Pickleball Points: A hundred pickleball courts and counting

One hundred pickleball courts and counting.

I know from my own personal experience in the tennis boom of the ’70s that potential investors for an indoor air-conditioned pickleball facility protected from the ill effects of too much sun...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:09am

Nicholas Angelo celebrates his receiving touchdown with J.J. Killen during the Indians’ 35-14 loss to the Lake Forest Spartans on Friday Oct. 5.

Young Indians struggle in second-half in loss to Spartans

With a team heavy in young underclassmen, the Indian River High School football team is still trying to find its identity, five weeks into the season.

The team’s youth and inexperience has led to turnovers and mistakes over the course of...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 9:44am

Indian River’s Savannah O'Shields fights for possesion of the ball during IR’s match vs. Sussex Central last week.

Indians put up a fight in losses to state’s top two teams

When faced with road contests against two of the best teams in the state perennially — both of which are defending state champions — a team can at least hope to battle for the entire game.

That’s exactly what happened for the Indian River...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 9:37am

Soccer, weather both prove perfect for River Soccer tourney

It was another huge weekend of soccer at the River Soccer Club complex last weekend as the organization hosted its 18th Annual Columbus Day Weekend Soccer Tournament.

And to top it off, the weather was perfect for soccer.

“We had...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 9:32am

Indians stay perfect with pair of wins

It was once again the Yves Graf show for the Indian River High School boys’ soccer team, as they took a 3-0 win over Polytech on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

The win kept their perfect season intact and improved their overall mark to 8-0.


Friday, October 12, 2018 - 9:30am

Pickleball Points: Oh, golly — I have to volley!

After the earlier instructional sessions this spring and summer, I finally coaxed you to the net, where the game of pickleball is won or lost. You remember the last time you were at net, and you popped the ball up at about shoulder height to your...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 9:24am

Girls’ volleyball continues early-season hot streak

The Selbyville Middle School girls’ volleyball team has been on fire at the start of the season, maintaining their unblemished record with two more wins last week.

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, the Indians swept Sussex Academy, 2-0, with game...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 9:22am

A pair of Indian River field hockey players block an offensive move by an opposing player.

Indians keep rolling with another ‘W’

Three games in a week is a tough stretch no matter how you look at it, but three games in three days is downright brutal, physically and mentally.

The Indian River High School field hockey squad proved to be strong in mind and body,...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 1:43pm

After an intense overtime game against Sussex Central, Indian River High School has held onto its winning streak.

Indians stay unbeaten with thrilling OT win over Central

Tuesday night’s Henlopen Conference boys’ soccer game between host Indian River High School and visiting Sussex Central had a little bit of everything, but a whole lot of excitement keeping those in attendance on the edge of their seats.


Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 1:33pm

Greg Ostrander fires one down the lane at this year’s Millsboro Lanes tournament.

PBA event ‘a great success’ at Millsboro Lanes

It was a packed house, with bowlers and fans alike turning out for the Professional Bowlers Association Over-Under 50 tournament at Millsboro Lanes on Sept. 21-23.

Prize money and scholarship awards were up for grabs for bowlers young and...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 1:30pm

Selbyville volleyball opens with win

Volleyball coach Sally Craig and her Selbyville Middle School Indians hit the road for their 2018 season-opener and came away with a 2-0 win on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

The Indians posted individual game scores of 25-7 and 25-15 in sweeping...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 1:24pm

IR girls’ volleyball falls in tough test with DMA

In a match that was billed as a battle between two of the best girls’ volleyball teams in the state, Indian River High School came up just short in their comeback bid, falling 3-2 to visiting Delaware Military Academy on Saturday, Sept. 29.


Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 1:16pm

Pickleball Points — The dink is more than you think

Many people must think the dink is just for warming up, because I never see them dink after they begin playing. The term “dink” in pickleball is the same as in tennis, or volleyball, and it means to hit the ball with as little spin or energy as...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 1:10pm

River Soccer set to host 18th Annual Columbus Day tourney

The area’s ultimate youth soccer tournament will take place this weekend at River Soccer Club with the 18th Annual Columbus Day tournament.

A record 125 teams will descend upon the complex in Roxana, which is known for its top-quality...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 1:08pm

Indian River High School’s cross-country team takes off at the start of their home opener.

IR comes up short on muddy home course

Indian River High School’s cross-country team suffered a setback in their home opener, losing 21-34 to rival Sussex Tech last Wednesday, Sept. 19. Tech entered the meet with two wins in their pocket and maintained their perfect record so far this...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:44am

Racers take on the track in Georgetown.

September showdown: URC invades Georgetown Speedway

One of the highlights of the racing season at Georgetown Speedway is the annual “September Showdown.” That’s when the Capitol Renegade United Racing Club’s (URC’s) high-powered winged sprint cars come to Delaware for purse money and points.


Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:38am

Indians use big first half to post win over CR

A four-goal first half was all the offense the Indian River High School boys’ soccer team would need in defeating visiting Caesar Rodney, 4-2, in a divisional crossover game Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Indian River High School.

It was IR’s first...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:31am

in 66, coached by Dave Sroka, took the championship in the 2018 Olde Tymers Softball League of Delmarva this year.

Bin 66 takes Olde Tymers Softball championship

The 2018 Olde Tymers Softball League of Delmarva (OTS) recently completed the season’s playoffs, and there was a new champion this year.

Bin 66, coached by Dave Sroka, took the championship in the double-elimination tournament, outlasting...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:24am

Another week, another win for the Indian River High School volleyball team.

IR Sports Report

High school field hockey Indians sweep pair of games

Indians 5, Caesar Rodney 3: Indian River overcame a 2-1 halftime deficit in their Tuesday, Sept. 25, tilt with Caesar Rodney at the Delaware Turf Complex to score four second-half goals en...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:03am

Pickleball Points — thinking about a knee replacement?

So many folks have told me they are considering knee surgery that I thought it might be helpful to share some of my recent knee-replacement experiences.

I normally try to incorporate humor in my articles, but knee replacement is absolutely...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 10:57am

Indian River’s Kayler Townsend (24) pushes the ball up the field as Smyrna’s Julie Snow (3) gives chase.

IR volleyball sweeps Vikings, Wildcats

The Indian River High School girls’ volleyball team rebounded well from their loss to Caesar Rodney last week with a pair of Henlopen Conference wins this week.

On Tuesday, Sept. 18, IR made quick work of visiting Cape Henlopen with a 3-0...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 9:16am

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

Indians suffer loss to Polytech

It was another neutral-site contest last Friday, Sept. 14, for Indian River High School football team as they traveled to the Kent County Rec Center to face Polytech on the Kesserling Turf Field.

The Panthers used their size, strength and...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 9:05am

Pickleball Points — Pickleball’s cousin, tennis, and player rankings

Salisbury, Md., a town less than an hour inland, was known in tennis circles as Tennis USA in the 1960s and ’70s. Five years ago, I wrote a book called “Salisbury Tennis — The Camelot Years,” describing that incredible period.

To prove...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 9:00am

Millsboro Lanes prepares to host regional PBA event

Nestled just off of Route 113 is one of the premier bowling centers in Sussex County — Millsboro Lanes — which will be hosting a regional Professional Bowling Association qualifying event this Friday, Sept. 21, through Sunday, Sept. 23.


Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 8:34am

 Indian River defensive player Nicholas Angelo, helps to make a play on Glasgow’s running back Daryn Bacon.

IR football kicks off season with win

Much like in life, one has to deal with adversity in sports as well, and how people respond to that adversity can go a long way toward determining success or failure.

With their opening game against Glasgow postponed last Friday night,...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 10:55am

Indian River volleyball players huddle up during their matchup vs. Worcester Prep on Friday, Sept. 7.

Indians volleyball splits first two matches of the season

With a team that consists of only juniors and sophomores, it wouldn’t be a stretch to think that there was the off-chance there could be some concern going into a sports season — especially a year after going 14-1 in the regular season.


Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 10:49am

Pickleball Points – Local pickleballers bring home medals from Senior Olympics

The Delaware Senior Olympics in pickleball, played indoors at the Kent County Parks & Recreation Center near Dover, concluded last weekend. My compliments to Sue Brooker and her army of volunteers — all members of our Delaware pickleball...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 10:15am

Movement is medicine

Ah, September! That wonderful time of year when we get our small beautiful town back from the tourists, the heat calms down, the trees start to turn beautiful colors — and school starts! Accccckkkkkk! Back-to-school shopping, school supplies,...

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 3:18pm

 Indian River graduate George Martin powers through the defensive line, losing his helmet in the process, during a game two years ago.

Optimism surrounds IR football team for ’18 campaign

While it was only a year ago, the 2017 season is a million miles in the rearview mirror for the Indian River High School football team and head coach Phillip Townsend.

After struggling through a 1-9 season last year, in which they lost...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 3:43pm

A pair of Indians go for a block during a past game.

Indians girls’ volleyball looking for ‘exciting’ season

Last season was truly special for the Indian River High School girls’ volleyball team, as they ran through the regular season with a 14-1 mark and a Henlopen Conference South Division title.

Two straight setbacks in the postseason brought...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 3:34pm

Oscar Cruz makes a play on the ball during a game two years ago.

IR boys' soccer eyes strong season

Very few teams have the run of success that the Indian River High School boys’ soccer program can claim: three straight trips to the DIAA Division II state championship game — with a title win in 2015.

And, over those three years, this...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 3:30pm

 Indian River field hockey player Sammi Whelen advances the balls upfield during IR’s 10-3 win over Worcester Prep during a game last year.

Young Indians field hockey players eager to get started

With a roster that features no seniors, the Indian River High School field hockey team will certainly have its work cut out for it this season. However, what they lack in seniors they more than make up for in desire, fight and determination....

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 3:20pm

Georgetown Speedway hosts Blast at the Beach

Anthony Perrego had a mirror full of Craig Van Dohren, who was 0.159 seconds behind him, when he took the checkers in the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series fueled by Sunoco Velocita-USA South Region event No. 5, Sunoco Modified at...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 3:11pm

Pickleball Points: Last call for Ocean City pickleball tournament entrants

The Ocean City indoor pickleball tournament is quickly approaching at Northside Park in Ocean City, Md. It will be Sept. 15, following on the heels of the Delaware Senior Olympics near Dover this weekend.

Ocean City event details are at...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 3:08pm

Mark Benston Jr. pulls ahead in a race against Ronnie Pace on Wednesday, Aug. 29.

Some dreams do come true

In an article last week, we met drag racer Mark Benston Jr., his father Mark Benston Sr. (who were misnamed last week), and North Star Racing co-owner Harry “Buck” Jarvis at their Dagsboro shop.

In that shop, Mark Benston Jr. and his...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 2:57pm

Fenwick Island Beach Patrol Capt. Tim Ferry is stepping away from lifeguarding after 43 years.

Ferry hops down off from lifeguard stand after 43 years

It’s been 43 years since Tim Ferry first became a lifeguard along Delaware shore, and more specifically at Bethany Beach. More recently, for the past 14 years, Ferry has been the lifeguard captain in Fenwick Island, and this weekend, after 43...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 6:25pm

The Indian River High School boys’ cross-country team trains on the beach in Bethany Beach. The boys hope to improve over last year.

Boys look to improve, girls want to repeat last season

It was a little over 10 years ago that then-Indian River High School soccer player Kelsey Minyon, looking to improve her speed on the soccer field, suggested to coach Frank Ryman that the school needed a cross-country team.

Ryman spoke to...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 12:21pm

Dagsboro dragracer Matt Benston Jr. works on the engine for his drag-racing car in his shop in Dagsboro.

Dagsboro drag-racer Benston ranked 8th nationally by NHRA

Two weeks ago, Dagsboro drag-racer Mark Benston Jr., who is currently ranked eighth nationally, blistered the quarter-mile drag strip at Capitol Raceway in Crofton, Md., in 3.96 seconds, reaching 197 mph. It was Benston Jr.’s fastest slip of his...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 12:14pm

Karlie Smith during her four years at East Carolina University. Smith just took a job at the University of Georgia as a digital media production assistant.

Where are they now? Karlie Smith

A successful scholastic and collegiate career on the softball diamond has come to a close for Indian River High School graduate Karlie Smith.

After four stellar seasons wearing the green-and-gold of IRHS, Smith ventured south to East...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 12:09pm

Pickleball Points: Play smarter, and the witness protection program

Everyone who knows me has heard me talk about the importance of practice and the prescription that 100,000 exact repetitions of a shot will serve you well. But there arrives a very important moment in the development of every player when they...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 11:55am

Amanda Whaley of Millsboro fought her way up to sixth from an 11th-place start. Whaley was recognized at KSE Racing’s Hard Charger of the night.

Madden wins at Georgetown, expands lead nationally

The World of Outlaws Dirt Late Model Modified national racing series visited Georgetown Speedway on Thursday, Aug. 16, for the annual Fulton Bank 40-lap $10,000-to-win race. The Georgetown Speedway race was the first of a four-race weekend as the...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 2:14pm

Pickleball Points: Adopt the third-shot drop

 If you want to compete among pickleballers from other communities, you need to learn and develop the third-shot drop strategy. Instructors generally show folks how to hit the third-shot drop, but perhaps students don’t understand how and why the...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 2:06pm

Tour de Sussex bike ride slated for Sept. 22

It’s nearly time for bicyclists near and far to get their rubber to the pavement as the 5th Annual Tour de Sussex is slated to take place on Sept. 22 at Delaware Technical Community College’s Owens Campus, located at 21179 College Drive in...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 1:56pm

Run, White & Blue to support scholarships for vets, first-responders

 Runners and walkers alike have an opportunity to trek across a 5K/1-mile course to help benefit scholarships for military veteran and first-responder students attending the Delaware Technical Community College’s Owens Campus.

On Patriots...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 1:52pm

Zumbathon to benefit Justin's Beach House

Those looking to do something active this weekend while also supporting a good cause need look no further, as Zumba instructors from Maryland and Delaware are looking to raise money for Justin’s Beach House at the First Annual Endless Summer...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 1:45pm

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.


Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 6:11pm