Sports

Indians take Laurel's shot, roll

Just 20 seconds into the game, Laurel’s Jeramy Bagwell took an Armand Brodeur’s pass 91-yards for a first-play touchdown against Indian River on Oct. 21. But the Indians would combine grind-it-out football with big plays to earn their seventh win by scoring 25 unanswered points, defeating Laurel 25-6 on Oct. 21.

Local team wins national title

Delaware’s Old Tymers Naturals softball team came up just short of winning the Triple Crown of Senior Softball last week, falling to Seattle 11-10 in the gold-medal round despite owning a six-run lead going into the sixth inning.

JV girls battle against Central

Junior varsity is a chance for players to learn how to play competitively and polish their skills so when they finally get to varsity, they are ready.

Indian River’s JV volleyball team hung tough with Sussex Central (8-3) on Oct. 18. But, after winning the first game, the bottom gave out and they lost the next two games.

Soccer team still smoking

Howard Gerken’s Indian River High School varsity soccer team is boiling hot this season. They beat their last two opponents (Lake Forest and Poly Tech) by a combined score of 11-0, which improved their regular-season record to 11-0-1 as they continue their march towards the state tournament.

Lady Indians creep up on division title

The Indian River varsity volleyball team set some goals at the beginning of the season but the main thing was to win the Southern Division and to regain respectability. The Lady Indians have won three of their last five matches, putting them in prime position to win the division.

Indians storm back to remain perfect

Trailing Delmar 13-7 in going into halftime, Indian River’s head coach presented his players with a challenge: play your position at the highest level. Head Coach Jim Bunting assured his players that they would win the ballgame if they played Indian River-style football, and his players believed.

Lady Indians don't let score keep them down

Caesar Rodney’s field hockey team hadn’t given up a goal all season until they met Indian River on Oct. 19. Caesar Rodney jumped out to a 3-0 first-half lead but the Lady Indians fought back to tarnish the Lady Riders shutout record and popped one in the goalie’s box.

Indians roll over Lake Forest, lose Gott

“Five yards and a cloud of dust,” combined with a solid defense.
That is the way Indian River’s football team is going to win football games this year, according to Head Coach Jim Bunting.

Soccer team keeps rolling forward

Earning respect from one’s peers can be the ultimate satisfaction. The Indian River varsity soccer team may have done just that by tying their northern counterpart, Cape Henlopen, 1-1 on Oct. 6 and downing Dover 2-0 on Oct. 11 as they pushed their way toward a higher position in the state rankings.

Lady Indians continue turnaround

After dropping their first two games, Indian River’s varsity field hockey team is headed in the right direction with their 5-1 victory over Lake Forest on Oct. 6. The win marked their fourth conference win of the season and fourth win in the past five games.

Volleyball stands tall, falls short

Conference wins count for the state tournament. Losing to top-tier teams’ counts for something altogether different — but equally important. St. Thomas More is the cream of the crop in volleyball, and though Indian River lost in three straight matches, something was earned and learned according to Head Coach Jess Dodd.

Lady Indians get back to even

Bump-set-spike was a great combination for the Indian River varsity volleyball team against Lake Forest on Oct. 4 but it was more like game-set-match. The Lady Indians downed the Lady Spartans in three straight games, to even their record at 4-4.

Gott powers Indians past Woodbridge

“They were hitting at first but I kept lowering my shoulder and as the game went on I could see that they didn’t want to hit anymore,” said Indian River running back Josh Gott.

Indians stay perfect with win

Overtime games are always exciting to watch and be a part of, but Indian River might want to skip the kind of excitement they had to endure when they faced off with fellow Southern Conference contender Seaford on Oct. 4.

Annual fall surf-fishing tourney nears

Anglers have just a few more days to register for the Annual Fall Surf-fishing Tournament sponsored by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce at early-bird rates.

Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT

Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT

Matt Williamson saw limited action versus Washington High but scored a touchdown on only three carries.

Central takes junior varsity battle

Sussex Central’s junior varsity football team earned the cross-town bragging rights after beating Indian River 32-6 on Sept. 19.

Fall golf tourney nearly sold out

Local golfers are already taking a swing at the rare opportunity to play the only tournament set at the brand new Bayside Resort Golf Club in its inaugural year.

Indians throttle Washington, 37-0

The Indian River varsity football team massacred Washington High School’s team 37-0 on Sept. 23 in a mercy-rule effort. The Indians scored early and often, and dominated both sides of the lines of scrimmage. The team was even able to make wholesale changes in the second half to get its reserves some varsity playing time.

Triatholon ready to help terminally ill children

Nearly a thousand triathletes will converge on Sea Colony on Sept. 24 to compete in the 22nd Make-A-Wish triathlon to benefit terminally ill children.

Individuals and teams of various genders and age groups — totaling 980 athletes — will complete a 1.5-kilometer swim, 36-kilometer bike ride and a 10-kilometer run.

Indians rally for win, lose coach and player

Anything can happen when a full moon is showing, and on the eve of the full moon on Sept. 16 Indian River scored 19 unanswered points to defeat Stephen Decatur in their home opener. Big plays, a prepared defense and a punishing ground attack squelched the Bayside perennial powerhouse, but it wasn’t without a cost.

Soccer team off to a hot start

The Indian River soccer program continues to excel as they sprinted past Worcester Prep 4-1 on Sept. 15 and shut out Milford 4-0 on Sept. 20 to increase their record to 4-0.

Field hockey team off to a rough start

Field Hockey at Indian River has had a slow start this year. They’ve had field concerns that postponed a match against Milford on Sept 13 and have since dropped two games in a row, to Tatnall and Cape Henlopen.

The judge of the field

Those who serve as officials for various sports have a thankless job. Making a good call for one team often means a bad call for the other, so throughout the game everyone is guaranteed to disagree on an official’s decision. Fans, coaches and players all have an opinion but it is the unblinking eye of the official that knows better than anyone.

Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT

Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT

Ben Gichner puts the jets on a Milford defender. Gichner has scored four goals in two games.

Volleyball team spiking opponents

The Lady Indians varsity volleyball team has jumped out to a hot 3-0 record as the fall season begins now in earnest. In their third match of the season, Indian River hosted Delmarva Christian on Sept. 20 and started off slowly. They lost the first game 25-17 but went on to win the next three for the overall win.

IRHS soccer kicks off season with wins

The Indian River boys’ varsity soccer team won its first two games to put the team in prime position to make a strong run at the Henlopen Conference.
Two wins and having the opportunity to play all your players is an early season victory, according to Head Coach Howard Gerken.

IRHS game scrapped over field condition

Field hockey at Indian River High School took a brief hiatus on Sept. 13 due to what was considered unsafe field conditions by the Milford coach.

Indian River was scheduled to play Milford at 4 p.m. on Sept. 13 but their field was not ready for play, so the Bucs made the trek down Route 113 — only not to play at all.

Not just a man's sport anymore

Football, like all other sports, is a great barometer by which to gauge a person’s physical abilities, endurance, toughness, fortitude and desire.

Running game stars at Indian River High School

Rushing offense of 319 yards means a few things: control of the line of scrimmage, tough running, and that one team has the ball and the other doesn’t — all of which makes Indian River Head Football Coach Jim Bunting happy.

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