After reaching state finals, Riders have something to prove

CAMDEN — The Caesar Rodney High boys’ soccer team had a lot to be proud of last fall. The Riders went 16-3, won the Henlopen Conference title and reached the DIAA Division I state finals. CR’s players just would have liked a different ending. The Riders fell to state powerhouse Salesianum, 7-0, in the state […]

After rough ending, Panthers ready for a fresh start

WOODSIDE — So many times, said Brian Scott-Hill, Polytech High’s football players really did try to fight through their problems last fall. But nothing ever seemed to work for the Panthers. “It was very down,” said Scott-Hill, a senior linebacker/fullback. “Instead of trying to win games it was more trying to build ourselves up because […]

Fall athletes happy to be back where they belong

DOVER — With the temperature in the mid-80s and the sun beating down, Monday definitely could have passed for a day in August. But here it was, almost the end of September, and Delaware’s high school student-athletes were just starting pre-season camp on Monday. As far as Caleb Dyer is concerned, though, later is still […]

With plenty of protocols, football set to go again

Dan Candeloro still has his lesson plan from that day up on the board of his classroom. It was Friday, March 13. That was the last day the Caesar Rodney High football coach and his players were all in the same place at the same time. So finally getting back together again a couple weeks […]

Smyrna’s Laney proves herself as a scorer in WNBA

Smyrna High girls’ basketball fans were well aware that Betnijah Laney was capable of being a big-time scorer. But, in the WNBA, Laney was considered more of a defensive specialist. Laney just remembers how surprised Nicki Collen was when she first worked out for the Atlanta Dream coach in June. “She stopped me in the […]

Local college notebook: MEAC gains NCAA bid in football

Delaware State still has to prove that it can challenge for the MEAC title in football. But if the Hornets can win the championship, they know there’s an NCAA Division I FCS playoff waiting for them. In signing off on a spring FCS national playoff this week, the NCAA also announced that the Mid-Eastern Athletic […]

High school notebook: Refs voice concerns about return of sports

Referees are often a forgotten part of a high school game. And, by and large, officials don’t want to be in the spotlight. But, with Delaware high school sports getting ready to restart, the state’s refs want to make sure that their questions and concerns about officiating during the coronavirus pandemic are addressed. That’s why […]

Dover hockey seniors hope to learn from tough loss

DOVER — Last season wasn’t an easy one to walk away from for the Senators. Losing to Padua just 1-0 in overtime in the DIAA Division I field hockey state semifinals would leave any team with regrets. And Dover High’s players got on the bus back home believing that things could have been different. “Oh, […]

Knapp happy to have Purtill on Wesley staff

DOVER — Jim Purtill didn’t know any of his players when he was hired as Cornell’s freshman football coach in 1983. He remembers looking down the roster and seeing the names of players from all over he country. Then Purtill noticed there was a kid from Kent, Ohio, named Chip Knapp on the list. “That’s […]

High School Notebook: Henlopen finds way to fill football slates

Unusual times call for unusual solutions. That applies to high school football scheduling, too. The Henlopen Conference has come up with a somewhat unique solution to fill out its members’ grid schedules. With Delaware schools playing seven regular-season football games under the plan that was agreed to last week, Henlopen Southern Division squads were going […]