Smyrna softball Alexis Dennis swings at a pitch against DMA. Photo by Ben Fulton

Smyrna tops DMA to cross .500 mark on season

Shannon TimmonsHeadlines, Sports

Softball is a spring sport, but Mother Nature doesn‚Äôt know that as today felt more like football weather. On a cloudy and cold Saturday morning, the Smyrna Eagles topped DMV 2-0 at Beverly Jo Carter Field. This is a big non conference win for Smyrna to put them over .500 on the season at 6-5.¬†   There was a shakeup …

Polytech sofball Julia MacConnel hit a three run homerun in their win over Smyrna. Photo by Ben Fulton

No. 7 Polytech rallies past Smyrna 

Glenn FrazerHigh Schools, Sports

The Polytech Panthers fell behind 2-0 after three innings in Monday‚Äôs Henlopen Conference game at Smyrna. They responded with an immediate rally in the top of the fourth, scoring 6 runs including a 3-run homer by Julia MacConnell.¬† After the win, I asked Julia what her approach was on the ‚Äúat-bat‚ÄĚ as she was down in the count on-and-two. She …

Smyrna high school graduate Payton Dixon now USF Bull pitcher photo courtesy of USF Athletics

Smyrna’s Dixon takes down No. 9 Gators

Nick HallidayHeadlines, Sports

On a partly cloudy, 82 degree night in Gainesville, Florida, Payton Dixon, a two-time State Champion softball pitcher from Smyrna, DE earned the biggest win of her collegiate career.¬†   The Bulls put up a 7-4 win over the 9th ranked Florida Gators who are 37-4 this season. This is the first time the Bulls have defeated the Gators since …

Salesianum football BJ Alleyne runs the ball against Smyrna photo courtesy of Donnell Henriquez

Salesianum advances to DIAA football semifinal

Jason WinchellHeadlines, Sports

WILMINGTON ‚Äď B.J. Alleyne was not going to let something like the Smyrna defense stop him. The Salesianum senior running back, who had already scored four times against the Eagles in their DIAA Class 3A football quarterfinal, lined up in the shotgun on fourth and goal from the 2 with seven seconds showing on the clock. Alleyne took the snap …

Smyrna volleyball Elise Carter celebrates after a point during the state championship photo courtesy of Ben Fulton

Smyrna wins first volleyball state championship

Jason WinchellHeadlines, Sports

NEWARK ‚ÄĒ No doubt, Smyrna got contributions from all six positions on the floor during the DIAA championship match on Thursday night at the Bob Carpenter Center. But the big three ‚ÄĒ Anna Richardson, Elise Carter and Eliza Schneider ‚ÄĒ were just too much for Ursuline as the Eagles captured their first state title with a decisive 3-1 win. This …

Cape Henlopen field hockey team celebrates being handed the championship trophy photo couresy of Nick Halliday

Cape Henlopen avenges Smyrna for state championship

Shannon TimmonsHeadlines, Sports

This matchup had been much anticipated as these two teams are no strangers to each other or the DIAA tournament. The regular season matchup went to Smyrna 2-1 at Cape‚Äôs Champions Stadium, appropriately named as they have ten State Championships going into today.¬† Smyrna and Cape have met in the finals the past two seasons, splitting titles (Cape in 2021, …

Cape Henlopen field hockey celebrates after scoring a goal against Milford photo courtesy of Nick Halliday

Smyrna and Cape Henlopen advance 

Shannon TimmonsHeadlines, Sports

  The re-match is set as Smyrna and Cape Henlopen advance to the DIAA Tournament Finals.These two faced off in 2021 and 2022 in the finals with Cape winning in 2021 and Smyrna winning in 2022. In the regular season game, the advantage went to Smyrna 2-1. I want to extend congratulations to both Milford and Charter School of Wilmington …

Dover football John Parker runs the ball against Smyrna photo courtesy of Donnell Henriquez

Dover edges Smyrna for first time in 5 years

Nick HallidayHeadlines, High Schools, Sports

Before last night’s game the Dover Senators had not been able to beat the Smyrna Eagles since 2018 and for the first time in head coach Chipp Knapps Career. In 2018 Dover defeated Smyrna 46-38 in front of a homecoming crowd at Dover. In that game they were powered by Jordan McGee (Temple) and Javon Peace (Central Connecticut State) who …

Middletown football offensice line blocks for their quarterback against Smyrna photo courtesy of Donnell Henriquez

Middletown defense instrumental in Harvest Bowl win

Glenn FrazerHeadlines, Sports

  Middletown continued its dominance over Smyrna in the regular season at¬† Charles V. Williams¬† Stadium Friday night but it wasn’t easy. The underdog Eagles had the ball with a chance to win, but Middletown’s Jacobi Rodgers intercepted a pass in the end zone on the final play of the game to preserve the Cavaliers 14-12 win. Both defenses played …

William Penns Daniel Sinclair works for a takedown against Smyrnas Tyree Heath at 144 pounds. Sinclair won 11 4. Photo by Pam Lane 1

William Penn grapplers upset fifth-ranked Smyrna

Benny MitchellHeadlines, Sports

New Castle – The Wm. Penn wrestlers knew the history heading into their Monday night showdown with number five ranked Smyrna. The Colonials last win over the Eagles was 17 years ago in 2006. Monday night’s win was the biggest win for the program over the last 20 years as Wm. Penn defeated Smyrna 39-32 in front of a loud …