Hens blow 18-point lead, fall to Towson 64-63

NEWARK — They’ve done this kind of thing before, of course. It was only last February that Delaware set an NCAA record by squandering a 34-point lead at Drexel. Compared to that collapse, what the Blue Hens did against Towson on Saturday night wasn’t nearly as bad — it only felt like it. After breezing […]

From the sports editor: Polytech title still special and other notes

With the weather outside all over the place this winter weekend, here’s a collection of random notes from the local sports world: • Sixteen years after helping Polytech High win the DIAA state championship in girls’ basketball, that 2003 title remains a special moment in Tyresa Smith’s life. “It’s one of those moments in my […]

Local college sports notebook: Hornets eye turnaround in Fla. after heartbreaking loss

DOVER — Eric Skeeters experienced the first gut-punch of his head coaching career on Monday night. After Pinky Wiley’s go-ahead three with six seconds left, Skeeters was envisioning a celebration on the Memorial Hall floor. It was not to be. The Hornets surrendered a buzzer-beating layup by North Carolina Central’s Jordan Perkins and lost 71-70. […]

UD men down JMU, remain in second in CAA

NEWARK — Certainly, it’s too early to start looking too far down the road. Delaware hasn’t even reached the halfway point of its Colonial Athletic Association schedule after all. But, after dispatching James Madison, 76-69, on Thursday night, coach Martin Ingelsby can’t help but look around and like where his Blue Hens are right now. […]

Confidence grows with winning streak for Cape Henlopen girls

LEWES — Pat Woods remembers something one of his players said before the season. The first-year Cape Henlopen High girls’ basketball coach was talking to his players about their goals for the year. “One of our returners said, ‘I want to be on a team that expects to win, not just be in the game,’” […]

From the Sports editor: Smith never set out to be a hoop star

Tyresa Smith had always been a Delaware kid. She grew up in Dover and played basketball at Polytech High and then the University of Delaware. So heading to Russia to play professionally after college was an eye-opening experience. “It was kind of a big culture shock,” said Smith. “It was the longest plane ride I’d […]

Local college sports notebook: Hens’ Allen has made the long road back

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Ryan Allen has always believed in his shot. And considering he tied the Delaware men’s basketball team record with 86 three-pointers last winter, who can blame him? But the left-handed guard also went more than five months without shooting a ball following surgery on his right shoulder last March. In some ways, Allen said it […]

Faircloth steps down as CR boys lacrosse coach, compiled 68-23 record in 5 seasons

CAMDEN — Matt Faircloth isn’t any different than a lot of parents with young children. He’d like to have time to watch them play sports. The only trouble was, as Caesar Rodney High’s head boys’ lacrosse coach, there were too many times Faircloth felt like he had to choose between his own kids and the […]

New coach has Polytech going in right direction

WOODSIDE — For three days, Kyle Taylor felt sick to his stomach. His Polytech High girls’ basketball team had gotten the season off to such a great start. In Taylor’s first game as head coach, the Panthers knocked off Caesar Rodney, 56-42 — the program’s first win over the Riders in at least a decade. […]

From the Sports editor: Ex-Hen Nagy is living NFL dream

Matt Nagy didn’t let go of his NFL quarterback dreams without a fight. The last time I talked to the former Delaware quarterback was in 2007 and he was getting ready to play in the Arena Bowl with the Columbus Destroyers. Nagy had put up good numbers in his six-season AFL career. But he was […]