Sports


Racers take on the track in Georgetown.

September showdown: URC invades Georgetown Speedway

One of the highlights of the racing season at Georgetown Speedway is the annual “September Showdown.” That’s when the Capitol Renegade United Racing Club’s (URC’s) high-powered winged sprint cars come to Delaware for purse money and points.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:38am

Indians use big first half to post win over CR

A four-goal first half was all the offense the Indian River High School boys’ soccer team would need in defeating visiting Caesar Rodney, 4-2, in a divisional crossover game Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Indian River High School.

It was IR’s first...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:31am

in 66, coached by Dave Sroka, took the championship in the 2018 Olde Tymers Softball League of Delmarva this year.

Bin 66 takes Olde Tymers Softball championship

The 2018 Olde Tymers Softball League of Delmarva (OTS) recently completed the season’s playoffs, and there was a new champion this year.

Bin 66, coached by Dave Sroka, took the championship in the double-elimination tournament, outlasting...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:24am

Another week, another win for the Indian River High School volleyball team.

IR Sports Report

High school field hockey Indians sweep pair of games

Indians 5, Caesar Rodney 3: Indian River overcame a 2-1 halftime deficit in their Tuesday, Sept. 25, tilt with Caesar Rodney at the Delaware Turf Complex to score four second-half goals en...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:03am

Pickleball Points — thinking about a knee replacement?

So many folks have told me they are considering knee surgery that I thought it might be helpful to share some of my recent knee-replacement experiences.

I normally try to incorporate humor in my articles, but knee replacement is absolutely...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 10:57am

Indian River’s Kayler Townsend (24) pushes the ball up the field as Smyrna’s Julie Snow (3) gives chase.

IR volleyball sweeps Vikings, Wildcats

The Indian River High School girls’ volleyball team rebounded well from their loss to Caesar Rodney last week with a pair of Henlopen Conference wins this week.

On Tuesday, Sept. 18, IR made quick work of visiting Cape Henlopen with a 3-0...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 9:16am

IR Quarterback Tyler Bowen looks for room to run during last Friday’s game against Polytech.

Indians suffer loss to Polytech

It was another neutral-site contest last Friday, Sept. 14, for Indian River High School football team as they traveled to the Kent County Rec Center to face Polytech on the Kesserling Turf Field.

The Panthers used their size, strength and...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 9:05am

Pickleball Points — Pickleball’s cousin, tennis, and player rankings

Salisbury, Md., a town less than an hour inland, was known in tennis circles as Tennis USA in the 1960s and ’70s. Five years ago, I wrote a book called “Salisbury Tennis — The Camelot Years,” describing that incredible period.

To prove...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 9:00am

Millsboro Lanes prepares to host regional PBA event

Nestled just off of Route 113 is one of the premier bowling centers in Sussex County — Millsboro Lanes — which will be hosting a regional Professional Bowling Association qualifying event this Friday, Sept. 21, through Sunday, Sept. 23.

It...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 8:34am

 Indian River defensive player Nicholas Angelo, helps to make a play on Glasgow’s running back Daryn Bacon.

IR football kicks off season with win

Much like in life, one has to deal with adversity in sports as well, and how people respond to that adversity can go a long way toward determining success or failure.

With their opening game against Glasgow postponed last Friday night,...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 10:55am

Indian River volleyball players huddle up during their matchup vs. Worcester Prep on Friday, Sept. 7.

Indians volleyball splits first two matches of the season

With a team that consists of only juniors and sophomores, it wouldn’t be a stretch to think that there was the off-chance there could be some concern going into a sports season — especially a year after going 14-1 in the regular season.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 10:49am

Pickleball Points – Local pickleballers bring home medals from Senior Olympics

The Delaware Senior Olympics in pickleball, played indoors at the Kent County Parks & Recreation Center near Dover, concluded last weekend. My compliments to Sue Brooker and her army of volunteers — all members of our Delaware pickleball...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 10:15am

Movement is medicine

Ah, September! That wonderful time of year when we get our small beautiful town back from the tourists, the heat calms down, the trees start to turn beautiful colors — and school starts! Accccckkkkkk! Back-to-school shopping, school supplies,...

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 3:18pm

 Indian River graduate George Martin powers through the defensive line, losing his helmet in the process, during a game two years ago.

Optimism surrounds IR football team for ’18 campaign

While it was only a year ago, the 2017 season is a million miles in the rearview mirror for the Indian River High School football team and head coach Phillip Townsend.

After struggling through a 1-9 season last year, in which they lost...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 3:43pm

A pair of Indians go for a block during a past game.

Indians girls’ volleyball looking for ‘exciting’ season

Last season was truly special for the Indian River High School girls’ volleyball team, as they ran through the regular season with a 14-1 mark and a Henlopen Conference South Division title.

Two straight setbacks in the postseason brought...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 3:34pm

Oscar Cruz makes a play on the ball during a game two years ago.

IR boys' soccer eyes strong season

Very few teams have the run of success that the Indian River High School boys’ soccer program can claim: three straight trips to the DIAA Division II state championship game — with a title win in 2015.

And, over those three years, this...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 3:30pm

 Indian River field hockey player Sammi Whelen advances the balls upfield during IR’s 10-3 win over Worcester Prep during a game last year.

Young Indians field hockey players eager to get started

With a roster that features no seniors, the Indian River High School field hockey team will certainly have its work cut out for it this season. However, what they lack in seniors they more than make up for in desire, fight and determination....

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 3:20pm

Georgetown Speedway hosts Blast at the Beach

Anthony Perrego had a mirror full of Craig Van Dohren, who was 0.159 seconds behind him, when he took the checkers in the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series fueled by Sunoco Velocita-USA South Region event No. 5, Sunoco Modified at...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 3:11pm

Pickleball Points: Last call for Ocean City pickleball tournament entrants

The Ocean City indoor pickleball tournament is quickly approaching at Northside Park in Ocean City, Md. It will be Sept. 15, following on the heels of the Delaware Senior Olympics near Dover this weekend.

Ocean City event details are at...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 3:08pm

Mark Benston Jr. pulls ahead in a race against Ronnie Pace on Wednesday, Aug. 29.

Some dreams do come true

In an article last week, we met drag racer Mark Benston Jr., his father Mark Benston Sr. (who were misnamed last week), and North Star Racing co-owner Harry “Buck” Jarvis at their Dagsboro shop.

In that shop, Mark Benston Jr. and his...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 2:57pm

Fenwick Island Beach Patrol Capt. Tim Ferry is stepping away from lifeguarding after 43 years.

Ferry hops down off from lifeguard stand after 43 years

It’s been 43 years since Tim Ferry first became a lifeguard along Delaware shore, and more specifically at Bethany Beach. More recently, for the past 14 years, Ferry has been the lifeguard captain in Fenwick Island, and this weekend, after 43...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 6:25pm

The Indian River High School boys’ cross-country team trains on the beach in Bethany Beach. The boys hope to improve over last year.

Boys look to improve, girls want to repeat last season

It was a little over 10 years ago that then-Indian River High School soccer player Kelsey Minyon, looking to improve her speed on the soccer field, suggested to coach Frank Ryman that the school needed a cross-country team.

Ryman spoke to...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 12:21pm

Dagsboro dragracer Matt Benston Jr. works on the engine for his drag-racing car in his shop in Dagsboro.

Dagsboro drag-racer Benston ranked 8th nationally by NHRA

Two weeks ago, Dagsboro drag-racer Mark Benston Jr., who is currently ranked eighth nationally, blistered the quarter-mile drag strip at Capitol Raceway in Crofton, Md., in 3.96 seconds, reaching 197 mph. It was Benston Jr.’s fastest slip of his...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 12:14pm

Karlie Smith during her four years at East Carolina University. Smith just took a job at the University of Georgia as a digital media production assistant.

Where are they now? Karlie Smith

A successful scholastic and collegiate career on the softball diamond has come to a close for Indian River High School graduate Karlie Smith.

After four stellar seasons wearing the green-and-gold of IRHS, Smith ventured south to East...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 12:09pm

Pickleball Points: Play smarter, and the witness protection program

Everyone who knows me has heard me talk about the importance of practice and the prescription that 100,000 exact repetitions of a shot will serve you well. But there arrives a very important moment in the development of every player when they...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 11:55am

Amanda Whaley of Millsboro fought her way up to sixth from an 11th-place start. Whaley was recognized at KSE Racing’s Hard Charger of the night.

Madden wins at Georgetown, expands lead nationally

The World of Outlaws Dirt Late Model Modified national racing series visited Georgetown Speedway on Thursday, Aug. 16, for the annual Fulton Bank 40-lap $10,000-to-win race. The Georgetown Speedway race was the first of a four-race weekend as the...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 2:14pm

Pickleball Points: Adopt the third-shot drop

 If you want to compete among pickleballers from other communities, you need to learn and develop the third-shot drop strategy. Instructors generally show folks how to hit the third-shot drop, but perhaps students don’t understand how and why the...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 2:06pm

Tour de Sussex bike ride slated for Sept. 22

It’s nearly time for bicyclists near and far to get their rubber to the pavement as the 5th Annual Tour de Sussex is slated to take place on Sept. 22 at Delaware Technical Community College’s Owens Campus, located at 21179 College Drive in...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 1:56pm

Run, White & Blue to support scholarships for vets, first-responders

 Runners and walkers alike have an opportunity to trek across a 5K/1-mile course to help benefit scholarships for military veteran and first-responder students attending the Delaware Technical Community College’s Owens Campus.

On Patriots...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 1:52pm

Zumbathon to benefit Justin's Beach House

Those looking to do something active this weekend while also supporting a good cause need look no further, as Zumba instructors from Maryland and Delaware are looking to raise money for Justin’s Beach House at the First Annual Endless Summer...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 1:45pm

Sandhill Fields held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, August 22.

Ground broken at Sandhill Fields sports complex near Georgetown

The official launch of construction at the Sandhill Fields sports complex took place on Wednesday morning with a groundbreaking ceremony that had community leaders and dignitaries in attendance.

The sports complex is located along Sand...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 1:40pm

Todd Fuhrmann talks to the football team about safety during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

Indians hit the practice fields for fall sports

As with the start of any new season, optimism and excitement were in the air all around the campus at Indian River High School on Wednesday morning as the fall sports programs all officially began their 2018 campaigns.

The football, boys’...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 12:58pm

Maggie Allison celebrates with her team at St. Mary’s University.

Where are they now?

Maggie Allison

This is the second installment of our weekly “Where are they now?” feature in the Coastal Point sports pages, where we take a look at former Indian River High School student-athletes who have gone on to continue their scholastic and athletic...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 12:42pm

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 players celebrate their win.

Asia-Pacific shuts out Southwest for World Series title

If ever a pitcher was deemed untouchable in the game of softball, Asia-Pacific’s Royevel Palma fit that definition last week in the Little League Senior League World Series softball championships, held at the Pyle Center complex in Roxana.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 6:11pm

Adventurers welcome at adults-only day camp

Hey, grown-ups — when did you last spend a weekday adventuring around the state parks? Delaware Seashore State Park is hosting a day camp for adults 21 or older to experience the park, from the wild landscapes to the newest amenities.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 4:48pm

The Ball 4 All kids were on hand at a high school softball game in May of this year. The organization is raising money to get more kids involved in sports — regardless of their financial situations.

Ball 4 All Foundation champions affordable sports for all kids

Professional athletes often say that they fell in love with their sport when they were a kid. But, because of the cost of equipment, uniforms and travel, some kids don’t have the opportunity to fall in love with their own sports.

The Ball...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 4:20pm

 Special Olympics athletes get some arts and craft time in.

Special Olympics Delaware summer camp to begin Aug. 12

The Special Olympics of Delaware will be hosting its second session of its annual summer camp at Camp Barnes near Bethany Beach, coming up on Aug. 12-14. A total of around 110 Special Olympics Delaware athletes and 70 volunteer counselors were...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 4:05pm

Lower Sussex Little League District 3 Challenger Division particpants enjoyed a game of ­baseball during the Senior League Softball World Series in Roxana on Thursday, Aug. 2. The Shorebirds’ Sherman was on hand to cheer on the children as they played.

Challenger Division closes season with visit from Sherman

It was the culmination of another wonderful season for the District 3 Challenger Division when they hosted a World Series game of their own last Thursday, Aug. 2.

There were more than 20 athletes who participated in the final game of the...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 12:57pm

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

Flounder Pounder Open targets flatties, and cancer

The largest flounder tournament in the world is back, and boats are ready to hit the waters as fishermen set their sights on winning their share of over a quarter-million dollars in prize money.

Paradise Marina & Short’s Marine will...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 12:04pm

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

 Eric Gulbronson on the field at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va.

Where are they now?

Gulbronson making history at Randolph College

 This is the first installment in what we hope will be a weekly feature here in the Coastal Point sports pages: “Where Are They Now?” We are looking for former Indian River High School student-athletes who have gone on to continue their...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 12:20pm

 Lower Sussex’s Katie McHale slides into home plate for a score against Maine on Tuesday, July 24.

LSLL Major League softball team still alive in regionals

The Lower Sussex Little League Major League softball team was 3-1 in the Eastern Regionals as of Coastal Point press time on Wednesday, July 25, with weather having the four remaining teams in a holding pattern as tournament officials decided the...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 1:54pm

Canada’s Emma Rautio-Roe slides into third against West’s Natalie Goodman during last year’s Senior League Softball World Series.

Senior League Softball World Series play returning to Roxana

The eyes of the Little League world will descend upon Sussex County beginning Monday, July 30, as 10 teams will vie for the 2018 Little League Senior League Softball World Series championship at the Pyle Center in Roxana.

This will be the...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 1:47pm

Pickleball Points:

The ball is in or out, and of that there should be no doubt

Sometimes, as we play pickleball, we suddenly find ourselves making a decision to call a ball in or out.

Here is an example: You are suddenly engaged in one of those wonderful pickleball exchanges where both doubles teams have hit...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 1:40pm

Amanda Whaley in her No. 4 car at Georgetown Speedway.

Blue Hen Disposal Night a huge success story for Georgetown Speedway

Dirt-track promoters dream of nights like Georgetown Speedway had last Friday, July 20, for the annual Blue Hen Disposal-All Night — stands packed to capacity, the pit full of race cars and perfect weather helping the track surface evolve from...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 12:35pm