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Delaware plays pickleball at National Senior Games

Coastal Point • Submitted: Steve Donohue warms up at Bay Forest in Ocean View last week.Coastal Point • Submitted: Steve Donohue warms up at Bay Forest in Ocean View last week.Pickleballers from Delaware are competing in the 19-sport National Senior Games in Birmingham, Ala., this week.

As pickleball explodes, so does the quality of players competing in the nationals. So, special congratulations to Pearl Morris and Diane Milam who ended up in sixth place in the Women’s Doubles 55-59, coming back via the losers’ bracket after a second-round battle. Marion Lisehora, the “queen mother of Delaware pickleball,” and Judy Lang ended in fourth place in the Women’s Doubles 80-89.

The men fared similarity. Rick Bell and Bob O’Malley, in the Men’s Doubles 55-59, lost in the second round in a very long match. They dropped into the losers’ draw and battled their way back all afternoon, through five matches, before they met up with the same team — a Nevada /Iowa team that barely ousted them in the second round.

In their eight match of the day, they returned the favor and dispatched that team fairly easily before they took on a Florida team in their ninth match of the day. After putting the Florida team’s sunshine back into their bottle, they challenged a team from Tennessee, Davy Crockett’s old stomping grounds, for the bronze medal.

Tripple Overtime — The Tribe Top 10: Spring 2017 without spaghetti and meatballs

We almost had to call the spring edition of the “Tribe Top 10” the “Tribe Top 20.”

Indian River girls’ soccer falls to Tower Hill in DIAA quarterfinals

The Indian River High School girls’ soccer team saw their 2017 season come to a close on Tuesday, May 30, with a 2-1 loss to Tower Hill in the DIAA quarterfinals.

The Indians were without two of their primary offensive weapons in that game, with senior forward Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : IR junior midfielder Sammi Whelen fights for possession during Tuesday’s quarterfinal matchup against Tower Hill.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : IR junior midfielder Sammi Whelen fights for possession during Tuesday’s quarterfinal matchup against Tower Hill.Maddie Hogsten and junior forward Zena Lowman sidelined for the matchup.

After falling behind 1-0 on a Tower Hill free-kick, freshman forward Avery Congleton tied things up for the Indians after generating a fast-break score.

It was underclassmen, including Congleton, who the Indians called on to fill the void left by Hogsten and Lowman.

“I think their effort was outstanding,” said IR head coach Steve Kilby. “The future is bright for them.”

A late-game penalty shot would seal the win for the Hillers, however, with the Indians falling short of a third-straight trip to the DIAA finals.

Seniors including Hogsten, senior defender Paige Troublefield and senior midfielder Maggie Ford still leave their legacy at IR.

IR softball downed by Milford in DIAA semi-finals

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior shortstop Makenzie Collins calls out the throw during Saturday’s semi-final matchup against Milford.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior shortstop Makenzie Collins calls out the throw during Saturday’s semi-final matchup against Milford.It was the furthest they’d advanced in the DIAA state tournament in 10 years.

But despite a storied run, the Indian River High School softball fell short of a trip to the DIAA title game with an 18-5 loss to eventual state-champion Milford in the state semi-final game held at the Pyle Center on Saturday, May 28.

“We ended up being in the top four in the state, and that’s something that we’ve really worked hard for,” said head coach Erika Murphy after the game.

“This was definitely further than anybody expected us to go this year, especially coming back from finishing .500 and not making the tournament last year,” added senior shortstop Makenzie Collins.

Pickleball Points — Pickleball locations below Indian River

Local residents are now learning to play pickleball at the CHEER senior center in Ocean View. Nan Colella, a resident of Ocean View and volunteer in the First State Pickleball Club, has worked closely with CHEER and has now graduated multiple classes of pickleball players.

Extra Points — June 2, 2017

Sharp Shooter Lax Shooting & Position Camp registration open

Registration is under way for the Sharp Shooter Lax Shooting & Position Camp, set for its second summer, with the aim of offering the local youth a chance to either continue their game or try lacrosse for the first time right in their own back yard.

IR softball roars to quarterfinals with 7-4 win over Red Lion

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior CF Julia Bomhardt was fired up during the Indians’ first-round playoff win against Red Lion on Tuesday, May 23.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior CF Julia Bomhardt was fired up during the Indians’ first-round playoff win against Red Lion on Tuesday, May 23.The Indian River High School softball team is headed to the DIAA quarterfinals with their 7-4 first-round state tournament win over Red Lion on Tuesday, May 23.

After a slow start from the plate in that game, IR junior CF Julia Bomhardt put the Indians in scoring position with a leadoff single in the top of the third inning before stealing second and being knocked in on an RBI-double from senior RF Sami Mumford.

Senior shortstop Makenzie Collins made it 2-0 on the next at bat with an RBI-double of her own that scored Mumford before the inning was through.

“It’s always tough when we’re facing a team that we’ve already played in the season,” said IR head coach Erika Murphy. “We played them in a terrible-weather game, and we didn’t really play our best game the first time. We told the girls we need to make sure we’re focusing on our hitting and hitting our pitches. In the beginning of the game today, we definitely didn’t do our part on that, but they came back and made some great adjustments.”

Indians fall to Riders in Henlopen title game, enter playoffs at No. 3

Kilby named HAC Coach of the Year

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: IR junior midfielder Sammi Whelen looks to get through two CR defenders during the May 18 Henlopen Conference Championship game.Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: IR junior midfielder Sammi Whelen looks to get through two CR defenders during the May 18 Henlopen Conference Championship game.It may have been their second loss of the season, but so far on that season, there’s only been one team able to take down Indian River High School’s girls’ soccer team.

That was the case when the Indians fell to rival Caesar Rodney 2-1 in the Henlopen Conference championship on Thursday, May 18, bested by the Riders for the title for the third straight year and by a one-goal differential for the second time this spring.

Headed into the game without junior forward Zena Lowman, the Indians would suffer another critical loss to their lineup in the first half, when senior forward and all-time leading goal scorer Maddie Hogsten went down on a full-stride sprint toward the goal while trying to generate a score on a through ball and crashing into a CR defender.

While it was uncertain whether Lowman or Hogsten would be able to suit-up next Thursday, May 25, for the team’s debut in the 2017 DIAA state tournament, head coach Steve Kilby this week was searching for the positive after his squad rebounded from a 2-0 deficit at the break to win the game’s second half.

Community Hitting the Fairways for Families

For the second year in a row, the Alana Rose Foundation is asking the community to team up to hit the fairways for families. The organization is hosting its second annual Hitting the Fairways for Families at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club on Thursday, June 8.

IR boys’ lax makes program history with Senior Night win over Delmar

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior midfielder Daniel de Oliiveira wins a face-off against Delmar on Wednesday, May 17.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior midfielder Daniel de Oliiveira wins a face-off against Delmar on Wednesday, May 17.The Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team sent their 13 seniors out with a 21-9 Senior Night win over Delmar on Wednesday, May 17, finishing the season with a 10-5 record.

While they’d fall short of the program’s first Henlopen South division title when a committee met the following day to determine the tie-breaker between them and Milford (both teams finished 5-1 in the division), the Class of 2017 still goes out having made IR lacrosse history with the team’s highest-ever regular-season win total.

“To go out with a nice win against a tough opponent like Delmar, this is what you want for this senior group to have in their last game on their home field,” said IR assistant coach Dave Spencer. “This is just a hard working group of guys. They’re brothers on the field and off the field — just a terrific group of kids to be able to coach.”

‘Frankford Crew’ OGs Cordoba, Salas headed to Goldey-Beacon

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR seniors Johan Cordoba, left, and Arturo Salas, right, gather with Sammi Whelen, top row, left, head coach Steve Kilby and Mackenzie Gorey after announcing their plans of playing soccer at Goldey-Beacom College next year.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR seniors Johan Cordoba, left, and Arturo Salas, right, gather with Sammi Whelen, top row, left, head coach Steve Kilby and Mackenzie Gorey after announcing their plans of playing soccer at Goldey-Beacom College next year.Two more members of the original “Frankford Crew” are headed to the NCAA, with Indian River High School seniors Johan Cordoba and Arturo Salas announcing plans last Thursday, May 18, to play soccer at Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington.

The longtime teammates will join fellow senior Mac Smith as NCAA-bound members from the group that started playing together during their days at Frankford Elementary School, under Smith’s father, Duncan Smith, who would go on to coach them to two State Cup finals while playing for the River Soccer Club’s Express.

“I had no idea where it would lead,” said Cordoba of his early days of playground soccer. “I want to say thanks to Coach Duncan. Without him, I wouldn’t be here right now.”

Cordoba and Salas have also seen their fair share of success throughout their high school careers, both of them as key contributors on the Indians’ 2015 state championship team and three straight Henlopen South division and Henlopen Conference titles during their varsity careers.

Extra Points — May 26, 2017

Decatur’s Baker selected to play in 2017 National Lacrosse Classic

Lily Belle Baker has been named as a 2017 Brine National High School Lacrosse All-American for the second year in a row.

Bethany’s Ternahan, SU men’s lax headed back to NCAA finals

Coastal Point • Submitted: Bethany Beach native Andrew Ternahan will look to help lead the Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team to their 12th national championship this Sunday.Coastal Point • Submitted: Bethany Beach native Andrew Ternahan will look to help lead the Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team to their 12th national championship this Sunday.Bethany Beach native Andrew Ternahan and the Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team are heading back to the NCAA Division III finals for a chance to defend their 2016 title, with a 17-5 quarterfinal win over No. 9 Cabrini on Wednesday, May 17, and 12-11 semi-final victory over No. 7 Denison on Sunday, May 21.

In the Wednesday matchup against Cabrini, Ternahan tallied a goal and an assist while playing long-pole midfield for the No. 1 ranked Seagulls.

The Stephen Decatur High School (Berlin, Md.) graduate and 2016 All-American selection now has three goals and six assists on his senior season to go along with 81 ground balls.

Pickleball, tennis or whatever — The most important tip to know

First — two weeks ago, I gave a special shout-out to members of the Ocean View Crew for their performance in the Ocean City Pickleball Tournament. Now I need a megaphone because of their performance in the Beach Blast.

Tripple Overtime: Lead on Coach Ayers and Coach McBride, you will be missed

Three years ago, the Indians got a girls’ lacrosse team. Two years ago, they got a coach.