Woodbridge honors Troy Haynes with 27-0 shutout of Archmere

GREENWOOD — It was an easy decision for Trey Haynes. He was going to suit up and play for his brother. The Woodbridge High senior, just five days after his older brother, Troy, passed away from a courageous battle with kidney cancer, wanted to honor his brother. “My decision to play was basically for Troy,” […]

From the sports editor: Haynes holds special place with friends

DOVER — Mike Brewer laughs at the memory of it. When he was little, he spent so much time with Troy Haynes that people used to think they were really brothers. “People actually thought his mom was my mom,” said Brewer. “I was always over at their house, every day.” When the two friends started […]

Haynes remembered fondly by Woodbridge community: Friends, ex-teammates mourn loss of star quarterback

BRIDGEVILLE — Jed Bell has many fond memories of Troy Haynes. As a young child, Haynes spent his fall Friday nights on the Woodbridge High sidelines. Bell, in his first year as the Woodbridge High head football coach after previously serving as an assistant coach, recalls watching a young Haynes throwing around the football before […]

Woodbridge star QB Troy Haynes dies of cancer

DOVER — Recent Woodbridge High graduate and football star Troy Haynes died Sunday after battling kidney cancer. He had turned 19 on Sept. 22. Haynes was a four-year starter for the Woodbridge High football team and helped it to the playoffs each year of his career. His reputation as a tremendous leader yet humble person […]

Ground game leads Woodbridge to 21-14 win over Wilmington Friends

WILMINGTON — Jaden Bacon set the offense up in perfect position. Tyrez Cannon cashed in on the opportunity. The Woodbridge High sophomore defensive back picked off a Wilmington Friends pass attempt with 2:55 remaining in a tie ball game. A penalty at the end of the play set the Blue Raiders up inside enemy territory […]

New coach, same winning attitude for defending Division II champion Woodbridge

BRIDGEVILLE — Jed Bell isn’t here to reinvent the wheel. The new Woodbridge High football coach just wants to keep the Blue Raiders on the same path. Bell was promoted from one of Woodbridge’s top assistants to head coach this offseason when Ed Manlove retired. Bell will officially make his coaching debut Friday, Sept. 6 […]

Blue Raiders have eye on another Division II state title

After graduating most of its skill position players, Woodbridge High is looking to defend its Division II football state championship behind the strength of its line. “You talk to any coach, you want to build your football team from within,” said first-year coach Jed Bell. “We’re excited about the guys we have in the trenches. […]

Wescott and Kane dedicate Blue-Gold performances to teammate Troy Haynes

NEWARK — Gabe Wescott saved his best touchdown catch for last. The recently-graduated Woodbridge High receiver reeled in a one-handed touchdown grab from 24 yards out to pull his Gold team to within five points in the third quarter Friday night. It was the third quarter momentum his team needed as Gold pulled away with […]

Community raising funds for Woodbridge star quarterback diagnosed with cancer

BRIDGEVILLE — Woodbridge High senior Troy Haynes spent the last four years winning games on the football field, collecting two state titles and All-State honors as the team’s starting quarterback. On April 26, the 18-year-old was diagnosed with kidney cancer and is set to undergo surgery to remove his infected kidney and clean the lymph […]

Woodbridge tourney run ends with  67-37 quarterfinal loss

DOVER — It was a season of firsts for the Woodbridge High girls’ basketball program. First undefeated regular season and first DIAA quarterfinals appearance in school history. The fourth-seeded Blue Raiders’ historic state tourney run ended Monday night at the hands of a 67-37 loss to fifth-seeded Caravel Academy at Dover High. “The girls did […]