The Indian River High School track team locked in two division wins last Thursday, May 1, taking down Laurel, 82-55, and Woodbridge, 87-50.
The Indians notched several first-place finishes in the meet, including one from senior Tim Roberts. Roberts — who also runs midfield for the Indians’ lacrosse team and played in three games in that sport last week, as well — was allowed to participate in a fourth athletic event in the same week, since it was a makeup from earlier this season.
“It was a makeup meet. That’s off-schedule, so I was allowed to,” said the three-sport athlete, who is otherwise only allowed under to DIAA regulations to compete in three athletic events per week.
Not only did his demanding athletic schedule not hold him back from taking first place in the long jump, but neither did his footwear, as he won the event in a pair of Vans skateboarding shoes, with no traction or support of any kind.
After handling the Charleston RiverDogs in three out of four games at home last week, the Delmarva Shorebirds handed the games right back on their journey south, losing three consecutive games to the RiverDogs in Charleston.
Delmarva started the series with a 4-3 win on Friday, May 2, but Charleston quickly evened the series with a 6-5 win on Saturday, May 3.
With a young squad, the Indian River High School baseball team is in a re-building year, but despite a tough schedule, the Indians still remain in South contention for the 2014 season.
“We’re still playing for the South,” said one of the team’s rising young stars, sophomore pitcher Jake Hudson. “Everybody’s got six losses in the South. We only have seven losses, so we could win out. That’s what we’re trying to do — trying to win the rest of the games in the South.”
The Indians took a step backward from that contention on Tuesday, May 6, falling to Woodbridge 10-2, but managed to knock off Henlopen North squad Cape Henlopen on Monday, May 5, 4-3.
The Indian River High School golf team held a tri-meet last Tuesday, May 6, on their home course at Cripple Creek Country Club. Collectively, the team shot a 208 on the day, which was enough to edge out Delmarva Christian Academy, which shot a 300, but couldn’t quite notch the win against Henlopen South opponent Lake Forest, who shot a 200 on the day.
Joey Cooper was the team’s low-scorer, with a 47. Junior Clayton Hardy wasn’t far behind, with a 52, and the team’s only starting female player, Tori Buchanan, shot a 54. Josh Evans came in one stroke behind Buchanan, with a 55.
Cooper was once again the medalist for the match, edging out Lake Forest’s Zach Powell, who shot a 48 on the day.
The Indians are now 3-8 on the season but would get a chance to add a few more wins when they head to Seaford Country Club to face Laurel on Thursday, May 8, (after Coastal Point press time) before returning to Cripple Creek on Friday, May 9, and Tuesday, May 13, to finish out the season against Polytech and Smyrna. All of those matches are set to begin at 3:30 p.m.
It was a tale of two halves when the Indian River High School lacrosse team took on rival Worcester Prep last Monday, April 28, as the Mallards scored 13 unanswered goals in the second half after trailing 6-4, to eventually notch a 17-6 win.
“They’re smart. They play smart lacrosse. They know the game,” said IRHS senior midfielder Tim Roberts of the seasoned Maryland squad. “Someone who has stick skills and plays smart is always a threat if they know what they’re doing, and they do — they have a background.”
After falling behind 3-1 early in the first quarter, it was Indian River senior attackman Spencer Murray who tied the game at 3, recording his third goal of the quarter and 14th on the season.
Any other goalie probably would have let the high, lofted shot off the foot of a Dover forward sail right over their head after coming off the halftime break and spending the majority of the game standing in the freezing cold — but Indian River Senior Alex Myers is not any other goalie.
Prior to that shot, Myers and the Lady Indians’ defense hadn’t given up a goal in six and a half games — a streak that Myers didn’t plan on seeing the end of that day. Using her basketball ability, she jumped up to the cross bar, knocking the ball down and recovering it before it had a chance to sneak past her or anyone had another chance to knock it in.
“Alex Myers is one of the most solid goalkeepers in our conference,” said head coach Steve Kilby after the game. “There’s no doubt about that. She’s a captain on this team, and she’s a captain for a reason.”
As a result of the crucial save, the Lady Indians were able to post their seventh consecutive shutout, taking down Dover by a score of 3-0. The team sat at 8-1 on the season after defeating Dover and has outscored their opponents by a staggering collective score of 44-0 in their last seven games.
Both the boys’ and girls’ Indian River High School tennis teams struggled with Division I St. Thomas More last Monday, April 28 — with the boys losing 5-0 at home, and the girls getting bested 3-2 on the road.
Freshman Mac Smith stepped in for senior Josh Kleinstuber at second-singles but fell 6-0, 6-0 facing well-seasoned Ravens senior Anthony Caruso. Seniors Rydge Murray and Sam Izzo also struggled in their singles matchups, with Murray being defeated 6-0, 6-3 and Izzo 6-1, 6-1.
The team’s closest match was in first-doubles, where Indian River’s Darsh Patel and Sean Whelen were edged out 6-4, 6-2 by St. Thomas More’s Nicholas Reyes and Jhun Yee Lin.
The girls’ team faired a little bit better on the road — notching victories from seniors Alyssa McManus and Leanne Murray in second- and third-doubles, respectively.
Having battled frigid spring temperatures in a near-four-hour meet against Dover, Milford and Laurel on Tuesday, April 29, the Indian River High School track team were set to put their focus on Henlopen South rivals Woodbridge and Laurel this Thursday, May 1.
Despite not garnering a first-place finish against the larger schools on April 29, the Indians still performed well and, according to head coach Bob Hahn, bettered some of their times.
“Milford and Dover are two really good teams,” Hahn stated after the meet. “Our kids pushed themselves. Some of the kids probably got some of their better scores, better times. On the girls’ side, Paiton Murray did well with the throwing stuff.”
The team was without their best jumper for the meet, as they were to be for Thursday’s meet against Woodbridge and Laurel, with senior Tim Roberts only allowed to compete in three sports matches per week. Roberts had already played in Monday’s lacrosse game against Worcester Prep and was set to take part in Wednesday’s matchup against Milford (after Coastal Point press time), which had Henlopen South title implications.
“Probably about a 15-point swing,” Hahn said of Roberts’ absence. “It’s gonna be what it’s gonna be. It’s all in the athlete’s best interest to make sure we don’t get any overuse injuries with anybody. I would like to see Tim compete. I would like to see him maybe compete more in track.”
After suffering just their second loss of the season before heading into spring break, the Indian River High School softball team finally got back on the diamond last Tuesday, April 29, bouncing back with a 12-0 victory at Smyrna in five innings.
Behind the face mask of Indian River High School senior pitcher Rachel Hudson, there is a steely-eyed look of focus on the corners of the strike zone. It’s all that anyone watching from the stands, the dugout or the batter’s box can see — on the surface.
But behind the look, the strikes, the game-saving pitches, the leadership, the college scholarship and the wins, is a story — one that not only nearly ended her softball career but could have ended her life, a story that starts with a fastball down the middle and ends with a glove full of dark red blood lying on the pitcher’s mound, and one that Hudson, and anyone else there that day, will never forget.
“It was one of the best games I was pitching, and I had just struck out one of the best hitters on the team,” Hudson recalled of the night that her perspective on the game she loves changed forever. “My coach just called a fastball, and I pitched it.”
At the age of 13, pitching for Selbyville Middle School, the young pitcher didn’t yet understand the dangers of a pitch right down the middle and wasn’t wearing a face mask — two mistakes that she will never make again.
“She normally wears a face mask. She wears it for travel ball all the time, but because this was school ball, she just chose not to put it on that day,” said Hudson’s mother, Lori Hudson, who coaches for the Delaware Diamonds and teaches fourth grade at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School.
Before she had a chance to react to the line-drive shot headed right toward her, Hudson was on the ground, and the Pyle Center stood silent.
In just their second loss of a season with an unforgiving schedule, the Indian River High School softball team drew the short straw in an error-filled match against Red Lion last Thursday, April 17, falling 4-2.
After they rolled over Laurel 7-0 last Thursday and posted their sixth consecutive shutout, it’s hard to find an adjective powerful enough to express just how dominant the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team has been during that run.
In their last six games, the team has outscored their opponents by an astounding collective score of 41-0 — which is even more impressive considering that head coach Steve Kilby has consistently pulled starters and instructed his team to play possession after jumping out to a comfortable lead.
On more than one occasion, they’ve even taken senior goalkeeper Alex Myers out of the net and let her make a few runs on offense — all the while generating valuable game experience for younger players and non-starters.
After a 5-1 start and handling most non-conference opponents convincingly, the Indian River High School lacrosse team saw their Henlopen South title hopes fade last Wednesday, April 16, after falling to division rival Delmar, 9-1.
The loss marks the Indians’ second overall loss of the season, both of which came against division opponents. Despite the 0-2 division record, however, hope for the South title has not yet extinguished.
After Woodbridge High School canceled their 2014 season, only Milford, Delmar and IR are competing in the South this year — so the Indians will still face both Milford and Delmar for a second time before the season is over.
Senior midfielder Ben Gonski accounted for the only IR goal against the Wildcats, just one game removed from the team’s 17-goal performance at Sussex Central.
The modern-day surfer has certainly had his fair share of hardships. First, he had to save Trestles. Then, he had to start scheduling doctor’s appointments for antibiotics prescriptions immediately following post-rainstorm surf sessions. Today, the struggle between saving beaches and saving breaks continues.
The Baltimore Orioles No. 4 prospect, Hunter Harvey, took the mound for the fourth time this season last Tuesday, April 21, and pitched through four innings, as the Delmarva Shorebirds held on to get the win, 4-1, over the Savannah Sand Gnats.
The fourth annual 10K/5K/1-mile walk to benefit the Camp Barnes Summer Program will take place on Sunday, May 4, at 1 p.m. at the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge at Camp Barnes.
ResortQuest Real Estate recently announced the March 2013 top producers in its southeast Sussex County locations.
Shannon Smith-Pantall of the West Fenwick office won top honors for listings for the month.
Last season, in Indian River High School’s first year of varsity lacrosse, they relied heavily on the athleticism of their upperclassmen to carry the team. This year, not only are those veteran athletes becoming more polished lacrosse players, but they’ve added two freshmen with considerable lacrosse experience to the mix, in midfielder George Martin and goalie Hayden McWilliams.
While Martin has continued to develop as one of the team’s primary ball-handlers due to his more seasoned stick skills, his breakout performance came in last Tuesday’s 17-4 win at rival Sussex Central. The standout freshman racked up a team-high six goals in that matchup to go along with his two assists, bringing his points total to 22 (15 goals, seven assists) through six games so far this season.
“At first, it’s a little over whelming,” said Martin about being in an impact role as a freshman. “But all the senior guys really welcomed me into the team — it’s really been a good transition.”
Both the boys’ and girls’ Indian River High School tennis squads suffered 5-0 losses to Division I powerhouse Caesar Rodney last Monday, April 14 — but after the non-division matchup, both teams still remain in contention for another Henlopen South title.
The IRHS boys currently sit at 3-3 on the season and went into the match against the state’s top team without their first-singles player, Rydge Murray, who was away on a band trip. Instead of changing the lineup and bumping players up a spot, head coach Kelsey Waite opted to play freshman Adam Izzo in Murray’s spot.
At the end of the day, Izzo may have fallen to one of the state’s best players, in CR senior Nikola Sijan, 6-0, 6-0, but Waite said she hopes the freshman gained some valuable experience from the match.
“I didn’t want to mess with their conference seedings,” she explained of the strategy. “I decided to give him an opportunity — that’s a cool opportunity for him as a freshman.”
After getting swept by Greensboro in a three game series last week, the Delmarva Shorebirds bounced back in front of a home crowd last Monday, April 14, with a convincing 9-2 victory against the Hagerstown Suns.
The previously 4-7 Shorebirds improved to 5-7 with the victory, and as of Coastal Point press time on Wednesday, April 16, sat four games behind Hagerstown — which currently leads the South Atlantic North at 9-3.
The team had a chance to close that gap on Wednesday, facing the Suns in a doubleheader after Tuesday’s game was postponed due to heavy wind and rain.
Shorebirds veteran Gregory Lorenzo was the catalyst sparking the scoring rampage on Monday night, stealing a base after a first-inning single and scoring the game’s first run off a sacrifice fly from Trey Mancini.
To some people, ALS is just three letters, bearing little significance otherwise. Maybe they’re aware that those letters signify a disease but don’t know much about it. Maybe they’ve even heard to it referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s disease” and can connect the dots to the fact that it ended the legendary New York Yankee’s baseball career and eventually ended his life.
With practices limited due to inclement weather, the Indian River High School golf team is now starting to find their swing after starting off the season with four straight losses to some of the state’s more stacked programs.
After being outscored by Caesar Rodney, Delmar, Sussex Central and Sussex Tech, the Indians snapped their losing streak on Friday, April 11, against Milford, on their home course at Cripple Creek Country Club — getting the win against the Buccaneers by seven strokes and shooting a collective 216.
Sophomore Joey Cooper was the team’s low-scorer on the day, as he has been throughout the season so far, shooting an impressive 42. Senior Mike Thompson wasn’t far behind, notching a 47, and the team’s second-ever female starter, Tori Buchanan, finished the day with a 65.
The Indian River High School girls’ soccer team continued their impressive shutout streak last Wednesday, April 9, dominating Division 1 foe Cape Henlopen 5-0. Three of those scores, and an assist, were off the foot of sophomore forward Brooke Beam.
The Indian River High School baseball team picked up their first win of the season in a 7-2 victory over Seaford last Thursday, April 3, thanks in part to solid pitching from sophomores Ryan Engh and Billy Murray.
Engh started the game on the mound and pitched through four innings without giving up a run before Murray stepped in in relief, giving up two runs in the fifth inning but recovering quickly to hold the Blue Jays scoreless for the rest of the game. Combined, the two pitchers gave up only six hits during the entire game.
After starting off the season with comeback victories over two of the state’s top teams, the Indian River High School softball team has absolutely dominated in their last three games to start the season with a perfect 5-0.
Following up on a 12-1 win at Dover on April 1, the Lady Indians have made frequent use of the slaughter rule in consecutive shutouts, taking down Seaford 16-0 on Thursday, April 3, and St. Mark’s 14-0 on Saturday, April 5.
Last Tuesday’s game against Seaford got out of hand quickly, with IR going up 6-0 in the first inning, due to solid hitting combined with a few critical field errors by the Lady Blue Jays.
After only two innings, the Lady Indians lead 10-0, which was enough of a lead to convince head coach Erika Brittingham to rest the arm of starting senior pitcher Rachel Hudson and generate some valuable experience for sophomore pitcher Casey Hitchens.
Since their return from Caesar Rodney, the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team has been on a dominating win streak, shutting out their last three opponents by a collective score of 21-0 and often pulling some of their starters and playing possession in the second half of games.
After the team’s 10-0 win against Seaford last week, during which they lead 8-0 at the half and began pulling players well before that, the Lady Indians hosted Milford last Thursday, April 3, handling them easily in another 7-0 romp.
Sophomore forward Brooke Beam led the Lady Indians in scoring in that matchup, as she often has, notching three goals and an assist, including the game’s first score. Senior midfielder Meredith Mitchell added a goal of her own, to put IR 4-0 before the half, and freshman forward Maddie Hogsten and junior midfielder Brianna Belfoire notched goals in the second half.
After yet another uncontested victory, Belfoire explained the team’s mindset as they approach some tougher opponents: “Just keep up the same work ethic that we’ve been doing and keep an open mind,” the veteran captain said of how the team plans to stay grounded after such impressive wins.
We all know that being overweight or obese is a very serious health problem. For Delawareans, the statistics are sobering. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 34.7 percent of Delawareans are obese. The statistics for our kids are just as troubling, as 35.2 percent of 10- to 17-year-old Delawareans are overweight, too.
The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce announced this week that PNC Bank is the presenting sponsor of the 25rd Annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour. The silver anniversary of the tour, scheduled for Saturday, April 26, is an opening ride to the Mid-Atlantic cycling season and offers something for beginners and experienced cyclists alike.
When Clara Robinson was almost 5 years old, she approached her grandparents, Skip and Kathy Robinson, about learning International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) Taekwon-Do at New Dragon Martial Arts and becoming a student of the nearly half-century-old discipline.
The Robinsons, both black-belts themselves, were delighted to hear that Clara was interested in learning, and she began to remind them of their son Josh — the very reason they became students of the discipline. Kathy Robinson had some worries about Clara’s age and whether she was too young.
“At first, I have to say, I was thinking she was too young — way too young. But she really took to it like a duck to water,” Kathy Robinson said about Clara’s first experience.
Delaware Budokan recently held a ceremonial exhibition and test of the martial arts karate and kenjutsu, honoring Jeffrey Quillen, William Bails and Matthew Atkins with two black belts and a third-degree scroll, respectively. The ceremony was held on March 20, in front of friends, family, fellow students and the instructors who oversee the students’ test routines.