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Following a sold-out 2013 clinic, the Walt Jones Memorial Project is moving to Delmarva Christian High School in Georgetown for its Indoor Winter Golf Clinic on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Sea Colony’s Johnston joining Delaware District USTA board

Now with six indoor courts, after a $3 million renovation project, it’s no wonder why the tennis program at Sea Colony in Bethany Beach has long been considered one of the best in the area.

Lady Indians lash Laurel for last-second win

The Indian River High school girls’ basketball team ended a five-game road series this week, falling to Red Lion on Friday, Jan. 24, but finishing strong on Tuesday, Jan. 28, with a 30-29 win against Laurel High School.

River wrestling washed out by Lake, still in the mix for states

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River’s Chris Eskew fights for a pin in IR’s loss to Lake Forest.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River’s Chris Eskew fights for a pin in IR’s loss to Lake Forest.The Indian River High School wrestling squad lost an uncharacteristic two matches in a row last week, falling to Henlopen Conference foe Lake Forest (4-1) on Friday, Jan. 17, and to Sanford School (5-3) on Saturday, Jan. 18, in a non-conference match.

“That match got away from us,” head coach Jeff Windish stated after the disappointing conference loss. “We left way too many bonus points out there. That’s going to make a difference with a good team.”

Jake Troublefield and Colt Kollock were the only IR seniors to notch wins on senior night against the Spartans — with Troublefield taking his match to two overtimes.

Standout freshman Chris Esque got the only pin for the Indians on the night, at 132 pounds, taking down Lake Forest sophomore Ryan Oritz in 2:30. Freshman Zeke Marcozzi got the only other defeat for Indian River in that match at the next weight class up, wrestling at 138 pounds.

Bucs overtake Indians in fourth after ‘Major’ loss

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Indian River’s London Tucker drives in the paint in IR’s loss against Milford on Thursday, Jan. 16.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Indian River’s London Tucker drives in the paint in IR’s loss against Milford on Thursday, Jan. 16.After leading through three quarters, the Indian River High School basketball squad wore down psychically after junior guard Kei Juan Major fouled out — eventually being overtaken by a hot-and-cold Milford team. The 82-76 conference loss put the Indians at 3-5 on the season and 2-2 in Henlopen South play.

“They started calling the game really tight,” explained head coach Mike Fabber. “When that happens, it’s normally not in our favor — we play a very aggressive style of basketball.”

The Bucs (5-5, 2-3), switched their focus to taking away senior forward Jaevon Holland after Major left the game, and by the end of the third quarter had made up for a nine-point halftime deficit.

“Obviously, that hurts us. He’s a key part of our offense, part of our team and our rotation,” Fabber said of how losing one of the team’s biggest contributors affected the rest of the game.

Lady Indians down Delmarva Christian, 40-31

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Junior guard Taylor Billinger goes up for a lay up in a game last season. This  season, Billinger has stepped up to lead the Lady Indians in scoring.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Junior guard Taylor Billinger goes up for a lay up in a game last season. This season, Billinger has stepped up to lead the Lady Indians in scoring.After a tough loss to Henlopen South Division leader Milford (8-1) last Thursday, Jan. 16, the Indian River High School girls’ basketball team turned things around Saturday, Jan. 18, by knocking off Delmarva Christian High School, 40-31, at Sussex Academy.

“We did a great job defensively,” said head coach Matt Mayette. “We had been struggling all season long with giving up easy shots, either through the dribble or offensive rebounds. We did a nice job of controlling the boards and limiting them to only four free throw attempts.”

Junior Faythe Wise pulled down seven boards against the Lady Royals, with junior guard Taylor Billinger and junior Patrina Bratton each adding six rebounds of their own. Junior point guard Maggie Allison, senior Alex Myers and freshman guard Maggie Ford all notched five rebounds, as well.

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Lady Indians bounce back behind Billinger

The Indian River High School girls’ basketball squad snapped a five-game losing streak with back-to-back victories last week, knocking off Laurel 48-37 on Wednesday, Jan. 8, and Delmar 28-17 on Friday, Jan. 10. The consecutive Henlopen conference wins put the Lady Indians at 3-5 on the season.

Indians get their groove back with two conference wins

Coming off disappointing losses at the Governor’s Challenge, the Indian River High School basketball team — then 1-3 — had an unexpected hole to dig themselves out of last weekend, headed into back-to-back Henlopen South matchups against Delmar and Lake Forest. They delivered in both games, taking down Delmar 82-68 on Friday, Jan. 10, and rolling over Lake Forest 76-44 on Saturday, Jan. 11.

IR girls swim team poised for best season in history

The Indian River High School girls’ swim team has notched at least one more win in each subsequent season since the program was formed in 2009 and, this year, coach Donna Smith believes they will finally finish with a record better than .500.

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.

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