McGee, Whitman, Ward all homer in hit-heavy game
Going on two and a half hours later, they still didn’t have an answer.
That was the scene when the Indian River High School softball team headed into the bottom of the seventh inning of their rescheduled game against Sussex Tech on Wednesday, April 26, trailing 14-10.
We had this super-secret-type play during my days on the middle-school lacrosse fields at St. James Academy.
It’s been somewhat of a trend this season.
After a tough loss, the Indian River High School softball team bounces back with a statement-making win.
That’s exactly what they did after falling to top-ranked Lake Forest 6-2 in their first game back from spring break on Thursday, April 20, turning things around to take down Red Lion 11-5 on Saturday, April 22, and Laurel 9-6 on Monday, April 24.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our team this season in how they bounce back from a loss,” said IR head coach Erika Murphy. “They’re doing a great job with that this season.”
“We were really excited to play Red Lion. We knew it was going to be a statement game,” added sophomore pitcher Nicole Patille. “Losses always motivate us. We weren’t worried. We knew we were going to bounce back and play as a team again, like we always do.”
Coming off a 23-3 division win over Lake Forest, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team suffered their first conference loss of the season, falling to Dover 19-12 on Saturday, April 22.
After the Indians jumped out to a 2-0 lead with back-to-back goals from senior midfielder George “G-Mart” Martin in that game, their first game back from spring break, the Senators would rack up eight straight scores to go up 8-2 early in the second quarter.
Senior attackman Gianni Gottschalk would finally stop the bleeding after that run, finding junior attackman Wyatt Kovatch for a diving score across the crease to cut the Dover lead to 8-3, before Martin capped a first-half hat trick less than a minute later to make it 8-4.
The Indians would head into halftime down 10-5, going on to drop to 6-2 overall on the season as the Senators improved to 5-2 with the win.
IR girls' lax falls to Padua, preps for Sussex Academy
It was tough return from spring break for the Indian River High School girls’ lacrosse team on Saturday, April 22, as they fell to Padua 20-4 in a non-conference loss.
The Pandas were led by six goals from senior midfielder Amanda Berry and four goals from junior midfielder Grace DiGiovanni as they improved to 5-1 on the season.
“The great thing about sports is on any given day any team can win, and on Saturday Padua showed up to play,” said IR head coach Kelsea Ayers. “Padua was a good team, and we knew that going into the game. We knew that in order to win we needed to be able to execute a successful transition and pay attention to detail. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful with executing our game plan.”
The Ocean View Crew (OVC) competitive pickleball team took on the Ocean Pines, Md., (OP) team on Wednesday, April 19, for the first-ever “Battle of the Oceans” at Fairway Village in Ocean View.
Ocean View won the event by a score of 174 to 104, winning 14 matches on the day.
Indian River 12, Lake Forest 1 (baseball)
The Indian River High School baseball team tallied nine runs in the fourth inning to take down Lake Forest 12-1 on Thursday, April 20.
Sophomore CF Jacob Anderson gave the Indians a third inning lead with an RBI-double in that game. Anderson, sophomore 3B Grant Argo and freshman LF K.J. Custis all finished the game with two hits each.
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You know that guy with the hair and the glasses that’s always on ESPN, talking about which teams should take what players in the NFL Draft, even when it’s like, half a calendar year or so off from actually going down? Well that guy’s name is Mel Kiper Jr., and I met him one time.
IR grad makes splash during freshmen season at RMC
It was the first event of the first meet of her collegiate career when Lauren McCoy placed first in the 50-yard freestyle.
The same day, the Indian River High School graduate and current Randolph-Macon College freshman would go on to see first-place finishes in the 200-medley relay and 200-free relay, helping the Yellow Jackets’ women’s swim team to a 133-39 win over Sweet Briar to start the season.
While her NCAA debut may have been impressive, it may also have not be surprising to fans of the Indian River High School swim team, where McCoy was no stranger to first-place finishes and setting school records in the girls’ 100-meter backstroke, 50-meter freestyle, and multiple relay events just last season.
A three-time All-Conference selection at IR, McCoy’s resume in the pool eventually caught the attention of RMC scouts, and her eventually signing with the Yellow Jackets last February to become the first female swimmer in school history to continue her swimming career at the next level.
Just days after having to mourn the loss of her favorite glove, Indian River High School senior Makenzie Collins got some much-needed cause for celebration, signing her official NCAA letter of intent to play softball at Averett University last week.
“I guess I’ll have to find a new glove but I was really glad to have my team and my family here with all of my coaches,” Collins said of the event held at IR last Thursday, April 13.
The day had been a long time in the making for Collins, after witnessing former teammates Rachel Hudson and Karlie Smith hold their own signing day a few years ago and aspiring to one day achieve the same.
“I know when Karlie and Rachel signed when I was a freshman, I saw that as motivation,” Collins explained, noting that she, too, hopes to be able to inspire some of her younger teammates. “I just want to be a good role model and mentor for the younger girls. I’d like to really help them get to their best.”
Josetti nets eight in IR boys’ lax win over Lake Forest
Junior attackman Cole “the Machete” Josetti racked up eight goals and three assists as the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team took Lake Forest into halftime up 15-1 and went on to an eventual 23-3 win on Wednesday, April 12.
Next month, local pickleballers and even those ready to pick up a paddle for the first time will have a chance to learn firsthand from one of the game’s best, when the reigning Women’s Mixed Doubles Pickleball National Champion Sarah Ansboury makes her way to the first state for a week-long tour.
In fall of 2016, buzz started through the halls, in the classrooms, and on the court at Delmarva Christian High School (DCHS) about a boys’ volleyball team. DCHS Athletic Director and girls’ volleyball coach Jim Berger had a difficult decision on his hands: Begin a new sports program at DCHS, or let the idea fall to the wayside.
“When the subject was brought to my attention, I was a bit wary, but there was a large group of boys interested in starting a team,” said Berger. “I had 20 students come to the interest meeting, none of which were seniors.”
After the first meeting was held, Berger made a few phone calls, researched club boys’ volleyball teams and prayed on it. Soon after, he realized what was in store for the 2017 spring sports season: a Delmarva Christian boys’ volleyball team.
The person who can hop (or run or walk) to the finish line faster than all the other bunnies at the Bunny Palooza 10K/5K, will go home with an award, and even those who aren’t the speediest rabbit at the Saturday, April 15, event will be able to hunt up some fun and funds for a local cause.
Bunny Palooza is now in its fifth year as a community event and fundraiser for the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation’s scholarship fund and grant programs.
“We were just looking for something new,” said QRCF President Brigit Taylor, following years of running golf tournaments to raise funds for the organization.
“Running and walking and community events seemed to be the trend,” Taylor said. So, the 10K run and 6K run/walk were chosen as the QRCF’s new fundraiser. Next, the QRCF set about finding a time for its new event that wouldn’t conflict with other community events.
Arlett, Martin ready to ship off to Naval Academy after making IR history
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.
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.
Tech-transfer Lowman key in Indians 2-1 win over Ravens
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.”
Snyder tallies first career IR homer
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.”
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.”
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.
VonArx homers twice for Wildcats
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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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).
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.
Anderson notches first career homer, technically
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.
Indians getting prepped for Worcester Prep
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.”
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.
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.
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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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.”]
The 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.”