Ocean Bowl Skate Park, located at 3rd Street and St. Louis Avenue, will host a Fall Skate Jam on Saturday, Oct. 18. The event will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. Participants can enjoy free contests with prizes, as well as live music by the local band Funk Shue. Concessions will be available for sale.
I was fully prepared to put something together on my buddy Phill’s top 10 favorite sports-related Halloween costumes for this week’s column. Then I heard Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston’s name on ESPN, which, obviously, could only mean one thing — he’s done something stupid again.
The Indian River High School soccer team may have looked relatively docile sporting pink socks for breast cancer awareness last Tuesday night, but two early goals from freshman midfielder Oscar Cruz buried the Golden Knights early on route to a 3-1 victory.
The district matchup had even further cause for rivalry, as Indian River head coach Steve Kilby faced off against his son Pat Kilby, the head coach for the Golden Knights.
Both first-half goals were created by senior captain Danny Garza, who set up the second goal after making his way through multiple Central defenders and notched two assists on the night.
“We started Danny out wide on the left, and it was very effective,” Kilby said of the game strategy.
The 2013 State Championship commemorative sign was unveiled at Indian River High School’s soccer stadium last Thursday, honoring last year’s history-making team.
The sign was funded entirely by Jeff Hudson, who wanted to honor the team’s achievement and knows just how major that accomplishment was.
“I knew it would mean a lot to them. State championships are few and far between, and it’s a big accomplishment,” explained Hudson. “Years and years ago, I won a state championship at Sussex Central, and it’s nice to see every time I go back, my name’s on the wall still.”
The sign displays the names of last year’s first-ever state championship soccer team at Indian River High School and was built by Indian River juniors Donovan Eckman and Virgil Bullis, who have also helped build several trophy cases at the school.
The Indian River High School volleyball team continued their struggles against non-conference opponents this week, falling to Dover 3-0 on Thursday, Oct. 9, and to Cape Henlopen 3-0 on Tuesday, Oct. 14.
The Lady Indians were without senior captain and setter Taylor Bunting, who suffered a concussion the previous week.
“We’ve struggled with injuries this year,” said head coach Jay Clark after noting that the team also lost junior middle hitter Tiffany Rybicki to an ACL injury before the season began.
Down 8-1 in the first match, the Lady Indians rallied back within five after a shot by senior captain Lili Cooney made it 17-12. Indian River would then try to stay in the match after getting the point on a long rally, but ultimately Dover would take the match, 25-18.
A block by junior Eliza Bombhardt would give her squad a 3-2 start in the second match, as the two teams went back and forth, trading points. A Cooney ace made it 12-11 after the match was tied at 10 and saw another tie score at 16 before the Lady Senators pulled away en route to a 25-21 win.
They would go on to take the third match and lock in a victory.
Well-hidden among the cornfields and farmland along Gum Road in Roxana lies the nearly 45-acre, 10-field soccer complex that has become well-known as the River Soccer Club. However, the complex hasn’t always been capable of hosting 100-team tournaments, as it now does every Columbus Day weekend, and has come a long way since its humble beginnings.
“When we first started we were practicing at schools — any school that would let us go in there and practice,” recalled longtime board member Howard Gerken of the club’s early beginnings practicing at Selbyville Middle School and at John M. Clayton. “We put a field wherever we could find enough space to put a field.”
In the late 1990’s — a few years after the program got its start — the club began to grow.
“We had outgrown the facilities that we were using, so we were looking to find a permanent home,” said Gerken.
The Indian River High School football team was handed their second consecutive division loss last Friday night, after a second-half surge propelled Laurel (5-1, 2-0) to a 47-20 victory.
Despite the lopsided final score, the game went into halftime tied at 20, after junior running back KiAnté Sturgis ripped off a 42-yard touchdown run in the second quarter with the Indians down 20-13. Sturgis also managed a 30-yard touchdown scamper in the first quarter and finished the day with 19 carries for 107 yards to go along with his two scores. He’s now rushed for 412 yards and five touchdowns on the season, averaging 4.2 yards per carry.
The Indians’ first score of the game, however, came from sophomore RB/WR/DB George Martin, who punched in a three-yard touchdown — his first on the season.
The Bulldogs were led by senior running backs Chucky Auguste and Reggie Green, who rushed for 174 yards and 145 yards, respectively, as the Indians struggled to stop a rushing attack that accounted for 382 yards on the day.
Homecoming game set for Friday night
Don’t miss Indian River High School Homecoming this Friday night, when the Indians will face 3-3 Woodbridge in a Henlopen South matchup set for 7:30 p.m. at the Indian River High School football stadium.
Moore notches sixth TD for Seagulls in rout of Utica
Everyone knows Peyton Manning from his brilliant acting in Papa John’s pizza commercials, but what you may not know is that he’s also a pretty good quarterback.
After narrowly escaping Delmar with an unforeseen draw last week, the Indian River High School soccer team kicked it back into gear with an 8-0 division win against Laurel last Thursday and 7-0 romp of Smyrna on Monday, to improve to 5-4-1 on the season.
Over the past few games, the team has been without senior forward and captain Luis Cruz, but Cruz did see action against both Laurel and Smyrna.
The Indians posted their highest goal total since the first game of the season in their 8-0 win against Laurel last Thursday, Oct. 2, in a game that improved their division record to 3-0-1.
“We moved the ball well today. We tried to get one or two touch passing through the midfield. I take my hat off to Laurel. They show up every week,” said assistant coach Nick Slonin after the game.
With the first half of the season in the books, the Indian River High School football team finds themselves in the same position as last year, at 2-3 on the season and with a division loss to Lake Forest.
Unlike last season, however, the Spartans are undefeated, and they handed the Indians a 41-10 loss last Friday night, Oct. 3.
“We knew what we were getting into. We knew they’d come to play,” said head coach Ray Steele. “We didn’t tackle. We didn’t execute. We didn’t play well. And we didn’t come to play.”
The tone of the game was set early, when they Indians started with an offensive three-and-out and Lake followed with a six-play 67-yard touchdown drive to take an early lead.
Following another IR three-and-out, the Spartans would put together a four-play scoring drive, to increase their lead to 15-0.
For the past year and a half, Indian River head field hockey coach Jodi Stone has been talking about progress for the program, which prior to this season had only managed four wins in the previous four years.
However, after a 5-0 rout of Seaford last Thursday and a 2-1 overtime win against previously 5-3 Milford on Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Lady Indians find themselves already having tallied four wins on the season.
“It’s been a building process, and finally you see light at the end of the tunnel,” said Stone. “All of the hard work that these girls have endured is finally starting to pay off, and they’re starting to get their dividends.”
After the division wins, and a 1-0 loss at Worcester Prep last Friday, the Lady Indians were 4-6-1 on the season.
Following a season in which they collectively outscored their opponents 86-12 and won a Henlopen Conference title, it’s no surprise that last year’s Indian River High School girls’ soccer team produced six All-State selections — the most ever for the program.
“By far, this is the most we’ve ever had recognized at the All-State level,” said longtime head coach Steve Kilby of the achievement. “I think it has to do with the program. A lot of them have come up through the River Soccer Club and branched out to other clubs. Any team that has club players is going to be successful, and we’re fortunate to have those girls.”
Out of the six players honored, only two of them were seniors last season — midfielder Bri Belfiore, who notched the tying goal in the conference championship against Sussex Tech, and goalkeeper Alex Myers, who posted 12 shutouts during the regular season.
“I already miss it,” said Myers regarding a memorable 2014 season. “Their season hasn’t even started yet. I’m looking forward to seeing what they do.”
The annual River Soccer Columbus Day Classic tournament returns to Roxana this weekend, as the club hopes for better weather than last year’s nearly rained-out event.
Cannon posts shutout against Shenandoah
Sam Cannon has worked his way back into the starting lineup for the Lynchburg College soccer team after an injury earlier this season. The former Indians keeper tallied five saves in a shutout against Shenandoah on Oct. 4. The Hornets were 6-4 on the season and 3-1 in the ODAC at Coastal Point press time on Wednesday.