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That’s 1,000!

‘G-Mart’ first IR player to rush for 1,000 yards since 2013

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Indian River's George 'G-Mart' Martin dishes a stiff arm during IR's game against Sussex Central on Friday, Nov. 11.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Indian River's George 'G-Mart' Martin dishes a stiff arm during IR's game against Sussex Central on Friday, Nov. 11.The last time an Indian River High School running back pulled it off, George Martin was a freshman, watching from the sidelines when former IR tailback KiAnté Sturgis eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in 2013.

Coming up through the program at Selbyville Middle School, Martin had seen Sturgis and 2013 IRHS grads Aaron Moore and Marquel Knight set the standard for what’s historically been a dominant rushing program at IR, with feature backs racking up 1,000-yard seasons year in and year out.

But it wasn’t until last Friday that “G-Mart” helped restore that tradition, when he ripped off a 59-yard touchdown run against Sussex Central to become the first player to break the barrier in three seasons.

“It was actually kind of funny — after that run, I hadn’t even been thinking about 1,000 yards,” Martin said. “I think Coach [Phil] Townsend came up to me while I was on a knee on the sidelines and told me. It didn’t really set in until after the game.”

After capping the game with 17 carries for 143 yards and two touchdowns, Martin capped his senior season with a total 196 carries for 1,114 yards and 15 rushing touchdowns. He also completed three of four passes this season, for 105 yards, returned a punt 45 yards for a touchdown and hauled in three receptions for 43 yards and a touchdown, while still contributing at safety on defense.

Fenwick Turkey Trot adds pet costume contest for ninth year

Coastal Point • File Photo: Winners of the Turkey Trot costume contest in 2014 show off their costumes.Coastal Point • File Photo: Winners of the Turkey Trot costume contest in 2014 show off their costumes.It started out as just a fun, family-friendly way to get out and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.

Fast-forward nine years, and upwards of 750 people turn out every Thanksgiving morning for the Fenwick Island Turkey Trot and what’s become a long-standing Fenwick Island tradition.

“People start emailing me in September,” said race director Lori Martin with a laugh, of the yearly anticipation.

“It’s definitely become a family tradition — which is what I envisioned from the beginning.”

Martin, who also runs Hip AHA Boot Camp, got the idea for that tradition while on vacation with her family in the Outer Banks. When she returned, she decided to bring the concept to Delaware, adding a few touches of her own and trying to make the concept more affordable for local families.

Extra Points – November 18, 2016

Haden headed for Blue-Gold All Star game

Indian River High School senior Lexi Haden has been selected to represent the Indians in this year’s Blue-Gold All Star field hockey game.

Ayers, Hess to hold girls’ lax clinics through IRSD

Coastal Point • File Photo: Ohio State grad Kelsea Ayers will join up with Virginia Tech grad Maddie Hess to lead the IRSD Adult and Community Education girls' youth lacrosse leagues this winter.Coastal Point • File Photo: Ohio State grad Kelsea Ayers will join up with Virginia Tech grad Maddie Hess to lead the IRSD Adult and Community Education girls' youth lacrosse leagues this winter.With the “fastest game on two feet” making its way through Sussex County, the Indian River School District Community Education program is offering local players a way to get involved early, with its upcoming lacrosse clinics.

While sessions for both boys and girls of all ages and skill levels will be offered by the Community Education program throughout the winter, things will get under way with the first clinic, starting Nov. 28.

Held at the G.W. Carver Academy in Frankford on Monday nights from Nov. 28 through Dec. 19, the initial clinic will be offered to girls at both the middle school and high school levels.

Former NCAA Division I standouts Kelsea Ayers and Maddy Hess will be teaming up to run the camp, helping players with passing, catching and cradling basics, stick work and advanced instruction in shooting, cutting and dodging.

Tripple Overtime: Can the NFL stop bogarting Instant Replay now because we could kind of use some for field hockey

As a journalist, you’re not allowed to have a rooting interest, specific team-wise, when you’re covering games or writing features or enduring presidential elections, or whatever else.

Conference Champs … X3!

IR seniors bring home third HAC soccer title

Head coach Steve Kilby’s “short list” keeps getting shorter.

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Junior midfielder Wilberth Gomez goes for a loose ball during the second half of Monday’s HAC Championship game.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Junior midfielder Wilberth Gomez goes for a loose ball during the second half of Monday’s HAC Championship game.After checking off the first item on that list with a Henlopen Southern division championship, the Indian River High School boys’ soccer team checked off item number 2 with 3-0 win over Sussex Central in the Henlopen Conference Championship game on Monday, Nov. 7.

Despite the game’s convincing final, however, in the midst of one of their most successful seasons in recent history, the North champion Golden Knights challenged early on.

“We prepared for the pace that they play,” said Kilby of a fast-paced Sussex Central squad. “We focused on speed of play and attacking the flanks.”

Local cross-country squads square up at Henlopen Conference Championships

Coastal Point • Submitted: From left, IR runners Josephine Grimes, Lindsey Grow, Sydney Messick, Jewel Yanek, Sarah Roehl, and Olivia Garvey at the Henlopen Conference Championships held on Saturday, Nov. 5.Coastal Point • Submitted: From left, IR runners Josephine Grimes, Lindsey Grow, Sydney Messick, Jewel Yanek, Sarah Roehl, and Olivia Garvey at the Henlopen Conference Championships held on Saturday, Nov. 5.The course at Killens Pond State Park was again the site of the Henlopen Conference Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 11, where 13 teams and more than 160 runners showed up to go toe to toe.

Among the competition were local schools including Indian River High School, Sussex Central, Sussex Academy and Sussex Tech, with Tech being edged by Caesar Rodney for the conference crown and Milford taking the title convincingly for the girls.

Top individual finishers from local programs included Tech senior Ben Bamforth who finished first overall for the boys’ with a time of 16:29.7. The Ravens saw one other top ten finisher on the day when Jairus Hinds clocked in at 17:24.1 for fourth place, and Tech Connor Morrow and Sussex Central’s Albert Norman each cracked the top twenty with times of 17:30.2 and 17:32.7, respectively.

Late call sends Cape past Indians in hockey playoff

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior forward Lexi Haden puts a move on a Cape defender.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior forward Lexi Haden puts a move on a Cape defender.The back of the net bounced. The stadium erupted. The celebration ensued.

With just over five minutes left to go, Indian River High School senior forward Madi McGee had knocked in a pass from senior forward Lexi Haden to tie the game against defending state-champion Cape Henlopen during the Indians’ first DIAA tournament appearance in exactly a decade.

Except that it didn’t count.

Understandably ecstatic after one of the game’s officials had indicated “goal,” the Indians were amidst hugs and high-fives when the game’s other official overruled — citing a whistle just seconds before McGee’s shot had a chance to stretch rope.

IR football falls to Lake Forest 26-7 in final home game

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Freshman DT Jodiah Morris goes for a backfield tackle on a run by Lake’s Shyron Salandy.Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Freshman DT Jodiah Morris goes for a backfield tackle on a run by Lake’s Shyron Salandy.It was an all-too-familiar situation for the Indian River High School football team when Lake Forest came to town on Friday, Nov. 4.

Just like things had gone down facing Milford three weeks prior, a game that started with IR sophomore Jacob Anderson returning the opening kick off the length of the field for a touchdown and putting the Indians up 7-0 early, they would end up with giving up too many big plays of their own and earned an eventual division loss, this time falling to the Spartans 26-7.

“We gave up the big plays on defense and consistently made mistakes this year,” said head coach Phil Townsend after the game.

“Offensively we moved the ball but we just couldn’t finish. It goes back to what we’ve been battling all year, offensively we’re making the same mistakes — we’re fumbling the ball, we’re jumping offsides, we’re not holding our blocks.”

IR football aiming to spoil Sussex Central senior night

Coming off a tough loss to Lake Forest on their own senior night, the Indian River High School football team will be looking for redemption when they set out to spoil senior night for rival Sussex Central on Friday, Nov. 11.

The 6-3 Golden Knights have impending DIAA state tournament hopes on the line however, knocked out of Henlopen North title contention but still very much in the playoff conversation should they cap the season with a win.

They’re riding back to back wins headed into the game, rolling Polytech 49-14 on Friday, Oct. 28, and more recently, Dover 43-7, on Nov. 4.

This season they’ve been without former IR running back-turned-Central star KiAnte’ Sturgis but have more than filled the backfield void with senior running back Justin Jones and senior fullback Kendrique Nocks.

Beam named to A-10 Rookie team at Richmond

BeamBeamAfter cracking the starting lineup during the pre-season and going on to tally three goals and four assists for the Spiders during her freshman campaign, Indian River High School graduate Brooke Beam was voted by league head coaches last week to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team.

While the Spiders finished 9-9-1, and saw their A-10 Tournament chances spoiled after a 1-0 loss in overtime to VCU in their final game, Beam would become the only rookie in the conference to receive A-10 Rookie of the Week honors twice during the 2016 season.

Her first R.O.W. nod came in just her third career game, when the freshman forward managed her first career NCAA points on two assists during a 4-2 win over JMU on Aug. 26.

Then, in a matchup against Rhode Island on Oct. 9, she netted what would end up being the difference in a 2-1 win on a shot from 25 yards out, enough to earn her the honors again.

Overall, Beam finished fourth on the team in total scoring with 10 points this the season.

SMS scores early, often to take down MMS in hockey rivalry

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Selbyville’s Morgan McGee and Millsboro’s Macy Layfield square up during Wednesday’s district rivalry game.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Selbyville’s Morgan McGee and Millsboro’s Macy Layfield square up during Wednesday’s district rivalry game.It was the game they had marked on their schedules all season.

Ever since getting edged by Millsboro on an Ansley Morrow goal just before the buzzer last fall, the Selbyville Middle School field hockey team had been ready for redemption in what’s become an anticipated annual rivalry.

But despite the wait, it didn’t take long for the Indians to cash in on that redemption when SMS eighth grade forward Kayler Townsend made her way through the Millsboro defense on a fast break and found herself one on one with the keeper just over two minutes after the opening whistle.

“Kayler’s one of the top scorers on our team. Once she’s gone and there’s no one around her — she’s gonna score,” said eighth grade defender and co-captain Savannah O’Shields of the goal that put the Indians up 1-0 early and on their way to an eventual 6-0 victory.

Extra Points – November 11, 2016

Moore goes for 22 yards in loss to Wesley

The Salisbury University football team lost their second game of the season on Saturday, Nov. 5, falling to Wesley College 44-27.

Indian River High School graduate and Salisbury senior Aaron Moore rushed for 22 yards on two carries in the matchup, also returning one kick for 19 yards.

Tripple Overtime: There’s a ‘Back to the Future’ Cubs’ conspiracy even though now technically the future is kind of the past

Theoretical physics. Rubik’s cubes. Where exactly “the Cloud” is. Whether Cobb’s totem stopped spinning or no at the end of the movie “Inception” featuring Jason Gordon-Levitz (“Snowden,” “Third Rock from the Sun”) and Leonardo DiCaprio (“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?,” pretty much every Martin Scorsese movie ever made) and also the movie’s entire not-so-basic plot, too.

Indians battle Tech, finish with first winning record since 2011

Mumford, Cannatelli leave legacy

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Seniors Shelby Cannatelli, left, and Sami Mumford, right, after their final game for the Indians on Thursday, Oct. 27.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Seniors Shelby Cannatelli, left, and Sami Mumford, right, after their final game for the Indians on Thursday, Oct. 27.Headed into the fifth and final set tied with Sussex Tech 2-2 on Thursday, Oct. 26, it finally dawned on Indian River High School senior middle hitter Sami Mumford: this could be the last volleyball set of her career.

“It just kind of hit me,” said Mumford of taking the court for what would end up being the final time in green and gold after getting some added motivation from the signature “Here we go!” call from her father, Todd Mumford, echoing throughout the gymnasium.

“It just really set in that this could be the last match I’ll ever play. I had to go all out because I didn’t want to have any regrets.”

After battling back from a 2-1 set deficit before taking the fourth set, 25-18, the Indians would go on to fall to the Ravens 15-13 in the fifth set and see their playoff hopes all but fade away.

Cordrey’s game-winner sends IR hockey past Dover, playoffs pending

Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: Freshman forward Rylie Cordrey puts her signature move on a Dover defender.Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: Freshman forward Rylie Cordrey puts her signature move on a Dover defender.It was a play that they had been through before.

In fact, during practice the previous day, Indian River High School head field hockey coach Jodi Stone and assistant coach Molly Chamberlin had their squad going through it for nearly an hour straight.

But practice made perfect when the Indians hosted Dover on Saturday, Oct. 29, and when freshman midfielder Kaylee “K-Hall” Hall made her way down the field and through three Dover defenders late in the second half, setting up the exact same play they had been working on the day previous.

After breaking free of blue jerseys, Hall would drove a pass towards the front of the cage where senior forward Madi McGee and Rylie Cordrey were waiting for their chance, and Cordrey knocked in the shot on the back door before the Dover keeper could get to the post to put the Indians up 1-0 on what would eventually end up the game-winner.

“The goal was just a textbook play — we practiced break-a-ways for a solid hour in practice yesterday,” said Chamberlin after the game. “K-Hall dribbled down, Madi knew to run right to goal — she was there to stop it before the goalie did and Rylie one-touched it in.”

G-Mart goes for 200 yards, four TDs in loss

Special to the Coastal Point • Karen McCormick: Senior running back George ‘G-Mart’ Martin cuts back before a halfback pass against Delmar on Friday. Martin rushed for 200 yards and four touchdowns against the Wildcats.Special to the Coastal Point • Karen McCormick: Senior running back George ‘G-Mart’ Martin cuts back before a halfback pass against Delmar on Friday. Martin rushed for 200 yards and four touchdowns against the Wildcats.Facing their third straight undefeated Henlopen South opponent, the Indian River High School football team dropped their third straight Henlopen South game in a 47-28 loss to Delmar on Friday, Oct. 28.

After falling behind 6-0 on an 11-yard touchdown run from Delmar junior running back Brooks Parker in the first quarter, the Indians would tie the game on a 4-yard touchdown run from their own bell-cow, senior running back George “G-Mart” Martin, before senior kicker Andrew White’s extra point gave IR a 7-6 advantage.

That would be the Indians’ only lead of the game after another touchdown run from Parker in the second quarter — this time from 5 yards out — and a seven yard touchdown through the air from senior quarterback Jimmy Adkins to senior running back Isaac Austin just before the break.

Martin would go on to finish with a career day, running for three more touchdowns in the second half on his way to a 200-yard, four-touchdown performance on 33 carries.

‘The Thin Green Line’

Brotherhood bigger than size for IR offensive line

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: From left, junior RT Cortez Tull, senior RG Zion Howard, junior center Michael Corcoran, senior LG Michael Cedano, and senior LT Griffin McCormick have paved the way for more than 1,500 rushing yards this season.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: From left, junior RT Cortez Tull, senior RG Zion Howard, junior center Michael Corcoran, senior LG Michael Cedano, and senior LT Griffin McCormick have paved the way for more than 1,500 rushing yards this season.Averaging out at just under 6-feet tall, 220-pounds, you might deem the offensive line for the Indian River High School football team as slightly “undersized.”

Since the start of the season, they’ve consistently gone up against lineman tipping the scales at weights more typically seen at the NFL Scouting Combine, facing all 300-pounds of Cape Henlopen DT Robert Mitchell and Woodbridge senior DT Brian Ireland, among others.

At 245-pounds, even Cape junior running back Kolbi Wright packs on more poundage than nearly every IR starting lineman aside from junior tackle Cortez Tull.

But for “The Thin Green Line” of senior left tackle Griffin McCormick, senior left guard Michael Cedano, junior center Michael Corcoran, senior right guard Zion Howard, and Tull at right tackle, size doesn’t seem to matter when it comes to production.

“We’re a family,” Corcoran, who at 6-foot-2, 240-pounds touts the unit’s largest frame after Tull at 6-foot-2, 260-pounds, tried to explain their success. “We’re a unit. We’re not five individuals — we’re one unit.”

Extra Points – November 4, 2016

Beam caps freshman campaign, Spiders miss out on A-10 Tournament

The Richmond Spiders women’s soccer team wrapped up their 2016 season at 9-9-1 overall and 4-6 in the Atlantic 10 Conference, after a 3-1 win over St. Bonaventure on Thursday, Oct. 27, and 1-0 loss in overtime to VCU on Sunday, Oct. 30.

‘The Baron’ to hold informational Pickleball Paddle Clinic Nov. 12

Local pickleball patriarch and “Ocean View Crew” frontman Vaughn “The Baron” Baker will lead a Pickleball Paddle Clinic at Sports at the Beach in Georgetown on Saturday, Nov. 12.

A session at 4 p.m. and another beginning at 6 p.m. will be offered, with each limited to 24 participants and costing $5 to sign up. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the First State Pickleball Club.

Indians to take on Sussex Central for HAC Championship

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The IR soccer seniors were honored with their families during a ceremony before the Woodbridge game on Tuesday, Oct. 25.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The IR soccer seniors were honored with their families during a ceremony before the Woodbridge game on Tuesday, Oct. 25.Trending upward.

It’s a phrase often used by Indian River High School head soccer coach Steve Kilby when one of his teams is approaching the playoffs.

It’s also the case as the Indians gear up for a rematch against Sussex Central and a chance at a second consecutive Henlopen Conference title on Monday, Nov. 7.

Despite back to back losses last week, the Indians still look to be “trending upwards” after getting edged by Division 1 powerhouse Charter School (11-2-1) on a penalty kick on Saturday, Oct. 29, and then falling to nationally-ranked Salesianum (13-1-1) on yet another game-deciding penalty kick in overtime on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

That’s seven!

Indians clinch seventh straight South title with three straight South wins

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Indian River High School junior midfielder Wilberth Gomez and Sussex Academy sophomore defender Matthew Berdini go for a header on Thursday, Oct. 20.Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Indian River High School junior midfielder Wilberth Gomez and Sussex Academy sophomore defender Matthew Berdini go for a header on Thursday, Oct. 20.The Indian River High School soccer team earned their seventh straight Henlopen South title last week, after racking up three straight division wins, over Sussex Academy, Seaford and Woodbridge.

“To be able to win consecutive division championships is a big thing,” said head coach Steve Kilby of the first checkmark off the team’s “short list” for the season.

“The competition is getting better in the division; it’s more of a challenge. Our guys have to keep their intensity and their focus up.”

After regrouping from their first loss of the season, against Worcester Prep on Saturday, Oct. 15, the rising division competition showed when the Indians took on Sussex Academy on Thursday, Oct. 20, falling behind 1-0 before a goal from IR junior midfielder Wilberth Gomez tied the game in 70th minute, and freshman Jared Cordoba tacked on the game winner on an assist from senior forward Mikie Mochiam in the 75th minute, for the 2-1 win.

IR hockey ready for playoffs after win over St. Thomas More

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior forward Madi McGee and senior forward Lexi Haden move the ball up field against St. Thomas More on Thursday, Oct. 20.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior forward Madi McGee and senior forward Lexi Haden move the ball up field against St. Thomas More on Thursday, Oct. 20.The Indian River High School field hockey team is looking primed for their first playoff appearance since 2005, after securing their ninth win of the season and taking down St. Thomas More 8-0 on Thursday, Oct. 20.

“It’s very exciting to see the program from where we started four years ago, to where we are now,” said head coach Jodi Stone after the win.

“The girls are doing everything that we’ve asked them to do. That’s why they’re in the position that they’re in. They’re working really hard.”

After struggling to get anything going offensively early on in the game, it was senior forward Lexi Haden who got the Indians on the board first in that matchup, knocking in her first of four goals on the day on an assist from sophomore Keirstyn Hassler.

Raider Burn

Indians blanked by No. 1-ranked Woodbridge

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Freshman quarterback Jalen Snead under pressure from a Blue Raider defender.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Freshman quarterback Jalen Snead under pressure from a Blue Raider defender.Headed into Friday’s game against No. 1-ranked Woodbridge, Indian River High School head football coach Phil Townsend knew that his team would need to play nearly perfectly to pull off an upset and keep their Henlopen South title hopes in reach.

Unfortunately for Townsend and his squad, however, they didn’t.

“We knew going in that Woodbridge would be a really talented team,” said Townsend of the 48-0 Homecoming loss.

“Against teams like this, you’ve got to be flawless and, unfortunately, we weren’t. We had some penalties and made some mistakes in the first half — it’s hard to come back from that when you’re playing a team like them.”

The woes started early, when Woodbridge senior running back Terrique Riddick ran for his first of three touchdowns on the night, by way of a 23-yard handoff on the Blue Raiders’ first possession.

Riddick would add his next score on the next possession and after the Indians struggled to get anything going offensively, that time punching it in from 2 yards out, to push the lead to 14-0.

The All-Conference back wasn’t finished there, ripping off a 75-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter as the Blue Raiders rolled to 33-0 halftime lead.

IR football aiming to spoil Delmar’s Senior Night, title hopes

Coming off a Homecoming loss to Woodbridge, the Indian River High School football team will hit the road on Friday, Oct. 28, looking to take down Delmar on what will be the Wildcats’ Senior Night.

At 5-2 overall and 3-0 in the Henlopen South, Delmar still holds Henlopen South title hopes, with division matchups against IR, Milford (7-0, 3-0) and Woodbridge (7-0, 3-0) still left to play.

This year, the Wildcats are again led by senior signal caller Jimmy Adkins, who was a Second-Team All-Conference selection at quarterback and First-Team All-Conference selection as a punter in 2015.

Recently, the 5-foot-9, 145-pound Adkins was instrumental in 28-14 come-from-behind win over Archmere Academy on Saturday, Oct. 15, scoring once on the ground on a QB sneak, and twice through the air, on strikes from 69 and 39 yards out.

SMS volleyball takes down Millsboro on Recognition Night

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Selbyville Middle School and Millsboro Middle School volleyball teams gather after their match on Monday, Oct. 24.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Selbyville Middle School and Millsboro Middle School volleyball teams gather after their match on Monday, Oct. 24.It was — as Selbyville Middle School volleyball head coach Sally Craig and assistant coaches Lisa Stetler and Bill Croal would put it — bittersweet.

While the team got the 2-0 win over Millsboro on Monday, Oct. 24, they also said goodbye to the eighth-grade class — many of whom had helped launch the program as seventh-graders last season — during the Indians’ final home game and on what was their Eighth-Grade Recognition Night.

“This group — it’s a special group of girls,” said Craig after the win. “They’re very dedicated and very disciplined. We leave every day with smiles on our face.”

“To have that many girls in eighth grade that we’ve connect with that are going to move up, it’s kind of bittersweet. They’ve grown so much,” added Stetler. “You can have the worst day at work and then come to practice, and just end up having the best day.”

Extra Points – October 28, 2016

First State Pickleball Club to hold advanced clinic

The First State Pickleball Club announced this week that the club will hold a clinic geared toward advanced play on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Moore named ECAC Special Teams Player of the Week

Special to the Coastal Point • Paul Jacko: Indian River High School graduate and current Salisbury University senior Aaron Moore gets ready for a return against Rowan on Saturday, Oct. 8.Special to the Coastal Point • Paul Jacko: Indian River High School graduate and current Salisbury University senior Aaron Moore gets ready for a return against Rowan on Saturday, Oct. 8.Indian River High School graduate and current Salisbury University senior running back Aaron Moore was named the ECAC South Special Teams Player of the Week last week, coming off his standout performance against William Patterson on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Moore put the Sea Gulls up 7-0 in that matchup, after taking the opening kickoff return 80 yards for a touchdown.

The return TD was Moore’s first of his career and the second time that Salisbury has taken the opening kick back for a score this season — the first having come in the home opener against Albright College on Saturday, Sept. 2, on a return from sophomore wide receiver Sean Rowland.

Moore would go on to score his second touchdown on the day on a handoff from 5 yards out, to put the Sea Gulls up 63-19 in the third quarter and on their way to an eventual 77-19 victory.

On the season, after the game against William Patterson, Moore was averaging 34.4 yards per return and had three total touchdowns.

IR volleyball still hoping for playoffs after fourth straight win

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Junior Mckenzie Johnson sets up a shot for sophomore Julia Jordan during the Indians’ 3-0 win at Sussex Academy on Thursday, Oct. 20.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Junior Mckenzie Johnson sets up a shot for sophomore Julia Jordan during the Indians’ 3-0 win at Sussex Academy on Thursday, Oct. 20.It’s been one of their goals all season: Finish with the first winning record for Indian River High School volleyball since 2011.

Second-year head coach Jim Barnes and his squad accomplished that goal last week, racking up wins over Sussex Academy, Seaford and Woodbridge to improve to 8-6 on the season and to guarantee a winning record, with one game against Sussex Tech, on Thursday, Oct. 27, still left to go.

“That was one of our main goals this season, was to have a winning record, which is a good feeling going into Thursday,” said Barnes early this week. “We’re working on establishing a winning tradition. We’re moving forward, we’re moving in the right direction, but I’m still not satisfied with where we are. We’re good; we could be better.”

IR cross-country gearing up for championship after last home meet

Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: From left, senior Sydney Messick, sophomore Tony Velasquez, senior Lindsey Grow, junior Olivia Garvey and senior David Clark gather during Wednesday’s meet against Milford and Lake Forest.Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: From left, senior Sydney Messick, sophomore Tony Velasquez, senior Lindsey Grow, junior Olivia Garvey and senior David Clark gather during Wednesday’s meet against Milford and Lake Forest.The Indian River High School cross-country team is getting ready for the Sussex County championships after recognizing their seniors during their final home meet of the season, on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

The Indians hosted Henlopen South rivals Lake Forest and Milford in a tri-meet on what was their Senior Night, with the boys’ team falling to Lake 45-17 and Milford 44-17, and the girls’ getting the win over Lake 23-32, but going down to South champion Milford 38-17.

Despite their teams being edged by the Bucs for the title for the second straight year, both boys’ head coach Maj. Frank Ryman and girls’ head coach Katie Ryman said they were encouraged by their teams’ performances headed into the Sussex County championships.

“I hate to lose them,” said Frank Ryman of the senior class. “There’s some real talent on the girls’ side.

“I hate to see Sydney [Messick] and Maddie [Hogsten] and Lindsey [Grow] go, because our girls’ team is really shining. That’s OK — they need to move on so the others can rise up and follow in their footsteps.”

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