Smyrna boys fine with underdog status

SMYRNA — Maybe it was inevitable that the Smyrna High boys’ basketball team took a step back last season. After losing most of their star players, it was really difficult for the Eagles to stay at a level that took them to the program’s first two appearances in the DIAA state finals. And sure enough, […]

Senators, Allen rally to shock Pa.’s O’Hara

WILMINGTON — For three quarters, it looked like Dover High’s boys’ basketball team was just going to have to chalk this one up to experience. It’s not that the Senators were playing poorly. Philadelphia’s Cardinal O’Hara, though, is considered one of the top teams in Pennsylvania this year. And the Lions did hold a 16-point […]

Cushing’s clutch shot lifts Delaware over Elon

NEWARK — The long pass did seem to hang in the air forever, said Jacob Cushing. But after that, it was all just reflex. Catch, Square up. Release. Swish. This particular three-pointer, though, was the biggest shot of Cushing’s basketball career. The 6-foot-8 reserve senior’s dramatic shot with just 5.2 seconds left gave Delaware something […]

Gravatt retires as CR coach

CAMDEN — Darrell Gravatt said you can think of his long coaching career as a rollercoaster ride. “It’s been like a thrill ride at an amusement park,” he said. “Mostly, my rollercoaster went up.” So it wasn’t easy for Gravatt to step down as Caesar Rodney High’s boys’ and girls’ soccer coaches this week. He’s […]

College notebook: Change of scenery works for Polytech grad Gray

Things are definitely different for Juwan Gray these days. About 3,000 miles different. The last time the former Polytech High basketball standout played for real, he was in San Diego. Now, however, the 6-foot-8 junior forward is at Towson, just a couple-hours drive from his hometown of Dover. “It’s different,” Gray joked about the change […]

Delaware men come up short against William & Mary

NEWARK — All things considered, it was something of a strange play. Delaware trailed William & Mary by seven with just over a minute left when Kevin Anderson lofted an alley-oop pass for Jacob Cushing. But the reserve senior forward slammed it home to bring the Carpenter Center to life. And when the Blue Hens […]

From the sports editor: Rocco likes attitude Williams gives Hens

Danny Rocco and his staff have been aware of Debo Williams from early in his Smyrna High football career. So when the young linebacker got injured, the Delaware coaches were aware of that, too. Rocco remembers wanting to see how Williams would respond to the setback. “We were getting these really, really raving reviews about […]

Delaware men blown out at Towson

TOWSON, Md. — If Delaware knew a way to stop Towson from blowing open Saturday’s game, it would have. But the Blue Hens simply didn’t have any answers. The Tigers grabbed control of the contest in the first half, going up by 22 at halftime, and never let go before cruising to an 84-68 victory […]

Allen’s career night leads Dover against Caesar Rodney

DOVER — Elijah Allen admits it didn’t start out as a very smooth-looking play. The Dover High guard was bringing the ball up quickly just before the end of the first half but he momentarily lost control of it. “I lost it and I couldn’t find it,” Allen said with a smile. “Then I looked […]

Caesar Rodney girls trying to hang onto momentum

CAMDEN — The season was only four games old. But, after losing three of those first four contests, the Caesar Rodney High girls’ basketball team had had enough. “We all sat in the locker room and said, ‘We are not going to lose any more because of dumb mistakes or anything like that,’” said Riders’ […]