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Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon set for Sept. 14

The Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon is scheduled to take place Saturday, Sept. 14, at 8 a.m. The event consists of a half-mile swim, 3.45-mile run and 16-mile bike ride. It begins and ends at Delaware Seashore State Park, at Tower Road.

Those...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 9:36am

Pickleball Points: Never give up, and. help fill the cup

I asked Dr. Sue Rattner (retired) to help me write this week’s article because both of us are examples of why you never should give up. Sue was one of the participating cancer survivors in our Cardiac vs. Cancer Pickleball Challenge. She didn’t...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 9:36am

Reese Stone under center during offensive drills as assistant coach Joe Donnelly looks on.

Showtime!

IR season-opener against Milford moved up by Dorian

All the two-a-days and scrimmages are over. All the days and nights of preparation have led to this weekend. And, just to throw some extra drama into the picture, a looming hurricane named Dorian has pushed up the schedule by a full day.

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Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:19am

Members of the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company’s Ladies Auxiliary took a moment out of their time during the event to pose in front of a Quint 50 truck that was on hand for the tournament that was benefitting the fire company. Members include (in not particular order for the picture) Barbara Brown, Brandy Davis, Joy Knox, Marty Pratt, Mary Putschky, Sandy Raymond, Pat Resnick, Tricia Roberts, and Linda Smith.

BBVFC Auxiliary’s inaugural golf event a success

With close to 60 golfers participating, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary’s first-ever benefit golf tournament was declared a rousing success on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the Salt Pond Golf Club.

According to the event’s...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:17am

Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon set for Sept. 14

The Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon is scheduled to take place Saturday, Sept. 14, at 8 a.m. The event consists of a half-mile swim, 3.45-mile run and 16-mile bike ride. It begins and ends at Delaware Seashore State Park, at Tower Road.

Those...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:14am

IR home games set to broadcast on NFHS

Back to college? Moved away from the area? Still want to watch your Indian River High School sports?

Well, that is now possible, thanks to the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) and their online streaming service. The subscription-...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 8:59am

Billy Pauch Jr. won the sixth edition of the VAHLCO Wheels-USA/Melon 1 ‘Blast at the Beach.’

Georgetown Speedway hosts Blast at the Beach

Regional racers packed the paddock at Georgetown Speedway last Tuesday night, Aug. 27, for the sixth annual VAHLCO Wheels-USA/Mellon 1 “Blast at the Beach.”

A total of 35 Short Track Super Series (STSS) Modifieds, 33 STSS Crate 602...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 8:56am

Pickleball Points: Pickle smorgasbord

About 20 percent of survey respondents in this part of Sussex County — 1 in 5 — play pickleball, so I suppose this can be declared a hotspot where it is best to raise and cultivate pickles.

Perhaps it is in the water, because Michael...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 8:53am

The Indian River football team has been working hard to get themselves ready for their 2019 season-opener against Milford on Friday, Sept. 6, at home starting at 7 p.m. The team will host Cape Henlopen on Friday, Aug. 30, in their final tune-up scrimmage, starting at 6 p.m.

IR football program has high hopes for season

Injuries turned what could have been the picture of a very promising 2018 season for the Indian River High School football team into something of a jigsaw puzzle that was missing several pieces.

Head coach Phillip Townsend and his staff...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 11:18am

The Indian River boys’ soccer program has been working hard in preparation for their 2019 season. The team opens their slate with a home date against Maryland’s Our Lady of Good Counsel on   Saturday, Sept. 7, at 3 p.m.

Boys’ soccer facing challenge of youth, inexperience

The Indian River High School boys’ soccer program is a perennial state and conference power. Come August, when practices begin, soccer fans can almost certainly count on the Indians being at or near the top of the Henlopen Conference South...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 11:13am

Ben Spencer

Indians’ cross-country teams running into Hundley era

The 2019 Indian River High School cross-country teams’ season could be a collection of highs and lows, and not just the hills on the course they will be running.

With a new head coach in Rick Hundley, the Indians are learning how to become...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 11:11am

Scott Hitchens and Taylor Cox pose with their 14-month-old daughter Hayden.

Hitchens a young veteran in East Coast racing

At just 26 years old, Scott Hitchens of Frankford has the résumé of a more seasoned racecar driver.

Hitchens was a mere 8 years old when he started racing karts at U.S. 13 Kartway on the grounds of Delaware International Speedway in Delmar...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 11:04am

Crabalina Beer Mixer to benefit Ball 4 All, local youth

What could be better than crabs and beer on a late summer evening? How about all of that, for the benefit of local children?

The Crabalina Beer Mixer, set for Sept. 14, will benefit the Ball 4 All Foundation, a local organization that...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:28pm

The Indian River girl’s volleyball team huddles at a game during last season.

Exciting potential for IR’s upcoming girls’ volleyball season

The popularity of volleyball has been growing by leaps and bounds, and that popularity has generated some impressive talent that is set to take the court this season for the Indian River High School girls’ volleyball program.

Head coach...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 10:53am

The Big Chill Beach Club hosted the 2019 Sussex County Lifeguard Awards last week, where it recognized all the top guards from along the coast were recognized. Pictured are the award winners with their captains, as well as others who took part in the festivities.

Sussex lifeguards wrap up another strong competition year

There is no secret how effective the lifeguard squads are up and down the beaches of Sussex County. Every year, the lifeguards are among the best in the business at keeping a watchful eye over the locals and vacationers as they enjoy some...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 10:51am

Indoor pickleball in O.C. gets some changes

As you know, I have been very appreciative of all the efforts of the folks in Ocean City (Md.) Recreation to accommodate pickleball, because there are a ton of other demands on that facility. For pickleballers located below Indian River, the...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 10:49am

Ross Robinson celebrates his win with his fiancée and fellow racer, Amanda Whaley.

Fan Appreciation Night held at Georgetown Speedway

Race car drivers at Georgetown Speedway showed fans how much they are appreciated last Thursday, Aug. 15, during the speedway’s first-ever Fan Appreciation Night race. The track showed its appreciation with a $5-per-person grandstand admission....

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 10:44am

IR field hockey looks to build off last season’s success

Last year’s Indian River High School field hockey program did something that no other team in the program’s history had accomplished — they won a DIAA state playoff game.

Having lost no players from last year, when the team finished with...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 10:26am

Nearly 500 runners and walkers competed in the 2018 Run, White & Blue 5K run/1-mile walk. The 2019 Run, White & Blue 5K run/1-mile walk will take place on Thursday, Sept. 5, at Delaware Tech’s Owens Campus in Georgetown, and benefits scholarships for veterans and first-responders.

DelTech’s Annual Run, White & Blue 5K/1-mile walk set for Sept. 5

Event benefits Owens Campus veterans’ and first-responders’ scholarships

The sixth annual Run, White & Blue 5K run and 1-mile walk will be held Thursday, Sept. 5, at Delaware Technical Community College’s Owens Campus in Georgetown, benefitting scholarships for veterans and first-responders.

Registration...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 10:24am

Players from the District 3 Challenger Division League were joined by the teams from U.S. Central and District 3 during the Little League Senior Softball World Series for their season finale contest. The players from Central and District 3 buddied with the Challenger players for the game, and made many wonderful memories for all involved.

District 3 Challenger Division wraps up season

Another successful year of baseball action is in the books for the District 3 Challenger Division, following their season-ending game on Saturday, Aug. 3.

The game, which was played at the Lower Sussex Little League Complex at the Pyle...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 9:50am

Pickleball Points: The pickle in pickleballs, and celebrity singer James Brown

Recently I went to the Bethany Beach bandstand, where a trio was playing jazz, and I just wasn’t in the mood for jazz, so I set up my boombox and played ‘I feel Good’ by James Brown. You know the one: ‘So good, so good, I got you, Wo! I feel nice...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 9:44am

Indian River’s football team was among the teams gearing up for the fall season. Chief among its concerns is replacing their starting quarterback, who suffered an injury during the baseball season.

As new season begins, Indians focused on long grind ahead

The sounds of whistles echoed throughout the air on the ground of the Indian River High School athletic fields this week as coaches welcomed their student-athletes to the fields and gym for the start of the 2019 fall sports season.

Four...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 9:43am

Rick Hundley walks among his new cross-country charges. Hundley was recently named the head coach for both boys’ and girls’ teams.

Hundley takes the helm of Indians’ cross-country program

 

A program that was in need of a jumpstart to revitalize itself may have found just what it needs to get that extra push when it comes down the home stretch.

Rick Hundley, a veteran coach who has been involved in the sport of...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 9:36am

Breaking with a traditional racing path, Matt Smith (middle) began racing six years ago, starting out in crate car racing.

Matt Smith: Doing it his way

The typical way to an ACDelco PSC Crate Modified driver seat starts with years of kart racing on local dirt tracks, followed by more laps turned in a Micro Sprint, Slingshot, Legend Car or some other mid-size race craft, before moving up to a 400...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 9:32am

Optimist Club to host inaugural golf event Sept. 12 in Georgetown

The Optimist Club of Sussex County is inviting golfers to support the youth of Sussex County by participating in their first annual golf event on Sept. 12. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m., at the Mulligan’s...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 9:28am

Pat Knight Champs!

The Lower Sussex Little League 10U Pat Knight All-Star softball team captured the 2019 championship following a win over Georgetown, capping a 4-0 run through the tournament. Members of the vteam included Maddelyn Marvel, Talia Moutzalias, Hanna...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 9:27am

OTS season winds down

Tickets for Hall of Fame banquet on sale

While the days get shorter with the end of summer approaching, the Olde Tymers Softball League is also winding down as they enter the final few weeks of the season.

As of press time on Wednesday, Aug. 14, the two American Legion Post teams...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 9:25am

Cripple Creek hosting cocktails and golf for breast cancer

Ladies and gentlemen can come to Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club for two days of fun, all supporting the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. Ladies are invited to the Pink on the Patio cocktail party on Aug. 13, while all people can enjoy the...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:46am

Pickleball Survivors donate $2,000 to Beebe’s Millville campus

On Friday, July 26, team captains of Team Cancer and Team Cardiac from the Survivors’ Team Pickleball Competition joined organizer Vaughn Baker to present a $2,000 donation for Beebe Healthcare’s new freestanding emergency department and cancer...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 9:17am

District 3 comes up short in World Series final

They almost pulled off the unthinkable. Well, certainly not many had given them a snowball’s chance in summer of even making it to the finals.

However, the Host District 3 team — featuring members of Millsboro, Laurel and Nanticoke Little...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 9:09am

Swimmers come in from the ocean during one of the events from the Women’s Lifeguard Tournament.

Locals have strong showing at Women’s Lifeguard Tournament

The 35th Annual Women’s Lifeguard Tournament was held on Wednesday, July 31, with 267 competitors from 25 lifeguard organizations covering four states coming together at the Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook, N.J.

It is the...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 9:03am

Pickleball Points: A noble mission by a Noble man

I arrived at the Big Chill Beach Club about 20 minutes early, or what we used to call “Vince Lombardi time.” It was busy, as always, and I sat at a shared table.

Excuse my eavesdropping, but a young fellow sat at the other end of the table...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 9:01am

Lower Sussex opens registration for fall baseball

It’s been discussed in previous years, but never came to fruition — until now.

The Lower Sussex Little League will be offering fall baseball for the 2019 season, and registration is currently open for those interested. Parents with kids...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 8:59am

D-3 opens with win over East

Evans fires one-hitter to get locals off to good start

The host team from District 3 — consisting of members from Nanticoke, Laurel and Millsboro teams — jumped out of the gates early in the opening game of the Senior League Softball Little League World Series on Monday evening.

The locals...

Friday, August 2, 2019 - 11:59am

Henderson leads Canada to opening 3-0 win

Canada’s Payton Henderson and USA Southeast’s Sydney Jacobs piled up a bunch of goose eggs for most of their teams’ opening game of the Senior League Softball World Series in Roxana on Monday, July 29.

With the teams locked in a 0-0 tie...

Friday, August 2, 2019 - 11:54am

Southwest starts fast, ends fast against Latin America

USA Southwest scored in each of the last six innings of their opening-night matchup in the Senior League Softball World Series against Latin America on Monday, July 29, leading to a 14-3 win.

After both teams notched a scoreless opening...

Friday, August 2, 2019 - 11:44am

Central cruises by Southeast to stay perfect

The U.S. Central team, hailing from Grand Rapids, Mich., has put teams on notice that they are here for business.

After posting their second straight win in as many games, the Central contingent staked an early claim to the Pool B...

Friday, August 2, 2019 - 11:39am

Canada uses big innings to top USA West

Canada loosened up a tight game against USA West by scoring 11 runs over three innings to secure a 13-2 win in the Senior League Softball World Series matchup on Tuesday, July 30.

Both teams’ leadoff hitters — Canada’s Ellie Vance and West...

Friday, August 2, 2019 - 11:33am

Late rally lifts Asia-Pacific to win

It’s not over until the final out is recorded.

Asia-Pacific battled and scratched its way to a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Latin America in the middle game of Tuesday’s six-game slate at the Senior League Softball World Series at the...

Friday, August 2, 2019 - 11:24am

USA Southeast cruises to win over Europe-Africa

USA Southeast scored early and often, resulting in a 13-2 win over Europe-Africa in their Senior League Softball World Series game on Tuesday, July 30.

Southeast (Florence, S.C.) put up three runs in the top of the first inning. Gracelyn...

Friday, August 2, 2019 - 11:19am

Asia-Pacific outlasts USA East

Asia-Pacific (San Miguel, Philippines) used solid fielding, timely hitting and two RBIs from Maria Reuel Caoagdan to pick up a tightly-contested 5-3 win over USA East in their Senior League Softball World Series matchup on Tuesday, July 30.

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Friday, August 2, 2019 - 11:12am

Jada Evans stares down the Asia-Pacific pitcher.

Evans slams walk-off homer for D-3

Hosts overcome remain unbeaten in pool play

It was an ending that many movie scripts for baseball or softball movies could be written about.

District 3’s Jada Evans came through with an absolute bomb of a home run over the fence in centerfield to lift the hosts to a 6-5 walk-off win...

Friday, August 2, 2019 - 11:08am

Scott Hitchens of Frankford capped a local sweet on Friday at the Blue Hen Dispose-All Night hosted by Georgetown Speedway.

History made at historic track

Race car driver Scott Hitchens of Frankford capped a local sweep on Friday, July 26, during Georgetown Speedway’s hosting of the Blue Hen Dispose-All Night. The dominating win in front of an overflow crowd earned Hitchens $1,000, and a tighter...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 10:03am

Martin Donovan hands Lauren Weaver, from Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, a plaque of apprectiation for the Chamber’s support of the World Series.

Donovan continues tradition of World Series in Sussex County

 

It’s become an event — a spectacle if you will — on the Sussex County calendar every summer. The last weekend in July is always the start of the Little League Senior Softball World Series, and the eyes of the softball world all lock in...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 9:59am

Besides 70 miles of paddling trails, the new Coastal Delaware Paddling Map and website shows people where to park, pay and find public restrooms.

Trailblazing: New paddling map a guide for kayakers and SUP

Delaware has countless beautiful spots for paddling a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard. But actually finding the launch site is a little trickier.

The Coastal Delaware Paddling Map debuted on July 30 as a physical map and an online...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 9:56am

Pickleball works — Delaware pickleball and community

Local pickleball is blossoming in many of our neighborhoods. Steve Costa and his wife, Colleen, just finished managing the third season of the Coastal Communities Pickleball League, now composed of 16 local communities. I affectionately call it “...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 9:49am

Local youth bowlers recently returned from their trip from the 2019 USBC Junior Gold championships

Bowlers return from strong showing at Junior Gold championships

Local youth bowlers recently returned from their trip out to Detroit, Mich., where they participated in the 2019 USBC Junior Gold championships, and several had some impressive performances.

“This is the most we’ve ever sent,” said...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 9:37am

Players celebrate after a previous Little League World Series game.

Senior Softball LLWS set to take over Pyle Center on Monday

For more than 15 years, the Lower Sussex Little League Complex and the Pyle Center has been the home for the Little League Senior League Softball World Series, and the international showcase will see its first pitch for 2019 this Monday, July 29...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:32am

Jason Musser, left, and his father Calvin Musser III, right.

Musser Racing means experience

Frankford resident races the region with father

When Frankford racecar driver Jason Musser lines up on the grid in any one of the three divisions he races, he brings with him an extra 54 years of racing experience, in the form of his father, Calvin Musser III. Together with Jason Musser’s six...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:23am

The LSLL Minor Softball team savors their championship win.

LSLL Minor Softball wins state championship

Lewis pitches team to win over Smyrna

They took their season as far as they could and came away with the ultimate prize.

The Lower Sussex Minors Softball team faced Smyrna in the championship round of the state tournament and came away with a 5-3 win over their counterparts in...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:19am