Sports

Grapplers look forward to getting on the mats

The Indian River wrestling program made their big move last season. They netted two all-state wrestlers (D.J. Singleterry/Andy Bokinsky) and two state qualifiers (Mike Willis/ Perry Townsend) and Head Coach Jeff Windish anticipates similar results this year due to an outstanding nucleus of experienced wrestlers and quality depth at each weight class.

Indians drop playoff dreams to Caravel

Southern Henlopen Champion Indian River High School’s state tournament championship dreams were dashed in their quarterfinal match-up with the Caravel Buccaneers on Nov. 25.

Boys look for improvement on hardcourt

Indian River basketball is back and quite possibly better than last year. That bodes well for the program, since they didn’t reach the conference tournament last season despite a 15-7 record.

Indians prepare for home playoff battle

The No. 7 Indian River Indians (9-1) will host their first Delaware State Football Tournament game against the No. 5 Caravel Buccaneers (10-1) on Nov. 25 at Indian River High School with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Indians fall in second round

Indian River’s boys’ varsity soccer team was primed for running deep in the Delaware State Soccer Tournament after defeating Delmar 3-0 in the opening round. But they fell short of their goal, losing to Tower Hill 2-0 on Nov. 12.

Lower Sussex avenges loss

Regular-season wins are necessary to get a team into the playoffs, but once there — all bets are off. It doesn’t matter if one team beat another 63-0 in the regular season, because in the playoffs, anything can happen and it most likely will.

Indians to stay at home

It was originally thought that to host a playoff game and gain a first-round bye in the Delaware State Football Tournament, Indian River would have to go undefeated.

Indians shut down Delmar to advance

Indian River’s varsity soccer team sputtered then accelerated past Delmar on Nov. 8 to earn their first state tournament win of the 2005 season.

Volleyball team wins south, falls to CR

Indian River’s head volleyball coach, Jess Dodd, set high goals for his team this year, and they’ve achieved. They won the Southern Division in its first year of existence and improved upon last year’s losing season to notch a 11-7 record.

Continuity breeds success

Achieving continuity on the football field isn’t an easy task — 11 players start on each side of the ball, and coordinating their movements into a cohesive unit takes time.

Indians drop first of season to rival

Better lose now than later, said Indian River offensive/defensive interior lineman Phillip Townsend. Indeed, the football team lost their first game of the season, 21-9, against county rival Sussex Central on Oct. 28. The closely contested game hinged on each play, possession and, eventually, turnovers.

Lady Indians bounce back from loss

In a dash toward the finish line, the Lady Indians field hockey team lost a pivotal 6-3 game to Southern Division rival Seaford on Oct. 27 but rebounded to win their next two. That extended their record to 9-5-1 going into their season finale against Dover on Nov. 3 — a game that could determine their state tournament hopes.

Love of sport helps middle school squad

The Selbyville Middle School soccer team loves the sport so much that most of head coach Neal Barch’s team play year-round through the River Soccer program or school ball. The skills developed over the years equate into an 8-0-1 record, a 4-1 win over Sussex Central Middle School on Oct. 27 and a match-up with Caesar Rodney syndicate Phifer Middle School on Nov. 3.

Indians win conference

The Indian River High School soccer team is the new Henlopen champions, after defeating Milford 2-1 on Nov. 1.

Indians take Laurel's shot, roll

Just 20 seconds into the game, Laurel’s Jeramy Bagwell took an Armand Brodeur’s pass 91-yards for a first-play touchdown against Indian River on Oct. 21. But the Indians would combine grind-it-out football with big plays to earn their seventh win by scoring 25 unanswered points, defeating Laurel 25-6 on Oct. 21.

Local team wins national title

Delaware’s Old Tymers Naturals softball team came up just short of winning the Triple Crown of Senior Softball last week, falling to Seattle 11-10 in the gold-medal round despite owning a six-run lead going into the sixth inning.

Volleyball team looks to make states

Indian River’s varsity volleyball has achieved two of their three goals for the year: win more games than they did last year and win the Southern Division. But making the state tournament is on hold – for the moment.

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From left to right, back to front: Bill Colby, Bill Harlett, George Fanitini, Bob Shaeffer, Bob Galesian, Don Edwards, Frank Williams, John Davies, Sil Serafino, Roger Howard, Joe Moran, John King, Jim Wright and Andy Hollis.

Lady Indians aim to play enough, win

The strong, driving weather associated with Hurricane Wilma and a rampaging nor’easter couldn’t edge out Indian River’s varsity field hockey team in their 2-1 victory against Milford on Oct. 25, but it sure did put them in a tight spot coming down the stretch towards the state tournament.

Lady Indians creep up on division title

The Indian River varsity volleyball team set some goals at the beginning of the season but the main thing was to win the Southern Division and to regain respectability. The Lady Indians have won three of their last five matches, putting them in prime position to win the division.

Indians storm back to remain perfect

Trailing Delmar 13-7 in going into halftime, Indian River’s head coach presented his players with a challenge: play your position at the highest level. Head Coach Jim Bunting assured his players that they would win the ballgame if they played Indian River-style football, and his players believed.

Lady Indians don't let score keep them down

Caesar Rodney’s field hockey team hadn’t given up a goal all season until they met Indian River on Oct. 19. Caesar Rodney jumped out to a 3-0 first-half lead but the Lady Indians fought back to tarnish the Lady Riders shutout record and popped one in the goalie’s box.

JV girls battle against Central

Junior varsity is a chance for players to learn how to play competitively and polish their skills so when they finally get to varsity, they are ready.

Indian River’s JV volleyball team hung tough with Sussex Central (8-3) on Oct. 18. But, after winning the first game, the bottom gave out and they lost the next two games.

Soccer team still smoking

Howard Gerken’s Indian River High School varsity soccer team is boiling hot this season. They beat their last two opponents (Lake Forest and Poly Tech) by a combined score of 11-0, which improved their regular-season record to 11-0-1 as they continue their march towards the state tournament.

Volleyball stands tall, falls short

Conference wins count for the state tournament. Losing to top-tier teams’ counts for something altogether different — but equally important. St. Thomas More is the cream of the crop in volleyball, and though Indian River lost in three straight matches, something was earned and learned according to Head Coach Jess Dodd.

Indians roll over Lake Forest, lose Gott

“Five yards and a cloud of dust,” combined with a solid defense.
That is the way Indian River’s football team is going to win football games this year, according to Head Coach Jim Bunting.

Soccer team keeps rolling forward

Earning respect from one’s peers can be the ultimate satisfaction. The Indian River varsity soccer team may have done just that by tying their northern counterpart, Cape Henlopen, 1-1 on Oct. 6 and downing Dover 2-0 on Oct. 11 as they pushed their way toward a higher position in the state rankings.

Lady Indians continue turnaround

After dropping their first two games, Indian River’s varsity field hockey team is headed in the right direction with their 5-1 victory over Lake Forest on Oct. 6. The win marked their fourth conference win of the season and fourth win in the past five games.

Gott powers Indians past Woodbridge

“They were hitting at first but I kept lowering my shoulder and as the game went on I could see that they didn’t want to hit anymore,” said Indian River running back Josh Gott.

Indians stay perfect with win

Overtime games are always exciting to watch and be a part of, but Indian River might want to skip the kind of excitement they had to endure when they faced off with fellow Southern Conference contender Seaford on Oct. 4.

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