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

Two pickleballers honored by Delaware Senior Olympics (DSO)

This week it gives me great pleasure to write about two outstanding humans.  I have mentioned frequently the pickleball accomplishments of both Pearl Morris and Diane Milam, and both are to be honored at a banquet on Nov. 10 in Dover. Pearl was...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:05am

Golf tournament honors doctors from Delmarva Services

The 19th Annual Jean & Joan Golf Tournament was rained out on Thursday, Sept. 24; however, more than 100 guests still enjoyed dinner, a live auction and awards at Kings Creek Country Club. This year’s tournament honored doctors from Delmarva...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 1:06pm

An Indian River runner tries to break a tackle in IR’s 44-28 win over Laurel during the Homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 19.

Indians thump Laurel on Homecoming

When it comes to successful Homecoming football games, last Friday night, Oct. 19, the Indian River football team put on quite a show.

Recording a season-high 569 yards of total offense, the Indians’ beat down of the Bulldogs was...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 9:49am

Members of the Indian River field hockey team are sporting their pink shirts after last week’s Stick It To Cancer Pink Game against Milford, which the Indians won, 4-0.

Sports Report

IR boys’ cross country sweeps tri-meet

The Indian River boys’ cross country team had another impressive showing last week in a tri-meet at Milford Millponds Nature Preserve against host Milford and visiting Lake Forest.

IR posted scores of...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 9:46am

Jhony Ortiz Velasquez dribbles around a Cape defender in IR’s win over Cape Henlopen.

Indians recover after first loss of season

After suffering their first loss of the season on Thursday, Oct. 18, to Sussex Tech, 2-1, the Indians were able to get back to their winning ways with a pair of wins over Cape Henlopen and Laurel this week.

In their loss to the Ravens, IR...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 9:42am

IR’s Marianni Chavez Rodriquez sets the ball for her teammates during IR’s win over Sussex Academy on Thursday, Oct. 18.

IR volleyball sweeps week; eyes conference title match

With the final stretch of regular season matches winding down, the Indian River girls’ volleyball team has focused its sights on finishing strong, and a return date with Smyrna for the Henlopen Conference Championship.

The Indians —...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 9:38am

Pickleball Points: Five pickleball tips from physical therapist Bob Cairo

When I first moved to Ocean View, I was on a cane — the result of an unknown auto-immune attack when I was competing at a national tennis tournament. It wasted the muscles in my legs, but with the help of Bob Cairo of Tidewater Physical Therapy...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 9:24am

SMS Report

Indians girls’ volleyball remains perfect

They have yet to be scored upon this season, cruising to six straight shutout wins, including their most recent 2-0 whitewash of Mariner last Wednesday, Oct. 17.

They would be the Selbyville Middle...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 9:21am

DNREC expands youth hunting days for 2018/2019 seasons

To promote youth hunting participation and recruitment, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has expanded and designated special youth hunting days on both public and private lands statewide.

Youth hunters ages 10 through 15 can enjoy...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 9:15am

Skylar Kneller spikes the ball as a Milford player defends the play.

Indians volleyball gets back to winning ways

Indian River High School’s girls’ volleyball team played two of its toughest games of the year last week, in losses to the Delaware Military Academy and to Smyrna, which has become a proverbial thorn in the Indians’ side.

However, those...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:22am

Jess Rybicki attempts a pass during a game earlier this year.

Indians drop conference tilt with Spartans

Another Henlopen Conference matchup on the road for the Indian River field hockey team had the locals on the stadium turf at Lake Forest on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

A game on turf is a different from one played on natural grass. The speed of the...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:19am

Indian River’s defense picks up a sack in the Indians’ win over Seaford on Friday, Oct. 12.

Indians football comes back to beat Seaford

It was a long four weeks for the Indian River High School football team. Throughout their four-game losing streak, the Indians continued to hold their heads high and worked extra-hard in practice, knowing that they were just a break or two away...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:18am

SMS Sports Report


It was a light week of action for the Selbyville Middle School sports teams, with only three dates of competition.

The girls’ volleyball team swept their way to another win, to run their record to 5-0 on the season. Head coach...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:14am

The girls start off in the quad meet, featuring IR, Polytech, Caesar Rodney and Sussex Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

IR cross-county runners host successful quad meet

Last Wednesday, Oct. 10, Indian River High School’s cross-country teams hosted Polytech, Caesar Rodney and Sussex Academy in a quad-meet that saw 155 runners compete on the 3.1-mile course.

The Indians went 1-2 in the combined meet, with...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:12am

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