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Indians overcome, run streak to three

Good teams find a way to win and Indian River’s varsity basketball team is no different. The Indians notched their second and third consecutive wins by beating Woodbrige 82-76 on Dec. 16 and Nandua 51-48 on Dec. 20 — despite a lack of continuity on the court.

Grapplers start out strong

Indian River wrestling continued their hot start to the season by defeating Dover 45-32 in their first conference match and placing second behind New Jersey’s Howell High School at their first annual Battle at the Beach tournament on Dec. 16 and 17.

Lady Indians look to turn things around

The Lady Indians’ varsity basketball team is still on the outside looking in. Losses to Woodbridge and Nandua pushed Indian River to a 0-3 record. But you won’t see them hanging their heads or feeling sorry for themselves. Now is the time to improve and make a move into the winners’ bracket.

Lynch overcomes size with skill, heart

Size is overrated. Some of the greatest athletes to play sports were told that they couldn’t or wouldn’t succeed because they weren’t the ideal size.

Indians get off to quick start

Indian River wrestling is off to a hot start after annihilating Charter Wilmington 81-0 on Dec. 7 and placing sixth out of 21 teams at the War on the Shore tournament on Dec. 9 and 10. Seven Indian River wrestlers placed in the top eight in the tournament, with Andy Bokinsky and Mike Magaha grabbing first and second place, respectively.

Croll earns national honors

Indian River alumnus Brittany Croll concluded her field hockey career at Franklin & Marshall by being named to the 2005 Dartfish/National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-American second team and the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III All-Star field hockey team.
“It’s a huge honor and a great way to end my field hockey career,” Croll said.

Indians take down Seaford at end

You can’t knock the hustle. The Indian River High School Varsity Basketball Team — led by junior guard Brian Bell’s game-high 29 points and game-winning shot — held on to notch a 63-62 victory Dec. 13 over Seaford with only 1.7 seconds remaining on the clock.

New players give Lady Indians optimism

Indian River girls’ varsity basketball has undergone major changes. Four of last year’s starting five have graduated or didn’t return to the team and Sommer Chorman has replaced Steve Persolio as the head coach. New players and a fresh perspective could be just what the Lady Indians need to build a program worthy of competing in the Southern Henlopen Conference.

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Coastal Point • JOHN DENNY

New head coach Sommer Chorman gives a pep talk.

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 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 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 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.

Indians win conference

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

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.

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Coastal Point • SUBMITTED

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.

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.

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.

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