Sports

Indians rack up nine All-State selections in three spring sports

Hogsten, Ford, Whelen, McCray, Engel, Bomhardt, McGee, Martin and Nitz all honored

Coastal Point • Submitted: From left, Maddie Hogsten, Grace Engel, Sammi Whelen, IRHS head coach Steve Kilby, Fabrea McCray and Maggie Ford gather at the All-State soccer banquet held at Delaware State University on Monday.Coastal Point • Submitted: From left, Maddie Hogsten, Grace Engel, Sammi Whelen, IRHS head coach Steve Kilby, Fabrea McCray and Maggie Ford gather at the All-State soccer banquet held at Delaware State University on Monday.With the 2017 spring sports schedule inked in the books, nine athletes at Indian River High School have now been recognized with All-State honors for their contributions this past season.

Five of those selections were members of the girls’ soccer team, after their 14-1 season-ending in a DIAA quarterfinal appearance last Tuesday, May 30, with seniors Maddie Hogsten and Maggie Ford, juniors Sammi Whelen and Fabrea McCray, and sophomore Grace Engel all making the cut.

Junior Julia Bomhardt earned All-State honors for the softball team for a second straight year, joined by senior 2B Madi McGee after both of them helped lead the Indians to their first DIAA semi-final game in 10 years.

And on the boys’ lacrosse team, seniors George Martin and Sam Nitz made school history by becoming the first-ever All-State selections for the program.

Hogsten cracked the Top XI list for the first time, along with getting the fourth straight All-State selection of her career, after becoming the second-player from either the boys’ or girls’ soccer program at IR to reach 100 goals.

His ‘Tern!’

Andrew Ternahan caps career with second national championship, All-American selection

Coastal Point • Submitted: Bethany Beach native Andrew Ternahan celebrates with teammates after Salisbury University’s national championship victory over RIT on Sunday, May 28.Coastal Point • Submitted: Bethany Beach native Andrew Ternahan celebrates with teammates after Salisbury University’s national championship victory over RIT on Sunday, May 28.Last year, it was for the seniors. This year, they were the seniors — and this one was for them.

After helping lead the Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team to a national championship as a junior in 2016 — and helping the team’s senior class avoid becoming the first SU group not to earn a ring since 1993 — Bethany Beach native and Stephen Decatur High School graduate Andrew Ternahan finished out his own career with the Seagulls last Sunday, May 28, with a second straight NCAA Division III title.

“It’s probably the best way that I could have ever pictured going out,” said Ternahan. “After winning it for [the seniors] last year, we kind of had it off of our shoulders a little bit, but this year we realized that it was our chance now. This senior group has gotten pretty close over the past four years, so it was great to be able to end it on a high note.”

The Gulls claimed their 12th national title with a 15-7 win over No. 2 Rochester Institute on Sunday, in a game played at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., that saw crowds upwards of 30,000 fans.

“It was awesome to be able to play there,” said Ternahan, who also got the chance to play at Lincoln Field in Philadelphia, Pa., during last year’s title game. “The atmosphere was pretty crazy. We had a lot of people make the trip, so there was a pretty good fan base for it being so far away.”

Sharp Shooter Lax offers new camps in second year

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Dave Spencer instructs players at last summer’s Sharp Shooter Lax Shooting Camp.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Dave Spencer instructs players at last summer’s Sharp Shooter Lax Shooting Camp.The need was there.

With the sport of lacrosse picking up steam both in Sussex County and across the nation, Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse coach and former pro Dave Spencer launched the Sharp Shooter Lax Shooting Camp last July to give local players a much-needed opportunity to develop their game right in their own back yard.

Following the success of their first summer, and with the need continuing to grow, along with the sport, faster than ever before, Sharp Shooter will be back again this summer — this time with even more opportunities, more camps and more sessions.

“The need is there, because the interest is there for the sport,” said Spencer. “We’re trying to provide a chance for the kids to learn and continue the game, with things like the youth league and the camps, so they can really start to look at lacrosse as part of their athletic future.”

Extra Points — June 9, 2017

Get Well Gabby Skim-a-thon to raise funds for childhood cancer

The annual Get Well Gabby Skim-a-thon will return on Saturday, June 17, set to once again raise funds for local kids battling childhood cancer.

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.”