The Indians’ J.J. Killen takes a homerun swing in the second inning.

Indians’ baseball drops a loss to DCHS

Early on Tuesday, May 1, it looked as though the Indian River High School baseball team was going to right the ship of what had been plaguing them the past two games.

However, an inability to eliminate mistakes, walks and a lack of...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:02pm

Sammi Whelen drives the ball up the field in Indian River’s win over Sussex Tech on Tuesday, May 1.

Indians top Tech in girls’ soccer

Well, when you’re hot, you’re hot!

Such is the case for the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team right now, as on Tuesday night the squad posted their fifth straight win with a convincing 3-0 decision against rival Sussex Tech at...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:00pm

Former Indian River High School baseball coach Howard Smack leads the boys during an indoor practice in 2010.

Former IRHS teacher, coach receives kidney donation

There are more than 200,000 cases of kidney disease each year in the United States, according to medical professionals. Many times, those affected can live their lives with treatments and a change in lifestyle. However, there are those that have...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 2:55pm

One of the Indians prepares to send a volley back over the net in IR’s win over Lake Forest on Monday, April 30.

Indians tennis teams cruise by Lake Forest

Each of Indian River High School’s tennis teams, both boys and girls, earned 4-1 wins Monday, April 30, over Lake Forest in a home match.

It was the IR boys’ third straight win, but that leaves them with a 3-8 overall record with two-...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 2:53pm

Sports Report — May 04, 2018

High school golf
Polytech 175, Indian River 189

The Indian River High School Indians dropped their second straight golf match Monday afternoon — this time against the Panthers. It was Polytech’s seventh straight win.


Friday, May 4, 2018 - 2:50pm

Steve Costa addresses about 30 pickleballers at Fairway Village.

Pickleball Points: Spring and Coastal Delaware Pickleball

The Ocean View Crew pickleball team recently competed in the first match of the Delmarva Team Pickleball League 2018 season, losing only by one game to a strong team from Georgetown, and the Crew edged out the Ocean Pines team from Maryland....

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 2:45pm

Little League seeking some volunteer help

Every good organization needs its fair share of volunteers to make everything work like a well-oiled machine. Lower Sussex Little League is certainly no exception, and right now they are hoping for a few good souls to step up and help out.


Friday, May 4, 2018 - 2:42pm

SUPers paddle during a past Paddle Second Chance.

Paddle Second Chance to raise funds June 23 to support veterans

A day of fun-raising is planned at the annual Paddle Second Chance (PSC) on June 23 at Holt’s Landing State Park near Millville. Now in its seventh year, PSC is the largest stand-up paddle (SUP) and kayak race in the Delmarva region.


Friday, May 4, 2018 - 2:34pm

Isabella Binko, above, drives past a Cape defender in IR’s come-from-behind win on Tuesday, April 24.

Indians come from behind to top Cape in girls’ soccer


This season has seen its fair share of ups and downs for the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team. Tuesday afternoon’s contest with visiting Cape Henlopen was a case in point.

The Indians came from behind to score four...

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 2:55pm

Bicyclists cross the Little Assawoman causeway in Fenwick Island back in 2013.

Ocean to Bay Bike Tour to pedal through area this weekend

The 29th Annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour will take place this Saturday, April 28, and motorists are being advised to plan for road closures and delays for their commutes.

Sponsored by NV/Ryan Homes and organized by the Bethany-Fenwick Area...

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 2:33pm

Pickleball Points: RIP Harvey Hastings, and stay in touch

I periodically try to share the pickleball experiences of my friends, as well as my own.

Over the last three years, I have been active in every aspect of pickleball. But one responsibility I shirked was to make sure I stayed abreast of...

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 2:25pm

Jacki and Stephanie Fowler, one month after a kidney transplant.

Local families prepare for annual Kidney Walks in Lewes and Salisbury

As the ninth leading cause of death in the United States, kidney disease affects thousands of people in Delaware and their families, with roughly 2,175 currently on dialysis and more than 400 on the organ transplant waiting list. About 9,300...

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 2:18pm

IR’s Isabella Keith drives the ball upfield during a game last year vs. Caesar Rodney.

Indians look to reverse bad-luck loss streak

It was a cold, windy evening Tuesday, April 17, at Caesar Rodney High School — almost as cold as the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team’s offense the past two games.

The Riders, who defeated the Indians twice last year — including...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 2:58pm

Pickleball Points: Paddle weight versus paddle swing weight

After every hundredth person or so asks me what weight pickleball paddle they should use, my head spins on my shoulders, and I once again am reminded to point out that paddle weight is nonsensical — so 1960s.

Your concern should not be...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 2:52pm

Members of the Saltwater Lacrosse 2023 boys’ team include, from left: front row, Julien March, Goalie; Griffin Jones, Brody Smith and C.J. Fritchman; second row, William Alther and Connor McCracken; third row, Ryan Pickard, Mack Leonhartt, Gannon Burris, Brady Lamb, Luke Burton, Brexton Carter, Cody Trivits and Joe Coveleski; fourth row, coach Tom Pickard, Greg March, Trevor March, Tanner Haley, Kijana Lloyd, Jordan Wingert, Jack Schell, Kai Ross, Jahden Cannon, coach Pete Covelesk

Saltwater Lacrosse 2023 boys’ team qualifies for World Series

After a weekend of intense lacrosse competition in Bel Air, Md., the local Saltwater Lacrosse 2023 boys’ team, composed of youth players primarily from the Delaware beach area and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, qualified to participate in the...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 2:51pm

Indian River’s Ryan Stone tees off at Cripple Creek last year.

Sports Report: IR softball tops Red Lion, drops one to Caravel

After a slow start in which they fell behind 4-1 after 2 ½ innings, the Indian River High School softball team stormed back with an offensive explosion of seven third-inning runs, en route to a 12-4 win over visiting Red Lion Christian Academy...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 2:49pm

Turkey hunters reminded no bait is allowed

Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police this week reminded turkey hunters that while in pursuit of wild turkeys it is unlawful to use bait as an attractant. Some common bait that is illegally used includes wheat, corn, sunflower...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 2:25pm

New online interactive pond maps offered to anglers

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife this week announced the release of newly-interactive online maps that allow anglers and other users to easily locate Delaware’s public freshwater ponds throughout the state.

The public ponds, most of...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 1:40pm

Annual Delmarva Birding Weekend slated for April 26-29

The 2018 Delmarva Birding Weekend is inviting hundreds of nature enthusiasts to the shore April 26-29 to enjoy the full complement of Mid-Atlantic birds as the region welcomes warblers, tanagers and other spring migrants and prepares to say...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 11:32am

Opening day for Lower Sussex Little League set for Saturday

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Tigers get their group photo taken during last year’s event.“Play ball!”

That’s what players, coaches, parents, and just about anyone associated with the Lower Sussex Little League program, will be hearing...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 7:47am

Indian River baseball defeats Seaford 5-0

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Mitch Megee sends a pitch to homeplate.Indian River High School used three pitchers to combine on a 5-0 shutout win against visiting Seaford on Tuesday afternoon, April 10. After two straight losses, the...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 7:27am

Indians softball splits doubleheader, goes to 7-1

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Kayler Townsend and Savannah O’Shields high-five after a play in IR’s doubleheader vs. Wilmington Charter School and Smyrna. IR split the day, with a loss to Charter and a win over Smyrna.The Indian River High...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 7:07am

Cordrey, Parks to play lacrosse for college teams

Coastal Point photos • Jason Feather: Indian River senior Mya Parks with family and coaches.It was a milestone occasion for two Indian River High School field hockey players Wednesday morning, as Kaleigh Cordrey and Mya Parks on April 11 signed...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 6:47am

Indian River track-and-field topped at tri-meet

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls Two Indians run a relay race during a unified tri-meet versus Caesar Rodney and Polytech. CR beat IR 52-5.On Tuesday, April 10, the Indian River High School varsity track-and-field teams invited Caesar...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 6:26am

Pickleball Points: Pickles, plastic and pickleballs

The game of pickleball has been around more years than the median age of the average American, but still many people haven’t heard of pickleball. Maybe that is a national marketing problem, because the game is just great fun, and the recent...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 6:06am

Ennis pool to reopen to students, public after spring break

After a winter of maintenance and frustration, the indoor swimming and therapy pool at Howard T. Ennis School should reopen April 9.

It is a public pool, in addition to serving Ennis students and hosting several swim teams for the Indian...

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 9:35am

Indians stay hot in sweep at Mardela tournament

Coastal Point • Jason Feather: Indian River Junior Grace Snyder stands ready at bat during IR’s sweep at the Mardela tournament on Saturday, March 31.It was an opportunity to play some competition that is perennially strong to provide a litmus...

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 6:55am

TOPS kicking off this Saturday

Coastal Point photos • Submitted : Players gather with their soccer buddies at The River Soccer Club in Roxana during The Outreach Program for Soccer (TOPS) program.Every kid deserves an opportunity to participate in sports. The River Soccer Club...

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 6:49am

Indians drop one to Lake Forest

Coastal Point • File Photo: Indian River’s Patrick Spencer plays some defense against Cambridge-South Dorchester High School on Monday, March 19.Fresh off a season-opening win over Sussex Academy, the Indian River boys lacrosse squad was hoping...

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 6:36am

Pickleball Points: Pickleball versus golf

The editor of Coastal Point reminded me recently that not everyone who comes to enjoy our wonderful beaches knows about pickleball, so I thought I would explain pickleball in comparison to the great game of golf. Let’s start with the ball. The...

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 6:26am

Indians top Polytech Panthers 8-4

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Indian River High School senior Brock Wingate tries to make the tag at first.A six-run fourth-inning rally lifted host Indian River High School over Henlopen North foe Polytech in varsity baseball play...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 7:26am

IR girls’ lacrosse debuts with win under new coach

Coastal Point photo Tyler Valliant: Indian River High School freshman Lauren Cannatelli scores a goal in IR’s 22-6 win over Newark. It was a very impressive start to the 2018 Indian River High School girls’ lacrosse season Saturday afternoon —...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 7:12am

Shorthanded Indians’ boys fall on the courts, girls take a win

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: One of the boys goes for a backhand during his match on Thursday, March 22.Injuries and illnesses are always a difficult for a coach to plan and prepare for at any point in a season, let alone the opening contest...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 6:52am

IR softball speeds past the competition

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Abby O’Shields sends a pitch to homeplate during IR’s 15-2 win over Woodbridge on Friday, March 23.The mark of a good squad is getting off to fast starts. Well, in the case of the Indian River High School softball...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 6:43am

IR girls’ soccer edged out with overtime goal

It was a night of several firsts on Tuesday evening at the Indian River High School soccer complex behind John M. Clayton Elementary School.

It was the first game of the season for both IR and visiting Polytech. It was the first varsity...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 6:25am

Pickleball Points: Rick Bell — a pickleball hat trick

(1) A Sussex County pickleballer now shares with an upstater the distinction as the top-rated male pickleball players in Delaware.

(2) A Sussex pickleballer has also been named the first official certified teaching professional in Delaware...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 6:06am

The excitement of a new season is upon us

The start of another spring season is upon us. Many high school teams around the area started their seasons on Thursday, while others start today.

Having been a coach for close to 20 years, the start of a new season was always like...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:46am

IR boys’ tennis coach pinch-serving for girls’ team

Coastal Point • File Photo: IR’s Maddie Galbreath returns a shot during her 6-0, 6-2 third-singles win against Sussex Central last year.The Indian River High School girls’ tennis team will be without their regular head coach for this season, but...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:40am

Spencer steps up to lead IR boys’ lacrosse

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Indian River High School Boys’ Lacrosse team scrimmaged against the Cambridge-South Dorchester Vikings on Monday, March 19.A familiar face is taking over the helm for the 2018 Indian River High School boys’...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:32am

Indians’ boys’ volleyball prepping for first season

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: An Indian River volleyball player goes up for a spike during practice on Thursday, March 15.­Now that they have completed the politics of permitting boys to play spring volleyball at Indian River High...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:13am

Georgetown Speedway marks its place in history

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Members of the Joseph family, track officials and representatives from the Delaware Public Archives unveiled a historic plaque on Saturday, March 17, in the rain.With hundreds of cars entered and more...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:02am

Pickleball Points: Pickles, Ocean City and the spring tournament

I recently sat down with Kim Allison to discuss the third spring 2018 pickleball tournament, May 5 and 6 at the Ocean City (Md.) Recreational Complex at Northside Park. Kim is the recreational supervisor and managed the previous pickleball events...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 5:57am

Indians focused on defense as young pitchers take the mound

Special to the Coastal Point photos • Susan Walls: Aaron King sends one to home plate in a scrimmage vs. Cape Henlopen on Saturday, March 10.First-year head coaches will spend the majority of their time putting their program together, getting to...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 8:03am

IR softball batting dynamos returning with youthful core

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Indians crowd the plate to welcome in Braydee Whitman after Kathryn Collins tallied the winning run-rule RBI during a game last year.There is an air of confidence permeating from the dugout of the Indian River High...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 7:48am

That troublesome pickleball backhand

Hopefully, during your forehand session you learned that footwork, pre-positioning yourself, before you hit the ball, is the real key to any successful shot. I have seen some terrible strokes over the years by players who won significant...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 7:36am

IR track team looks to improve with new blood and veterans

The Henlopen Conference is generally very competitive, year in and year out, and this year should be no exception.

The Indian River High School track-and-field team is hoping to improve upon last year’s performances. Head coach Bob Hahn is...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 7:32am

IR girls aim to continue success on the soccer field

Coastal Point • File Photo : Graduated senior Maddie Hogsten, takes a mid-field header during a win over Sussex Tech last year.The five-time defending Henlopen Conference Southern Division champs are back and ready to add on to their recent...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 7:20am

Team Surfgimp gathers at the north side of the Indian River Inlet on Sunday, Oct. 15.

Team Surfgimp

Team Surfgimp started nine years ago as a call for a few volunteers to help Jay Liesener realize his dream of surfing. At the time, Liesener had been paralyzed for almost 20 years. But the team has ended up to being so much more.


Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 5:42am

QB Jalen Snead, above, hands the ball off to RB Kevin Custis during IR’s 32-20 loss to Seaford during Homecoming week.

Homecoming heartache

It was Friday the 13th. A steady rain pelted players and the hardy spectators who huddled to watch Indian River High School’s football team lose this year’s Homecoming game to Seaford’s Blue Jays 32-20.

Seaford freshman FB/LB Brandon Gibbs...

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 4:55am

Without the knees, you can’t bring home the cheese

The Eastern Shore was fairly remote up to the 1950s, and the only major connections, before they built the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, were a ferry crossing or a couple two-lane roads from Wilmington.

Because of our geographic isolation, many a...

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 4:45am