Sports parents may be on the outside looking in

There’s at least one basic truth when it comes to youth sports. If there’s a kid on the field, chances are there’s a mom in the stands. And there’s not much that’s going to stop them. “From the moms’ perspective,” joked Caesar Rodney High football parent Sonya Dyer, “moms are going to figure out a […]

Now the work really begins toward a fall season

There was one question that seemed to linger over the state Board of Education meeting on Thursday evening. What had changed so much in the outlook for high school sports in just a month? How did the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association go from unanimously voting to delay the season until December to starting it later […]

Fall sports gets OK: Narrow vote opens door for October start

DOVER — Perhaps it was fitting that it was decided like this. It was like some heart-pounding state championship basketball game where the lead kept changing hands in the closing seconds. Finally, though, by a nail-biting vote of just 4-3, the state Board of Education decided scholastic sports can be played in Delaware this fall. […]

Local college notebook: UD has 36 positive cases in athletics

NEWARK — Most college athletic programs aren’t playing sports this fall. But people are still keeping statistics. The number of positive COVID-19 cases among student-athletes on campuses — whether programs are just working out or actually competing — are becoming regular news. The University of Delaware isn’t immune to the situation, either. On Tuesday, UD […]

Refs say they’re not too worried about being back on field

DOVER — Pete Celiberti is in his fifth decade of officiating football. And the 78-year-old Dover man isn’t about to let anything keep him off the field. But Celiberti also takes the threat of COVID-19 very seriously. So when he works a game these days, he’ll not only wear a mask but he’ll also use […]

Henlopen ADs ironing out a fall plan

Even when the high school sports world was grinding to a halt last March, the Henlopen Conference’s athletic directors kept meeting. Henlopen secretary Bud Hitchens said the AD’s have kept up their virtual get-togethers every week during the coronavirus pandemic. “These guys have been on top of stuff since March when we started trying to […]

Masks add new wrinkle to high school sports

DOVER — The way Dr. Bradley Bley saw it, state athletic officials had a choice to make. They could either believe it was realistic for high school athletes to play games while staying six feet apart from each other. Or the athletes could be required to wear masks all the time. Watching some youth soccer […]

DIAA board to reconsider fate of fall sports today

As with most kids, the toughest part of the pandemic for Delaney Gennusa is feeling cut off from her friends. A junior at St. Georges High, she plays both field hockey and lacrosse for the Hawks. “It makes me sad that I don’t get to see my friends as much as I used to,” Gennusa […]

Delaware State product Gunter is forced to retire from NFL

For five seasons, Rodney Gunter beat the odds by making it in the NFL. But now the former Delaware State standout’s career has apparently come to an end. The Jacksonville Jaguars put the 28-year-old Gunter on its reserve/retired list last month after the veteran defensive lineman was diagnosed with a serious heart condition. “These last […]

Doctor says it’s time to give high school football a try in Delaware

The DIAA’s sports medicine advisory board filled in a lot of the details about how high school sports can be played in a pandemic on Tuesday night. One of the bigger recommendations was that medium-risk sport athletes should have to wear masks while they’re competing — not just high-risk sport athletes in football and wrestling. […]