CR product Johnson excited as he takes over as Rider boys lacrosse head coach

CAMDEN — Brooks Johnson wasn’t taken by surprise when Matt Faircloth decided to step down. Faircloth, the Caesar Rodney High boys’ lacrosse head coach, had talked about it with Johnson, one of his assistants. Still, the chance to be his alma mater’s head coach came a little bit sooner than the 26-year-old Johnson expected. “It […]

Tourney leaves Hens excited about their future

NEWARK — Hofstra’s 91-46 destruction of Delaware on Dec. 28 was about as bad as that score makes it sound. “We could do nothing wrong,” said Pride coach Joe Mihalich. “I think if we would have kicked it, it would have gone in. And they couldn’t do anything right. It had to be a really […]

Dover can’t close out tense title game in loss to Sanford

NEWARK — For just a moment, Dover High could see the promised land. The Senators weren’t up by much. But they were up on top-seeded Sanford in the closing minutes and had any number of chances to really put the Warriors on the ropes. Sanford never budged, though, scoring the go-ahead basket with only 29.9 […]

Washington on hand to see Dover’s title shot

NEWARK — It’s been over four decades since Ukee Washington had his shot at winning a boys’ basketball state title for Dover High. But there’s nothing more the well-known Philadelphia broadcaster would like then to be there when the Senators finally do win the state crown. So just like with some of Dover’s other title-game […]

Local college notebook: UD’s Carter happy he stayed put

Clearly, this was a difficult moment for Eric Carter. The Delaware senior center had just played his last home basketball game. Carter’s eyes were red from the tears and his voiced was choked up as he spoke last Saturday. “This school is so special to me,” he said quietly. That’s why it’s so hard to […]

Perfect season a win away: Undefeated Dover ousts Caravel 68-52 in semifinal, eyes Sanford in title game

NEWARK — If Dover High was going to panic, this would was the time to do it. Midway through the first quarter of Thursday night’s DIAA boys’ basketball semifinal matchup with Caravel, the Senators owned an eight-point lead. Seven minutes later, the Senators still hadn’t scored again, the underdog Buccaneers had reeled off 17 straight […]

From the sports editor: Senators still haunted by ‘72 loss

DOVER — The history books say Dover High has never won an official state title in boys’ basketball. But they’re wrong. For one delirious, ecstatic moment, in March, 1972, the Senators were the state champions. Dover’s players ran onto the Delaware Field House court to celebrate after beating Wilmington for the crown that day. The […]

St. Elizabeth dominates Cape Henlopen in quarterfinals

DOVER — Pat Woods believed his Cape Henlopen High girls’ basketball team had gotten better since the last time it faced St. Elizabeth. The only problem was, St. E’s had gotten better, too. Top-seeded St. Elizabeth and its talented junior guard, Ber’Nyah Ward-Mayo, turned up the pressure early and ran away to a 57-33 score […]

Champion Hofstra pounds Blue Hens 92-70 in CAA finale

NEWARK — Delaware’s players wanted to prove they could play with anybody in the league. Instead, all Hofstra proved was that it’s clearly the best men’s basketball team in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Blue Hens had some competitive moments but the afternoon belonged to the Pride as it put the finishing touches on its […]

Howard knocks St. Thomas More out of tourney

MAGNOLIA — So many times over the last several seasons, St. Thomas More’s girls’ basketball team has looked out-numbered. But, so many times, it didn’t matter. On Friday night, though, the Ravens couldn’t find a way to overcome. Eleventh-seeded Howard rallied for the final 10 points of the contest to knock off No. 6 St. […]