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Sandhill Fields held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, August 22.

Ground broken at Sandhill Fields sports complex near Georgetown

The official launch of construction at the Sandhill Fields sports complex took place on Wednesday morning with a groundbreaking ceremony that had community leaders and dignitaries in attendance.

The sports complex is located along Sand...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 1:40pm

Todd Fuhrmann talks to the football team about safety during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

Indians hit the practice fields for fall sports

As with the start of any new season, optimism and excitement were in the air all around the campus at Indian River High School on Wednesday morning as the fall sports programs all officially began their 2018 campaigns.

The football, boys’...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 12:58pm

Maggie Allison celebrates with her team at St. Mary’s University.

Where are they now?

Maggie Allison

This is the second installment of our weekly “Where are they now?” feature in the Coastal Point sports pages, where we take a look at former Indian River High School student-athletes who have gone on to continue their scholastic and athletic...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 12:42pm

A runner from the Terrapins slides into homeplate during the 2018 Pat Knight softball championship game.

Lower Sussex 8-10 softball sweeps Pat Knight title

It was the last game in town on Sunday night, and it was yet another summer championship for the Lower Sussex Little League to celebrate.

The LSLL 8-10 softball team captured the 2018 Pat Knight softball title with a clean sweep through...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 12:28pm

Asia-Pacific players celebrate their win.

Asia-Pacific shuts out Southwest for World Series title

If ever a pitcher was deemed untouchable in the game of softball, Asia-Pacific’s Royevel Palma fit that definition last week in the Little League Senior League World Series softball championships, held at the Pyle Center complex in Roxana.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 6:11pm

Adventurers welcome at adults-only day camp

Hey, grown-ups — when did you last spend a weekday adventuring around the state parks? Delaware Seashore State Park is hosting a day camp for adults 21 or older to experience the park, from the wild landscapes to the newest amenities.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 4:48pm

The Ball 4 All kids were on hand at a high school softball game in May of this year. The organization is raising money to get more kids involved in sports — regardless of their financial situations.

Ball 4 All Foundation champions affordable sports for all kids

Professional athletes often say that they fell in love with their sport when they were a kid. But, because of the cost of equipment, uniforms and travel, some kids don’t have the opportunity to fall in love with their own sports.

The Ball...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 4:20pm

 Special Olympics athletes get some arts and craft time in.

Special Olympics Delaware summer camp to begin Aug. 12

The Special Olympics of Delaware will be hosting its second session of its annual summer camp at Camp Barnes near Bethany Beach, coming up on Aug. 12-14. A total of around 110 Special Olympics Delaware athletes and 70 volunteer counselors were...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 4:05pm

Lower Sussex Little League District 3 Challenger Division particpants enjoyed a game of ­baseball during the Senior League Softball World Series in Roxana on Thursday, Aug. 2. The Shorebirds’ Sherman was on hand to cheer on the children as they played.

Challenger Division closes season with visit from Sherman

It was the culmination of another wonderful season for the District 3 Challenger Division when they hosted a World Series game of their own last Thursday, Aug. 2.

There were more than 20 athletes who participated in the final game of the...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 12:57pm

Asia-Pacific’s Diane Pasco throws a pitch during Game 16 of the Senior League Softball World Series on Thursday, Aug. 2.

Softball World Series play on display in Roxana

 

 

Little League Senior League Softball World Series action continued in Roxana this week, as girls ages 13 to 16 from around the world competed for the title, which crowned the 2018 world champions from Asia-Pacific on Sunday, Aug...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 12:43pm

District 3’s Taylor Wroten gets a solid hit during their 8-4 win over eventual champions Asia-Pacific on Thursday, Aug. 2.

District 3 comes up short of World Series repeat, finishes third

The pressure — whether they showed it or not — was certainly there from the opening pitch.

As the defending champs — in any sport — the bull’s eye is squarely on you. Such was the case with Delaware District 3 in this year’s 2018 Little...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 12:31pm

Flounder Pounder Open targets flatties, and cancer

The largest flounder tournament in the world is back, and boats are ready to hit the waters as fishermen set their sights on winning their share of over a quarter-million dollars in prize money.

Paradise Marina & Short’s Marine will...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 12:04pm

Point of No Return — World Series is about more than just the games

The Senior League Softball World Series.

It’s basically become something that’s just ingrained in our community now, right? For 15 years, the people from District 3 and Lower Sussex Little League — your friends, co-workers and neighbors,...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:36pm

Aniyah Blake and Shaniya Lewis get their groove on in the misting rain dur

LSLL Major League softball team’s magical ride comes to an end

The magical ride that has consumed the Lower Sussex region over the past three weeks came to an end last Friday, July 27, as the Lower Sussex Little League Major League softball team fell 9-3 to Rhode Island in the semifinals of the Little League...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 1:32pm

District 3’s Taylor Wroten and Jordan DiFava give high-fives after Wroten struck out another East batter during Game 1 of the Senior League Softball World Series on Monday night.

Local host team going strong in Senior League Softball World Series

It was an exciting first two-plus days of Little League Senior League Softball World Series action at the Pyle Complex early this week, as players, their coaches and fans from 10 different teams from all over the world descended upon lower Sussex...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 1:04pm

 Eric Gulbronson on the field at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va.

Where are they now?

Gulbronson making history at Randolph College

 This is the first installment in what we hope will be a weekly feature here in the Coastal Point sports pages: “Where Are They Now?” We are looking for former Indian River High School student-athletes who have gone on to continue their...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 12:20pm

 Lower Sussex’s Katie McHale slides into home plate for a score against Maine on Tuesday, July 24.

LSLL Major League softball team still alive in regionals

The Lower Sussex Little League Major League softball team was 3-1 in the Eastern Regionals as of Coastal Point press time on Wednesday, July 25, with weather having the four remaining teams in a holding pattern as tournament officials decided the...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 1:54pm

Canada’s Emma Rautio-Roe slides into third against West’s Natalie Goodman during last year’s Senior League Softball World Series.

Senior League Softball World Series play returning to Roxana

The eyes of the Little League world will descend upon Sussex County beginning Monday, July 30, as 10 teams will vie for the 2018 Little League Senior League Softball World Series championship at the Pyle Center in Roxana.

This will be the...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 1:47pm

Pickleball Points:

The ball is in or out, and of that there should be no doubt

Sometimes, as we play pickleball, we suddenly find ourselves making a decision to call a ball in or out.

Here is an example: You are suddenly engaged in one of those wonderful pickleball exchanges where both doubles teams have hit...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 1:40pm

Amanda Whaley in her No. 4 car at Georgetown Speedway.

Blue Hen Disposal Night a huge success story for Georgetown Speedway

Dirt-track promoters dream of nights like Georgetown Speedway had last Friday, July 20, for the annual Blue Hen Disposal-All Night — stands packed to capacity, the pit full of race cars and perfect weather helping the track surface evolve from...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 12:35pm

Sitework begins on Sandhill Fields sports complex near Georgetown

The Sussex Sports Center Foundation’s Joe Schell on July 17 presented to the Sussex County Council an update on the progress of the group’s new sports complex, Sandhill Fields.

Schell said the excavation and embankment of the facility near...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 11:58am

Laniya Lewis slides into third safe in the 14-1 win over Camden-Wyoming.

LSLL Majors take state softball championship

The moment was a year in the making.

For the Lower Sussex Little League Major League girls’ softball team, their sole focus after falling just short of their state title run in 2017 was to get back to the championship this season — and,...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 2:00pm

Sophie Scurci tries to get back to second base in LSLL’s 11-10 loss to Laurel on Saturday, July 21.

LSLL 8-10 softball misses District 3 title in narrow 10-inning loss

Success and disappointment are both common in sports, and such was the case for the Lower Sussex Little League 8-10 girls’ softball team this postseason.

Having cruised through their first three District 3 games, the LSLL All-Stars were...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:51pm

Athletes Against Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk set for Aug. 5

On Aug. 5, the 4th Annual Athletes Against Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk, presented by Loftus Wealth Strategies, will take place in Bethany Beach. The 5K run/walk will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter.

Michael Loftus...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:49pm

Kinsley Hall and Laniaya Lewis try to catch a throw from the outfield during District 3’s win over Laurel/Nanticoke on Thursday, July 5.

Lower Sussex Major League softball takes District 3 championship

LSLL Senior League baseball also tops in district

After cruising through their first two opponents in the District 3 All-Star Major League Softball Tournament last week, the Lower Sussex Little League team fought tooth-and-nail against a very tough Laurel/Nanticoke squad in back-to-back contests...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:33pm

Old Tymers round third base in a game on Tuesday, July 10.

Old Tymers league keeps seniors on the softball field year-round

For 20 years now, the game of softball has been kept alive and well for more than 160 Sussex County senior men who continue playing a game they love.

The Old Tymers Softball of Delmarva League has been thriving and growing continuously on...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:46pm

Big Foot was the highlight during a Monster Truck event at Georgetown Speedway on Friday and Saturday night, July 6 and 7.

Monster Truck madness hits Georgetown

Monster Truck fans flocked to Georgetown Speedway last Friday and Saturday nights, July 6-7, for a chance to see the Monster Trucks and their drivers, who fans watch on television and in Hollywood movies.

Highlighting the show was the...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:37pm

Special Olympics gold medal-winner R.J. Franco shows off the prize after his win.

Ocean View man wins tennis gold in Special Olympics

Enjoyed by millions of people as a leisure activity, tennis can be a lifetime sport for Special Olympics athletes.

More than 37,000 of the athletes participate worldwide, and can delight in and benefit from the sport even when not...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:35pm

Updated Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide now available

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced this week that the 2018/2019 Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide is available now at participating license agents throughout the state, at the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s licensing desk in...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:33pm

Kim Royster demonstrates an exercise at South Bethany's new fitness area, while her husband and daughter, Mel and Tory, look on.

South Bethany opens outdoor fitness area

South Bethany visitors can now feel the burn in the shade. Outdoor exercise equipment was recently installed next to South Bethany Town Hall, open for public use.

The adult fitness area includes spots for push-ups, sit-ups, balance beam...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:32pm

LSLL’s Camryn Ehlers fires a pitch towards the plate during Sunday night’s District 3 opening contest against Georgetown. Ehlers finished with a perfect game, including five strikeouts, in LSLL’s 14-0 win.

LSLL 10-12 softball kicks off tournament with a shutout

The Lower Sussex Little League’s 10- to 12-year-old girls’ softball team had an impressive start to their District 3 tournament, with a 14-0 opening win over Georgetown on Sunday, July 1.

Pitcher Camryn Ehlers fired a perfect game for LSLL...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:09pm

A batter swings at a pitch during the Lower Sussex League’s Pat Knight Tournament on Friday, June 29.

LSLL 8-10 baseball takes home Pat Knight championship

The Lower Sussex Little League’s 8- to 10-year-old baseball team took home the Pat Knight Tournament championship on Friday, June 29, with a 5-4 win over Millsboro.

The win for LSLL avenged a 14-6 setback in the pool-play round.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:07pm

From left, Abby O’Shields, Taylor Wroten, Zoe Wilcox, Coach Jay Davis and Ashlyn Stonebreaker celebrate with the 2018 Carpenter Cup High School Softball Showcase championship trophy following the 6-5 win over Berks Lancaster Lebanon last week.

IR’s O’Shields helps Delaware South win Carpenter Cup

It was quite a ride for Indian River High School’s Abby O’Shields and her Delaware South teammates in the 2018 Philadelphia Phillies Carpenter Cup high school showcase tournament.

O’Shields and crew took down Berks Lancaster Lebanon...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:06pm

Donald Lingo Jr. of Millsboro fought his way to third place in the Super Late Model race on Friday, June 29.

Georgetown Speedway sees Clash for Cash

Seaford-based Super Late Model racing legend Ricky Elliott shrugged his shoulders, shook his head and said, “I didn’t have anything for him.”

The him he was referring to was Dale Hollidge.

Hollidge had just denied Elliott a win on...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:04pm

Believe in Tomorrow 5K to support beach respites for critically ill kids

The 3rd Annual Believe in Tomorrow 5K is just around the corner, scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Bethany Beach.

Presented by the Big Chill Beach Club, the Believe in Tomorrow 5K supports critically ill...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 2:57pm

Lacrosse skills camps offered throughout July

Calling all lacrosse players, no matter what level of experience they may have, for the 2018 Indian River Lacrosse Camps.

The four-session camp begins on July 10-12, with additional sessions on July 17-19, July 24-26, and July 31 through...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 2:56pm

Anglers reminded they need fishing license, FIN number

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police this week reminded recreational anglers that a Delaware fishing license is required for fishing, crabbing and clamming in both tidal and non-tidal waters statewide.

A resident annual Delaware...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:03pm

Participants in the Lower Sussex Challenger League enjoy a day out on the field on Saturday, June 23.

Challenger League expanding opportunities for young ballplayers

Another season of baseball has wrapped up for the Lower Sussex Challenger League, with a record number of participants this year.

The Challenger League was founded in 1989 and is Little League’s adaptive baseball program for individuals...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:01pm

Members Tom Spink, Frank Soboyna, Vin Schettino and Leo Renzette get ready to tee off on the new hole No. 9 at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club.

Cripple Creek debuts revised course, new practice facility

The long-awaited and much-anticipated new short-game practice facility on Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club’s golf course has been completed, and it has gotten nothing but rave reviews from staff and members alike.

The course received...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 1:59pm

IR’s inaugural IR Summer Volleyball Camp attendees gather for a photo during the camp on Thursday, June 21.

Inaugural IR Summer Volleyball Camp sets players up for success

It was a week filled with learning and fun with the game of volleyball for campers at the inaugural Indian River Summer Volleyball Camp, held at Selbyville Middle School.

Coaches Bill Croal, Sally Craig, Ashley Revel and Lisa Stetler...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 1:58pm

Little League tournament season kicks off

The 2018 Little League District 3 All-Star tournaments for both baseball and softball will run through most of July, leading up to the World Series — with Senior League Softball World Series play set to begin July 30, once again hosted at the...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 1:56pm

A couple of Pat Knight players are prepared in the outfield.

Pat Knight tournament play heats up on the diamond

The annual Pat Knight baseball and softball tournaments began this past week, with action all over the southern part of the county.

On Saturday, June 23, it was the 8-10- and 10-12-year-old divisions’ baseball tournaments. On Monday, June...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 1:55pm

Indians ballplayers participate in Carpenter Cup

A couple of Indian River student-athletes have continued on with the all-star circuit well after their scholastic seasons have ended.

Baseball players J.J. Killen and Jacob Anderson were recently part of the Delaware South team that...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 1:49pm

Pickleball Points: Pickleball knees, crocodiles and 600 elephants

My readers should know that my knee problems are not related to pickleball. I was already beginning to have problems in officer training school after years of pounding on tennis courts.

While you folks have been enjoying summer along our...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 1:44pm

Donaway to represent IR in Blue-Gold game

Recent Indian River High School graduate Collin Donaway will be participating in this weekend’s Blue-Gold Game at the University of Delaware. The game benefits the Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens (DFRC).

The Blue-Gold High School...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 1:43pm

Paddleboarding event benefits veterans with Paddle Second Chance

The 7th Annual Paddle Second Chance (PSC) event will take place Saturday, June 23, at Holt’s Landing State Park near Millville.

Over the past six years, the PSC has raised more than $140,000 with its paddleboarding event for Operation...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 12:39pm

Bob ‘The General’ Knight stopped in at the Millville Volunteer Fire Company to voice his support of Rob Arlett.

‘The General’ stumps for Arlett

A coaching legend made a stop in the area last week, taking the opportunity to offer his support for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rob Arlett.

Former Army, Indiana University and Texas Tech floor boss Bob “The General” Knight spoke to a...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 12:38pm

Bethany Beach Lifesaving 5K to include beach patrol competition

The downtown streets of Bethany Beach will be filled with participants in this year’s Bethany Beach Lifesaving 5K on Sunday, June 24.

The event will also feature a separate beach patrol competition before the race to find out who the “...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 12:35pm

Pickleball Points: First Ocean Pines Pickleball Summer Classic Tournament this weekend

Move over Florida and Phoenix, the Pickleball Coast in Sussex County and bordering Worcester County, Md., is almost the cat’s meow of pickleball. We now have the Beach Blast by First State Pickleball Club, Ocean City’s Spring and Fall tournaments...

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 5:46pm

Kealey Allison and Delaney Brannon represented IRHS in the 2018 U.S. Lacrosse Blue-White All-Star game on the girls’ side, while Ryan Burbridge represented the boys.

Three IRHS lacrosse players are Blue-White All-Stars

For all intents and purposes, Tuesday night’s exhibition games were exactly what they were meant to be — a fun opportunity for graduating Delaware high school seniors competing with and against each other one last time.

The 2018 U.S....

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 3:25pm