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 […]

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 […]

Gilmore hoping to help Panthers get back on their feet

WOODSIDE — For just a moment, Bob Gilmore gets choked up. The memory of what happened — and what almost happened — last fall is still a pretty emotional one for the Polytech High coach. “They almost watched their teammate die,” Gilmore finally said, referring to the Panthers’ football players. The incident came when junior […]

For seniors like Polytech’s Boyce, final season would have meant a lot

WOODSIDE — The physical wreckage was bad enough. Madison Boyce tore a couple ligaments and dislocated her right knee cap when she collided with another player during a soccer game four years ago. But, in some ways, the psychological damage was even worse. After Boyce had her knee surgically repaired, doctors told her she was […]

Athlete of the Week: Weber enjoyed helping Polytech become winners

(EDITOR’S NOTE: With the high school spring sports season canceled, 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, Polytech High’s Blake Weber won our readers’ poll for boys’ tennis.) WOODSIDE — Blake […]

Athlete of the Week: Coyle gave Panthers versatility on the track

(EDITOR’S NOTE: With the high school spring sports season canceled, 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, Polytech’s Brendan Coyle won our readers’ poll for boys’ track & field.) CAMDEN — […]

From the sports editor: Two teams stand out in softball

If you want to start talking about all-time great downstate softball teams, you don’t have to look far. Ever since Milford out-dueled William Penn, 15-13, to win the first official DIAA state crown in 1976, Henlopen Conference softball squads have more than held their own. Of the 14 longest-tenured members of the Henlopen Conference, nine […]

Local college notebook: Smith still happy to go into ‘hall’

By now, Tyresa Smith is getting used to going into halls of fame. But that doesn’t mean each new induction is any less exciting for the Dover native and former University of Delaware basketball standout. And Smith’s latest honor is arguably her biggest one yet. Earlier this month, the Polytech High grad found out she […]

Polytech’s Jaksch came back from the brink

DOVER — It’s a funny thing about almost dying in a football game. Collin Jaksch can pull up the video and watch the play that nearly killed him anytime he wants. In fact, the Polytech High junior was just watching it on Hudl the other day. “I just wanted to see it again,” said Jaksch. […]

Panther girls top St. Georges 60-41 for 1st tourney win in 11 years

WOODSIDE — Polytech High’s players weren’t feeling a whole lot of respect from the girls’ basketball world after making the state tournament. The Panthers knew the only way to convince people they belonged was by proving it on the court. No. 11 Polytech did just that, pulling away in the fourth quarter to a 60-41 […]