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

Indian River’s Micayla Meehan looks to pass into the paint versus Lake Forest.

IR girls drop heartbreaker to Spartans

Indians held eight-point lead at half

It was certainly a tale of two halves for the Indian River High School girls’ basketball team on Tuesday, Dec. 18, as they hosted Lake Forest in a Henlopen Conference South Division contest.

After an impressive first half in which they...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 12:32pm

Scott Hitchens poses with his Blades HVAC Services car at Georgetown Speedway last year.

Hitchens revs engine across the coast

Last month, Scott Hitchens competed in the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified features in Charlotte, N.C.

“Down there, that race brings the best of everybody. Anybody there could win the race. There’s no one that’s bad there. It’s the...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 12:26pm

Declan Burke shows good breathing technique during a swim versus Sussex Academy two weeks ago.

IR swimmers post state-qualifying times in meet vs. Central

Both the Indian River High School boys’ and girls’ swim teams got themselves back in the win column during a meet against Sussex Central High School on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The boys defeated the Golden Knights, 112-54, while the girls posted a 79-57...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 12:22pm

IR wrestlers cruise to wins over Laurel, Hodgson

Anytime there’s a long bus ride north, making the return trip should be more enjoyable. The Indian River High School wrestling team clearly doesn’t view its northward treks as anything but business trips, and they are taking the ride to work....

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 12:17pm

Parks & Recreation offering special holiday programs

No one has to hibernate over the holidays this year if they get out and get moving in Delaware’s state parks. From “First Day Hikes,” to “Zoo Camp,” to “Stroller Rollers,” there is plenty to do and see in DNREC’s state parks over the winter break...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 12:15pm

Selbyville Indians fight hard in pair of losses

The Selbyville Middle School girls’ basketball team suffered setbacks in their two games this past week, but it certainly was not from a lack of effort or fight.

The Indians squared off with a very talents Woodbridge team last Wednesday,...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 12:13pm

Reshawn Turner went 4-1 at 152 pounds.

IR wrestling finishes third overall at Delmar Invitational

Three Indians take home individual titles

Last weekend, Indian River High School’s wrestling team competed in the Delmar Wrestling Invitational, coming third out of 11 teams. Sussex Tech won the overall team honors, with 260 points. Woodbridge...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 11:45am

The Indians struggle to reach the basket as the Blue Jays intercept. Indian River lost to Seaford in overtime, 50-46.

Indians fall in OT to Blue Jays

Through the first three games of the season, the Indian River High School boys’ basketball team was cruising right along with relatively ease, picking up wins in all three games.

But on Tuesday night, Dec. 11, was something they had yet to...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 11:42am

Pickleball Points — A slice of humble pie helps you aim high

It is the time of year when we think of family and old friends. This story is about a very gentle fellow and dear friend who has passed. He not only wrote about all the racquet sports, but held more national titles in more racket sports than any...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 11:39am

An Indian River swimmer competes against Sussex Academy on Thursday, Dec. 6.

IR Sports Report — IR boys swim past Seahawks

In a highly contested Henlopen Conference South Division swimming meet, the Indian River High School boys edged out host Sussex Academy, 91-79, last Thursday, Dec. 6.

The Indians won seven of the 11 events overall, which included six in...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 11:28am

Jamier Felton gets the ball in IR’s matchup vs. Worcester Prep in the Indians Tip-Off Classic last weekend.

Felton, Indians rolling out of the gates

Let’s play some “Jeopardy.” Here are your clues:

• He’s been a four-year basketball starter.

• He’s been named to the first-team Henlopen All-Conference.

• He was also named as an honorable-mention for the All-State Division...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 12:12pm

Lauren Meehan drives the ball towards the paint, drawing a foul.

Indians tame Bulldogs for first win fo the season

 The Indian River High School girls’ basketball team is young and is expected to face some growing pains throughout the early parts of this season.

Through those pains — with practice and game experience — they hope to continue to have the...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 12:08pm

IR senior Abby O’Shields was flanked by several members of her family last week when she announced her intentions of signing to play softball for Division II East Stroudsburg University (PA). The left-handed pitcher chose the Warriors over the University of Delaware and Goldey Beacom. With Abby at the announcement were (front row, left to right) cousin Grace Schifano, sister Parker O’Shields, cousin Anthony Schifano, sister Savannah O’Shields, (back row, left to right) grandmother Ruth Schifano, mother Ther

O’Shields sets sights on the circle at ESU

She has had a very strong couple of years inside the circle for the Indian River High School softball team, and those efforts have led to several colleges expressing interest in her services.

Ultimately, for IRHS senior Abby O’Shields, it...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 11:46am

Indian River senior J.J. Killen announced he would be signing with Division II baseball program Wilmington University to continue his academic and athletic careers. The pitcher/first baseman chose the Wildcats over Delaware State.

Killen heading to continue baseball career at WilmU

A high-school student-athlete often has a lot of variables to consider when deciding where to go to college — proximity to home, feel of the campus, success of the program… so on and so forth.

For Indian River High School senior J.J....

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 11:43am

Pickleball Points: Great news! More indoor pickleball courts

There is little doubt who won the “Outstanding Pickleball Community” award this week. Like in the days of Medieval Europe, when cold winds and snow whipped down from the north and lashed at the residents and church officials opened the massive...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 11:33am

Brock Wingate puts his opponent in a hold during a match back in January.

Indians wrestling looks to build off success of last year

Quality, experienced depth is something that the Indian River High School wrestling program and its head coach, Jeff Windish, will be relying on this upcoming season.

The Indians return seven state qualifiers from a year ago — of which...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 11:18am

Braydee Whitman goes for two in a game against Laurel last year.

Young Indians hoping to grow, improve

The Indian River High School girls’ basketball program graduated four seniors from last year’s team, which went 9-11 overall. With those graduations also went some leadership that this season’s squad could certainly use.

Gone are Kealey...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 11:16am

IR’s Jamier Felton shovels a pass to a teammate against Cape Henlopen last season.

Indians look to continue upward trend on the hardwoods

The wins continue to increase with each passing year since head coach B.J. Joseph took over the Indian River High School boys’ basketball program. Now in his fourth season at the helm, Joseph is looking for his troops to take the next step in the...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 11:12am

Pickleball Points: Pickleball soles, soul music and a delicious sole

In my previous column, I mentioned that I had prepared this article for your sole. With the holidays approaching, it is time to think about giving yourself a gift. What? Well, don’t you?

For many years of my life, I spent a considerable...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 11:09am

Laurel High School senior Nicole Patille signs a letter of intent to attend Siena College in New York, where she’ll play softball. Shown with the Ocean View native, third from left, at last week’s press conference are, from left: front row, her brother, Dominic Patille; her mother, Christine Patille; and her father, Michael Patille; and, back row, LHS assistant principal Rhiannon O’Neal, principal Stephanie Smith, softball coach Jodi Green and athletic director Jerry Mears.

Patille to play softball at Siena College

Nicolle Patille of Ocean View transferred to Laurel High School last year and became a leader on its young softball team. She enters the 2019 season as a senior, having already officially committed to attend Siena College in Loudonsville, N.Y.,...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 11:07am

Lindsey Grow competes during a meet at Sussex Academy two seasons ago in 2017.

IR swimmers set sights on rebuilding programs

Graduation can certainly take its toll on high-school athletic programs. Bigger schools are generally fortunate in having the numbers to make the pain a little more bearable when a team loses significant contributors. Small schools are not as...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 11:05am

End of the Road

Indians bow out of playoffs in semi-finals to Caravel

For the last five years, Indian River and Caravel have taken turns ending each other’s boys’ soccer seasons. It’s the kind of rivalry fans look forward to in high school sports — if their team is on the winning side of things.


Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 12:43pm

Jacob Anderson, front center, is flanked by his mother, Jennifer Anderson, and father, Joe Anderson. From left in the back row are: football coach Phillip Townsend, brother Joey Anderson and travel baseball coach Marshall Betts.

IR’s Anderson signs to play baseball for WCU

It’s many a young kid’s dream to be able to play their favorite sport collegiately.

Indian River High School senior Jacob Anderson has made that dream a reality. Last Thursday, Nov. 15, supported by several members of his family and...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 12:41pm

Pickleball Points: Holiday pickleball gifts come in a variety of price points

This week, I took time to reflect on all I have to be grateful for: Family and friends. Pickleball. Pain-free knees after a decade of excruciating pain. After a plate of leftovers, I sat down and wrote this article.

With Thanksgiving Day...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 12:33pm

Celebrating Worcester Prep senior Hailee Arrington’s committing to the American University field hockey team are, from left: seated, her mother, Suzanne Arrington, younger brother John Arrington (WPS Class of 2021), Arrington, her father, Jason Arrington; and, standing, WPS Head of School Randal Brown, WPS Director of Athletics Matt McGinnis, WPS Varsity Field Hockey Coach Katie Oxenreider and WPS Director of College Counseling Vickie Garner.

Arrington commits to American U. field hockey

On Nov. 14, Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) senior Hailee Arrington of Salisbury, Md., officially committed to play Division I women’s field hockey at American University in Washington, D.C. Arrington was honored during a ceremony at school...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 12:30pm

Jared Cordoba earned First-Team All Conference honors this year.

Indians earn All-Conference honors

Kilby named South’s Coach of the Year for boys’ soccer

The Indian River High School fall sports teams saw 29 student-athletes earn themselves Henlopen Athletic Conference All-Conference honors for their efforts this past season.

Four of those teams won HAC South Division championships as well...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 12:27pm

Thanksgiving Day to include Gabby Gobble 5K Run/Walk

The 5th Annual Gabby Gobble 5K and Kiddie Fun Run will take place on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 22, at Irish Eyes Pub in Lewes. The Fun Run begins at 9 a.m., with the 5K race beginning at 9:30. Proceeds from the race will go to the Get...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:55am

Indian River’s Sarah Roehl pushes at the finish line during the Henlopen Conference Championships nearly two weeks ago.

IRHS cross-country completes final leg of 2018 season

The Indian River High School boys’ and girls’ teams both participated in the event. IR’s top boys’ finisher was senior Patrick Spencer with his 20th-place finish, with a time of 18:40.15. Senior Sarah Roehl crossed the finish stripe as the top...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:51am

A Selbyville Middle School player fights a tackle during a game earlier this season.

SMS football, field hockey finish with winning records

With a chance to finish their 2018 campaign with an undefeated record, the Selbyville Middle School football squad came up just short, with a 6-0 loss to Millsboro in the final game of the season, on Thursday, Nov. 1.

The team battled for...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:41am

Indian River’s Jared Cordoba drives the ball upfield in a game earlier this season against the Sussex Academy Seahawks.

Indians soccer continues postseason push

The Indian River High School boys’ soccer program is no stranger to the DIAA Division II state playoffs. They certainly are no stranger to the rest of the state, either.

The Henlopen Conference South Division champs won their first two...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:37am

IR field hockey takes a turn in ‘the dance’

The 2018 campaign for the Indian River High School field hockey team was more than coach Jodi Stone could have expected when camp started way back in August.

With no senior leaders, Stone and the Indians were going to rely heavily on a...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:32am

IR quarterback Tyler Bowen looks for room to run during last Friday’s game against Polytech.

Indians’ football season end in rout

By the end of the 2018 season for the Green-and-Gold football team, the IR no longer stood for Indian River. No, it was more fitting, according to senior J.J. Killen, that the IR perfectly described the team as “injured reserve.”

Of the 43...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:28am

Pickleball Points: A pickle of a score

Recently, many people have been introduced to pickleball, and more will soon follow. You invariably will hear that pickleball scoring is very difficult, and a gentleman at a pickleball clinic recently suggested to me that pickleball should have...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:18am

Hunters, residents reminded to check hunting regs

With hunting season in full swing, DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police this week reminded both hunters and residents who live near hunting areas to become familiar with Delaware hunting regulations. Those who are visiting state...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:12am

Millsboro Lanes set to host Hawk Classic tourney

This weekend, some of the top college bowling teams in the country will descend upon Millsboro Lanes for the annual University of Maryland–Eastern Shore Hawk Classic tournament.

The 18-team field will feature local teams including UMES and...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:06am

Fenwick guard to compete at World Lifesaving Championship in Australia

“Two seconds and it’s over,” said Fenwick Island Lifeguard Emily Ruppert. “...

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 2:07pm

IR volleyball brings home win in first round of playoffs

No matter how one looks at it, the 2018 Indian River girls’ volleyball team had another successful season. The Indians further put the rest of the state on notice that the sport is alive and well in the south.

According to several sources...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 9:46am

Kashid Waples tries to juke a Woodbridge defender in IR’s loss to the Raiders on Friday, Nov. 2.

Indians fall behind big early in loss to Raiders

Growing pains come in all forms during the course of a football season.

Unfortunately, for this year’s Indian River High School team, those growing pains have been just as tough physically — if not more so — as they have been in other...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 9:41am

Pickleball Points: Great news for the pickleball community

I am glad I wear two caps — tennis and pickleball — because I am sitting beside myself on a courtside bench with excitement about the news I can report this week.

Let’s start on the local scene. Thomas Johnston, the director of tennis at...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 9:30am

The SMS volleyball team went undefeated on the year and earned the state championship title.

The perfect season

They finished the season 9-0 in their regular-season matches.

They went 3-0 at the DAAD Middle School Volleyball State Invitational Tournament.

They never dropped a set. Not one. None. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

Their closest set...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 9:28am

Indian River’s Patrick Spencer finished in ninth place with a time of 17:31.8 minutes during the Henlopen Conference Championships on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Busy week for IR cross-county teams

Little by little, through hard work, patience and persistence, Indian River High School’s cross-country teams have noticeably improved — especially the boys’ program.

“The boys are doing good,” said head coach Steve O’Boyle as he watched...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 9:23am

IR Sports Report

Indians soccer falls to CR, heads to playoffs

The Indian River boys’ soccer team — the 2018 Henlopen Conference South Division champions — squared off with Caesar Rodney on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the DE Turf Sports Complex.

The Riders were...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 9:15am

Juan Linares goes for a header.

Indians clinch South Division title

After last year, when the Indians missed the mark on both a division and conference title, the returning members of the 2018 squad made it their mission to return the hardware back to Dagsboro.

Step one: Mission accomplished.


Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 12:08pm

An IR player goes for the block.

Indians fall to Smyrna in championship

Everybody has their kryptonite. Everybody has that one hurdle that no matter how hard they try they just come up short of getting over it. Sometimes a team just has your number.

For as far back as electronic records will allow - and more...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:33am

Indian River’s defensive line lines up near the goal line in a game earlier this year.

Win streak over as Milford has big second half

All good things must come to an end is an old adage that perfectly describes last week’s Indian River football team’s contest with Henlopen Conference South Division foe Milford.

The Indians’ three-game win streak was no more following a...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:25am

Selbyville’s Maxwell Curcio tries to avoid defenders.

SMS Sports Report

Indians win middle school state tournament

The wins just keep piling on for the Selbyville Middle School girls’ volleyball team, but none of those wins are as impressive as the three the group put together last Friday, Oct. 26.

You see,...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:18am

Indian River’s Jess Rybicki passes the ball during a game earlier this season.

Indian River Sports Report

Successful fall season for the Indians

The Indian River athletic department got a good jump start on defending their Founders Cup trophy for this 2018-19 school year after the fall season the Indians sports teams have experienced so far.


Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:09am