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 […]

Smyrna falls to St. Andrew’s in DIAA state tournament

SMYRNA — At halftime, the DIAA first-round state tournament contest between Smyrna High and St. Andrew’s school was anyone’s game. Then St. Andrew’s caught fire from the field. The Eagles could not hit enough shots to keep pace. That second half surge carried the 18th-seeded Saints over No. 15 Smyrna High 66-57 in the boys’ […]

Local roundup: Smyrna boys, girls place second at indoor track states

Smyrna High finished second in both the boys’ and girls’ team standings at the DIAA indoor track & field state championships on Saturday afternoon. Both Eagles’ squads fell by just two points in the meet held in Landover, Md. Padua’s girls edged the Eagles, 114 points to 112 while Salesianum’s boys topped Smyrna, 68-66. Sussex […]

Smyrna repeats as Division I wrestling champ: Mullen’s OT win lifts Eagles by Bucs 36-34

SMYRNA — Bryce Mullen is the first to admit, he was having a hard time catching his breath. But with a state title on the line, Mullen was going to do all he could to push through. Mullen earned a sudden victory in the first period of overtime to lift Smyrna High to a 36-34 […]

Wrestling notebook: Smyrna and Caravel looking tough in dual meet tournaments

SMYRNA — The DIAA dual meet state tournaments always can be unpredictable. But this year there are a couple of heavy favorites. Smyrna High and Caravel Academy are the top seeds and front-runners for the Division I and Division II state titles respectively. So far, the tournament has gone all chalk. The action resumes Saturday […]

Salako’s buzzer putback gives Smyrna win over Caesar Rodney

CAMDEN — Olumuyiwa “Moo” Salako had the ball in his hands, five seconds left on the clock and his Smyrna High team down by a point. He took a quick look around and realized all of his teammates were covered. So Salako only had one option. “I was just looking for the best shot,” he […]

Eagles defeat Bucs 45-25 for Henlopen North wrestling crown

SMYRNA — After every win in the middle of the lineup, Smyrna High’s wrestlers would turn to the crowd and ask for more noise. First was Amir Pierce with a pin, then Isaiah Jenkins with a decision. Joey Natarcola, Bryce Mullen and Nathan Lesniczak followed with three more pins and each one implored the fans […]

Athlete of the Week: Demitri Carter, Smyrna High

Smyrna High runner Demitri Carter is this week’s Delaware State News Athlete of the Week. The sophomore posted the fastest time in the state this winter in the 200-meter dash with a clocking of 22.22 seconds at the Ocean Breeze Invitational last week. At the same meet, Carter also recorded the second-best time this winter […]

Powerful Eagles dominate Riders 59-16

CAMDEN — The Smyrna High wrestling team knows everyone is gunning to knock them off this year. The defending Division I dual meet state champions welcome that pressure. The Eagles won another dual meet Friday night, downing rival Caesar Rodney High 59-16 in a Henlopen Conference Northern Division contest. Smyrna remained unbeaten against Delaware competition, […]

Smyrna wrestlers pin Salesianum 46-19

SMYRNA — Banged-up or not, the Smyrna High wrestling train keeps rolling. The Eagles downed previously unbeaten Salesianum School 46-19 in a nonconference dual meet at home Saturday night. Smyrna remained unbeaten against Delaware opponents and improved to 7-2. “Coach doesn’t let us get complacent,” said senior 182-pounder J.T. Davis. “We don’t focus on how […]