Smyrna’s Matthews feels good about decision to come home

SMYRNA — Caleb Matthews first went to New Jersey feeling pretty good about his situation. But then, slowly but surely, things seemed to slip away from the former Smyrna High basketball standout. A freshman at NJIT, Matthews was sidelined for seven weeks early in preseason after injuring his ankle. Then, when the cast was being […]

Thuer was a first-rate first baseman for Smyrna

SMYRNA — A year later, it seems kind of fitting. On the final play of Julia Thuer’s Smyrna High softball career, the first baseman did a split and stretched to catch the throw. The play completed a game-ending double play that sealed the Eagles’ 1-0 win over Caravel and gave them their second straight DIAA […]

Moore has been a mainstay in Smyrna infield

SMYRNA — The play was pretty ordinary. But what it gave Smyrna High’s softball players was extraordinary. The game-ending 1-6-4 double play — from pitcher Payton Dixon to shortstop Lexi Moore at second to Julia Thuer at first — finished off the Eagles’ 1-0 victory over Caravel in last year’s DIAA state finals. A moment […]

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 […]

From the sports editor: Hard to argue that Knight isn’t the best

DOVER — It was Dec. 2, 2017 and Smyrna High’s football team had just won its third-straight DIAA Division I state title. For Eagles’ coach Mike Judy, there was also no question that he’d just watched the crowning achievement by one of the best running backs the state has ever seen. Will Knight, a senior […]

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 […]