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The un-perfect storm

It was the perfect storm... Wait — let me finish. It was the perfect storm that led to me to missing out on the perfect storm.

OK, so maybe Hurricane Edouard wasn’t exactly the perfect storm, but it was the first major Atlantic hurricane of the fall and, for some reason, the stars aligned in a way that kept me from surfing it.

When reports starting coming in last week, my friends started calling. They were on their way into town, laying out plans, talking forecasts and, just as Hurricane Edouard had, expecting me to drop everything.

New look Lady Indians cashing in wins

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell  : Sophomore defender Maggie Ford fights for a loose ball against Smyrna last Thursday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Sophomore defender Maggie Ford fights for a loose ball against Smyrna last Thursday.Prior to this season, the Indian River High School field hockey team had only managed three wins since 2011. But through just six games in 2014, they already have two notches in the win column, and they nearly managed two more, in a one-goal game against Smyrna that went down to the wire last week and a tie at Caesar Rodney on Tuesday.

“We’re right there this year. We just need to fine-tune [and] capitalize on some key opportunities,” said second-year head coach Jodi Stone. “We weren’t at that point last year, but we are this year.”

Smyrna 1, Indian River 0

After a 6-0 shutout of district-rival Sussex Central, the girls looked to follow with another win against Smyrna last Thursday, Sept. 18, but ultimately fell short in an evenly matched game that went down to the final minutes.

Indians make South statement with 3-1 win at Milford

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell  : Edgar Perez lofts a shot over the Milford keeper for a score in last Thursday's Southern Division win.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Edgar Perez lofts a shot over the Milford keeper for a score in last Thursday's Southern Division win.After finally getting through a difficult stretch of schedule, the Indian River soccer team went into last Thursday night’s matchup at Milford looking to get back to the .500 mark and take their second division win of the season.

They would have to do so without two of their captains, however, with senior forward Luis Cruz out for the game with a minor injury and sophomore midfielder Mac Smith not permitted to play after a red card against Georgetown Prep.

Without two of his key players, head coach Steve Kilby would look to captain and senior midfielder Danny Garza and freshman midfielder Edgardo “Gardo” Velasquez to run the offense.

“We had to make sure that we could lock down the midfield and still defend and counter from there, and with Danny Garza next to Gardo they did a nice job,” explained Kilby. “The idea was to play quickly and get forward, and they did a good job helping us do that.”

Milford was coming off a 3-0 win at Lake Forest and was also looking to start 2-0 in the South.

Lady Indians make a splash in third match thriller vs. Lake

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark  : Junior opposite hitter Kaya Ziskay digs out a Lake Forest shot in the Lady Indians’­­­­ 3-0 win last Tuesday. Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Junior opposite hitter Kaya Ziskay digs out a Lake Forest shot in the Lady Indians’­­­­ 3-0 win last Tuesday. The Indian River High School girls’ volleyball team had yet to find the win column after starting the season with a stretch of non-conference games — but they turned things around at the right time, when Lake Forest came to town last Tuesday for both teams’ first divisional matchup.

According to second-year head coach Jay Clark, his squad looked completely revamped during their 3-0 sweep of the Lady Spartans, which saw the third match go down to the wire, to finally end 27-25.

“They were covering for each other. They weren’t getting down. They were just continuing to play good volleyball,” Clark explained after the win. “That’s the big difference between this match and most of our [matches] earlier this season.”

Indians to start South stretch at Milford after loss to Cape

After a 43-7 loss to Cape Henlopen last Friday night, the Indian River High School football team finds themselves where they never expected to be: below the .500 mark.

Bethany Beach First Responders Triathlon-Duathlon

The Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company & First Responders held their annual Triathlon-Duathlon-Aquabike event in Bethany Beach on Sunday, Sept. 21.

Below are the reace results and awards as supplied by the events staff.

What do you mean the Orioles are good again?

Pardon my reluctancy to believe that the Baltimore Orioles have clinched the American League East and currently own one of the best records in Major League Baseball — but if it helps you understand, I’m in my mid-twenties (which, obviously, includes the ages 21 to 29).

‘Knights Out!’: Lady Indians rout Central in 6-0 shutout

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Indian River junior Emma-Lee Merrick goes the goal against Central freshman Alexis Garloff in last Tuesday's district-rivalry game. Merrick had two goals for the Lady Indians in the 6-0 win.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Indian River junior Emma-Lee Merrick goes the goal against Central freshman Alexis Garloff in last Tuesday's district-rivalry game. Merrick had two goals for the Lady Indians in the 6-0 win.After starting the season with tough match-ups on the road against Polytech and Lake Forest, the Indian River field hockey team capitalized on their first game with home field advantage by shutting out district-rival Sussex Central 6-0 last Tuesday.

“Last week was tough, season opener on the road up-state,” said second-year head coach Jodi Stone. “It was a tough way to start the season. They played really well, the score unfortunately doesn’t show [that].

“Today, everything clicked, both offensively and defensively — that’s why we were so successful.”

Offensively, the Lady Indians were lead by junior Emma-Lee “Dash” Merrick, who put her team in scoring position throughout the game and notched two goals.

“She really just was hustling to the ball, she wanted a hat trick,” said Stone.

Soaring Indians grounded with 35-14 loss to Eagles

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : Two Smyrna defenders close in on junior quarterback Deshawn Aiken in last Friday's loss at­ Smyrna.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : Two Smyrna defenders close in on junior quarterback Deshawn Aiken in last Friday's loss at­ Smyrna.The Indian River football team was flying high going into their match up against Smyrna last Friday.

They had started the season 1-0 with a 28-21 win at Stephen Decatur. They were being highly touted as one of the teams to beat by pundits across the state, and they were even getting some air time on the “Top 5 Plays” on the local news.

The Eagles were starting a new quarterback and had just suffered a 22-8 loss against Glasgow. Needless to say, the Indians were looking for a win.

However after trading unproductive drives early in the first quarter, sophomore quarterback Nolan Henderson set the tone for the Smyrna offense with a 30-yard strike to junior wide receiver Charlie Taylor for a 7-0 lead.

“We didn’t come ready to play,” claimed head coach Ray Steele after the game. “I’ll take the blame for that, we showed up not ready to play and we got it handed to us. They beat us psychically all night.”

Indians still lead South after early challenges

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Freshman midfielder Oscar Cruz scores the first goal of the game against CR last Thursday, and his first goal of the season off an assist from his cousin, senior forward Luis Cruz.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Freshman midfielder Oscar Cruz scores the first goal of the game against CR last Thursday, and his first goal of the season off an assist from his cousin, senior forward Luis Cruz.After notching their sixth consecutive Henlopen Conference championship and first state title last season, there’s no question that the Indian River High School soccer team have put themselves on the map.

Even after graduating eight seniors, they entered the 2014 season as USA Today’s number one ranked team for Division II, and as a target for teams across the state.

The youth-infused Indians squad didn’t get much of a chance to ease into the schedule, with last year’s Division 1 champion Salesianum, Henlopen North nemesis Caesar Rodney, and highly ranked Georgetown Prep out of D.C. all on the docket within the first five games.

After going toe to toe with Sallies in the second game of the season only to be edged out by a single score, the Indians took the field for their first home game last Thursday, Sept. 11, for a rematch of last year’s conference championship game against Caesar Rodney.

Bayside Tennis Club celebrates 40th year

Coastal Point • Submitted : Bayside Tennis Club celebrated their 40th Anniversary at their Labor Day Weekend picnic. The South Bethany club is always looking for new members.Coastal Point • Submitted : Bayside Tennis Club celebrated their 40th Anniversary at their Labor Day Weekend picnic. The South Bethany club is always looking for new members.Every Labor Day Weekend, Bayside Tennis Club commemorates another summer season with their yearly Labor Day picnic. This year, however, the South Bethany-based club had even more reason to celebrate, as the season marked their 40th anniversary.

“Usually that’s our Labor Day picnic that we have and this year it turned out to be [our] 40th,” said board President Al Preziosi.

Established in 1974, some of the club’s founders and original members were not only there to mark the occasion at the club’s Pavilion, but even still play tennis on the courts, including founder and former South Bethany Commissioner, George Reese.

“He’s still playing today, he’s 80-some years old and he’s good,” claimed Preziosi, noting that he hopes to still be playing at that level when he reaches Reese’s age.

Preziosi joined the club in 2001 as an avid tennis player, and eventually became a board member. However, now 40-plus years ago, the club actually began as South Bethany Recreation Association at the then-rented property.

Extra Points — September 19, 2014

Back to school for B.B.

2014 Blue-Gold All-Star and IR grad Jaevon “B.B.” Holland is currently enrolled in classes at Wesley College, where he is expected to eventually get on the court for the Wolverines.

Jarmon could start in 2015

Apparently, seeing is believing for the NFL

When Ray Rice had to describe the Feb. 15 incident in which he struck his then-fiancée and now-wife, Janay Rice, he explained exactly what happened.

IR soccer shuts out Prep, slips at Sallies to start season 1-1

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore midfielder and captain Mac Smith moves past Worcester Prep defenders during the Indians' 8-0 win to start the season last Friday. Smith will see an increased role in 2014 after seeing substantial playing time as a freshman last season.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore midfielder and captain Mac Smith moves past Worcester Prep defenders during the Indians' 8-0 win to start the season last Friday. Smith will see an increased role in 2014 after seeing substantial playing time as a freshman last season.The Indian River High School soccer team took the field to defend their 2013 state championship title last Friday, starting the season with a convincing 8-0 road win against Worcester Prep.

Senior midfielder Daniel Garza got the Indians on the board early with a fifth-minute score after being set up by sophomore midfielder Mac Smith, to make it 1-0. Garza would tally an assist of his own in the 15th minute, finding senior forward Luis Cruz for Cruz’s first goal of the 2014 season.

Cruz would then find Garza for Garza’s second goal of the game, in the 23rd minute, with senior defenseman Sean Whelen making it 4-0 by the 30th minute, off Smith’s second assist on the day.

The first-half scoring continued with an unassisted goal by Cruz, to make it 5-0, and Garza locking in a hat trick in the 44th minute off the assist from freshman Oscar Cruz.

‘Fantastic Four’: Skill position speed propels Indians’ offense at Decatur

Coastal Point Illustration • Shaun M. Lambert : HB KiAnte' Sturgis cuts to the outside, QB Deshawn Aiken flips the ball to the ref after a score, WR/S Shaquille Hall lines up for a route and HB/WR/CB Kei Juan Major breaks a tackle on one of his two touchdown runs against Decatur. All four players will be instrumental in the Indians' offense this season.Coastal Point Illustration • Shaun M. Lambert : HB KiAnte' Sturgis cuts to the outside, QB Deshawn Aiken flips the ball to the ref after a score, WR/S Shaquille Hall lines up for a route and HB/WR/CB Kei Juan Major breaks a tackle on one of his two touchdown runs against Decatur. All four players will be instrumental in the Indians' offense this season.The 2014 season brought forth an array of questions for the Indian River High School football team; however, they would get some early answers in the first quarter of their opening game of the season against Stephen Decatur last Friday night, Sept. 5, eventually notching a 28-21 win.

After graduating All-State and All-Conference players from last season, the Indians saw breakout performances all over the field — especially at offensive skill positions.

Junior HB/WR/CB Kei Juan “Skeeter” Major headlined the new crop of green-and-gold stars, getting his team on the board first on a sweep to the left that he took for a 60-yard score.

The defense followed suit with a key contribution of their own on the next drive, as senior linebacker Andrew Foreman picked off Decatur QB Justin Meekins to give his team possession within the 10-yard line.