Local college notes: Dover High grad Allen announces transfer from Rider

Dover High product Jordan Allen is transferring from Rider University, he announced on his Instagram this week.

Allen had just finished his sophomore year with the Rider men’s basketball team. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Allen started 11 of 31 games this season for Rider and averaged 10.1 points per game.

“Thank you to Rider University and to my teammates for this experience the past three years,” Allen wrote on his Instagram. “I am grateful for everything this program has brought to me. However this past season has mentally took a toll on me. As me and my family talked it over it’s best for me to find a new home. I love you all and thank you all for the opportunities you provided for me.”

Allen was a First Team All-Stater at Dover and was named the state’ Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior with the Senators.

He redshirted and maintained freshman eligibility at Rider during the 2016-2017 season. Allen then started all 32 games as a freshman and averaged 13.4 points per game.

DelTech pitchers tough to hit

Delmar High grad Jordan Haddaway has emerged as the top pitcher for the Delaware Tech baseball team.

The freshman has five wins in eight games, 54 strikeouts, and a 1.40 ERA.

As a staff, DelTech’s pitchers own an ERA of 3.51, which is 14th in NJCAA Division II and are holding opponents to a .225 batting average, which is ninth in the nation.

“I knew when I first started playing that I wanted to pitch,” Haddaway said. “There’s just something about striking someone out or fooling them with a pitch. When you’re on the mound, you’re in control.”

Sophomore Ben Hudson of Whaleyville, Md., is DelTech’s closer with a 2.35 ERA and leads the team with five saves. He also has three wins in five starts, and has 47 strikeouts.

Also on this year’s pitching staff for DelTech (16-8-1) are sophomore Evan Nibblett of Seaford, who has a 4.24 ERA; sophomore Tommy Heffernan of Lewes, who has four wins; freshman Jake Brewington of Millsboro; freshman Micah Bregard of Felton; Dylan Allen of Seaford; and Louis Whittaker of Felton.

“We don’t have a lot of pitchers, but we have a lot of quality pitchers,” Nibblett said. “We put in a lot of work in the off-season and we are a tight group and really supportive of each other.”

Steele on a roll at Wilmington

Delaney Steele (Caesar Rodney High) set a new Wilmington University single-game record this week when she had eight assists in a single game on Tuesday against Holy Family.

Steele had just tied the school record one game prior when she had seven assists against Nyack. She has 21 assists in the past three games.

Steele, who redshirted last season, also earned her second CACC women’s lacrosse Rookie of the Week award last week.

Steele leads the Wildcats in assists with 38. She is also fourth on the team in goals with 23.

Golf tourney for Drass

Wesley College has announced that its annual Football Alumni & Friends Golf Outing will be renamed the ‘Coach Drass Memorial Golf Outing.’

This year’s tournament, which is the 25th, will be held on May 10 at Jonathan’s Landing Country Club at noon. The cost to golf is $125 per person with sponsorships also available.
Online registration is available at www.alumni.wesley.edu/drassgolfouting2019. Contact head coach Chip Knapp at chip.knapp@wesley.edu or by phone at (302) 736-2363.

Notes

• Former Delaware quarterback Matt Nagy, now the head coach of the Chicago Bears, will be back in Newark next month after being announced as the University of Delaware’s graduation speaker. He’s slated to speak at both UD’s Student-Athlete Graduation ceremony on May 31 and then at the full graduation on June 1.

• Hailey Andrews, a Woodbridge High softball product, is No. 14 nationally in strikeouts entering Friday. Now at Kennesaw State, Andrews has 172 strikeouts on the season.

• Kendall Small, a Dover High grad, collected his 200th career hit last week for the Wilmington University baseball team. Small is now the all-time hit leader at Wilmington.

• Tracy Pleasanton, from Laurel High, pitched a no-hitter last week for the DelTech softball squad. Sydney Tyndall (Delmar High) had six RBI and two triples in the same game while Madison McGee (Indian River High) went 4-for-4.

• Jimmy Adkins, a Delmar High product, was named the CAC’s Pitcher of the Week last week after pitching a complete game shutout for the Salisbury baseball team.

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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