Lower Sussex Indians earn All-American honors

Date Published: 
May 16, 2014

As many of the athletic programs at Indian River High School can attest, feeder systems and athletes maintaining academic standards are two crucial factors in success. Considering that principle, the future is seems bright for the Indian River football and cheerleading programs, as 50 Lower Sussex Indians recently earned All-American honors at the Pop Warner level.

In all, 41 football players and nine cheerleaders earned honors in the Henlopen Conference, with four athletes making the cut at the regional level and others achieving accolades for First Team All-American, Second Team All-American and Honorable Mention.

Recently, the junior athletes were rewarded for their efforts with a banquet held at the Clayton Theatre.

“It’s a good way to give back to them,” said board member Dave Hamrick, who runs the football program. “Some other teams in the league don’t do that. As the coaches, we instill that they get good grades — you’ve got to do the right thing in school before you can play football.”

“Pop Warner wants to encourage the player/athletes to maintain a passing grade-point average,” added Jodi Stone, vice president of scholastics for the league. “As they get older, that can produce scholarships for them later on down the road.”

But the student-athletes awarded All-American honors didn’t just make “good grades,” according to Stone — they all maintained the high grade-point average required by Pop Warner.

“If they have a certain grade-point average — for example, if they have a 96 or above — then we can submit paper work so that they can become an All-American,” she explained.

Hamrick and Stone are hoping that the athletic and academic excellence achieved this year will be a trend that continues as the students continue to advance, to the middle school, high school and collegiate levels.

“If you play middle school or high school sports, or even at the college level, you have to maintain a certain grade-point average. If they understand at a younger age, hopefully, it will carry through,” Stone described. “We’re working on that now, trying to bridge the gaps between our programs and use Pop Warner as a feeder program for the middle school and on to the high school.”

While registration for next season has already taken place, the program is still looking for more football players, cheerleaders, and volunteers — including an assistant cheerleading coach.

The nonprofit program is also seeking donations, which could be monetary or simply donating a facility for fundraiser, similar to what the Clayton Theatre did. The money donated and raised goes toward fields, equipment, uniforms, taxes and insurance costs.

“That’s an example of how we’ve reached out to the community and the community has reached out to us,” Stone noted of the importance of the community support. “It’s win-win on both sides.”

“It’s an ongoing process every year. It takes over $16,000 to run the organization for a year,” Hamrick added.

The LSI football and cheerleading programs will try to raise some money for next year’s expenses on Saturday, May 17, when they will hold a car wash and bake sale in the PNC Bank parking lot in West Fenwick.

Henlopen
Eastern
NATIONAL
Team
First Last
Conference
Region
Grade
Team
1
JR PW
Tyler Bowen
H
5th
2nd
2
JR PW
Jaxon Camper
H
R
5th
2nd
3
JR PW
Cole Chandler
H
5th
2nd
4
JR PW
Evan Davis
H
5th
2nd
5
JR PW
Jamaar Drummond
H
5th
2nd
6
JR PW
Reagan Dunn
H
5th
2nd
7
JR PW
Ryan Furman
H
5th
Honorable Mention
8
JR PW
Patrick Gogarty
H
6th
2nd
9
JR PW
Dawson Hamrick
H
5th
Honorable Mention
10
JR PW
Jordan Harper
H
6th
Honorable Mention
11
JR PW
Seth Hill
H
5th
2nd
12
JR PW
Colin Hudson
H
5th
2nd
13
JR PW
Christopher Lewis
H
5th
Honorable Mention
14
JR PW
Travis Nock
H
5th
2nd
15
JR PW
Ja'siah Rounds
H
5th
Honorable Mention
16
JR PW
Christopher Saylor
H
6th
2nd
17
JR PW
Robert Senseny III
H
5th
Honorable Mention
18
JR PW
Ian Schaubach
H
5th
Honorable Mention
19
JR PW
Gage Spinks
H
5th
2nd
20
JR PW
Ryan Stone
H
6th
2nd
21
JR PW
John Turssline III
H
5th
2nd
22
JR PW
Tyler Upton
H
6th
Honorable Mention
23
JR PW
River Vickers
H
5th
2nd
24
JR PW
Lucas Weber
H
5th
2nd
25
PW
André Bogardus
H
6th
Honorable Mention
26
PW
Nasir Bowen-Brown
H
5th
Honorable Mention
27
PW
Austin Brent
H
6th
Honorable Mention
28
PW
Broden Carney
H
6th
2nd
29
PW
Falcone Jeremy
H
6th
Honorable Mention
30
PW
Jordan Gibbs
H
5th
Honorable Mention
31
PW
Robert Kauffman
H
6th
Honorable Mention
32
PW
Mason Micciche
H
6th
Honorable Mention
33
PW
J'Sean Matthews
H
5th
Honorable Mention
34
PW
Thomas Moore
H
R
6th
2nd
35
PW
Jacob Perkins, Jr
H
5th
2nd
36
PW
Micah Peters
H
6th
2nd
37
PW
Richard Rybicki
H
6th
2nd
38
PW
Jalen Snead
H
6th
2nd
39
PW
Samuel Jones
H
5th
Honorable Mention
40
PW
Alexander Saure
H
6th
2nd
41
PW
William Rayne
H
6th
Honorable Mention
1
JR PW
Chamyra Handy
H
5th
Honorable Mention
2
JR PW
Alina Ritter
H
5th
2nd
3
JR PW
Jessica Rybicki
H
5th
Honorable Mention
4
JR PW
Nicole Woody
H
R
5th
2nd
5
Midget
Savanah Endebrock
H
6th
Honorable Mention
6
Midget
Alika Mitchell
H
6th
2nd
7
Midget
Hannah Gentry
H
R
8th
2nd
8
Midget
Madison Killen
H
7th
2nd
9
Midget
Victoria Shaner
H
7th
2nd