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 […]

Local college notebook: Blue Hen discus star, Smyrna grad McFolling-Young eyes NCAA East meet

Only a couple years ago, Myrissa McFolling-Young was competing to be the best in the state of Delaware. Now the former Smyrna High standout is trying to earn a spot among the best women’s discus throwers in the country. A sophomore at the University of Delaware, McFolling-Young will be competing in the NCAA East Preliminary […]

Defending champ Eagles top Panthers 5-1 in softball tourney opener

SMYRNA — Julia Thuer saw the infield creeping in and thought she should aim for the area in between first and second base. Two runners were in scoring position, the game was tied and Thuer was trying to get at least one in. She plated both of them. Thuer’s go-ahead two-RBI single sparked a four-run […]

Smyrna High star Will Knight transferring to Delaware

NEWARK — There was a time when Will Knight planned on being a Blue Hen. Now it looks like the former Smyrna High football star is going to be one after all. Knight, who spent his freshman season at Old Dominion, announced on social media on Wednesday that he’s transferring to Delaware. While he played […]

Local roundup: Defending champion Smyrna No. 2 seed in softball state tournament

Smyrna High will try to defend its state title as the No. 2 seed in the 16-team DIAA softball state tournament bracket that was announced on Tuesday evening. The tourney, the start of which was pushed back a day because of wet field conditions, opens on Thursday with the eight top seeds hosting games. There […]