Sports


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

Indians baseball puts the wraps on season with pair of wins

The last two games of the season were more along the lines of what was expected the 2019 campaign to be for the Indian River baseball program.

With shutout wins over Laurel, 10-0, and First State Military, 11-0, the Indians closed out a...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:59am

Pickleball Points: Survivor charity and human clarity

For those of you simply looking for an actual pickleball tip that will dramatically impact your game, here it is: Begin jumping rope, or shadow-boxing. Perhaps you might do as I did when prepping for a national tennis tournament — jog with 50...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:56am

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

A high school picture of Russell White in his IR football uniform. Ball 4 All Foundation’s 1st Annual Game Day will benefit the Russell White Scholarship as well as Lower Sussex Indians Pop Warner.

Ball 4 All Foundation to host 1st Annual Game Day June 1

All proceeds to benefit Russell White Scholarship and Lower Sussex Indians Pop Warner

The Russell White Scholarship Cornhole Tournament is back.

Thanks to The Ball 4 All Foundation, the tournament that was previously hosted by the Xi Upsilon sorority will continue as part of the 1st Annual Game Day at the Dagsboro fire hall...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:52am

Coach Kilby was honored as HAC Coach of the Year.

Old nemesis, same result for Indian River

Indians fall to CR in HAC Championship game, 3-1

Superman has Lex Luthor. Batman has Joker. The Avengers have Thanos.

You get the point ... Indian River has Caesar Rodney.

And unlike the aforementioned superheroes, the Indians have not yet been able to overcome their nemesis in...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:49am

Bayside Tennis Club set to host Youth Tennis Camp June 10-14

“The best kept secret at the Bethany beaches” is hoping to no longer be such a great secret.

Seeing their membership numbers declining over the past couple of years, the Bayside Tennis Club is hoping to re-ignite the passion of the sport...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:46am

IR Soccer Hall of Fame announces ceremony date

The 3rd annual Indian River High School Soccer Boosters’ Hall of Fame induction ceremony mixer is fast approaching, and organizers are soliciting your nominations for possible inclusion for the exclusive honor.

Being held on Saturday, June...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:44am

Coach Kilby and the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team pose for a photo after Kilby coached his 200th win on Monday, May 13.

Indians clinch South Division title

Veteran coach Kilby picks up career win No. 200

With a chance to clinch another Henlopen Athletic Conference (HAC) South Division crown, the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team loaded the buses for a pair of road games at Milford and at Sussex Academy on back-to-back nights.

On...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:04am

Sports Report

Indians finish unbeaten; claim top seed for state tournament

Goal No. 1 complete — and the Indian River High School boys’ volleyball team made it look very easy.

Following their final regular-season match last Wednesday, May 8, the Indians’ 3-0 sweep over visiting St. Marks capped a perfect 10-0...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:01am

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

The Indian River High School boys’ tennis team poses for a photo after the HAC Championships.

IR boys have solid showing at HAC tennis tournament

Girls close out their season with strong efforts

Going into the season, Indian River High School boys’ tennis coach Mariano Woo had expectations of finishing with a winning record and picking up a third straight Henlopen Athletic Conference (HAC) South Division title.

Expectations became...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 9:51am

Pickleball Points: All play, and more practice, make Jack or Jackie a very sharp pickleballer

I recently spoke to Kathy Casey, president of First State Pickleball Club, about the upcoming Beach Blast to be held near Dover at the Kent County Recreation Center on May 18 and 19. Kathy, as she looked over the field of contestants, said she...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 9:46am

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

Great shots from Delaware anglers sought for annual photo contest

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced this week that the ninth annual Delaware Fishing Photo Contest is now open for residents submitting the best fishing photos they have taken throughout the state. The theme of this year’s contest...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 9:38am

Cast for a Cure Fishing Tournament to benefit Tunnell Cancer Center

The 2019 annual Cast for a Cure Team Surf Fishing Tournament will be held Saturday, May 18, on the Fenwick Island State Park beaches, with the awards ceremony on Sunday, May 19, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Just Hooked in Fenwick.

This year’s...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 9:38am

The SMS track team poses for a photo. Front row, Devin Hundley, Aniyah Blake, Bella Sharpe, Saige Dismuke, Mya MacDonald and Scarlett Dunn. Back row, Eddie Valdez, Evan Peterson, Bennett White, Douglas Murray, Ashton Stephens, Johnathon Johnson, Hayden Davis, Hayden Hall, Thomas Gogarty, Cole Brickman, Maxwell Curcio, Ramier Turner and Cole Donnelly.

Boys’ track team caps undefeated season with title

Unbeaten. Perfect. Undefeated.

Three words that describe the season for the Selbyville Middle School boys’ track-and-field team in 2019.

And, putting in a solid season, the SMS girls’ track team finished with a 6-2 record.

“...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 8:56am

An Indian River tennis player returns a volley.

IR’s boys’ tennis reaching self-imposed goals

Coach Woo retires

From the season’s opener, Indian River High School’s boys’ tennis team has chased two self-imposed goals. First was to have a winning season, and second was three-peating as the Henlopen Conference South Division champions. Currently, they are 8-...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 8:44am

Tennis troubles for IR girls

One of the first things to notice about Indian River High School’s varsity girls’ tennis team is a shortage of players. They only have six. Despite recruitment efforts by co-coaches Lauren Weaver and Kristi Wike, the positions remain unfilled....

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 8:41am

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 snap two-game skid with rout of Smyrna

It had been a difficult stretch for the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team, as they’d been playing below their level of ability, and it cost them in a pair of losses prior to their game with Smyrna on Tuesday, May 7.

However,...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 8:35am

IR Sports Report

Indian River Golf continues their hot run

It was the eighth straight win for the Indian River High School golf team following their 161-208 decision over Delmar at the Green Hill Yacht & Country Club.

Freshman Ben Brzozowski was the low-man medalist for the match with his two-...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 8:33am

Pickleball season is ramping up

A nice follow-up to the story last week about my interview with a dead man is that several pickleball venues have already begun to review their resuscitation procedures and equipment location.

 

United States Pickleball Open

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Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 8:29am

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

IR’s Samuel Miltner makes a save earlier this season vs. Gunston School.

Indians steamroll Tech for 7th straight

The confidence levels are high. And why wouldn’t they be?

The Indian River boys lacrosse team has been putting the Henlopen Conference on notice — as well as the rest of the state really — that they are a team to be reckoned with here in...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 10:22am

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

An IR player maneuvers through Caesar Rodney’s defense during a game on Tuesday, April 30.

Lacrosse team drops one to Caesar Rodney

On Tuesday, April 30, Indian River’s girls’ lacrosse team suffered their 9th straight loss of the season, this one by the score of 20-3 to the Riders of Caesar Rodney.

CR was leading 8-0 with 13:35 remaining in the first half when IR...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 10:11am

Indian River’s Anastasia Diakos fights with a Sussex Central defender to get a pass off earlier this season.

Disappointing effort in 1st half leads to loss for IR

Head coach Steve Kilby was left wondering what he was watching with his team’s first half effort in the Tuesday, April 30, game at Sussex Tech. That effort - or lack thereof — was the major reason in the Indians’ 6-2 loss to the Ravens in this...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 10:07am

Pickleball Points: A whole new meaning in pickleball to ‘Sudden Death’

I had an interesting experience last week. I interviewed a dead man.  

I know I will never win a Pulitzer with my writing, but I now envision a place in a dusty corner of Ripleys Believe It or Not. We sat down outside the locker room of a...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 10:03am

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 IR tennis player volleys during a previous match.

Indian boys’ tennis team sweeps Lake

Freshman Christopher Sichuan set the tone for the Indians in his first singles match with a 6-2, 6-4 win that would lead the way to IR’s 5-0 sweep of Lake Forest in a Henlopen Conference South Division contest on Tuesday, April 30.

Senior...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 9:45am

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

Bethany Beach Breast Cancer Fun Run/Walk planned on May 11

The 11th annual Bethany Beach Breast Cancer Fun 5K Run/3K Walk will be held Saturday, May 11, at 9 a.m. at the Bethany Beach bandstand on the boardwalk. The longstanding event, sponsored by Bethany Area Realty owner/broker Ann Raskauskas, raises...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 9:36am

Run JMC 5K Color Run & Kids Fun Run set for May 4

The John M. Clayton Elementary School PTO will host the 2019 RUN JMC Color Run 5K/2-Mile Trail Run & Kids Fun Run on Saturday, May 4, at the Indian River High School cross-country trail on Armory Road in Dagsboro, featuring a 5K and 2-mile...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 9:34am

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

Amanda Whaley (No. 4) tries to take second from Austin Hubbard (No. 11.)

Action heats up in Georgetown

Last week was bittersweet for Sunoco Race Fuels Super Late Model driver Jason Covert. Early in the week, he lost his close friend, Glenny. Then on Wednesday and Thursday he swept the Super Late Model races at Delaware International Speedway in...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 9:15am

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

Pickleball Points: The Correct Way to hit the …

I am frequently asked the correct way to hit this shot, or that shot. The good news is that to ask those questions already means you are improving.  

My pickleball point this week is there is never a 100-percent correct way, but there...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 8:59am

Hoke recognized as LVC student-athlete

Shelby Hoke of Millsboro is one of nearly 200 student-athletes who competed for the Flying Dutchmen during the winter 2018-2019 sports season. Hoke, a graduate of Sussex Technical High School, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in exercise science...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 8:57am

Pyle Center is home of a new outdoor, grass volleyball court to promote the sport.

New volleyball court at Pyle Center helps promote initiative

Volleyball has become quite popular locally over the course of the past couple years, thanks in large part to the likes of Bill Croal, Sally Craig, Jim Barnes and a host of others that have a passion and desire to offer opportunities for local...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 8:55am

An IR golfer takes a shot on Thursday, April 18, at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club.

IR Sports Report

Scoring early and often, the Indian River girls soccer team rebounded from their loss to Cape Henlopen with a convincing 9-0 win over Seaford right before the Spring Break on Thursday, April 18.

Mackenzie Gorey got things going 36-seconds...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 8:52am

Breast Cancer Fun Run/Walk planned on May 11

The 11th annual Bethany Beach Breast Cancer Fun 5K Run/3K Walk will be held Saturday, May 11, at 9 a.m. at the Bethany Beach bandstand on the boardwalk. The longstanding event, sponsored by Bethany Area Realty owner/broker Ann Raskauskas, raises...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:01pm

Indian River’s Isabella Binko takes  a shot against Sussex Central a  few weeks ago.

Indians soccer coughs up late lead in OT loss to Cape

Heartbreak. Disappointment. Unfulfilled.

Those three words could easily sum up the feelings of the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team following their 4-3 overtime loss to host Cape Henlopen on Tuesday, April 16, in a Henlopen...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 11:52am

Indian River’s Ethan Forrey fights for some control in IR’s win over Delmar on Friday, April 12.

Six straight W’s for the Indians

Winning breeds confidence, certainly, but in order to be successful consistently, one often must possess a fire and desire — plus a mental toughness to fight through adverse situations throughout the course of a game.

The Indian River High...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 11:50am

The Indian River softball team meets at the dugout in their game on Friday, April 12.

IR Sports Report: IR golfers continue to sink the competition

Colby Hook and Ben Brzozowski shared low-man medalist honors as the Indian River High School golf team won their fourth straight match with a 186-268 decision over visiting Lake Forest on Tuesday, April 16.

Hook and Brzozowski each shot a...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 11:47am

The Indian River boys’ volleyball team is undefeated so far on the year. Here they practice early this season.

Boys’ volleyball stays unbeaten with sweep of Royals

The goal is still intact.

After a stretch of games against some of the top teams in the state, the Indian River High School boys’ volleyball team and head coach Jim Barnes may certainly welcome the 17-day break from competition they will...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 11:36am

Pickleball Points: It’s tournament day — let’s play!

I thought some of you folks might like to learn a little more about pickleball tournaments. The weather is finally cooperating along the Delaware and Maryland beaches, and the winds have subsided somewhat. Pickleball is in the air.

Many of...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 11:16am

JROTC students present the colors during the opening ceremonies back in 2017.

LSLL geared up for Opening Day 2019

It’s time for another season of Lower Sussex Little League baseball and softball at the Pyle Center Complex in Roxana as the organization officially throws out its first pitch Saturday, April 13, at 9 a.m.

The LSLL board and its volunteers...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:29pm