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‘Let the journey begin’

Arlett, Martin ready to ship off to Naval Academy after making IR history

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Indian River High Schools seniors George Martin, left, and Jared Arlett, announced their official appointments to the United States Naval Academy at IR on Thursday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Indian River High Schools seniors George Martin, left, and Jared Arlett, announced their official appointments to the United States Naval Academy at IR on Thursday.After moving to Delaware from Severna Park, Md., in the sixth grade, George Martin walked into Mrs. O’Shields’ sixth-grade science class on his first day at Selbyville Middle School, not knowing anyone, and sat down next to a young baseball-player-turned-wrestler by the name of Jared Arlett.

Little did either Martin or Arlett know then that their first conversation that day would end up being first of many more just like it, and one that would end up foreshadowing both of their hopeful futures.

“We were talking, and I asked him where he was from. At the time, I had no idea where Severna Park was,” Arlett recalled with a laugh. “He told me it was right outside of Annapolis, and I said, ‘Oh, that’s right by the Naval Academy. I think I kind of want to go there.’”

“Yeah. I think I kind of want to go there, too,” is how Martin had answered.

Tripple Overtime: Strange superstitions Pt. II in honor of Makenzie Collins’ lucky glove (RIP)

I was standing on the sidelines, trying to keep potential line drives coming off the bat of Indian River High School sophomore 1B Samantha Mayfield from eliminating my own personal map, when IR senior shortstop Makenzie Collins’ glove… kind of died.

‘Z for Vendetta’

Tech-transfer Lowman key in Indians 2-1 win over Ravens

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Tech transfer Zena Lowman, right, celebrates with IR senior midfielder Maggie Ford, left, after putting the Indians up 1-0 in the first half of Tuesday’s game against her old school.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Tech transfer Zena Lowman, right, celebrates with IR senior midfielder Maggie Ford, left, after putting the Indians up 1-0 in the first half of Tuesday’s game against her old school.Just think, “Elephants are purple.”

That’s the advice that Indian River High School Athletic Director and former Lynchburg College goalkeeper Todd Fuhrmann gave IR junior goalkeeper Fabrea McCray on trying to move past a score and get back in the game.

So, when Sussex Tech senior defender Ashley Nichols tied the game against IR on Tuesday, April 11, in the 55th minute on a long-looming free-kick shot off the outstretched fingertips of McCray, that’s exactly what she did to try to keep the Indians in it.

“It was good goal. I was kind of upset, because I train for those, but I knew that in order to win the game I couldn’t be in my own mind,” said McCray. “Right then and there, I knew that I didn’t have time to beat myself up, because my team needed me.”

Indians blast undefeated Delmar in six, move to 2-0 in South

Snyder tallies first career IR homer

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert : Senior shortstop Makenzie Collins, right, slides safe back into second during Monday's 12-2 win over Delmar.Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert : Senior shortstop Makenzie Collins, right, slides safe back into second during Monday's 12-2 win over Delmar.Headed into their Monday, April 10, matchup at division rival Indian River High School, the Delmar High School softball team was not only undefeated on the season, but ranked No. 2 in the state.

As has been the M.O. of the Indians during the tenure of fourth-year head coach Erika Murphy however, records and rankings don’t typically find their way into the game plan.

That philosophy was put on display on Monday afternoon, as the Indians ran wild on the ’Cats, racking up 18 hits and handing the state’s No.2-ranked squad their first loss of the season in six innings, by the final score of 12-2.

“We did the little things right today,” said Murphy after the game. “We kept their runners off the bases. We didn’t have as many free passes. We didn’t have as many errors. We just hit the ball. When you can string hits together, good things happen.”

Lydic takes third at Augusta in National Drive, Chip & Putt Challenge

Coastal Point Photos: Submitted by Drive, Chip & Putt: Lord Baltimore Elementary School fifth-grader Sarah Lydic takes a swing in front of the crowd at Augusta National during the Drive, Chip & Putt finals on Sunday, April 2.Coastal Point Photos: Submitted by Drive, Chip & Putt: Lord Baltimore Elementary School fifth-grader Sarah Lydic takes a swing in front of the crowd at Augusta National during the Drive, Chip & finals on Sunday, April 2.It was the officially decreed “Sarah Lydic Day” in the town of Ocean View when the 11-year-old Lord Baltimore Elementary School student teed off at the home of the Masters in Augusta, Ga., for the National Drive, Chip & Putt Challenge, taking third place against some of the best young golfers in the country.

In the girls’ 10-11 division, Lydic finished with a score of 5 in the drive category, 8 in the chip category and 8.5 in the putting category, which tied fourth-place overall finisher Kate Bennett of Fort Worth, Texas, for a category-high.

“I am happy about my performance overall,” said Lydic of the event held on Sunday, April 2.

“I was confident that I had prepared the best I could, and excited to compete and do my best at such a nice golf course,” she continued. “Of my six shots, I hit two great drives, two solid chips and one really great putt. The second putt just wouldn’t stop rolling and ended up a few feet past the hole.”

Extra Points — April 14, 2017

IR grad Smith homers in ECU softball win over N.C. State

Indian River High School graduate and current East Carolina University junior shortstop Karlie Smith tallied her second home run of the season on Tuesday, April 11, helping the Pirates to a 4-0 win over N.C. State.

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.

Tripple Overtime: In hindsight, Pepsi should have probably used Ricky Bobby to save the world instead of a Kardashian

It’s a very Ripley’s type of a thing because, believe it or not, Pepsi Co. seems to think that only the exact thing wrong with the world can save the world, from all the things that are exactly wrong with it (it being the world).

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.

Tripple Overtime: ‘Umbrellalypse Now’ (Sherry Brannon sells hotdogs, and also umbrellas, by the seashore)

The following is based on a true story… loosely. [Editor’s note: When Tripp says “loosely,” he means “very loosely,” as in “not at all relating the reality of the actual situation.”]