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Tripple Overtime: I don’t want to blame it all on El Niño, but it certainly didn’t help

“I haven’t seen the sun in so long that I can hardly remember what it looks like anymore…” would be a grossly exaggerated statement and, also completely inaccurate, if I were to make it.

Indians roll Sussex Academy 9-0 on Senior Night

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: From left to right, seniors Madi Mercer, Davina Baine, Brooke Beam, Marias Mateo-Matias, Aline Check-Guzman, Kayla McCarra, Emma Engel, Emma-Lee Merrick and Hope Pearce gather on senior night.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: From left to right, seniors Madi Mercer, Davina Baine, Brooke Beam, Marias Mateo-Matias, Aline Check-Guzman, Kayla McCarra, Emma Engel, Emma-Lee Merrick and Hope Pearce gather on senior night.The Indian River High School girls’ soccer team’s seniors have definitely seen their fair share of firsts since their days starting out at the River Soccer Club.

As eighth-graders, they put together Selbyville Middle School’s first-ever undefeated season for girls’ soccer. When they got to the high school, they helped win the girls’ program’s first Henlopen Conference championship as sophomores. Then, as juniors, they made history again as the first girls’ soccer team to make it all the way to the state championship game.

While they’re hoping to add another first to the list and finally bring home the title as seniors, on Thursday, May 6, they took the field at Indian River High School soccer stadium like they have plenty of times before — only, this time, it would be their last.

“It’s bittersweet having our last game here ever for high school,” said senior Kayla McCarra after Senior Night ceremonies and the 9-0 win over Sussex Academy.

“There’s so many good memories that we’ve made on this field together,” said a teary-eyed Emma Engel, with a laugh. “I’ll cry if I start talking about it, so somebody else say something.”

Cape snaps IR baseball win streak

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: IR freshman Grant Argo makes a play at third against Cape on Tuesday, May 10.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: IR freshman Grant Argo makes a play at third against Cape on Tuesday, May 10.Headed into their Tuesday, May 10, matchup against Cape Henlopen, the Indian River High School baseball team was riding a three-game win streak. A 19-4 victory against Laurel and comebacks against Seaford and Woodbridge had the Indians looking to keep things rolling.

Fresh off a state championship appearance last season, Cape’s Vikings had other ideas, however, keeping the IR bats at bay and notching a 6-0 victory.

“They battled today,” said head coach Chris Megee of his Indians squad. “That’s a good team. That’s a team that was in the state championship last year and really didn’t lose too many people.”

After jumping out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning, a seasoned Cape squad tacked on runs throughout the game, pushing the lead to 3-0 in the top of the fourth and adding three late scores to cap the shutout.

Vikings slide past Indians in 6-4 comeback

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR freshman catcher Grace Snyder gets ready to make the tag on Cape junior shortstop Sara Lallier on Tuesday, May 10.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR freshman catcher Grace Snyder gets ready to make the tag on Cape junior shortstop Sara Lallier on Tuesday, May 10.The bats were hot for the Indian River High School softball team during their matchup against Cape Henlopen on Tuesday, May 10. But as the game went on, the Vikings’ bats were hotter, as they came back to take down the Indians 6-4.

“After the first inning, we chose to revert back to chasing the pitcher’s pitches, instead of using the philosophy of hitting our own, and that hurt us,” said head coach Erika Brittingham of the late struggle at the plate.

“I knew they had a few good hitters. We all knew that coming in. We knew they were a good hitting team, but so are we,” added junior shortstop McKenzie Collins. “We just made some mistakes that we shouldn’t have.”

Sophomore pitcher Marley Evans got the start in the circle, getting a quick three outs on four Cape batters to close the top of the first inning.

Paddle Second Chance set for June 25

Paddle Second Chance (PSC) this week announced their fourth annual stand-up paddleboard (SUP) and kayak day of racing and fundraising for Operation Second Chance (OSC), set to take place June 25.

IRHS BPA, FFA to host color-run fundraiser June 11

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).

IRSD to offer summer hockey camp

The Indian River School District Community Education Department is offering a Summer Field Hockey Camp for girls ages 8-14 at Millsboro Middle School from Monday, June 20, through Thursday, June 23. Sessions will be held each day from 8 to 11 a.m.

The registration fee is $25 for those who sign up by the May 27 deadline. Late registration costs $35.

Wildlife-area visitors asked to respect state’s natural resources

With the arrival of spring weather, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police are increasing patrols and monitoring state wildlife areas, fishing piers, public boat launching facilities and multi-use areas for visitor safety and compliance, as well as checking for illegal activity, such as vandalism, littering, dumping and damaging wildlife habitat.

Coastal Kayak to host fundraisers May 22, June 19

Coastal Kayak of Fenwick Island will be host two more fundraisers for two local charities this summer: Cancer Support Community and Delaware Audubon Society.

Tripple Overtime: If the ‘Running Man Challenge’ is cool, then Coach Ayers is Miles Davis

I didn’t know what I was getting myself into last Tuesday. Literally. In fact, even while I was getting myself into it, someone said: “Hey Tripp, what did you get yourself into?” And I said: “I don’t know.”

That’s 100!

Beam makes IR history with 100th career score

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River senior Brooke Beam celebrates with teammates after scoring her 100th career goal on Tuesday, May 3.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River senior Brooke Beam celebrates with teammates after scoring her 100th career goal on Tuesday, May 3.If no one had told her, she wouldn’t even have known.

According to her teammates, and head coach Steve Kilby, that’s just the kind of player that Brooke Beam is.

But whether she knew it or not, on Tuesday, May 3, everyone else at Indian River High School soccer stadium did, when the senior standout scored her 98th, 99th and 100th career goal in a 5-2 win over Polytech.

“I think it’s pretty special. Whenever somebody can hit that kind of milestone, it’s impressive,” said Kilby. “You think about the minutes that she hasn’t played — the times that we’ve pulled her off the field so we don’t run up the score.

“I think it means a lot more to the team, knowing that Brooke is very unselfish, and the fact that she is very unselfish kind of makes it even more special when you look at the type of person she is.”

IR lax in running for South title after fifth straight win

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior midfielder George ‘G-Mart’ Martin goes to the goal against Smyrna on Friday, April 29.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior midfielder George ‘G-Mart’ Martin goes to the goal against Smyrna on Friday, April 29.Headed into the fourth and final quarter up 11-3, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team had their fifth win in a row all but locked up. But, just like the rain on Friday, April 29, Smyrna refused to go away.

A string of fast breaks and extra-man opportunities led to four unanswered goals as the Eagles tried to mount their comeback, generating some momentum and cutting the lead down to 11-7.

“You could almost feel the momentum start to change,” said coach Dave Spencer. “That’s the point in time where you need to make an adjustment and have one of your players make a play.”

The play the Indians needed to make would come from one of their top playmakers, in junior midfielder George Martin.

Indians edged by Riders on the road

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River sophomore midfielder Sammi Whelen goes up for a header against CR junior Lynsy Gruwell on Monday night.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River sophomore midfielder Sammi Whelen goes up for a header against CR junior Lynsy Gruwell on Monday night.It came down to chances.

Headed into their rescheduled match on Monday, May 2, the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team had a chance to net the program’s first-ever win against Caesar Rodney.

However, after losing sophomore midfielder Sammi Whelen for undisclosed reasons in the first half, and coming up short on late-game scoring chances, the Indians would miss out on a chance to make school history, as the Riders handed them a narrow 4-3 loss in a game that went down to the wire.

“It was a good game,” said head coach Steve Kilby. “We got three late chances. We just didn’t finish. If we’d have finished our chances in the first half, it would have been a different game, but we didn’t. The big thing for us, coming out of this, is we didn’t quit.”

“Every year against CR, I know it’s gonna be a tough game,” added junior defender Maggie Ford. “For the most part, I think we played really well. I think we’ve learned a lot from this game.”

IR standout Baine to play at Philadelphia University

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Indian River senior Davina Baine and her family announced her plans to play soccer at Philadelphia University next fall.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Indian River senior Davina Baine and her family announced her plans to play soccer at Philadelphia University next fall.Originally, Davina Baine wasn’t planning on playing soccer when she decided to attend Philadelphia University in the fall. The Indian River High School senior had been attracted to the school’s architecture program.

However, after making her choice for academic reasons, the Indians’ defensive centerpiece got curious about the school’s athletics. That’s when she reached out to see if, while taking the steps to become an architect, she might be able to build on an already storied soccer career.

“I kind of took it into my own hands,” said Baine of deciding to reach out to Rams head coach George Dunbar. “I went for an overnight and tried out for them — it was a good visit. Their play is very similar to ours. They’re very fast, and they’re an offensive team.”

Delle Donne named to U.S. Olympic team, returns to UD

Special to the Coastal Point • USA Basketball: Elena Delle Donne looks to knock down a shot during the USA National team’s 2015 European Tour.Special to the Coastal Point • USA Basketball: Elena Delle Donne looks to knock down a shot during the USA National team’s 2015 European Tour.She’s been the Rookie of the Year. A three-time All-Star. And even the WNBA MVP.

But now, Elena Delle Donne can add United States Olympian to an already stacked basketball résumé.

The University of Delaware grad and Wilmington native was officially named to the U.S. national Olympic team on Wednesday, April 27, to compete in the 2016 Summer Games, being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“This has been, by far, the pinnacle of my career and the best news I’ve ever heard,” Delle Donne said during a USA Basketball teleconference. “It’s absolutely a dream come true. I’ve just been soaking it up today, and it’s amazing and a humbling experience as well, with how special and talented this pool of players is.”

Tribe wins May Blowout in 12U division

The Tribe 12U won the rain-shortened May Blowout Travel Baseball Tournament for the 12-and-Under division this past weekend, on April 30 and May1 in Fruitland, Md.

IRHS, BPA, FFA to host color-run fundraiser June 11

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).

Baywood Golf Classic to raise funds for Tunnell Cancer Center patients

The 11th Annual Baywood Golf Classic will take place on Wednesday, June 1, at the championship golf course of Baywood Greens. The event raises funds for Beebe Healthcare’s Tunnell Cancer Center, furthering the mission of providing hope and wellness to its patients.

Rehoboth Beach Library Run-for-the-Books 5K set for May 21

What do books and running shoes have in common? On Saturday, May 21, Friends of the Rehoboth Beach Public Library will present its inaugural Rehoboth Run-for-the-Books 5K. The event starts at 8:30 a.m. behind the library on Christian Street and follows a residential course. The library is located at 226 Rehoboth Avenue in Rehoboth Beach.

Baywood Golf Classic to raise funds for Tunnell Cancer Center patients

The 11th Annual Baywood Golf Classic will take place on Wednesday, June 1, at the championship golf course of Baywood Greens. The event raises funds for Beebe Healthcare’s Tunnell Cancer Center, furthering the mission of providing hope and wellness to its patients.

Fish & Wildlife seeking shots of Delaware anglers for annual photo contest

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is inviting anglers and photography enthusiasts to enter the 2016 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured either on the cover or inside the 2017 Delaware Fishing Guide, to be published early next year.

DE-feet Breast Cancer 5K set for May 22

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) announced this week that the seventh annual DE-feet Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk will take place at the Tanger Outlet Center (Seaside) in Rehoboth Beach on Sunday, May 22.

Walt Jones auction to benefit Sussex County Habitat

The Walt Jones Memorial Project will host its Annual Auction Night to benefit Sussex County Habitat for Humanity on Thursday, May 12, at Bethany Blues in Lewes from 5 to 9 p.m., and the public is invited. Admission is free, and appetizers are complimentary. To donate items for the auction or to co-sponsor the event with Bethany Blues, contact Affiliate Relations at (302) 855-1153, ext.

Walk the Boards for Parkinson’s set for May 14

Advocates and supporters can Walk the Boards for Parkinson’s on Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Rehoboth Beach.

Sports at the Beach opens new indoor sports academy

Originally conceived as a year-round destination where baseball players, teams and coaches could work out, receive instruction and training, and attend skill camps, the Indoor Academy at Sports at the Beach (SATB) in Georgetown — new this spring — has turned into something much bigger.

Indian River School District to offer summer hockey camp

The Indian River School District Community Education Department is offering a Summer Field Hockey Camp for girls ages 8-14 at Millsboro Middle School from Monday, June 20, through Thursday, June 23. Sessions will be held each day from 8 to 11 a.m.
The registration fee is $25 for those who sign up by the May 27 deadline. Late registration costs $35.

IR track sets school records in home opener

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Sophomore Carly Collins, right, celebrates with junior Madelyn Parcells after Parcells’ state preliminary qualifying jump.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Sophomore Carly Collins, right, celebrates with junior Madelyn Parcells after Parcells’ state preliminary qualifying jump.The Indian River High School track team got more than just two key wins over Seaford and Holy Grove in their first home meet of the season, on Tuesday, April 19, with four different school records going down on the day.

For the boys, it was senior Logan Montouri clocking in a 2:12.63 for not only first place finishes over Seaford and Holly Grove but a new IR record in the 800m.

After senior Paiton Murray had set her own school record in discus, with a 75-foot, 8-inch spin earlier this season, senior Katelyn Jensen followed suit at the quad-meet also featuring Lake Forest, posting a 6:14 in the 1600m.

Sophomore Carly Collins broke the 300m hurdle record with a time of 52.82, and the girls’ 4-by-800-meter relay team of freshman Sarah Roehl, junior Sydney Messick, sophomore Jewel Yanek and Jensen set a new standard with an 11:36.

While all that record-shattering may seem overwhelming, it was by no means a surprise to head coach Bob Hahn, who said he expects to see more records fall before the season is through, based on what he’s seen from his squad so far this season.

“This is the hardest-working group of kids that I’ve coached since I’ve been here,” said Hahn, who’s led the track team for going on six seasons. “They seem to really enjoy the sport, and they seem to enjoy each other. They’re coming out here, giving 110 percent, and making themselves better each and every day.”

Indians down Delmar, Dover to keep playoff hopes alive

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior goalie Hayden McWilliams makes a critical save in the final minute against Dover to allow the Indians to hang on for the win.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior goalie Hayden McWilliams makes a critical save in the final minute against Dover to allow the Indians to hang on for the win.Coming off a 13-5 win against the Salisbury School and sitting at 2-4 on the season, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team knew they had a streak they needed to start to stay in post-season contention.

And after taking down Delmar 10-5 on Wednesday, April 20, and Dover 14-13 on Friday, April 22, the Indians looked primed to do just that, firing on all cylinders as they approach a crucial stretch of schedule.

“Our goal for the week was to go 3-0,” said junior goalie Hayden McWilliams. “Obviously, the best thing to do would be to win the conference, so we just gotta keep working until we get there.”

“This week was about buy-in,” said coach Dave Spencer, “them discovering the team that they really can be. That’s a big step forward for a group like this.”

IR girls’ lax falls to Padua in back-and-forth battle

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore goalkeeper Mya Parks makes one of a career-high 15 saves against Padua on Monday, April 25.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore goalkeeper Mya Parks makes one of a career-high 15 saves against Padua on Monday, April 25.The Indian River High School girls’ lacrosse team already had three wins on the season. But, oddly enough, none of them would compare to their 17-12 loss to Padua on Monday, April 25.

“That was, hands down, the best game of our season,” said head coach Kelsea Ayers. “Even though we didn’t win today, this was such a great stepping stone. We started to finally do the things that we need to be doing.”

“We’re all really happy, because this was definitely our best game,” added sophomore goalie Mya Parks. “Everyone just definitely worked together. Ground balls, winning draws — we started to crash more on defense, which definitely helped. New people were scoring and new people were catching the ball and keeping with it. It was just a good game.”

Indians down Dover, Smyrna to stay unbeaten

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior Madi Mercer tries to get forward on a Dover defender on Saturday, April 23.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior Madi Mercer tries to get forward on a Dover defender on Saturday, April 23.It was all about the harmony when the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team took on Dover on Saturday, April 23.

Just minutes after hitting all the right notes and singing the national anthem to start the game, senior forward Emma Engel was hitting the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season.

“I like to sing and play the guitar and everything, so I wasn’t really nervous,” said Engel, who recently performed in the IRHS variety show. “I noticed that [Dover wasn’t] super-strong in the back, so I was ready to capitalize on that. I just kind of stepped into it, got control and placed it into the net.”

The on-field harmony continued when senior midfielder Brooke Beam sent a through ball to junior forward Maddie Hogsten, who skipped a shot past the keeper to make it 2-0 in the 10th minute.

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