Goal No. 1 complete — and the Indian River High School boys’ volleyball team made it look very easy.
Following their final regular-season match last Wednesday, May 8, the Indians’ 3-0 sweep over visiting St. Marks capped a perfect 10-0 season — a season that saw them drop just two sets in their 10 matches, while winning 30 sets of their own.
Seniors Michael Barnes and Mitch McGee, along with junior Alex Canseco, once again led the way. Barnes finished with 11 kills, eight digs and a block. McGee chipped in with eight kills, three aces and three digs. Canseco was his usual solid self with 29 assists, five digs and four aces.
The Indians won the three sets by scores of 25-15, 25-12 and 25-13.
Goal No. 2 is up next, as the Indians embark on their quest for a state championship.
As of press time, IR was awaiting seating of their opponent in the second round of the state playoffs after earning themselves a bye in the first round. The match was due to be played at home on Thursday, May 16, after Coastal Point press time. Results can be found on the Coastal Point sports Facebook and Twitter pages.
Golf: Indians suffer disappointing loss to Sussex Academy
Riding the wave of an eight-match win streak into their Henlopen Athletic Conference (HAC) South Division showdown with rival Sussex Academy, the Indian River golf team was hoping that momentum would help put them over the top against the defending division champion Seahawks.
No such luck.
SA saw their top five golfers all shoot 44 or lower en route to a 166-170 win over the Indians. SA freshman Hannah Lydic, as she’s done all year, led the way with her team-best score of 40.
IR’s Ben Brozozowski was the match’s medalist, with his season-best 39 over the nine holes at Bear Trap Dunes. Patrick Gogarty carded a 41, and Colby Hook shot a 44 for the Indians.
The Indians closed out their regular season with a pair of wins over Seaford and Laurel to finish the season at 12-2.
The golfers are now preparing for the DIAA state tournament, which will be held on Tuesday, May 28, and Wednesday, May 29, at their home course, Cripple Creek.
Baseball: Indians edge Central to snap nine-game skid
They are down to their final two games after what was looking to be a promising season for the Indian River baseball team. The season, however, turned out to be anything but promising, with inconsistency offensively, defensively and on the mound.
A nine-game losing streak following a 4-1 start came to an end with IR’s 14-13 win over Sussex Central last Friday, May 10.
Senior Grant Argo was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored to lead the way, along with River Vickers, who also was 3-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Senior J.J. Killen, who recently returned from a season-long shoulder injury suffered during the football season, also chipped in a multiple-hit effort going 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored, including a home run. Kyle Firle also added a double as part of the Indians’ 13-hit offensive effort.
Mitch McGee picked up the win with one inning of relief pitching. Chase Hall earned the save.
On Saturday, May 11, the Indians just couldn’t push a run across the plate, suffering a 2-0 loss to Caesar Rodney.
Six different players picked up one hit a piece — Firle, Argo, Hall, Vickers, Ian Shaner and Tyler Kramer.
Boys’ lacrosse: Indians come up short in season finale
The Indian River boys’ lacrosse team battled every single game out this season, and unfortunately for the Indians, finished how they started — with a heartbreaking loss.
On Monday, May 13, the Indians found themselves on the short end of a 10-9 loss to HAC South Division rival Lake Forest. The setback was the second in their final three games as they completed their 2019 season with a 10-5 record.
Junior Tommy Harris scored four goals for the Indians, with Ben Spencer (2), Reese Stone, Zach Schultz and Ryan Furman also figuring into the scoring for IR.
In their Friday, May 10, contest against Sussex Central, IR cruised to a 16-3 decision over the Golden Knights.
Ben Spencer led the offensive effort for IR last Friday, with five goals, while Harris and Schultz each added four markers. Ben McCabe scored twice, while Jose Perez-Vidal chipped in with another.
Girls’ lacrosse: Plenty of experience gained for young Indians
Youth and inexperience were certainly two heavy factors in the Indian River girls’ lacrosse season, which came to a close last Friday, May 10, with a 14-10 loss to Delaware Military Academy.
A team that featured just three seniors, along with two juniors, gained what head coach Cat Roselli said she certainly hopes was invaluable game experience for the future.
Senior Lexi Webb led the Indians with five goals in the loss to DMA. Drew Szlasa, Morgan McGee, Brianna Dulsky and Emma Ruley scored the other goals for IR.
Sophomore Allyson Clark posted 15 saves between the pipes and should be a big factor in the continued growth of the program for next year.
By Jason Feather