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Indians give Hodgson all they can handle

For the second consecutive year, Indian River High School advanced to the Division II State Dual Meet Championships. Both time, they have had to wrestle No. 3 Hodgson. Not much has changed – Hodgson is still the top Division II contender and Indian River is still chasing, though they are closing the gap.

Warhawks bounce back with win

After getting dragged through the mud in a 61-0 beating by the mighty New Castle Saints, the Sussex County Warhawks dished out payback to the Queen Anne County Thunder on Feb. 11, beating them 9-0 the good ol’ fashioned way: running the ball, play-action passing and playing tough, don’t-give-an-inch football.

Lady Indians nearly catch perennial titans

Every year, Dover’s girls’ basketball team is one of the best. They have the numbers and the skill. And that combination translates into a 16-4 record. But the Lady Indians of Indian River High School put the basketball titans to the test on Feb. 14 in what finished as a 63-34 losing effort for IRHS.

Diamond leaguers start out rough

It’s been tough sledding for both the Fenwick Island Lions and Sussex County Mustangs so far this season in the Junior Diamond Football League. Both teams were winless thus far (0-3) upon meeting each other on Feb.11, but the Lions persevered in the inclement weather to beat the Mustangs 20-6.

Student drops teacher in hoops

Almost a year ago to the day, Dover Head Basketball Coach G.R. Myers faced off for the first time in his coaching career against his mentor, Indian River High School’s Pat Kelly, and lost in convincing fashion, 97-65. But he came back a little smarter and more determined to win – doing so 68-59 this week in a fourth-quarter nail-biter against the 20th-ranked Indians.

Cousins do battle on court

The Indian River girls’ basketball team can go toe-to-toe with any team in half-court offense. They have the athletes to penetrate the lane for scoring opportunities and to thwart half-court offenses. But they still have to learn to play all facets of the game.

Friends and foes

One could search all the stories of antiquity and probably not find as fine a tale of two best friends — champions even — pitted against each other in a contest of strength and skill.

Indians hang on for win

If given the choice, Indians Head Wrestling Coach Jeff Windish would start a match at the top and the strength of his lineup with Perry Townsend, who wrestles at 189 pounds. Indian River hosted Lake Forest on Feb. 3 and Windish did go with his gut. He gave the nod to the Townsend twin and sparked a “chain reaction,” of pins to defeat the Spartans 47-24.

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Coastal Point • FILE PHOTO

Charne Rayne fights for the ball in a recent game.

Warhawks look to regroup after pasting

Losing a game 61-0 means something isn’t working. With that established, Sussex County Warhawks Head Coach John Boyer this week shifted the entire right side of his offensive line after giving up 11 sacks and failing to yield positive offensive yardage. The New Castle Saints’ defensive front won the war of the muddy trenches on Feb.

Changes sparks win

Indian River’s boys’ basketball team started the season out hot, with an 8-2 overall record. But five straight losses to Northern Henlopen Conference teams threw the team into a tail-spin and a nearly even record. Head Coach Pat Kelly needed a lift for his team, so he shuffled the starting lineup – and the initial spark has now turned into a blazing inferno.

Boys turn the tide on streak

Indian River’s boys’ basketball team put a stop to its five-game losing skid and now sports a two-game win streak instead. But none of that will matter come Friday, Feb. 10. Southern conference contender Woodbridge (11-6 overall, 7-2 conference) will lace ’em up against the Indians for a rematch of their mid-December clash, which Indian River (11-7 overall, 8-1 conference) won 82-76.

Indians look to defense for help

If it ain’t broke then leave it be — but if there’s a problem then it must be addressed.

Wrestler makes turn-around at IRHS

Wrestling in the third period is arguably the toughest aspect of the sport. Strength wanes, the breath gets shorter and only the best prevail. Indian River’s wrestling team is wrestling in the third period now, after logging three wins in four matches, improving its record to 10-3 overall and 7-2 in the conference.

Warhawks ready for season

Military clichés are fairly common in athletics — especially football. Naturally, battle is linked to football because it’s violent and victory is achieved by brute force. But it’s the essence of teamwork that strikes at the root of its common bond. Without teamwork, victory isn’t possible in either arena.

Lady Indians look to final weeks for hope

Lopsided losses to Sussex Tech, Sussex Central and Caesar Rodney have left Indian River High School’s Lady Indians basketball team in a heap at the bottom of the Henlopen Conference. B they have a good chance to pull themselves up with a few wins in the south over the final few weeks of the season.

Grapplers keep momentum rolling

Seven is one of the luckiest numbers in history — except for say, 11. But with no particular luck involved whatsoever, the Indian River High School wrestling team notched its seventh win in a decisive 48-23 victory over conference contender Cape Henlopen on Jan. 20.

Indians continue to slide

After jumping out to an 8-2 record (6-1 in conference) Indian River’s basketball team dropped its third straight game to the Northern Henlopen Conference in an 85-70 loss to Sussex Tech on Jan. 24. Indian River played Sussex Tech close to the vest through three quarters and the Ravens held only a 54-53 lead. But every time the Indians held their ground, eventually they gave way.

Lady Indians maintain defensive pressure

The Lady Indians basketball team’s recent 57-20 loss to Sussex Tech marks an important moment in their season. Defensively, they held the Ravens to fewer points than their season average. It’s a move in the right direction, but the team was unable to string together the success.

Rembert's buzzer-beater lifts Indians

Indian River’s junior varsity basketball team started its northern conference bid on a high note by beating 6-3 Polytech at home 45-42 on Jan. 17, which extended their current winning streak to four games. Tyshun Rembert snatched victory fwhen he stroked his fifth consecutive three-pointer for the game-winner against Milford on Jan. 13.

Lady Indians follow Graves' example

It’s been tough going for the Lady Indians basketball team this season. They held Milford within their grasp but gave way 47-40 on Jan. 12 and since have lost two games, to St. Thomas More and Polytech (51-28 and 39-28, respectively). That whittled their record to 1-10, but the team is trooping forward nonetheless.

Indian grapplers suffer first loss of season

Each season is marked by wins and losses and Jan. 10 marked the first loss for Indian River’s wrestling program this season. Indian River fell to conference titan Smyrna 46-26 and Caravel 40-30. State champion Andy Bokinsky lost his first match of season to Luke Robertus. But that’s OK, according to Head Coach Jeff Windish.

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Marcus Davis rejects a Polytech shot on the way to a 45-42 win on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Indian River lets Polytech pull away

Polytech had only a four-point third-quarter lead, but Indian River High School’s basketball team would get no closer. They hounded the Indian ball-handlers for 23 turnovers and beat Indian River at their own game — hustling.

Indians continue dominance on the mat

Indian River’s wrestling team has been tested early and often this season but has prevailed. The wrestlers slugged their way through December tournaments against tough regional competition to earn second place at Indian River’s “Battle at the Beach,” sixth place at Stephen Decatur’s “War on the Shore” and ninth at AI DuPont’s Tiger Classic.

Indians move into first with win

Revenge is sweet and payback’s a…nother thing altogether. The Smyrna varsity basketball team dropped Indian River in an 80-71 season-opener conference loss, but on Jan. 10, the Indians shot down the Eagles 69-63 for sole possession of first place in the Southern Henlopen Conference.

Grapplers continue climb

Indian River’s wrestling program continues its ascent into Delaware’s elite after posting 15th out of 27 teams in the A.I. Dupont Tiger Classic tournament Dec. 28-29.

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Jeremy Purnell takes a jump shot against the Laurel Bulldogs on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Lady Indians hope new year brings wins

The Lady Indians varsity girls’ basketball team trudged through December without tasting victory. Three games and one scrimmage in five weeks just isn’t enough time for a team to gel. But the New Year promises the team plenty of opportunities to right its ship.

Indians continue race on the courts

Indian River’s boy’s varsity basketball team showed just what they’re capable of against Laurel on Jan. 3 by defeating the Bulldogs 81-40. The Indians pressed them for nearly the whole game, creating more than 20 turnovers (24 total), which resulted in easy transition buckets. Three Indian River players scored double figures — but one almost scored a quadruple double.

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