Sports


Special teams playing special

In football, the offense scores the touchdowns and garners most of the glory. The defense’s job is to stop opposing offenses and, though it’s claimed to win championships, often times a defender’s only glory is tallied by the amount of scars that...

Thursday, September 21, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indians pull together to beat Cape

With so many players in new positions or playing at a higher level than before on Indian River’s varsity football team, it would seem logical that there may be some growing pains. But, despite glitches, the Indians came through in clutch...

Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 8:00pm

Volleyball team spikes opponents

Last season, Delmar and Smyrna high schools added volleyball to their dance card — something that was, in fact, crucial to the creation of the Southern Henlopen Conference. Indian River won the Southern crown with an 11-7 record last season. This...

Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 8:00pm

Soccer team kicks into high start

Despite getting knocked off the state tournament trail last year in a second-round loss to Tower Hill, Indian River has picked up the scent by winning its first two games of the 2006 regular season.
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Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lady Indians go through rough patch

Two games into her Indian River varsity head-coaching debut, field hockey coach Colleen Groszer is at a loss — actually two losses. Indian River’s offense clumped together in a 2-0 season opening loss to Tatnall and then was unable to muster much...

Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indians look to reload this season

Beneath the surface, there may be a shred of uncertainty about how good Indian River’s varsity football team will be this year, given that they lost 14 starters to graduation — including key offensive starters and contributors and nine defensive...

Thursday, September 7, 2006 - 8:00pm

Ernesto an invitation, lesson to surfers

For what seemed like ages, Delmarva’s coastline had been absent of surf-worthy waves — until Tropical Storm Ernesto wrangled her way up the coast over the Labor Day weekend, bringing swells ranging anywhere from 8 to 12 feet in height and...

Thursday, September 7, 2006 - 8:00pm

Indians soccer set to open at home

Saturday, Sept. 9, marks the home season opener for the Indian River High School varsity soccer team, against the Newark Yellow Jackets.

Newark’s soccer program has been in decline over the past few years but new coach Bill Boyer has...

Thursday, September 7, 2006 - 8:00pm

Volleyball team ready for action

Delmarva Christian’s volleyball program has only been up and running the past two seasons, and each of those seasons have been marred by losses to Indian River.

On Saturday, Sept. 9, Indian River will travel to Georgetown to face Delmarva...

Thursday, September 7, 2006 - 8:00pm

Croll takes her skills on the road

Brittany Croll, an Indian River alumnus and recent graduate of Franklin and Marshall, has been honored numerous times in her life by her peers for both academic and athletic achievements. She served as her class valedictorian in 2002, and made...

Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 8:00pm

IRHS hosts injury treatment seminar

Protective equipment and constant repetitions of proper sports techniques prepare many of the area athletes for the sports they play. But no matter how much they prepare, sports injuries can and do happen.

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Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 8:00pm

Volleyball team aims to keep crown

Last fall season, the Indian River varsity volleyball team won the Southern Henlopen Conference in its inaugural year of existence, with an 11-7 record. This year’s team has done some shuffling around to make up for the losses of Sara Powell and...

Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 8:00pm

Soccer team set to rule the pitch

The 2006 Indian River boy’s varsity soccer team is loaded — lock, stock and two smoking barrels — this season. They return 14 players from last season’s 16-1-1 team — including their leading scorer, Pierson Roenke — and have settled into a solid...

Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 8:00pm

'Whatever the public wants'

If a day of crabbing is what a customer wants, that can be accommodated. If they want to have a dozen crabs waiting on the boat to be eaten while they tour Delaware’s serene inland bays, that is also possible. Even if they want a trip to Seacrets...

Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lady Indians welcome new coach

Indian River’s new head field hockey coach, Colleen Groszner, couldn’t be happier. The fifth-year coach landed at the school after a four-year stint Severn School in Anne Arundel County, Md., and despite not having a whole lot of time to get to...

Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 8:00pm

East wins Series over local host

The superstitious often claim that “the third time is the charm,” and on Aug. 12 the Milton, Pa., Senior Softball team (USA East) proved them right by defeating the hosting District III Nanticoke Little League team 3-2 in a comeback victory...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

Dewey Beach locals shine at 25th

Two of Dewey Beach’s own favorite sons, Jason Wilson and Corey Mahoney, placed in top slots in last weekend’s 25th Annual East Coast Skimboarding Championships held in Dewey Beach.

Jason Wilson — son of Harry Wilson, a Dewey resident and...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

Naturals showing their stuff … again

Last year, the Delaware Naturals 70-and-over AA slow-pitch softball team fell just one inning short of winning the Senior Softball World Championship and the Triple Crown (eastern championship, western championship and world championship). An 11-...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

Marsh returns with a bang

After missing nearly the entire American Legion baseball season, Sussex East third-baseman Jay Marsh returned to the lineup and helped his team to a third-place finish in the Legion tournament.

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Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 8:00pm

World Series heating up in Roxana

The Senior Softball League World Series semi-finals begin at 5:30 p.m. today at the Pyle Center in Roxana.

Semi-final Game One, between the second-place team in Pool B will play the USA East team from Pool A (Milton, Pa.) on Ebbets Field...

Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 8:00pm

District III bounces back

Following a disappointing 6-1 loss to USA East during the opening round of the Senior League World Series, Delaware District III manager Mike Riggleman went over every pitch of every play with his players — not to scold them or rake them over the...

Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 8:00pm

Nanticoke looks forward to challenge

In 1997, Nanticoke’s Senior League softball team made it to the Little League World Series. But back then, Roxana didn’t host the event and Delaware District III didn’t have an automatic bid into the tournament. They had to hack their way through...

Thursday, August 3, 2006 - 8:00pm

Post 28 falls out of tournament

Tournament baseball is all about pitching. And if you don’t have it, then you won’t win.

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Trevor Abbott splashes in on home plate to score the go-ahead run in Sussex East’s 13-8 win over Dover’s Post 2....

Thursday, August 3, 2006 - 8:00pm

Volunteers prepare fields for Series

On Friday and Saturday, volunteers who had been working all year, without pay, for Lower Sussex and other Little Leagues marched outside, in tremendous heat, carrying rakes, hoses, and edging tools.

They edged grass, lined bases, dragged...

Thursday, August 3, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bear Trap almost ready for teams' arrivals

Between today and tomorrow, more than 150 Senior League Softball players, 30 coaches and 23 chaperones will walk into the Village at Bear Trap Dunes, pick up a key in the pavilion, walk over to their rented home and relax.

It’s seems like...

Thursday, August 3, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lower Sussex falls to Laurel

Any chances of Lower Sussex repeating as the Delaware state Junior League baseball champs were dashed by Laurel’s All-Stars in a Game Two showdown on July 24.

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Elijah Forman gets caught in a run-down in...

Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Legion team hangs even with Steever

Heading down the final stretch into the American Legion baseball state tournament, Sussex East (16-9) split a double-header with the league-leading Steever’s Post 8 (23-4) on July 24.

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Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lower Sussex sees season end to Nanticoke

Only 24 hours after giving up a two-run walk-off homerun to Lower Sussex’s Garrett Casale, in what would be the first game of the Major League baseball All-Star championship, Nanticoke pitcher Hunter Absher would redeem himself.

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Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

River crossing the ocean

Usually, when the River Soccer Club travels to compete, it’s within the state or in the region. But on July 30, the U14 Raiders and the U18 Celtics will ditch their E-Z passes for passports as they head to the United Kingdom to participate in...

Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Legion team breaks out of slump

Post 28’s Sussex East Legion baseball team halted a three-game skid by picking up a pair of wins behind hot hitting and timely pitching by utility infielder C.J. Bell, and Cody Jensen and Trevor Abbott, in an abbreviated doubleheader against...

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lower Sussex gets on offensive roll

Following an opening-round 4-2 loss to Georgetown in the Major League Little League All-Star tournament, Lower Sussex head coach Greg Moffitt admitted that his team wasn’t loose enough to win the game.

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Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lower Sussex junior girls gone in two

The Lower Sussex Junior League Softball All-Star team made three errors. Four balls got past the catcher and five Nanticoke All-Stars reached base on walks.

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Janel Cubbage prepares to pitch....

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lower Sussex slaughters Seaford 15-4

Led by homerun hitters Louis Castro, Elijah Forman and Corey Showalter, Lower Sussex slaughtered Seaford in Delaware District 3 Junior Little League tournament play 15-4 at the Millsboro baseball complex Monday night (July 17).

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Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Sussex team battles for berth in series

Very soon, senior league softball teams from all over the world will descend upon Roxana’s Pyle Center for a chance to win a Little League championship.

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Nanticoke’s Senior League Softball team beat...

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Watkins story continues with another first-time win

Super Late Model pilot Richard Jarvis, based out of Ocean Pines, Md., was a lucky man at Georgetown Speedway last Friday night, July 14. The 27-year-old racer earned $2,500 for his first-ever Georgetown Speedway win.

Then, while being...

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Pony penning a memorable time

When I was a young girl, coming to the beach each summer for a few weeks, there was one thing I always wanted to do that we simply never did. Each summer, we swam in the waves, built sandcastles, chased down the ice-cream man, flew a kite, went...

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Spece settles into role

Most freshmen college athletes aren’t disillusioned about their role on the team. While some get an opportunity to contribute immediately, most are relegated to reserve roles, and it’s expected for them to serve that purpose.

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Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Magic casts spells on foes

The Delaware Magic National Softball Association travel team struck it big, winning three championship games at a weekend tournament in Dover.

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Jamie Eshem is up at bat with the Delaware Magic 14-...

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Warner picks off foes

A pickoff by the pitcher or catcher is a crucial play in baseball, because a scoring threat can be negated with a swift, confident throw to an occupied base. And on July 11, Sussex East used pickoffs to stamp out two early-inning scoring rallies...

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Sussex East Legion team overcomes rain, opponents

The heavy rains have passed and the water left behind has subsided, leaving American Legion baseball coaches scrambling to reschedule games. With exactly two weeks remaining in the regular season, a number of teams will be stacking games one on...

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Scott comes in with a bang

Sussex East’s latest addition, Sussex Central High School’s Brian Scott, has only played five games with the Warriors. But his presence has already been felt.

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Brian Scott rounds the bases in a...

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Watson wins his first at Georgetown

From the pole, 16-year-old, Milford native Joseph Watson won his first ever Crate Modified race at Georgetown Speedway last Friday night. Watson fought off two-time winner Ryan Walls of Laurel, down to an exciting narrow finish. Mark Byram earned...

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Legion team splits doubleheader

The month of June has been tough for Legion baseball but, after nearly two weeks off due to rain, Sussex East’s Post 28 baseball team started July off right by splitting an up-state doubleheader with R.C. DuPont on July 1 to improve their record...

Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

Hoban continues to follow his dream

Last season, prognosticators picked the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Division I baseball team to come in dead last in the Mid Eastern Atlantic Conference, and why not? They hadn’t had a winning season since 1995 and finished the 2005...

Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

Mother Nature leaves her mark

A slow-moving front — nearly a tropical depression — has dumped immeasurable amounts of rain on the Delmarva Peninsula in the past week. And though folks in Western Sussex County have shouldered the brunt of the storm, others — including the...

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 8:00pm

NSA ups the ante for softball players

The National Softball Association has deep roots in Delaware. It offers girls as young as 7 the opportunity to play softball at a high level of competition, and the results speak for themselves.

Every spring season, eight to 10 teams scrap...

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 8:00pm

Brock passing along his know-how

Todd Brock’s seven-year road through professional baseball’s Minor League system has finally come to end, but it has also signaled a new beginning as well. He’s played baseball in nearly every state, and even abroad, but rather than play for the...

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 8:00pm

Central players join up with Post 28

The Sussex Central-Indian River rivalry runs deep in all sports. If neither team has won a game all year, a win over their rival will balance out the losing season. There could be a competitive crocheting match between the two schools and there...

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 8:00pm

Gold misses out on chance for cup

Any hopes of Sussex County’s Gold baseball team lugging home Carpenter Cup hardware were dashed in a football-score 27-9 loss to Chester County at University of Pennsylvania’s Meiklejohn Stadium on June 20.
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Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

Jensen looks good in return

For nearly a year, Post 28 pitcher Cody Jensen’s arm has been shelved. He didn’t follow up his All-Conference senior season or his team’s state tournament bid to play collegiate baseball but he did pass the time by playing soft-toss softball. So...

Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm