Sports

DCHS forms first boys’ high-school volleyball team in area

Coastal Point • Submitted: Coaches Matt Kwiatkowski, left, and Jim Berger, right, and team members Brayden Smith, Wyatt Kwiatkowski, A.J. Kwiatkowski, Ben Little, Liam Catron, Evan Timko, Parker Giltner, Jordan Flaherty, Josh Azeltine, Seth Stevens and Garrett DeVault.Coastal Point • Submitted: Coaches Matt Kwiatkowski, left, and Jim Berger, right, and team members Brayden Smith, Wyatt Kwiatkowski, A.J. Kwiatkowski, Ben Little, Liam Catron, Evan Timko, Parker Giltner, Jordan Flaherty, Josh Azeltine, Seth Stevens and Garrett DeVault.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.

Bunny Palooza! races, chili cook-off to raise funds for QRCF

Coastal Point • Submitted : The crew from Smitty McGee’s at last year’s Bunny Palooza!Coastal Point • Submitted : The crew from Smitty McGee’s at last year’s Bunny Palooza!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.

‘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.”]

Indians make statement in opener with 19-5 win over Red Lion

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : IRHS senior George ‘G-Mart’ Martin notches one of six goals on the day during a 19-5 win over ReCoastal Point • Tripp Colonell : IRHS senior George ‘G-Mart’ Martin notches one of six goals on the day during a 19-5 win over ReThe 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.”

IR girls’ lax roars over Red Lion for first win

Davis puts up five goals, L. Haden six assists

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR freshman Kaylee ‘K-Hall’ Hall celebrates shoeless after scoring her first career goal against Red Lion on Saturday, March 25.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR freshman Kaylee ‘K-Hall’ Hall celebrates shoeless after scoring her first career goal against Red Lion on Saturday, March 25.It was a game of firsts.

Not only did the Indian River High School girls’ lacrosse team earn their first win of the season, rolling Red Lion 11-2 on Saturday, March 25, but first-year players, including senior midfielder Erin Haden and freshman attacker Kaylee “K-Hall” Hall, scored their first career goals.

After the majority of the first half of the matchup went scoreless, it was Haden who managed the game’s first goal and finally sparked the offense, finding the net on a free position and getting some redemption after what she had initially thought was her first career goal, in a game against Polytech on Thursday, March 23.

“I got a goal on Thursday, but they blew the whistle and it got called back, and I didn’t get another one,” Haden explained. “So I was pretty happy to get my first goal this game.”

Indians take down Central 9-0, fall to CR

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IRHS senior forward Maddie Hogsten moves the ball forward on Central junior forward Jenni Ramirez on Thursday, March 23.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IRHS senior forward Maddie Hogsten moves the ball forward on Central junior forward Jenni Ramirez on Thursday, March 23.After getting the season started with a 9-0 win over Sussex Central on Thursday, March 23, the Indian River High School girls’ soccer drew the short straw in a close contest with Caesar Rodney on Tuesday, March 28, falling to the Riders 3-2.

The early-season stumble aside, the Indians may well see the Riders in the Henlopen Conference Championship again, for a third straight year, later this season, as they aim to bring a home a fourth straight Henlopen South division title.

“I think the girls understood how well they played. They know that CR was tested, and CR knows that they were tested,” said head coach Steve Kilby after the March 28 match. “We’ll press on for the rest of our season and, hopefully, we’ll see them again.”

‘Hanging on to perfection’

SMS girls’ soccer going for second straight undefeated season

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The Selbyville Middle School girls’ soccer team is ‘hanging on’ to hopes of another undefeated season this spring.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The Selbyville Middle School girls’ soccer team is ‘hanging on’ to hopes of another undefeated season this spring.They may have lost the majority of their starting defense from last season, but that doesn’t mean that the Selbyville Middle School girls’ soccer team plans on losing any game this one, as the Indians aim to put together their second straight undefeated season and third in program history, under head coach Neil Barch.

“The goal has always been to win them all,” said Barch. “I try not to put that pressure on them, but I think they do think that they don’t want to let down the tradition of the school.”

So far, that goal looks to be as attainable as ever, with the Indians getting the season started with an 8-1 win over Delmar on Wednesday, March 22, and an 8-0 win over Seaford on Monday, March 27.

IR golf looking to bounce back from losses to CR, Delmar

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IRHS sophomore Ryan Stone tees off at Cripple Creek on Thursday, March 23.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IRHS sophomore Ryan Stone tees off at Cripple Creek on Thursday, March 23.It’s the exact way last season started, with early-season losses to perennial powerhouse Caesar Rodney and Henlopen South rival Delmar.

Also last season, however, the Indian River High School golf team bounced back by winning five out of their next six matchups, which is exactly what they aim to do now after falling to the Riders on Thursday, March 23, and the Wildcats on Tuesday, March 28.

“The kids know what they have to do to improve, and they will,” said head coach Billy Wingate. “It’s early. We have a good team this season. We just have to get the scores down and get off of the 200 mark, down to the 190s.”

In the opener against Caesar Rodney at Cripple Creek last Thursday, the Indians finished shooting a 204 on the day, with senior Gavin Gates earning the low score on the day, with a 48.

Tripple Overtime: Kyrie and Shaq think the earth is flat, and so can you (science is a liar sometimes)

I’m not going to stand here and present some egghead scientific argument based on fact. I’m just a regular dude. I like to watch football, quote Chevy Chase movies and crank the radio when Motley Crüe comes on. Rock, flag and eagle, if you know what I mean.

‘Gait Expectations’

Seniors ready to leave legacy, elevate IR lax to next level

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: After making history as freshmen, this year’s seniors are ready to leave their lacrosse legacy at Indian River.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: After making history as freshmen, this year’s seniors are ready to leave their lacrosse legacy at Indian River.Goalkeeper Hayden McWilliams was one of two freshmen starting on a senior-dominated Indian River High School lacrosse squad when he emerged as the team’s emotionally-charged leader.

As the only other freshman on that team, and standing next to him in the halftime huddle, George Martin remembers the moment well.

“I’ll never forget it,” said Martin. “We’re two freshmen surrounded by that senior group that had been playing together for a long time, and it was a close game. Hayden steps right into the middle of the dogpile and says, ‘Alright, guys — this is what we gotta do. We gotta take the ball, and we gotta put it in the back of their net.’ It’s something about the way he delivers his speeches that gets everyone fired up. He’s really got a way with words.”

IR softball ready to take swing at return to state tournament

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The Indian River High School softball team, minus senior shortstop Madi McGee.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The Indian River High School softball team, minus senior shortstop Madi McGee.It’s a particularly special season for head coach Erika Murphy and the Indian River High School softball team.

After she took over as head coach for the Indians in 2014, along with assistant coaches Abi Givens and Catherine Bennett, this year’s senior class will be the first that the coaching trio has seen all the way through from their days as freshmen.

After back-to-back 9-9 seasons, 2014 was also the last time that the Indians made it to the playoffs — a feat that now-seasoned seniors including Mackenzie Collins, Madi McGee and Sami Mumford aim to accomplish once again before closing out the final chapters of their careers.

“The seniors this year are good role models, on the field and off the field. They’re players that the girls looked up to. That’s what we’re looking for in role models — to help develop that team chemistry,” said Murphy. “There’s just a good feeling this year. The girls really want it, and they’ve been working hard from Day 1.”

Town of Ocean View proclaims official ‘Sarah Lydic Day’

For Lydic, countdown to Augusta is on

Coastal Point • Submitted by Mike McGowan: ‘Sarah Lydic Day’ is scheduled for Sunday, April 2, when Lydic will take on the country’s best youth golfers at the Drive, Chip & Putt national finals in Augusta, Ga.Coastal Point • Submitted by Mike McGowan: ‘Sarah Lydic Day’ is scheduled for Sunday, April 2, when Lydic will take on the country’s best youth golfers at the Drive, Chip & Putt national finals in Augusta, Ga.It has been decreed.

Next Sunday, April 2, will officially be recognized as “Sarah Lydic Day,” as proclaimed by Mayor Walter Curran and the Town of Ocean View, in honor of the 11-year old Lord Baltimore Elementary School student as she sets off to represent her community at the national finals of this year’s Drive, Chip & Putt Challenge at the home of the Masters in Augusta, Ga.

But while making it to Augusta to compete against the nation’s top young talent may warrant the honor on its own, Lydic and her older sister, Hannah Lydic, have made their impact on the local community and members of their home course at Bear Trap Dunes, far beyond the 18th hole, since stepping onto the local golf scene.

“Most of the members of the club are of an age where they have grandkids. These are two additional grandkids,” said Curran, a Bear Trap member himself. “They’re part of the family. They’re polite, they’re well behaved, they’re not only good at what they do, but they’re just great kids. Their parents have done a wonderful job raising them.”

IR boys’ tennis aiming to get back in South title discussion

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore Brian Quezada will team up with sophomore Luke McCabe on the first-singles team this season.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore Brian Quezada will team up with sophomore Luke McCabe on the first-singles team this season.Coming off a down season in 2016, and with the Henlopen South division wide open in 2017, the Indian River High School boys’ tennis team is ready for redemption and to return the title to Dagsboro behind a squad of seasoned veterans.

Not only does the team bring back four seniors to the starting rotation but also head coach Mariano Woo for his second year at the helm.

After getting a late start last spring due to some unfavorable weather and bureaucratic red tape, things have been smooth sailing so far this spring as the Indians get ready for their first match of the season.

“We’re leaps and bounds ahead from starting last season,” said Woo. “Last year, I didn’t actually become the official coach until about a week prior to the first match, so it was much easier this year — plus, they’re all sophomores and above this year, so they’re more experienced.”

IR girls’ tennis ready to defend Henlopen South title

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore Analyee Marquez is one of the newcomers vying for a doubles spot this season.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore Analyee Marquez is one of the newcomers vying for a doubles spot this season.They may have graduated six seniors from a Henlopen South championship squad last season, but after seeing their biggest turnout in years, the Indian River High School girls’ tennis team is ready to defend the title behind an array of new talent and new stars ready to step up.

“There’s a lot of underclassmen. We only have two seniors, but we have a lot of exhibition players from last year that are moving into varsity spots,” said fourth-year head coach Stefanie Riddle. “Just in the preliminary lineup, we’ve got half of our exhibition players moving up to varsity, but they’ve all really improved. I really think that they’re going to be able to help us.”

While the team said goodbye to their top two players from 2016 — first-singles player Hannah Shultie and second-singles player Kayla Huebner — they do return sophomore Alexa Fitz to lead the charge.

Extra Points — March 24, 2017

IR softball raising money for pediatric cancer

The Indian River High School softball team is offering fans and community activists an interactive way to make a difference, raising money for the “Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer” campaign during the 2017 season.

Bomhardt homers send Hawks soaring over Saint Peter’s

Coastal Point • Submitted by Gabe Rhodes: IRHS grad Eliza ‘The Lizard’ Bomhardt hit her first and second career home runs for the University of Hartford softball team on Monday, March 20.Coastal Point • Submitted by Gabe Rhodes: IRHS grad Eliza ‘The Lizard’ Bomhardt hit her first and second career home runs for the University of Hartford softball team on Monday, March 20.After recording her first NCAA career hit earlier this month, Indian River High School graduate and current University of Hartford freshman Eliza Bomhardt tallied her first career home run in the second inning of a game against Saint Peter’s on Monday, March 20.

Then, in the seventh inning of the same game, she tallied her second.

After the team fell behind 1-0 early, Bomhardt’s second-inning shot scored two runs, to put the Hawks up 2-1.

The Peacocks would go on to rack up seven runs in the fourth inning and take control of the game with an 8-5 lead.

That’s when “The Lizard” took the plate — this time to knock a three-run homer and give her squad a 10-8 lead, sparking a 10-run rally as the Hawks went on to pull out an eventual 15-9 victory in comeback fashion.

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