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Indian River’s Carson Barnes, above, makes a pass underneath a defender’s outstretched arms during IR’s loss to Seaford on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

IR Sports Report: Indian River Unified team tips off with win

After taking such a huge step in just their first year of existence, the Indian River High School Unified basketball team tipped off Year 2 with a bang, with a 34-19 win over visiting Seaford on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Following up their DIAA...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 12:15pm

Jalen Holland-Halloway tries to pin his opponent in Indian River’s final tournament of the year at Hammond High School in Maryland for the Hammond Team Invitational last weekend.

IR wraps up tournament run with solid showing

In their final tournament appearance of the regular season, the Indian River High School wrestling team ventured over to Maryland’s Hammond High School to take part in the Hammond Team Invitational last weekend.

T.J. Burke and Ramond...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 12:06pm

Indian River’s Yonya Wise drives towards the paint in the girls’ close loss to Seaford on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Indians drop hard-fought contest to Seaford

They are getting better each and every time they take the floor.

Not bad for a team that struggled at the beginning of the year just to get enough players to form an Indian River High School girls’ basketball team.

Veteran head...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 12:02pm

Pickleball Points: Winterize your tennis and pickleball nets

I was surprised to see so many permanent outdoor tennis and pickleball nets still standing in communities this winter. I am sure some folks made the decision to let the nets remain outside because they are weatherproof.

If that’s the case...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 12:01pm

Amanda Whaley (No. 4) tries to take second from Austin Hubbard (No. 11) in a 2019 race.

Georgetown Speedway announces 2020 schedule

Georgetown Speedway promoter Brett Dyno of BD Motorsports Media recently announced the 2020 schedule of events for the half-mile progressively high-banked clay oval. Plans for BD Motorsports’ fifth season at Georgetown Speedway include a mixture...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 12:00pm

Organizers Steve ‘Monty’ Montgomery, owner of The Starboard, center-left, and Adam Howard, owner of the Body Shop, center-right, present funds raised from the 2019 Dewey Goes Pink event to Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition representatives, holding the check, Survivorship Specialist Meridith Rothstein, and, from left, Deputy Executive Director Francesca Vogel, Sussex County Program Director Connie Holdridge, Operations Director Sue Murray and Outreach Coordinator Sue Ryan.

Dewey Goes Pink 2019 total reaches $166,000

Dewey Goes Pink 2019 total reaches $166,000
The annual October event Dewey Goes Pink consists of a 5K run, walk and “pink party” with live entertainment. The annual fall event is held in Dewey Beach, yet draws in thousands of participants...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 11:53am

Massey’s Ditch dredging begins

Massey’s Ditch in Long Neck, a navigation channel in the Inland Bays, will be dredged during a $3.6 million project starting this month.

Dredging was scheduled to begin the week of Monday, Jan. 6, and take 31 days.

The channel runs...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:49pm

Indian River’s Yonya Wise prepares to drive against a Padua defender in the team's loss on Friday, Jan. 3.

Indians pick up second win of year

The Indian River High School girls’ basketball team has been at a decided disadvantage from Day 1 this season, with very few players back from last year, while trying to learn a system under new head coach Pat McCrea.

But the Indians have...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:15pm

First half-deficit spells fate for Indians

Since the opening tip of the first game of the year, the Indian River High School boys’ basketball team has found itself playing from behind in most of their games. Such is often the case with a young, inexperienced team looking to find an...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:08pm

Millville fire hall will play host the 2nd Annual Outdoorsman Marketplace on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Millville fire hall set to host Outdoorsman Show

Although it may be winter according to the calendar, the Delaware Surf Fishing group is ready to help the outdoorsman prepare for the upcoming season with the 2nd Annual Outdoorsman Marketplace show on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m....

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:03pm

IR’s Ta’Jon Knight competed in the 132-pound bracket, and finished third this past weekend at the Delcastle Invitational tournament. The Indians finished 7th out of 26 teams overall in the tournament.

IR turns in solid performance at Delcastle Invitational

It was another jam-packed weekend of wrestling action last week for the Indian River High School squad as they made the two-hour trek north to Wilmington for the Delcastle Invitational tournament.

Solid performances from several wrestlers...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 12:59pm

Pickleball Points

Does the decade ahead include new joints?

As we collectively go hurtling into another decade of pickleball, I felt it might be helpful to discuss a subject that might impact a fair number of my readers in the new decade: Joints!

I normally like to write about things with a light-...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 12:56pm

Pets and humans invited to state park hikes

Those whose pets are feeling the urge to get outside this winter can take them on a hike. Delaware Seashore State Park is inviting pet owners to a naturalist-guided hike in January and February. Humans and their pets can socialize while they all...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:16am

Ramond Turner attempts to pin his opponent in a match during the Battle at the Beach on Saturday, Dec. 28. Turner won all three of his matches to take home first place in the 285-pound bracket.

Turner takes first at Battle at the Beach tourney

A total of 18 high school wrestling programs made their way to Indian River High School last weekend to participate in the 15th Annual Battle at the Beach individual wrestling tournament.

The Indians’ Ramond Turner was the lone champion...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 9:40am

IR’s Mason Miccizhe goes up strong during a game last year.

Indians continue making progress on the hardwoods

It has been a learning experience on the fly for the young Indian River High School boys’ basketball team. A trial-by-fire, so to speak, but they are starting to make some great progress since the start of practices two months ago.

Head...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 9:35am

Participants in a past Exercise Like the Eskimos event take off to start the new year with a splash.

Community ready to Exercise Like the Eskimos for new year

As many as 300 shivering, spirited souls will participate in the 24th annual Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos Plunge, braving the cold Atlantic waters on New Year’s Day while raising money for scholarships.

Sponsored by the Bethany-...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 12:53pm

From left, Josh Bird, Jax Cathell, Willem Lambertson, Ryan Stone and Bastian Perry pose for a photo after collecting donations for troubled youth in Jamaica.

’Tis the season for giving

IR boys’ soccer NHS help with Jamaican mission trip

The holidays are generally a time of enjoying life’s blessings, and giving thanks for everything people take for granted on a daily basis.

Some are not as fortunate — here and far away.

A group of five Indian River High School boys...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 12:01pm

Pickleball Points

Ending the decade on a high point! Happy New Year!Ending the decade on a high point! Happy New Year!

I have no idea how many pickleball players are living along our Delaware and Maryland pickleball coast. I can tell you — a great many. Swarms! And they are buying swarms of pickleball products.

A smaller tennis shoe company decided to test...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 11:57am

Indian River’s Ramond Turner, right, takes on an opponent during a match last year at Cape Henlopen.

IR wrestlers struggle at the Beast

The annual showcase of high school wrestling talent from across the country descended upon the University of Delaware’s Fieldhouse last weekend, Dec. 21-22, and the action was certainly up to standard for those watching in attendance.

For...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 11:55am

Indian River’s Gabe Mouynivong and Clara Shepherd play some defense during a Unified hoops game last year.

IR’s Unified hoops team gearing up for new season

After an inaugural season that saw them reach the DIAA state playoffs semifinal round, the Indian River High School Unified basketball team is gearing up for their second season on the hardwoods with some new faces joining the squad.

The...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 11:51am

Hair of the Dog runners and their best friends pose for a photo after the race a few years ago.

Hair of the Dog run, Eskimos plunge set for New Year’s Day

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce (BFACC) are partnering to host a day-long series of events on New Year’s Day 2020: the 9th Annual Hair of the Dog 5K/10K Run and the 24th Annual Leo...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 11:48am

Officials gather at Millsboro Pond to celebrate the opening of the new boat ramp and parking upgrades.

Millsboro Pond gets new boat ramp, parking upgrades

For years, anglers at Millsboro Pond have launched their boats into the quiet pond and then maneuvered their trucks back to parallel-park on the grassy shoulder of a very busy Route 30. Even DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife’s website noted...

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 9:24pm

Indian River’s Ta’Jon Knight wrestles against a Milford opponent back in 2017. Knight was a runner-up at 138 lbs. at the Delmar Invitational.

Indians open with fifth-place finish at Delmar Invitational

It has been a relatively successful start to the 2019-2020 campaign for the Indian River High School wrestling team. After a win in their season-opening dual against Lake Forest last week, the Indians turned their sights onto the first tournament...

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 9:20pm

An IR swimmer during a meet at Sussex Academy last year.

IR girls split tri-meet with Bucs, Royals

Emma Barthelmess has done it again for the Indian River High School girls’ swim team. The IR junior swam a DIAA state championship qualifying time of 2:12.56 in winning the 200 freestyle event on Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the Indians’ split of their...

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 9:17pm

An IR boys’ swimmer during a meet last year at Sussex Academy.

Indian River sweeps Royals, Bucs in the pool

The Indian River High School boys’ swimming team continued its early-season winning ways on Tuesday, Dec. 17, as they swept a tri-meet with host Milford and Delmarva Christian.

The Indians defeated the Bucs, 68-26, while cruising to the...

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 9:12pm

Early-season struggles continue for Indians on the hardwood

The youth and inexperience have certainly taken their toll early on through the first five games of the season for the Indian River High School boys’ basketball team. Their most recent setback — let’s call it a learning experience — came on...

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 9:08pm

Indian River’s Emma Barthelmess competes in a match last year at Sussex Academy. Barthelmess posted a state-qualifying time in the 100m breaststroke.

Indians swim past Blue Jays for first win of the season

It was a clean sweep of all 11 events for the Indian River High School girls’ swim team on Tuesday, Dec. 10, as they rolled past Seaford 127-25 for their first win of the young season.

Junior Emma Barthelmess has jumped off the blocks...

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 2:42pm

Indian River boys' swimming off to a strong start in pool

The Indian River High School boys’ swimming team swept all 11 events en route to a 128-29 win over Seaford on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in a Henlopen Athletic Conference South Division tilt at the Boys & Girls Club in West Sussex.

In the...

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 2:39pm

Indian River freshman Jordan Illian earned first team All-Conference honors.

IR Sports Report

Indians’ fall athletes garner state, conference recognition

For the first time in Henlopen Conference girls’ volleyball history, a player was recognized with First-Team All-State honors. That first-timer is none other than Indian River High School junior Raychel Ehlers.

Ehlers helped guide the...

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 2:36pm

Indians struggling early with finding identity, jam-packed schedule

The gauntlet of their early-season schedule has left the Indian River High School boys’ basketball team trying to find an identity, while also working to grow in new head coach Devin Mann’s program with virtually an entirely new roster of players...

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 2:28pm

Indian River senior Yonya Wise is one of four key returners this year.

Youth, inexperience main issues for Indians’ girls

A new coach and a lot of new faces — many of them young and inexperienced at the varsity level — is the main story when it comes to the 2019-2020 Indian River High School girls’ basketball team.

With Pat McCrea taking over as the main man...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:39am

Matt Hill poses with his Crate Late Model in his shop in Georgetown.

Georgetown’s Hill goes from go-karts to championships

A learning experience

According to Matt Hill of Georgetown, four-time U.S. 13 International Speedway Sweeny Cars RUSH Late Model Series powered by Pace Performance champion, his racing career began one afternoon when he invited his mother, Judy, to ride along with him...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:36am

Indian River’s Colby Hook gathers with his family and friends at his Eckerd College letter-of-intent signing.

IR’s Hook signs letter-of-intent to golf for Eckerd College

It takes a lot of hard work, dedication and commitment to become good at any sport, but maybe none more so than golf — the little nuances, the mental approach and the way the ball travels various different ways, depending of your club angle, hip...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:33am

Pickleball Points

Stanley Stanpenzack is alive!

The recent ratings clinic conducted in Ocean City, Md., by Gold Medalist Darryl Noble and his wife, Cathy, was well-received and professionally administered. Darryl is my kind of guy. There were no fancy introductions — he and his wife each took...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:30am

Hunting and trapping seasons opening in December

Numerous Delaware hunting and trapping seasons open in December, including multiple waterfowl seasons that extend into or through January, coinciding with the influx of a variety of migratory waterfowl for the winter, DNREC’s Division of Fish...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:28am

Indian River’s Ta’Jon Knight works his Sussex Tech opponent in a match two years ago.

Strong returning presence has IR wrestling expectations very high

Following a season in which they worked their way into the DIAA Division II state semifinals as a team, the Indian River High School wrestling program has its sights set on getting back there once again, and possibly taking it one step further....

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 12:41pm

One of the Indian River girls participates in the breast stroke event at Sussex Academy last year.

Depth, experience hope to lead to success in pool for Indians

There is plenty of hope and optimism for the Indian River High School girls’ swim team this season, thanks to a plethora of depth and experience that returns to the pool for the 2019-2020 season.

Head coach Dana Schaefer is back for her...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 12:37pm

Indian River junior Declan Burke shows good breathing technique during a swim at Sussex Academy last year.

Indians’ swimming confident they have right pieces

The Indian River High School boys’ swimming team was very fortunate to have some amazingly talented swimmers on last year’s Henlopen Conference South Division Championship team.

But gone are the likes of Mitch McGee, Michael Barnes and Max...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 12:34pm

Indian River looks to find some of the talent lost from departing seniors like Jamier Felton, above. Here, Felton scores his 1,000th career point last season.

IR’s hardwood hopes rest with young, inexperienced roster

With a roster that features a slew of youth and inexperience, coupled with a first-time head coach, the Indian River High School boys’ basketball team will need to learn to crawl before they can run during the early parts of their 2019-2020...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 12:32pm

The Indian River High School field hockey team received a hero’s sendoff on Saturday, Nov. 16, as they departed to take on Delmar in the program’s first-ever state championship game. Delmar, the defending three-time state champion, topped the Indians, 6-3. Turn to page 73 for more on the game, and some words from a big fan of the team, Point reporter Jason Feather.

Team inspires community

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert

The Indian River High School field hockey team received a hero’s sendoff on Saturday, Nov. 16, as they departed to take on Delmar in the program’s first-ever state championship game. Delmar, the defending...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 12:11pm

Indian River High School athletes look forward to repaved track

Imagine stepping up to the starting line for an important race. It’s the 100-meter dash, so every millisecond counts. You see the finish line, you visualize the win, and you lean down into the starting position.

This is not the time to be...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:31am

Indian River’s Jessica Rybicki takes a shot in IR’s 4-0 win over Newark Charter on Saturday, Nov. 9, in the quarterfinal round of the DIAA Division II state playoffs.

Indians cruise into state semis

Cordrey scores twice in IR’s 4-0 win over Newark

As they’ve done all year long, the Indian River field hockey team got out on their opponent early and often, then kept the pressure on until the final buzzer sounded. This time it came at the expense of Newark Charter as the Indians cruised to an...

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:54pm

New boys basketball coach Devin Mann poses for a photo in the hallways of Indian River High School.

New ‘Mann’ in charge for Indians’ boys hoops program

There is a new “Mann” in charge on the hardwoods of the Indian River boys basketball program, and his name is Devin Mann. The Indian River School Board approved the hiring of Mann a couple weeks ago, and he hit the ground running on Monday for...

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:53pm

Pickleball Points: Ladies in pickleball

Recently I wrote about pickleball tournaments. This week, I am writing about several women who have excelled at playing pickleball. 

The first, of course, is the Queen Mother of Delaware Pickleball. I have written about Marion Lisehora...

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:18pm

Mandatory trapper education course registration open

With Delaware’s trapping season approaching, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Hunter Education Program this week reminded both residents and non-residents of state trapper-education requirements. Trappers born after Jan. 1, 1978, must pass...

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:17pm

Indian River’s Blake Morgan celebrates with his team after scoring the first goal in IR’s win over Brandwine on Saturday, Nov. 9.

Morgan, Illian lead Indians into the Division II state semifinals

A pair of young Indian River boys soccer players certainly played like seasoned veterans last Saturday, Nov. 9, when the Indians battled Brandywine in the DIAA Division II state quarterfinals at Milford.

Sophomore Blake Morgan took a pass...

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:16pm

The start of the boys’ DIAA Division II race at Killens Pond on Saturday, Nov. 9.

Indians wrap up season at DIAA state meet

Since their season began with the Lake Forest Invitational at Killens Pond State Park back in August, the Indian River cross country team has been focused on one goal: winning the DIAA Division II State Championship. A lofty goal for a young team...

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:14pm

Indian River’s JaQuan Floyd powers through a leg tackle in IR’s loss to Sussex Central on Thursday, Nov. 7.

Indians wrap up season with loss to Central

It was certainly not the season that they had anticipated, and last Thursday, Nov. 7, the Indians wrapped up their 2019 campaign with a loss to neighboring Sussex Central, 47-7. The loss gives IR a 2-8 overall mark as they head into the off-...

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:12pm

Indian River’s Nicholas Angelo breaks a tackle during a game versus Seaford earlier this year.

Early offensive effort leads to win for Indians

It had been more than a month since the Indian River High School football team had tasted the sweet nectar of victory. Injury after injury, and tough break after tough break, had led the Indians to four straight losses during the month of October...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 10:33am

No. 4 Amanda Whaley fights her way through traffic during the race on Friday, Nov. 1.

Bucks and bragging rights

A chance to earn money and bragging rights had Georgetown Speedway’s paddock packed with 231 racecars entered in the annual Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend. Despite cold weather, fans, eager to see their favorite drivers, filled the bleachers...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 10:31am