CR’s Prillaman, IR’s Hogsten on Top XI


The Prillaman family already has a pretty good legacy around the Caesar Rodney High athletic program.

Now, Jessie, the youngest of four Prillaman girls to play for the Riders, is adding to that list of accomplishments.

Only a sophomore, the CR forward was named to the Top XI list on this year’s girls’ soccer All-State team.

Prillaman was one of just two Henlopen Conference players to be ranked among the 11 best players in the state as she was joined by Indian River’s Madison Hogsten.

Middletown senior Alyssa Poarch, who helped the eventual DIAA Division I state champion Cavaliers reach the state tournament before being injured, was named the state Player of the Year.

Division I runnerup Padua had the most selections with five players making the Top XI.

Prillaman was ranked as the fourth-best player in the state for the Henlopen Conference champion Riders this spring.

She doubled her goal total from her freshman season by netting 34 goals, with 14 assists, as a sophomore.

CR coach Darrell Gravatt said Prillaman put up those kind of stats despite being the target of opposing  teams’ top defenders.

“Jessie is a very dangerous forward who routinely takes on and beats players every game,” said Gravatt. “Jessie is very fast, very skilled, very smart, and a great dribbler 1v1. Jessie is truly two-footed and can score with either foot.

“Jessie has an excellent first touch on balls in the air and on the ground. She combines very well with her teammates and is a prototype forward who can cross, slot, shoot, pass, and dribble very well.”

Jessie Prillaman of Caesar Rodney drives the ball down the field as Caesar Rodney takes on Concord at Caravel Academy in Bear in the first round of the DIAA tournament. Special to The Delaware State News / Doug Curran

Gravatt said Prillaman’s goal is to play for an NCAA Division I program in college. Her older sister, former Riders’ All-Stater Lexi, currently plays for Richmond.

An ‘A’ student, Gravatt said he thinks Prillaman has the drive to keep accomplishing great things.

“Personally, I believe that Jessie is a phenomenal forward who will keep getting better and better,” he said. “No one out works her in and out of season.   … I am blessed to have such talent on the pitch.”

Hogsten was also a prolific scorer for Henlopen South champion IR. Rated as the ninth-best player in the state, the senior tallied over 40 goals in her senior season.

Indian River’s Madison Hogsten, left, battles Polytech’s Mallary Jopp. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

In doing so, Hogsten became IR’s all-time leading scorer with 119 career goals. Hogsten, who suffered a season-ending knee injury just before the Division II state tournament, plans to continue her career at Salisbury.

“She was one of the reasons we could make it to a state championship game two years in a row,” said Indians coach Steve Kilby. “She was definitely the player we looked to, to finish the ball on the attacking third for us.”

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All-State team

Top XI

Alyssa Poarch     Sr.          Middletown

Emilia Ryjewski  Sr.          Padua

Ashlee Brentlinger            Jr.           Padua

Jessie Prillaman  So.         Caesar Rodney

Julia Detwiler      Sr.          Padua

Macie Pennington            Sr.          Caravel

Arryana Daniels  Sr.          Padua

Alexandra Narvaez           Sr.          Newark Charter

Madison Hogsten             Sr.          Indian River

Nicole Czechowicz           Sr.          Caravel

Katie Szczerba    Jr.           Padua

Player of the Year: Alyssa Poarch, Middletown

Division I

First team

Caelan Brooks    Jr.           Appoquinimink

Hannah Broomall             Sr.          Appoquinimink

Jessie Prillaman  So.         Caesar Rodney

Macy Ramsey     So.         Caesar Rodney

Kimmy Glasser    Jr.           Caesar Rodney

Sheyenne Allen   So.         Wilm. Charter

Gianna Raposelli               Sr.          Concord

Alyssa Poarch     Sr.          Middletown

Rachel Finelli      Jr.           Middletown

Alexa Rodriguez Jr.           Middletown

G-Taylor Wolf    So.         Middletown

Emilia Ryjewski  Sr.          Padua

Ashlee Brentlinger            Jr.           Padua

Julia Detwiler      Sr.          Padua

Arryana Daniels  Sr.          Padua

Annie Brush         Sr.          Padua

G-Katie Szczerba               Jr.           Padua

Kira Short            Jr.           Sussex Tech

Second team

Bella Scarpinato Fr.          Appoquinimink

G-Kiyanna Gill     Sr.          Appoquinimink

Julia Lyncha        Sr.          Caesar Rodney

Brooke Hollingsworth     So.         Cape Henlopen

Taylor Mitchell   Sr.          Wilm. Charter

Hannah McDermott         Sr.          Wilm. Charter

Nikki Musselman              Sr.          Wilm. Charter

Susan Sesay        So.         Middletown

Juliana Looney   Sr.          Mount Pleasant

Chloe Frantz       Jr.           Newark

Lindsay Machamer           Sr.          Padua

Cam Scully           Jr.           Padua

Brianna Niggebrugge       Jr.           Padua

Paxton McGinnity             So.         Polytech

Casey Bell            Sr.          Smyrna

Ella Marsh           Sr.          Sussex Tech

G-Valencia Whealton      So.         Sussex Tech

Alexis Semmel    Jr.           William Penn

Division II

First team

Leah DaCosta     Sr.          Archmere

Macie Pennington            Sr.          Caravel

Nicole Czechowicz           Sr.          Caravel

Meghan Bailey   Sr.          Caravel

G-Sydney Keld    So.         Caravel

Logan Walls        Fr.          Delmar

Melayna Immediato        Jr.           Del. Military

Madison Hogsten             Sr.          Indian River

Samantha Whelen            Jr.           Indian River

Margaret Ford    Sr.          Indian River

Alexandra Narvaez           Sr.          Newark Charter

Hannah Cutler    Sr.          Newark Charter

Britney Stewart  Sr.          St. Georges

Hannah Schepers              Jr.           St. Mark’s

Isabelle Pilson    Jr.           Tower Hill

G-Morgan Rollins             Sr.          Tower Hill

Allie Olmstead    Jr.           Ursuline

Megan Ogden    Sr.          Ursuline

Second team

Julia Jogani         So.         Archmere

Lauren Murray   Jr.           Archmere

Summer Stewart               So.         Caravel

Sierra Frey           Jr.           Caravel

Ashlyn Carr          So.         Delmar

Bashia Korten     Sr.          Delmar

Elise Buonopane               Jr.           Del. Military

Sloan Maas         Jr.           Wilm. Friends

Grace Engel        So.         Indian River

G-Fabrea’ McCray            Jr.           Indian River

Hannah Fox         Sr.          Lake Forest

Jill Hynson           Jr.           Newark Charter

G-Maria Thomas               Fr.          Sanford

Alanna Speaks    Sr.          St. Elizabeth

Alexis Shanan     Sr.          St. Georges

Sydney Aguilar    So.         St. Georges

Julia Smith           Jr.           Tower Hill

Ali Kochie            Sr.          Ursuline

Coaches of the Year

Overall: Tom Brackin, Caravel

Large schools: Bill Grossman, Concord

Small schools: Bonnie Mills, St. Georges

Private-parochial: Tom Brackin, Caravel

Overall assistant: Eddie Gibbons, Brandywine

Large schools assistant: Dave DuHadaway, Newark

Small schools assistant: Eddie Gibbons, Brandywine

Private-parochial assistant: Jamie Juno, Caravel


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