Local college notebook: CR product Candeloro leaves major mark on Tenn.-Martin’s tennis program

Dennis Taylor said he was asked recently if he’d recruited anyone to replace senior Sarah Candeloro.

The Tennessee-Martin women’s tennis coach’s answer was pretty simple.

“I said ‘No,’” said Taylor. “We will recruit other good players to fill her spot but I don’t know if we can replace Sarah.

“Skyhawk Tennis without Sarah Candeloro will be like Western movies without John Wayne. We still have Westerns but it will never be the same.”

Indeed, Candeloro, the former Caesar Rodney High standout, certainly seems to have left her mark on the UTM tennis program.

Sarah Candeloro finished with 157 victories in her collegiate career. (Submitted photo)

Last week, Candeloro was named the co-winner of the school’s Bettye Giles Female Athlete of the Year award.

Candeloro finished with 157 victories in her collegiate career. Her 84 singles wins rank third on the Skyhawks’ all-time list while her 76 doubles victories rank fifth.

The Dover native played some of her best tennis as a senior. She was named first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference after going 24-5 at first singles with a 19-5 mark at No. 1 doubles.

In one stretch in the fall, Candeloro won 13 straight matches. She also reached the Round of 16 in the ITA Regional Championships in October.
But Taylor said Candeloro was just as impressive in the classroom.

With a double major in accounting and finance, she registered a 3.95 grade point average — getting only a pair of ‘B’s’ during her academic career.
Taylor said Candeloro made herself into one of the best players in program history.

“Coaches in all sports dream of having a player like Sarah,” he said. “Her leadership as team captain has been one of the key factors in our program’s success during her time here. For four years she has been relentless in her pursuit of becoming the best person possible both on the court and in the classroom.

“Dan and Karen (her parents) have raised not only a great tennis player but more importantly an amazing person. Sarah Candeloro will be missed on the UTM campus.”

Wesley honors athletes

Jamar Baynard (football) and Trey Mears (baseball) shared Wesley College’s Male Athlete of the Year while Nina Marcano (softball) won the award for females as the Wolverines held their annual awards banquet on Wednesday.

Baynard, a Middletown High grad, was a two-time first-team All-NJAC honoree and was named to the D3football.com All-East Region first team. The senior running back is tops on Wesley’s career scoring, rushing attempts, rushing touchdowns and total touchdown lists.

Mears, from Sussex Central, currently leads Division III in batting average, hits, runs and stolen bases.

Marcano holds Wesley career records in runs scored, hits, runs batted in, triples and stolen bases. She also has single-season records in triples, hits and runs batted in.

Also at the event, senior baseball player Collin Miller and senior women’s soccer player Natalie Trujillo received the Wentworth Award which goes to athletes for their courage, commitment, sportsmanship and leadership.

Notes

• The Wilmington University softball team, coached by former Caesar Rodney High coach Mike Shehorn, is 32-17 and has clinched a spot in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference tournament. The Wildcats have seven former Henlopen Conference players on their roster.

Freshman outfielder Rosa’Lynn Burton (CR) leads the squad in batting average (.470), runs (50) and stolen bases (37) and is third in RBI (26). Woodbridge’s Kaitlin Slater (43 RBI) and Lake Forest’s Colby Wyatt (37) top the team in runs batted in.

• Delaware baseball player Doug Trimble went into the weekend leading the Colonial Athletic Association in batting (.407) and on-base percentage (.477).
• Delaware State plays a big three-game baseball series at Norfolk State, starting with a doubleheader this afternoon. The Spartans lead the MEAC-North with a 14-3 record while the Hornets are second at 10-8.

DSU pitcher Lane DeLeon (Sussex Tech) is second in the MEAC in ERA at 2.61.

• Caesar Rodney grad Seth Brosius had a team-best 34 RBI and 11 doubles for the York baseball team. He was second in batting average (.312).

• Delaware has added a transfer quarterback to its football roster. Jack Clements is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound sophomore who spent the last two seasons at Rutgers without seeing any action.

• The UD women’s golf team will make its second-straight appearance in the NCAA Championships at the Columbus, Ohio Regional on May 8-10. The Hens will be one of 18 schools in the regional.

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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