Sports

Indians look for offense to lift team

Indian River’s boys of summer return with a lot of talent and are looking to turn up the heat in the southern Henlopen conference this season.

Girls start year with hopes of title

The Indian River softball team is gearing up for a run at the title this year as they return nine players from last season’s roster.

State Champs

Every 17 years the cicadas come out of their slumber to make a lot of racket, and every 15 years at Indian River High School the wrestling program makes some noise of their own, putting out a couple of state champions. Last weekend, D.J Singleterry (215) and Andy Bokinsky (160) ran the table — winning all of their matches on their way to earn their first state championships.

Warhawks hard in opener

The Sussex County Warhawks semi-pro football suffered a crushing 37-0 defeat to the defending Diamond Football League champion Saints on Feb. 25 in their season opener.

“Those boys out there were the best team we’ll see all season,” said Warhawks head coach Butch Yocum.

Lady Indians see season come to an end

The Indian River varsity girl’s basketball team lost their opening playoff game to Sussex Tech, 42-20, on Tuesday night, bringing an end to an up-and-down season.
“We didn’t shoot very well. We had some open looks, but we just couldn’t hit those open shots,” said head coach Steve Persolio.

IR instructor dressed for team's success

Major Frank Ryman has served tough duty as a United States Marine in Somalia, but nothing equaled the obligation he had to fulfill after the Indian River Junior ROTC air rifle team won the state tournament last week. Ryman agreed to doll up in his prettiest dress if his air rifle team won the state trophy.
They did.

Boys battle, but fall short

They could’ve quit.

They could have packed their bags and coasted into the spring and forgot they ever played the game — but they didn’t. The Indian River varsity boy’s basketball team fought back from a 15 point first-half deficit to cut it to two with only 1:30 left in the game, only to lose in the end 72-65, ending their playoff hopes.

Boys rally after tough loss

The Indian River varsity basketball team rebounded to beat a dismal Delmar team 74-47 after suffering an excruciating 62-59 loss to Laurel, Feb. 18, on Senior Night.

Lady Indians roll on Senior Night

The Lady Indians varsity basketball team improved their regular season record to 12-10 as they trounced the Delmar Wildcats 51-26 in their season finale on Senior Night, Feb. 22.

Hudson and Robinson to represent IRHS

Senior captains Ravin Robinson and Jessica Hudson will represent Indian River High School at Delaware’s 6th annual Blue/Gold basketball game. The game will host 60 of the best girls and boys basketball players in the state.

Wrestlers grapple with the best

The Indian River varsity wrestling team earned their stripes this past week, finishing 8th in the Henlopen Conference tournament Feb 18-19, and losing to Hodgson 48-18 in their first Division II Dual Meet State tournament in school history.

Football is in the air … once again

Who’s ready for some football? The top-rated semi-pro league in the country is gearing up for their sixth season as the Sussex County Warhawks take on the defending champion New Castle Saints at Rehoboth Elementary on Saturday, Feb. 26.

Boys explode on offense

Junior forward Travis Irving tallied 21 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks as he led the Indian River boys’ basketball team past Dover High, 97-65, Feb. 15.

Irving seemed to be reading the ball’s mind as he disrupted passing lanes, altered shot attempts and corralled big rebounds in what looked like poetry in motion.

Robinson leads, plays with heart

Four years ago, Ravin Robinson came to Indian River High School as a freshman, and was instantly thrust into the big-time competition of varsity basketball. Rather than be intimidated, Robinson felt she was in a position to learn how to compete on a higher level.

Grapplers dig in to pull out win

The Indian River wrestling team made school history Feb. 9, defeating Southern Conference rival Seaford in a heart stopping 36-35 come-from-behind victory to gain admission for their first post-season dual-meet tournament.

Down 27-6 halfway through the match, the Indians went on a tear, winning five of their last six matches — four of six by pin — for the victory.

Lady Indians keep pace

The Lady Indians varsity basketball took one out of two games last week, crushing Woodbridge, 66-27, but getting out-muscled by Dover, 80-44, as they hover at an 11-8 overall record.

Girls look to close season in a rush

The Indian River varsity girls’ basketball team dropped two out of three games this past week, with tough losses to Sussex Tech and Seaford. The Indians record fell to 10-8, but they play three southern division teams in the next four games as they make their final push towards the playoffs.

Athlete exhibits determination and class

To be the best, one must be willing to dedicate themselves to whatever it is they choose to pursue. Senior standout football player and wrestler D.J. Singleterry has his eyes set on catching passes as the new tight end for the Davidson Wildcats next fall.

Grapplers prepare for dual tourney

After edging out a close 39-32 victory over Lake Forest Feb. 4, the Indian River wrestling team is gearing up for the school’s first postseason trip to the dual meet tournament.
“To get into the dual meet tournament we have to beat Seaford Wednesday,” said head coach Jeff Windish.

Frozen surfers ride out tourney

Ocean City’s first Frozen Surf Open went off without a hitch Saturday, Feb. 5 as a couple hundred people came out to see the best surfers the Mid-Atlantic could muster wrangle the winter waves for Tsunami victims.

Boys notch three wins in week

The Indian River varsity boys basketball team registered their third victory in seven days, as they defeated Seaford 63-53, Feb. 9 in a crucial push towards the playoffs.
Indian River sought to avenge a 61-51 defeat versus Seaford earlier in the season.

Boys hoops up and down

You win some, you lose some. That seems to be the story for the Indian River’s varsity boy’s basketball team this past week.

On Friday, Jan. 28, Sussex Central, the Indians big rival, came to town only to leave disappointed as senior guard Larry Bailey dumped 31 points on his former team in a 76-58 victory.

Surfing tourney to benefit tsunami aid

The Maryland District of the Eastern Surfing Association is calling all able-bodied surfers and water enthusiasts to join in Ocean City’s 1st Frozen Surf Open Tournament to help benefit Southeast Asia’s tsunami victims.

The fund-raiser is to be held on a “good surf” weekend between Feb. 5 and 27 in downtown Ocean City between the inlet and the pier.

Wrestlers pin down second in tourney

Slowly but surely the winter weather will thaw out, and, likewise, so has the Indian River wrestling team as they posted second in the St. Michael’s Invitational Saturday, Jan. 29.

All-Stars get bid at nationals

The members of the Southern Delaware All-Stars Cheerleading continue to make a splash in the sport during their first months in existence.

Girls fall to Central and Caesar Rodney

The Indian River varsity girls’ basketball team went 0-2 last week versus two of the most dominate northern Henlopen conference teams, Sussex Central and Caesar Rodney.

Last Friday, Jan. 28, the Indians fell to 64-39 to a deep Sussex Central team.

Weather, Cape stifle wrestlers

While Cape Henlopen proved to be a tough opponent, defeating the Indians 52-18 last Friday on Senior Night, Jack Frost appears to be Indian River’s bitter ally.

The wintry weather has forced school cancellations this week, postponing an important match from Jan. 25 to Jan. 26 against the Sussex Tech Ravens, while wrestling Sussex Central as scheduled on Friday, Jan. 28.

Boys epitomize coach's personality

Defense, hustle, positive attitude, rebounding, and more defense equal the recipe for Indian River boys’ varsity basketball head coach Pat Kelly.

“My teams will always pressure,” said Kelly. “We like to force our opponents into our tempo.”

Coach enjoying successful return

Steve Persolio, once again head coach for the Lady Indians (after a one-year hiatus), has been in the game for a good long time.
This is his 12th year as either an assistant or a head coach.

Girls look ahead to Central clash

David beat Goliath, the colonists won the revolution, the New York Jets beat the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III, the 1980 U.S.A. Olympic hockey team defeated the Russians (we beat them to the moon too), the Marlins won the 2003 World Series over the Yankees and, Friday night, the Indian River girls basketball team hopes history repeats itself as they host their red hot rival, Sussex Central.

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