Sports

Tripple Overtime: IR's Marcozzi, Central's Hudson highlight sports greatest paradox

It’s Schrödinger’s cat. Nobody going to a restaurant because it’s too crowded. Pretty much every major plot point in the 1985 American science-fiction adventure-comedy “Back to the Future.”

IR wrestling team starts 7-0

Team posts wins at Rebel Duals, against Wilmington Christian

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Senior Jared Arlett wrestles his way to an 8-0 major decision after jumping up two weight classes to 145 on Jan. 20.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Senior Jared Arlett wrestles his way to an 8-0 major decision after jumping up two weight classes to 145 on Jan. 20.While invitational tournaments may be winding down for the Indian River High School wrestling team, dual meets are just starting to gear up.

Whether they need an RSVP or not, however, the Indians have been continuing to rack up the wins.

That’s exactly what they did while hosting their first home dual-meet of the season on Thursday, Jan. 12, rolling Wilmington Christian School 66-9, to move to 2-0.

“There were definitely some bonus points that we left out there,” said IR head coach Jeff Windish after the match. “We’ve got some work to do to clean that kind of stuff up, but a win’s a win, so the coaching staff is pleased.”

The Indians jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead when freshman Chris Saylor went out at 106 and managed a pin in just 49 seconds.

Streak snapped!

IR hoops back on track with 52-40 win over Laurel

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior guard Patrick Mumford drives down the court up against Laurel's Brandon Faulk on Friday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior guard Patrick Mumford drives down the court up against Laurel's Brandon Faulk on Friday.It had been more than a month since the Indian River High School boys’ basketball team had managed a win.

While winter break was a factor, the Indians were still riding a three-game losing streak, after starting the season 4-0, when they hosted then-5-2 Laurel on Friday, Jan. 13.

But Friday the 13th superstitions aside, that’s a streak that they’d finally snap in front of a packed house at the Indian River High School gymnasium, taking down the Bulldogs 52-40, to improve to 5-3 overall and 2-3 in the Henlopen South.

“We had to pull this one out,” said sophomore guard Jamier Felton after the game. “This game was important to us after losing the last three.”

IR soccer boosters calling all alumni for ‘The Mixer’

There’s no question that both the boys’ and girls’ soccer programs at Indian River High School have had a lot to celebrate over the years. Over the course of the past five years alone, the boys’ team has made it four state title games and won it all twice, with the girls making school history with back-to-back title appearances in 2015 and 2016 themselves.

Extra Points – January 20, 2016

‘Body Slam ALS’ set for Saturday at Frankford fire hall

The Frankford fire hall will be the site of a WWE-style “Royal Rumble” this Saturday, Jan. 21, when Tim Hill of Bethany Beach’s Wilgus Associates and array of pro wrestlers — including WWE Hall of Famer Tito Santana — get set to put on a show to benefit the Ten Mile Miracle charity.

Tripple Overtime: Cubs visiting White House for Obama’s last week

(And other presidents who did stuff like that)

I remember the last week of school: Getting to use your “senior privileges” to go off-campus for lunch instead of having to stomach whatever Miss Debbie was serving up in the cafeteria that day. Getting to watch the movie “Boiler Room” in economics class instead of having to learn about, like, actual economics. The way how, for the first time in all your 18 years of being a person, it was cool to just do nothing for once.

Home-pool advantage?

Indians, Golden Knights go wall-to-wall in annual swim rivalry

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The Indians and Golden Knights went head to head in a rivalry meet at Howard T. Ennis in Georgetown on Thursday, Jan. 5.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The Indians and Golden Knights went head to head in a rivalry meet at Howard T. Ennis in Georgetown on Thursday, Jan. 5.It was hard to decide which was the home team when the Indian River and Sussex Central high school swim teams faced off at Howard T. Ennis in Georgetown on Thursday, Jan. 6. With both squads sharing the pool at Howard T. Ennis for home meets and often for practices, they certainly know each other well.

And, while the Indians may have gotten the best of this year’s matchup, with a 111-57 win for the boys and 92-74 win for the girls, the annual district rivalry is one to which, win or lose, both teams always look forward.

“It’s always very friendly; our teams get along really well,” said IR head coach Colin Crandell, who works with Central head coach Jeff Kilner on the Middlesex Beach Patrol in the summer. “It’s one of those environments where it’s real cooperative. We both tell each other what we’re seeing on the other team.”

‘The Baron’ to host pickleball demo at Sea Colony

Coastal Point • File Photo: A pickleballer goes for a backhand during a tournament last summer in Sea Colony.Coastal Point • File Photo: A pickleballer goes for a backhand during a tournament last summer in Sea Colony.The Fitness Center at Sea Colony is helping local pickleball players beat the cold this winter, offering a variety of sessions at their indoor facilities through March.

While the sessions are open to both residents and non-residents of Sea Colony, and to pickleball players of all skill levels, the facility will amp things up with an introductory demo this Wednesday, Jan. 18, hosted by none other than Vaughn “The Baron” Baker of the First State Pickleball Club (FSPC).

“We’re doing this so people can enjoy themselves during the winter,” said Sea Colony Assistant Fitness Manager Michael Pitts, who gave the sport a try himself this winter. “Everyone that has walked by that and seen it going on has jumped in and had a great time. It’s just a lot of fun and it’s a great facility perfect facility for this game.”

Exercise and weight loss are keys to a new you in 2017

With every new year come resolutions to get in shape and lose weight. Will this be the year that you stick to your guns and make it happen? Let’s look at why this year a new you could make a world of difference in your health and quality of life.

Extra Points – January 13, 2016

IR wrestling off to 1-0 start with dual-meet win over Laurel

While there’s been plenty of tournament action for the Indian River High School wrestling team already this season, the Indians kicked off their first dual meet of the season with a 54-17 win over Laurel on Wednesday, Jan. 4.

Tripple Overtime: Teams we’d like to see in Ice Cube’s new 3-on-3 basketball league

You know the guy in all those “Friday” movies? And those “Next Friday” movies? And also those “The Next Friday after the Friday after the last Next Friday following the following Next Friday” movies?

Local squads come out on top at ‘Battle at the Beach’ tournament

Indians take fourth, gear up for duals

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: IR freshman Ramon Turner battles against Kyle Boothe from Oakland Mills in the 285 consolation bracket.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: IR freshman Ramon Turner battles against Kyle Boothe from Oakland Mills in the 285 consolation bracket.The beach has officially been battled at.

Some of the top wrestlers from 17 schools across the state and beyond showed up to hit the mats at Indian River High School for the “Battle at the Beach” wrestling tournament last Thursday, Dec. 28, and Friday, Dec. 29, with several local squads dominating the final standings.

Coming out on top was Sussex Central High School, with Cape Henlopen taking second, Emmaus High School from Pennsylvania placing third, and the Indians putting together one of their best team showings in recent years with a fourth-place finish in front of defending DII state champion Milford in fifth.

“Overall team performance, we wrestled an outstanding tournament,” said IR head coach Jeff Windish, who established the Battle of the Beach at IR in 2009.

Second-half surge send IR girls’ hoops past Milford

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant : Junior guard Fabrea McCray drives against a Milford defender during the second half of Tuesday’s win.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant : Junior guard Fabrea McCray drives against a Milford defender during the second half of Tuesday’s win.Refuse to lose.

That’s what Indian River High School head girls’ basketball coach Donna Polk told her squad before taking the court against Henlopen South rival Milford on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

And despite not having been able to take down the Bucs since the 2011-2012 season, that’s exactly what the Indians did, in a second-half comeback and eventual 23-19 division victory.

“After practice, we always do an assessment, and one of our seniors, Madi McGee, said at the last practice, ‘We have to get it together.’ So today, that’s what we said we had to do,” Polk explained of the mindset heading into the game and coming off of back-to-back losses at the Pat Burowski tournament over winter break.

“We had to get it together. Refuse to lose. Step up and do what we’re supposed to do. Today was just a total team effort. We saw a lot of good things today.”

After going up 2-0 on a pair of free-throws and managing to hold the lead until midway through the second quarter, a three-pointer from Milford senior Kiarra Brittingham broke the scoring drought and gave the Bucs a 3-2 advantage.

IR sophomore center Julia Jordan would answer and tie the game at 4-4 after putting back an offensive rebound, then end up doing it again just before the half; but Milford would still manage to take a 9-6 lead into the break.

Ten Mile Miracle to ‘Body Slam ALS’ at Frankford fire hall

Hill to hit the ropes in WWE-style ‘Battle Royale’

After being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as “ALS” and “Lou Gehrig’s disease”) in March of 2014, Tim Hill’s doctors told him to “take it easy” and to “get his affairs in order.”

He responded by walking 10 miles from Dewey Beach to Bethany Beach.

Then, he jumped out of an airplane.

Extra Points – January 6, 2016

IR boys’ hoops falls to 5-2 after loss to Milford

After a three-week hiatus, the Indian River High School boys’ basketball team returned to the court on Tuesday, Jan. 1, in a 68-38 loss to Milford. The division setback dropped the Indians to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the Henlopen South, as IR head coach B.J. Joseph faced off against his former team.