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ResortQuest announces March top producers

ResortQuest Real Estate recently announced the March 2013 top producers in its southeast Sussex County locations.

Shannon Smith-Pantall of the West Fenwick office won top honors for listings for the month.

‘Welcome to G-Mart’: IR lacrosse 5-1 behind freshman phenom Martin

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Freshman midfielder George Martin makes his way past two Smyrna defenders in last Friday's 9-5 victory. Martin currently leads the team in goals, with 15.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Freshman midfielder George Martin makes his way past two Smyrna defenders in last Friday's 9-5 victory. Martin currently leads the team in goals, with 15.Last season, in Indian River High School’s first year of varsity lacrosse, they relied heavily on the athleticism of their upperclassmen to carry the team. This year, not only are those veteran athletes becoming more polished lacrosse players, but they’ve added two freshmen with considerable lacrosse experience to the mix, in midfielder George Martin and goalie Hayden McWilliams.

While Martin has continued to develop as one of the team’s primary ball-handlers due to his more seasoned stick skills, his breakout performance came in last Tuesday’s 17-4 win at rival Sussex Central. The standout freshman racked up a team-high six goals in that matchup to go along with his two assists, bringing his points total to 22 (15 goals, seven assists) through six games so far this season.

“At first, it’s a little over whelming,” said Martin about being in an impact role as a freshman. “But all the senior guys really welcomed me into the team — it’s really been a good transition.”

Tough losses to CR won’t end South hopes for IR tennis

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior Sean Whelen returns a shot against second-doubles players Neil Patel and Cyrus Shanehsaz in Monday's loss to Caesar Rodney. Whelen and doubles partner Darsh Patel fell to the Riders 6-4, 6-1.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior Sean Whelen returns a shot against second-doubles players Neil Patel and Cyrus Shanehsaz in Monday's loss to Caesar Rodney. Whelen and doubles partner Darsh Patel fell to the Riders 6-4, 6-1.Both the boys’ and girls’ Indian River High School tennis squads suffered 5-0 losses to Division I powerhouse Caesar Rodney last Monday, April 14 — but after the non-division matchup, both teams still remain in contention for another Henlopen South title.

The IRHS boys currently sit at 3-3 on the season and went into the match against the state’s top team without their first-singles player, Rydge Murray, who was away on a band trip. Instead of changing the lineup and bumping players up a spot, head coach Kelsey Waite opted to play freshman Adam Izzo in Murray’s spot.

At the end of the day, Izzo may have fallen to one of the state’s best players, in CR senior Nikola Sijan, 6-0, 6-0, but Waite said she hopes the freshman gained some valuable experience from the match.

“I didn’t want to mess with their conference seedings,” she explained of the strategy. “I decided to give him an opportunity — that’s a cool opportunity for him as a freshman.”

Shorebirds snap losing streak in 9-2 rout

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Justin Viele and Gergory Lorenzo round the bases to score after being knocked in by Mike ‘Yaz’ Yastrzemski's bases-clearing triple in the Shorebirds' 9-2 victory against the Hagerstown Suns on Monday night, April 14.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Justin Viele and Gergory Lorenzo round the bases to score after being knocked in by Mike ‘Yaz’ Yastrzemski's bases-clearing triple in the Shorebirds' 9-2 victory against the Hagerstown Suns on Monday night, April 14.After getting swept by Greensboro in a three game series last week, the Delmarva Shorebirds bounced back in front of a home crowd last Monday, April 14, with a convincing 9-2 victory against the Hagerstown Suns.

The previously 4-7 Shorebirds improved to 5-7 with the victory, and as of Coastal Point press time on Wednesday, April 16, sat four games behind Hagerstown — which currently leads the South Atlantic North at 9-3.

The team had a chance to close that gap on Wednesday, facing the Suns in a doubleheader after Tuesday’s game was postponed due to heavy wind and rain.

Shorebirds veteran Gregory Lorenzo was the catalyst sparking the scoring rampage on Monday night, stealing a base after a first-inning single and scoring the game’s first run off a sacrifice fly from Trey Mancini.

Inaugural ‘Strike Out ALS 5K’ registration open for May 3 race

To some people, ALS is just three letters, bearing little significance otherwise. Maybe they’re aware that those letters signify a disease but don’t know much about it. Maybe they’ve even heard to it referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s disease” and can connect the dots to the fact that it ended the legendary New York Yankee’s baseball career and eventually ended his life.

IR golf gets win vs. Milford after starting off season in the rough

Coastal Point • Aaron Mushrush: Keegan Orhelein takes a swing at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club.Coastal Point • Aaron Mushrush: Keegan Orhelein takes a swing at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club.With practices limited due to inclement weather, the Indian River High School golf team is now starting to find their swing after starting off the season with four straight losses to some of the state’s more stacked programs.

After being outscored by Caesar Rodney, Delmar, Sussex Central and Sussex Tech, the Indians snapped their losing streak on Friday, April 11, against Milford, on their home course at Cripple Creek Country Club — getting the win against the Buccaneers by seven strokes and shooting a collective 216.

Sophomore Joey Cooper was the team’s low-scorer on the day, as he has been throughout the season so far, shooting an impressive 42. Senior Mike Thompson wasn’t far behind, notching a 47, and the team’s second-ever female starter, Tori Buchanan, finished the day with a 65.

Beam’s hat trick propels IR soccer to 5-0 win vs. Cape

The Indian River High School girls’ soccer team continued their impressive shutout streak last Wednesday, April 9, dominating Division 1 foe Cape Henlopen 5-0. Three of those scores, and an assist, were off the foot of sophomore forward Brooke Beam.

IR baseball gets first win vs. Seaford, stumbles at St. Mark’s

Coastal Point • Aaron Mushrush: Ulises Barrientos Zamora waits for the right pitch in the Indians’ 7-2 victory against Seaford last Thursday, April 3. The freshman notched an RBI-single in the matchup.Coastal Point • Aaron Mushrush: Ulises Barrientos Zamora waits for the right pitch in the Indians’ 7-2 victory against Seaford last Thursday, April 3. The freshman notched an RBI-single in the matchup.The Indian River High School baseball team picked up their first win of the season in a 7-2 victory over Seaford last Thursday, April 3, thanks in part to solid pitching from sophomores Ryan Engh and Billy Murray.

Engh started the game on the mound and pitched through four innings without giving up a run before Murray stepped in in relief, giving up two runs in the fifth inning but recovering quickly to hold the Blue Jays scoreless for the rest of the game. Combined, the two pitchers gave up only six hits during the entire game.

Lady Indians post back-to-back shutouts

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore catcher Eliza Bombhardt stomps on home plate after a three-run homer that put the Lady Indians up 15-0 against Seaford last Thursday, April 3.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore catcher Eliza Bombhardt stomps on home plate after a three-run homer that put the Lady Indians up 15-0 against Seaford last Thursday, April 3.After starting off the season with comeback victories over two of the state’s top teams, the Indian River High School softball team has absolutely dominated in their last three games to start the season with a perfect 5-0.

Following up on a 12-1 win at Dover on April 1, the Lady Indians have made frequent use of the slaughter rule in consecutive shutouts, taking down Seaford 16-0 on Thursday, April 3, and St. Mark’s 14-0 on Saturday, April 5.

Last Tuesday’s game against Seaford got out of hand quickly, with IR going up 6-0 in the first inning, due to solid hitting combined with a few critical field errors by the Lady Blue Jays.

After only two innings, the Lady Indians lead 10-0, which was enough of a lead to convince head coach Erika Brittingham to rest the arm of starting senior pitcher Rachel Hudson and generate some valuable experience for sophomore pitcher Casey Hitchens.

Indian River soccer continues shutout streak

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Freshman forward Maddie Hogsten looks to set up the shot cross-field in the first half of last Tuesday's matchup against Smyrna. Hogsten scored in the 62nd minute during the 4-0 victory.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Freshman forward Maddie Hogsten looks to set up the shot cross-field in the first half of last Tuesday's matchup against Smyrna. Hogsten scored in the 62nd minute during the 4-0 victory.Since their return from Caesar Rodney, the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team has been on a dominating win streak, shutting out their last three opponents by a collective score of 21-0 and often pulling some of their starters and playing possession in the second half of games.

After the team’s 10-0 win against Seaford last week, during which they lead 8-0 at the half and began pulling players well before that, the Lady Indians hosted Milford last Thursday, April 3, handling them easily in another 7-0 romp.

Sophomore forward Brooke Beam led the Lady Indians in scoring in that matchup, as she often has, notching three goals and an assist, including the game’s first score. Senior midfielder Meredith Mitchell added a goal of her own, to put IR 4-0 before the half, and freshman forward Maddie Hogsten and junior midfielder Brianna Belfoire notched goals in the second half.

After yet another uncontested victory, Belfoire explained the team’s mindset as they approach some tougher opponents: “Just keep up the same work ethic that we’ve been doing and keep an open mind,” the veteran captain said of how the team plans to stay grounded after such impressive wins.

Tools can help Delawareans fight fat

We all know that being overweight or obese is a very serious health problem. For Delawareans, the statistics are sobering. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 34.7 percent of Delawareans are obese. The statistics for our kids are just as troubling, as 35.2 percent of 10- to 17-year-old Delawareans are overweight, too.

Ocean to Bay Bike Tour offers weekend events for 25th anniversary

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce announced this week that PNC Bank is the presenting sponsor of the 25rd Annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour. The silver anniversary of the tour, scheduled for Saturday, April 26, is an opening ride to the Mid-Atlantic cycling season and offers something for beginners and experienced cyclists alike.

Local girl, Clara Robinson, 6, earns black belt

Coastal Point • Aaron Mushrush: Clara Robinson, 6, practices a kick on a dummy during a Taekwon-Do class.Coastal Point • Aaron Mushrush: Clara Robinson, 6, practices a kick on a dummy during a Taekwon-Do class.When Clara Robinson was almost 5 years old, she approached her grandparents, Skip and Kathy Robinson, about learning International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) Taekwon-Do at New Dragon Martial Arts and becoming a student of the nearly half-century-old discipline.

The Robinsons, both black-belts themselves, were delighted to hear that Clara was interested in learning, and she began to remind them of their son Josh — the very reason they became students of the discipline. Kathy Robinson had some worries about Clara’s age and whether she was too young.

“At first, I have to say, I was thinking she was too young — way too young. But she really took to it like a duck to water,” Kathy Robinson said about Clara’s first experience.

Delaware Budokan honors three students

Delaware Budokan recently held a ceremonial exhibition and test of the martial arts karate and kenjutsu, honoring Jeffrey Quillen, William Bails and Matthew Atkins with two black belts and a third-degree scroll, respectively. The ceremony was held on March 20, in front of friends, family, fellow students and the instructors who oversee the students’ test routines.

‘Karlie Clutch’: Smith’s seventh-inning homer allows for 3-2 victory at Delmar

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Karlie Smith heads home to meet a fired up Lady Indians squad after blasting a seventh inning three-run homer.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Karlie Smith heads home to meet a fired up Lady Indians squad after blasting a seventh inning three-run homer.Top of the 7th. Down 2-0. Runners on first and second. Two outs.

The pressure was certainly on when Indian River High School senior shortstop Karlie Smith stepped up to the plate against Delmar last Friday, March 28, but for Smith it was just another at-bat.

“I was just in the zone,” she explained of her cool demeanor during one of the most pressured situations of her high school softball career. “It’s one of those moments. I just knew I had to do something.”

But Smith didn’t just do “something,” she did exactly what the Lady Indians needed and have come to expect from her over the years — waiting for her pitch and connecting with a shot that would fly well over the fence in left-center, giving IR a 3-2 lead.