The LSLL Minor baseball team poses in their dugout. Members include Maggie Bare, Sophia Bowen, Addy Clark, Taygan Conaway, Angela Costango, Cierra Lewis, Jaelyn McCray, Mariah McCabe, Parker O’Shields, Macy Tubbs, Madelyn Wiest, Autumn Wille and Baylie Williamson.

LSLL Minor softball stays unbeaten

The Lower Sussex Little League Minors softball team has been on quite the tear to start their postseason run through the District 3 double-elimination bracket.

The LSLL girls on Tuesday, July 9, won their first two games to advance to the...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:48am

Gracie Hoban hurls one to homeplate during LSLL’s 15-4 win over Millsboro on Friday, June 28.

Stayin’ alive

LSLL Major softball battling in District 3 tourney

The Lower Sussex Little League 10-12 Major softball team remained heavily involved in the Little League Delaware District 3 tournament as of Coastal Point press time on Tuesday, July 2.

After an opening-round 15-4 win over Millsboro, the...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 10:18am

All-Star season set for first pitch

Summer baseball action is about to get as hot as the weather in the next few weeks, as the Lower Sussex Little League All-Star teams will begin their quests for 2019 championship glory in baseball and softball.

The District 3 State and Pat...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 9:40am

Indian River’s Abby O’Shields shows off her Blue-Gold All-Star Game Blue MVP trophy. O’Shields earned the honor throwing four innings of no-hit ball with three strikeouts.

O’Shields named Blue MVP in All-Star game

It was a collection of the best senior softball players the state had to offer on Tuesday, June 10, at the Dover Little League complex at the annual Blue-Gold All-Star game.

It took 10 innings, but thanks in part to a solo home run from...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 9:37am

Indian River High School All-Conference selections


First Team

Abby O’Shields, At-Large

Second Team

Grace Snyder, Catcher

Brandi Mitchell, First Base

Taylor Lipkins, Outfield

Kayler Townsend, At-Large

Honorable Mention


Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 9:26am

American Legion Posts 28, 24 sit atop OTS standings

With nearly a third of their 22nd season in the books, the Olde Tymers Softball (OTS) League finds itself with a two-way tie atop the circuit’s standings.

Both American Legion Post teams — Posts 28 and 24 — had identical 7-2 records as of...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 9:12am

Indian softball, boys lacrosse fall in post season tournaments

The magical second half run of success for the Indian River softball team came to an unfortunate end on Saturday, May 18, when they dropped a 1-0 decision to DE Military Academy in the quarterfinal round of the DIAA state playoffs at Midway...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 8:06am

Delaware Tribe Dominates

The Delaware Tribe 14U travel softball team was firing on all cylinders last weekend in the OBX Classic as they took home the tournament's championship out of 24 teams. The pitching duo of Kinsley Hall and Camryn Ehlers was practically...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:54am

Lindsey Grow

College Roundup

Grow finding success in pool for Milligan

Lindsey Grow, a 2017 graduate of Indian River High School, completed her sophomore season in the pool for the Milligan College women’s swimming team back in March. Milligan College is located in Johnson City, Tenn.

Grow, who calls...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 9:55am

Abby O’Shields pitched a perfect game earlier this season, which helped the Indians clinch the 11th seed in the DIAA tournament.

Indians stay hot, clinch No. 11 seed in DIAA tournament

On Tuesday, May 13, the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) released their brackets for the 2019 state championship softball tournament.

The Indian River High School squad, riding the high of an eight-game winning streak...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 9:45am

DCHS senior athletes sign letters of intent

On Wednesday, May 15, seven Delmarva Christian High School senior athletes sign letters of intent during a daytime ceremony held in the school’s Arts & Athletic Center. Pictured, with family and friends in attendance, front, A.J. Kwiatkowski...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 9:42am

SMS Sports Report

Baseball caps championship season with wins, finishes 8-1

The Selbyville Middle School baseball team was completely focused on just one thing Monday afternoon: defeat visiting Beacon, and finish off a conference championship-winning season.

Mission accomplished.

The Indians utilized a...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 8:38am

Indians honor softball seniors with win over Milford

On Tuesday, May 7, it was the final home game for three integral seniors on the Indian River High School softball team. Abby O’Shields, Grace Snyder and Kat Collins have been with the program for four seasons and have helped guide the program to...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 8:27am

From left are: Frankie Williams, Grady Meredith, Roger Howard, Bubba Stack, Johnny Walker, Steve Unger, Mrs. Gary Meredith, Harriet Mair, Steve Carey, Ducky Clemens, Bob Shaeffer and Pat Carey.

Olde Tymers Softball opens its 22nd year of action

The Olde Tymers Softball League held its Opening Day to commemorate its 22nd year of play on Tuesday, April 30, and also announced the names of nine individuals that a part of their inaugural Hall of Fame class.

The Hall of Fame inductees...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 10:16am

Lower Sussex Little League lights up

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

The weather has been a little inconsistent, but that hasn’t stopped our local kids from hitting the fields at Lower Sussex Little League.

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 10:00am

An Indian River Softball player lands a hit on a pitch earlier in the season.

Indians Softball continue winning ways

Following an impressive sweep at the Parker Invitational, the Indian River softball team returned from Spring Break with games against Cape Henlopen and Woodbridge, and continued their recent success with another pair of wins.

On Friday,...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 9:48am

An SMS softbal player connects with a pitch at a previous game.

Indians pummel Chipman in return from break

The Selbyville Middle School softball team wasted little time getting itself back into game mode following a 13-day layoff over the Spring Break. The Indians scored four runs in the first inning en route to a 23-1 thumping of visiting Chipman on...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 9:41am

Indian River’s softball team took home the title at the Henry S. Parker Invitational last week. Right, IR pitcher Abby O’Shields pitched the perfect game in Indian River’s first game on Friday, winning 12-0.

O’Shields, Snyder lead Indians to Parker Tourney title

It’s the crowning individual achievement for any pitcher on any level — the perfect game.

On Friday, April 19, Indian River senior pitcher Abby O’Shields accomplished the feat, and did it in dominating fashion. The left-hander fired her...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 9:19am

Former IR athletes continue their playing days

It’s only been a year away from Indian River, but 2018 graduate Kealey Allison has already made herself at home as a member of the women’s lacrosse team at McDaniel College.

Allison, a freshman midfielder for the Green Terror, has played...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 9:03am

Selbyville Middle’s Lily Hoban prepares for her at bat on Monday, April 8.

SMS Sports Report: Selbyville girls’ soccer continues their winning ways

It has been more than three years since the Selbyville Middle School girls’ soccer team has tasted defeat, and during that time they’ve collected an overall record of 37-0-1, including a 4-0 mark so far in 2019. The wins this year have come...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:21pm

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...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 9:26am

IR pitcher Abigail O’Shields sends one flying in Tuesday’s 0-5 loss to Smyrna High School on Tuesday, April 2.

Young Indians facing growing pains early

When eight of 12 softball players on a team are either sophomores or freshmen, it is certainly possible to face some struggles early in a season. The jump from JV or middle school softball to the “big show” of varsity competition can take some...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 9:54am

SMS Sports Report

Softball: Softball team dominates in win over Fifer


Jaya Shaub banged out four hits and was just a home run shy of the cycle in Selbyville Middle School’s 11-4 softball win over host Fifer on Monday, April 1.

Shaub had a...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 9:37am

IR pitcher Abby O’Shields celebrates after a strikeout last year.

O’Shields, Indians pick up win

Senior lefty strikes out 18 Panthers over 10 innings

Coming into the season, the Indian River High School softball team knew it was young overall, but could rely on three key seniors to keep the team focused and ready.

Evidence to prove that came in the very first game of the season, against...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 8:55am

An Indian River Softball player at bat at a practice. This year’s team is young, but with some strong leaders, according to new coach Sam O’Shields.

Talented group has IR softball expecting big things this year

Indians return 11 from last year’s division champs

A solid core group of players returns for the Indian River softball team this season, and it has led to some lofty expectations for the squad for the 2019 campaign.

Leading the way will be new head coach Sam O’Shields, who takes over for...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 8:59am

OTS gearing up for 22nd year

Organization set to induct first Hall of Fame class

The Olde Tymers Softball League (OTS) is set to begin its 22nd year this coming season, and this year they have created a Hall of Fame to honor members from the past who have played or supported the league.

Established as a senior softball...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 8:53pm

O’Shields takes over IR softball program

The Indian River High School softball program will have a new boss leading the charge this season, but players on the team are very familiar with the guy calling the shots.

Long-time teacher and coach Sam O’Shields is taking over the IR...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 8:48pm

Women & Girls in Sports Day

Indian River High School senior Abby O’Shields was on-hand as Delaware Gov. John Carney signed a proclamation on Feb. 6 declaring Women & Girls in Sports Day in the state. O’Shields, who recently signed her letter-of-intent to continue her...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:41am

Lower Sussex Little League signups now under way

Football season is now officially over, with the Super Bowl having been played last weekend. (By the way, let’s not talk about that game at all.)

On to baseball — and softball — it’s time to lace up the cleats, throw on that helmet and...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:11am

IR senior Abby O’Shields was flanked by several members of her family last week when she announced her intentions of signing to play softball for Division II East Stroudsburg University (PA). The left-handed pitcher chose the Warriors over the University of Delaware and Goldey Beacom. With Abby at the announcement were (front row, left to right) cousin Grace Schifano, sister Parker O’Shields, cousin Anthony Schifano, sister Savannah O’Shields, (back row, left to right) grandmother Ruth Schifano, mother Ther

O’Shields sets sights on the circle at ESU

She has had a very strong couple of years inside the circle for the Indian River High School softball team, and those efforts have led to several colleges expressing interest in her services.

Ultimately, for IRHS senior Abby O’Shields, it...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 11:46am

Laurel High School senior Nicole Patille signs a letter of intent to attend Siena College in New York, where she’ll play softball. Shown with the Ocean View native, third from left, at last week’s press conference are, from left: front row, her brother, Dominic Patille; her mother, Christine Patille; and her father, Michael Patille; and, back row, LHS assistant principal Rhiannon O’Neal, principal Stephanie Smith, softball coach Jodi Green and athletic director Jerry Mears.

Patille to play softball at Siena College

Nicolle Patille of Ocean View transferred to Laurel High School last year and became a leader on its young softball team. She enters the 2019 season as a senior, having already officially committed to attend Siena College in Loudonsville, N.Y.,...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 11:07am

A runner from the Terrapins slides into homeplate during the 2018 Pat Knight softball championship game.

Lower Sussex 8-10 softball sweeps Pat Knight title

It was the last game in town on Sunday night, and it was yet another summer championship for the Lower Sussex Little League to celebrate.

The LSLL 8-10 softball team captured the 2018 Pat Knight softball title with a clean sweep through...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 12:28pm

Asia-Pacific’s Diane Pasco throws a pitch during Game 16 of the Senior League Softball World Series on Thursday, Aug. 2.

Softball World Series play on display in Roxana



Little League Senior League Softball World Series action continued in Roxana this week, as girls ages 13 to 16 from around the world competed for the title, which crowned the 2018 world champions from Asia-Pacific on Sunday, Aug...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 12:43pm

District 3’s Taylor Wroten gets a solid hit during their 8-4 win over eventual champions Asia-Pacific on Thursday, Aug. 2.

District 3 comes up short of World Series repeat, finishes third

The pressure — whether they showed it or not — was certainly there from the opening pitch.

As the defending champs — in any sport — the bull’s eye is squarely on you. Such was the case with Delaware District 3 in this year’s 2018 Little...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 12:31pm

Point of No Return — World Series is about more than just the games

The Senior League Softball World Series.

It’s basically become something that’s just ingrained in our community now, right? For 15 years, the people from District 3 and Lower Sussex Little League — your friends, co-workers and neighbors,...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:36pm

Aniyah Blake and Shaniya Lewis get their groove on in the misting rain dur

LSLL Major League softball team’s magical ride comes to an end

The magical ride that has consumed the Lower Sussex region over the past three weeks came to an end last Friday, July 27, as the Lower Sussex Little League Major League softball team fell 9-3 to Rhode Island in the semifinals of the Little League...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 1:32pm

District 3’s Taylor Wroten and Jordan DiFava give high-fives after Wroten struck out another East batter during Game 1 of the Senior League Softball World Series on Monday night.

Local host team going strong in Senior League Softball World Series

It was an exciting first two-plus days of Little League Senior League Softball World Series action at the Pyle Complex early this week, as players, their coaches and fans from 10 different teams from all over the world descended upon lower Sussex...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 1:04pm

Following their 4-2 win over Maine on Tuesday, July 24, members of the Lower Sussex Little League’s Major League Softball team engaged their fans with a chant of ‘Dela-who,’ and the fans responded with ‘Dela-Ware.’

Still rolling

Coastal Point • Susan Lyons: Following their 4-2 win over Maine on Tuesday, July 24, members of the Lower Sussex Little League’s Major League Softball team engaged their fans with a chant of ‘Dela-who,’ and the fans responded with ‘Dela-Ware.’...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:58am

Laniya Lewis slides into third safe in the 14-1 win over Camden-Wyoming.

LSLL Majors take state softball championship

The moment was a year in the making.

For the Lower Sussex Little League Major League girls’ softball team, their sole focus after falling just short of their state title run in 2017 was to get back to the championship this season — and,...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 2:00pm

Sophie Scurci tries to get back to second base in LSLL’s 11-10 loss to Laurel on Saturday, July 21.

LSLL 8-10 softball misses District 3 title in narrow 10-inning loss

Success and disappointment are both common in sports, and such was the case for the Lower Sussex Little League 8-10 girls’ softball team this postseason.

Having cruised through their first three District 3 games, the LSLL All-Stars were...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:51pm

Kinsley Hall and Laniaya Lewis try to catch a throw from the outfield during District 3’s win over Laurel/Nanticoke on Thursday, July 5.

Lower Sussex Major League softball takes District 3 championship

LSLL Senior League baseball also tops in district

After cruising through their first two opponents in the District 3 All-Star Major League Softball Tournament last week, the Lower Sussex Little League team fought tooth-and-nail against a very tough Laurel/Nanticoke squad in back-to-back contests...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:33pm

Old Tymers round third base in a game on Tuesday, July 10.

Old Tymers league keeps seniors on the softball field year-round

For 20 years now, the game of softball has been kept alive and well for more than 160 Sussex County senior men who continue playing a game they love.

The Old Tymers Softball of Delmarva League has been thriving and growing continuously on...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:46pm

LSLL’s Camryn Ehlers fires a pitch towards the plate during Sunday night’s District 3 opening contest against Georgetown. Ehlers finished with a perfect game, including five strikeouts, in LSLL’s 14-0 win.

LSLL 10-12 softball kicks off tournament with a shutout

The Lower Sussex Little League’s 10- to 12-year-old girls’ softball team had an impressive start to their District 3 tournament, with a 14-0 opening win over Georgetown on Sunday, July 1.

Pitcher Camryn Ehlers fired a perfect game for LSLL...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:09pm

From left, Abby O’Shields, Taylor Wroten, Zoe Wilcox, Coach Jay Davis and Ashlyn Stonebreaker celebrate with the 2018 Carpenter Cup High School Softball Showcase championship trophy following the 6-5 win over Berks Lancaster Lebanon last week.

IR’s O’Shields helps Delaware South win Carpenter Cup

It was quite a ride for Indian River High School’s Abby O’Shields and her Delaware South teammates in the 2018 Philadelphia Phillies Carpenter Cup high school showcase tournament.

O’Shields and crew took down Berks Lancaster Lebanon...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:06pm

Abigail O’Shields sends a pitch to homeplate in IR’s 4-1 loss to Lake Forest on Monday, May 21.

Indians softball stymied by Spartans

Timely hitting. It’s the key to a team potentially winning or losing a game. Unfortunately for the Indian River High School softball team, their guests were able to get the timely hits this week, and they were not.

Stymied all game by Lake...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 2:40pm

Indian River’s softball squad joins hands before the game, knowing the South Division title was on the line.

Indians softball locks up Henlopen South with win over Riders

If you did the math beforehand, you kind of had a feeling about the significance of Tuesday’s Henlopen Conference South Division contest between the softball teams of Caesar Rodney and Indian River high schools.

Coming into the game, the...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 12:00pm

Junior pitcher Abby O’Shields gets ready to fire the ball during Tuesday’s game against Milford.

O'Shields, Indians dominate defending state champs

When a pitcher can get early run support, it makes life so much easier in the circle.

Such was the case on Tuesday afternoon, May 8, for Indian River High School junior Abby O’Shields. The southpaw tossed a complete-game, one-hit shutout...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 3:54pm