Delmarva Birding Weekend set for April 25-28

The 2019 Delmarva Birding Weekend invites hundreds of nature enthusiasts to the shore April 25-28 to enjoy the full complement of Mid-Atlantic birds as the region welcomes warblers, tanagers and other spring migrants, and prepares to say goodbye...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 9:12am

The Indian River baseball team won their third straight game with a 7-6 win over Smyrna on Tuesday, April 2.

Indians on a hot streak with three straight wins

After a disappointing 3-2 loss to Polytech to open the season, the Indian River High School baseball team has been locked in and on a bit of a roll over the past week.

Tuesday afternoon saw the Indians win their third straight, with a 7-6...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 10:01am

IR pitcher Abigail O’Shields sends one flying in Tuesday’s 0-5 loss to Smyrna High School on Tuesday, April 2.

Young Indians facing growing pains early

When eight of 12 softball players on a team are either sophomores or freshmen, it is certainly possible to face some struggles early in a season. The jump from JV or middle school softball to the “big show” of varsity competition can take some...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 9:54am

Pickleball Points: The big line, pickleball lines and tennis lines

The biggest line in sport is “I would have won, if…”

And then there are pickleball lines.

Remember — if the ball hits any part of the line, it is good. I discovered that some of you believe if the ball hits the outer half of the...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 9:38am

SMS Sports Report

Softball: Softball team dominates in win over Fifer


Jaya Shaub banged out four hits and was just a home run shy of the cycle in Selbyville Middle School’s 11-4 softball win over host Fifer on Monday, April 1.

Shaub had a...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 9:37am

Bunny Palooza 5K/10K run/walk set for April 20

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) recently announced that the sixth annual Bunny Palooza will take place on Saturday, April 20, the Saturday morning before Easter.

Bunny Palooza offers three options in which to participate: a...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 9:33am

Indians sweep Conrad in season opener

They have some lofty goals and aspirations this season, but in order to attain those levels, the Indian River High School boys’ volleyball team has to take things one match at a time.

Their first step in that direction came on Monday,...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 9:32am

Anglers reminded to purchase 2019 Delaware fishing licenses

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police this week reminded anglers to purchase their 2019 Delaware fishing licenses. A valid fishing license is required for fishing, crabbing and clamming in Delaware in both tidal and non-tidal waters...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 9:30am

Natural Resources Police accredited Boat Operations & Training Program

DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police were recently recognized as the 26th organization in the nation to be accredited under the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Boat Operations &...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 9:27am

Ocean to Bay Bike Tour gears up for April 26-27

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Ocean to Bay Bike Tour, presented by NVHomes/Ryan Homes and hosted by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, is slated for April 26-27.

The show-and-go tour brings more than 2,500 cyclists to...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:32am

IR pitcher Abby O’Shields celebrates after a strikeout last year.

O’Shields, Indians pick up win

Senior lefty strikes out 18 Panthers over 10 innings

Coming into the season, the Indian River High School softball team knew it was young overall, but could rely on three key seniors to keep the team focused and ready.

Evidence to prove that came in the very first game of the season, against...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 8:55am

Indian River’s Grant Argo throws to first back in the 2016 season.

Indians drop season-opener to PolyTech

Early in a baseball season, the pitchers are generally ahead of the hitters because of timing pitches and seeing live action.

Such was the case on Monday afternoon for the Indian River-Polytech high school season-opening Henlopen...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 8:51am

Indian River golfers putt on the green at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club on Tuesday, March 26.

IR Sports Report


IR golfers cruise in season-opener


It was cold and windy, but the Indian River High School golfers were on fire Tuesday afternoon in their Henlopen Conference season-opening win over visiting Dover at Cripple Creek...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 8:47am

Dead spots and the $150 pickleball paddles

Spring is coming, and you are probably thinking about a new paddle. I am not a mind-reader, but I am a pickleball player, and, like you, I am always looking at paddles.

Recently, I overhear players talking about expensive $150 paddles...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 8:39am

Pop Warner team pushes for big return

The Lower Sussex Indians Pop Warner football team has their game plan in place for the 2019 season. All they need now are some players and cheerleaders to put that plan in motion.

The Indians will be hosting an early registration event at...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 8:38am

Delaware Waterfowl, Trout Stamp contests to be judged April 4

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife this week invited wildlife art enthusiasts, stamp and print collectors, waterfowl hunters, birdwatchers, wetland conservationists, working retriever fans and anglers to gather at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 4...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 8:36am

Anglers reminded harvest of a number of fish species unlawful

With spring fishing season ready to gear up, DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police this week reminded recreational anglers that it is unlawful in Delaware to harvest river herring. Signs giving notice of the fishery closure are...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 8:36am

Track-and-field practice was held for Indian River High School on Tuesday, March 19.

IR track teams looking for season-long improvements

Veteran head coach Bob Hahn has been leading the Indian River High School track programs for nine years now. Being from a smaller school in the state, it is always difficult for the team to maintain depth and numbers on the roster.

It’s a...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:04am

Two IR players fight for controll of the ball during lacrosse practice on Tuesday.

IR girls’ lax excited for season to begin

With a record number of players coming out for the program, the Indian River High School girls’ lacrosse team is excited for the season to begin and will include a JV team for the first time ever.

Coming in to its fourth year of existence...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 9:59am

Boys’ lacrosse looking to continue climb

In what will be their seventh season as a program, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team has the looks of finally getting over the Henlopen Conference South Division title hump.

With head coach Dave Spencer leading the charges...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 9:52am

Pickleball Points: The fun league soon begins a new season

After a remarkable first season, the fun league is about to begin again this spring. The team captains did a wonderful job bringing together a concept that everyone really liked. They grew to 14 teams during the year and have accepted two new...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 9:43am

Talented IR girls’ soccer squad looks to challenge for state title

Every year, the mindset for the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team is to continue its yearly success on the pitch.

Over the course of their last 10 years, the Indians have never had a losing record and have averaged 13 wins a...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 9:36am

Special Olympics basketball state tournament tips off March 30 at UD

Special Olympics Delaware’s annual State Basketball Tournament will take place Saturday, March 30 at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, with games scheduled throughout the day, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the main arena and both auxiliary gymnasiums...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 9:31am

Tennis players practice on Tuesday, March 19.

IR tennis ready to ace the competition

The Indian River High School tennis teams are gearing up for another season on the hard courts, and some familiar faces will be back donning the green and gold.

There are also some rookies getting their first taste of scholastic tennis —...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 9:29am

An Indian River Softball player at bat at a practice. This year’s team is young, but with some strong leaders, according to new coach Sam O’Shields.

Talented group has IR softball expecting big things this year

Indians return 11 from last year’s division champs

A solid core group of players returns for the Indian River softball team this season, and it has led to some lofty expectations for the squad for the 2019 campaign.

Leading the way will be new head coach Sam O’Shields, who takes over for...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 8:59am

An IR player volleys a shot back to his opponent. The volleyball team enjoyed a 7-2 regular season, and look forward to competition in the future.

IR looking to spike the competition

It was an impressive first season of varsity competition for the Indian River High School boys’ volleyball team in 2018, as the Indians went 7-2 during the regular season, en route to a third-place finish at the Coaches State Tournament.


Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 8:56am

The IR baseball team looks out to the field during a 2018 game. This year, The team aims to repeat the victories of that year, and take the team even further.

New season, same goals for Indians on the diamond

They were the 2018 Henlopen Conference South Division champs, which helped them claim a berth in the DIAA State Baseball playoffs. That was due, in large part, to an impressive six wins over their final seven games.

This is a new season...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 8:54am

An Indian River golfer tees off during a match in 2018.

Indian River golfers look to continue success

One year removed from their 2018 campaign, in which they went 10-5 and captured the Henlopen Conference South Division title, the Indian River High School golf team hopes to continue that recent string, and possibly improve upon those successes...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 8:47am

Participants from 2018’s DRFC Blue-Gold game stop for a picture on the field. This year, IR’s Zach Schultz will be joining their number to represent the Indians.

Schultz selected to participate in DFRC Blue-Gold Game

It is an annual event of note throughout the state, and only select seniors are tapped each year to participate in the all-star showcase known as the DFRC Blue-Gold football game.

This year, Indian River’s Zach Schultz will represent the...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 8:45am

Many factors must be weighed in selecting doubles partners

Although there is singles in pickleball, we almost always play doubles, and with various partners. But when tournaments come around, we probably should be more selective in who we pair up with.

It is not like you can read the Coastal Point...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 8:43am

Mid-Coast Gymnastics Studio in Selbyville will host the 2019 Delaware State Gymnastics Championship on Saturday, March 17.

Mid-Coast Gymnastics to host state championship meet

More than 260 gymnasts from up, down and all across the state of Delaware will descend upon the area on Saturday, March 17, for the 2019 Delaware State Gymnastics Championships. Local gym Mid-Coast Gymnastics Studio in Selbyville will serve as...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 9:13pm

IR freshman Gabe Mouynivong goes up for the opening jump ball during the Indians’ game against Cape Henlopen on Thursday, Jan. 24. IR won the game 19-14 for the program’s first win in just their second game.

Indians fall to unbeaten CR in Unified semifinals, 31-11

It was a magical ride in their inaugural season of competition for Indian River High School’s Unified basketball team — a ride that took them all the way to the DIAA state playoffs.

Unfortunately, that magic ran out against a very tough,...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 9:08pm

Girls’ lacrosse coach Cat Roselli gives a pep talk to her players last season.

Indian River spring sports get under way

While the first official day of spring is still a couple weeks away, Old Man Winter apparently wants to make sure the Indian River High School spring sports teams know that he isn’t quite ready to move out of the area.

As many of the IR...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 9:04pm

OTS gearing up for 22nd year

Organization set to induct first Hall of Fame class

The Olde Tymers Softball League (OTS) is set to begin its 22nd year this coming season, and this year they have created a Hall of Fame to honor members from the past who have played or supported the league.

Established as a senior softball...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 8:53pm

O’Shields takes over IR softball program

The Indian River High School softball program will have a new boss leading the charge this season, but players on the team are very familiar with the guy calling the shots.

Long-time teacher and coach Sam O’Shields is taking over the IR...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 8:48pm

Michael Barnes, Mitch McGee, Will Douds and Max Kohr pose for a photo after taking third overall in the 200 freestyle-relay at the state championships at UD.

Indians make history at states

It was a monumental and historical performance for the Indian River High School boys’ 200 freestyle relay swimming team at last weekend’s DIAA state swimming championship meet at the University of Delaware.

The Fantastic Four of Mitch...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:14am

In the third-place match, Indian River’s Ramond Turner (left) squared off with Charter School’s Ben Somerville, but fell in overtime, 2-1.

Turner takes fourth on mats at states

The grind of the Indian River High School 2018-2019 wrestling campaign came to an end following last weekend’s DIAA State Individual Wrestling Championships at Cape Henlopen High School.

Indian River junior Ramond Turner was the highest-...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:10am

IR girls’ swimmers battle at states

They were a small squad in numbers, but they certainly never lacked in heart nor in effort. The 2018-2019 Indian River girls’ swim team battled in each and every event all season, and several of them saw the fruits of their labors commence last...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:03am

Pickleball Points: Don’t let your pickleball rating become irritating

I was attending a meeting for the general good of pickleball in Sussex County when I heard a disturbing comment — disturbing because I have heard it from several directions. Sometimes, “The better players don’t want to play with lesser players,”...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:57am

Anglers reminded river herring, spillway net fishing are prohibited

With spring fishing season ready to gear up, DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police this week reminded recreational anglers that it is unlawful in Delaware to harvest river herring. Signs giving notice of the fishery closure are...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:55am

Sponsors sought for 5 in support of Sussex Tech athlete scholarship

Sussex Technical High School is hosting the first-ever Race for Coach Nic 5K on Saturday, March 9, with proceeds to support the Lou Nicoletti Scholarship for a track-and-field athlete, as well as benefiting the cross-country and track-and-field...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:53am

IRHS varsity boys’ basketball head coach B.J. Joseph is retiring after four years with the IR boys. Joseph has spent the last 27 years coaching basektball. Here, current and former students and players gather to wish him well in his retirement.

Joseph retires after four years with IR boys’ basketball

Sometimes people just know when it’s the right time to walk away.

That is how Indian River High School boys’ basketball coach B.J. Joseph felt after 27 years on the hardwoods, with the last 22 being the general of teams at Laurel, Milford...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:10am

Jamier Felton was named to play in the 2019 Blue-Gold All-Star Game on Saturday, March 16.

Felton, Jordan named to Blue-Gold teams

Indian River High School seniors Jamier Felton and Julia Jordan were recently named to play in the 2019 Blue-Gold All-Star Game, which will take place at the 76ers Fieldhouse on Saturday, March 16. Around 30 of the state’s top male and female...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:06am

Emma Barthelmeis competes in an event earlier this season.

IR swimmers ready for states

While Indian River High School does not have the luxury of a swimming pool in its school district, that has not kept their swimmers from reaching their goals during the 2018-2019 campaign.

A total of 15 IR swimmers will be among more than...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:01am

Indians place six wrestlers at Henlopen Conference tourney

Indian River High School will be sending six wrestlers to the DIAA state tournament, thanks to their efforts in last weekend’s Henlopen Conference Wrestling Championships, hosted at Sussex Central High School.

IR juniors Will Rayne, Ta’Jon...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:57am

The Selbyville Middle School girls’ basketball team took home first-place trophies in the H&R Block bracket at the Capital Classic.

SMS, Scurci show ‘No Mercy’ to win bracket at Capital Classic

The Selbyville Middle School girls’ basketball team finished off its 2018-2019 campaign showing “No Mercy” to their opponents.

Behind a game-high 11 points from sixth-grader Sophie Scurci, the Indians rolled to a 21-10 win over Mariner in...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:52am

Show the right kind of support from the stands

Families and supporters of high school athletes here in Delaware, this message is for you.

When you attend an athletic event that involves your student-athlete, cheer to your heart’s content, enjoy the camaraderie that high school sports...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:46am

Antonio Jones goes up high for two against a Milford defender on Tuesday, Feb. 12

IR boys end disappointing basketball season with pair of wins

Upset over Milford in finale shows what could’ve been

By Jason Feather

Staff Reporter


The 2018-2019 Indian River High School boys’ basketball season can by summarized with many words, but one of them would be “disappointing.”

In a season that started with so much...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:58am

An IR swimmer takes a breath during a meet earlier this swim season.

IR boys finish fourth at conference meet, break two school records

The Henlopen Athletic Conference held its 2018-2019 swimming championships at Sussex Academy last Saturday, Feb. 9, and both the Indian River High School boys’ and girls’ teams turned in solid efforts.

For the boys, IR finished fourth,...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:49am

Indian River’s Matt Zimmerman controls his opponent with a half nelson during a meet earlier this season.

IR grapplers bow out of DIAA Team Duals tourney

They’d been fighting and scrapping for the past two weeks, while battling injuries, illnesses and very good wrestling programs.

The Indian River High School wrestlers used those experiences to prepare and focus themselves on the challenge...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:45am