Sports

IR wrestlers win home opener, 59-6, over Lake Forest

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Indian River’s Brock Wingate won 7-0 in a decision over Wade Brooks in the 200-pound weight class on Wednesday, Jan. 10.Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Indian River’s Brock Wingate won 7-0 in a decision over Wade Brooks in the 200-pound weight class on Wednesday, Jan. 10.Indian River High School’s varsity wrestlers (1-0) earned a 50-6 home win over the visiting Lake Forest Spartans (1-0) last Wednesday, Jan. 10, and backed it up on Thursday, Jan. 11, with a northern road trip to Hockessin, where they crushed Wilmington Christian School, 60-15.

“It’s nice to open up the season in your home gym with a win — especially a win of that margin,” said IR head coach Jeff Windish. “The kids came out and wrestled really, really aggressively, and that’s what we preached the last few days that we had them.

“It’s just going out and being the first person to score, and not taking your foot off the gas and keep opening those scores up. The kids fought hard tonight. It really didn’t help, with the snow and all. Anytime you miss practices, you miss the opportunities to get better prepared.”

Indians sophomore Christopher Saylor started the slaughter by slamming Spartan Gene Smith in the opening 106-pound class at the 3:02 minute mark. Ian Shaubach gave the Indians more points with a win over Spartan Gene Smith in the 113-pound weight class.

IRHS boys’ basketball gets revenge 66-48

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Indian River’s Jamier Felton goes up for a layup against Lake Forest on Thursday, Jan. 11. Indian River went on to win 66-48.Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Indian River’s Jamier Felton goes up for a layup against Lake Forest on Thursday, Jan. 11. Indian River went on to win 66-48.Since their narrow 47-50 loss to Lake Forest High School back on Dec. 19, the Indian River High School boys’ basketball team has been patiently waiting, 23 days, for the Spartans visit their home gym. That day arrived on Thursday night, Jan. 11. When they got there, the Spartans found a newly energized and experienced Indians team, with a 7-4 record, eagerly ready for revenge.

“We caved a little bit, and they ended up beating us by three points up there, and then they’re 5-1,” said IR head coach B.J. Joseph. “I knew they’d be right there in the South this year, because they got that transfer from Dover. He’s pretty tough, but the foul shooting and securing the ball tonight and rebounding looked like a clinic at first, the way we were moving the ball and getting lay-ups and things.”

With less than two minutes off the first-period clock Indian shooters built a 7-2 lead over the Spartans, on their way to a sweet 66-48 win. Seconds later, sophomore Kevin Custis swished a three-pointer, giving the Indians a 10-2 advantage. Indians shooters put eight more points on the board before the first period ticked off the clock.

IR started second period 18-8. Spartans shooters had narrowed the gap to five points when the buzzer sounded ending the first half. IR took a 28-19 lead into the locker room.

Pickleball tips: Sweet Spot and Sweet Spots

Session 2 — balance, clinics, places and footwear

Last week, I offered basic, but important, advice to pickleballers, suggesting they cut their errors in half, knowing full well that if they seriously tried to do this, they would become woefully aware of the importance of the three Fs: fitness, focus and footwork.

Indians boys and girls dominate Sussex Academy on the courts

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Ja’Shaun Johnson goes up for two in Indian River’s win over Sussex Academy.Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Ja’Shaun Johnson goes up for two in Indian River’s win over Sussex Academy.Indian River High School’s boys’ basketball team dominated the Sea Hawks of Sussex Academy on Jan. 3, on SA’s home turf.

IR shooters got an early 8-0 run on the Sea Hawks with 6:35 minutes of play remaining in the first period. Sea Hawks shooters got on the board just as the clock ticked down to 6 minutes. At by the end of the first period, IR had built a very comfortable 16-point cushion, leading 29-13.

IR outshot the Sea Hawks 16-10 in the second eight minutes, for a commanding 45-23 halftime advantage. They returned to finish the job, outscoring the Sea Hawks 27-13 in the third period and 15-3 in the final period, making for a 87-39 victory. It was the Indians’ fourth straight win, for a 6-4 record thus far in the season.

“Now we’re four in a row, you know, and we won the tournament down in Salisbury, and we won here tonight,” beamed IR head coach B.J. Joseph after the victory. “We’re supposed to play Cape [Henlopen] Friday, and that would be a good test, but I don’t know what’s going to happen with the snow and all forecasted.” (That game was rescheduled to Tuesday, Jan. 25.)

Pickleball Tips: Sweet Spot and Sweet Spots

Improve your pickleball game by more than 50 percent

If you want to improve your own pickleball game this season, cut your errors in half.

I know it sounds like an over-simplification, but it is estimated that 80 percent — and frequently more — of all pickleball points are the result of errors. Players tend to think about that one winning shot they nailed down the middle, but then have amnesia about the eight or nine errors they made.

IR boys win Governor’s Challenge Tournament’s A bracket

It only took two wins for Indian River High School’s varsity boys’ basketball team to be crowned Division A champions at the largest high school boys’ and girls’ basketball holiday tournament in the country — the Governor’s Challenge High School Basketball Ball Tournament — last week, Dec. 26-30.

IR girls go 1-1 at Pat Borowski basketball tournament

After suffering a 51-24 loss to Dover High School’s Senators in the opening round of the Pat Borowski Girls Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 27, the Indian River High School varsity girls’ basketball team topped Milford High School, 51-33, on Dec. 28.

Pickleball Points: New knees, please

Folks, after a decade of pain, my right knee is pain-free! I am doing well — too well — so please stop sending the cookies and other goodies, as I am hoping to return to, not roll onto, the pickleball court this new year.

It’s time to renew Delaware fishing licenses

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police this week reminded anglers that it’s time to purchase their 2018 Delaware fishing licenses, as 2017 licenses expired Dec. 31. A valid fishing license is required for fishing, crabbing and clamming in Delaware, in both tidal and non-tidal waters.

Start the New Year off right — with a quick run and dip

Coastal Point • File Photo: Revelers took a (cold) leap of faith into the ocean off Bethany Beach last Jan. 1 to participate in the Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos event, put on by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce.Coastal Point • File Photo: Revelers took a (cold) leap of faith into the ocean off Bethany Beach last Jan. 1 to participate in the Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos event, put on by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce.

Those who are looking for a way to start the New Year off with a bang, and possibly wash away 2017, may want to consider a cleansing dip in the Atlantic on Jan. 1.

The Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos will celebrate its 23rd year in Bethany Beach on Jan. 1, 2018, giving people of all ages the opportunity to dive into the frigid ocean.

Shiver me timbers! Fenwick Freeze returning Jan. 1

What’s it like to jump in the Atlantic Ocean on New Year’s Day?

“It’s not as bad as it seems,” said Becca McWilliams, organizer of the Fenwick Freeze. “You go in so fast, and your adrenaline is pretty pumped at that point. You’re in and out before you feel how cold it is. … If you do it, you really feel good after you do it. It’s kind of exhilarating.”

IR girls’ basketball grabs another home win

Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Fabrea’ McCray drives into the paint against Lake Forest.Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Fabrea’ McCray drives into the paint against Lake Forest.Indian River High School’s varsity girls’ basketball team earned another home win on Dec. 19, improving their overall record to 3-2 by defeating the Lake Forest Spartans 33-22. IR’s offense got an early 8-0 run with 3:46 minutes to play in the first quarter and controlled the game from there.

The Indians were ahead 12-2 going into the second quarter, and they put 10 more points on the board in that quarter, leading 22-9 at the end of the first half.

Senior IR guard Fabrea’ McCray led the Indians with 14 points, five rebounds, three steals and three assists, and junior center Julie Jordan had nine rebounds, five blocks and three assists.

“Today’s win was a defensive win,” described IR head coach Donna Polk. “They did a good job of cutting out the double-team and the girl popping out and taking the middle, and taking away a couple of passes inside. And we made the adjustment and they did a good job. They also did a good job of rebounding. We did a good job of securing the boards, so it was a good defensive win.”

This week, it was tournament time. IR’s girls’ basketball team joined 11 other teams from around the state for the annual Pat Borowski Girls Basketball Tournament, played at Lake Forest High School in Felton starting on Wednesday, Dec. 27, and running through Thursday, Dec. 28, (after Coastal Point press time). IR was scheduled to play their first game of the tournament against Dover High School’s Senators.

Indians tame Wildcats 73-61

Coastal Point photos • Bruce Walls:  Ja'Shaun Johnson drives against a Delmar defender in IR’s 73-61 win on Dec. 21.Coastal Point photos • Bruce Walls: Ja'Shaun Johnson drives against a Delmar defender in IR’s 73-61 win on Dec. 21.On Friday, Dec. 15, temperatures around Delmarva dipped just enough below freezing for several inches of snow to blanket the peninsula. That night’s high school basketball battle between Delmar High School’s Wildcats and Indian River’s Indians had to be canceled. The make-up game was played last Thursday night, Dec. 21, at IR’s home gym in Dagsboro.

IR controlled the game from beginning to end, when the teams were separated by 12-points. The Indians’ 73-61 win over Delmar is their third win of the season, giving them a 3-4 record for the season thus far.

IR sank the first basket with the clock at 7:41 minutes. From there, IR got a small early 8-0 run on the Wildcats. After the first eight minutes of play, IR had a very comfortable 20-point lead over Delmar. Each team scored 10 points in the second eight minutes, giving IR a 30-16 advantage at halftime.

Surfin’ Snowman, Santa’s Helper taking a run for local non-profits

The Surfin’ Snowman 5-Mile Run and the Santa’s Helper 2-Miler Family Run/Walk Challenge ride into town Saturday, Dec. 30, on a wave of success — five years’ worth, to be exact.

According to Race Director Rick Hundley, the run and walk benefit three local organizations: Justin’s Beach House, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and Contractors for a Cause.

Have a happy and healthy pickleball year

I am looking forward in 2018 to getting back into the game of pickleball, with the idea of competing in some tournaments.