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

Pickleball Points: The National Senior Games and pickleball

The National Senior Games will conclude several days before this article is published. Almost 14,000 senior athletes competed in 20 different sports in Albuquerque, N.M., which is elevated a mile closer to the sun, in a much thinner, lung-burning...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 9:01am

Little League postseason throws first pitch

Like the weather this past week, the 2019 Little League postseason schedule has gotten off to a hot start for the Lower Sussex entries.

In the Pat Knight baseball division, the LSLL 8- to 10-year-old team is on a three-game win streak...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 8:59am

Record number of participants in weeklong IR volleyball camp

With the success of both the Indian River High School boys’ and girls’ volleyball programs, the sport is truly growing by leaps and bounds. It certainly helps to have a couple of diehards spearing the area’s efforts to “Grow the Sport.”


Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 8:55am

Above, the IR boys’ volleyball team won the state championbship this year, contributing to the overall placement for the win of this year’s Founders Cup. Right, the Founders Cup is displayed in the office at the school.

IR wins second straight Founders Cup

Indians are top South program for 10th time overall

The Indian River High School Athletic Department, its coaches and student-athletes collectively are walking around with a little pep in their step after it was recently announced that, for the second straight year, they have won the Henlopen...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 9:02am

FastBreakers AAU travel team wins tournament

The Ocean City FastBreakers AAU sixth-grade girls’ basketball team won the Battle at the Beach & Boardwalk II tournament last week in Ocean City, Md., as part of the Premier 1 Events Showcase. The FastBreakers comprise sixth-grade girls from...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 8:58am

Boaters urged to be alert when navigating Baker’s Channel this summer

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control’s Shoreline & Waterway Management Section recently advised boaters traveling in the Inland Bays throughout the summer to be alert when navigating in Baker’s Channel. The...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 8:56am

Pickleball Points: The rumble at the Cardiac & Cancer Survivor’s Tumble

Finally, it has almost arrived: Team Cardiac vs. Team Cancer. Friday, June 28, 9 a.m. to noon, at Ocean City, Md.’s Northside Park recreational facility on 126th Street. The first-ever Cardiac vs. Cancer Survivors Pickleball Challenge.


Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 8:55am

Indian River is being well represented when it comes to the annual Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game this year. During a recent event leading up to the game, IR’s Patrick Spencer, left, Kaylee Hall, center-left, and Grant Argo, right, participated in a dance with their ‘buddy’ Beau Smith, center-right.

Blue-Gold game about more than football

The 64th Annual DFRC Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game is an annual showcase for high school seniors that allows them to don their respective schools’ football helmets for one last time.

However, the game is not just about the play on the...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 8:52am

IR Soccer Hall of Fame announces ceremony date

The third annual Indian River High School Soccer Boosters’ Hall of Fame induction ceremony mixer has been rescheduled, so there is still time for people to send the organizers nominations for possible inclusion for the exclusive honor.


Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 8:49am

Boaters reminded to avoid distracted boating, improper lookouts

Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police this week reminded boaters to always be safe on the waters by avoiding distracted boating and improper lookouts.

“Inattentive operation of a vessel in Delaware includes both distracted...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 8:47am

Indian River Marina to host ‘Kids Catch-All’ fishing tournament

The Indian River Marina, owned and operated by DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation, will host the 5th annual “Kids Catch-All” fishing tournament Friday, June 21, through Sunday, June 23, at the marina. Children and teenagers ages 3-18 are...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 8:46am

Shockley recognized on dean’s list, as student-athlete

Rylee Shockley of Millsboro is one of more than 200 student-athletes who competed for the Flying Dutchmen during the spring 2019 semester. Shockley, a graduate of Sussex Technical High School, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in early childhood...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 10:56am

As top scorer in her event, Riley Murray earned the Gold Bell and a trip to the Educators Rising National Conference in Dallas.

Therapy horses inspire IR education student to gold

Horseback riding may conjure images of cowboy boots or sleek horse shows. But Riley Murray is also teaching people that horses make excellent therapeutic partners.

Having just completed her junior year at Indian River High School, Murray...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 10:44am

Usue Maitane Arconada won both the singles and doubles event, becoming just the second player to accomplish this feat at Sea Colony.

American Arconada wins ResortQuest title at Sea Colony

A week’s worth of tennis action under beautiful skies wrapped up on Sunday, June 9, with the 9th Annual ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony singles’ championship as the week’s final match.

It was an all-American final between 20-...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 9:47am

‘Kids Catch-All’ tourney looks to hook a reel fun time

Kids  are getting ready to cast their fishing lines for the fifth annual “Kids Catch-All” event, taking place at the Indian River Marina from Friday, June 21, to Sunday, June 23. The event is being hosted by DNREC’s Division of Parks &...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 9:45am

Indian River’s Zach Schultz will be taking his lacrosse talents to Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill College, a NCAA Division II program, in the fall to study criminal justice administration. He is seen here with IR head coach Dave Spencer, left, Shane Forrey, back, and Arien Curcio.

Schultz taking talents to DII Chestnut Hill

Many a student-athlete’s dream is to one day be able to play at the next level, whether it is collegiately or on the grand stage of the professional ranks.

Indian River High School’s Zach Schultz now gets to realize that dream, having...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 9:43am

All-Star season set for first pitch

Summer baseball action is about to get as hot as the weather in the next few weeks, as the Lower Sussex Little League All-Star teams will begin their quests for 2019 championship glory in baseball and softball.

The District 3 State and Pat...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 9:40am

Indian River’s Abby O’Shields shows off her Blue-Gold All-Star Game Blue MVP trophy. O’Shields earned the honor throwing four innings of no-hit ball with three strikeouts.

O’Shields named Blue MVP in All-Star game

It was a collection of the best senior softball players the state had to offer on Tuesday, June 10, at the Dover Little League complex at the annual Blue-Gold All-Star game.

It took 10 innings, but thanks in part to a solo home run from...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 9:37am

State nears cap on surf-fishing permits

DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation announced this week its plan for managing the cap of 17,000 Delaware vehicle-based surf-fishing permits as voted on this year by the division’s advisory council. With the cap figure approaching — as of...

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 9:07pm

IR’s Patrick Gogarty takes a shot during the DIAA State Golf Championships at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club.

IR golfers complete best season in school history

Hook, Gogarty finish in Top 30 overall at DIAA tourney

History has been made once again for the Indian River High School Athletic Department.

Just over a week after the school’s boys’ volleyball team captured a state title, the IRHS golf team completed their best season in school history with...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 9:34am

Jack Gates throws a football during the kids Punt, Pass & Kick tournament.

Successful first Game Day for Ball 4 All Foundation

It was game on for Game Day at the Ball 4 All Foundation’s first annual event, held at the Dagsboro fire hall last Saturday, June 1. A nice turnout on a beautiful day helped support the Russell White Scholarship and Lower Sussex Indians Pop...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 9:31am

Indian River High School All-Conference selections


First Team

Abby O’Shields, At-Large

Second Team

Grace Snyder, Catcher

Brandi Mitchell, First Base

Taylor Lipkins, Outfield

Kayler Townsend, At-Large

Honorable Mention


Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 9:26am

Indian River’s Isabella Binko takes a shot in a gamer earlier this year. Binko was named to the All-State team and the Elite Top XI.

Four named All-State for Indians

Sophomore Binko garners Top XI recognition

Anytime a player is recognized on the state level for their efforts in their respective sport, it is a big deal.

Such was the case the four members of the Indian River High School girls’ soccer program this year, as Isabella Binko, Grace...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 9:23am

In an opening day featuring 16 singles qualifying matches at the ninth annual ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony (a $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event), 13th seeded American Haley Giavara needed three sets to top Canadian Louise Kwong 6-3 5-7 10-7 to win the day’s longest match. Qualifying is continuing through the weekend, followed by the first round of singles and doubles main draw play. Admission is free and the public is invited.

Action heats up at ResortQuest tennis event

June has arrived, and with it, play in the ninth annual ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony, which got under way on Monday, June 3, and runs through Sunday, June 9.

The $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit clay-court event was able to take...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 9:19am

Pickleball Points: Memorial Day, ‘Coach’ and a passenger coach

Memorial Day is when I think about those who died defending our country. I also think about those decorated heroes who risked all to protect their brothers in combat.

My college tennis coach, Doyle Royal, was one of those. When I played...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 9:17am

American Legion Posts 28, 24 sit atop OTS standings

With nearly a third of their 22nd season in the books, the Olde Tymers Softball (OTS) League finds itself with a two-way tie atop the circuit’s standings.

Both American Legion Post teams — Posts 28 and 24 — had identical 7-2 records as of...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 9:12am

Salisbury Rollergirls to host two recruitment nights

The Salisbury Rollergirls are recruiting women 18 or older to skate in their roller derby league. Recruitment nights will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, and Sunday, Aug. 18, at Mitchell’s Martial Arts, 1305 South Division Street,...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 9:11am

Ninth Annual ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open Serves Professional Tennis to Sea Colony Beach & Tennis Resort in Bethany Beach, Delaware

Professional women’s tennis returns to Bethany Beach with the ninth annual ResortQuest® Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony – A $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit Event, to be held June 3-9, 2019, on the clay courts at the Sea Colony Tennis Center, located south...

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 11:31am

State Champs!

The Indian River High School volleyball team defeated Salesianum on Wednesday, May 22, to win the state championship. For more coverage, turn to page 64.

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 2:43pm

The boys volleyball team draws up strategy during the state championships finals vs. Salesianum on Wednesday, May 22.

One Team, One Dream

Remarkable run to state title for Indians

They followed a simple phrase from Day 1 this season: “One Team, One Dream.” Every huddle broke with it. Every match ended with it. They were words the Green-and-Gold lived by, through every boys’ volleyball practice and every game.


Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 10:23am

The Perfect Storm

Quick success for IR boys’ volleyball following state title

Just think — only two years ago, the Indian River High School boys’ volleyball team had just been created. There’s really no need to hit the fast-forward button, because during those two years, the Indians have created a program that has put the...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 10:20am

Indian River’s Brynn McCabe moves to defend the ball in IR’s 2-1 win over Sanford School on Wednesday May, 22.

IR bows out of the state tournament

Perennial power Caravel cruises past Indians, 4-0

As has become nearly as common as the wind blowing, the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team met up with Caravel Academy in the DIAA Division II state playoffs this year. Whether it’s in the state finals — or as was the case on Tuesday,...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 10:18am

Some of the Ball 4 All kids pose for a photo during a fundraising event last year.

Ball 4 All Foundation to host 1st Annual Game Day June 1

All proceeds to benefit Russell White Scholarship and Lower Sussex Indians Pop Warner

The Russell White Scholarship Cornhole Tournament is back.

Thanks to The Ball 4 All Foundation, the tournament that was previously hosted by the Xi Upsilon sorority will continue as part of the 1st Annual Game Day at the Dagsboro fire hall...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 10:14am

Patrick Gogarty putts on Hole #13   during the state championships.

Indians have solid effort at states

All six golfers make first-day cut; team finishes third overall

With the DIAA state golf championships being hosted on their home course, the Indian River High School golf team had its sights set on success in the final days of their 2019 campaign.

All six IR golfers — Colby Hook, Patrick Gogarty, Ryan...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 10:11am

Pickleball Points: Beach Blast and Cardiac versus Cancer Survivors

All of that recent activity you see on every pickleball court in the area are our local pickles tweaking their shots in preparation for the Ocean Pines pickleball tournament, in which more than 200 players will compete. Be sure to visit and see...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 10:03am

Carl M. Freeman Companies held a ground breaking for a clubhouse at Bayside Resort Club on Friday, May 10.

Carl M. Freeman Companies break ground for new clubhouse

On Friday, May 10, the Carl M. Freeman Companies broke ground for the new Clubhouse and restaurant to be built at Bayside Resort Golf Club, celebrating with community members and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce.

“I think this...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:31am

State Champs!

The IR boys volleyball team swept its way to the 2019 State Championship with a 3-0 win over Salesianum Wednesday night at John Dickinson High School in Wilmington. The win capped IR’s perfect 12-0 season, one in which they dropped just two sets...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:19am

Coach Wingate was named the Henlopen Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after this year’s tournament was concluded.

Gogarty finishes 6th at Henlopen Athletic Conference

Wingate named conference’s Coach of the Year

It was a day filled with ups and downs for the Indian River golf team as they participated in the Henlopen Athletic Conference golf championship tournament on Tuesday, May 21, at Mulligan’s Pointe in Georgetown.

Junior Patrick Gogarty...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 8:08am

Indian softball, boys lacrosse fall in post season tournaments

The magical second half run of success for the Indian River softball team came to an unfortunate end on Saturday, May 18, when they dropped a 1-0 decision to DE Military Academy in the quarterfinal round of the DIAA state playoffs at Midway...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 8:06am

Indians baseball puts the wraps on season with pair of wins

The last two games of the season were more along the lines of what was expected the 2019 campaign to be for the Indian River baseball program.

With shutout wins over Laurel, 10-0, and First State Military, 11-0, the Indians closed out a...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:59am

Pickleball Points: Survivor charity and human clarity

For those of you simply looking for an actual pickleball tip that will dramatically impact your game, here it is: Begin jumping rope, or shadow-boxing. Perhaps you might do as I did when prepping for a national tennis tournament — jog with 50...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:56am

Delaware Tribe Dominates

The Delaware Tribe 14U travel softball team was firing on all cylinders last weekend in the OBX Classic as they took home the tournament's championship out of 24 teams. The pitching duo of Kinsley Hall and Camryn Ehlers was practically...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:54am

A high school picture of Russell White in his IR football uniform. Ball 4 All Foundation’s 1st Annual Game Day will benefit the Russell White Scholarship as well as Lower Sussex Indians Pop Warner.

Ball 4 All Foundation to host 1st Annual Game Day June 1

All proceeds to benefit Russell White Scholarship and Lower Sussex Indians Pop Warner

The Russell White Scholarship Cornhole Tournament is back.

Thanks to The Ball 4 All Foundation, the tournament that was previously hosted by the Xi Upsilon sorority will continue as part of the 1st Annual Game Day at the Dagsboro fire hall...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:52am