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Lady Indians shut down Smyrna in opener

The Lady Indians varsity soccer team jumped out to a 1-0 record after shutting out Smyrna, 2-0, in their season opener, March 22.

“For the first game, I’m very pleased. It’s good anytime you can shut out an opponent,” said head coach Howard Gerken.

Sophomores Ali Ambrose and Molly Chamberlin scored the goals for Indian River in the winning effort, though Gerken expects more.

Indian River drops one to defending champs

The Indian River varsity baseball team dropped a tough 9-2 loss to last year’s state champion, St. Mark’s, on March 22.

Warhawks shut down Warriors, 21-0

Winning two games in a row is a bona fide streak, and the Sussex County Warhawks semi-pro football team accomplished just that by shutting out the Talbot County Warriors 21-0, on March 19.
“Every week we’re getting better. I can’t ask any more from my guys,” said Warhawks team owner Tina Dennis.

Girls steamroll St. Mark's

The Indian River varsity softball team enacted the mercy rule as they steam-rolled St. Marks, 11-0, in five innings on March 22.

Boys battle, but fall just short at end

The Indian River varsity boy’s tennis team lost a close 3-2 match to Smyrna March 22.
“It was a real heart-breaker,” said head coach Sean Oates. “We didn’t start out very well, and we let them get ahead of us in the match. We played better in the second sets, but it was a little too late.”

Girls fall short in tough match with Smyrna

Very close, almost and maybe next time, is the best way to describe the Indian River varsity girl’s tennis team’s match versus Smyrna on March 22. The win came down to the first doubles team, but the Lady Indians were unable to get over the hump.

Golfers tee up Sussex Central

The late golf legend Ben Hogan is probably smiling down on the Indian River golf team after they trounced Sussex Central 178-236 at Bear Trap Dunes, on March 22.

Indian River shot so well that five of their golfers outscored Sussex Central’s top golfer. Junior Justin Albright earned the right as medalist by shooting a match-low of 42 strokes on the back nine at Bear Trap.

Girls look for net improvement

For the Indian River girls’ tennis team, it’s not about winning or losing — it is simply about improvement.

Warhawks taste victory

The Sussex County Warhawks semi-pro football team notched their first victory of the season, defeating the Kent County Fire 27-14 on March 12.

The team is beginning to gel as the offense is beginning to match the defense’s intensity.

Golfers look to go long and straight

In nine years as head coach of the golf at Indian River, Neil Beahan has never had a better team.

Boys look to improve through sheer talent

They’re not quite ready for the Grand Slam or Wimbledon, but the Indian River varsity boy’s tennis team is almost ready for the southern Henlopen conference this year.
Head coach Sean Oates lost his best singles player — Connor McMullen — to graduation, but has gained more talent in return.

Russell White scholarship tourney to be played

The local service sorority Beta Sigma Phi Alpha Eta will be hosting the First Annual Russell White Scholarship Golf Tournament at Bear Trap Dunes on April 7. The tournament’s proceeds will benefit a deserving Indian River High School senior with a college scholarship.

Mystery surrounds soccer team

Rather than make predictions, girls head soccer coach Howard Gerken is taking a wait-and-see approach to this upcoming season.

Warhawks drop to 0-2 with tough loss

The Sussex County Warhawks semi-pro team drop to 0-2 after they lost a 12-8 heartbreaker to the Wilmington Raiders Feb 28.

“It was a real nail-bitter. It’s a shame, too, because we dominated the entire game until the last couple of minutes,” said team owner Tina Dennis.

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.

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 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.

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.

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