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. […]

High school notebook: Swim teams may be looking for new homes

The coronavirus pandemic has already brought plenty of changes to high school fall sports. But it’s also starting to have an impact on winter ones, too. Because of state restrictions on pool capacities right now, schools that practice and compete in YMCA pools may have to find new facilities for their programs. The loss of […]

NCAA OKs spring national playoff for FCS football

A spring football season may be very different than Delaware State and Delaware have had before. But it will still have the possibility of national playoffs waiting at the end of it. The NCAA Division I Council voted on Wednesday to hold an FCS tournament this year which will run from April 18 through May […]

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 […]

High school sports back on for the fall

DOVER – It looks like there will be a high school fall sports season this fall after all. The Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association board of directors voted, 14-2, today to begin the fall sports pre-season on Sept. 28. There would be three weeks of practices leading into the season with a 25-day preseason for football. […]