Pickleball Points: Don’t let your pickleball rating become irritating

I was attending a meeting for the general good of pickleball in Sussex County when I heard a disturbing comment — disturbing because I have heard it from several directions. Sometimes, “The better players don’t want to play with lesser players,”...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:57am

Anglers reminded river herring, spillway net fishing are prohibited

With spring fishing season ready to gear up, DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police this week reminded recreational anglers that it is unlawful in Delaware to harvest river herring. Signs giving notice of the fishery closure are...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:55am

Sponsors sought for 5 in support of Sussex Tech athlete scholarship

Sussex Technical High School is hosting the first-ever Race for Coach Nic 5K on Saturday, March 9, with proceeds to support the Lou Nicoletti Scholarship for a track-and-field athlete, as well as benefiting the cross-country and track-and-field...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:53am

IRHS varsity boys’ basketball head coach B.J. Joseph is retiring after four years with the IR boys. Joseph has spent the last 27 years coaching basektball. Here, current and former students and players gather to wish him well in his retirement.

Joseph retires after four years with IR boys’ basketball

Sometimes people just know when it’s the right time to walk away.

That is how Indian River High School boys’ basketball coach B.J. Joseph felt after 27 years on the hardwoods, with the last 22 being the general of teams at Laurel, Milford...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:10am

Jamier Felton was named to play in the 2019 Blue-Gold All-Star Game on Saturday, March 16.

Felton, Jordan named to Blue-Gold teams

Indian River High School seniors Jamier Felton and Julia Jordan were recently named to play in the 2019 Blue-Gold All-Star Game, which will take place at the 76ers Fieldhouse on Saturday, March 16. Around 30 of the state’s top male and female...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:06am

Emma Barthelmeis competes in an event earlier this season.

IR swimmers ready for states

While Indian River High School does not have the luxury of a swimming pool in its school district, that has not kept their swimmers from reaching their goals during the 2018-2019 campaign.

A total of 15 IR swimmers will be among more than...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:01am

Indians place six wrestlers at Henlopen Conference tourney

Indian River High School will be sending six wrestlers to the DIAA state tournament, thanks to their efforts in last weekend’s Henlopen Conference Wrestling Championships, hosted at Sussex Central High School.

IR juniors Will Rayne, Ta’Jon...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:57am

The Selbyville Middle School girls’ basketball team took home first-place trophies in the H&R Block bracket at the Capital Classic.

SMS, Scurci show ‘No Mercy’ to win bracket at Capital Classic

The Selbyville Middle School girls’ basketball team finished off its 2018-2019 campaign showing “No Mercy” to their opponents.

Behind a game-high 11 points from sixth-grader Sophie Scurci, the Indians rolled to a 21-10 win over Mariner in...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:52am

Show the right kind of support from the stands

Families and supporters of high school athletes here in Delaware, this message is for you.

When you attend an athletic event that involves your student-athlete, cheer to your heart’s content, enjoy the camaraderie that high school sports...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:46am

Antonio Jones goes up high for two against a Milford defender on Tuesday, Feb. 12

IR boys end disappointing basketball season with pair of wins

Upset over Milford in finale shows what could’ve been

By Jason Feather

Staff Reporter


The 2018-2019 Indian River High School boys’ basketball season can by summarized with many words, but one of them would be “disappointing.”

In a season that started with so much...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:58am

An IR swimmer takes a breath during a meet earlier this swim season.

IR boys finish fourth at conference meet, break two school records

The Henlopen Athletic Conference held its 2018-2019 swimming championships at Sussex Academy last Saturday, Feb. 9, and both the Indian River High School boys’ and girls’ teams turned in solid efforts.

For the boys, IR finished fourth,...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:49am

Indian River’s Matt Zimmerman controls his opponent with a half nelson during a meet earlier this season.

IR grapplers bow out of DIAA Team Duals tourney

They’d been fighting and scrapping for the past two weeks, while battling injuries, illnesses and very good wrestling programs.

The Indian River High School wrestlers used those experiences to prepare and focus themselves on the challenge...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:45am

Women & Girls in Sports Day

Indian River High School senior Abby O’Shields was on-hand as Delaware Gov. John Carney signed a proclamation on Feb. 6 declaring Women & Girls in Sports Day in the state. O’Shields, who recently signed her letter-of-intent to continue her...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:41am

Pickleball Points: Never underestimate your competition, and don’t get pickled

Before we dive too deeply into instruction, I want to caution you to think more carefully about your opponents.

Never ever underestimate opponents! Once I played some fellow in the National Interscholastic Tennis Championships, comprising...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:39am

IR’s Micayla Meehan shoots a free-throw earlier this season.

IR girls make it four in a row on the court

The Indian River High School girls’ basketball team has been focused and determined in the second half of the season to right their early-season struggles.

Thanks to a pair of wins this past week, the Indians have now won four in a row,...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:34am

Ta’Jon Knight works his opponent to his back during a match earlier this season.

Knights pin down Indians in dual meet

IR loses early 21-0 advantage in rival contest

The Indian River-Sussex Central high school rivalry continued on Saturday, Feb. 2, in a matinee contest inside the Golden Knights’ gymnasium.

An injury-depleted IR had jumped out to an initial 21-0 lead, but Central recovered through the...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:38am

Micayla Meehan grabs a pass during a game earlier this season.

Indians win second straight

Jordan scores team-high 11 to lead IR over Delmar

The Indian River High School girls’ basketball team has become quite the cohesive unit during the second half of the 2018-2019 campaign. Since the holiday break, the Indians are playing above .500.

That impressive play has them in prime...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:23am

Indian River’s Kaitlyn Kreisler competes in a swimming event earlier this season at Sussex Academy.

Indian River boys top Henlopen South swimmers

The Indian River High School boys’ swim team are the 2018-2019 Henlopen Conference South Division champions. The boys went undefeated in their division meets and posted a 9-3 overall mark during the dual-meet season.

Their most recent...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:17am

Snow goose hunting open, youth waterfowl hunting day set

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is currently promoting additional hunting opportunities in February, with the opening of the Snow Goose Conservation Order on Feb. 4 and the second special youth waterfowl hunting day on Feb. 9.


Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:10am

Polar Bears jump into the Atlantic Ocean during last year’s event in Lewes. This year’s event will benefit SODE.

Polar Bears to take the Plunge to support Special Olympics Delaware

Those who missed taking a dive into the frigid ocean on New Year’s Day have another opportunity to take the plunge for a good cause.

The 28th Annual Lewes Polar Bear Plunge in support of Special Olympics Delaware (SODE) will be held on...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 10:25am

Brian and Bruce Arrendall, and Chris and Jillian Calanna all won gold medals in the Special Olympics bowling tournament on Saturday, Jan. 26, in Dover  More than 300 people participated in the Delaware Special Olympics bowling tournament on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Brunswick Doverama.

Locals win gold at Special Olympics state bowling tourney

Local entrants Chris and Jillian Calanna of Ocean View, as well as Bruce and Brian Arendall from Dagsboro, competed as Unified teams during the day of bowling action. The Calannas and Arendalls performed well, and each team came away with gold...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 9:59am

IR freshman Gabe Mouynivong goes up for the opening jump ball during the Indians’ game against Cape Henlopen on Thursday, Jan. 24. IR won the game 19-14 for the program’s first win in just their second game.

IR girls’ hoops takes down Seaford

Yonya Wise came off the bench to score a team-high 10 points to lead the Indian River High School girls’ basketball team to a 38-21 win over Seaford on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

The junior guard connected on four shots and converted 2-of-3...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 9:53am

Indian River’s Emma Barthelmeis competes against Sussex Academy earlier this season.

IR Sports Report

Boys’ Swimming  IR swimmers cruise to wins

The Indian River High School boys’ swimming team has had one impressive season so far, and this past week continued those efforts with another two wins in a sweep of a tri-meet at the Howard Ennis School...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 9:48am

Put that New Year’s resolution into action

So New Year’s has come and gone. We all planned on getting in better shape, to exercise more, to quit smoking, to quit drinking, to stop eating sugar and to lose weight. Sound familiar? Of course! We all do it, and I, for one, am a big fan of New...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 9:41am

Pickleball Points: Getting into pickleball shape

Some of you are interested in competitive pickleball. The January tournament in Pocomoke, Md., recently had 142 participants entered, and when I spoke to Bob O’Malley, he was only several teams shy of being fully booked for the June 8-9 Ocean...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 9:40am

Nature lovers flocking to the shore Jan. 25-27

The 2019 Winter Delmarva Birding Weekend is inviting hundreds of nature enthusiasts to the shore Jan. 25-27 to enjoy memorable winter experiences, including a near-shore maritime boat cruise; waterfowl, seal and eagle-watching trips; and jaunts...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 9:19am

Surf-fishing permit fees to increase Feb. 1, total capped

Following a public hearing that lasted approximately 90 minutes and featured public comment from more than 20 people, the Delaware Parks & Recreation Council voted this week to raise the surf-fishing permit fees this year, and to cap the...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 9:11am

IR boys split week on the hardwoods

Seniors Jamier Felton and Michael Meehan led the way for the Indian River High School boys’ basketball team in a 61-53 win over Laurel on Thursday, Jan. 17.

Felton scored a game-high 25 points, including a pair of three-pointers, while...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 9:09am

Erik Schreiber

Science holds the key to maximizing your health

As a fitness professional, the question I get asked the most often is, “What’s the most effective way to burn fat?”

Well, is it as simple as they say? Burn more calories than you eat? Ehhhh... not really.

In terms of weight loss —...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 9:07am

Special Olympics to host state bowling tourney this weekend

More than 330 bowlers will be on hand at the Brunswick Doverama in Dover this Saturday, Jan. 26, for the annual Special Olympics State Bowling Tournament, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The Special Olympics athletes and their Unified partners (...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 9:05am

IR’s Knight picks up career win No. 100

Scoring 1,000 points in basketball. Pitching a no-hitter. Winning 100 career matches in wrestling.

Personal milestones in scholastic sports are often an indication of hard work and dedication to the athlete’s craft, and Indian River’s Ta’...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 9:39am

Rayne named Outstanding Lightweight

The Indian River High School wrestling program turned in quite the impressive performance last weekend, Jan. 12-13, in the Dundalk “King of the Mat” Duals.

IR took the team title out of 19 teams in the tournament, posting a 41-32 win over...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 9:36am

Declan Burke shows good breathing technique during a swim versus Sussex Academy earlier this season.

IR Sports Report: IR boys’ swimmers improve to 6-1 on the season

The Indian River High School boys’ swim team has been cruising through their 2018-2019 campaign, and picked up win No. 6 on the season on Tuesday, Jan. 15, with a 76-14 thumping of host Dover. It was their fourth straight win.

Last week,...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 9:30am

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

SMS Sports Report: Selbyville wrestlers improve to 5-1 on the season

After a disappointing season-opening 58-24 loss to Postlethwait, the Selbyville Middle School wrestling team has been on fire — posting six straight wins.

Over that successful stretch, the Indians cruised to wins over Seaford (57-36),...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 9:24am

Indians cough up early lead in loss to Central

Basketball sometimes comes down to a game of runs and who can weather the storm when the emotions of the game rise like the flood waters.

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Indian River High School boys’ basketball team opened the first quarter of...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 9:21am

Pickleball Points: Be a perfectly positive pickle

Now that we have started 2019, let’s get off on the right foot and make pickleball a positive experience for yourself and others. In fact, if you hope to make any improvements, you first need a positive personal attitude — otherwise, your efforts...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 9:17am

Indian River hosted a Unified Basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Milford traveled to IR for its first ever Unified Basketball game. Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools uses sports as a way to build inclusion and tolerance in schools.

IR’s Unified Basketball program tips off

Unified Basketball program at Indian River High School took center court on Tuesday, Jan. 8, as the Indians hosted Milford in their first-ever Unified game on the hardwoods.

Unified Sports — and more specifically basketball — is an...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:25pm

MIchael Meehan goes for the easy lay in.

Indians struggle to find consistency, competitive drive

It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions the past couple of weeks for the Indian River High School boys’ basketball team.

Coming off the high of senior Jamier Felton’s 1,000th career-point accomplishment at the Governor’s Challenge, and then...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:16pm

Surf-fishing permit fee increase, cap up for comment this week

On Thursday, Jan. 17, DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation will host an open meeting for the public, beginning at 9:30 a.m., at the Dover Public Library, 35 East Loockerman Street, Dover, on the topic of surf-fishing permits.


Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:25am

IR girls’ hoops picks up another pair of wins

It was another successful week on the hardwoods for the Indian River High School girls’ basketball team, as they picked up a pair of wins over Sussex Academy and Milford.

On Thursday, Jan. 3, IR posted a wire-to-wire 40-18 victory over the...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:23am

IR grapplers take third at Delcastle tourney

It was an impressive showing for the Indian River High School wrestling squad last weekend at the Delcastle Invitational, Jan. 4-5.

The Indians placed third out of the 21 teams in attendance, with senior Zach Schultz the lone individual...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:20am

Millville VFC to host outdoorsman show

The Millville Volunteer Fire Company is set to bring the outdoors inside for its first of what they hope will become an annual event — the Outdoorsman Marketplace show, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 12, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the fire hall....

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 11:20am

IR’s Matt Zimmerman gets his Lake Forest opponent into a half nelson during this season’s Battle at the Beach on Thursday, Dec. 27.

Knight takes gold for IR in Battle at the Beach

Ta’Jon Knight finished off the 2018 portion his senior campaign with a strong showing at Indian River High School’s Battle at the Beach.

The 126-pounder won a gold medal for his efforts with a 3-2 decision against Middletown’s Sidney Ndi...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 11:16am

Jamier Felton drives toward the basket in a game earlier this year. Felton hit 1,000 career points scored in a game on Dec. 27.

IR’s Felton scores 1,000th career point at Governor’s Challenge


It is an accomplishment many high school athletes on the hardwoods hope to one day achieve: scoring 1,000 career points. Indian River High School’s Jamier Felton did just that, and in a nationally-recognized tournament.


Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 10:55am

Pickleball Points: Our Coastal Point Pickleball Worthies of 2018

Last year, I nominated the top five people who I felt had done the most to advance pickleball in Delaware as the 2017 Coastal Point Pickleball Worthies. For 2018, the award for Pickleball Worthies goes to two different groups of individuals....

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 10:49am

IRHS boys find themselves in a rut

The Indian River High School boys’ basketball team has been in a bit of a tailspin the past couple weeks, having lost three straight heading into the 38th Annual Governor’s Challenge, which is the largest holiday basketball tournament in the...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 1:15pm

Indians battle at Beast of the East

It was the 26th annual edition of a nationally recognized wrestling showcase on the campus of the University of Delaware.

Locally, the Indian River wrestling contingent was one of 116 teams — covering 15 states — that descended upon the...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 1:08pm

Pickleball Points: Happy Pickleball New Year

Depending on when you read Coastal Point this week, the year 2019 is about to occur or has already stepped onto center stage. It’s time to plan your new pickleball year with gusto, but you won’t be the only ones. America loves to physically work...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 1:06pm

‘It’s about commitment’

After winning their first Division I state championship, the Sussex Central High School football team was honored at the Dec. 17 Indian River School District school board meeting. ‘They’re pretty special,’ head coach John Wells said of his...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 1:00pm

Sussex Tech Raven Nation Marching Band to perform at Peach Bowl Parade

More than 100 members of the Sussex Tech Raven Nation Marching Band were set to march and perform in the Peach Bowl Festival Parade and other events this week in Atlanta.

The band was scheduled to perform at the College Football Hall of...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 11:15am