Sports


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

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.

The...

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