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Indians basketball ready to reload

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Left, from left, Shaquille Hall, Da’Von Justice and Kei Juan Major.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Left, from left, Shaquille Hall, Da’Von Justice and Kei Juan Major.The 2013-2014 Indian River High School boys’ basketball regular season ended on an extremely high note, as they played their best basketball when it counted most, down the stretch, and guaranteed their spot in the 2014 DIAA state tournament. The 2014-2015 Indians will look to repeat that success this season while aiming to bring back a Henlopen South Division title to the school and make a longer run in the 2015 tournament.

The key for this Indians team to maintain and build on the success of the past two years is to remain a tough opponent to defeat by playing a tenacious style of defense — quickly becoming the hallmark of the team — and a selfless style of offense, favoring the hot hand playing the smartest basketball.

Young Lady Indians swim team aims to build on recent success

The 2013-2014 regular season for the Indian River High School girls’ swim team was one of — if not the most — successful season in the program’s short history. The Lady Indians went 8-3 and had several personal bests in finishing at the individual state meets at the University of Delaware, and they ended the regular season on a six-meet winning streak.

Boys’ swim team looks to beat last year’s 9-2 record

The Indian River High School boys’ swimming program took huge strides last year, both in the conference and the state, only losing team meets to traditional powerhouses Cape Henlopen and Caesar Rodney. A strong core of record-setting seniors led the Indians into the upper-echelon of Henlopen Conference swimming and knocked on the door of the DIAA record books.

Sussex Central wins sportsmanship award

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Sussex Central athletes proudly displayed their new sportsmanship award banner at the October school board meeting.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Sussex Central athletes proudly displayed their new sportsmanship award banner at the October school board meeting.Sports are often remembered in terms of the final score, but the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association wants sportsmanship to be just as important. And Sussex Central High School has portrayed that mentality to win the 2014 DIAA Sportsmanship Award.

“It’s a competition against a set of standards. It’s a very difficult set of standards to meet,” said Kevin Charles, DIAA executive director, “to create a school culture … where doing the right thing is the expectation. It’s what a student naturally does, instinctively does, in a difficult situation.”

It comes down to how students decide to react in difficult situations, on and off the field, he said.

“How are you, as a student, going to respond to that?” Charles asked. “In DIAA, the sports field is the classroom, and coaches are the teachers. We’re teaching life skills through interscholastic athletics.”

Thanksgiving 5K to raise money for childhood-cancer research

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.”

Lord Baltimore sends students to Special Olympics competition

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : David LeCates performs a dribbling drill.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : David LeCates performs a dribbling drill.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.

IRHS’s Allison signs with Towson University lacrosse

Coastal Point • Aaron Mushrush : IR’s Maggie Allison, center, signs with the Towson University Tigers lacrosse team on Nov. 13, with her parents, (left and right) in attendance.Coastal Point • Aaron Mushrush : IR’s Maggie Allison, center, signs with the Towson University Tigers lacrosse team on Nov. 13, with her parents, (left and right) in attendance.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.

Indian River reaches semi-finals, loses by 1 to No. 1

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The Indian River soccer team after a tough loss to No.1 ranked Caravel Academy on Wednesday, Nov. 12.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The Indian River soccer team after a tough loss to No.1 ranked Caravel Academy on Wednesday, Nov. 12.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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Indians face No. 1 Caravel in semis

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : The Indian River soccer team was set to face No. 1 Caravel at Coastal Point press time on Wednesday, Nov. 12. A win in that game would earn them their second consecutive state championship appearance.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : The Indian River soccer team was set to face No. 1 Caravel at Coastal Point press time on Wednesday, Nov. 12. A win in that game would earn them their second consecutive state championship appearance.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).

Central passes Indian River in fourth-quarter rally

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Indian River junior running back KiAnté Sturgis tries to shake a tackle in the Indians’ 42-28 loss at Sussex Central last Friday night. Sturgis finished the game with 22 carries for 198 yards and three touchdowns.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Indian River junior running back KiAnté Sturgis tries to shake a tackle in the Indians’ 42-28 loss at Sussex Central last Friday night. Sturgis finished the game with 22 carries for 198 yards and three touchdowns.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.”

Indian River volleyball looks to rebuild for next season

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.”

Indian River girls’ hoops holds playoff hopes

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.

Ten Mile Miracle for ALS set for Nov. 22

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.