Roundup: Brengle advances to second round of Australian Open

For the first time since 2016, Madison Brengle has advanced to the second round of the Australian Open.

The 28-year-old from Dover needed just 59 minutes to top Japan’s Misaki Doi, 6-4, 6-0, in her first-round match played late Monday night.

Brengle was only 2-4 all-time vs. Doi coming into Monday’s match. But she has now won three of the last four meetings since 2015.

Doi, 27, is ranked No. 133 in the world in women’s singles while Brengle is No. 89.

Brengle played her usual steady match on Monday, making only nine unforced errors to Doi’s 37. Doi also double-faulted four times in the first set and five times in the match.

In the second round, Brengle takes on seventh-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czeceh Republic.

In the first set on Monday, Brengle looked like she was in control when she won the first three games — breaking Doi’s serve twice in the process. Doi did come back, cutting Brengle’s advantage to only 4-3 and 5-4.

Finally, though, Brengle held serve, taking the final game 60-15 to win the set, 6-4.

Brengle has enjoyed some of her best Grand Slam success in Australia, making the fourth round in 2015 and the third round in 2016.

College basketball

UD’s Horton wins third CAA award: University of Delaware freshman guard Ithiel Horton earned his third CAA Rookie of the Week honor on Monday following his performances at UNCW and Charleston.

Hort, who also won the award on Dec. 3 and Dec. 10, averaged 20.5 points and 4.0 rebounds while going 11 of 21 from three-point range during the week.

Horton tied the UD freshman record by scoring 31 points in Thursday’s 82-69 win at UNCW, and set a program mark by hitting nine three-pointers. The leading freshman scorer in the conference, he ranks third on the Blue Hens with a 13.8 scoring average and has connected on a team-high 47 three-pointers.

He has reached double figures in all but four games this season, and ranks fifth in the CAA with a 42.3 three-point percentage.

Local sports

70th DSBA banquet on tap: The Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association will honor Delaware’s Athlete of the Year and other leaders in Delaware sports at its 70th annual banquet, to be held at a noon luncheon on Presidents Day, Feb. 18, at the Sheraton Wilmington South Hotel, 365 Airport Road, New Castle.

In addition to the John J. Brady Award as Delaware’s Outstanding Athlete of 2018, which will be announced that day, the banquet will honor the state’s Team of the Year, and the winners of the Tubby Raymond Coach of the Year Award, the Herm Reitzes Award for Public Service and the Buddy Hurlock Unsung Hero Award.

Tickets are available at $35 at

Local baseball

Del. Hall of Fame seeks nominations: Nominations are now being accepted for candidates to the Delaware High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.

Those wishing to submit a nomination may do so in writing or electronically. Nominations should include a letter of nomination, supporting accomplishments and achievements, and detail the candidate’s contribution to baseball in Delaware.

Nominations are due by Feb. 9. They may be sent to: Mel Gardner, Executive Director DBCA, 2 Winnwood Rd., Newark, DE. 19711, or emailed to: Please feel free to email with any questions.

Inductees will be announced this spring, and the induction ceremony will be held in June during a Wilmington Blue Rocks game at Frawley Stadium.

Information on the Delaware High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, including a year by year list of inductees, can be found by going to:

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