5-time state champ coach Kurt Howell steps down at Smyrna

SMYRNA — Wrestling has been a part of Kurt Howell’s life for as long as he can remember. So, at 50, it’s not like he’s going to completely walk away from the sport now. But after 14 seasons and five DIAA state titles as the head coach at Smyrna High, Howell told his wrestlers on […]

Dover girls excited for final game as Gold stars

DOVER — When the regular season ended, they knew there was a pretty good chance they weren’t going to make the state tournament. Still, until the DIAA girls’ basketball tourney bracket was officially announced, Dover High’s players didn’t want to think they were definitely out. “We were still keeping our hopes up,” said senior Ashley […]

Local roundup: Wesley splits softball games, Flacco contributes to UD

The Wesley College softball team split a pair of games on its third day at the Fast Pitch Dreams Spring Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Wolverines couldn’t get anything going in their morning game, falling to St. Scholastica, 7-0. Ashley Royer, Megan DiRubbio (Polytech) and Dori Loukopoulos each collected a hit in the loss. […]

Smyrna seniors get one last game together

  DOVER — Caleb Matthews isn’t going to lie. Three days isn’t nearly enough time to wash away the pain of Smyrna High’s 60-49 loss to St. Elizabeth in the DIAA boys’ basketball state championship game on Saturday. “Usually, during the season, it will take maybe a day or two (to get over a loss) […]

Roundup: Hens battle back to edge Maryland, Hornets fall to Towson in baseball

Calvin Scott’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Delaware a dramatic 7-6 comeback victory over Maryland in baseball on Tuesday afternoon at Hannah Stadium. The Terrapins jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, thanks to a five-run third inning. But the Blue Hens (9-5) got back in the game with […]

Former Middletown, Boston College quarterback Wade aims to shine as Blue Hen

NEWARK — There’s a part of Darius Wade that will always wonder, ‘What if?’ Things were just starting to take off for the former Middletown High star quarterback in the fall of 2015. Only a sophomore, he’d earned the starting job at Boston College. Then, just three games into the season, Wade broke his left […]

Local roundup: Conrad edges Caravel 49-46 in OT for first girls state hoop title

Third-seeded Conrad knocked off No. 1 Caravel, 49-46, in overtime to capture its first DIAA state championship in girls’ basketball on Monday night at the Carpenter Center. The Red Wolves outscored the Buccaneers, 7-4, in the four-minute OT after Caravel (21-3) rallied from a four-point deficit in the final 2:52 of regulation to knot the […]

COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Wesley College softball team crushes St. Joseph

The Wesley College softball team topped St. Joseph (Conn.), 14-5, on Sunday to open the Fast Pitch Dreams Spring Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Wesley (4-2) scored a run in every inning and tallied 17 hits. Eight of the nine starters for Wesley registered a hit in the run-rule win. Bianca Newsom and Ashley Royer […]

St. E’s stops Smyrna’s bid for a second state title

  NEWARK — Smyrna High’s boys’ basketball players had been here so many times before. With 6:26 left in the fourth quarter, the Eagles were hanging onto a four-point lead. It wasn’t a big advantage. But defending state champion Smyrna had almost always found a way to make those kind of leads stand up in […]

Tough ending to memorable run for Matthews, Eagles

  NEWARK — Four trips to the quarterfinals, two state championship appearances and one state title — that’s what this Smyrna High boys’ basketball team has accomplished in the last four seasons. And yet, as the Eagles waited to receive their runner-up medals, none of that seemed to matter. A somber locker room greeted the […]