Season in review: Recapping Indian River’s 2017 fall sports season

DAGSBORO – All in all, Indian River’s fall sports had quite a bit of success in 2017.

Field hockey, boys’ soccer and volleyball each made the DIAA state tournament this season. The girls’ cross country squad earned the 2017 Henlopen Conference Southern Division regular season title.

Cross country

Indian River’s boys’ cross country squad finished the regular season at 2-9, earning meet wins over Delmar (21-40) and Sussex Academy (21-36).

At the Henlopen Conference Championships at Killens Pond, Indian River placed ninth out of 12 schools with a team score of 204.

Seniors on roster: Travis Barnes, Ithan Dunlap, Cameron Hall and Nathaniel McCabe.

The girls’ cross country squad finished with the regular season Southern Division title, earning the title with a 7-4 regular season record.

In the Henlopen Conference Championships in early November, the Lady Indians finished sixth-place with a team score of 164. Micayla Meehan and Lauren Meehan earned the top two scores for the team in the meet.

Seniors: Olivia Garvey and Jewel Yanak.

Field hockey

Under the leadership of head coach Jodi Stone, the Lady Indians finished with a 7-5-3 regular season record to make their second consecutive state tournament appearance.

A 1-0 first-round loss to Lake Forest ended IR’s season Nov. 7, but the Lady Indians have set themselves up for a strong showing over the next few years.

IR seniors graduating in the spring: Samantha Whelen, Kaleigh Cordrey, Katrina Staib, Delaney Brannon, Leah Brasure and Mya Parks.


The Indians stunned the favored Glasgow Dragons with a 21-20 Week 1 victory to kick-off the 2017 fall season.

Sophomore quarterback Jalen Snead tossed three touchdowns in the one-point win, including the game-winner to fellow sophomore Kevin Custis.

IR would go on to lose the next nine games to finish at 1-9 on the season but with a young core of talented players on the offensive side of the ball, the Indians hope to be contenders over the next few seasons.

Boys’ soccer

For the third consecutive season, head coach Steve Kilby’s IR soccer team put up double-digit wins in the regular season and made a DIAA state championship appearance.

Indian River fell just shy in the championship, losing to Caravel 2-0.

Seniors: Oscar Cruz-Osorio, Edgardo Velasquez, Wilberth Gonzalez-Gomez, Ryan Burbridge and Francisco Hernandez.


Head coach Jim Barnes and his volleyball program took a step in the right direction last season, finishing with a winning record at 8-7, but the team took its success to the next level this season.

The Lady Indians finished at 14-1, dropping its lone regular season match, 3-2, to a strong Smyrna squad Oct. 10.

Although IR fell short in the Henlopen Conference championship, 3-0 to Smyrna once again, the Indians earned the No. 7 seed and a first-round bye in the DIAA state tournament.

IR’s dream season ended with a second-round loss to Red Lion Christian Academy, but this could just be the start of things for this volleyball program.

Seniors: McKenzie Johnson, Julia Bomhardt and Carly Collins.

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