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The Indian River Indians varsity football team’s 45-13 regular season finale win over the Smyrna Eagles earned them a first-round home game in the Division II State football tournament against the Concord Raiders (8-2, 6-0 Blue Hen Conference) on...

Thursday, November 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Sophomore split ends step up

Losing second team all-conference split end Josh Dean to graduation meant that someone would have to fill the void.

And in that time Danny Bokinsky and Trevor Abbott have emerged as reliable targets.

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Thursday, November 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Roenke gives the Indians an edge

Indian River was beating Smyrna 35-13 late in the third quarter when Bunting decided to test his kicker Pierson Roenke.

Roenke had been recently hampered by a deep-bone bruise and hadn’t attempted a field goal since the making 2-3 in a 31-...

Thursday, November 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Concord versus Indian River

The Concord Raiders have reached the Division II state championship game each of the last three years and in 2003 and 2004 beat Indian River in the semi-finals by a combined eight points on their way to winning back-to-back state championships....

Thursday, November 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Punishers shed name, look to future

The Sussex County Punishers — formerly known as the Warhawks — had their first practice of 2006 on Nov. 2, officially marking the start of 2006-07 Diamond Football League semi-pro football season.

The Warhawks made the DFL playoffs three...

Thursday, November 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Indians fall to Tatnall in tourney

From the ninth minute to the 108th minute of the third golden-ball overtime on Wesley College’s rain-soaked field turf on Nov 7, No. 3 Indian River dominated its first-round state tournament game against No. 13 Tatnall.
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Thursday, November 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Indians deliver Homecoming memories

After losing two of their last three games to county rivals Delmar and Sussex Central, the Indian River varsity football team kept their feet driving. The hard work paid off in the form of a 41-7 homecoming win over Seaford on Nov. 3.
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Thursday, November 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Warner retiring his voiceBy John Denny

After serving the last seven years as the voice of the Indian River Indians football team, game-announcer Brendan Warner has decided to step down.
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Brendan Warner announces at the Senior Night football...

Thursday, November 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

TOPSoccer rounds out a successful first season

The Outreach Program for Soccer, better known as TOPSoccer, will finish up this weekend as the fall soccer season comes to a close. The seven-week season was River Soccer Club’s first effort at hosting the program, which appeals to children with...

Thursday, November 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

IR field hockey slips in first round of state tourney

The ladies of the Indian River field hockey team were definitely the underdogs going into the state tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 8, against the undefeated Vikings of Cape Henlopen. And history seemed to repeat itself as the Indians fell 0-1,...

Thursday, November 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Central Middle School handles SMS

Following the Sussex Central Middle School football team’s convincing 26-0 win over Selbyville on Nov. 2, all of the Golden Knights players surrounded their respective coaching staffs — current and future — for an end-of-the-season talk.
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Thursday, November 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Selbyville Middle up to the challenge

Since middle-school athletic teams have strict parameters to which they must adhere concerning the number of games they are allowed to play and since new schools continue to join the Henlopen Conference, it has become increasingly difficult for...

Thursday, November 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

IR puts Central loss behind them

With a loss Friday against cross-conference rivals Sussex Central and a Woodbridge victory over Seaford, competition closed in around Indian River this week as the struggle for South Henlopen champion nears.
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Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Indians bounce back against Dickinson

Indian River’s varsity soccer team followed up a disappointing 4-2 loss to Milford last week with a 5-0 win over John Dickinson on Nov. 1, despite missing senior captain Pierson Roenke to a deep bone bruise.
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Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Indians look to not fall back with time

The wee morning hours of Oct. 29 marked Daylight Saving Time and that the days would progressively shorten each day throughout the winter until late March. But it also means that fall sports teams have less practice time as they head down the...

Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Indian River volleyball falls short on the season

Indian River’s 2006 volleyball season came to an abrupt end on Oct. 26 at Polytech.

“It was a heartbreaker,” said Indian River coach Jess Dodd. “We lost by two points, mainly due to unforced errors.”

Overall, Dodd said he wasn’t too...

Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Indians return to form, turn over Laurel

Creating defensive turnovers, in addition to taking care of the football offensively, is a key element in the formula for winning football games. Indian River’s varsity football team has held an 18:5 turnover ratio over their opponents through...

Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 8:00pm

Field hockey stays optimistic as season winds down

The cold dry air and nipping winds couldn’t discourage the Indian River field hockey team in its commanding 5-0 win over Dover. The victory came as a welcome change after the three straight losses the team had suffered, including a conference...

Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 8:00pm

IR volleyball talleys two more wins

Indian River volleyball chalked up wins last Thursday at Delmar and home on Tuesday against Lake Forest, despite battling tough opposition at this year’s Indian River Challenge, held Saturday, Oct. 21.
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Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 8:00pm

IR keepers shut out Caesar Rodney and Laurel

With their only loss this season, to Seaford, still looming in their heads, Indian River boys soccer came out strong this week, shutting out Saturday’s game at Caesar Rodney and Tuesday’s battle at home against Laurel.
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Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 8:00pm

IR keepers shut out Caesar Rodney and Laurel

With their only loss this season, to Seaford, still looming in their heads, Indian River boys soccer came out strong this week, shutting out Saturday’s game at Caesar Rodney and Tuesday’s battle at home against Laurel.
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Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 8:00pm

IR volleyball injury comes at a painful time

Indian River volleyball moved to 8-4 on their season this week. They earned a triumphant 3-0 win over Smyrna on Thursday, Oct. 12, but suffered a hard-fought loss Tuesday night against Sussex Central, attributed partly to a starter’s injury....

Thursday, October 19, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indians get nipped by Delmar

Both teams held 5-0 records coming into Oct. 13’s possible conference-deciding football game, but Delmar and Indian River seem worlds away.
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Indian River’s defensive line lines up against Delmar’s offense in...

Thursday, October 19, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indians back to win column

As the Indian River varsity soccer team heads down the final stretch of the 2006 regular season, head coach Steve Kilby has a good feeling about his team’s chances of improving on last year’s semifinal loss to Tower Hill.
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Thursday, October 19, 2006 - 8:00pm

SMS continues dominance

For years now, Selbyville Middle School’s soccer team has been the pinnacle of their respective conference. They’ve lost only two games over the last eight years and a 6-1 win over cross-town rival Sussex Central Middle School on Oct. 16 paved...

Thursday, October 19, 2006 - 8:00pm

Christian surfers ride the wave

Some local surfers spend time together out of the water, attending a different type of “session” on Monday nights. A new wave of Christian Surfers, a non-denominational/non-profit group, meets weekly to fuse their love of the sport with ministry...

Thursday, October 19, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indians pound Lake Forest

Indian River running backs Isaiah Phillips and Dominique Morris have added a dimension to this year’s varsity team. It’s one that they missed last season and since Therman Hagans played for the Indians in the fall 2004 season: speed.
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Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indians drop first of season to Seaford

Seaford’s three second-half goals on Oct. 3 proved enough to hand Indian River’s varsity soccer team its first loss of the fall season, and since the second round of the 2005 state tournament — but it also showed them that they aren’t invincible...

Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 8:00pm

Greyhounds reach the beach

Raincoats kept them dry and warm as they walked calmly, heads held high through the streets of Dewey Beach on Friday afternoon while their pictures were posted on the windows of nearly every Honda, Explorer and Saab in sight. There appeared to be...

Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lady Indians keep rolling

Fresh off their fifth consecutive win, including a 2-1 victory over the Lake Forest Lady Spartans varsity field hockey team, Indian River head coach Colleen Groszer felt that her team was playing outstanding hockey.
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Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 8:00pm

Reel exciting stuff

Grab your pole, tackle box and your best luring techniques. Anglers of all ages are gearing up for the 27th Annual Fall Surf-Fishing Tournament held on Saturday, Oct. 7, and Sunday, Oct. 8.
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Thursday, October 5, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indians steamroll Woodbridge, 41-6

Indian River’s football team lost five all-conference defensive starters to graduation last year, including three defensive linemen and a pair of linebackers.
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Converted defensive end, Phillip Townsend,...

Thursday, October 5, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indians drop first game of season

Despite holding only a first-half 1-0 advantage over Seaford’s youthful squad on Oct. 3, the Indian River varsity soccer team (7-1) appeared on its way to an eighth straight win after defeating state tournament contenders Delmar and Dover on a...

Thursday, October 5, 2006 - 8:00pm

Volleyballers go 2-1 on week

With wins over Red Lion Christian Academy and St. Thomas More, Indian River volleyball moved up to 6-2. Hard-hitting kills from Renee Davidson and Haley Brennan and strong defensive blocks from Nyssa Altman, Hilary Hawkins, Davidson and Brennan...

Thursday, October 5, 2006 - 8:00pm

Alesi returns, Indians roll

For three weeks, Indian River High School senior football captain and offensive tackle Steve Alesi hasn’t played, after suffering a slight Type 2 tear of his medial collateral ligament in a pre-season scrimmage against Milford.
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Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 8:00pm

Junior varsity team part of the program

Very few underclassmen have had the repetitions or the ability necessary to contribute on the varsity level. But, recently, a good number of Indian River High School’s junior varsity players have seen playing time, particularly in their last two...

Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indians rule the pitch against foes

Indian River’s varsity soccer team took another couple of steps forward toward securing a second consecutive Henlopen championship by beating a pair of Henlopen North county foes — Sussex Tech, 2-1, and, most recently, Sussex Central, 4-0 on Sept...

Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lady Indians get ball rolling

After her team dropped its first three games, Indian River’s head field hockey coach Colleen Groszer had some decisions to make. She rearranged some of her players’ positions, and they’ve responded, winning three straight — including a last-...

Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 8:00pm

Clausen chases down a dream

Lewes resident Tim Clausen is well known for being an affable guy, a strict but good teacher and coach at Selbyville Middle School — but also as overweight.

After practice, Dairy Queen milkshakes and Domino’s delivery became a staple of...

Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 8:00pm

Special teams playing special

In football, the offense scores the touchdowns and garners most of the glory. The defense’s job is to stop opposing offenses and, though it’s claimed to win championships, often times a defender’s only glory is tallied by the amount of scars that...

Thursday, September 21, 2006 - 8:00pm

Field hockey team coming together

Despite earning their second loss in a 2-0 loss to Milford on Sept. 12, Indian River’s head field hockey coach felt confident that a week’s worth of preparation for their next match would be enough to get the team over the hump and into the...

Thursday, September 21, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indian River volleyball narrowly defeated at Caravel

Tuesday night’s volleyball match at Caravel Academy proved to be a vigorous one, ending Indian River’s 3-0 winning streak. “It was a tough three-hour match that was both physically and emotionally demanding,” said Indian River volleyball coach...

Thursday, September 21, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indians dominate clock, Decatur

Football games are often said to be won and lost at the line of scrimmage. And if you think about it, it makes sense. Two teams with opposite objectives — one to score and the other to stop them — war over a small piece of territory about a foot...

Thursday, September 21, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indians break out fast, top Milford 4-1

Indian River’s four goals in the first eight minutes of play against the Milford Buccaneers on Sept. 19 proved to be a nice start to a soccer game. Indian River scored their first two goals in a little over two minutes (37:47) and the next two...

Thursday, September 21, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indians pull together to beat Cape

With so many players in new positions or playing at a higher level than before on Indian River’s varsity football team, it would seem logical that there may be some growing pains. But, despite glitches, the Indians came through in clutch...

Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 8:00pm

Volleyball team spikes opponents

Last season, Delmar and Smyrna high schools added volleyball to their dance card — something that was, in fact, crucial to the creation of the Southern Henlopen Conference. Indian River won the Southern crown with an 11-7 record last season. This...

Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 8:00pm

Soccer team kicks into high start

Despite getting knocked off the state tournament trail last year in a second-round loss to Tower Hill, Indian River has picked up the scent by winning its first two games of the 2006 regular season.
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Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lady Indians go through rough patch

Two games into her Indian River varsity head-coaching debut, field hockey coach Colleen Groszer is at a loss — actually two losses. Indian River’s offense clumped together in a 2-0 season opening loss to Tatnall and then was unable to muster much...

Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indians look to reload this season

Beneath the surface, there may be a shred of uncertainty about how good Indian River’s varsity football team will be this year, given that they lost 14 starters to graduation — including key offensive starters and contributors and nine defensive...

Thursday, September 7, 2006 - 8:00pm

Ernesto an invitation, lesson to surfers

For what seemed like ages, Delmarva’s coastline had been absent of surf-worthy waves — until Tropical Storm Ernesto wrangled her way up the coast over the Labor Day weekend, bringing swells ranging anywhere from 8 to 12 feet in height and...

Thursday, September 7, 2006 - 8:00pm