Sports

Local pros taking board sports to new heights

Surfers, bodyboarders and skimmers are always looking to charge bigger waves, throw bigger airs and push the limits in their respective sports, in any way possible. So when local pro skimboarder Bill Baxter introduced pro surfer Colin Herlihy and pro bodyboarder Brian Stoehr to winching — a new form of towing into waves — they took off with it.

Indian River football standouts reflect on third straight conference title

One touchdown.

Seven points was the difference between the end of the 2013 Indian River High School football season and the team advancing to the next round of the DIAA playoffs, in their 42-35 loss against St. Georges Tech two weeks ago.

State Champs! Indians bring home state title

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Senior defender Sam Izzo and junior defender Sean Whelen share an aerial embrace after a header from Izzo put the Indians up 1-0 in the 16th minute of the DIAA Division II Championship game last Saturday night.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Senior defender Sam Izzo and junior defender Sean Whelen share an aerial embrace after a header from Izzo put the Indians up 1-0 in the 16th minute of the DIAA Division II Championship game last Saturday night.Less than 24 hours after converting a successful onside kick for the Indian River High School football team in the final minutes of their first-round playoff game, Sam Izzo racked up two goals for the Indians’ “futbol” team to propel them to a 3-0 victory against No. 1 St. Elizabeth’s and clinch the first-ever DIAA Division II state championship in soccer last Saturday night.

“Ever since I was a little kid, watching soccer, this has always been the goal,” an elated Izzo stated after the game. “Win a state championship. Do it for our high school. Do it for our boys. Do it for everybody back down south. It’s just amazing.”

Izzo got the Indians on the board first in the 16th minute by knocking in a header after junior midfielder Danny Garza’s free kick was deflected his way. Junior midfielder Luis Cruz tried to add to the lead after senior midfielder Greg Ray set him up for a bicycle kick in front of the net, but his shot ricocheted off the top crossbar.

Early in the second half, Cruz drove multiple defenders down to the end line and set up Garza with a perfectly placed pass in front of the net that he easily finished, giving IR a 2-0 lead.

IR falls to top-ranked St. Georges in DIAA football playoffs

Just two weeks after celebrating a third straight Henlopen South conference championship, the Indian River High School football team saw their season end sooner than they would have liked — falling to No. 1 St. Georges Tech 42-35 last Friday night.

Fenwick’s sixth annual Turkey Trot to benefit SPCA

In less than a week, Fenwick Island will host its annual Turkey Trot, offering a chance to preemptively work off that afternoon feast on the morning of Thanksgiving Day.

Fishing report: Stripers making their way south

As temperatures in the Atlantic continue to drop, local fishermen are taking advantage of snapping stripers making their way south to their spring spawning grounds in the Delaware and Chesapeake bays.

Skateboarding injuries on the rise, can be prevented

Area skateboarders are stoked, thanks to plans to bring another skate park to the area, in Rehoboth. For parents and the increasing number of skateboarders of all ages, that’s good news.

Indians gouge Green Knights, advance in DIAA tournament

The Indian River High School soccer team will advance to the semi-finals of the DIAA state tournament after dismantling No. 10-ranked Mt. Pleasant 8-0 last Saturday, Nov. 9.

Indians stumble on senior night, switch focus to playoffs

Football is a game of inches. That has probably never been more apparent to the Indian River High School football team after they stumbled 29-27 against Sussex Central in last Friday night’s senior-night showdown.

Indian River softball standouts sign letters of intent

Two Indian River High School softball players signed letters of intent to play at the collegiate level last Wednesday, Nov. 13. Senior shortstop Karlie Smith signed on to play with Division I East Carolina University, and pitcher/first baseman Rachel Hudson will play at Division II Flagler College in the spring of 2015.

Hunting seasons start off with a bang in Sussex County

Hunting season is officially in full swing across Sussex County and the entire state of Delaware, and local hunters are taking full advantage.

Surfin’ Snowman run coming to Bethany Beach

The Seashore Striders and the producers of the Bethany Beach First Responders Triathlon-Duathlon-Aquabike event (Rick Hundley, Ernie Felici and Tim Bamforth) are now planning the Surfin’ Snowman 5-mile run and Santa’s Helper 2-mile family fun walk/run. The event, presented by Miken Builders, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 28, at noon at the Bethany Beach bandstand.

Fenwick to apply for DNREC drainage grant

The Fenwick Island Town Council last week unanimously approved for Town Manager Merritt Burke to submit a grant proposal to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control [DNREC] for the Surface Water Matching Planning Grant.

“Our current master drainage survey was just completed by URS was completed with that grant last year,” said Burke.

3-peat! Sturgis runs wild on the Wildcats, Indians clinch third straight South title

Indian River sophomore tailback KiAnte’ Sturgis rushed for 180 yards and four touchdowns in last Friday night’s 42-22 domineering win over previously undefeated Delmar (8-1, 4-1) to secure the Indians their third consecutive Henlopen South title.

IR soccer crowned first ever Henlopen conference champions

The Indian River High School soccer team edged past Caesar Rodney High School 2-1 last Saturday in the conference’s first-ever post-season battle between the winners of the Henlopen North and South conference. As a result, the Indians were crowned champions of the entire Henlopen conference.

Indian River soccer community bands together for Willy Cannon

There were days when making it to Indian River soccer games weren’t an ordeal for Willy Cannon. In fact he was typically the one to take his kids, IR senior goalkeeper Sam Cannon and graduate Emma Cannon, to their sporting events and was often even their coach.

Over 500 runners turn out for annual ‘Trail Run’

For 11 straight years, the Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church Trail Run has enjoyed tremendous success, and last Sunday was no different.

Indians to face Delmar for Henlopen South title

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior fullback/linebacker H.F. Wilgus puts the pressure on Seaford quarterback Jakeen Banks in the Indians’ 35-0 win at Seaford last Friday, Oct. 25. The Indians have shut out Seaford in their last four meetings.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior fullback/linebacker H.F. Wilgus puts the pressure on Seaford quarterback Jakeen Banks in the Indians’ 35-0 win at Seaford last Friday, Oct. 25. The Indians have shut out Seaford in their last four meetings.The Indian River High School football team had no problem getting past Seaford last Friday night in a 35-0 shutout that put them right where they wanted to be in the Henlopen South Conference.

The win marked their third consecutive of the season and fourth consecutive shutout against Seaford. The Blue Jays haven’t scored a point on IR since 2009. More importantly, it put them at 4-1 in the conference, with undefeated Delmar coming to town Friday, Nov. 1. The game could ultimately determine the Henlopen South conference champion.

Sophomore running back KiAnté Sturgis needed 73 yards to break the 1,000-yard mark on the season, but the Indians were so dominant early on that head coach Ray Steele opted to pull most of the starters in the first half, and Sturgis would only see six carries on the night.

‘Krashing’ the party with IR football announcer

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Football announcer Steve "Krash" Kraushaar is all spirit, wearing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, plus his customary green and gold at the 2013 Indian River Homecoming game.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Football announcer Steve "Krash" Kraushaar is all spirit, wearing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, plus his customary green and gold at the 2013 Indian River Homecoming game.Every Friday night, a voice echoes over Frankford and Dagsboro. It’s Friday night football at Indian River High School, and announcer Steve Kraushaar is getting amped.

Known as “Krash” since the tenth grade, he’s been the voice of IR football for seven seasons.

“It gives me a chance to do what I do best: run my mouth,” Kraushaar said.

His long, gray hair reaches halfway down his back, always topped with a green and gold bandana, which he sewed together himself in 2011.

“I wanted something different to wear,” and when IR went undefeated that year, the bandana and green IR shirt became staples in his Friday night wardrobe, unwashed from August until the final game of each season.

Indian River Soccer locks up South Conference

The Indian River High School soccer team secured the Henlopen South title with their 6-0 win at Woodbridge on Thursday, Oct. 24.

IR field hockey captains expect coach to turn program around

Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, successful athletic programs aren’t built in one season. Indian River High School seniors Isabelle Huovinen and Sarah Hickman, captains of the IRHS field hockey team, understand that.

IR Girls’ Volleyball wraps up hot and cold season

The 2013 season was one of ups and downs for the Indian River High School girls’ volleyball team. After starting off 1-2, the Indians went on to win four straight games on the road at Milford, Delmar, Lake Forest and Woodbridge to improve their record to 5-2. They would then go on to lose six straight and split the final two games of the year to finish with a 6-9 record.

IR Cross Country runs up the win total this season

Both the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams were able to improve upon their 2012 record, the boys finishing the season at 6-7 and the girls ending up at 5-9.

Annual Fenwick Island Turkey Trot set for Thanksgiving day

The 6th Annual Fenwick Island Turkey Trot will be held on Thursday, Nov. 28, at 8 a.m. The 2.2-mile fun run/walk starts oceanside on Lewes Street in Fenwick Island, and then goes south to the Maryland state line and back. All are welcome, including leashed pets. Holiday or any festive costumes are encouraged.

Fans can ‘Remember the Titans’

With a 2000 Disney film depicting the team’s place in an America struggling with racial integration, the nation’s most famous high school football team may be the 1971 Titans. A decade beyond “Remember the Titans,” the original team still inspires film and sports fans.

Dig deep and rise above: Important safety tips for girls’ volleyball athletes

Girls’ volleyball is enjoying a spike in popularity. U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor probably have a lot to do with the increased popularity that has made this year-round sport appealing to many girls.

Win at Woodbridge puts Indians in the driver’s seat for Henlopen South

Despite what some local media outlets were predicting last week, the Indian River High School football team never even trailed Woodbridge last Friday night in a hard-hitting Henlopen South slugfest, pulling off a 17-7 road win. The Indians forced four turnovers on the night to thwart the Blue Raiders’ homecoming celebration and regain control of their own destiny for the division title.

Indian River fútbol rollos Sussex Central en Latin Patrimonio Noche

Father-and-son head coaches squared off Tuesday night, Oct. 22, when Sussex Central High School hosted Indian River High School for the soccer team’s annual Latin Heritage Night. IR head coach Steve Kilby continued his win streak against his son and Sussex Central head coach Patrick Kilby, as the Indians ran away with the 7-1 victory.

Indian River volleyball snaps losing streak on Senior Night

After starting off 5-2, the Indian River High School girls’ volleyball team lost six straight games, falling to 5-8 on the season. They were finally able to get out of that funk on Senior Night, last Tuesday, Oct. 22, winning against Seaford in just three sets.

Indian River girls are tough enough for Powder Puff

One night a year, Indian River High School girls are so fierce on the gridiron that the athletics department considers starting a rugby team.

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