to Cripple Creek

Coastal Point • Submitted : Cripple Creek Pro Matt Keller introduced Bethany-area residents to the K-Vest last April 2, with a demo displaying a new way to help improve their golf swing.Coastal Point • Submitted : Cripple Creek Pro Matt Keller introduced Bethany-area residents to the K-Vest last April 2, with a demo displaying a new way to help improve their golf swing.Cripple Creek golf pro Matt Keller is taking his game to the next level.

While he’s long been an advocate of using modern technology to help not only his students, but himself, become better golfers, last Thursday he stepped it up a notch when he introduced Cripple Creek to the “K-Vest.”

“In the past, what we’ve done is use video swing analysis,” said Keller. “This is almost the ideal learning setting. It makes it so much easier to feel how you should swing the golf club.”

In the demo held at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club near Dagsboro last week, Keller introduced his newest venture to the public and demonstrated the advantages the cutting-edge technology offers that regular methods to do not.

“I spent a lot of the off-season just studying, researching,” said Keller. “I want to become a better instructor, and I want my students to improve, as well. I believe in what I’m doing, and I think it’s really gonna help people.”

Top-rated O’s prospects Reyes, Gonzalez, Heim to make Delmarva debut

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Pitcher Austin Urban posted a 3-4 record and recorded six saves for the Shorebirds in 2014. Urban is now with the Frederick Keys.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Pitcher Austin Urban posted a 3-4 record and recorded six saves for the Shorebirds in 2014. Urban is now with the Frederick Keys.Shorebirds fan favorites pitcher Hunter Harvey and catcher Chance Sisco may be among those moving on as they make their way to the big leagues, but this year’s Delmarva roster is just as full of sure-to-be future O’s — and they all arrived at Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md., last week.

The “break camp” roster is in place to start the 2015 season, featuring 22 players from last year’s Aberdeen Ironbirds — the Orioles’ Class A Short Season affiliate. Of the 28-man roster, 12 players spent time in Delmarva last season, under manager Ryan Minor, who returns to lead the birds in what will be their 20th anniversary season.

A former Shorebird and Baltimore Oriole himself, the mark holds even more meaning for Minor.

“It is special, when a player comes back to the town that he played in and coaches, manages in that town. It just doesn’t happen in baseball a lot of times,” he said. “For me to have that opportunity means a lot to me.”

Considering the team’s success in the first half of last season, and what he saw at spring training, Minor is even more encouraged about what the 2015 season could hold.

Last day to pre-register for Bethany Beach Breast Cancer Run/Walk

With the official rain-or-shine race day set for Saturday, May 9, the deadline to pre-register for the Bethany Beach Breast Cancer Run/Walk has arrived.

GMS to host first Run for Color 5K on April 18

There will be quite a few 5Ks coming up this spring, but one of the most unique will be the Run for Color held at Georgetown Middle School on Saturday, April 18 — an event in which the main goal is fun.

Delaware turkey season to open April 11

Delaware’s spring turkey hunting season opens Saturday, April 11, and runs through Saturday, May 9, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced this week.

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