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IR softball roars to quarterfinals with 7-4 win over Red Lion

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior CF Julia Bomhardt was fired up during the Indians’ first-round playoff win against Red Lion on Tuesday, May 23.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior CF Julia Bomhardt was fired up during the Indians’ first-round playoff win against Red Lion on Tuesday, May 23.The Indian River High School softball team is headed to the DIAA quarterfinals with their 7-4 first-round state tournament win over Red Lion on Tuesday, May 23.

After a slow start from the plate in that game, IR junior CF Julia Bomhardt put the Indians in scoring position with a leadoff single in the top of the third inning before stealing second and being knocked in on an RBI-double from senior RF Sami Mumford.

Senior shortstop Makenzie Collins made it 2-0 on the next at bat with an RBI-double of her own that scored Mumford before the inning was through.

“It’s always tough when we’re facing a team that we’ve already played in the season,” said IR head coach Erika Murphy. “We played them in a terrible-weather game, and we didn’t really play our best game the first time. We told the girls we need to make sure we’re focusing on our hitting and hitting our pitches. In the beginning of the game today, we definitely didn’t do our part on that, but they came back and made some great adjustments.”

Indians fall to Riders in Henlopen title game, enter playoffs at No. 3

Kilby named HAC Coach of the Year

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: IR junior midfielder Sammi Whelen looks to get through two CR defenders during the May 18 Henlopen Conference Championship game.Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: IR junior midfielder Sammi Whelen looks to get through two CR defenders during the May 18 Henlopen Conference Championship game.It may have been their second loss of the season, but so far on that season, there’s only been one team able to take down Indian River High School’s girls’ soccer team.

That was the case when the Indians fell to rival Caesar Rodney 2-1 in the Henlopen Conference championship on Thursday, May 18, bested by the Riders for the title for the third straight year and by a one-goal differential for the second time this spring.

Headed into the game without junior forward Zena Lowman, the Indians would suffer another critical loss to their lineup in the first half, when senior forward and all-time leading goal scorer Maddie Hogsten went down on a full-stride sprint toward the goal while trying to generate a score on a through ball and crashing into a CR defender.

While it was uncertain whether Lowman or Hogsten would be able to suit-up next Thursday, May 25, for the team’s debut in the 2017 DIAA state tournament, head coach Steve Kilby this week was searching for the positive after his squad rebounded from a 2-0 deficit at the break to win the game’s second half.

Community Hitting the Fairways for Families

For the second year in a row, the Alana Rose Foundation is asking the community to team up to hit the fairways for families. The organization is hosting its second annual Hitting the Fairways for Families at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club on Thursday, June 8.

IR boys’ lax makes program history with Senior Night win over Delmar

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior midfielder Daniel de Oliiveira wins a face-off against Delmar on Wednesday, May 17.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior midfielder Daniel de Oliiveira wins a face-off against Delmar on Wednesday, May 17.The Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team sent their 13 seniors out with a 21-9 Senior Night win over Delmar on Wednesday, May 17, finishing the season with a 10-5 record.

While they’d fall short of the program’s first Henlopen South division title when a committee met the following day to determine the tie-breaker between them and Milford (both teams finished 5-1 in the division), the Class of 2017 still goes out having made IR lacrosse history with the team’s highest-ever regular-season win total.

“To go out with a nice win against a tough opponent like Delmar, this is what you want for this senior group to have in their last game on their home field,” said IR assistant coach Dave Spencer. “This is just a hard working group of guys. They’re brothers on the field and off the field — just a terrific group of kids to be able to coach.”

‘Frankford Crew’ OGs Cordoba, Salas headed to Goldey-Beacon

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR seniors Johan Cordoba, left, and Arturo Salas, right, gather with Sammi Whelen, top row, left, head coach Steve Kilby and Mackenzie Gorey after announcing their plans of playing soccer at Goldey-Beacom College next year.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR seniors Johan Cordoba, left, and Arturo Salas, right, gather with Sammi Whelen, top row, left, head coach Steve Kilby and Mackenzie Gorey after announcing their plans of playing soccer at Goldey-Beacom College next year.Two more members of the original “Frankford Crew” are headed to the NCAA, with Indian River High School seniors Johan Cordoba and Arturo Salas announcing plans last Thursday, May 18, to play soccer at Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington.

The longtime teammates will join fellow senior Mac Smith as NCAA-bound members from the group that started playing together during their days at Frankford Elementary School, under Smith’s father, Duncan Smith, who would go on to coach them to two State Cup finals while playing for the River Soccer Club’s Express.

“I had no idea where it would lead,” said Cordoba of his early days of playground soccer. “I want to say thanks to Coach Duncan. Without him, I wouldn’t be here right now.”

Cordoba and Salas have also seen their fair share of success throughout their high school careers, both of them as key contributors on the Indians’ 2015 state championship team and three straight Henlopen South division and Henlopen Conference titles during their varsity careers.

Extra Points — May 26, 2017

Decatur’s Baker selected to play in 2017 National Lacrosse Classic

Lily Belle Baker has been named as a 2017 Brine National High School Lacrosse All-American for the second year in a row.

Bethany’s Ternahan, SU men’s lax headed back to NCAA finals

Coastal Point • Submitted: Bethany Beach native Andrew Ternahan will look to help lead the Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team to their 12th national championship this Sunday.Coastal Point • Submitted: Bethany Beach native Andrew Ternahan will look to help lead the Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team to their 12th national championship this Sunday.Bethany Beach native Andrew Ternahan and the Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team are heading back to the NCAA Division III finals for a chance to defend their 2016 title, with a 17-5 quarterfinal win over No. 9 Cabrini on Wednesday, May 17, and 12-11 semi-final victory over No. 7 Denison on Sunday, May 21.

In the Wednesday matchup against Cabrini, Ternahan tallied a goal and an assist while playing long-pole midfield for the No. 1 ranked Seagulls.

The Stephen Decatur High School (Berlin, Md.) graduate and 2016 All-American selection now has three goals and six assists on his senior season to go along with 81 ground balls.

Pickleball, tennis or whatever — The most important tip to know

First — two weeks ago, I gave a special shout-out to members of the Ocean View Crew for their performance in the Ocean City Pickleball Tournament. Now I need a megaphone because of their performance in the Beach Blast.

Tripple Overtime: Lead on Coach Ayers and Coach McBride, you will be missed

Three years ago, the Indians got a girls’ lacrosse team. Two years ago, they got a coach.

Indians ready for conference championship after 5th consecutive Henlopen South title

Hogsten breaks all-time goals record

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Indian River High School soccer team honored their seniors before their May 16 game.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Indian River High School soccer team honored their seniors before their May 16 game.The Indian River High School girls’ soccer team marked off the first checkbox on their “shortlist” last Tuesday, May 16, officially clinching their fifth consecutive Henlopen South division title with a 6-0 win over Woodbridge.

“The program’s only been building and getting stronger over the years,” said senior midfielder Maggie Ford of the accomplishment. “Losing all the seniors that we did last year, it just shows that, as we grow, we’ll always have new players coming up.”

The victory capped the regular season with a 14-1 record, earning them a ticket to face Henlopen North champion Caesar Rodney on Thursday, May 18, (after Coastal Point press time).

While it was Senior Night, it was sophomore forward Isabella Keith who got the scoring started in Tuesday’s matchup, putting the Indians up 1-0 on a ball from junior forward Zena Lowman in the fourth minute.

Welcome back to G-Mart!

Martin leaves IR lax legacy with 300th career point

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior midfielder George Martin winds up for one of his seven goals and three assists on May 10, leading to his 300th career point.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior midfielder George Martin winds up for one of his seven goals and three assists on May 10, leading to his 300th career point.“Alright, George — Go on out there and get it done.”

Those were the instructions for senior midfielder George Martin headed into the final quarter of the Indian River High School lacrosse team’s matchup against Lake Forest on Wednesday, May 10.

With the Indians up 16-2, Martin had already notched four goals and two assists through the game’s first three quarters, putting him at 296 points on his career and knocking on the door of becoming the first player at Indian River to ever reach 300 — a target he had been aiming for ever since stepping onto the field as a freshman.

Four years later, and with just four points left to go, the now-seasoned senior captain was ready to finally reach that mark.

IR boys’ lax still hoping for playoffs after 20-2 win over Lake

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior midfielder Andrew White goes up against a Lake Forest defender on May 10. White finished the game with three goals and four assists.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior midfielder Andrew White goes up against a Lake Forest defender on May 10. White finished the game with three goals and four assists.With the Henlopen South title and a bid to the DIAA state tournament currently out of their control, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team was keeping their focus on the things that weren’t out of their control last Wednesday, May 10, taking care of business with a 20-2 win over Lake Forest.

Despite the lopsided final, it was actually the Spartans who struck first in that matchup, taking their only lead of the game shortly after the opening whistle.

The Indians wouldn’t trail for long, however, tying things up on the next possession with the first of three goals from senior midfielder Max Stong.

Senior midfielder Andrew White struck next, making it 2-1 with his first goal of what would end up a career-high in points on the night, finishing with three goals and four assists.

IR softball ready for playoffs after Senior Night win over Dover

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell:  From left, seniors Makenzie Collins, Sami Mumford and Madi McGee were honored before Tuesday’s Senior Night game.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: From left, seniors Makenzie Collins, Sami Mumford and Madi McGee were honored before Tuesday’s Senior Night game.It was their last home game at Indian River High School. Or maybe it wasn’t.

The Indian River High School softball team was still hoping for home-field advantage in the DIAA state tournament headed into their final game of the regular season against Caravel on Wednesday, May 17, (after Coastal Point press time), but still made sure to send their seniors out on a high note in their final home game of the regular season, with a 10-0 win over Dover on Tuesday, May 16.

“There were a lot of different emotions — happy, sad, mostly both. It was bittersweet,” said senior shortstop Makenzie Collins. “It lit a fire, knowing that this could be our last game playing on this field.”

“We had to get hype,” added senior LF Sami Mumford. “We knew it could be our last game on this field; hopefully, it’s not, but we all wanted to do our best.”

Undefeated… again!

SMS posts program-first second-straight undefeated season

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Selbyville Middle School’s Chloe Beam celebrates with teammates Sia Diakos and Izzy Binko after a goal during their May 10 8-0 win over Millsboro Middle School.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Selbyville Middle School’s Chloe Beam celebrates with teammates Sia Diakos and Izzy Binko after a goal during their May 10 8-0 win over Millsboro Middle School.They had been waiting for exactly 365 days.

The date was May 10, 2016, when the Selbyville Middle School girls’ soccer team closed out their match against rival Millsboro Middle School with a 2-2 tie — the only game of their entire 2016 schedule to not result in a mark in the win column during their 9-0-1 undefeated season.

Last Wednesday, after a long-awaited full calendar year, the date was May 10 once again when Indians went into their 2017 matchup against the Golden Knights, at 9-0 yet again, determined to come out with a second-straight undefeated season for the first-time in program history — this time with a perfect 10-0.

“Every time we passed the school, I just thought, ‘I can’t wait to play here,’” said SMS eighth-grader and forward Sia Diakos, who had made her way by the school plenty of times throughout the last calendar year, during trips to the nearby restaurant owned by her parents. “It made us want to play better. We just wanted to play our hardest every game.”

Smith, Pirates make first-ever AAC semi-finals appearance

Photo courtesy ECU Athletics: IR grad and current ECU junior shortstop Karlie Smith gets on deck during the American Athletic Conference championships.Photo courtesy ECU Athletics: IR grad and current ECU junior shortstop Karlie Smith gets on deck during the American Athletic Conference championships.While they may have seen their season come to an end after a 6-0 semi-final loss to No. 2 Houston on Thursday, May 11, Indian River High School graduate Karlie Smith and the East Carolina University softball team still closed out that season making ECU softball history.

The Pirates’ 4-2 quarter-final victory over No. 3 University of Central Florida on Wednesday, May 10, was their first-ever American Athletic Conference (AAC) championship win, resulting in their first-ever AAC semi-final appearance, against the Cougars the following day.

ECU entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed, rounding out the season with a 26-30 overall record and 5-13 record in the conference.

As for Smith, the former First-Team All-State selection for the Indians capped her junior campaign after starting all 56 games for the Pirates, tallying 31 hits, nine doubles, two homeruns, 13 RBIs and 17 runs in 2017.