Smyrna’s Gillis finds his passion in baseball

DOVER — When he was really little, Jared Gillis wanted to do anything his big sister, Jameria, did. And Jameria was a softball player. So one day, the whole family went to the batting cage. It might have been the first time five-year-old Jared ever swung a bat.“I hopped in the cage and it was […]

Who do you think is the best downstate boys’ basketball team of all time?

Since many of us seem to have extra time on our hands these days, and since sports fans really seem to like debating who’s the best at something, we thought we’d try out a new feature. Let’s debate the best all-time downstate athletes, teams, coaches, etc. in various categories. We’ll give you a category every […]

Wrestling is opening doors for Caesar Rodney’s Dean

CAMDEN — It’s not like Philadelphia is right around the corner from Hartly. Jackson Dean quickly realized that he was spending more time driving than he was on the wrestling mat. “Three hours of driving for about an hour and a half of practice,” said the Caesar Rodney High senior. “A couple nights a week.” […]

Hens’ Darling declares for NBA draft but could return to UD

NEWARK — The Delaware men’s basketball coaching staff knew Nate Darling was going to be a really good player when he became eligible for the Blue Hens this past winter. Now they’ll have to wait and see if the junior guard was a little too good. Today, Darling announced that he’s entering his name into […]

Wesley’s Williams on the radar of NFL teams

DOVER — The closest Coray Williams had ever gotten to some of these guys was watching them on TV. But, here he was, a safety from tiny Wesley College, lining up with players from Division I FBS schools. Williams had earned the spot, though, being moved up from the small-school all-stars to practice against the […]

Camden’s Birt making a name for herself

CAMDEN — Love Birt was maybe 11 the first time she performed in a large arena. The youngster from Camden was competing at the U.S. Championships in gymnastics in Anaheim, Calif. Birt quickly realized she was performing on a big stage. “I remember doing my warmup and just focusing on what I was doing,” said […]

From the sports editor: Candeloro will miss Blue-Gold this year

Dan Candeloro has always had a certain fondness for the Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game. It started when he represented Dickinson High in the 1982 contest. “For me, playing in it 30-some years ago, it was probably the best thing that ever happened to me,” said Candeloro, now the Caesar Rodney head coach. So it was […]

Local college notebook: Ingelsby keeping tabs on team, possible rule changes

Off-seasons haven’t always been uneventful for the Delaware men’s basketball team lately. The Blue Hens have had some good young players transfer to higher-profile programs over the last four seasons. That group includes Kory Holden (South Carolina), Ryan Daly (St. Joe’s) and Ithiel Horton (Pitt). While having players come and go isn’t unusual for any […]

Stonebraker finds a home behind the plate

(EDITOR’S NOTE: With the high school sports world on hold, we’re going to continue our Athlete of the Week feature with a little different format. We’re going to recognize a downstate senior athlete by sport for their career accomplishments. This week, Delmarva Christian’s Ashlyn Stonebraker won our readers’ poll for softball.) GEORGETOWN — Ashlyn Stonebraker […]

Dover basketball standout Allen chooses Wagner

DOVER — Elijah Allen is headed to the Big Apple. Dover High’s Allen announced his commitment to Wagner College in Staten Island, one of the five boroughs which make up New York City. Wagner is a Division I school in the Northeast Conference. Allen recently won the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association’s Player of the […]