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.


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

Pickleball Points: Fundamentally, it is all about the fundamentals

If you watched the recent five-hour Wimbledon finals, you might especially appreciate this week’s article.

Few people could physically withstand an exchange of friendly ground strokes with Djokovic or Federer for five minutes, let alone...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:17am

The LSLL Major Baseball team huddles during a game.

LSLL Major Baseball picks up walk-off win in state opener

The Lower Sussex Majors Baseball team started its quest for a state title with an edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting walk-off win, thanks to a grand slam off the bat of Rosnell Lewis on Monday, July 22.

The blast gave the District 3 reps a 14-...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:16am

Athletes Against Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk set for Aug. 4

On Aug. 4, the 5th Annual Athletes Against Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk, presented by Loftus Wealth Strategies, is planned. The 5K run/walk will benefit the work of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Delaware Valley Chapter in Sussex County.


Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:06am

The Lower Sussex Little League team celebrates it’s victory as the District 3 champions.

Postseason softball, baseball action as hot as the weather

LSLL Minors softball in state championship game


The Lower Sussex Minor League softball team has certainly been as hot as the weather these past couple of weeks.

Fresh off a 15-5 thumping of Millsboro in the District 3...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 10:09am

Two locals racing big block modifieds around the bend; #85 Local racing veteran and legend HJ Bunting of Millsboro leads #8 Norman Short, another local legend from Georgetown.

Whites turn hat trick at 47th Camp Barnes Benefit Race

One of the annual highlights of the Sussex County stock car racing season is the Delaware State Police Camp Barnes Benefit Race. The 47th running of the race was last Wednesday, July 10, hosted by Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, where...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 10:00am

The Pickleball Fitness Protection Program

While the spectator’s eye is focused in appreciation of how a pickleball vol- ley is hit by a 5.0 player, or how Nadal sends the tennis ball screaming deep cross court with a two handed back- hand at Wimbledon, the real secret in both examples is...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 9:54am

Hannah Lydic poses in front of The Den at Bear Trap Dunes.

Ocean View’s Lydic earns opportunity to play Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach — the golf course in California known throughout the golfing world — is one of the holy-grail spots on any golfer’s bucket list. Golfers young and old dream of one day being able to play the links that have been rated as one of the...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 9:51am

The LSLL Minor baseball team poses in their dugout. Members include Maggie Bare, Sophia Bowen, Addy Clark, Taygan Conaway, Angela Costango, Cierra Lewis, Jaelyn McCray, Mariah McCabe, Parker O’Shields, Macy Tubbs, Madelyn Wiest, Autumn Wille and Baylie Williamson.

LSLL Minor softball stays unbeaten

The Lower Sussex Little League Minors softball team has been on quite the tear to start their postseason run through the District 3 double-elimination bracket.

The LSLL girls on Tuesday, July 9, won their first two games to advance to the...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:48am

Lower Sussex’s Max Starkey takes a swing at a pitch during Tuesday night’s game against Milton in the Little League District 3 winner’s bracket contest. The LSLL squad fell short 6-5.

LSLL baseball edged by late Milton rally

The Lower Sussex Little League Minor baseball team was holding onto a narrow one-run lead heading into the fifth inning when an unfortunate slip in the field led to two Milton runs, which proved costly for LSLL in a 6-5 setback on Tuesday, July 9...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:43am

After coming across disappointment in her situation at Delaware state, Fabrea McCray has found her stride again in the soccer pitch for the DSU Hornets.

After year away, McCray returning to pitch for DSU

Former IR goalie to walk-on for Division I Hornets

Sometimes a year away from a sport helps an athlete realize how much they missed it.

Such was the case for former Indian River High School girls’ soccer player Fabrea McCray. The All-State goalie thought her competitive days on the pitch...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:41am

Wolfs Head, driven by Kristen Hope of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, stretches over a table-top of crushed cars.

Monster Trucks invade Georgetown Speedway

A newly-configured, larger, more technically-challenging race course at Georgetown Speedway welcomed Monster Truck racers competing in this year’s Monster Truck Racing League’s “Monster Truck Madness” last Friday and Saturday nights.


Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:38am

Pickleball Points: Defending the net in pickleball

It is through your individual questions that I know how well you understand the game. Since we predominately play doubles in pickleball, and usually with different partners, I want to discuss defending the net.

Assume you have returned a...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:35am

Gracie Hoban hurls one to homeplate during LSLL’s 15-4 win over Millsboro on Friday, June 28.

Stayin’ alive

LSLL Major softball battling in District 3 tourney

The Lower Sussex Little League 10-12 Major softball team remained heavily involved in the Little League Delaware District 3 tournament as of Coastal Point press time on Tuesday, July 2.

After an opening-round 15-4 win over Millsboro, the...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 10:18am

IR's Colby Hook views the green for a putt.

Hook comes up short in bid for Junior PGA national berth

Indian River High School senior Colby Hook competed amongst some of the best junior golfers in the states of Delaware and Pennsylvania at the regional Junior PGA Philadelphia Championship tournament on Monday, July 1.

Hook was battling...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 10:08am

The 8-10 boys’ baseball team took home the Pat Knight title, winning five straight after a loss to Milton.

Pair of LSLL baseball teams wins Pat Knight titles

More teams begin play with postseason hopes

It was a perfect run through pool play and the championship game for the Lower Sussex Little League 10-12 boys’ baseball team during the Pat Knight tournament last week.

The squad went 3-0 in pool play, with easy wins over Millsboro (7-1...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 10:05am

Clash for Cash winner Jamie Lathroum speaks to an announcer after winning the event on Friday, June 28, at the Georgetown Speedway.

Holiday traffic nearly snares Clash for Cash winner

Stock car racing returned to Georgetown Speedway’s progressively high-banked half-mile clay oval last Friday, June 28. Two pursed classes and four support classes compet-ed. Sunoco Super Late Model and RUSH Late Model feature races in the Clash...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 10:00am

Camp Barnes benefit stock car race next week

By 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, there will be a long line of stock car haulers reaching from inside the grounds of Delaware International Speedway going down U.S. Route 13 in Delmar, anxiously waiting for the gate to open so they can settle into...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 9:56am

Pickleball Points: Two bounces, and ‘out’ of the kitchen

There are many new pickleball beginners in the area now. If you’re just getting interested in the sport, make sure you understand the two unique rule requirements in pickleball that give it its own DNA.

The genius of the sport is the two-...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 9:54am

Boaters urged to observe safety precautions when towing

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police this week reminded boaters of some important safety regulations when towing water skiers, tubers, or knee-boarders:

• Requires at least three participants — the water skier, the boat...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 9:53am

Angler charged with landing a prohibited shark species at 3Rs

Following a tip made from within Delaware Seashore State Park, DNREC’s Natural Resources Police park rangers charged a Seaford man this week with landing a prohibited shark species, in connection with taking a sandbar shark out of the water while...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 9:52am

A skimmer makes a splash after catching a wave during the Bethany Beach Skim Jam on Monday, June 24.

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 9:22am

IR’s Hook takes first at Junior PGA qualifier

It’s been a productive summer thus far on the links for Indian River High School’s Colby Hook. The senior-to-be for the Indians recently competed in the Junior PGA Championship qualifier at Maple Dale Country Club, where he was victorious, thanks...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 9:06am

Sussex Riptide rides a wave of success at Special Olympics event

It was a banner day with some smashing success for some area tennis players at the recent state event at the Delaware Special Olympics, held at the University of Delaware.

The Sussex Riptide team, featuring athletes from all across the...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 9:04am