High School Notebook: Smyrna athletes trying to have parents at games

SMYRNA — Sophia Basler says her mom has never missed one of her volleyball matches. Her dad has only missed one, because he was on a business trip — and even with that match he was able to watch on-line. Basler, a Smyrna High senior who’s been playing volleyball since she was 12, said there’s […]

Milford’s Gillis only starting to show what he can do

MILFORD — Football was never really Marquis Gillis’ sport when he was growing up. The Milford youngster was always more interested in playing the other game of football — soccer — back then. “That’s what I grew up playing my whole life,” said Gills. “And I was pretty good with it so I stuck with […]

UD suspends 19 swim team members for party

NEWARK — Nineteen swimming and diving team members have been sanctioned by the University of Delaware for violations of COVID-19 protocol. The group has been suspended by the athletics department from all athletic-related activities. Their suspensions came after notification that there was a large indoor social gathering hosted on Sept. 26 at an off-campus residence, […]

With big senior class, IR has high hopes

DAGSBORO — Steve Kilby likes to think of them as “legacy” players. The Indian River High boys’ soccer coach has four members of this year’s squad whose brothers won a state title with the Indians.They’ve been around the program since they were ballboys on the sidelines at varsity games. And those younger brothers wouldn’t mind […]

Only select fans will be allowed into football games

High school football fans are probably looking forward to the return of the sport in a couple weeks. But, unless they’re related to one of the home-team participants, they’ll have to watch the games online. While some schools are still finalizing their plans, it looks like all 14 Henlopen Conference schools with football programs will […]

Polytech hockey seniors hope this can be their year

WOODSIDE — In the end, Polytech High’s field hockey players didn’t get what they wanted. But from a two-goal regular-season loss to Cape Henlopen to a 1-0 setback to the Vikings in the DIAA Division I state semifinals, the Panthers felt like they’d gotten closer. “We saw a big difference,” said Polytech senior Claire Fuchs. […]

High school sports notebook: Delmar’s field hockey streak to be put to the test

Like most coaches, Jodi Hollamon is a self-described control freak. And, also like most coaches, she’s had to throw that personality trait out the window lately. The Delmar High field hockey coach said there’s just too much unpredictability with sports in the midst of a pandemic. Hollamon knows that a COVID-19 outbreak here or there […]

Local auto racing: Watt wins again in Camp Barnes

DELMAR — Ryan Watt went back-to-back to win two consecutive Camp Barnes Benefit races at Delaware International Speedway on Saturday night. Watt actually made it a weekend sweep in Delaware after winning the Friday night event at nearby Georgetown Speedway. Camp Barnes is a non-profit organization run by the Delaware State Police, which provides free […]

Smyrna’s Sanchez hopes he’s saved his best for last

SMYRNA — The virtual meeting dragged on for hours. But Aidan Sanchez and his friend, Devin Smith, stuck it out, waiting to hear if the state Board of Education would vote to allow sports this fall. Then finally, finally, the two Smyrna High football players heard that the motion to approve fall sports had been […]

Local college notebook: Wesley telling Howerin’s story of recovery

DOVER — College student-athletes have a lot to deal with in their busy lives. But cancer isn’t supposed to be one of them. So the fact that Lex Howerin found herself confronting stage 2 breast cancer was stunning for the Caesar Rodney High grad and Wesley College field hockey player. The 21-year-old, though, is surviving […]