Sports

Girls’ cross-country takes down Tech in historic home opener

Indians' boys team starts 1-1

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: ‘The Pack’ from left, junior Olivia Garvey, senior Lindsey Grow, sophomore Sarah Roehl, senior Maddie Hogsten, and junior Jewel Yanek, take off at the start of Wednesday’s Tri-Meet.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: ‘The Pack’ from left, junior Olivia Garvey, senior Lindsey Grow, sophomore Sarah Roehl, senior Maddie Hogsten, and junior Jewel Yanek, take off at the start of Wednesday’s Tri-Meet.They almost pulled it off last year. But this year, they finally did.

After being edged by Sussex Tech in 2015, the Indian River High School girls’ cross-country team got the 2016 season started with their first-ever win over the Ravens in their home-opening tri-meet held on Wednesday, Sept. 22.

For some of the team’s seniors, it’s a hurdle that they’ve been looking to clear for the past four years.

“I really wanted to beat Tech. We were close last year,” said senior Maddie Hogsten, who’s been no stranger to besting the Henlopen North rival on the soccer field but who had yet to see it happen on the cross-country trails headed into Wednesday’s meet.

Southern exposure

Indians ready for run on the South after loss to Cape

Coastal Point photo • Shaun M. Lambert: IR senior linebacker Joey Ciriello wraps up Cape's Kolbi Wright on Friday, Sept. 23.Coastal Point photo • Shaun M. Lambert: IR senior linebacker Joey Ciriello wraps up Cape's Kolbi Wright on Friday, Sept. 23.The Indian River High School football team knows that they could have managed a few upsets, despite starting the season going up against three larger schools with three larger teams.

But after falling to Maryland 3A Linganore in their opener, giving up a 14-0 lead to top-ranked Sussex Tech and most recently seeing turnovers cost them the game against top-ranked Cape Helopen in a 40-21 loss on Friday, Sept. 23, they also know that their season starts right now.

“We’re 0-0 right now in the South,” explained IR head coach Phil Townsend. “From here on out, though, we can’t afford a loss. The guys really have to understand that and stay focused at practice.”

“We knew those first three teams were going to be tough,” added senior running back George Martin. “I’m going to use this to push myself, and I hope that the rest of these guys do, too. Those losses — they’re going motivate us, rather than bringing us down.”

IR football to start South stretch with Seaford Friday

After starting off their season with matchups against Maryland’s Linganore High School, Sussex Tech and Cape Henlopen, the Indian River High School football team will set their sights on the Henlopen South when they begin division play and host Seaford on Friday.

The Blue Jays are currently 1-2 on the season, coming off a 66-26 victory over St. Andrew’s School (0-2) on Friday, Sept. 23.

IR soccer moves to 4-0 with ‘Kilby Clash’ win over Cape

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR senior defender Andrew White kicks field goals on football Fridays. On Tuesday, he kicked this shot into the back of the net.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR senior defender Andrew White kicks field goals on football Fridays. On Tuesday, he kicked this shot into the back of the net.In the midst of a Cape Henlopen High School comeback, Indian River High School junior forward Oscar Cruz found himself with a chance to close the door on the Vikings for good, with the keeper out of position and ball bouncing just in front of the net.

He’d miss out on the chance, sending a shot high the over the crossbar.

Just minutes later, however, Cruz would get some redemption, when senior defender Patrick Mochiam sent a long ball downfield that made its way to senior midfielder Wilberth Gomez and eventually bounced up high in front of the cage. Cruz went up with Cape keeper Alan Marin — that time burying the shot on a well-placed header, to both give the Indians a 5-3 lead and ensure the eventual victory.

IR hockey hangs on to edge Eagles, starts 4-0

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Freshman Rylie Cordrey puts a move on a Smyrna defender during the second half of last Thursday’s 1-0 win.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Freshman Rylie Cordrey puts a move on a Smyrna defender during the second half of last Thursday’s 1-0 win.It was what Indian River High School assistant field hockey coach Molly Chamberlin would later describe as “one of the first times that they had really been tested,” since the team’s opening matchup against Sussex Tech.

But leading the Henlopen North’s Smyrna 1-0 on Thursday, Sept. 28, the IR field hockey team defense and junior goalkeeper Mya Parks held the Eagles’ offensive attack at bay, despite penalty strokes and lopsided time of possession, to start the season 4-0.

“I did not want them to score at all,” Parks said of the particularly palpable tension at the end of the game, with the Eagles knocking on the door and looking for the equalizer.

“It definitely helps, having a good defense to bring the nerves down. Maggie [Ford], Sammi [Whelen] and Mac[kenzie Gorey] — I know that I can count on them. I know they’re going to be there. They had to get through all of them before it got to me.”

Sussex Academy cross-country results

Cape Henlopen 17, Sussex Academy 45 (boys’ cross-country)

The Cape Henlopen boys’ cross-country team started the season 1-0 with a 17-45 win over Sussex Academy on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Sophomore Greg Boyce, sophomore Sam Nye and senior Ryan Shaffer earned the top three spots for the Vikings, while senior Mason Hayes led the Seahawks with a fourth-place finish.

IR volleyball sweeps Worcester Prep to move to 3-2

New student section making an impact

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : IR freshman OH Siera Johnson and senior/MH Sami Mumford go up for a block against Worcester Prep on Friday, Sept. 22.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : IR freshman OH Siera Johnson and senior/MH Sami Mumford go up for a block against Worcester Prep on Friday, Sept. 22.It seems to be a trend at Indian River High School this year: up-and-coming programs proving they’re on the up-and-up with their most successful starts in recent years.

No exception to that trend has been the Indian River volleyball team, which got over the .500 hump and off to a 3-2 start with a win over Worcester Preparatory School in three sets on Friday, Sept. 23.

“It is nice to be 3-2. Yesterday was a great win at Milford. That was a hard-earned victory, and I was happy that we won that game. I was happy that we won this game, too,” said IR head volleyball coach Jim Barnes of the start and 3-2 division win over Milford on Thursday, Sept. 22.

After the tight matchup at Milford to get to 2-2, the Indians came back out the next day to roll the Mallards by scores of 25-9, 25-11 and 25-17.

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Second-half surge sends Ravens past Indians

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Senior running back George Martin makes his way through Tech defenders for a first down after losing his helmet.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Senior running back George Martin makes his way through Tech defenders for a first down after losing his helmet.It was anyone’s game at the break.

A back-and-forth first-half battle had left a highly touted Sussex Tech High School football team up only one score on the Henlopen Southern Division’s Indian River, 27-20.

In the second half, however, the Ravens would outlast the Indians, showing how they earned their Top 10 pre-season state ranking and taking advantage of turnovers as they rode the big play to an eventual 48-28 win.

While IR head coach Phil Townsend was disappointed by the loss, he was by no means disappointed in his squad’s performance.

“It says a lot about our guys how well they came out and took on that challenge,” said Townsend. “We had a really good week at practice this week. Coming off that loss [against Linganore] last week, they didn’t dwell on it. They came in Monday and they were ready to work.”

IR volleyball nets first win, squashes Sussex Academy in three sets

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Senior outside hitter Shelby Cannatelli, goes up for a hit against Sussex Academy last Friday.Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Senior outside hitter Shelby Cannatelli, goes up for a hit against Sussex Academy last Friday.It was exactly what the Indian River High School volleyball team needed when down 11-10 in the first set: four straight aces from their ace acer, Carly Collins.

“I just serve. That’s what they tell me to do,” said Collins, a junior outside hitter, of her back-to-back-to-back-to-back aces that gave her squad a 14-11 lead and the game’s momentum.

“Carly came in and made a bunch of serves like she should do,” added IR head coach Jim Barnes. “That’s one of the things that Carly does well. She’s one of the best servers on our team.”

In a set that saw seven tie scores before the Collins serving rally, the Indians were able to jump back out in front and stay there, going up 17-13 on two straight aces from senior middle hitter Sami Mumford and eventually taking the first set 25-19.

It was the first win of a complete sweep against the Seahawks on Friday, Sept. 16, as IR went on to take the next two sets 25-14 and 25-20, respectively, for their season’s first win, improving to 1-1 in the Henlopen South after a tough loss against Delmar the previous night.

“This was an extremely important win for us,” said Barnes of the victory on the heels of the 3-1 loss to the Wildcats on Thursday, Sept. 15.

Lydic headed to Augusta after win at regionals

Coastal Point • Submitted Ocean View’s Sarah Lydic was on top of the leaderboard, and the world, after her first-place finish at the Drive, Chip & Putt regional final held in Oakmont, Pa.Coastal Point • Submitted Ocean View’s Sarah Lydic was on top of the leaderboard, and the world, after her first-place finish at the Drive, Chip & Putt regional final held in Oakmont, Pa.

Tiger Woods. Phil Mickelson. Jack Nicklaus. Arnold Palmer.

And now, Sarah Lydic.

After her win at the regional Drive, Chip & Putt competition at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa., earlier this month, the 11-year-old wunderkind has earned a bid to the national championship at Augusta National — home of not only the Masters tournament, but of some of the game’s greatest masters as well.

“Part of me feels like I’m in a dream and that this isn’t really happening,” said Lydic of the accomplishment.

“I also feel proud of all the hard work I’ve done this summer to prepare myself for this competition. I’m excited to be going to Augusta, because I’ll be getting a chance to be where the Masters is played and see that beautiful course and be around many great golfers.”

The Ocean View native and member of Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club finished first overall in the Girls’ 10-11 division at the regional competition, going up against golfers from Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and even Canada.

Her total score of 115 bested Ohio’s Mia Raynes and Kentucky’s Trinity Beth, who finished with scores of 109 and 108, respectively.

Placing fourth in the drive category, and tied for third in putting, Lydic’s edge came in the chipping competition, where she out-shot everyone, with a total score of 40, to earn the win and the only qualifying spot for nationals in her respective division.

Raynes and Beth, who finished second and third, each earned alternate spots.

IR football to face Cape Henlopen looking for first win

While they may be 0-2 so far, the Indian River High School football teamed is looking primed and ready for their first win of the season when Cape Henlopen comes to town on Friday, Sept. 23, after a strong showing against top-ranked Sussex Tech (2-0) last Friday.

IR field hockey off to 3-0 start with wins over Laurel, Woodbridge

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior forward Erin Haden goes up against a Woodbridge defender during a 3-0 win on Saturday, Sept. 17.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior forward Erin Haden goes up against a Woodbridge defender during a 3-0 win on Saturday, Sept. 17.With three games in the same week, the Indian River High School field hockey team was put to the test to start off the 2016 season but still managed to come out with three straight wins and a 3-0 record for the second year in a row.

“It was a very tough week for them,” said IR head coach Jodi Stone. “In high school, playing three games in one week is a lot — especially still getting acclimated to going to school all day and then practicing in the afternoon — so they really held their own. I’m very proud of them.”

Indians 3, Laurel 0
(Thursday, Sept. 15)

After taking down Tech on Tuesday, the Indians faced off against Laurel in their home opener on Thursday, Sept. 15, rolling the Bulldogs 3-0.