Summer surf season kicking off this weekend

The Delmarva District of the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) has announced the dates for its 2018 Summer Surf Series, with their first contest being held this Saturday, May 26, on 30th Street in Ocean City, Md. The contest will start at 8 a.m...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 2:33pm

Pickleball Points: The talented Mr. and Mrs. Pickleball

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and I, for one, salute every current and past service member, and express devout appreciation to those who gave their lives. I thank them for allowing us to live in a society where we can freely follow our dreams and...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 2:32pm

JMC PTO to host My School Color Run

The John M. Clayton Elementary School PTO will host their first-ever My School Color Run 5K Trail Run & Kids Fun Run on Saturday, May 5, at the Indian River High School cross-country trail on Armory Road in Dagsboro from 8 to 11 a.m. The...

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 3:57pm

Indian River’s Jacob Anderson hit two home runs in Tuesday’s game against Caesar Rodney.

Indians baseball takes South with 20-5 win over Caesar Rodney

The old adage in baseball is that hitting is contagious. Such was the case in Tuesday’s Henlopen Conference South Division contest between Indian River High School and visiting Caesar Rodney.

The hitting was so contagious, someone should...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 12:02pm

Indian River’s softball squad joins hands before the game, knowing the South Division title was on the line.

Indians softball locks up Henlopen South with win over Riders

If you did the math beforehand, you kind of had a feeling about the significance of Tuesday’s Henlopen Conference South Division contest between the softball teams of Caesar Rodney and Indian River high schools.

Coming into the game, the...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 12:00pm

The Selbyville Middle School Indians’ girls’ soccer team gathers in front the net.

SMS soccer team marks third undefeated season

In middle-school sports, players and teams are often just trying to learn the game and prepare themselves for their future days at the high-school level.

The Selbyville Middle School girls’ soccer team is certainly the exception to that...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 11:57am

The Selbyville Middle School track team poses for a photo.

SMS track teams pull together for district championship

Selfless. Motivated. Successful.

Three words that can often describe the student-athletes at Selbyville Middle School, which, coincidentally, is known as SMS.

The school’s boys’ and girls’ track teams each recently won their...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 11:56am

Indian River’s Isabella Binko scores a goal in the second half of Tuesday’s 5-1 girls’ soccer win over Sussex Academy.

Sports Report — May 18, 2018

The Indian River High School golf team has had a successful season when it is taken in its entirety.

Tuesday afternoon at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club, the Indians added to their winning ways with a 191-273 decision over Seaford...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 11:52am

Lasaundra Dorsey of Hagerstown, Md., was among the participants in the Spring Pickleball Tournament at Northside Park in Ocean City, Md.

Pickleball Points: Delaware pickleball and the Delaware Brigade of Long Island

Gen. George Washington and his army — yes, this is the pickleball article — were almost captured in New York by the British, then the strongest army in the world. It was August 1776 at the Battle of Long Island, and Washington’s army was saved by...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 11:47am

Annual 5K, 2-miler to benefit Justin’s Beach House

The 2018 Justin’s Beach House Memorial Day Weekend 5K Run & 2-Mile Walk is right around the corner. Scheduled for Saturday, May 26, beginning at 7:15 a.m. in Bethany Beach, the event is held annually to help provide families with cancer a...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 11:46am

Junior pitcher Abby O’Shields gets ready to fire the ball during Tuesday’s game against Milford.

O'Shields, Indians dominate defending state champs

When a pitcher can get early run support, it makes life so much easier in the circle.

Such was the case on Tuesday afternoon, May 8, for Indian River High School junior Abby O’Shields. The southpaw tossed a complete-game, one-hit shutout...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 3:54pm

Above: An Indian fights for possession of the ball against Christiana defenders.

Sports Report — May 11, 2018

High school girls’ lacrosse
Indian River 18, Christiana 0

It was a total team effort for the Indians as 15 different players scored in Monday’s non-conference meeting with Christiana en route to an 18-0 win.

Kealey Allison,...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 3:49pm

The IRHS Hall of Fame recently inducted four new members — Michelle Giorgilli, Colleen Carrol Davis, Morgan Warrington and Nick Slonin..

Giorgilli, Davis, Warrington and Slonin added to Soccer Hall of Fame

The Indian River High School Soccer Hall of Fame was established in February of 2017. The idea came about as a way to recognize the many contributors to IRHS soccer, which includes players, coaches and other contributors to the program’s success...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 3:43pm

Local surfers compete in regional surfing championships

More than 20 area surfers competed in the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Surfing Championships over the weekend, at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, N.C. They were joined by competitors from Virginia Beach, North Carolina and South Carolina.


Friday, May 11, 2018 - 3:41pm

Patrick Gogerty helped improve IRHS Golf Team’s record to 7–4 with a win over Delmar.

Indians see victory over Wildcats on the links

Indian River High School’s golf team improved to 7-4 on the season with Tuesday’s 191-215 win over visiting Delmar at Cripple Creek Country Club.

Fighting chilly winds off of the bay, senior Mikaela Brosnahan led the Indians on May 8 with...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 2:28pm

Indian River High School seniors Michael Corcoran and Helen Davis made their choices official last Thursday for where they will be moving on to in the fall.

Davis, Corcoran make their college choices

Signing day for student-athletes is always a special time, and last Thursday, May 3, was no different for a pair of Indian River High School seniors, Helen Davis and Michael Corcoran. Surrounded by family, friends and coaches, the duo each made...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 2:03pm

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