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Playoffs!? Playoffs!? Actually, yeah — let’s talk about playoffs

It’s that time of year again. And, no, I’m not talking about the time of year when the leaves start changing colors and the days start getting shorter. I’m talking about the time of year when sports pundits start breaking out references to former NFL Head Coach Jim Mora’s famous “Playoffs!?

Indians wrangle Woodbridge, Wescott to keep playoff hopes alive

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Junior defensive end DeAndre 'D.D.' Cooper and senior defensive tackle Spencer Sturla take down Woodbridge All-State QB Logan Wescott in the backfield last Friday night. The Indians' defense posted a shutout in the second half.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Junior defensive end DeAndre 'D.D.' Cooper and senior defensive tackle Spencer Sturla take down Woodbridge All-State QB Logan Wescott in the backfield last Friday night. The Indians' defense posted a shutout in the second half.Less than two minutes into last Friday night’s Henlopen South showdown, Indian River High School’s football stadium saw Woodbridge senior quarterback Logan Wescott live up to the All-State hype surrounding him when he capped off the opening drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass after moving the chains on the ground with ease.

The Indians’ defense woke up on the next drive, however, with senior defensive end DeAndre “D.D.” Cooper and sophomore linebacker Zion Howard each taking down the Blue Raiders’ dual-threat QB on scramble attempts in the backfield.

Sophomore linebackers Gianni Gottschalk and Zane Richard, and senior defensive tackle Spencer Sturla would also wrap him up behind the line on the next drive, but Wescott would manage a rushing TD before halftime, to give Woodbridge a 13-0 lead.

“It was more us than it was Woodbridge,” said IRHS head coach Ray Steele of the first half. “We made a lot of mental mistakes. We kept a drive alive for them twice.”

‘South in sight’: Indians look to secure South title after 5-0 win vs. Lake

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Senior forward Luis Cruz looks to set up a score during the Indians’ 7-0 win against Lake Forest last Thursday night.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Senior forward Luis Cruz looks to set up a score during the Indians’ 7-0 win against Lake Forest last Thursday night.Sporting an 8-3 record and in the midst of one of their best seasons in years, the Lake Forest soccer team headed into last Thursday’s matchup at Indian River with hopes of a potential division title.

Those hopes soon dwindled, however, as the Indians came out firing with back-to-back goals from senior midfielder and captain Danny Garza within the first 10 minutes.

“Gardo had a nice lead, and [I] just placed it in the top corner,” said Garza of the goal that put his team up 2-0 early, on an assist from freshman Edgardo Velasquez.

Sophomore Arturo Salas would increase the lead to 3-0 after being set up by senior forward Luis Cruz before the half, while Mac Smith had been knocking on the door with near chances and a shot that hit the pipe that could have set the score even further out of reach.

Shorthanded Lady Indians manage comeback at Seaford in five

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Sophomore Sammi Mumford, senior Phoebe Walls, and junior Eliza Bombhardt wait for the serve during the Lady Indians’ comeback victory at Seaford last Tuesday.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Sophomore Sammi Mumford, senior Phoebe Walls, and junior Eliza Bombhardt wait for the serve during the Lady Indians’ comeback victory at Seaford last Tuesday.Headed into Tuesday night’s division matchup at Seaford, the Lady Indians were working with a shallow bench.

“We were a little shorthanded, because we had three girls out sick,” explained head coach Jay Clark.

With only one varsity player on the bench to start the game, Clark had no choice but to use his whole varsity rotation when senior outside hitter and team captain Lili Cooney went down with what appeared to be a knee injury.

“When Lili went out, we had all of our varsity in there,” said Clark. “We are fortunate it doesn’t look like Lili Cooney’s injury is serious.”

Despite the limited rotation, the Lady Indians battled tough in what would turn out to be a five-set match that eventually ended in their third win on the season.

“Tough, exciting match,” Clark said. “Our girls hung in there and found a way to win. That’s something we’ve not done well enough this year and, fortunately, tonight we did.”

Nov. 2 Trail Run to support First State Work Camp

Coastal Point • File Photo : Runners get started during the 2011 Mariner's Bethel Trail Run, held at the Assawoman Wildlife Area.Coastal Point • File Photo : Runners get started during the 2011 Mariner's Bethel Trail Run, held at the Assawoman Wildlife Area.Sussex County’s most scenic trail run is back and set for Sunday, Nov. 2, with the proceeds from this year’s run going toward the First State Work Camp — an organization that helps repair houses for residents in need.

“People have been notified and asked to apply for this kind of help,” said event coordinator Bill Lord. “The money from the run will go toward that.”

Lord said the funds will be used for purchasing materials and building supplies for around 100 homes throughout Sussex County, and that he expects the Camp Barnes-based trail run should see similar numbers of participants as last year.

“I would suspect that we would be up there where we were last year,” he stated. “We expect a pretty good crowd.”

The race will again be run by Sea Shore Striders and feature a run/walk 5K and more throughout the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge.

Ocean City and Quiet Storm to present Fall Skate Jam

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.

Maybe NCAA athletes should get paid, but Jameis Winston should stop being such an idiot

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.

Indians ‘sock’ Central in clash of the Kilby’s

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Senior defenseman Sean Whelen squares up against Central's Anthony Arias during the Indians’ 3-1 win last Tuesday night.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Senior defenseman Sean Whelen squares up against Central's Anthony Arias during the Indians’ 3-1 win last Tuesday night.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.

State soccer championship sign unveiled at IRHS

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The Indian River High School soccer team unveiled their 2013 state championship sign last Thursday. The sign was build by Indian River juniors Donovan Eckman and Virgil Bullis and was funded by Jeff Hudson.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The Indian River High School soccer team unveiled their 2013 state championship sign last Thursday. The sign was build by Indian River juniors Donovan Eckman and Virgil Bullis and was funded by Jeff Hudson.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.

Lady Indians prepare for South stretch after losses vs. Dover, Cape

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Sophomore Samantha Mumford goes up for the block against Cape last Tuesday night.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Sophomore Samantha Mumford goes up for the block against Cape last Tuesday night.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.

River Soccer Club seeks volunteers to help with new field

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The new field at the River Soccer Club uses Bermuda Grass, which is said to be ideal for soccer. Club officials hope to switch more fields over to the grass in the future.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The new field at the River Soccer Club uses Bermuda Grass, which is said to be ideal for soccer. Club officials hope to switch more fields over to the grass in the future.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.

Indians welcome Woodbridge after 47-20 loss at Laurel

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Junior running back KiAnté Sturgis rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns in the Indians’ 47-20 loss to Laurel last Friday night.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Junior running back KiAnté Sturgis rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns in the Indians’ 47-20 loss to Laurel last Friday night.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.

Extra Points — October 17, 2014

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.

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