Sports


Volunteers prepare fields for Series

On Friday and Saturday, volunteers who had been working all year, without pay, for Lower Sussex and other Little Leagues marched outside, in tremendous heat, carrying rakes, hoses, and edging tools.

They edged grass, lined bases, dragged...

Thursday, August 3, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lower Sussex falls to Laurel

Any chances of Lower Sussex repeating as the Delaware state Junior League baseball champs were dashed by Laurel’s All-Stars in a Game Two showdown on July 24.

Coastal Point • JOHN DENNY
Elijah Forman gets caught in a run-down in...

Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Legion team hangs even with Steever

Heading down the final stretch into the American Legion baseball state tournament, Sussex East (16-9) split a double-header with the league-leading Steever’s Post 8 (23-4) on July 24.

Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT
Cody Jensen...

Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lower Sussex sees season end to Nanticoke

Only 24 hours after giving up a two-run walk-off homerun to Lower Sussex’s Garrett Casale, in what would be the first game of the Major League baseball All-Star championship, Nanticoke pitcher Hunter Absher would redeem himself.

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Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

River crossing the ocean

Usually, when the River Soccer Club travels to compete, it’s within the state or in the region. But on July 30, the U14 Raiders and the U18 Celtics will ditch their E-Z passes for passports as they head to the United Kingdom to participate in...

Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Legion team breaks out of slump

Post 28’s Sussex East Legion baseball team halted a three-game skid by picking up a pair of wins behind hot hitting and timely pitching by utility infielder C.J. Bell, and Cody Jensen and Trevor Abbott, in an abbreviated doubleheader against...

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lower Sussex gets on offensive roll

Following an opening-round 4-2 loss to Georgetown in the Major League Little League All-Star tournament, Lower Sussex head coach Greg Moffitt admitted that his team wasn’t loose enough to win the game.

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Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lower Sussex junior girls gone in two

The Lower Sussex Junior League Softball All-Star team made three errors. Four balls got past the catcher and five Nanticoke All-Stars reached base on walks.

Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT
Janel Cubbage prepares to pitch....

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lower Sussex slaughters Seaford 15-4

Led by homerun hitters Louis Castro, Elijah Forman and Corey Showalter, Lower Sussex slaughtered Seaford in Delaware District 3 Junior Little League tournament play 15-4 at the Millsboro baseball complex Monday night (July 17).

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Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Sussex team battles for berth in series

Very soon, senior league softball teams from all over the world will descend upon Roxana’s Pyle Center for a chance to win a Little League championship.

Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT
Nanticoke’s Senior League Softball team beat...

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Watkins story continues with another first-time win

Super Late Model pilot Richard Jarvis, based out of Ocean Pines, Md., was a lucky man at Georgetown Speedway last Friday night, July 14. The 27-year-old racer earned $2,500 for his first-ever Georgetown Speedway win.

Then, while being...

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Pony penning a memorable time

When I was a young girl, coming to the beach each summer for a few weeks, there was one thing I always wanted to do that we simply never did. Each summer, we swam in the waves, built sandcastles, chased down the ice-cream man, flew a kite, went...

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Spece settles into role

Most freshmen college athletes aren’t disillusioned about their role on the team. While some get an opportunity to contribute immediately, most are relegated to reserve roles, and it’s expected for them to serve that purpose.

Coastal...

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Magic casts spells on foes

The Delaware Magic National Softball Association travel team struck it big, winning three championship games at a weekend tournament in Dover.

Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT
Jamie Eshem is up at bat with the Delaware Magic 14-...

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Warner picks off foes

A pickoff by the pitcher or catcher is a crucial play in baseball, because a scoring threat can be negated with a swift, confident throw to an occupied base. And on July 11, Sussex East used pickoffs to stamp out two early-inning scoring rallies...

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Sussex East Legion team overcomes rain, opponents

The heavy rains have passed and the water left behind has subsided, leaving American Legion baseball coaches scrambling to reschedule games. With exactly two weeks remaining in the regular season, a number of teams will be stacking games one on...

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Scott comes in with a bang

Sussex East’s latest addition, Sussex Central High School’s Brian Scott, has only played five games with the Warriors. But his presence has already been felt.

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Brian Scott rounds the bases in a...

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Watson wins his first at Georgetown

From the pole, 16-year-old, Milford native Joseph Watson won his first ever Crate Modified race at Georgetown Speedway last Friday night. Watson fought off two-time winner Ryan Walls of Laurel, down to an exciting narrow finish. Mark Byram earned...

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Legion team splits doubleheader

The month of June has been tough for Legion baseball but, after nearly two weeks off due to rain, Sussex East’s Post 28 baseball team started July off right by splitting an up-state doubleheader with R.C. DuPont on July 1 to improve their record...

Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

Hoban continues to follow his dream

Last season, prognosticators picked the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Division I baseball team to come in dead last in the Mid Eastern Atlantic Conference, and why not? They hadn’t had a winning season since 1995 and finished the 2005...

Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

NSA ups the ante for softball players

The National Softball Association has deep roots in Delaware. It offers girls as young as 7 the opportunity to play softball at a high level of competition, and the results speak for themselves.

Every spring season, eight to 10 teams scrap...

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 8:00pm

Brock passing along his know-how

Todd Brock’s seven-year road through professional baseball’s Minor League system has finally come to end, but it has also signaled a new beginning as well. He’s played baseball in nearly every state, and even abroad, but rather than play for the...

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 8:00pm

Central players join up with Post 28

The Sussex Central-Indian River rivalry runs deep in all sports. If neither team has won a game all year, a win over their rival will balance out the losing season. There could be a competitive crocheting match between the two schools and there...

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 8:00pm

Mother Nature leaves her mark

A slow-moving front — nearly a tropical depression — has dumped immeasurable amounts of rain on the Delmarva Peninsula in the past week. And though folks in Western Sussex County have shouldered the brunt of the storm, others — including the...

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 8:00pm

Gold misses out on chance for cup

Any hopes of Sussex County’s Gold baseball team lugging home Carpenter Cup hardware were dashed in a football-score 27-9 loss to Chester County at University of Pennsylvania’s Meiklejohn Stadium on June 20.
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Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

Jensen looks good in return

For nearly a year, Post 28 pitcher Cody Jensen’s arm has been shelved. He didn’t follow up his All-Conference senior season or his team’s state tournament bid to play collegiate baseball but he did pass the time by playing soft-toss softball. So...

Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

The man behind the mask for Legion

Bo Wilkinson has always wanted to be a catcher. Heck, he’s always been a catcher — at least for the last 10 years. But now, as a member of the Post 28 American Legion baseball team, Wilkinson is ready to take his game to another level.
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Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bats should provide thunder for team

Despite their falling below .500 (1-2) this early in the season, Post 28 head coach Jodi Sweetman is pleased with how his team has come together thus far. They have experienced arms, plus a number of players who can play multiple positions, play...

Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 8:00pm

Post 28 looks to arms race

American Legion baseball is back in full swing in Delaware, despite a throng of recent rainouts and umpire shortages. And Eastern Sussex Post 28’s new coaching staff expects to compete for the Legion state tournament championship again.
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Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 8:00pm

Warriors show their stuff in Aberdeen

A year ago, the Delaware Warriors under-11 baseball team traveled to its very first out-of-town tournament and didn’t win a game. The kids were disappointed. But head coach Doug Hudson told them there would be another chance.
Sure enough,...

Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indian River keeps Founder's Cup

The hallowed traveling wooden Founder’s Cup has made its way back to Indian River High School for consecutive years following another strong year for the schools athletics.

The Indians’ seven conference and division championships yielded...

Thursday, June 8, 2006 - 8:00pm

Delaware tromps Florida 26-12 in DFL All-Star game

College football recruiters swarm states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, Texas and Florida to secure some of the best talent in the country for their respective schools. Further marking their football dominance, it isn’t uncommon to see...

Thursday, June 8, 2006 - 8:00pm

Pro Talk

This month our interview is with Brian Trout, Golf Pro at Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club in Dagsboro.

Q. Brian, there is a saying in golf: “Drive for show, putt for dough.” Please comment on that saying in the context of how younger...

Thursday, June 1, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lady Indians can't catch up to Central

Indian River’s softball team erased a 2-0 deficit against Seaford in the quarterfinals to win 5-2. But pulling off two straight come-from-behind games – the second against defending state champions the Sussex Central Lady Knights, no less –...

Thursday, June 1, 2006 - 8:00pm

Binstead leads Indians up the fairway

Four year’s ago, Indian River’s golf team was 1-15, a mere shadow of their now consecutive Southern Division championship seasons. Head Coach Neal Beahan’s team had a successful 11-5 season in 2000, but he lacked the necessary players to compete...

Thursday, June 1, 2006 - 8:00pm

Smith, Cole wrap up careers on high note

Indian River’s first-doubles tandem of Ed Smith and Charlie Cole finished their senior season with an 11-3 record and had a good showing in this year’s state tournament.

“They played high-level tennis,” commented head coach Sean Oates....

Thursday, June 1, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indians fall to William Penn

Only two days after shocking No. 11 seed Brandywine 5-4 in a ninth inning comeback, Indian River found it difficult to hold onto its own 2-0 lead against William Penn in the quarterfinals. That rough patch came before the team headed into extra...

Thursday, June 1, 2006 - 8:00pm

Heroic rally lifts Indians

You’ve got to hand it to the Indian River baseball team; they never gave up when the chips where down, even though Brandywine held control of the state tournament opener for seven innings. But Indian River believed they could win even when some...

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lady Indians start off playoffs with a bang

The Lady Indians hit the ball hard, far and often in a 16-1 state tournament win over Concord on May 24 but none hit it better than first-team all-conference catcher Sara Powell.

She led the team with two homeruns — including one monster...

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 8:00pm

Powell piles up hits, recognition

With so many great players on Indian River’s softball team over the years, it’s understandable how a player can get lost in the shuffle. But, finally, catcher Sara Powell is getting the credit she deserves.

She’s spent her first two...

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 8:00pm

Golfers fall to Dover in championship

One week after setting the school record for regular season wins (13), winning the Southern Division and earning a place in the conference championship, Indian River’s golf team found themselves on the proverbial long ride home for the second...

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indians take down Caravel on the diamond

Indian River’s head baseball coach Howard Smack looked like a kid on Christmas morning following the team’s 5-2 win over No.3-ranked Caravel on May 15. He couldn’t contain his smile. But why should he? His team had won their last six games and...

Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 8:00pm

Girls close soccer season with eight straight

The Indian River girls soccer team (13-3 overall) owned the Henlopen Conference this season, only two conference losses, to Caesar Rodney and Delmar. And the team just recently stamped its mark on two upstate teams, to conclude the regular season...

Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indian River wins consecutive Southern Division titles

Indian River’s golf team killed four birds with one stone on May 15, to win consecutive Southern Division championships and set a school record for wins (13) by beating Seaford and Southern contender Smyrna in a dual match at Cripple Creek Golf...

Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 8:00pm

Clash of the titans:

Indian River’s 17-2 softball team hosted Caravel (16-2) on May 15 in a clash of the titans and what could very well be a preview for the state championship. But with so much talent on the field somebody still had to lose. Caravel defeated Indian...

Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 8:00pm

SMS sweeps season series against Sussex Central

Winning 45 games and losing only one over a four-year period leaves fans thinking: dynasty. That a team could top such a fantastic accomplishment is beyond belief to most, but Selbyville Middle School’s baseball team did just that by notching its...

Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 8:00pm

Tiffany pleased with tennis team

Of all of Indian River’s tennis teams, only the freshman second-doubles team of Taylor Rosenblit and Julia Jaquette advanced to the second round of the conference tournament at Sea Colony on May 12. But the team saw so much competition in singles...

Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indians rolling as season winds down

Indian River varsity baseball head coach Howard Smack couldn’t have drawn it up any better, following a three-game slide to conference foes midway through the season. But his team has since won four of their past five games, including a 11-4 win...

Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lady Indians take Southern title

Indian River’s softball team was too good to stay down following a disappointing 5-4 loss to Delmar in the bottom of the seventh inning on May 2 and they have since annihilated Polytech and Lake Forest by a combined score of 31-3 (10-0 and 21-3,...

Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lady Indians soccer maintains strong play

As summer approaches and the school year winds down, it isn’t uncommon for students to do the same. Thoughts of warm weather, sandy beaches or new freedoms on the horizon dance through their heads. But that can’t be said of the Indian River girls...

Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 8:00pm