Two weeks ago, I was giddy with excitement as my beloved Baltimore Orioles were shocking the nation, leading the American League, and were only a game behind the top spot overall in the MLB. Growing up in Maryland, I became an Orioles fan during the Cal Ripken Jr. era, but, as all O’s fans can attest, it’s been quite a while since we’ve seen a Baltimore team of that caliber.
Over the past three years, the Indian River boys’ varsity tennis team has been on the upswing, improving their record with each season, leading to their capturing a 13-1 performance and the Southern Henlopen Division title last month – an achievement that they narrowly missed a year ago, to Seaford. IR head coach Paris Mitchell Jr. was named the Henlopen Conference Coach of the Year for 2012, but as he noted, it’s a testament to the kids.
The 2011-2012 school year was one to remember for the Indian River athletic department. From a state championship won by an established football program to the introduction of a completely new sport altogether, in lacrosse, the “Green and Gold” has had quite a year.
Last season, Indian River’s varsity golf team finished 11-2. This season, they rounded out the schedule 9-4. Though it wasn’t an improvement, the Indians made sure to prove that their season record wasn’t a deviation from their potential. And they went out this Monday, and locked up a third-place showing at the Henlopen Conference Championship, held at Peninsula Golf Club in Dover. The only teams to best them were the undefeated defending state champs, Caesar Rodney, and the 13-2 Ravens of Sussex Tech.
Last week, Indian River’s varsity baseball season drew to a close, as the Indians shut out Laurel, 14-0, on Thursday, May 17. The victory brought the Indians closer to a record of .500, but they still came up just shy, at 8-10, after the second half of the season fell into a tailspin. It has been a perplexing season for head coach Kevin Cordrey, who saw determination and desire in each one of his players all year long.
With summer around the corner, plenty of high-school seniors are eager to graduate and take that next step in their lives. For several Indian River High School student-athletes, that next step will come sooner than others, as they prepare to continue in the classrooms, as well as on the fields – and even in the pool – this fall.
Ever since I was a young kid, soccer has always been a part of my life. Unfortunately, over the years, though, the sport has picked up an unhealthy reputation for players taking dives — faux falls, pseudo spills, trumped-up trips — in order to get a free kick.
Until four years ago, many of Indian River High School’s student athletes didn’t have the spring athletic options they were looking for.
Earlier this month, Selbyville Middle School wrapped up their track and field season, and for the second consecutive year, the boys’ team captured an undefeated record and placed first at the Delaware Middle School Classic Invitational, held on May 4 at Cape Henlopen High School.
Indian River’s varsity golf program started off their season without a hitch, collecting six wins in a row, before facing defending state champions Caesar Rodney.
The Lady Indians’ soccer team wasted no time getting things underway this past Tuesday evening, May 15, as they squared off against Sussex Central. Brianna Belfiore scored the game’s first and final goals and added an assist as Indian River defeated the Golden Knights, 5-1, improving their record to 7-7 as the season drew to an end this week.
After trailing Cape Henlopen for most of the game on Tuesday, May, 8, Indian River High School’s varsity baseball team was potentially looking at their eighth loss in their last 10 games. But a late rally in the final inning – capped off with a walk-off shot to right field to score the winning runs – put the Indians back on top as they came from behind to defeat the Vikings 5-4.
The Lady Indians found themselves in an offensive battle on Tuesday, May 8, as they hosted the Cape Henlopen Vikings. The Indians knew a win wasn’t going to come easy, after the Lady Vikings jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and extended it to 8-1 by the third.
This past week, wins on the tennis court for both Indian River’s boys’ and girls’ varsity teams earned them locks on the Southern Henlopen Division titles. The boys fell just short last year, losing the crown to Seaford, while the girls continued their streak, mounting their third consecutive Henlopen South Division championship.
The three-year-old Indian River track-and-field program may still be in its infancy, and second-year head coach Bob Hahn may still have plenty in store for the team’s future. But the program broke new ground this week, as the Indians hosted their first-ever track-and-field meet as local rivals Sussex Central and Sussex Tech visited.