Sports

Local athlete receives sportmanship award

Coastal Point • Aaron Mushrush: Kealey Allison, of Selbyville, was awarded the Dennis Callahan Good Sport Award during Ocean City Recreation & Park Department’s 3rd Annual Sportsmanship Ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 19.Coastal Point • Aaron Mushrush: Kealey Allison, of Selbyville, was awarded the Dennis Callahan Good Sport Award during Ocean City Recreation & Park Department’s 3rd Annual Sportsmanship Ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 19.The Ocean City (Md.) Recreation & Parks Department held its 3rd Annual Sportsmanship Ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at which it recognized several youth athletes participating in the department’s winter-season sports who had “exemplified good sportsmanship” in their respective sports. A select number of participants from boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball and indoor soccer were chosen to receive an award and public recognition at the banquet.

The event also recognized two winners of the Mid-Atlantic Recreation & Parks Sports Association Alliance (MARPSA) 2013 Dennis Callahan Good Sport Award.

Kealey Allison of Selbyville had already attended a special ceremony in Annapolis at which she and Robert “Bob” Frick of Bishopville, Md., received the prestigious Callahan award for their year-round participation in several different sports offered by the OCRPD and exemplary sportsmanship the two exhibited while participating in those sports. Allison participates as an athlete in multiple sports, while Frick has been coaching youth teams since 1987.

Trout stocking begins at downstate ponds

Season opens March 1

The DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife recently announced that its spring 2014 downstate trout season will begin Saturday, March 1, with the opening of two downstate ponds stocked with rainbow trout. On that date, Tidbury Pond near Dover in Kent County and Newton Pond outside of Greenwood in Sussex County will open for trout fishing beginning at 7 a.m.

‘Queen of Heart’

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Members of the Bratton family gather in the stands for a photo after the IR Boys Basketball 65-63 victory against Seaford on  Tuesday, Feb. 18.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Members of the Bratton family gather in the stands for a photo after the IR Boys Basketball 65-63 victory against Seaford on Tuesday, Feb. 18.Hot dogs and baked beans, apple pie and scrambled eggs: who wants some?

If you’ve been to an Indian River High School basketball game in the last decade, you’re well aware that this isn’t a grocery list — it’s a chant. You’re probably also aware that it isn’t just any chant, it’s a chant from the Indians’ number one fan, Queen Bratton, strategically timed to disrupt the concentration of opposing foul shooters.

After shouting out her signature foul shot chant, students in the bleachers usually respond with an enthusiastic “I do!” — and sometimes even begin the chant themselves, most recently at a packed gymnasium on the road during the Indian River/Stephen Decatur matchup.

“I like that, it was awesome because it was support,” said Bratton of the cheer section at the Decatur game. “I need that support. I knew somebody had my back.”

Indians slip past Seaford to keep state tournament hopes alive

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: XXCoastal Point • R. Chris Clark: XXComing off a deflating 83-59 loss to Stephen Decatur last Monday, Feb. 17, the Indian River High School boys’ basketball team rebounded with a 66-64 win against Seaford on Tuesday, Feb. 18, to keep their state tournament hopes alive.

Senior forward Jaevon Holland put up a team-high 17 points for the Indians in what was an uncharacteristically low-scoring game for two typically high-scoring teams.

“Every time we play these guys, it’s a war,” said head coach Mike Fabber after the game. “Both coaches know each other real well. Both teams are pressing teams — both teams tried not to press today.”

Holland also pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds and added five steals and a block defensively. “We played a hard game. We played our hearts out,” he stated. “We know what type of team we are.”

Lady Indians wrap up rebuilding year with tough road losses

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior point guard Taylor Billinger looks on in frustration during a well-deserved breather as freshman guard Maggie Ford tries to spark the offense against a big and psychical Stephen Decatur team last Monday, Feb. 17.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior point guard Taylor Billinger looks on in frustration during a well-deserved breather as freshman guard Maggie Ford tries to spark the offense against a big and psychical Stephen Decatur team last Monday, Feb. 17.The Indian River High School girls’ basketball squad has come a long way since the beginning of the year, but ended the season with back to back road losses against Stephen Decatur and Seaford.

Battling a hostile environment and talented Decatur team last Monday, Feb. 17, the Lady Indians continued to fight until the last whistle but ultimately fell, 63-28, to the Lady Seahawks.

“The kids understood the value of this game,” said head coach Matt Mayette after the loss. “We played a good middle two quarters, and then we showed our frustration in the fourth.”

Junior Faythe Wise put up a team-high 11 points in the loss, but the Lady Indians struggled against the Lady Seahawks’ bigger inside players.

Lower Sussex Little League opening day moves to Friday night

For years, Lower Sussex Little League has held their opening day ceremonies on a Saturday. But this year, the league will begin a new tradition after scheduling opening day festivities for Friday, April 11.

Registration open for BunnyPalooza, volunteers needed

Coastal Point • File Photo: Race contestants line up for a photo, decked out in bunny costumes, at last year's Bunny Palooza 5K/10K. This year's race expects an even larger turnout to support the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation.Coastal Point • File Photo: Race contestants line up for a photo, decked out in bunny costumes, at last year's Bunny Palooza 5K/10K. This year's race expects an even larger turnout to support the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation.The BunnyPalooza 5K/10K will take place a month later this year, thanks to the shifting Easter holiday, with the hopes of warmer weather drawing up more interest for the already successful Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation event.

“We sold out at 800 last year,” said event coordinator Brigit Taylor. “I would venture to say that we will have the same number, if not more” this year. “It’s about a month later, so warmer weather will probably bring out more people.”

The Bethany Beach-based run is set for Saturday, April 19, but the surrounding events will kick off with a guest bartending event held at the Cottage Café on Wednesday, March 5, from 5 to 9 p.m., with a percentage of the proceeds going toward the QRCF. The event will feature music and raffles, with the opportunity to win race-day gear and even free entries.

NCAA Spotlight: Catching up with former IR football standout Marquel Knight

Coastal Point • File Photo: Marquel Knight shakes off a Woodbridge defender in a 40-17 home victory last season. Knight is currently working to obtain enough credits to get back on the field at Division I Delaware State University.Coastal Point • File Photo: Marquel Knight shakes off a Woodbridge defender in a 40-17 home victory last season. Knight is currently working to obtain enough credits to get back on the field at Division I Delaware State University.Anyone who doesn’t remember Marquel Knight probably didn’t catch too many Indian River High School football games in the past few years — or pick up a copy of the Coastal Point to read the sports section, for that matter.

One of the key players on the Indians’ 2011 state championship team, Knight racked up 45 total touchdowns during his junior and senior seasons. As a wide receiver his junior year, he pulled in 73 passes for 1,168 yards with former-IR-quarterback-turned-Major-League-Baseball-prospect Jamie Jarmon under center.

After Jarmon graduated, Knight took control of the offense and was implemented in more of a running back role, carrying the ball 261 times for 1,838 yards, for an average of more than 7 yards per carry, and leading the Indians to their second consecutive Henlopen South title.

‘J. Troubs gets 100th “Dub”’

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Jake Troublefield sets up Sussex Central’s Kevine Nocks during his 100th career win last Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Indian River High School.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Jake Troublefield sets up Sussex Central’s Kevine Nocks during his 100th career win last Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Indian River High School.Few athletes are fortunate enough to accomplish career milestones in front of their home crowds, but on Feb. 5, Indian River High School senior Jake Troublefield notched his 100th career wrestling win and got to do it at IRHS, against Sussex Central.

“The best way I can describe it is bittersweet, because it’s the last time I wrestle in this gym,” Troublefield explained of the feeling of accomplishing his longtime goal in front of the people who have been there to witness it all. “All my friends and students came out to watch me, my family came down — my dad was really proud of me. I can’t explain it. I’m speechless. It’s amazing.”

“It’s great for Jake. He’s worked hard,” said head coach Jeff Windish. “He did things the right way, and when you do that, things are going to pay off for you. I’m proud of him, and I’m happy for him. That’s an accomplishment — not many people get that.”

IR students and fans packed the stands, while former teammates including Marquel Knight made the trip from college, and some students even made T-shirts with slogans such as “J.Troubs, 100 Dubs” — all in support of Troublefield’s impending milestone.

“I’ve been wrestling in this gym since I was a freshman,” Troublefield continued. “I love it. It’s always a good crowd. The fans are amazing. Indian River’s a great school. I love going here.”

After Troublefield pinned Sussex Central senior Kevine Nocks in 3:18, the crowd jumped to their feet as his achievement was announced over the loud speaker.

Indians look toward states after Raiders snap win streak

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Jaevon ‘B.B.’ Holland posts up for a jumper against Woodbridge last Monday, Feb.?10.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Jaevon ‘B.B.’ Holland posts up for a jumper against Woodbridge last Monday, Feb.?10.Riding high after a six-game win streak — including five straight on the road — the Indian River High School basketball team found themselves battling for control of the Henlopen South Conference last Monday night against Woodbridge (12-3, 7-2). However after jumping to a 26-22 lead, the Blue Raiders held the Indians to two points in the third quarter, eventually notching a 53-34 win and taking control of their own destiny in the conference.

“That one half doesn’t define us,” said Indians Head Coach Mike Fabber after the Feb. 10 game. “It doesn’t define our season or the run we had. We’re still sitting pretty good for the state tournament. There’s a lot of basketball left to be played.”

“We didn’t play our regular game,” senior forward Jaevon Holland said of the team’s out-of-character second-half performance. “We came out slow. We came out sluggish.”

Senior point guard Brian Arthur led the charge for the Indians early on, continually driving to the rim and putting up eight points in the first quarter. Sophomore guard KiAnté Sturgis would give the Indians their first lead of the night after draining a three-pointer in the same quarter.

Lady Indians run with Raiders on Senior Night

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River freshman Maggie Ford drives to the hoop against Woodbridge on Senior Night, last Monday, Feb. 10.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River freshman Maggie Ford drives to the hoop against Woodbridge on Senior Night, last Monday, Feb. 10.Two months ago, the Indian River High School girls’ basketball team struggled to compete with the better teams in the conference, losing to more experienced teams, such as Woodbridge, 48-7. Nearing the end of the season, however, the young squad has come together and come a long way — most recently battling tough against that same Woodbridge team in a 57-41 loss on Senior Night last Monday, Feb. 10.

“I’m proud of us. We’ve grown so much,” said head coach Matt Mayette after the game. “To lose 48-7 to these guys the first time and then to be competitive until the last two possessions — we just battle and fight, and we’re battling and fighting with six kids, so I can’t be more proud of these kids. They work so hard.”

Indian River swimming takes first Henlopen South title

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Junior Marissa Fox helped her team place second overall in the 200-meter medley relay. This finish helped Indian River take the first Henlopen South title for swimming.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Junior Marissa Fox helped her team place second overall in the 200-meter medley relay. This finish helped Indian River take the first Henlopen South title for swimming.Not only did both the boys’ and girls’ Indian River High School swim teams win their first Henlopen South championship last week — both teams broke records while doing it.

Senior Carter Michael clocked in at 49:07 in the 100-meter freestyle — taking first place at the meet held at Lake Forest and earning him an HAC championship. Michael, along with Merrick Kovatch, Mason Sanders and Ben Boonin, also won the HAC championship in the 400-meter relay and tied for first in the 200-meter relay, clocking in at 1:33:76. The boys took third place overall for the entire Henlopen Conference.

“Their overall goal for the program is to become a stronghold in the southern part of Delaware,” said head coach Colin Crandel of what the title means. “In the next 10 years or so, I want college coaches and everyone looking at us as just as strong” as northern schools, he said.

Sea Colony Sharks place third at Two Bays Championship

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Sea Colony Sharks celebrate the end of their season after placing third at the Two Bay Championship.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Sea Colony Sharks celebrate the end of their season after placing third at the Two Bay Championship.The Indian River High School Indians weren’t the only local swim team to make a splash last week, with the Sea Colony Sharks taking third place at the Two Bays Championship and setting some records of their own.

Both Declan Burke and Tessa Elling scored “high point” at the meet, and three records were broken — one of which was 10 years old.

“These kids were just born when that record was set,” head coach Janna Schneider said, to put it in perspective. “Two kids on our team getting high point is a pretty big accomplishment.”

Burke combined with Evan Davis, Trey Mitchell and Carson Barnes to set the Boys 9-10 100-meter freestyle record, clocking in at 1:07:44, smashing the old record of 1:10:20 set all the way back in 2003.

Marie's Kitchen: Dioramic artist arranges tasty recipes, too

Before I introduce you to my new friend, dioramic artist Debbie Martucci, I must share with you why this week’s “Marie’s Kitchen” will be my final regularly scheduled column. After more than seven years of bi-weekly deadlines, I realized that the two books I’m writing will never come to fruition unless I sequester myself and devote huge blocks of time and attention to the task.

Lady Indians down Delmar, fall to Central

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Senior forward Alex Myers dives for a loose ball in last Friday's 39-37 win against Delmar. The Lady Indians have now taken down the Henlopen Conference opponent both times they've faced them this season. Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Senior forward Alex Myers dives for a loose ball in last Friday's 39-37 win against Delmar. The Lady Indians have now taken down the Henlopen Conference opponent both times they've faced them this season. The Indian River High School girls’ basketball team split games last week, hanging on in a tight game against Delmar for a 39-37 win last Friday before falling to Henlopen North power house Sussex Central, 70-35, on Tuesday night.

“It was an exciting game. We kind of had a big advantage early on, and they came back and made it into a tight game,” said head coach Matt Mayette after last Friday’s win. “Our girls responded really well.”

Junior point guard Taylor Billinger led the Lady Indians in scoring against the Lady Wildcats, with 19 points, three of which came from knocking down a three-pointer. Freshman guard Maggie Ford also hit a shot from beyond the arch in that matchup, and junior guard Maggie Allison added nine points of her own after switching positions.

“Maggie [Allison] is in more of a shooting guard role,” Mayette noted. “She was the biggest facilitator for us [against Delmar]. She was trying to get herself into the paint and draw defense and create opportunities for her teammates, which was huge for us.”

Sarge takes second in WCA National Amateur Gun Dog Championship

Coastal Point • Submitted: Lance Fargo stands behind his Weimarener, Sarge (center, red ribbon), and scout Rodney Moon of Texas at the 2013 WCA National Amateur Gun Dog Championships in Ardmere, Okla. Fargo nearly collected his second National Championship of 2013 at the event - just months after winning the USA Triathlon 40-plus Clydesdale Division National Championship in Milwaukee, Wis. this summer. Coastal Point • Submitted: Lance Fargo stands behind his Weimarener, Sarge (center, red ribbon), and scout Rodney Moon of Texas at the 2013 WCA National Amateur Gun Dog Championships in Ardmere, Okla. Fargo nearly collected his second National Championship of 2013 at the event - just months after winning the USA Triathlon 40-plus Clydesdale Division National Championship in Milwaukee, Wis. this summer. Ocean View’s Lance Fargo nearly locked in his second national championship of 2013 last month, when his Weimaraner, Sarge, took second place in the WCA Amateur Gun Dog Championship, held in Ardmore, Okla.

“The first-place dog had a stronger run and ranged out farther [than Sarge],” Fargo explained of the scoring criteria for the event. “That’s what the judges were looking for in their first-place dog. [The first-place dog] didn’t have the number of finds that Sarge had but had a stronger run.”

The second-place national finish came just four months after Fargo himself took first place in the Clydesdale 40-plus division at the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship held in Milwaukee, Wis.

“It’s definitely something that crossed my mind,” he said regarding what a second national championship in the same year would have meant. “I knew it would be a pretty cool feat to pull off. It would be awesome just for its novelty.”

Fargo originally got involved in the gun-dog sport when he acquired Blitz as a puppy in 2003 from Virginia Alexander, who is widely considered the “godmother of Weimaraners” after literally writing the book on the breed. It was Alexander who encouraged Fargo to enter the world of AKC field trials.

IR soccer standouts Izzo, Cannon sign letters of intent

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: 2013 State Champion Indian River Soccer standouts Sam Izzo (left) and Sam Cannon (right) pose with coach Steve Kilby after signing letters of intent Wednesday morning.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: 2013 State Champion Indian River Soccer standouts Sam Izzo (left) and Sam Cannon (right) pose with coach Steve Kilby after signing letters of intent Wednesday morning.Just more than two months after winning Indian River High School’s first-ever state soccer championship, senior standouts Sam Izzo and Sam Cannon each signed letters of intent to play collegiate soccer — Izzo at Bloomsberg University in Pennsylvania and Cannon at Lynchburg College in Virginia.

“My phone was ringing last night. I had a few coaches calling me, asking me to delay my decision or change my decision,” Izzo said this week. “It was stressful, to say the least, but I believe I made the right call.”

Izzo said the school’s academic reputation — specifically, its business program — was the main factor in his decision process, but, as an added bonus, his older brother currently plays soccer there, as well.

Five Indian River swimmers qualify for states

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Carter Michael broke his own record in last Tuesday's Senior Night meet against Seaford, clocking in at 57.75 seconds for the 100-meter butterfly. The previous record was 58.2 seconds. Michael, Merrick Kovatch, Ben Boonin and Keaton Burke all combined to break the Medley Relay record the same night. Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Carter Michael broke his own record in last Tuesday's Senior Night meet against Seaford, clocking in at 57.75 seconds for the 100-meter butterfly. The previous record was 58.2 seconds. Michael, Merrick Kovatch, Ben Boonin and Keaton Burke all combined to break the Medley Relay record the same night. Facing a Seaford team with only five swimmers last Tuesday night, the Indian River High School swim team’s main competition was themselves.

“We knew we had a meet we were going to win,” explained Head Coach Colin Crandel after the win. “That’s not to discredit then — they didn’t have the numbers. For once, we had the numbers.”

Despite literally swimming against themselves when Seaford didn’t have enough swimmers to qualify for events, the Indians saw two swimmers qualify for state competition and set two records on Senior Night.

“I asked them to break records tonight, and they did,” Crandel said of the inspired performance. “It’s hard to challenge yourself when they swam by themselves the whole race. It shows what they can do when they put their minds to it.”

Senior Carter Michael broke his butterfly record of 58.2 seconds, clocking in at 57.75, and the team also broke their Medley Relay record of 151.63 when they came in at 150.77. The swimmers for the relay included Michael, senior Merrick Kovatch, senior Ben Boonin and junior Keaton Burke.

‘IR for iPhone’

All Indian River High School sports fans need to know about their favorite IRHS athletic program is now available on their smartphone, and all the gear they need for game day is now available via their computers, as the school announced the launch of its first official mobile app this week, as well as the launch of their first official online store.

Troublefield looks for 100th career win

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Jake Troublefield helps a Woodbridge opponent, above, back to hist feet at last Saturday’s quad meet.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Jake Troublefield helps a Woodbridge opponent, above, back to hist feet at last Saturday’s quad meet.Indian River High School senior Jake Troublefield has had a goal since his eighth-grade class visited the School for “Moving Up Day” four years ago: to become one of the best wrestlers the school has ever seen.

“I remember the day in eighth grade when my class came up to tour the high school for Moving Up Day,” he recalled. “I walked in and saw that banner in the gym that only had two names on it for wrestling, and I thought, ‘Wow — I really want to get on that.’ Ever since then, I made that my goal, starting my freshman year, to get 100 wins.”

You’d never be able to tell by watching the standout senior battle it out in matches for the past few years — but Troublefield hasn’t always been as dominant on the mats, and 100 wins didn’t always seem like it was a possibility, much less an inevitability.

Indians unseat DII leader Laurel, snap four-game losing streak

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior Guard Kei Juan ‘Skeeter’ Major scans the defense in the final minutes of last Saturday’s matchup against Woodbridge.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior Guard Kei Juan ‘Skeeter’ Major scans the defense in the final minutes of last Saturday’s matchup against Woodbridge.The Indian River High School basketball team pulled off a major conference victory on Tuesday, Jan. 28, knocking off Division II leader Laurel, 66-61.

“That was a big win in our conference. We needed that win,” said senior forward Jaevon Holland after the game. “We came together as a team.”

The Bulldogs (10-2, as of Coastal Point press time on Wednesday, Jan. 29), played fast-paced and aggressive — which is a style of basketball that the Indians are certainly accustomed to under head coach Mike Fabber.

Senior forward London Tucker put up 15 points in the upset, with junior guard Kei Juan Major leading the charge with 21 points of his own.

Holes-in-one for homes

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.

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