Smyrna softball set to defend state title

SMYRNA — The thrill of winning a state title doesn’t go away just because the calendar changes. Every day they go to practice, Smyrna High’s softball players can see the sign on the back of their dugout commemorating the state crown they won last May. “It gives me goosebumps every time I think about it,” […]

CR baseball team has something to prove

CAMDEN — The thing was, Ryan Rigby didn’t even hurt his right elbow throwing a baseball. The Caesar Rodney High athlete suffered the injury while he was wrestling. But surgery is surgery and the Riders’ junior just tried to take the setback in stride. “It was better now than later,” said Rigby, who underwent Tommy […]

Local college notebook: Hornets struggled but showed positive signs late in hoop season

Eric Skeeters’ first year as Delaware State’s men’s basketball coach is officially in the books. As expected, the Hornets took their lumps. But there were signs of progress near the end of the season. The season came to an end on Thursday with a loss to North Carolina Central in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Eastern […]

CR product Johnson excited as he takes over as Rider boys lacrosse head coach

CAMDEN — Brooks Johnson wasn’t taken by surprise when Matt Faircloth decided to step down. Faircloth, the Caesar Rodney High boys’ lacrosse head coach, had talked about it with Johnson, one of his assistants. Still, the chance to be his alma mater’s head coach came a little bit sooner than the 26-year-old Johnson expected. “It […]

Tourney leaves Hens excited about their future

NEWARK — Hofstra’s 91-46 destruction of Delaware on Dec. 28 was about as bad as that score makes it sound. “We could do nothing wrong,” said Pride coach Joe Mihalich. “I think if we would have kicked it, it would have gone in. And they couldn’t do anything right. It had to be a really […]

Dover can’t close out tense title game in loss to Sanford

NEWARK — For just a moment, Dover High could see the promised land. The Senators weren’t up by much. But they were up on top-seeded Sanford in the closing minutes and had any number of chances to really put the Warriors on the ropes. Sanford never budged, though, scoring the go-ahead basket with only 29.9 […]

Washington on hand to see Dover’s title shot

NEWARK — It’s been over four decades since Ukee Washington had his shot at winning a boys’ basketball state title for Dover High. But there’s nothing more the well-known Philadelphia broadcaster would like then to be there when the Senators finally do win the state crown. So just like with some of Dover’s other title-game […]

Local college notebook: UD’s Carter happy he stayed put

Clearly, this was a difficult moment for Eric Carter. The Delaware senior center had just played his last home basketball game. Carter’s eyes were red from the tears and his voiced was choked up as he spoke last Saturday. “This school is so special to me,” he said quietly. That’s why it’s so hard to […]

Perfect season a win away: Undefeated Dover ousts Caravel 68-52 in semifinal, eyes Sanford in title game

NEWARK — If Dover High was going to panic, this would was the time to do it. Midway through the first quarter of Thursday night’s DIAA boys’ basketball semifinal matchup with Caravel, the Senators owned an eight-point lead. Seven minutes later, the Senators still hadn’t scored again, the underdog Buccaneers had reeled off 17 straight […]

From the sports editor: Senators still haunted by ‘72 loss

DOVER — The history books say Dover High has never won an official state title in boys’ basketball. But they’re wrong. For one delirious, ecstatic moment, in March, 1972, the Senators were the state champions. Dover’s players ran onto the Delaware Field House court to celebrate after beating Wilmington for the crown that day. The […]