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IR track sets school records in home opener

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Sophomore Carly Collins, right, celebrates with junior Madelyn Parcells after Parcells’ state preliminary qualifying jump.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Sophomore Carly Collins, right, celebrates with junior Madelyn Parcells after Parcells’ state preliminary qualifying jump.The Indian River High School track team got more than just two key wins over Seaford and Holy Grove in their first home meet of the season, on Tuesday, April 19, with four different school records going down on the day.

For the boys, it was senior Logan Montouri clocking in a 2:12.63 for not only first place finishes over Seaford and Holly Grove but a new IR record in the 800m.

After senior Paiton Murray had set her own school record in discus, with a 75-foot, 8-inch spin earlier this season, senior Katelyn Jensen followed suit at the quad-meet also featuring Lake Forest, posting a 6:14 in the 1600m.

Sophomore Carly Collins broke the 300m hurdle record with a time of 52.82, and the girls’ 4-by-800-meter relay team of freshman Sarah Roehl, junior Sydney Messick, sophomore Jewel Yanek and Jensen set a new standard with an 11:36.

While all that record-shattering may seem overwhelming, it was by no means a surprise to head coach Bob Hahn, who said he expects to see more records fall before the season is through, based on what he’s seen from his squad so far this season.

“This is the hardest-working group of kids that I’ve coached since I’ve been here,” said Hahn, who’s led the track team for going on six seasons. “They seem to really enjoy the sport, and they seem to enjoy each other. They’re coming out here, giving 110 percent, and making themselves better each and every day.”

Indians down Delmar, Dover to keep playoff hopes alive

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior goalie Hayden McWilliams makes a critical save in the final minute against Dover to allow the Indians to hang on for the win.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior goalie Hayden McWilliams makes a critical save in the final minute against Dover to allow the Indians to hang on for the win.Coming off a 13-5 win against the Salisbury School and sitting at 2-4 on the season, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team knew they had a streak they needed to start to stay in post-season contention.

And after taking down Delmar 10-5 on Wednesday, April 20, and Dover 14-13 on Friday, April 22, the Indians looked primed to do just that, firing on all cylinders as they approach a crucial stretch of schedule.

“Our goal for the week was to go 3-0,” said junior goalie Hayden McWilliams. “Obviously, the best thing to do would be to win the conference, so we just gotta keep working until we get there.”

“This week was about buy-in,” said coach Dave Spencer, “them discovering the team that they really can be. That’s a big step forward for a group like this.”

IR girls’ lax falls to Padua in back-and-forth battle

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore goalkeeper Mya Parks makes one of a career-high 15 saves against Padua on Monday, April 25.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore goalkeeper Mya Parks makes one of a career-high 15 saves against Padua on Monday, April 25.The Indian River High School girls’ lacrosse team already had three wins on the season. But, oddly enough, none of them would compare to their 17-12 loss to Padua on Monday, April 25.

“That was, hands down, the best game of our season,” said head coach Kelsea Ayers. “Even though we didn’t win today, this was such a great stepping stone. We started to finally do the things that we need to be doing.”

“We’re all really happy, because this was definitely our best game,” added sophomore goalie Mya Parks. “Everyone just definitely worked together. Ground balls, winning draws — we started to crash more on defense, which definitely helped. New people were scoring and new people were catching the ball and keeping with it. It was just a good game.”

Indians down Dover, Smyrna to stay unbeaten

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior Madi Mercer tries to get forward on a Dover defender on Saturday, April 23.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior Madi Mercer tries to get forward on a Dover defender on Saturday, April 23.It was all about the harmony when the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team took on Dover on Saturday, April 23.

Just minutes after hitting all the right notes and singing the national anthem to start the game, senior forward Emma Engel was hitting the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season.

“I like to sing and play the guitar and everything, so I wasn’t really nervous,” said Engel, who recently performed in the IRHS variety show. “I noticed that [Dover wasn’t] super-strong in the back, so I was ready to capitalize on that. I just kind of stepped into it, got control and placed it into the net.”

The on-field harmony continued when senior midfielder Brooke Beam sent a through ball to junior forward Maddie Hogsten, who skipped a shot past the keeper to make it 2-0 in the 10th minute.

Indians end blues with 9-4 win over Jays

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Freshman pitcher J.J. Killen eyes the strike zone after getting the start against Seaford on Saturday, April 23.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Freshman pitcher J.J. Killen eyes the strike zone after getting the start against Seaford on Saturday, April 23.The momentum was all but lost for the Indian River High School baseball team headed into their matchup against Seaford on Saturday, April 23.

A tough stretch of schedule had kept the young squad from the win column through nine games, and a tough stretch at that plate had kept them off the board through four innings.

Enter senior 2B/P Jake Hudson. With his team down 4-0, Hudson got the Indians out of the fifth inning with only five pitches — forcing two outs on his first two counts, then racking up three strikes for the trifecta as the momentum began to swing along with the frustrated Blue Jay bats.

“Anytime you get out of an inning with five pitches, it just picks the team up and makes you start believing,” said head coach Chris Megee. “[Jake] had a lot of confidence on the mound.”

Cain, Lovelace cap win in extra sets for IR girls’ tennis

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior Tiffany Cain knocks down a shot while junior Mariayna Lovelace waits for the return during the duo’s third set against Lake Forest on Monday, April 25.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior Tiffany Cain knocks down a shot while junior Mariayna Lovelace waits for the return during the duo’s third set against Lake Forest on Monday, April 25.Not only was their game on the line when Tiffany Cain and Mariayna Lovelace took the court for their third set against the Lake Forest seniors Katherine Mello and Olivia Hobbs on Monday, April 25, but so was the match, and potentially, so were the team’s Henlopen South title hopes.

But despite the pressure, the first doubles duo delivered, taking it 6-3 and sealing the win for the Indian River High School girls’ tennis team that improved them to 3-4 overall on the season and 2-1 in the division.

“Definitely some MVPs,” said head coach Stefanie Riddle of the clutch performance. “I expected no less, because they keep it together. They pump each other up. They don’t worry about the crowd — they focus, and that’s all they had to do today was focus, and they came back and won.”

Special Olympics soccer skills competitions to be held statewide

More than 1,000 Special Olympics Delaware athletes and Unified partners (peers without a disability) will compete in soccer events across the state during the month of May.

IRHS BPA, FFA to host color-run fundraiser

The students of the Indian River High School Business Professionals of America (BPA) and Future Farmers of America (FFA) will walk, jog and run to raise funds for the school, which is introducing a program called My School Color Run (MSCR).

IRHS BPA, FFA to host color-run fundraiser

The students of the Indian River High School Business Professionals of America (BPA) and Future Farmers of America (FFA) will walk, jog and run to raise funds for the school, which is introducing a program called My School Color Run (MSCR).

NARFE golf tournament to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research

Registration is under way for the annual golf tournament to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research and the Sussex Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, sponsored by Coastal Sussex Chapter 1690 of the National Active & Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE).

Ryman named head professional for Sea Colony Tennis

Veteran teaching pro and accomplished junior and collegiate player Jeff Ryman has joined Sea Colony Tennis as the Bethany Beach-area program’s new head tennis professional.

By a 'Shu-String!'

Shuey's goal in OT sends Indians past Salisbury School

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Senior Emiley Shuey rushes toward her teammates after netting the game-winning goal in overtime against Salisbury School on Monday, April 19.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Senior Emiley Shuey rushes toward her teammates after netting the game-winning goal in overtime against Salisbury School on Monday, April 19.Emiley Shuey matched a career high with eight goals on Monday, April 18, when the Indian River High School girls’ lacrosse team took on Salisbury School. None of those goals, however, would compare to the late-game theatrics of the one she scored in sudden-death overtime.

After winning the draw, the Indians’ senior gunslinger charged the cage and took her shot — only to see it not go in.

A penalty on the Dragons, however, would give her a chance at redemption — and at finally sealing the win for her squad.

“I felt like I blew it,” Shuey said of her first attempt. “Then they put me on the center hash and — just like the whole game — we just needed to fake the goalie out. She was tall, so I shot low… and it went in.”

The score capped an 8-7 victory, and Shuey was rushed by a slew of ecstatic teammates — all in the first game of her return after sitting out for games against Red Lion on Monday, April 11, and Gunston Day School of Maryland on Friday, April 15.

Her eighth and final goal of the game may have been her most crucial, but according to head coach Kelsea Ayers, starting overtime with possession could have been even more so.

“First off, the draw is ours — there’s no if, ands or buts,” Ayers explained of what she told her team after the Dragons had sent the game to OT with a goal just before the end of regulation. “When you’re in a situation like that, everything is zero. The most important thing is to get the ball.”

IR lax scorches Salisbury School with 13-5 win

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Junior goalie Hayden McWilliams prepares to make one of 18 saves on the day against Salisbury School on Monday, April 19.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Junior goalie Hayden McWilliams prepares to make one of 18 saves on the day against Salisbury School on Monday, April 19.Not only did the Indian River High School lacrosse team get a much-needed win against the Salisbury School on Monday, April 18, they put some steak on.

After senior midfielder George Martin found the net early to put the Indians up 1-0, the Dragons would answer, to even the score at 1-1. Back-to-back goals from senior attackman Josh Lucido, however, would give the Tribe a lead that they’d never relinquish, as they rolled to a 13-5 victory.

“Much-needed,” said Lucido of the win. “It was a good turning point for us to come together and get that win. But it’s right back to work tomorrow. It’s time to be serious and go at practice hard.”

“Hopefully, this is a turning point,” said coach Dave Spencer. “We haven’t really discovered much about our identity — are we an offensive team? Are we a defensive team? One thing is for sure — we are a scrappy team. This group of guys, from the first whistle to the last, for 48 minutes — there’s gonna be fight. That’s the bottom line.”

IR soccer standouts Walls, Check-Guzman headed to next level

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River High School seniors Ian Walls and Aline Check-Guzman will both take their soccer talents to the next level next season, with Walls headed to Moravian College and Check-Guzman to Wesley College.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River High School seniors Ian Walls and Aline Check-Guzman will both take their soccer talents to the next level next season, with Walls headed to Moravian College and Check-Guzman to Wesley College.Neither Ian Walls nor Aline Check-Guzman were planning on continuing their soccer careers at the collegiate level. Both Indian River High School seniors had other plans in mind, with Walls focused on a career in physics and Check-Guzman planning on starting off as a psychology major and one day working for the FBI.

However, it doesn’t take a federal investigator to crack the case of why players from the seasoned state-championship Indian River soccer program are in such high demand with the NCAA. A slew of signings in recent years can be largely attributed to the success, from the ground up, of the program — where both Walls and Check-Guzman began their careers.

Garnering collegiate attention during their senior campaigns, both players eventually decided that the sport they started playing might just help get them where they’re aiming to go, with Walls headed to Moravian College in Pennsylvania and Check-Guzman staying in-state and attending Wesley College.

Future of IR soccer on display in 9-0 win over Seaford

Coastal Point photos • R.Chris Clark: From left to right, Isabella Keith, Grace Engel, Kayla McCarra and Skyler McClure all netted their first career goals on Thursday, April 21.Coastal Point photos • R.Chris Clark: From left to right, Isabella Keith, Grace Engel, Kayla McCarra and Skyler McClure all netted their first career goals on Thursday, April 21.Seven different players scored in Indian River High School’s 9-0 win over Seaford on Thursday, April 14. In doing so, four of those Indians players scored the first goals of their high-school soccer careers.

“Everyone on this team, I think, has scored a goal. I feel like I’m a part of the team officially now,” said senior Kayla McCarra after the game. “The more touches on the ball we get, the better for us.”

Despite some new names being announced over the loudspeakers, it was some familiar ones being called early on. In fact, less than a minute in, junior forward Maddie Hogsten found the net on a ball from senior midfielder Brooke Beam, to make it 1-0.