IR Sports Report

Indian River golfers cruise to wins

When a team is as balanced as the Indian River High School golf team, they can go out confidently, knowing anyone of the players could turn in a winning performance.

That’s exactly how IR golf coach Billy Wingate said he feels each and every time he puts his lineup out before every match. He knows, without a doubt, any one of his six golfers could be that match’s medalist (lowest score).

On Tuesday, April 9, all six of the Indians in the lineup carded scores lower than the best Woodbridge golfer as IR cruised to a 167-242 victory at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club.

Junior Colby Hook fired a three-over-par 39 to take medalist honors for the match. Classmate Patrick Gogarty was two back with a 41, while freshman Ben Brzozowski’s 43 was good enough for third. Senior Luke Morgan (44), sophomore Zach Lingenfelter (46) and Ryan Stone (48) also played a hand in the winning formula for the Indians.

“We had another great day on the course,” said Coach Wingate. “The team is playing on all cylinders right now. It seems anyone of the players can go low at any time. Last week, it was Patrick Gogarty shooting lights out, and this week it was Colby. The rest of the team is really contributing as well, to shoot in the 160s. They are having fun.”

Last Thursday, April 4, the Indians fired off another winning performance with a 161-194 decision over Delmarva Christian at Mulligan’s Pointe in Georgetown, which will be the site of the Henlopen Conference championship meet.

Gogarty’s even par-36 was one better than the Royals’ Chris Vonhof (37).

Hook shot a 40, with Morgan (42) and Brzozowski (43) coming into the clubhouse with the next lowest scores ahead of DCHS’s Max Kichline’s 47.

The Indians are now off until Tuesday, April 16, when they will host divisional opponent Lake Forest at Cripple Creek. It is the first of two at home as Cape Henlopen visits on Thursday, April 18.

Baseball: Indians’ win streak ends

The Indian River baseball team saw its four-game win streak come to a close last Saturday, April 6, when visiting St. Marks edged the Indians, 6-5, in a non-conference tilt.

IR had jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after the first inning, thanks to a two-run single from Chase Hall.

However, St. Marks responded with four runs in the top of the third.

The Indians would tie the score in the fourth when Grant Argo lined a two-RBI double into right field that scored Ian Shaner and Kyle Firle.

St. Marks would score two more in the sixth, which proved to be one more than the Indians could manage to come back from.

The Indians were set to travel to Cape Henlopen to square off with the defending state champion Vikings on Thursday, April 11, (after Coastal Point press time), before returning home for a game with Lake Forest on Friday, April 12. Results from those games will be found on the Coastal Point sports Facebook and Twitter pages.

Softball: Indians break out offensively, 11-1

The IR softball team was able to snap their three-game losing streak with a resounding 11-1 win on the road against Seaford on Thursday, April 4.

Senior pitcher Abby O’Shields fired a complete game with nine strikeouts, while allowing just the one run on three hits for IR.

The Indians were able to capitalize on six Seaford errors in the game, scoring at least one run in every inning before the mercy rule brought about the end of the game after five innings.

Kayler Townsend was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI, while Morgan Bomhardt was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored. Sam Derrickson, Jess Rybicki and Savannah O’Shields each also collected two hits in the IR 12-hit offensive showing. Derrickson’s triple was the biggest hit in the game for either team. Bomhardt, Rybicki and O’Shields each had doubles.

IR will host Lake Forest on Friday, April 12, before traveling north for a Saturday doubleheader against Charter School and Red Lion Christian Academy. Both games will be hosted at Red Lion. Results of those contests will be found on the Coastal Point sports Facebook and Twitter pages.

Boys’ tennis: Indians make it two in a row

The Indian River boys’ tennis team improved to 3-2 on the season following a pair of wins last week. The Indians defeated Cape Henlopen (3-2) on Wednesday, April 3, and Dover (3-2) on Monday, April 8.

The doubles teams of Brian Quezada and Yves Graf won their match at first doubles versus Dover, while Graf teamed with Josh Bird for the win against Cape. The duo of Blake Morgan and Dane Shuart won both their matches at second doubles.

Juan Linares won his match at third singles against Dover, while Jhony Ortiz picked up a win at second singles against Cape.

Girls’ lacrosse: Young Indians continue gaining experience

Morgan McGee scored twice, while Drew Szlasa and Madeline Harris each tallied one in the Indians’ 17-4 non-conference loss to visiting St. Marks on Saturday, April 6.

Goalie Allyson Clark faced 23 shots and made six saves for IR.

The Indians were set to host undefeated and multiple-time defending state champion Cape Henlopen on Wednesday, April 10, (after Coastal Point press time), before hitting the road for a contest with Sussex Tech. Results from the games will be found on the Coastal Point sports Facebook and Twitter pages.

Girls’ tennis: Indians fall to Delmarva Christian

Despite winning efforts from Maddie Galbreath at second singles and the duo of Analy Marquez and Katelyn Timmons at first doubles, it just wasn’t enough, as the Indians dropped a close one to Delmarva Christian, 3-2, on Tuesday, April 10.

IR was set to host Polytech on Wednesday, April 10, after Coastal Point press time, and Gunston School (Md.) on Friday, April 12. Results from those matches can be found on the Coastal Point sports Facebook and Twitter pages.


By Jason Feather

Staff Reporter