Mumford, Cannatelli leave legacy
Headed into the fifth and final set tied with Sussex Tech 2-2 on Thursday, Oct. 26, it finally dawned on Indian River High School senior middle hitter Sami Mumford: this could be the last volleyball set of her career.
“It just kind of hit me,” said Mumford of taking the court for what would end up being the final time in green and gold after getting some added motivation from the signature “Here we go!” call from her father, Todd Mumford, echoing throughout the gymnasium.
“It just really set in that this could be the last match I’ll ever play. I had to go all out because I didn’t want to have any regrets.”
After battling back from a 2-1 set deficit before taking the fourth set, 25-18, the Indians would go on to fall to the Ravens 15-13 in the fifth set and see their playoff hopes all but fade away.
It was a play that they had been through before.
In fact, during practice the previous day, Indian River High School head field hockey coach Jodi Stone and assistant coach Molly Chamberlin had their squad going through it for nearly an hour straight.
But practice made perfect when the Indians hosted Dover on Saturday, Oct. 29, and when freshman midfielder Kaylee “K-Hall” Hall made her way down the field and through three Dover defenders late in the second half, setting up the exact same play they had been working on the day previous.
After breaking free of blue jerseys, Hall would drove a pass towards the front of the cage where senior forward Madi McGee and Rylie Cordrey were waiting for their chance, and Cordrey knocked in the shot on the back door before the Dover keeper could get to the post to put the Indians up 1-0 on what would eventually end up the game-winner.
“The goal was just a textbook play — we practiced break-a-ways for a solid hour in practice yesterday,” said Chamberlin after the game. “K-Hall dribbled down, Madi knew to run right to goal — she was there to stop it before the goalie did and Rylie one-touched it in.”
Facing their third straight undefeated Henlopen South opponent, the Indian River High School football team dropped their third straight Henlopen South game in a 47-28 loss to Delmar on Friday, Oct. 28.
After falling behind 6-0 on an 11-yard touchdown run from Delmar junior running back Brooks Parker in the first quarter, the Indians would tie the game on a 4-yard touchdown run from their own bell-cow, senior running back George “G-Mart” Martin, before senior kicker Andrew White’s extra point gave IR a 7-6 advantage.
That would be the Indians’ only lead of the game after another touchdown run from Parker in the second quarter — this time from 5 yards out — and a seven yard touchdown through the air from senior quarterback Jimmy Adkins to senior running back Isaac Austin just before the break.
Martin would go on to finish with a career day, running for three more touchdowns in the second half on his way to a 200-yard, four-touchdown performance on 33 carries.
Brotherhood bigger than size for IR offensive line
Averaging out at just under 6-feet tall, 220-pounds, you might deem the offensive line for the Indian River High School football team as slightly “undersized.”
Since the start of the season, they’ve consistently gone up against lineman tipping the scales at weights more typically seen at the NFL Scouting Combine, facing all 300-pounds of Cape Henlopen DT Robert Mitchell and Woodbridge senior DT Brian Ireland, among others.
At 245-pounds, even Cape junior running back Kolbi Wright packs on more poundage than nearly every IR starting lineman aside from junior tackle Cortez Tull.
But for “The Thin Green Line” of senior left tackle Griffin McCormick, senior left guard Michael Cedano, junior center Michael Corcoran, senior right guard Zion Howard, and Tull at right tackle, size doesn’t seem to matter when it comes to production.
“We’re a family,” Corcoran, who at 6-foot-2, 240-pounds touts the unit’s largest frame after Tull at 6-foot-2, 260-pounds, tried to explain their success. “We’re a unit. We’re not five individuals — we’re one unit.”
Beam caps freshman campaign, Spiders miss out on A-10 Tournament
The Richmond Spiders women’s soccer team wrapped up their 2016 season at 9-9-1 overall and 4-6 in the Atlantic 10 Conference, after a 3-1 win over St. Bonaventure on Thursday, Oct. 27, and 1-0 loss in overtime to VCU on Sunday, Oct. 30.
Local pickleball patriarch and “Ocean View Crew” frontman Vaughn “The Baron” Baker will lead a Pickleball Paddle Clinic at Sports at the Beach in Georgetown on Saturday, Nov. 12.
A session at 4 p.m. and another beginning at 6 p.m. will be offered, with each limited to 24 participants and costing $5 to sign up. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the First State Pickleball Club.
It’s a phrase often used by Indian River High School head soccer coach Steve Kilby when one of his teams is approaching the playoffs.
It’s also the case as the Indians gear up for a rematch against Sussex Central and a chance at a second consecutive Henlopen Conference title on Monday, Nov. 7.
Despite back to back losses last week, the Indians still look to be “trending upwards” after getting edged by Division 1 powerhouse Charter School (11-2-1) on a penalty kick on Saturday, Oct. 29, and then falling to nationally-ranked Salesianum (13-1-1) on yet another game-deciding penalty kick in overtime on Tuesday, Nov. 1.
Indians clinch seventh straight South title with three straight South wins
The Indian River High School soccer team earned their seventh straight Henlopen South title last week, after racking up three straight division wins, over Sussex Academy, Seaford and Woodbridge.
“To be able to win consecutive division championships is a big thing,” said head coach Steve Kilby of the first checkmark off the team’s “short list” for the season.
“The competition is getting better in the division; it’s more of a challenge. Our guys have to keep their intensity and their focus up.”
After regrouping from their first loss of the season, against Worcester Prep on Saturday, Oct. 15, the rising division competition showed when the Indians took on Sussex Academy on Thursday, Oct. 20, falling behind 1-0 before a goal from IR junior midfielder Wilberth Gomez tied the game in 70th minute, and freshman Jared Cordoba tacked on the game winner on an assist from senior forward Mikie Mochiam in the 75th minute, for the 2-1 win.
The Indian River High School field hockey team is looking primed for their first playoff appearance since 2005, after securing their ninth win of the season and taking down St. Thomas More 8-0 on Thursday, Oct. 20.
“It’s very exciting to see the program from where we started four years ago, to where we are now,” said head coach Jodi Stone after the win.
“The girls are doing everything that we’ve asked them to do. That’s why they’re in the position that they’re in. They’re working really hard.”
After struggling to get anything going offensively early on in the game, it was senior forward Lexi Haden who got the Indians on the board first in that matchup, knocking in her first of four goals on the day on an assist from sophomore Keirstyn Hassler.
Indians blanked by No. 1-ranked Woodbridge
Headed into Friday’s game against No. 1-ranked Woodbridge, Indian River High School head football coach Phil Townsend knew that his team would need to play nearly perfectly to pull off an upset and keep their Henlopen South title hopes in reach.
Unfortunately for Townsend and his squad, however, they didn’t.
“We knew going in that Woodbridge would be a really talented team,” said Townsend of the 48-0 Homecoming loss.
“Against teams like this, you’ve got to be flawless and, unfortunately, we weren’t. We had some penalties and made some mistakes in the first half — it’s hard to come back from that when you’re playing a team like them.”
The woes started early, when Woodbridge senior running back Terrique Riddick ran for his first of three touchdowns on the night, by way of a 23-yard handoff on the Blue Raiders’ first possession.
Riddick would add his next score on the next possession and after the Indians struggled to get anything going offensively, that time punching it in from 2 yards out, to push the lead to 14-0.
The All-Conference back wasn’t finished there, ripping off a 75-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter as the Blue Raiders rolled to 33-0 halftime lead.
Coming off a Homecoming loss to Woodbridge, the Indian River High School football team will hit the road on Friday, Oct. 28, looking to take down Delmar on what will be the Wildcats’ Senior Night.
At 5-2 overall and 3-0 in the Henlopen South, Delmar still holds Henlopen South title hopes, with division matchups against IR, Milford (7-0, 3-0) and Woodbridge (7-0, 3-0) still left to play.
This year, the Wildcats are again led by senior signal caller Jimmy Adkins, who was a Second-Team All-Conference selection at quarterback and First-Team All-Conference selection as a punter in 2015.
Recently, the 5-foot-9, 145-pound Adkins was instrumental in 28-14 come-from-behind win over Archmere Academy on Saturday, Oct. 15, scoring once on the ground on a QB sneak, and twice through the air, on strikes from 69 and 39 yards out.
It was — as Selbyville Middle School volleyball head coach Sally Craig and assistant coaches Lisa Stetler and Bill Croal would put it — bittersweet.
While the team got the 2-0 win over Millsboro on Monday, Oct. 24, they also said goodbye to the eighth-grade class — many of whom had helped launch the program as seventh-graders last season — during the Indians’ final home game and on what was their Eighth-Grade Recognition Night.
“This group — it’s a special group of girls,” said Craig after the win. “They’re very dedicated and very disciplined. We leave every day with smiles on our face.”
“To have that many girls in eighth grade that we’ve connect with that are going to move up, it’s kind of bittersweet. They’ve grown so much,” added Stetler. “You can have the worst day at work and then come to practice, and just end up having the best day.”
First State Pickleball Club to hold advanced clinic
The First State Pickleball Club announced this week that the club will hold a clinic geared toward advanced play on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Indian River High School graduate and current Salisbury University senior running back Aaron Moore was named the ECAC South Special Teams Player of the Week last week, coming off his standout performance against William Patterson on Saturday, Oct. 15.
Moore put the Sea Gulls up 7-0 in that matchup, after taking the opening kickoff return 80 yards for a touchdown.
The return TD was Moore’s first of his career and the second time that Salisbury has taken the opening kick back for a score this season — the first having come in the home opener against Albright College on Saturday, Sept. 2, on a return from sophomore wide receiver Sean Rowland.
Moore would go on to score his second touchdown on the day on a handoff from 5 yards out, to put the Sea Gulls up 63-19 in the third quarter and on their way to an eventual 77-19 victory.
On the season, after the game against William Patterson, Moore was averaging 34.4 yards per return and had three total touchdowns.
It’s been one of their goals all season: Finish with the first winning record for Indian River High School volleyball since 2011.
Second-year head coach Jim Barnes and his squad accomplished that goal last week, racking up wins over Sussex Academy, Seaford and Woodbridge to improve to 8-6 on the season and to guarantee a winning record, with one game against Sussex Tech, on Thursday, Oct. 27, still left to go.
“That was one of our main goals this season, was to have a winning record, which is a good feeling going into Thursday,” said Barnes early this week. “We’re working on establishing a winning tradition. We’re moving forward, we’re moving in the right direction, but I’m still not satisfied with where we are. We’re good; we could be better.”
The Indian River High School cross-country team is getting ready for the Sussex County championships after recognizing their seniors during their final home meet of the season, on Wednesday, Oct. 19.
The Indians hosted Henlopen South rivals Lake Forest and Milford in a tri-meet on what was their Senior Night, with the boys’ team falling to Lake 45-17 and Milford 44-17, and the girls’ getting the win over Lake 23-32, but going down to South champion Milford 38-17.
Despite their teams being edged by the Bucs for the title for the second straight year, both boys’ head coach Maj. Frank Ryman and girls’ head coach Katie Ryman said they were encouraged by their teams’ performances headed into the Sussex County championships.
“I hate to lose them,” said Frank Ryman of the senior class. “There’s some real talent on the girls’ side.
“I hate to see Sydney [Messick] and Maddie [Hogsten] and Lindsey [Grow] go, because our girls’ team is really shining. That’s OK — they need to move on so the others can rise up and follow in their footsteps.”
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Jacob Anderson set the tone early, when he returned the opening kickoff 85 yards and all the way to the house for a score.
That put the Indian River High School football team up 7-0 on undefeated Milford.
But the Bucs would bounce back and set their own tone on their own ensuing drive on Oct. 14, when senior fullback Dominyc Hovington found the end zone on a 16-yard run, the two-point conversion giving Milford an 8-7 lead that they would never relinquish on their way to a 52-15 Homecoming win and 6-0 start to the season.
While the Indians dropped to 2-4 overall on the season, at 2-1 in the Henlopen South and with three division matchups left to go, their playoff hopes are far from foiled.
Headed into the half tied at 0-0 under the lights at Cape Henlopen, the Indian River High School field hockey team was facing another 30 minutes on the turf with no subs.
But after battling the highly-touted Vikings without giving up a score midway through the second half as well, the two programs’ mismatched numbers showed as the Indians began to wear down and Cape tallied five goals in the final 16 minutes, to pull off a 5-0 win.
“They’re a very well-orchestrated team. They have an awesome feeder program, they’re very well coached, and they have the depth, so they can just roll in fresh legs. We just didn’t have the depth,” explained IR head coach Jodi Stone.
To make matters worse, the Indians were without defensive leader Sammi Whelen for the matchup, who was out with a minor injury and expected to be back in the lineup soon.
The Indian River High School football team will face one of their toughest tests since the start of the season this Friday night, when No. 1-ranked Woodbridge comes to town for what will be the Indians’ Homecoming game.
The 6-0 Blue Raiders are 2-0 in the Henlopen South and coming off their third straight shutout and a 54-0 win over Seaford (1-5, 0-3) on Friday, Oct. 14.
This year, they’re again led under center by sophomore quarterback Troy Haynes. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound signal-caller managed touchdowns through the air and on the ground last year in what was the Blue Raiders’ own Homecoming game, during a 34-0 win over the Indians after the game had gone into halftime scoreless.
First-Team All-Conference running back Terrique Reddick has again been the Blue Raiders’ bell cow for his senior campaign, joined by senior running back Anwain Holden, who poses a threat as a return man as well, and recently returned a 73-yard kick for a touchdown against Lake Forest on Monday, Oct. 3.
Sussex Academy’s Helou sets new course record
The Indian River High School cross-country team took on Sussex Academy, Caesar Rodney and Polytech during a quad-meet held at Polytech on Wednesday, Oct. 12.
The Riders won the day, with both the boys’ and girls’ squads sweeping the meet and racking up three wins each.
For the second time this season, former Indian River High School Top XI selection and reigning Delaware Gatorade Player of the Year Brooke Beam has been named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week during her freshman campaign for the University of Richmond women’s soccer team.
Beam scored the game-winning goal for the Spiders in a 2-1 win over Rhode Island on Sunday, Oct. 9, and helped hold St. Louis to just nine shots in a 1-0 loss on Thursday, Oct. 6.
“Brooke is a very talented player who has shown steady improvement while adapting to the speed and power of A-10 soccer,” said head coach Peter Albright of the freshman midfielder.
Jarmon gets carry, catch in UD football loss to Maine
Indian River High School graduate, former state Gatorade Player of the Year and current University of Delaware sophomore Jamie Jarmon was back in action during the University of Delaware football team’s matchup against the University of Maine on Saturday, Oct. 15.
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Indians short-circuit Ravens after pre-game ‘fowl’
It was the game that almost didn’t happen.
Just hours before the opening draw of the Indian River and Sussex Tech high school soccer match on Tuesday, Oct. 11, IR Athletic Director Todd Fuhrmann found a dead buzzard near the soccer field. Then, he found that the stadium lights didn’t work.
With a 7 p.m. start time, no lights meant no game, so Fuhrmann placed a call to Delmarva Power, who made a special trip out to IR to get things working just before the opening whistle.
“We just want to thank Delmarva [Power] and the people that make sure these lights came on for this game tonight,” said Fuhrmann. “We wouldn’t have been able to play tonight without them.”
‘Quiet Storm’ getting louder
Just past the halfway mark in the 2016 season, the Indian River High School field hockey team already finds themselves only one win shy of ensuring their first winning record since current IR assistant coach Molly Chamberlin was rocking No. 12 instead of a pair of sunglasses and a whistle.
With a 3-0 win over Sussex Central on Thursday, Oct. 6, and 5-0 win over Seaford on Tuesday, Oct. 11, the Indians are off to a 7-1 start — their best in more than a decade.
“Things are coming together. Things are clicking,” said IR head coach Jodi Stone, who inherited a 2-13 team in 2013 with intentions of turning the program around, and who has since led the Indians to records of 5-9-1 in 2014 and 5-8-2 in 2015, under the handle she and her squad gave the team: “The Quiet Storm.”
It was the situation that IR senior Andrew White had been waiting for, as field goal kickers often do.
Less than a minute to go. The Indians down 22-21 and within striking distance. His chance to seal the game for his squad.
While White would eventually drill a 26-yarder with 00:21 ticks to go, to give the Indians a 24-22 lead and the eventual division win over Laurel, the storybook ending had had all the makings of a tragedy when he had attempted a 46-yard shot on fourth down just four plays prior.
“On the first one, it seemed like the perfect storm,” White explained of his first attempt. “Everything went wrong — the snap was off, I wasn’t set, I slipped in the mud — but on the second one, it was a second chance.”
Someone’s “0” has got to go when the Indian River High School football team takes on Milford this Friday night, with both teams currently undefeated in the Henlopen South.
The Bucs are off to an undefeated non-division start as well, sporting a 5-0 overall record with wins over Red Lion, Delaware Military Academy, St. Andrews School, Conrad and Seaford under second-year head coach Shaun Strickland.
Strickland led Milford to a 6-4 record in 2015, just a season after inheriting a 1-9 team.
Returning this year as the team’s prime playmaker is junior running back David Bowman, who’s coming off a First-Team All-Conference sophomore season in 2015 and a four-touchdown performance against Seaford during a 52-8 division win on Friday, Oct. 7.
The 5-foot-5, 150-pound tailback also ran for three touchdowns and over the century mark in a 42-13 win over Conrad the previous week, and lines up at strong safety on defense.
Beam scores in 2-1 win over Rhode Island
Up 1-0 on Rhode Island, the University of Richmond women’s soccer team got some insurance and the eventual game-decider from freshman midfielder and Indian River High School graduate Brooke Beam when she found the net for the second time this season during a 2-1 win on Sunday, Oct. 9.
Johnson serves up 14 in final set to send Indians over Spartans
She was just kidding, kind of.
Living in the Dover area last year before transferring to Indian River High School, IR junior Makenzie Johnson was at the game in which Polytech’s Emily Campbell served up 15 straight points in the final set against the Indians to win it for the Panthers back in 2015.
So, headed into the fifth and final set against Lake Forest on Thursday, Oct. 6, and in a similar situation, Johnson joked that she was going to do a similar thing.
“Before the set, I was joking… I was like, ‘I’m gonna pull an Emily Campbell and serve 15,’” she said with a laugh.
But no one was laughing when Johnson nearly pulled off just that, serving up 14 straight points before the Spartans finally got their own chance to serve, and before junior Carly Collins knocked down a shot to seal the set 15-3 and the game 3-2.