Brooke Beam has collected just about every individual accolade there is to collect during her storied soccer career.
The senior forward has earned First-Team All-Conference and All-State honors every year since arriving at Indian River High School for her freshman season. As a junior, she was named to the state’s Top XI list. And, recently, she became the Indians’ all-time leading scorer, as the first soccer player in school history to eclipse the 100-goals mark.
But there was still one thing that Beam hadn’t accomplished — something that she’d made a personal goal ever since stepping foot in the gym at IR some four years ago, a starry-eyed freshman looking up at banners for legendary IR athletes Jamie Jarmon and Caitlin Forte.
Little did she know then that one day she’d have a banner of her own hanging in the rafters, as last Tuesday, Beam became only the third athlete in Indian River High School history to be named a Gatorade Player of the Year.
Golfers are being invited to play in the free Grand Opening Golf Scramble on Saturday, June 4, at Plantation Lakes, Lennar’s golf resort community in Millsboro. The event celebrates the opening of the first nine holes of the community’s Arthur Hills Championship Golf Course and will showcase the homes and lifestyle available at Plantation Lakes.
Tribe alive after 9-4 comeback at Milford
Not only was the game on the line, but, in all likelihood, so was their season.
The Indian River High School softball team had dug themselves into a quick hole on the road against Milford on Monday, May 16, but still managed to battle back and pull out a 9-4 win in comeback fashion, to keep their post-season hopes alive.
“We definitely knew we needed this game,” said senior LF Callie McDowell. “We know that if we win out, we have a spot in the playoffs. We don’t want to have that “what-if” feeling. We just want to win out.”
“We started like we’re playing the playoffs today,” added head coach Erika Brittingham. “That’s the mentality that we went in with.”
After a three-run shot had put the Bucs up 4-0 in the first inning, freshman pitcher Abi O’Shields entered the game in relief, to immediately knock down her first two batters up and extinguish the Milford momentum.
Heavy hitting Indians blast Bucs 17-9
If a controversial call in their game against Lake Forest earlier this season had gone the other way, the Indian River High School baseball team could have very well been playing for the Henlopen South title at Milford on Monday, May 16.
They’d settle for spoiling the Buccaneers own title run, however, taking down the division leader, 17-9, for the first time since 2010.
“Milford’s a good team, but at the same time, we earned this one. We’re starting to play to our capabilities,” said head coach Chris Megee after the game. “I can’t be any more proud of them today.”
With the Bucs leading 8-4 through four innings, the Tribe blew the doors after tying it up in the top of the fifth, racking up 14 runs in the last three innings alone and giving up only one run in the process.
It’s been a bit of a rebuilding year for the Indian River High School boys’ tennis team.
But despite a young and, for the most part, inexperienced lineup, the Indians still finished on a high note, with a win over Seaford and making some noise at the Henlopen Conference championships.
At first singles, junior Mac Smith earned a bye to get him through the first round of the tournament, only to have to face the No. 1 seed and state’s top-ranked player, Milford senior Colt Williamson.
“I just wanted to be able to compete and give him a challenge,” Smith said. “I don’t think many people hit as hard as Colt around here.”
In his third time having to face Williamson this season, Smith said that he saw some improvement, despite falling 6-0, 6-0, and that facing players of that caliber only makes him a better player himself.
Fitz takes fourth at conference championships
After clinching four straight Henlopen South titles, the Indian River High School girls’ tennis just missed out on a fifth conference title last season in getting the short end of a tie-break against rival Milford.
However, they made up for that this season, clinching the division and bringing the title back to IR after a 4-1 win against Seaford on Tuesday, May 10.
“It came down to that last match. We were preparing and preparing. We knew that we had to win that one to clinch,” said head coach Stefanie Riddle. “They worked so hard. They definitely earned it.”
“I’m so proud of the team,” said senior first singles player Hannah Shultie. “It took all of us and our hard work to achieve the goal we had been working so hard for. It was a great end to a senior year.”
Shultie put her squad up with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-0 victory over Seaford’s Samantha Cotten, with the Indians sweeping the Blue Jays at second and third singles as well.
At the two spot, sophomore Kayla Huebner took down Jordyn Lewis, 6-4, 6-2, and freshman Alex Fitz rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 win over Kaitlyn Coll at third singles.
One check mark down. Two more to go.
Head coach Steve Kilby and the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team always have three items on their “short list” at the beginning of the season. First, they want the division. Then, they want the conference. And, finally, they want the state championship.
While it’s been a busy week, that first box got checked last Tuesday, May 10, when they earned their third straight Henlopen South crown by taking down Woodbridge, 6-0.
The then-10-2-1 Blue Raiders had seen their own title hopes toppled after falling to Delmar in their previous game, but the Indians still needed to the win to mathematically clinch the division.
They’d keep things rolling on Thursday, May 12, that time by rolling over district rival Sussex Central, 9-0.
Indians set for playoff run
After seeing their Henlopen South title hopes erode after dropping two straight games to Lake Forest and Delmar, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team almost saw their playoffs hopes do the same after dropping two straight goals against district rival Sussex Central to start their Senior Night game on Thursday, May 12.
However, after the initial deficit, the Indians rallied back to a 20-5 win, to keep their chances at the tournament very much alive.
“We did want the South. We let Lake get away from us a little bit, and I take nothing away from Delmar — they played very well — but we didn’t bring our best that day,” said coach Dave Spencer. “Moving forward, we’re gonna go ahead and have our goal be the playoffs.”
While the Tribe looks well-positioned to make that goal a reality, their comeback against the Golden Knights was sparked with a gelling offense early on.
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.
Bear Trap to host Family Fun Night for River Soccer/SMS
Teaming up with Long & Foster’s Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island offices, The Den at Bear Trap Dunes will host a “Family Fun Night” and silent auction to help raise money for both Selbyville Middle School sports programs and the River Soccer Club in Roxana.
Shuey gets sent out in style
It was a tale of two halves when the Indian River High School and Sussex Academy girls’ lacrosse teams met for the first time, on Thursday, May 12.
The pioneer programs had taken turns trading goals early on, with IR riding a 5-3 lead headed into the break. But after the Seahawks cut that lead to 6-5 early in half No. 2, the budding rivalry would end there, with the Indians stringing together nine unanswered goals and clinching a 14-5 win to send their only senior — captain Emiley Shuey — out in style.
“Emiley has always had our back,” said sophomore Helen Davis after the game. “I know that all the girls wanted to win this one for her.”
Shuey would notch the game’s first goal just 0:33 in, finding the net on a penalty shot to put her squad up 1-0.
Coastal Kayak of Fenwick Island will be host two more fundraisers for two local charities this summer: Cancer Support Community and Delaware Audubon Society.
DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police this week reminded anglers that landing and possession of tautog in Delaware are prohibited from May 12 through July 16 and again Sept. 1-28, regardless of where the fish was caught — Delaware waters, another state’s waters or federal waters.
Cleavinger named Orioles’ Minor League Pitcher of the Month
Delmarva Shorebirds relief pitcher Garrett Cleavinger has been named the Baltimore Orioles’ Pitcher of the Month for April.
“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.