Cape boys seeded No. 1 in boys’ basketball tourney

DOVER – Cape Henlopen High earned the No. 1 seed as nine downstate teams made the 24-team field for the DIAA boys’ basketball state tournament that was announced this afternoon.

No. 5 St. Thomas More was the highest-seeded squad among the seven downstate schools that made the field in the 24-team girls’ bracket.

Both tourneys begin next week with the top eight seeds in each receiving first-round byes.

Three Henlopen Conference boys’ teams earned first-round byes: No. 1 Cape Henlopen, No. 3 Smyrna – the defending state champion – and No. 6 Sussex Tech.

Neither Thursday night’s Henlopen Northern Division playoff game, in which Smyrna beat Cape, or tonight’s Henlopen championship game between Smyrna and Woodbridge count in the state tournament point system.

The fight that broke out during the Smyrna-Cape game on Thursday night also did not affect either teams’ status in the tournament.

The dates for the first three rounds of the state tournament are a little different this year. The boys’ tourney begins on Tuesday, Feb. 27, and continues on Thursday and Saturday.

The girls’ tournament starts on Wednesday, Feb. 28, with the tourney continuing on Friday and Sunday.

All first and second-round games start at 6:30 p.m.

In Tuesday’s boys’ opening-round games involving downstate teams, No. 13 Caesar Rodney hosts No. 20 Appoquinimink, No. 12 Lake Forest hosts No. 21 Christiana, No. 15 Dover hosts No. 18 Wilmington Friends, No. 14 Woodbridge hosts No. 19 Indian River and No. 22 St. Thomas More travels to No. 11 Mount Pleasant.

In Thursday’s second round, Cape Henlopen will host the winner of the opening-round game between No. 16 Newark Charter and No. 17 Newark, Smyrna will host the Woodbridge-IR winner and Sussex Tech will host the St. Thomas More-Mt. Pleasant winner.

In Wednesday’s first-round girls’ games that involve downstate squads, No. 16 Woodbridge hosts No. 17 Delmarva Christian, No. 9 Sussex Tech hosts No. 24 Laurel, No. 18 Caesar Rodney plays at No. 15 Wilmington Christian, and No. 22 Sussex Central plays at No. 11 St. Georges.

In Friday’s second round, No. 5 St. Thomas More hosts the winner of the first-round matchup between No. 12 Newark Charter and No. 21 St. Mark’s.


DIAA state tournaments


First round

Tuesday, Feb. 27

Games start at 6:30 p.m.

17-Glasgow at 16-Newark Charter

24-Newark at 9-St. Elizabeth

20-Appoquinimink at 13-Caesar Rodney

21-Christiana at 12-Lake Forest

18-Wilmington Friends at 15-Dover

23-St. Mark’s at 10-Red Lion Christian

19-Indian River at 14-Woodbridge

22-St. Thomas More at 11-Mt. Pleasant

Second round

Thursday, March 1

Games start at 6:30 p.m.

Newark Charter/Glasgow at 1-Cape Henlopen

St. Elizabeth/Newark at 8-St. Georges

Caesar Rodney/Appoquinimink at 4-William Penn

Lake Forest/Christiana at 5-Caravel

Dover/Wilm. Friends at 2-Salesianum

Red Lion Christian/St. Mark’s at 7-Sanford

Woodbridge/Indian River at 3-Smyrna

Mt. Pleasant/St. Thomas More at 6-Sussex Tech


Saturday, March 3

At Carpenter Center


Thursday, March 8

At Carpenter Center


Saturday, March 10

At Carpenter Center


First round

Wednesday, March 28

Games start at 6:30 p.m.

17-Delmarva Christian at 16-Woodbridge

24-Laurel at 9-Sussex Tech

20-Dickinson at 13-Archmere

21-St. Mark’s at 12-Newark Charter

18-Caesar Rodney at 15-Wilmington Christian

23-Concord vs. 10-Padua, at A.I. DuPont

19-Appoquinimink at 14-Tatnall

22-Sussex Central at 11-St. Georges

Second round

Friday, March 2

Games start at 6:30 p.m.

Woodbridge/Delmarva Christian at 1-Caravel

Laurel/Sussex Tech at 8-Howard

Archmere/Dickinson at 4-Hodgson

Newark Charter/St. Mark’s at 5-St. Thomas More

Wilm. Christian/Caesar Rodney at 2-Sanford

Padua/Concord at 7-Ursuline

Tatnall/Appoquinimink at 3-Conrad

St. Georges/Sussex Central at 6-St. Elizabeth


Sunday, March 4

At Carpenter Center


Wednesday, March 7

At Carpenter Center


Friday, March 9

At Carpenter Center


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