The warm air has certainly been a welcome sign that the spring sports seasons have gotten under way this week. The 10 Indian River High School sports teams have all gotten their respective seasons off and running.
The IR girls’ soccer team will once again be coached by veteran Steve Kilby, who is welcoming a strong contingent of freshmen into the fold along with the extremely talented junior class. While there are two seniors currently in the mix, only one of them is a returning player, and that is captain Avery Congleton.
“Overall, our numbers are low,” Kilby said of his team’s turnout. “I think we have 32 girls right now. We are usually at 40 to 42, so that is gonna put some stress on the program. We had some girls not come back, for whatever reason. I think we have nine freshmen coming in, and that is our biggest class overall. We have just two seniors in the program.”
A more in-depth look at the upcoming season will be coming in the next few weeks, but Kilby made sure to note the strong offensive unit that will be donning the green and gold.
“We are gonna have a very strong team, especially in the attacking third,” he said. “We don’t have a lot of defenders right now, and we have to work on that. I really feel like we are going to have a good season.”
The Indian River girls’ lacrosse team also got things going, with third-year coach Cat Roselli back to lead the charges.
Three seniors graduated from last year’s team, which allowed for plenty of game experience for the underclassmen. That experience should lead to more success on the field for the Indians.
Meanwhile, the boys’ lacrosse program is being led once again by Dave Spencer, and the team is expecting big things this year, with a wealth of talent back from last year’s DIAA state championship-qualifying team. The biggest question mark will be replacing the stellar play of goalie Sam Miltner, who graduated last June, along with three other main cogs of the 2019 team, Luke McCabe, Patrick Spencer and Zach Schultz.
Billy Wingate is the man in charge of the golf program once again, and he will be counting on a host of golfers to carry the team even further than they went a year ago. The Indians dropped just two matches all season long, en route to a 13-2 finish.
A perfect run to the Delaware Coaches State Championship last year for the Indian River boys’ volleyball team, including dropping just two games all season long, was the highlight of that relatively young program. The achievement came in just their third season of action.
While the team lost its two power hitters, in Michael Barnes and Mitchell McGee, the group still has some heavy artillery back in the fold to defend their crown.
Bob Hahn has been around these parts for a very long time and will be at the helm of the IR track-and-field team once again this season.
Baseball, softball, boys’ tennis and girls’ tennis all have new coaches looking to build their own programs.
Steve Longo takes over the IR baseball diamond for the boys, while Sarah Dalton has been tapped to lead the charges of the softball squad. Patrick Berns and Cristal Wright will head the boys’ and girls’ tennis teams, respectively.