Sports

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.

Annual fall surf-fishing tourney nears

Anglers have just a few more days to register for the Annual Fall Surf-fishing Tournament sponsored by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce at early-bird rates.

Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT

Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT

Matt Williamson saw limited action versus Washington High but scored a touchdown on only three carries.

Central takes junior varsity battle

Sussex Central’s junior varsity football team earned the cross-town bragging rights after beating Indian River 32-6 on Sept. 19.

Fall golf tourney nearly sold out

Local golfers are already taking a swing at the rare opportunity to play the only tournament set at the brand new Bayside Resort Golf Club in its inaugural year.

Indians throttle Washington, 37-0

The Indian River varsity football team massacred Washington High School’s team 37-0 on Sept. 23 in a mercy-rule effort. The Indians scored early and often, and dominated both sides of the lines of scrimmage. The team was even able to make wholesale changes in the second half to get its reserves some varsity playing time.

Indians rally for win, lose coach and player

Anything can happen when a full moon is showing, and on the eve of the full moon on Sept. 16 Indian River scored 19 unanswered points to defeat Stephen Decatur in their home opener. Big plays, a prepared defense and a punishing ground attack squelched the Bayside perennial powerhouse, but it wasn’t without a cost.

Soccer team off to a hot start

The Indian River soccer program continues to excel as they sprinted past Worcester Prep 4-1 on Sept. 15 and shut out Milford 4-0 on Sept. 20 to increase their record to 4-0.

Field hockey team off to a rough start

Field Hockey at Indian River has had a slow start this year. They’ve had field concerns that postponed a match against Milford on Sept 13 and have since dropped two games in a row, to Tatnall and Cape Henlopen.

The judge of the field

Those who serve as officials for various sports have a thankless job. Making a good call for one team often means a bad call for the other, so throughout the game everyone is guaranteed to disagree on an official’s decision. Fans, coaches and players all have an opinion but it is the unblinking eye of the official that knows better than anyone.

Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT

Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT

Ben Gichner puts the jets on a Milford defender. Gichner has scored four goals in two games.

Volleyball team spiking opponents

The Lady Indians varsity volleyball team has jumped out to a hot 3-0 record as the fall season begins now in earnest. In their third match of the season, Indian River hosted Delmarva Christian on Sept. 20 and started off slowly. They lost the first game 25-17 but went on to win the next three for the overall win.

Triatholon ready to help terminally ill children

Nearly a thousand triathletes will converge on Sea Colony on Sept. 24 to compete in the 22nd Make-A-Wish triathlon to benefit terminally ill children.

Individuals and teams of various genders and age groups — totaling 980 athletes — will complete a 1.5-kilometer swim, 36-kilometer bike ride and a 10-kilometer run.

IRHS game scrapped over field condition

Field hockey at Indian River High School took a brief hiatus on Sept. 13 due to what was considered unsafe field conditions by the Milford coach.

Indian River was scheduled to play Milford at 4 p.m. on Sept. 13 but their field was not ready for play, so the Bucs made the trek down Route 113 — only not to play at all.

Not just a man's sport anymore

Football, like all other sports, is a great barometer by which to gauge a person’s physical abilities, endurance, toughness, fortitude and desire.

Running game stars at Indian River High School

Rushing offense of 319 yards means a few things: control of the line of scrimmage, tough running, and that one team has the ball and the other doesn’t — all of which makes Indian River Head Football Coach Jim Bunting happy.

Not just a man's sport anymore

Not just a man's sport anymore

Lauren Parramore, 13, blocks a Milford player during a recent game.

Coastal Point • ERNIE TURPIN

Coastal Point • ERNIE TURPIN

Kelci Reins, 7, throws a pass during a game against Milford.

IRHS soccer kicks off season with wins

The Indian River boys’ varsity soccer team won its first two games to put the team in prime position to make a strong run at the Henlopen Conference.
Two wins and having the opportunity to play all your players is an early season victory, according to Head Coach Howard Gerken.

Old Tymer's league offers more A game

Summer has come, and gone as quickly as she came. The air feels cooler and the leaves have a hint of fall color to them. Yes, autumn is here — signaling the end of the summer sports season and the start of school athletics and after-school programs. The boys of summer are gone, except for one last contingent: Old Tymer’s softball.

New Indians quarterback on a mission

Selflessness in athletics is pretty uncommon. Great athletes want the ball in their hands when the game is on the line, or have visions or desire to be in the statistical hierarchy for their respective sport, but Indian River’s starting quarterback Eric Givans has no such desire. He only wants to win.

Pop Warner teams ready for action

Who’s ready for some Pop Warner football? There are about 30 7-to-9-year-olds that have been waiting their entire lives to play organized football, and Sept. 3 will be their first chance as the Lower Sussex Pop Warner League kicks into high gear.

Lattanzi a softball immortal

Millville resident Bob Lattanzi isn’t an average Joe.

For the love of the game

On a warm Aug. 29 morning, 18 guys met on the old Indian River High School softball field for a little competitive play. Their intentions were to play seven full innings, but they cut the game short to five due to the heat as the Cherrystones cracked the Quahogs 11-8 for the victory in their over-70 softball league.

Field hockey looks to get over the hump

Last year’s .500 season was a bit of a disappointment according to Indian River’s Head Field Hockey Coach Pativa McKean, but with so much senior leadership on the field, the Lady Indians should thrive in 2006.

Volleyball team looks to jump forward

Indian River’s Head Volleyball Coach Jess Dodd has his team going back to the basics and, with that emphasis, the Lady Indians look to rebound from a sub-par 8-11 season and return to respectability in the conference.

Indians look to throw ... a little

Indian River Head Football Coach Jim Bunting is adding a little spice to this year’s offense and will break out of their traditional run, run, run ground game — a little bit.

Boys soccer hopes to strike a balance

Balance is a wonderful thing and the Indian River varsity boy’s soccer team has that very luxury. Offense, defense, depth, experience and athleticism are the ingredients to a competitive team, according to Head Coach Howard Gerken, and his team has all of them.

Naturals take championship title

Long car rides can be exhausting, and a 13-hour journey to Lansing, Mich., can test even the most veteran of road warriors, but the Delaware Naturals over-55 softball team made the trip worth their while and won the Eastern United States softball Championship, held Aug. 9-11.

District 3 makes good showing

Winning a World Series Championship is the ultimate goal of thousands of kids in the United States. But to win in your hometown — that would be special. The Senior League Softball World Series was held at Roxana, and this year’s host team, Laurel, represented District III in hopes of improving on last year’s fifth place finish.

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