IR field hockey takes a turn in ‘the dance’

The 2018 campaign for the Indian River High School field hockey team was more than coach Jodi Stone could have expected when camp started way back in August.

With no senior leaders, Stone and the Indians were going to rely heavily on a...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:32am

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

Indians’ football season end in rout

By the end of the 2018 season for the Green-and-Gold football team, the IR no longer stood for Indian River. No, it was more fitting, according to senior J.J. Killen, that the IR perfectly described the team as “injured reserve.”

Of the 43...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:28am

Pickleball Points: A pickle of a score

Recently, many people have been introduced to pickleball, and more will soon follow. You invariably will hear that pickleball scoring is very difficult, and a gentleman at a pickleball clinic recently suggested to me that pickleball should have...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:18am

Hunters, residents reminded to check hunting regs

With hunting season in full swing, DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police this week reminded both hunters and residents who live near hunting areas to become familiar with Delaware hunting regulations. Those who are visiting state...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:12am

Millsboro Lanes set to host Hawk Classic tourney

This weekend, some of the top college bowling teams in the country will descend upon Millsboro Lanes for the annual University of Maryland–Eastern Shore Hawk Classic tournament.

The 18-team field will feature local teams including UMES and...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:06am

Fenwick guard to compete at World Lifesaving Championship in Australia

“Two seconds and it’s over,” said Fenwick Island Lifeguard Emily Ruppert. “...

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 2:07pm

IR volleyball brings home win in first round of playoffs

No matter how one looks at it, the 2018 Indian River girls’ volleyball team had another successful season. The Indians further put the rest of the state on notice that the sport is alive and well in the south.

According to several sources...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 9:46am

Kashid Waples tries to juke a Woodbridge defender in IR’s loss to the Raiders on Friday, Nov. 2.

Indians fall behind big early in loss to Raiders

Growing pains come in all forms during the course of a football season.

Unfortunately, for this year’s Indian River High School team, those growing pains have been just as tough physically — if not more so — as they have been in other...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 9:41am

Pickleball Points: Great news for the pickleball community

I am glad I wear two caps — tennis and pickleball — because I am sitting beside myself on a courtside bench with excitement about the news I can report this week.

Let’s start on the local scene. Thomas Johnston, the director of tennis at...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 9:30am

The SMS volleyball team went undefeated on the year and earned the state championship title.

The perfect season

They finished the season 9-0 in their regular-season matches.

They went 3-0 at the DAAD Middle School Volleyball State Invitational Tournament.

They never dropped a set. Not one. None. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

Their closest set...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 9:28am

Indian River’s Patrick Spencer finished in ninth place with a time of 17:31.8 minutes during the Henlopen Conference Championships on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Busy week for IR cross-county teams

Little by little, through hard work, patience and persistence, Indian River High School’s cross-country teams have noticeably improved — especially the boys’ program.

“The boys are doing good,” said head coach Steve O’Boyle as he watched...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 9:23am

IR Sports Report

Indians soccer falls to CR, heads to playoffs

The Indian River boys’ soccer team — the 2018 Henlopen Conference South Division champions — squared off with Caesar Rodney on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the DE Turf Sports Complex.

The Riders were...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 9:15am

Juan Linares goes for a header.

Indians clinch South Division title

After last year, when the Indians missed the mark on both a division and conference title, the returning members of the 2018 squad made it their mission to return the hardware back to Dagsboro.

Step one: Mission accomplished.


Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 12:08pm

An IR player goes for the block.

Indians fall to Smyrna in championship

Everybody has their kryptonite. Everybody has that one hurdle that no matter how hard they try they just come up short of getting over it. Sometimes a team just has your number.

For as far back as electronic records will allow - and more...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:33am

Indian River’s defensive line lines up near the goal line in a game earlier this year.

Win streak over as Milford has big second half

All good things must come to an end is an old adage that perfectly describes last week’s Indian River football team’s contest with Henlopen Conference South Division foe Milford.

The Indians’ three-game win streak was no more following a...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:25am

Selbyville’s Maxwell Curcio tries to avoid defenders.

SMS Sports Report

Indians win middle school state tournament

The wins just keep piling on for the Selbyville Middle School girls’ volleyball team, but none of those wins are as impressive as the three the group put together last Friday, Oct. 26.

You see,...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:18am

Indian River’s Jess Rybicki passes the ball during a game earlier this season.

Indian River Sports Report

Successful fall season for the Indians

The Indian River athletic department got a good jump start on defending their Founders Cup trophy for this 2018-19 school year after the fall season the Indians sports teams have experienced so far.


Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:09am

Two pickleballers honored by Delaware Senior Olympics (DSO)

This week it gives me great pleasure to write about two outstanding humans.  I have mentioned frequently the pickleball accomplishments of both Pearl Morris and Diane Milam, and both are to be honored at a banquet on Nov. 10 in Dover. Pearl was...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:05am

Golf tournament honors doctors from Delmarva Services

The 19th Annual Jean & Joan Golf Tournament was rained out on Thursday, Sept. 24; however, more than 100 guests still enjoyed dinner, a live auction and awards at Kings Creek Country Club. This year’s tournament honored doctors from Delmarva...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 1:06pm

An Indian River runner tries to break a tackle in IR’s 44-28 win over Laurel during the Homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 19.

Indians thump Laurel on Homecoming

When it comes to successful Homecoming football games, last Friday night, Oct. 19, the Indian River football team put on quite a show.

Recording a season-high 569 yards of total offense, the Indians’ beat down of the Bulldogs was...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 9:49am

Members of the Indian River field hockey team are sporting their pink shirts after last week’s Stick It To Cancer Pink Game against Milford, which the Indians won, 4-0.

Sports Report

IR boys’ cross country sweeps tri-meet

The Indian River boys’ cross country team had another impressive showing last week in a tri-meet at Milford Millponds Nature Preserve against host Milford and visiting Lake Forest.

IR posted scores of...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 9:46am

Jhony Ortiz Velasquez dribbles around a Cape defender in IR’s win over Cape Henlopen.

Indians recover after first loss of season

After suffering their first loss of the season on Thursday, Oct. 18, to Sussex Tech, 2-1, the Indians were able to get back to their winning ways with a pair of wins over Cape Henlopen and Laurel this week.

In their loss to the Ravens, IR...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 9:42am

IR’s Marianni Chavez Rodriquez sets the ball for her teammates during IR’s win over Sussex Academy on Thursday, Oct. 18.

IR volleyball sweeps week; eyes conference title match

With the final stretch of regular season matches winding down, the Indian River girls’ volleyball team has focused its sights on finishing strong, and a return date with Smyrna for the Henlopen Conference Championship.

The Indians —...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 9:38am

Pickleball Points: Five pickleball tips from physical therapist Bob Cairo

When I first moved to Ocean View, I was on a cane — the result of an unknown auto-immune attack when I was competing at a national tennis tournament. It wasted the muscles in my legs, but with the help of Bob Cairo of Tidewater Physical Therapy...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 9:24am

SMS Report

Indians girls’ volleyball remains perfect

They have yet to be scored upon this season, cruising to six straight shutout wins, including their most recent 2-0 whitewash of Mariner last Wednesday, Oct. 17.

They would be the Selbyville Middle...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 9:21am

DNREC expands youth hunting days for 2018/2019 seasons

To promote youth hunting participation and recruitment, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has expanded and designated special youth hunting days on both public and private lands statewide.

Youth hunters ages 10 through 15 can enjoy...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 9:15am

Skylar Kneller spikes the ball as a Milford player defends the play.

Indians volleyball gets back to winning ways

Indian River High School’s girls’ volleyball team played two of its toughest games of the year last week, in losses to the Delaware Military Academy and to Smyrna, which has become a proverbial thorn in the Indians’ side.

However, those...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:22am

Jess Rybicki attempts a pass during a game earlier this year.

Indians drop conference tilt with Spartans

Another Henlopen Conference matchup on the road for the Indian River field hockey team had the locals on the stadium turf at Lake Forest on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

A game on turf is a different from one played on natural grass. The speed of the...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:19am

Indian River’s defense picks up a sack in the Indians’ win over Seaford on Friday, Oct. 12.

Indians football comes back to beat Seaford

It was a long four weeks for the Indian River High School football team. Throughout their four-game losing streak, the Indians continued to hold their heads high and worked extra-hard in practice, knowing that they were just a break or two away...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:18am

SMS Sports Report


It was a light week of action for the Selbyville Middle School sports teams, with only three dates of competition.

The girls’ volleyball team swept their way to another win, to run their record to 5-0 on the season. Head coach...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:14am

The girls start off in the quad meet, featuring IR, Polytech, Caesar Rodney and Sussex Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

IR cross-county runners host successful quad meet

Last Wednesday, Oct. 10, Indian River High School’s cross-country teams hosted Polytech, Caesar Rodney and Sussex Academy in a quad-meet that saw 155 runners compete on the 3.1-mile course.

The Indians went 1-2 in the combined meet, with...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:12am

Pickleball Points: A hundred pickleball courts and counting

One hundred pickleball courts and counting.

I know from my own personal experience in the tennis boom of the ’70s that potential investors for an indoor air-conditioned pickleball facility protected from the ill effects of too much sun...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:09am

Nicholas Angelo celebrates his receiving touchdown with J.J. Killen during the Indians’ 35-14 loss to the Lake Forest Spartans on Friday Oct. 5.

Young Indians struggle in second-half in loss to Spartans

With a team heavy in young underclassmen, the Indian River High School football team is still trying to find its identity, five weeks into the season.

The team’s youth and inexperience has led to turnovers and mistakes over the course of...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 9:44am

Indian River’s Savannah O'Shields fights for possesion of the ball during IR’s match vs. Sussex Central last week.

Indians put up a fight in losses to state’s top two teams

When faced with road contests against two of the best teams in the state perennially — both of which are defending state champions — a team can at least hope to battle for the entire game.

That’s exactly what happened for the Indian River...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 9:37am

Soccer, weather both prove perfect for River Soccer tourney

It was another huge weekend of soccer at the River Soccer Club complex last weekend as the organization hosted its 18th Annual Columbus Day Weekend Soccer Tournament.

And to top it off, the weather was perfect for soccer.

“We had...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 9:32am

Indians stay perfect with pair of wins

It was once again the Yves Graf show for the Indian River High School boys’ soccer team, as they took a 3-0 win over Polytech on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

The win kept their perfect season intact and improved their overall mark to 8-0.


Friday, October 12, 2018 - 9:30am

Pickleball Points: Oh, golly — I have to volley!

After the earlier instructional sessions this spring and summer, I finally coaxed you to the net, where the game of pickleball is won or lost. You remember the last time you were at net, and you popped the ball up at about shoulder height to your...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 9:24am

Girls’ volleyball continues early-season hot streak

The Selbyville Middle School girls’ volleyball team has been on fire at the start of the season, maintaining their unblemished record with two more wins last week.

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, the Indians swept Sussex Academy, 2-0, with game...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 9:22am

A pair of Indian River field hockey players block an offensive move by an opposing player.

Indians keep rolling with another ‘W’

Three games in a week is a tough stretch no matter how you look at it, but three games in three days is downright brutal, physically and mentally.

The Indian River High School field hockey squad proved to be strong in mind and body,...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 1:43pm

After an intense overtime game against Sussex Central, Indian River High School has held onto its winning streak.

Indians stay unbeaten with thrilling OT win over Central

Tuesday night’s Henlopen Conference boys’ soccer game between host Indian River High School and visiting Sussex Central had a little bit of everything, but a whole lot of excitement keeping those in attendance on the edge of their seats.


Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 1:33pm

Greg Ostrander fires one down the lane at this year’s Millsboro Lanes tournament.

PBA event ‘a great success’ at Millsboro Lanes

It was a packed house, with bowlers and fans alike turning out for the Professional Bowlers Association Over-Under 50 tournament at Millsboro Lanes on Sept. 21-23.

Prize money and scholarship awards were up for grabs for bowlers young and...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 1:30pm

Selbyville volleyball opens with win

Volleyball coach Sally Craig and her Selbyville Middle School Indians hit the road for their 2018 season-opener and came away with a 2-0 win on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

The Indians posted individual game scores of 25-7 and 25-15 in sweeping...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 1:24pm

IR girls’ volleyball falls in tough test with DMA

In a match that was billed as a battle between two of the best girls’ volleyball teams in the state, Indian River High School came up just short in their comeback bid, falling 3-2 to visiting Delaware Military Academy on Saturday, Sept. 29.


Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 1:16pm

Pickleball Points — The dink is more than you think

Many people must think the dink is just for warming up, because I never see them dink after they begin playing. The term “dink” in pickleball is the same as in tennis, or volleyball, and it means to hit the ball with as little spin or energy as...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 1:10pm

River Soccer set to host 18th Annual Columbus Day tourney

The area’s ultimate youth soccer tournament will take place this weekend at River Soccer Club with the 18th Annual Columbus Day tournament.

A record 125 teams will descend upon the complex in Roxana, which is known for its top-quality...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 1:08pm

Indian River High School’s cross-country team takes off at the start of their home opener.

IR comes up short on muddy home course

Indian River High School’s cross-country team suffered a setback in their home opener, losing 21-34 to rival Sussex Tech last Wednesday, Sept. 19. Tech entered the meet with two wins in their pocket and maintained their perfect record so far this...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:44am

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.


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