Sports

Indian River wrestling takes down Laurel

The Indian River High School wrestling squad improved to 2-0 in conference competition last Wednesday, Jan. 8, with a 60-24 victory against the Laurel Bulldogs.

Surfer Spotlight: Gettin’ level with Mikey Revel

There’s a new crop of young surfing talent in Sussex County, and Bethany Beach’s Mike Revel is one of the young guns leading the charge.

The Sussex County Sports Crystal Ball: A look into 2014

Last week, we highlighted an incredibly successful 2013 sports year for all of Sussex County. So, naturally, we decided to borrow Editor Darin McCann’s crystal ball and make a few predictions for what the coming year may hold for Indian River High School and other local athletes.

Indians host teams from five states at Battle at the Beach

Indian River High School played host to teams from five different states this past weekend at the now-annual Battle at the Beach wrestling tournament.

Indians fall to 1-3 after Governor’s Challenge

The Indian River High School basketball team had a few things working against them headed into the 2013 Governor’s Challenge basketball tournament. While they did see point guard Brian Arthur return to play, the Indians arrived at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center cold, after having to miss three straight days of practice due to the Christmas holiday.

Lady Indians look to recover from Holiday Tournament

The Indian River High School girls’ basketball team headed south after this week to face Snow Hill and Pocomoke high schools in the Stephen Decatur Holiday Tournament on Dec. 27. The Lady Indians were faced with entering the tournament without starting point guard Maggie Allison, however, and fell to both teams, 47-19 and 52-15, respectively.

Kick off 2014 with the First Day Hike offered at Fresh Pond

Hikers can join the staff at Delaware Seashore State Park and kick off the New Year by enjoying what the outdoors has to offer, with the First Day Hike, starting at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1.

Year in review: 365 days of Sussex County sports

The year 2013 was full of championships, champions, and even some new endeavors for the Sussex County sports scene.

Lance Fargo made Ocean View proud when he returned home victorious from the USA Triathlon National Championships with a Clydesdale-division gold medal around his neck, the Indian River boys’ soccer team made history when they defeated St. Elizabeth 3-0 and were crowned the first-ever Delaware Division II State Champions, and local pro-athletes Bill Baxter, Colin Herlihy and Brian Stoehr literally took their respective sports to new heights, with a machine called a winch.

Indians get ‘B.B.’ back for showdown at Seaford

The Indian River High School boys’ basketball team got senior forward Jaevon “B.B.” Holland back last Thursday for their Henlopen South matchup at Seaford, but they were still forced to run with short rotations, without starting point guard Brian Arthur. Holland made a significant impact, but fatigue still played a factor in the Indians’ 107-97 overtime loss.

Lady Indians stumble against Seaford, look to Holiday Tournament

Early turnovers were key in the Indian River High School girls’ basketball team’s 54-21 loss against Seaford last Thursday, Dec. 19, as the Lady Blue Jays forced 12 in the first quarter alone.

Snowboarders’ head injuries a growing concern

Snowboarders will tell you shreddin’ the gnar delivers an incredible sense of freedom. It’s all about the thrill of the ride. Some call this Olympic sport the ultimate extreme winter activity because of the challenges and adrenalin rush that comes with it. One of the fastest rising sports in popularity, more than 6 million people are boarding every year in the U.S. alone.

Camp Barnes Wrestling Classic set for Dec. 29 at Central

The second annual Camp Barnes Wrestling Classic will start at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29, at Sussex Central High School in Georgetown. The tournament will benefit the Camp Barnes overnight residential summer camp run by the Delaware State Police.

Major factor: Kei Juan Major puts up 31 in IR basketball season opener

Junior guard Kei Juan Major lived up to his name last Tuesday night, playing a “key” role in the Indian River High School basketball team’s “major” season-opening victory against St. Thomas More, 63-37.

Local shaper selected to design Surfin’ Snowman trophies

Most 16-year-olds don’t shape their own surfboards, but then again most 16-year-olds aren’t Clay Reynolds. For the past two years, the Indian River High School student and Ocean View native has been shaping under his own label, Reynolds Back Door Surf, and selling his boards out of his family’s shop, the Millville Town Peddler, on Route 26 — while still managing to get his homework done on time.

First annual Surfin’ Snowman run looking to snowball

After a quiet month or two, the resort beach towns along the Delaware coastline typically begin to buzz again around the holiday season, when owners of vacation homes in the area have some time off from work — but there isn’t a lot for them to do in the dead of winter, especially outdoors.

IR swim team strokes past Tech in wake of a technicality

Swimming season is in full swing for Indian River High School, as the Indians have started off the season a perfect 3-0 record, with wins against Milford, Delmarva Christian and Sussex Tech.

Lady Indians drop DAPSS, 36-17

The Indian River High School girls’ basketball squad jumped out to a “safe and secure” lead and never looked back in last Friday night’s 36-17 victory against the Delaware Academy of Public Safety & Security. The win puts the Lady Indians at 1-0 on the season.

Elling, Roberts named DIFCA All-State

Joost Elling and Tim Roberts may both have ended their high school football careers with DIFCA All-State honors and a third straight Henlopen Conference championship, but the two Indian River High School seniors took considerably different paths to get there.

Izzo first IR athlete to win two state titles

Sam Izzo is a two-time Delaware state champion. He’s on the news. He’s in the paper. He gets stopped in the grocery store. He’s getting looked at by Division I schools.

Camp Barnes Wrestling Classic set for Dec. 29

The second annual Camp Barnes Wrestling Classic will start at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29, at Sussex Central High School in Georgetown. The tournament will benefit the Camp Barnes overnight residential summer camp run by the Delaware State Police.

IR girls’ basketball takes court with new starters, coach

Last year’s Indian River High School girls’ basketball team finished a respectable 12-8 on the season. Having graduated all the starters from that team, however, the Lady Indians find themselves young and inexperienced headed into the 2013 regular season.

No separation for ‘church and skate’

Since 2008, Epworth United Methodist Church in Lewes has been offering local skaters a safe, free place to skateboard. This winter, however, the skate park at Epworth is taking it to the next level, demolishing the old ramps and equipment in the church parking lot and pouring concrete.

Turkey and tubes

Sussex County surfers score over Thanksgiving holiday

A northeast swell had Sussex County surf lineups looking like Southern California on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving — minus the sunshine and balmy temperatures.

IR basketball eyeing state championship

Just two years ago, the Indian River High School basketball team went 0-19. Last season, under then-first-year head coach Mike Fabber, they went 10-10. This season, with a new confidence and more experience for key players, the Indians have their sights set on a state championship.

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.

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