Sports


Sitework begins on Sandhill Fields sports complex near Georgetown

The Sussex Sports Center Foundation’s Joe Schell on July 17 presented to the Sussex County Council an update on the progress of the group’s new sports complex, Sandhill Fields.

Schell said the excavation and embankment of the facility near...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 11:58am

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

Athletes Against Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk set for Aug. 5

On Aug. 5, the 4th Annual Athletes Against Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk, presented by Loftus Wealth Strategies, will take place in Bethany Beach. The 5K run/walk will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter.

Michael Loftus...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:49pm

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

Big Foot was the highlight during a Monster Truck event at Georgetown Speedway on Friday and Saturday night, July 6 and 7.

Monster Truck madness hits Georgetown

Monster Truck fans flocked to Georgetown Speedway last Friday and Saturday nights, July 6-7, for a chance to see the Monster Trucks and their drivers, who fans watch on television and in Hollywood movies.

Highlighting the show was the...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:37pm

Special Olympics gold medal-winner R.J. Franco shows off the prize after his win.

Ocean View man wins tennis gold in Special Olympics

Enjoyed by millions of people as a leisure activity, tennis can be a lifetime sport for Special Olympics athletes.

More than 37,000 of the athletes participate worldwide, and can delight in and benefit from the sport even when not...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:35pm

Updated Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide now available

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced this week that the 2018/2019 Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide is available now at participating license agents throughout the state, at the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s licensing desk in...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:33pm

Kim Royster demonstrates an exercise at South Bethany's new fitness area, while her husband and daughter, Mel and Tory, look on.

South Bethany opens outdoor fitness area

South Bethany visitors can now feel the burn in the shade. Outdoor exercise equipment was recently installed next to South Bethany Town Hall, open for public use.

The adult fitness area includes spots for push-ups, sit-ups, balance beam...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:32pm

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

A batter swings at a pitch during the Lower Sussex League’s Pat Knight Tournament on Friday, June 29.

LSLL 8-10 baseball takes home Pat Knight championship

The Lower Sussex Little League’s 8- to 10-year-old baseball team took home the Pat Knight Tournament championship on Friday, June 29, with a 5-4 win over Millsboro.

The win for LSLL avenged a 14-6 setback in the pool-play round.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:07pm

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

Donald Lingo Jr. of Millsboro fought his way to third place in the Super Late Model race on Friday, June 29.

Georgetown Speedway sees Clash for Cash

Seaford-based Super Late Model racing legend Ricky Elliott shrugged his shoulders, shook his head and said, “I didn’t have anything for him.”

The him he was referring to was Dale Hollidge.

Hollidge had just denied Elliott a win on...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:04pm

Believe in Tomorrow 5K to support beach respites for critically ill kids

The 3rd Annual Believe in Tomorrow 5K is just around the corner, scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Bethany Beach.

Presented by the Big Chill Beach Club, the Believe in Tomorrow 5K supports critically ill...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 2:57pm

Lacrosse skills camps offered throughout July

Calling all lacrosse players, no matter what level of experience they may have, for the 2018 Indian River Lacrosse Camps.

The four-session camp begins on July 10-12, with additional sessions on July 17-19, July 24-26, and July 31 through...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 2:56pm

Anglers reminded they need fishing license, FIN number

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police this week reminded recreational anglers that a Delaware fishing license is required for fishing, crabbing and clamming in both tidal and non-tidal waters statewide.

A resident annual Delaware...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:03pm

Participants in the Lower Sussex Challenger League enjoy a day out on the field on Saturday, June 23.

Challenger League expanding opportunities for young ballplayers

Another season of baseball has wrapped up for the Lower Sussex Challenger League, with a record number of participants this year.

The Challenger League was founded in 1989 and is Little League’s adaptive baseball program for individuals...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:01pm

Members Tom Spink, Frank Soboyna, Vin Schettino and Leo Renzette get ready to tee off on the new hole No. 9 at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club.

Cripple Creek debuts revised course, new practice facility

The long-awaited and much-anticipated new short-game practice facility on Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club’s golf course has been completed, and it has gotten nothing but rave reviews from staff and members alike.

The course received...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 1:59pm

IR’s inaugural IR Summer Volleyball Camp attendees gather for a photo during the camp on Thursday, June 21.

Inaugural IR Summer Volleyball Camp sets players up for success

It was a week filled with learning and fun with the game of volleyball for campers at the inaugural Indian River Summer Volleyball Camp, held at Selbyville Middle School.

Coaches Bill Croal, Sally Craig, Ashley Revel and Lisa Stetler...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 1:58pm

Little League tournament season kicks off

The 2018 Little League District 3 All-Star tournaments for both baseball and softball will run through most of July, leading up to the World Series — with Senior League Softball World Series play set to begin July 30, once again hosted at the...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 1:56pm

A couple of Pat Knight players are prepared in the outfield.

Pat Knight tournament play heats up on the diamond

The annual Pat Knight baseball and softball tournaments began this past week, with action all over the southern part of the county.

On Saturday, June 23, it was the 8-10- and 10-12-year-old divisions’ baseball tournaments. On Monday, June...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 1:55pm

Indians ballplayers participate in Carpenter Cup

A couple of Indian River student-athletes have continued on with the all-star circuit well after their scholastic seasons have ended.

Baseball players J.J. Killen and Jacob Anderson were recently part of the Delaware South team that...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 1:49pm

Pickleball Points: Pickleball knees, crocodiles and 600 elephants

My readers should know that my knee problems are not related to pickleball. I was already beginning to have problems in officer training school after years of pounding on tennis courts.

While you folks have been enjoying summer along our...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 1:44pm

Donaway to represent IR in Blue-Gold game

Recent Indian River High School graduate Collin Donaway will be participating in this weekend’s Blue-Gold Game at the University of Delaware. The game benefits the Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens (DFRC).

The Blue-Gold High School...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 1:43pm

Paddleboarding event benefits veterans with Paddle Second Chance

The 7th Annual Paddle Second Chance (PSC) event will take place Saturday, June 23, at Holt’s Landing State Park near Millville.

Over the past six years, the PSC has raised more than $140,000 with its paddleboarding event for Operation...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 12:39pm

Bob ‘The General’ Knight stopped in at the Millville Volunteer Fire Company to voice his support of Rob Arlett.

‘The General’ stumps for Arlett

A coaching legend made a stop in the area last week, taking the opportunity to offer his support for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rob Arlett.

Former Army, Indiana University and Texas Tech floor boss Bob “The General” Knight spoke to a...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 12:38pm

Bethany Beach Lifesaving 5K to include beach patrol competition

The downtown streets of Bethany Beach will be filled with participants in this year’s Bethany Beach Lifesaving 5K on Sunday, June 24.

The event will also feature a separate beach patrol competition before the race to find out who the “...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 12:35pm

Pickleball Points: First Ocean Pines Pickleball Summer Classic Tournament this weekend

Move over Florida and Phoenix, the Pickleball Coast in Sussex County and bordering Worcester County, Md., is almost the cat’s meow of pickleball. We now have the Beach Blast by First State Pickleball Club, Ocean City’s Spring and Fall tournaments...

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 5:46pm

Kealey Allison and Delaney Brannon represented IRHS in the 2018 U.S. Lacrosse Blue-White All-Star game on the girls’ side, while Ryan Burbridge represented the boys.

Three IRHS lacrosse players are Blue-White All-Stars

For all intents and purposes, Tuesday night’s exhibition games were exactly what they were meant to be — a fun opportunity for graduating Delaware high school seniors competing with and against each other one last time.

The 2018 U.S....

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 3:25pm

Seven Indians receive All-State recognition

While all the games have been played and the seniors have made their final walk as graduates, the accolades for the 2018 spring-season student-athletes of Indian River High School continue to pour in.

Recently, it was announced that seven...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 3:23pm

Grace Min took home the championship on Sunday, June 10, to become the ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open champion.

It’s Min for the win: Top seed victorious at ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open

It all came down to a battle of No. 1 versus No. 3 in the finals of the 2018 ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony on Sunday. Top-seeded Grace Min prevailed with a hard-fought 6-4, 6-2 win over Katerina Stewart on Sunday to become the eighth...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 3:20pm

Pickleball Points: Who plays pickleball?

For those of us who are passionate about pickleball played at a very high performance level, we don’t appreciate the unfair stigma sometimes mouthed by the ill-informed who think it is a sport only for old people. So, this week, I thought I might...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 3:17pm

Above the children pose with their trophies from DNREC’s Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police 32nd Annual Youth Fishing Tournament. From left are: Carly Clevens, first place ages 4-7; Kent winner Adrianna Gott; Trevor Torbert, first place ages 12-15; and Connor Wyatt, first place ages 8-11.

Hitchens wins Sussex Youth Fishing Tournament

Under mostly cloudy skies that some would call good fishing weather, 213 young anglers and their families gathered Saturday, June 2, at three Delaware ponds for DNREC’s Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police 32nd Annual Youth Fishing...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 3:15pm

One of Col. D. Lyle Hohnstine’s daughters and a tournament organizer Ashley Reimer appears here with her children Mackenzie and Axel Reimer during the 10th Annual Salute to Heroes golf tournament held at Bear Trap Dunes Golf Course last Friday.

Golf tournament offers support, Salute to Heroes

The 10th Annual Salute to Heroes Open Golf Tournament was held last Friday, June 8, at the Bear Trap Dunes Golf Course in Ocean View.

The tournament, which was originally started to honor Col. D. Lyle Hohnstine of the U.S. Army, had a name...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 3:10pm

The Red Sox Little League team poses for a photo with William Reber, who is fighting cancer.

Little League teams offer ‘best day of my life’ to young cancer patient

Cancer is rough. Plain and simple.

It doesn’t matter what type it is, and everyone knows someone who has fought the disease. Some have lost their fight, others continue to fight every day, and then there are those that have beaten it....

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 3:08pm

Sammi Whelen smiles while running up the field during Indian River’s 0-4 loss to Delaware Military Academy on Thursday, May 30.

Indians’ soccer knocked out of playoffs by champs DMA

The Indian River High School girls’ soccer team certainly earned everything they got this season.

They earned their Henlopen Conference South Division title. They earned their spot in the Henlopen Conference championship game against...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 5:54pm

Zoe Howard (USA) watches as her two-hand return shot heads back toward her opponent  their opening qualifying match in the ResortQuest Pro Women’s Tennis Open at Sea Colony on Monday morning.

International pro tennis in the spotlight at Sea Colony

Wet weather forced the postponement of the opening day of action in the 8th Annual ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony Tennis. The tournament is a $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit clay-court event.

Thanks to the yeoman efforts of the Sea...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 5:51pm

Scott Hitchens drives the Matt Smith-owned No. 97 car during races held at the Georgetown Speedway on Friday, June 1.

Pennsylvania drivers dominate Georgetown Speedway races

A near-capacity crowd at Georgetown Speedway last Friday night saw what they came for: a great night of racing under the lights at the historic high-banked half-mile clay oval in Georgetown.

Six classes competed that night, with Oley, Pa.’...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 5:49pm

IRSD volleyball coaches aim to build through summer camp

Passion is defined as a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object or concept.

The Indian River School District — and, more specifically, Selbyville Middle School — has two people that have an unrivaled passion for...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 5:45pm

Indian River freshman Izzy Binko (center) drives up the field during a game earlier this season against Sussex Academy. Binko scored the game-winning goal for the Indians in their 2-1 quarterfinal win over Caravel Academy in the DIAA state playoffs last week.

Indians advance in DIAA state playoffs

Girls’ soccer takes down Mt. Pleasant, Caravel

The Indian River High School girls’ soccer team had little time to dwell on their disappointing Henlopen Conference Championship loss to Caesar Rodney on May 17. That was because 48 hours later they were back on the field, opening their DIAA...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 1:56pm

Indian River pitcher J.J. Killen sends one to homeplate during IR’s 7-4 loss to the Dover Senators on Thursday, May 24.

Henlopen South champs knocked out of state championship tournament

The Indian River High School baseball squad had been rolling over the past two or three weeks, clinching the Henlopen Conference South Division championship and earning a berth in the DIAA state championship tournament.

In only their...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 1:52pm

Pickleball Points: It’s all about the racket sports

Late in the 1950s, a tennis program was started in Salisbury, Md., and it was led by the black sheep of tennis, Bill Riordan.

I say “black sheep” because the traditional tennis world later looked down on him for his various non-traditional...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 1:50pm

ESA Delmarva announces winners in first of Summer Surf Series

The Delmarva District of the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) held the first contest of its 2018 Summer Surf Series on Sunday, May 27, on 30th Street in Ocean City, Md. More than 40 competitors ages 8 to 58 braved the Memorial Day weekend crowds...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 1:49pm

Kids Catch-All Fishing Tournament set for June 23-24

The 4th Annual Kids Catch-All Fishing Tournament is right around the corner — scheduled to take place the weekend of June 23-24.

Hosted by the Indian River Marina and Lyme Disease Association of Delmarva Inc., the annual event is one...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 1:40pm

June 8 golf tournament to benefit military families group

It’s time to tee it up, and take that best shot — all while helping a good cause.

The 2018 Salute to Heroes Open Golf Tournament will be held next Friday, June 8, at Bear Trap Dunes golf course in Ocean View. The event will benefit...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 12:59pm

Sea Colony set to welcome pro women tennis players

It’s Memorial Day weekend, which means the unofficial start to the summer season. With the warmer weather, more outdoor activities are beginning to take place — especially if Mother Nature could possibly keep the rain under control. One of the...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:04pm

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

Bailey Willey throws a pitch during Indian River’s 10-0 mercy-rule win over First State Military Academy on Tuesday, May 22.

Indians baseball turns around for mercy-rule shutout

There was a point a few weeks back when Indian River High School baseball skipper Derek “D.J.” Long was not happy with his team’s attitude, approach and interest level in a game against Delmarva Christian High School. However, a team meeting...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 2:38pm

Indian River Senior Sammi Whelen takes control of the ball during IR’s game against Sussex Academy last week.

Indians top Mt. Pleasant in state playoff game

High school girls’ soccer
Indian River 2, Mt. Pleasant 0

Izzy Binko scored both goals for the Indians in their DIAA Division II state playoffs opener last Saturday against the Green Knights.

Binko was able to find the back of...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 2:36pm