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Sorry — I incorrectly cited the dates for the upcoming prize-money pickleball tournament at the Ocean Pines Pickleball Club. It will be held between Oct. 22 and 24, and 217 players are already registered. They do so many great things at Ocean Pines, like the $16,700 raised for cancer last we…

Let’s call the 2021 version of the Indian River High School boys’ soccer team “The Avengers,” because when they are all playing together — and on the same page — they are virtually an unstoppable force.

Additional Delaware hunting seasons are set to open in October, including snow goose, duck, other migratory bird and firearm deer seasons, as well as the one-day, youth-only waterfowl hunt on Saturday, Oct. 16, DNREC officials announced.

It was a proverbial flex of the softball muscles for a pair of local Delaware Tribe softball teams this past weekend, as both the 16U and 14U teams won their respective Alliance Softball National Qualifier brackets to earn a spot in the national championship tournaments next year.

A football coaching staff and its student-athletes collectively march to the beat of a weekly routine. The cycle begins and continues with on-field practices and film sessions to study the approaching opponents’ tendencies and talent and talent, and the football week culminates with the cres…

The Indian River football team (1-1-0) will host area rival Seaford High (2-0-0), in a key matchup that will have enormous playoff implications, this Friday night, with a 7 p.m. opening kickoff at Indian River High School Stadium. The Blue Jays are part of the Seaford School District.

A quarter-century — 25 years is a long for anything. When it comes to youth sports organizations, the River Soccer Club (RSC) has built itself up as one of the premier youth soccer programs on the East Coast during that time, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

After a scoreless tie through more than 50 minutes of their match on Tuesday, Sept. 28, the Indians were able to get on the board with a goal from freshman Dominic Delaney, to take a 1-0 lead over their guests from Caesar Rodney.

I’m writing this article on the morning of my 56th wedding anniversary. I am in a reflective mood and counting my blessings, and as I ponder, I can’t help but look at how pickleball influenced the last part of our married lives.

For the second year in a row, golfers will be on par to support the preservation, restoration and educational efforts of the Lewes Historical Society. Partnered with the Peninsula Golf & Country Club, the LHS is hosting its second annual tournament at the private Millsboro club on Thursd…

Indian River head football coach Phil Townsend learned at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17 — just five hours before kickoff — that several of his starters would not be able to participate, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the Indian River football team captured the 2011 DIAA Division II championship nearly a decade ago, the achievement made a resounding impression throughout Delaware. For one thing, the Indians’ 12-0-0 season, which culminated in a 35-13 victory over Caravel Academy on Saturday, Dec. 3, …

It was probably to be expected that, with a new head coach and the loss of the program’s best player ever, the Indian River High School girls’ volleyball team would struggle a little bit at the start of the season.

After taking the year off in 2020 due to the restrictions in place for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian River Alumni Soccer Reunion is back for 2021, and coming with it will be the induction of both the 2020 and 2021 Hall of Fame classes.

Bob Crowther, PGA director of golf at Bayside Resort Golf Club, will be offering a golf clinic on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the golf club, to benefit Sgt. Tyler Vargas-Andrews, a Marine who was struck by the IED blast at the Kabul Airport in Afghanistan on Aug. 26

All of the planning and preparing are just about over, and it’s time for the fun to commence, as River Soccer Club will be celebrating their 25th anniversary next weekend at the complex located at 32221 Gum Road, Frankford.

Head coach Phil Townsend was extremely upbeat following his Indians football team’s 48-15 setback in their 2021 season-opener against Stephen Decatur High School of Maryland. He had good reason to be optimistic, despite the loss to an opponent boasting tremendous talent and depth, before an …

The Indian River High School boys’ soccer team is sporting quite a few new faces rocking the green and gold for the 2021 season, but the expectations for the program are the same as every other year.

The Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon is scheduled to take place Saturday, Sept. 18, at 8 a.m. beginning at Delaware Seashore State Park’s Tower Road area, on the ocean side. The event starts with a half-mile swim, followed by a 3.45-mile run and 16-mile bike ride. Swimmers start in waves (the fi…

Paul Dillon, left, and Donna Villani, right, are congratulated by Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club General Manager and head golf professional Brian Trout, center. Both players successfully defended their titles on Labor Day weekend, to remain Senior Men’s and Women’s club champions for …

I get my ideas for this pickleball column from conversations intermingled among the laughter and chatter on the pickleball court.

The 49th Annual Camp Barnes Benefit Stock Car Race will be held at the Delaware International Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 2. Gates will open at 2 p.m., with racing action beginning at 4 p.m. The rain date is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 3.

It’s never easy to replace the best player in a program’s history, let alone the most decorated player in the entire state last year. But that’s the challenge for the Indian River High School girls’ volleyball team this season.

After an impressive freshman season that saw her finish as one of the top runners in the entire state of Delaware, Brynn Crandell returns to the forefront of the Indian River High School cross-country team for the 2021 season.

Your pickleball rating — Is it a self-rating conclusion, the results of a contusion, simple confusion, or downright self-delusion?

Paddleboard and kayaking enthusiasts will be on the water, launching from Holt’s Landing State Park near Dagsboro, on Saturday, Sept. 11, for Paddle Second Chance, a race to raise money for Warrior Community Connect, an organization that assists wounded military veterans.

Fresh off the greatest stretch of success in the program’s history, the Indian River High School field hockey program has a new field general who is taking the reins with hopes of continuing that success into the immediate future.

It can be grueling to fight the rips and other elements on a daily basis as a lifeguard. However, no one may be more equipped athletically and physically to handle that grind than Lexi Santer, who is our final Summer Lifeguard Series feature for the summer of 2021.

I am now a proud member of the VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View, and my membership followed receiving my first services from the Veterans Administration (VA) just this year.

Hunters in Delaware can start their 2021/2022 hunting season on Wednesday, Sept. 1, with the opening of mourning dove, archery and crossbow deer, and resident Canada goose hunting seasons, DNREC announced this week. Hunters can hunt teal starting Saturday, Sept. 11, and gray squirrel startin…