Sports

Plantation Lakes to host Grand Opening Golf Scramble on June 4

Golfers are being invited to play in the free Grand Opening Golf Scramble on Saturday, June 4, at Plantation Lakes, Lennar’s golf resort community in Millsboro. The event celebrates the opening of the first nine holes of the community’s Arthur Hills Championship Golf Course and will showcase the homes and lifestyle available at Plantation Lakes.

Annual Youth Fishing Tournament set for June 4

As part of their activities for National Fishing & Boating Week (June 4-12), Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police will hold their 30th Annual Delaware Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 4, at Ingrams Pond in Millsboro, Wyoming Pond in Wyoming and at the dog training area of Lums Pond State Park in Bear.

Marine Corps League golf tourney set for June 9

On June 9, the First State Detachment of the Marine Corps League, Ocean View, will hold its 11th Annual Golf Tournament at the Ocean City Golf Club, Seaside Course, 11401 Country Club Drive, Berlin, Md. The fundraising event will help assist military members, veterans, their families, youth groups and those less fortunate in the local Delaware and Maryland communities.

Coastal Delaware Running Festival raises funds for local groups

Dewey Beach and the surrounding beach communities recently hosted the weekend-long festivities of the 2nd Annual Coastal Delaware Running Festival.

Skim a Thon for Childhood Cancer scheduled for June 18

The second Skim a Thon for Childhood Cancer will be held on Saturday, June 18, at Delaware Seashore State Park’s Tower Road Beach, south of Dewey Beach. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and run until 3 p.m.

State tournament update: Indians advance after downing Tower Hill in PKs

It took 80 minutes, two golden-goal over times, and seven shots after the game went down to penalty kicks. But the Indian River girls’ soccer team finally took down Tower Hill, 4-1, to advance to the DIAA semi-finals.

Tribe Top Five: The best of IR spring sports in 2016 (pretty much)

Thanks to El Niño, even though it’s pretty much Memorial Day — which is pretty much the unofficial start to summer, more or less — it hasn’t felt like spring until pretty much right now.

River Express takes down Kirkwood 2-0 in State Cup final

Club looking to raise funds for regionals

Coastal Point • Submitted: Head coach Duncan Smith, right, and assistant coach Adam Rhamses gather with the River Express U18 team after their 2-0 State Cup win over Kirkwood on Sunday.Coastal Point • Submitted: Head coach Duncan Smith, right, and assistant coach Adam Rhamses gather with the River Express U18 team after their 2-0 State Cup win over Kirkwood on Sunday.Headed into the State Cup final against Kirkwood, and after falling to club in the final 1-0 for the past two years, the River Express U18 team was looking for revenge.

They’d find some within the first two minutes, when River forward Marlon Trejo put the Express up 1-0 on a PK.

Then, just before half, midfielder Mac Smith would tack on the insurance goal, when teammate Danny Garza won a ball in the River defensive half and played it long to Smith, who pushed by a defender and finished the chance, to make it 2-0.

That would be the final, as the Express kept Kirkwood off the board in half No. 2, to clinch their second State Cup final in their now 11-year history.

Now getting ready for their second regional final during that history, head coach Duncan Smith — who has coached the squad since their days starting out as 7-year-olds on the playground at Frankford Elementary School — said this is the best squad he’s seen.

Indians fall to Riders in HAC championship rematch

Enter playoffs as No. 1 seed

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Junior forward Maddie Hogsten looks to get past a CR defender during last Friday’s title game.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Junior forward Maddie Hogsten looks to get past a CR defender during last Friday’s title game.On paper, the Indian River and Caesar Rodney high school girls’ soccer teams don’t look much different.

The Henlopen South-champion Indians were set to enter the Division II playoffs this week as the No. 1 seed. The Henlopen North-champion Riders were set to enter the Division I playoffs this week as the No. 2 seed.

The Indians finished the regular season with a 14-1 record.

So did the Riders.

And, just like the Indians’ offense revolves around All-State senior forward Brooke Beam, the Riders’ offense revolves around All-State senior forward Aleya Cummings.

Kilby named Henlopen Coach of the Year

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River head coach Steve Kilby is congratulated by Caesar Rodney head coach Darrell Gravatt after being named Henlopen Conference Coach of the Year.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River head coach Steve Kilby is congratulated by Caesar Rodney head coach Darrell Gravatt after being named Henlopen Conference Coach of the Year.Caesar Rodney may have edged the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team for the conference championship, but that didn’t stop IR head coach Steve Kilby from collecting 2016 Henlopen Conference Coach of the Year honors.

Kilby was awarded the honor in a ceremony after the game, shortly after his squad was recognized for winning their fourth straight Henlopen South title.

“It’s always humbling when your peers will vote you into that slot,” said Kilby, who is no stranger to the award and also collected the honor for the Indians’ boys’ soccer team this season after leading them to a state championship.

He went on to express his hope that some of the up-and-coming programs in the conference — specifically those at Smyrna, Woodbridge and Lake Forest — get some recognition in the future after turning teams around in recent years.

IRSD Volleyball Skills Academy serves up successful first sessions

Co-ed classes to continue this fall

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Coach Bill Croal, right, and Jay Clark, left, gather with the players from the first IRSD Volleyball Academy on May 18.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Coach Bill Croal, right, and Jay Clark, left, gather with the players from the first IRSD Volleyball Academy on May 18.To quote Indian River High School head coach Jim Barnes, “It’s an exciting time for volleyball in Sussex County.”

Not only are Indian River School District high school programs on the up-and-up — with IR senior Kaya Ziskay recently announcing plans to play at Wesley College next fall, and now 10 girls participating in winter club ball — but the middle school programs are as well, with Selbyville Middle School capping their first-ever season undefeated.

Following the trend, and to help build the program from the ground up, SMS assistant coach and local volleyball guru Bill Croal has launched the IRSD Volleyball Skills Academy for young players, which recently finished their last of six spring classes.

IR’s Ziskay to continue career on the court at Wesley

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : IR senior Kaya Ziskay on May 19 announced plans to play volleyball at Wesley College.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : IR senior Kaya Ziskay on May 19 announced plans to play volleyball at Wesley College.Headed into the senior All-Star volleyball game this past November, Kaya Ziskay had more on the line than just a win.

Coming off a standout season in which she collected First-Team All-Conference honors, the Indian River High School senior captain had drawn her fair share of attention from college coaches. But in the stands that day sat the one she wanted to impress the most: Wesley College head coach Lindsay Miller.

After the game, however, Miller gave Ziskay some news she may not have been expecting.

“She said she didn’t like [my playstyle],” said Ziskay. “She wanted to see my hands open. Even my [high school] coaches always said that my passing style is very unorthodox — it’s not normal, but it works.”

Extra Points — May 27, 2016

Sports at the Beach invites Pickelball’ers to new indoor facility grand-opening

A new indoor complex at Sports at the Beach in Georgetown is set to open its doors on Tuesday, May 31, and the First State Pickleball Club is inviting pickleball’ers everywhere.

Beam named state Gatorade Player of the Year

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River High School soccer player Brooke Beam poses with her game ball from scoring her 100th career goal earlier this season, and her trophy for being named state Gatorade Player of the Year.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River High School soccer player Brooke Beam poses with her game ball from scoring her 100th career goal earlier this season, and her trophy for being named state Gatorade Player of the Year.Brooke Beam has collected just about every individual accolade there is to collect during her storied soccer career.

The senior forward has earned First-Team All-Conference and All-State honors every year since arriving at Indian River High School for her freshman season. As a junior, she was named to the state’s Top XI list. And, recently, she became the Indians’ all-time leading scorer, as the first soccer player in school history to eclipse the 100-goals mark.

But there was still one thing that Beam hadn’t accomplished — something that she’d made a personal goal ever since stepping foot in the gym at IR some four years ago, a starry-eyed freshman looking up at banners for legendary IR athletes Jamie Jarmon and Caitlin Forte.

Little did she know then that one day she’d have a banner of her own hanging in the rafters, as last Tuesday, Beam became only the third athlete in Indian River High School history to be named a Gatorade Player of the Year.

Plantation Lakes to host Grand Opening Golf Scramble on June 4

Golfers are being invited to play in the free Grand Opening Golf Scramble on Saturday, June 4, at Plantation Lakes, Lennar’s golf resort community in Millsboro. The event celebrates the opening of the first nine holes of the community’s Arthur Hills Championship Golf Course and will showcase the homes and lifestyle available at Plantation Lakes.