After losing their 5-year-old daughter to cancer in 2011, the Vogel family vowed to help other families in the same situation.
“Our biggest thing is Gabby didn’t get well,” said her mother, Carolynn Vogel. “Unfortunately, the cancer was terminal upon diagnosis, and there have been no medical advances in over 30 years in her type of cancer.”
Sussex Technical High School hosted the Delaware Special Olympics Basketball Skills Competition on Monday morning, Nov. 17, inviting select athletes from Sussex County elementary schools to participate in a variety of competitions involving various basketball skills, with a chance at winning medals.
Lord Baltimore Elementary School sent Omar Baker, Alex Gomez, Rebecca Kelly, David LeCates, Mason Leith, Isaac Lowman, Alijah Taylor and Harmony Tuelia as athletes to compete in such skills as dribbling, shooting and passing.
Helping the athletes as Unified Partners were students Gabriel Mouynivong and Laysha Salazar-Molina, who teamed up with the athletes to assist in any way they could to help their teammates earn a medal.
Taylor, who loves his mom and wanted everyone to know that, represented Lord Baltimore in carrying the Olympic torch to the podium, as he waved his hand in model fashion and helped take part in kicking off the event, which was organized by Jon Buzby, director of media relations for Special Olympics Delaware, assisted by around a hundred Sussex Tech students, all belonging to the Project Unify Club.
Nov. 13 was National Signing Day — a day when thousands of high school seniors sign letters of intent to continue playing their sport of choice at their choice of a higher-education institution — and Maggie Allison, a senior at Indian River High School, was one of those select few elite athletes across the country, signing her letter of intent to play NCAA Division I lacrosse for the Tigers of Towson University.
“I don’t even know the words to describe it... I just feel happy, thankful. It’s a relief to actually have signed,” Allison said after the official signing.
Allison’s achievement of being one of the few high school students around the country to accept the scholarships awarded to a NCAA Division 1 college athlete is made all the more impressive when one considers that her high school does not currently field a women’s lacrosse team upon which Allison can play.
The 2014 season for the Indian River boys’ soccer team came to a heartbreaking end last Wednesday night, at the new Dover High School in the outskirts of Dover, against No. 1-ranked Caravel Academy, a private school known as an athletic powerhouse that competes in the DIAA Division II championships despite boasting an almost all student-athlete student body and athletic resources few schools in Delaware have the luxury of utilizing.
Caravel came into the contest boasting a 13-1-1 record, while the Indians, 10-4-1, came into the contest red-hot, winners of seven of their last eight matches, outscoring opponents 60-14, for a goal differential of 46 points.
The battle on the pitch that night was set to be a hard-fought one, as two of the most elite teams in Delaware soccer — Division I included — faced off.
Before kickoff, the Indians kneeled in a huddle as a unit, to prepare each other for the obstacle laid before them and display their strength in unity. After all, the defending Division II champs had begun the season facing some of the best soccer clubs not just in the state, but in the country. They showed they belonged in the same category, despite what the numbers of wins and losses said.
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After falling short in the Henlopen Conference championship, the Indian River High School soccer team rebounded with a 6-1 win against No. 12 McKean last Saturday night to advance to the DIAA semi-finals.
Freshman midfielder Oscar Cruz got the Indians on the board early, finding the net from nearly 20 yards out for the go-ahead goal.
Senior midfielder Danny Garza would score back-to-back goals to make it 3-0, one of them off an assist from sophomore Johan Cordoba. Senior forward Luis Cruz would set up Garza for his second goal and would make it 4-0 with a goal of his own on a free kick just before the half.
The No. 4 Indians continued to tack on scores in the second half, with Oscar Cruz netting his second goal of the game, to make it 5-0.
After the 6-1 quarterfinal victory, the defending state champs earned a spot in the semi-finals against No. 1-ranked Caravel last Wednesday, Nov. 10, (after Coastal Point press time).
After being eliminated from playoff contention, the only thing that the Indian River and Sussex Central high school football teams had left to play for last Friday night was pride.
Considering the circumstances, neither team disappointed in their final games of the season, in a shootout and back-and-forth matchup through three quarters that Golden Knights eventually capped off with a 42-28 victory.
“I thought the effort was super,” said Indian River head coach Ray Steele after the game. “We played great. I think we got wore down a little second half, but I have no complaints about the way they played. I thought they left everything on the field.”
“We slowed down a little bit, then that fourth quarter — that’s what got us. Other than that, we all played great,” added senior OL/DL Spencer Sturla. “I left everything on the field. That’s all you can do.”
After starting the season with a surprising seven losses, the Indian River High School volleyball team finished the 2014 season a disappointing 3-12, despite high expectations.
“I think it was disappointing,” said senior co-captain Taylor Bunting. “We had talent, but we couldn’t work it all together.”
After somewhat of a rebuilding year in 2013-2014, the Indian River High School girls’ basketball team will take the court this season returning multiple starters and with higher expectations.
Wilgus Associates will host the Ten Mile Miracle for ALS on Saturday, Nov. 22, in Bethany Beach.
The run was established to help raise money for the Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s ALS Clinic, after Wilgus Associates Vice President Tim Hill was diagnosed with the disease. All of the proceeds from the event will go to the clinic.
Washington Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden had a decision to make going into last Sunday’s matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. Start the quarterback with the hot hand? Or the one with the $21 million contract?
On the surface, 2-1 is a familiar score for the Indian River and Caesar Rodney high school soccer teams. Not only was it the score of last year’s Henlopen Conference Championship game, but it was also the score when the two teams met in the 2013 regular season — with the Indians on the winning end of both match ups.
While this year’s Conference Championship score was no different, the conference champion was, as the Riders overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit to lock in their first title since 2008.
The game between the Henlopen North and South champs went scoreless for the majority of the first half, until senior forward Luis Cruz scored on a free kick in the 36th minute from nearly 20 yards out.
Just 30 seconds in the second half, however, the Riders would answer the call when senior midfielder Jose Quinonez-Alvarez found himself with a wide-open shot in front of the goal for the equalizer.
Every year, the Henlopen Conference Cross Country Championships are held at Killens Pond. However, for the first time in what is believed to be 40 years, Indian River High School became the first school to break tradition and host the event.
“It’s a huge deal, we bucked tradition,” said Indian River High School Cross Country Coach Frank Ryman.
Overall, Ryman said that the event was successful in accommodating the 12 schools competing in both boys and girls cross country at the varsity and junior varsity levels.
“It wasn’t just Indian River, it was coaches from the other schools, that all pitched in and made it happen,” he noted. “We did a lot of the initial work up front but when it came time to help the runners through the shoot, take times, move runners along, everybody pitched in.”
With home course advantage and added motivation, most of the Indian River runners bettered their times.
Heading into last Friday night’s matchup against Henlopen South rival Delmar, the Indian River High School football team still had high hopes for the state playoffs. However after the Wildcats’ 42-6 victory, not only do the Indians find themselves at 4-5 and eliminated from playoff contention, but in danger of their first losing season in well over 10 years.
“I don’t think we’ve had a losing record since 2001, 2002,” said head coach Ray Steele. “This is a pride thing now.”
The Wildcats moved the ball on the ground with ease throughout the first half behind senior quarterback Shane Leatherbury and freshman running back Brooks Parker, scoring early and often.
“We could not tackle,” said Steele. “We didn’t come to play, we made every mistake we could make. Their big plays offensively came on plays that we practiced against all week long. The kids never quit, we just never played well.”
Offensively, the Indians didn’t fair much better, as turnovers off fumbles, including one that was returned for a touchdown, continued to give the Wildcats scoring opportunities to cash in on, and they did.