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l 9d --RIDAY MARCH 2 - MONDAY, MARCH 5. 2012 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Cape Gazette IR' Longtime assistant wins state title first year as head coach Ray Steele named Ray Steele, who guided Indian River High School to a perfect 12- 0 record and the Division II foot- ball championship, has been named the Tubby Raymond Coach of the Year by the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association and will accept the award at the an- nual DSBA banquet Thursday, March 22, at Dover Downs. "This is kind of like the' icing on the cake. It's a great feeling," Steele said of earning the Ray- mond Award. "It's kind of like a dream. As a team we accom- plished everything and then some that we set out to do. It's left me with some things that I'll never forget." Steele is quick to give thanks to the community, the student body, the cheerleaders and the march- ing band for helping the team create one unforgettable season. :h of the Year However, Steele's players are quick to deflect a lot of the credit back to him. After all, he is the one who had the faith in them to run a no-huddle offense behind senior quarterback ]amie ]ar- mon. "I think [Steele] had some kind of an inspiration I guess that no other coaches have tried in years past with the kinds of athletes we had come through as far as the fast, smart kids we had behind center," said Tyler Dean, a wide receiver and cornerback for IR. "This year he was able to con- tribute by telling us, 'Let's work on this no-huddle offense. If you guys want a state title, we'll do something that's rarely ever done in high school sports that we could probably master,' So he put the no-huddle in for us." P] Kraushaar, the team's middle linebacker, said it went far deeper than X's and O's when it came to Steele's success. After all, the In- dians went just 5-5 in the two sea- sons before Steele became the head coach. "He's always upbeat," Kraushaar said. "He keeps the tempo up for practice and keeps everybody looking forward to the next day. He brought a lot to the DAN COOK PHOTOS iNDIAN RIVER FOOTBALL COACH Ray Steele talks with quarterback Jamie Jar- mort during the Division II state championship game in December. Steele was re- cently named Coach of the Year by the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association. table that we as captains couldn't always do. He kept everybody happy and he's an awesome coach." In addition to the Raymond Award, the DSBA will hand out its annual awards for athlete of the year, team of the year and service to the sports commtmity. The DSBA also will recognize the Delaware Special Olympics Athlete of the will provide entertainment as the DSBA also recognizes the 2011-12 first-team All-State basketball, boys' soccer, cross country, field hockey, football, swimming, girls' volleyball and wrestling teams. A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner to follow at 6. Tickets are $50. Order tickets online at For more information on the banquet, contact DSBA vice pres- ident Jason Levine at 302-324-2539 or Year and otheI: notablehead-table guests. | Indian River football players dump a bucket of ice on coach Ray Steele after the team won the Division II state championship in December. Noted funny man Joe Conklin / F tball G ter schools across the entire state TechnicalHighSchool, willlead Blue-Gold Athletic Committee Blue'Gold All-Star oo ame are invited to participate, helping the Bluesquad. Dave Collins, as- chair for 2012. spread DFRC's message Of diver- sistant coach at Hodgson; Cordie Sponsored by DFRC, the Blue- hes and rosters nced sityand acceptance throughout Greenlee, head coach at Delcas- Gold All-StarFootball Game has coac annou their schools and communities, tle Technical High School; Bill been played annually for 56 Michael Hyde. head coach at Muehleisen, assistant coach at years. Proceeds from the game Game will be held at 7 p.m., June 23 st. Andrew's School, will coach Hodgson: and Donovan Alder- are used to support programs for the Gold team. Hyde has select- man, head coach at John Dickin- individuals with intellectual dis- The Blue-Gold All-Star Foot- Romey Johnson and Sammy ed Danny Cadeloro, assistant son High School, will assist abilities throughout Delaware. ball Game Co mmittee of the Mohr have been selected to play coach at Caesar Rodney High Moffett on the Blue team.The 2012 game will be held Sat- Delaware Foundation Reaching in the game. School; Bob Cuthrell, assistant Joe Hemphill, athletic direc- urday, June 23, at Delaware Sta- Citizens with intellectual disabil- The Blue and Gold squads coach at St. Andrew's; Steve tor and assist~ant dean of stu- dium in Newark. Opening cere- ittes has announced the players consist of senior players chosen Grundy, assistant coach at dents at St. Elizabeth High monies begin at 6 p.m. and kick- for the 57th annual DFRC Blue- from across Delaware as stu- Newark High School; and Chuck School; will return, as camp di- off is at 7 p.m. The entire com- Gold All-Star Foot-ball Game. dents of outstanding character Hudson, assistant coach at St. rector, with Jody Russell of Tat- "munity is welcome and encour- The game showcases Delaware's who are exceptional football Andrew's, as the Gold team as- nail School and Fred Johnson of aged to attend. finest high school students, who players. The first Blue-Gold sistant coaches for this year's Lake Forest High School as assis- Additional information is participate as football players, Game was played Aug. 25, 1956. game, tant camp directors. Markavailable online at www.dfrc- cheerleaders, band members and Today more than 45 public, pri- Frank Moffett, head coach at DelPercio of Middletown High or by calling the school ambassadors. Cape's vate, parochial, vo-tech and char- Paul M. Hodgson Vocational School is serving as the DFRC DFRC office at 302-454-2730. DELAWARE SHORE CROWNS INDOOR LEAGUE CHAMPIONS SUBMITTED PHOTOS TEAM D won the gold medal of the Delaware Shore Field Hockey indoor league elementary division with a 2-0 win over Team C. Mia Carulli and Erin Kay had the goals to earn the champiohship. Shown in back are (l-r) Samantha Nichols, Delaney Zolper, Erin Kay and Mia Carulli, andin front are Ellie Cerchio, Riley Robert and Kayla Berkentine. In the first semifinal game, fourth- seeded Team C upset top-seeded Team E by a final of 1-0. Rylee Pettyjohn got the game winner in a defensive battle led by her teammate, Stephanie Karl, who con- stantly denied shots by the opponents. Samie Jacona led the defensive effort for Team E. ' In the other semifinal game, Team D took the opening-half lead behind a pair of goals by Mia Carulli. De any Z01per got the game-winning goal early in the sec~ pad half before Team A started its come- back with goals by Maggie Kemp and Marcella Sabbaugh. The second-place team included in back (I-r) Sydney Adamcik, P~ylee Pet- tyjohn, Caitlin Gallagher and Stephanie Karl; and front Molly Mendes and Amiah Tucker.