Smyrna’s Knight hopes to shine like his star brother

SMYRNA — Wayne Knight shakes his head and cracks a small smile. When he was younger he watched his older brother Will Knight rewrite the Smyrna High record book and become the all-time leading rusher in Delaware high school football history. Now Wayne Knight is in the Smyrna backfield, wearing the same red jersey with […]

Fall sports teams get early start

Losing three days of summer break isn’t a big deal for Mike Judy. Especially if it means he’ll be on the football field for those three days. His Smyrna High football squad returned to the field Monday morning as fall sports teams across the state of Delaware hit the practice fields for the first time […]

7v7 summer league helps area football teams

Football season has started early for a few Kent County teams. Three teams participated in the New Castle County 7v7 football league this summer. Dover High, Smyrna High and Lake Forest all took part in the five-week, 20-team league. Each team played two games on Tuesdays throughout June and July for a total of 10 […]

Smyrna star linebacker Williams swarmed by college offers

SMYRNA — Darryl “Debo” Williams wasn’t going to let an injury derail his dreams of playing college football. And as far as injuries go, this one was serious. Yet here Williams is, fully healthy and with double-digit Division I scholarship offers on the table. The rising senior linebacker at Smyrna High has been offered by […]

Local college notebook: After adding Knight, Rocco excited about Hens’ running backs

NEWARK — As far as Danny Rocco is concerned, Delaware’s football coaches started a relationship with Will Knight a couple years ago. That relationship didn’t end just because the Smyrna High standout chose Old Dominion over the Blue Hens. “There was a lot of time invested on both sides — both with Will and his […]

Smyrna’s Porter has grown to love being a goalie

DOVER — Katie Porter admits it. Running wasn’t one of her favorite things. So, in seventh grade, when her field hockey coach asked for volunteers to play goalie, Porter saw her chance. Her hand went up — and it was the only one. But, six years later, Porter doesn’t regret volunteering to have hard, rubber […]

Eagles repeat as softball champions: Smyrna blanks Caravel 1-0 in state final

ROXANA — A double play was a fitting way for Smyrna High to end it. When starting pitcher Payton Dixon snagged a bouncing ground ball up the middle, she pivoted and threw to second base to start the game-sealing 1-6-3 double play to clinch a 1-0 state championship victory over top-seeded Caravel Academy Saturday afternoon. […]

Zay’s double lifts Smyrna to softball finals

SMYRNA — As soon as Laiken Zay launched the ball toward the right-field fence, it had trouble written all over it. One of Smyrna High’s fastest runners, Zoe Wilcox, was on first base. And with the state semifinal game tied with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, there was no way third-base […]

Seniors have helped grow Smyrna’s lacrosse reputation

SMYRNA — Even in just four years, a lot can change. Hayden Compton recalls when he was a freshman on the Smyrna High lacrosse team, even the basics of the sport were a challenge for some players. “I remember our JV year, there were literally three kids we could pass the ball to them,” said […]

Dixon pitches no-hitter as Smyrna edges St. Georges 1-0 to reach softball semifinals

SMYRNA — Payton Dixon wasn’t Smyrna High’s starting pitcher a year ago. But the freshman faced her share of pressure situations as a late-inning reliever for the softball state champion Eagles. All of which helped prepare her for moments like this. With No. 2 Smyrna locked in a pitcher’s dual with 10th-seeded St. Georges, Dixon […]