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IR baseball falls to Delmar in five innings

VonArx homers twice for Wildcats

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Sophomore 3B Grant Argo gets ready to take off for second during Monday's game against Delmar.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Sophomore 3B Grant Argo gets ready to take off for second during Monday's game against Delmar.Coming off of two close decisions against two of the state’s top ranked teams — falling 3-2 to No. 1 ranked St. Mark’s on Saturday, April 1, and 5-3 to undefeated Sussex Tech on Friday, April 7 — the Indian River High School baseball team was stunned in a division battle against Delmar on Monday, April 10, falling to the Wildcats 12-2 in five innings.

After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first inning, the Indians got things rolling early, despite facing senior pitcher and Delmar ace Jimmy Adkins on the mound, when sophomore CF Jacob Anderson led off the bottom of the first with a line-drive shot to center for a double.

Anderson would get called out trying to make his way back to the bag after a single off the bat of junior P/2B Myles Clark, but a single to right-center from junior shortstop Mark Smith on the next at-bat pushed Clark to third and put the Indians in scoring position.

They would not only tie things up but take the lead on the next at-bat, when senior RF Zion Howard doubled to center, sending both Clark and Smith home and giving the Indians a 2-1 lead.

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IR softball rolls St. Mark’s in five, wins third straight

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Senior shortstop Madi McGee makes her way to first during a 12-2 win over St. Mark’s on Saturday, April 1.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Senior shortstop Madi McGee makes her way to first during a 12-2 win over St. Mark’s on Saturday, April 1.Since falling to Smyrna in their season opener, the Indian River High School softball team has been on the warpath, taking care of their last three opponents by a collective score of 49-8 and improving to 3-1 on the season.

The Indians hosted St. Mark’s on Saturday, April 1, taking down the Spartans 12-2 in just five innings and earning their third straight victory.

After giving up two runs in the top of the first, sophomore pitcher Nicole Patille and the defense held St. Mark’s hitless for the rest of the game.

“I knew that the defense had my back,” said Patille. “They were playing really well. They have all season.”

Offensively, the Indians had the bats working all game, taking a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the second inning and going on to rally for 11 hits in the game.

Indian down Jays for first win, start 1-0 in South

Anderson notches first career homer, technically

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior shortstop Mark Smith turns a double play against Seaford on Thursday, March 30.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior shortstop Mark Smith turns a double play against Seaford on Thursday, March 30.It was the first pitch of a wind-blown game between the Indian River High School baseball team and Seaford when sophomore CF Jacob Anderson took a swing on a high and dry pitch, sending a shot back toward the right-field fence for what he thought was a surefire out.

“I was looking to go opposite field with the wind blowing out,” said Anderson. “I thought it was a pop-up, but it just kept going.”

While the ball never made its way out of the park, by the time the Blue Jays managed to track it down as it one-hopped its way across right-field, Anderson was already one-hopping his own way across home plate to put the Indians up 1-0.

“I was rounding second, and it bounced in front of [the outfielder], so I just kept going,” Anderson said, explaining what went down in the stat book as an inside-the-park home run.

IR lax off to best start in program history with 18-1 win over DCHS

Indians getting prepped for Worcester Prep

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : IR senior defenseman Michael Cedano goes up against DCHS’s Hunter Smith on Monday, April 3.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : IR senior defenseman Michael Cedano goes up against DCHS’s Hunter Smith on Monday, April 3.It was only 23 seconds into the game when senior faceoff specialist Sam Nitz won the opening draw and got the ball down to junior attackman Wyatt Kovatch for the game’s first goal.

Not only did the score set the tone of the game against Delmarva Christian High School on Monday, April 3, with the Indians going on to roll the Royals 18-1, but the quick-strike offensive attack has been the tone of the season so far, with the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team jumping out to a 4-0 start headed into a Wednesday, April 5, matchup at Salisbury School (after Coastal Point press time).

“We want to go out there and execute and play our game,” said second-year assistant coach Dave Spencer of the team’s best start in program history. “We don’t want to play to anybody else’s level. We want to play up to the bar that we’ve set for ourselves.”

Indians conquer Cape in Kilby Clash, ready for Tech

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR sophomore defender Mackenzie Gorey squares up against Cape’s Ryleigh Elliot on Tuesday, April 4.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR sophomore defender Mackenzie Gorey squares up against Cape’s Ryleigh Elliot on Tuesday, April 4.It was a strange week for surfaces for the Indian River High School soccer team.

After getting the season started with back-to-back home games on the natural grass at IRHS’s soccer stadium, the Indians adjusted to a smaller size of field at Delmar on Thursday, March 30, before taking to the turf at Cape Henlopen on Tuesday, April 4, for the “Kilby Clash” between the teams coached by IR head coach Steve Kilby and his son, Cape head coach Pat Kilby.

Surface tension or no, however, the Indians would still pull out wins in both games, downing Delmar 2-0 and Cape 4-0 to improve to 3-1 on the season.

“We struggled with the weight of our passes at first, but we adjusted to that in the second half a little bit, I think,” said Steve Kilby, who had his squad practice on the Bermuda grass at River Soccer Club last week in preparation for the six-game road series.

Extra Points — April 7, 2017

Evans and Lingo medal in Sussex Tech golf win over IR

The Sussex Technical High School golf team defeated Indian River 187 to 204 at Cripple Creek on Tuesday, April 4, as the Ravens improved to 3-0 on the year, while the Indians fell to 2-3.

IR senior John Evans and Tech sophomore Brady Lingo were the medalists on the day, each finishing with a 42.

Indian River seniors put golf league on course to growth

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Dick Bradley shows off his plaque given by members of the South division of the Indian River Golf League.Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Dick Bradley shows off his plaque given by members of the South division of the Indian River Golf League.Dick Bradley has been a lifelong Philadelphia Eagles fan and, until he retired, an occasional golfer. He still loves his Eagles, but golf has become as much a focus of his life as his work used to be. And, to her surprise, Bradley’s wife, Rita, became involved, too, though not as a player.

Bradley started his career with Eastern Airlines in 1957 at the Philadelphia Airport. Never a shy man and always friendly, he took advantage of opportunities that came his way for advancement and making a difference. Thus he progressed from providing luggage-ramp service to gate agent, to supervisor and then to administrator for 137 pilots.

The Bradleys moved to Bay Colony after retirement, looking for a slower pace of life. It would be the time, they thought, for Dick to play a little more golf.

“I heard there was a golf group associated with the Indian River Senior Center and decided to join,” said Bradley. “Two years later, in 1999, Rita and I were on vacation in Florida and I got a call from the Center and heard, ‘I understand you’re going to run the Golf League.’ Apparently, my good friend Bob Lenaghan had volunteered me!”

“At that time, we had 54 golfers — all men — and used seven golf courses. Today, there are 710 players — men and women — and we play at 21 different courses. We used to line up on the first tee and draw Popsicle sticks to determine the order of play. Changing to a shotgun start was one of the first things I did.”

Due to the growth of the league, it now has five Indian River divisions, each with 30 teams. As Bradley acknowledges, the divisions are not very creatively named: North, South, East, West and Central.

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Indians make statement in opener with 19-5 win over Red Lion

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : IRHS senior George ‘G-Mart’ Martin notches one of six goals on the day during a 19-5 win over ReCoastal Point • Tripp Colonell : IRHS senior George ‘G-Mart’ Martin notches one of six goals on the day during a 19-5 win over ReThe offense was clicking on all cylinders when the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team put up 19 points to romp over Red Lion 19-5 on Saturday, March 25.

The only thing is — it wasn’t their offense that was on the scoring roll.

With senior attackman Gianni Gottschalk sidelined for the game, senior George “G-Mart” Martin was moved down to attack from his usual role on the midfield.

Despite the one-game switch, Martin would manage a career-high 12 points on the day, with six goals and six assists.

“George, we had to play him at attack — he’s not an attackman, but he put up 12 points,” said head coach Jim Dietsch with a laugh. “I guess he might be an attackman.”

IR girls’ lax roars over Red Lion for first win

Davis puts up five goals, L. Haden six assists

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR freshman Kaylee ‘K-Hall’ Hall celebrates shoeless after scoring her first career goal against Red Lion on Saturday, March 25.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR freshman Kaylee ‘K-Hall’ Hall celebrates shoeless after scoring her first career goal against Red Lion on Saturday, March 25.It was a game of firsts.

Not only did the Indian River High School girls’ lacrosse team earn their first win of the season, rolling Red Lion 11-2 on Saturday, March 25, but first-year players, including senior midfielder Erin Haden and freshman attacker Kaylee “K-Hall” Hall, scored their first career goals.

After the majority of the first half of the matchup went scoreless, it was Haden who managed the game’s first goal and finally sparked the offense, finding the net on a free position and getting some redemption after what she had initially thought was her first career goal, in a game against Polytech on Thursday, March 23.

“I got a goal on Thursday, but they blew the whistle and it got called back, and I didn’t get another one,” Haden explained. “So I was pretty happy to get my first goal this game.”

Indians take down Central 9-0, fall to CR

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IRHS senior forward Maddie Hogsten moves the ball forward on Central junior forward Jenni Ramirez on Thursday, March 23.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IRHS senior forward Maddie Hogsten moves the ball forward on Central junior forward Jenni Ramirez on Thursday, March 23.After getting the season started with a 9-0 win over Sussex Central on Thursday, March 23, the Indian River High School girls’ soccer drew the short straw in a close contest with Caesar Rodney on Tuesday, March 28, falling to the Riders 3-2.

The early-season stumble aside, the Indians may well see the Riders in the Henlopen Conference Championship again, for a third straight year, later this season, as they aim to bring a home a fourth straight Henlopen South division title.

“I think the girls understood how well they played. They know that CR was tested, and CR knows that they were tested,” said head coach Steve Kilby after the March 28 match. “We’ll press on for the rest of our season and, hopefully, we’ll see them again.”

‘Hanging on to perfection’

SMS girls’ soccer going for second straight undefeated season

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The Selbyville Middle School girls’ soccer team is ‘hanging on’ to hopes of another undefeated season this spring.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The Selbyville Middle School girls’ soccer team is ‘hanging on’ to hopes of another undefeated season this spring.They may have lost the majority of their starting defense from last season, but that doesn’t mean that the Selbyville Middle School girls’ soccer team plans on losing any game this one, as the Indians aim to put together their second straight undefeated season and third in program history, under head coach Neil Barch.

“The goal has always been to win them all,” said Barch. “I try not to put that pressure on them, but I think they do think that they don’t want to let down the tradition of the school.”

So far, that goal looks to be as attainable as ever, with the Indians getting the season started with an 8-1 win over Delmar on Wednesday, March 22, and an 8-0 win over Seaford on Monday, March 27.

IR golf looking to bounce back from losses to CR, Delmar

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IRHS sophomore Ryan Stone tees off at Cripple Creek on Thursday, March 23.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IRHS sophomore Ryan Stone tees off at Cripple Creek on Thursday, March 23.It’s the exact way last season started, with early-season losses to perennial powerhouse Caesar Rodney and Henlopen South rival Delmar.

Also last season, however, the Indian River High School golf team bounced back by winning five out of their next six matchups, which is exactly what they aim to do now after falling to the Riders on Thursday, March 23, and the Wildcats on Tuesday, March 28.

“The kids know what they have to do to improve, and they will,” said head coach Billy Wingate. “It’s early. We have a good team this season. We just have to get the scores down and get off of the 200 mark, down to the 190s.”

In the opener against Caesar Rodney at Cripple Creek last Thursday, the Indians finished shooting a 204 on the day, with senior Gavin Gates earning the low score on the day, with a 48.

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