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Tournament pickleball picking up steam along the Pickleball Coast

The First State Pickleball Club’s Fourth Annual Beach Blast this coming weekend is expected to be a resounding success. This year, it will be played indoors at Dave Marshall’s Tennis & Fitness at the Plantations in Lewes.

Tripple Overtime: Is this spring named Mick Jagger? ’Cause the milestones are Rolling

Call me Jack Flash, because I’ve been Jumpin’ from one school to the next, one game to the next, one Ruby Tuesday to the next, all spring, trying to keep up with all the new records set and milestones surpassed on the local sports scene.

Hogsten makes IR soccer history with 100th career goal

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior Maddie Hogsten was presented with the game ball and gifts from her teammates after her 100th career goal on Thursday, May 4.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior Maddie Hogsten was presented with the game ball and gifts from her teammates after her 100th career goal on Thursday, May 4.The pressure was on.

After scoring her 99th career goal in a game against Smyrna on Tuesday, May 2, and headed into a division matchup against Laurel on Thursday, May 6, expectations were high for Indian River High School senior forward Maddie Hogsten to become only the second player in Indian River High School soccer history to reach 100 career goals.

The Salisbury University-bound All-State selection would see two early chances in that game, sending shots just over the crossbar on both occasions.

Then, in the sixth minute, the third time would turn out to be the charm, as Hogsten took a ball from a Laurel defender and started off on a footrace toward the near pipe, burying a rolling shot past the keeper and cementing her place in the Indian River record books for all time.

IR girls’ soccer looking to clinch South after 10th straight win

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior Maggie Ford congratulates junior Sammi Whelen after her goal against Laurel on Thursday, May 4.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior Maggie Ford congratulates junior Sammi Whelen after her goal against Laurel on Thursday, May 4.Amongst the 100th-career-goal celebrations and River Soccer Club halftime shows at the Indian River High School soccer stadium last week, it was back to business as usual for the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team as they approached their final stretch of the regular season and aimed for a fifth consecutive Henlopen South division title.

With wins over Laurel on Thursday, May 4, over Ursuline Academy on Saturday, May 6, and over Polytech on Tuesday, May 9, the Indians now find themselves 11-1 overall and riding a 10-game win streak, not having lost a game since falling to Caesar Rodney, 3-2, on March 28.

“We’re playing pretty well right now,” said head coach Steve Kilby after the 8-0 win over Laurel on May 4. “I was very happy with how the younger girls played tonight. They were moving the ball and moving off of the ball well.”

IR lax falls to Sussex Tech on Short’s last-second score

Josetti scores 100th career goal

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR junior attackman Cole Josetti goes up against Tech’s Victor Lentonoff during Monday’s matchup.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR junior attackman Cole Josetti goes up against Tech’s Victor Lentonoff during Monday’s matchup.After heading into halftime down 10-5, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team would manage a second-half surge to eventually go up 16-14, only to see the Sussex Technical High School Ravens mount their own comeback and eventually seal a 17-16 win with just 18 seconds to go, on a score from freshman attackman Patrick Short.

“It’s a game of runs, and you just hope you’re running at the right time,” said IR coach Dave Spencer, noting that his squad was understandably devastated after the rivalry loss and tale of two comebacks.

“We had a two-goal lead and the ball, and a couple mental breakdowns ended up costing us, but you can’t deny that the effort was there. The effort was absolutely there, and we’re proud of our guys. They play hard, and they never quit.”

L. Haden’s goal in OT sends Indians past Ravens

Coastal Point • Submitted by Lincoln Davis: IR senior Lexi Haden gets some love from teammates Delaney Brannon, Sarandon Slebodnick and Helen Davis after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime on Thursday, May 4.Coastal Point • Submitted by Lincoln Davis: IR senior Lexi Haden gets some love from teammates Delaney Brannon, Sarandon Slebodnick and Helen Davis after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime on Thursday, May 4.After tying things up 10-10 in the conference-rivalry matchup between the Indian River High School and Sussex Tech girls’ lacrosse teams on Thursday, May 4, IR senior midfielder Lexi Haden was forced to the sideline when she was struck by a ricocheted shot at the start of overtime.

The second-year captain and leading scorer for the Indians wouldn’t stay down for long, however, getting subbed back in shortly afterwards and hauling in a pass from junior midfielder Delaney Brannon to tally her lucky No. 7 score on the day and seal the 11-10 win for the Indians as the celebration ensued.

While end-of-game theatrics made for a storybook way for the Indians to send out their four seniors (Lexi Haden, Erin Haden, Sara Saylor and Alexis Purcell) in their final home game, what would turn out to be an OT thriller was almost decided before it even got under way.

The Indians had taken a 6-4 lead into halftime, going on to manufacture a four-goal lead in the second-half, but a late-game rally gave the Ravens a 10-9 lead with less than a minute left in regulation.

IR boys’ tennis downs Cape, clinches South title

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR sophomore Luke McCabe returns a shot against Cape on Monday.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR sophomore Luke McCabe returns a shot against Cape on Monday.Last season was somewhat of a rebuilding season for the Indian River High School boys’ tennis team, the team winning just one match in 2016 under first-year head coach Mariano Woo with a squad heavily populated with first-year players.

After returning both Woo and the bulk of that lineup this season, however, the Indians have turned things full circle on the courts, winning their eighth match of the season against Cape Henlopen on Monday, May 8, and matching a key marker of their 2015 season by officially clinching the Henlopen South title after division wins against Lake Forest and Milford on Tuesday, May 2, and Wednesday, May 3.

Coming off the 3-2 win over the Spartans and 4-1 win over the Bucs, the Indians set their sights on the Vikings on Monday, pulling off a 4-1 victory, even without senior captain and third-year first-singles player Mac Smith in the lineup.

Senior Patrick Mochiam filled in the first-singles spot for Smith in Monday’s matchup, earning a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Cape’s Tyler Justiniani.

Dietsch, Terps celebrate 50th anniversary of ’67 championship

<strong>Coastal Point • Submitted</strong> Indian River High School head boys’ lacrosse coach Jim Dietsch shows off his 1967 National Championship ring at the 50th anniversary ceremony held at the University of Maryland College Park last month.Coastal Point • Submitted Indian River High School head boys’ lacrosse coach Jim Dietsch shows off his 1967 National Championship ring at the 50th anniversary ceremony held at the University of Maryland College Park last month.While Jim Dietsch may best known around Sussex County for his coaching career, the Indian River High School head boys’ lacrosse coach and director of the Tribe Lacrosse Youth Development Program was recently honored for his days as a player at the University of Maryland, getting a chance to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the program’s 1967 Big Ten and national championship with teammates last month.

At the ceremony held in College Park, the ’67 team was presented with their official USILA Championship rings, to commemorate their 9-5 Big Ten title victory over Johns Hopkins University and shared national title with the Blue Jays and Navy, now a half-century ago.

“It was fantastic getting to see everybody again. I couldn’t believe it, everybody was old — except for me, of course,” said Dietsch with a laugh.

After a ring ceremony and banquet, they also got a chance to cap the weekend by watching a new generation of Terps get the best of the Blue Jays on Saturday, April 29, in what was the team’s regular-season finale and still very much a highly-touted conference rivalry.

MMS hold on in extra inning to hand SMS their only loss

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The Millsboro Middle School softball team celebrates after their rivalry win in extra innings over Selbyville Middle School on Monday, May 8.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The Millsboro Middle School softball team celebrates after their rivalry win in extra innings over Selbyville Middle School on Monday, May 8.It was a rivalry saved for the last game of the season, and one that took until the last inning of the game — and then some — to finally decide.

But after the back-and-forth battle between the Millsboro Middle School and Selbyville Middle School softball teams went into extra innings on Monday, May 8, it was the Golden Knights who would eventually come away with a 7-6 victory, playing spoiler to what would have been an undefeated season for the Indians.

“We’re feeling really good,” said MMS eighth-grader Hadlie Jarvis, explaining that her squad’s own undefeated season hopes had been spoiled in a 3-1 loss to Seaford on April 11. “We’re very hype about it, just because we couldn’t go undefeated, and now we made sure that they can’t either.”

“When we lost the opportunity to go undefeated earlier this season, this was one game on the schedule we kind of circled,” added MMS head coach Zach Murphy, who had coached the Knights to an 8-0 season in 2016 and 10-0 season in 2017.. “After we realized last week that [Selbyville] took out Seaford, we knew that this was a huge opportunity for us to try and make up for it against another undefeated team. It was a game for us to get up and to play for.”

Extra Points — May 12, 2017

SMS Track caps season with new school records

The Selbyville Middle School track-and-field team closed out their 2017 season with two top finishes at the Cape Middle School Relay Meet on April 28, the boys finishing second and the girls placing third out of eight middle schools in attendance.

Welcome to the fastest-growing sport in America

In the “Baron” business, it gets very expensive maintaining castles, paying taxes and retainers, and whatever else barons do, so when a golden opportunity came along to write a column about pickleball, working with Tripp Colonell — the master of the phrase — I had to grab it.

Parks’ save in final seconds seals IR win over Sussex Academy

L. Haden scores six for IR, K. Smith three for Seahawks

Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: Sussex Academy’s Bella Kwan and Indian River’s Erin Haden go for a loose ball in the first half of last Friday’s game.Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: Sussex Academy’s Bella Kwan and Indian River’s Erin Haden go for a loose ball in the first half of last Friday’s game.It was hot. It was tense. And the game was on the line.

That was the scene of a scoreless 15 final minutes in one of the area’s fastest-growing rivalries in one the nation’s fastest growing sports when the Indian River High School girls’ lacrosse team took on Sussex Academy last Friday, April 28.

With the Indians leading 9-8 and time left in the back-and-forth battle nearing extinction, the Seahawks would manage one last chance to tie things up when sophomore midfielder Clara Elliot brought the ball down on a fast break to find an open teammate for a last-ditch attempt on the far pipe with 21 seconds left.

But after racking up six saves to keep the ’Hawks off the board in the second half alone, IR junior goalkeeper Mya Parks was ready for one more, coming through in the clutch to seal the 9-8 victory and unofficial Henlopen South title for the Indians as the celebration ensued.

Indians win seventh straight with shutout over Smyrna

Hogsten one away for 100th career goal

Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: IR sophomore forward Skyler McClure looks to create some space up against a Smyrna defender on Tuesday.Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: IR sophomore forward Skyler McClure looks to create some space up against a Smyrna defender on Tuesday.The Indian River High School girls’ soccer team had a lot to celebrate on Tuesday, May 2.

Not only did they win their seventh straight game with a 5-0 victory over Smyrna, but they were also paid a visit by the next generation of IR soccer stars when players from the River Soccer Club got the chance to kick the ball around at halftime and kick it with the team after the game for high-fives and autograph signings.

“It was fun. I remember doing this when I was their age. It was the best thing ever. I thought it was so cool,” said IR sophomore defender Mackenzie Gorey of being on the other end of the experience.

“The little River girls get such a charge out of it. They really enjoy being here,” added IR head coach Steve Kilby. “We try and do something nice for them and make it a special night.”

IR boys’ lax controls South after wins over Delmar, Central

G-Mart set for 300th career point

Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: IR sophomore forward Skyler McClure, top, looks to create some space up against a Smyrna defender on Tuesday.Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: IR sophomore forward Skyler McClure, top, looks to create some space up against a Smyrna defender on Tuesday.After a spring-break stumble against Dover last month, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team has since regained their early-season mojo, winning two out of their last three and currently controlling their own destiny for what would be the program’s first-ever Henlopen South title headed into their Wednesday, May 3, matchup at Milford (after Coastal Point press time).

Before their 18-6 victory over the Golden Knights in a district rivalry on Friday, April 29, and 13-10 conference loss over Smyrna on Monday, May 1, the team saw their turning point in a 14-10 comeback win at Delmar on Wednesday, April 26.

“We had never won on that field,” said assistant coach Dave Spencer. “I’m proud of our guys, the way that the responded. That was a character win.”

IR girls’ tennis still undefeated in South after win over Lake

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : IR's Maddie Galbreath returns a shot during her 6-0, 6-2 third-singles win against Sussex Central on Thursday, April 27.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : IR's Maddie Galbreath returns a shot during her 6-0, 6-2 third-singles win against Sussex Central on Thursday, April 27.The Indian River High School girls’ tennis team is going for their fifth straight Henlopen South division title this season, taking one more step toward a five-peat with a 4-1 win over Lake Forest on Tuesday, May 2.

The Indians saw wins at all three singles spots in the matchup, with sophomore Alexa Fitz leading the way at first singles with a 6-3, 6-1 victory.

Senior Marianya Lovelace earned a 6-1, 6-4 victory at second singles, while sophomore Madison Galbreath rounded out the singles sweep with a 6-2, 6-1 win in the third-singles spot.

At first doubles, freshman Natalie Burnshaw and senior Saray Lopez pulled off a 6-1, 6-2 win, while junior Heidi Johnson and sophomore Analy Marquez took their second-doubles match to a tie-breaker set.

McGee’s walk-off home run sends IR softball past Milford

Indians fall to Golden Knights

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Senior 2B Madi McGee heads home toward some ecstatic teammates after her game-winning walk-off home run on Thursday, April 27.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Senior 2B Madi McGee heads home toward some ecstatic teammates after her game-winning walk-off home run on Thursday, April 27.Before last Wednesday, Indian River High School senior and four-year softball standout Madi McGee had never hit a home run.

Less than 24 hours later, she had hit two.

After tallying her first career bomb in a 14-12 loss to Sussex Tech on Wednesday, April 26, McGee took the plate with the score tied 10-10 in the bottom of the seventh inning of a game with Milford on Thursday, April 27, and sent her second career shot over the fence for the 12-10 walk-off win.

The DelTech-bound 2B finished the day going 3-4 with three RBIs. Junior P/DH Marley Evans also homered in that game, adding two RBIs and a double as well, while seeing action in the circle to close down the game with a save.

Bucs, Knights snap IR baseball three-game win streak

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior 2B Myles Clark goes for a tag during Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to Sussex Central.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior 2B Myles Clark goes for a tag during Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to Sussex Central.After racking up their third straight win and improving to 4-6 on the season, the Indian River High School baseball team suffered back-to-back losses, to Milford on Thursday, April 27, and Sussex Central on Tuesday, May 2.

The Indians were sitting on top of the Henlopen South division before both an early and late rally from the Bucs last Thursday dropped them to 3-2 in the division.

After starting the game on the mound in that game, IR sophomore pitcher J.J. Killen tallied three hits from the plate, one of them going for a double.

Junior shortstop Mark Smith had two hits for the Indians, but a six-run first inning by Milford would prove too much to overcome.

IR boys’ tennis could clinch South after win over Lake

The Indian River High School boy’s tennis team was well on their way to retuning the Henlopen South Division title after their fourth division win on Tuesday, May 2.

Facing Lake Forest for the second time this season, the Indians won the match 3-2 — the same score from their previous matchup against the Spartans — to open the season on Wednesday, March 22.

SPORTS UPDATE: Tech holds on to edge IR softball in rescheduled rivalry

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.

Tripple Overtime: Practice and plays just crazy enough to work 60 percent of the time, all the time

We had this super-secret-type play during my days on the middle-school lacrosse fields at St. James Academy.

IR softball posts back-to-back wins over Red Lion, Laurel

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior RF Damya Williams avoids a tag at the plate during Saturday’s 12-5 win.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior RF Damya Williams avoids a tag at the plate during Saturday’s 12-5 win.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.”

Dover hands IR lax first conference loss

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior goalie Hayden McWilliams picks up a loose ball after one of his 19 saves on Saturday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior goalie Hayden McWilliams picks up a loose ball after one of his 19 saves on Saturday.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.

Panda-handled

IR girls' lax falls to Padua, preps for Sussex Academy

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior midfielder Delaney Brannon races downfield against Padua’s Susan Stepek on Saturday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior midfielder Delaney Brannon races downfield against Padua’s Susan Stepek on Saturday.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.”

View bests the Pines in ‘Battle of the Oceans’ pickleball tournament

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.

Extra Points — April 28, 2017

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.

Tripple Overtime: These NFL teams should consider these fictional movie characters in the upcoming NFL Draft

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.

‘McCoy Story 2’

IR grad makes splash during freshmen season at RMC

Coastal Point • Submitted: Lauren McCoy, left center, with teammates Laney Sanchez, Lindsei Hamilton, and Megan Granger, after the ODAC championships in February.Coastal Point • Submitted: Lauren McCoy, left center, with teammates Laney Sanchez, Lindsei Hamilton, and Megan Granger, after the ODAC championships in February.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.

IR’s Collins signs with Averett University to play softball

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior Makenzie Collins with her family after signing with Averett University to play softball last Thursday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior Makenzie Collins with her family after signing with Averett University to play softball last Thursday.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.”

Extra Points — April 21, 2017

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.

Pickle-pro Sarah Ansboury to appear at Sports at the Beach

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.

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