Local roundup: Dover girls lead by 2, CR boys trail by 1 at state tennis tourneys

Dover High’s girls’ team holds a two-point lead while Caesar Rodney boys trail by just one going into today’s final round of the DIAA tennis state tournaments.

The tourney concludes today at St. Andrews with the finals slated to start at 1:30 p.m. Two points are awarded for a win in a title match.

In the girls’ tourney, the Senators have 18 points after advancing players on four courts in Tuesday’s semifinals. Dover has 18 team points, second-place St. Andrews has 16 while Tower Hill has 15.

A year ago, Dover finished second to Caesar Rodney in its bid for the program’s first state championship.

Reaching the finals for the Senators are Erika Synoski (first singles), Victoria Anyanwu (second singles), Olivia Anyanwu (third singles) and the first doubles team of Erin Biddle and Jing Lin.

Synoski beat St. Thomas More’s Samantha Manjon, 6-2, 6-0, in Tuesday’s semifinals. But now Synoski has to face Wilmington Friends’ top-seeded eighth grader, Aubrey Nisbet, a nationally-ranked junior player.

In the boys’ bracket, CR has 18 points to trail only first-place Tower Hill, which has 19. The Riders have won or shared the boys’ team state title six of the last eight years.

Advancing to the finals for CR were Rishi Gundarkaram (first singles), Darin Jawahar (second singles), Garrett Wrede (third singles) and the first-doubles team of Jhayden Pappas and Francis Tamesis.

The Riders face the Hillers in three of the four championship matches, with Tower Hill’s players the top seed in each one. At first singles, Gundarkaram takes on Tower Hill’s Robby Ward, who won the tile in both 2016 and ‘17.

Seeded second. Gundarkaram won the crown a year ago.

Boys’ lacrosse

Sanford 21, Lake Forest 10: The fourth-seeded Warriors out-scored the No. 13 Spartans by a 15-6 margin over the finals three quarters to pull away to the first-round state tournament win.

Lake Forest finishes the season at 10-6.

Salesianum 20, Milford 8: The third-seeded Sals opened up a 10-1 first-quarter lead before posting the victory over the No. 14 Buccaneers.

Conor Christie had three goals for Henlopen South champion Milford with Landan Hajek adding a pair of goals and three assists. Jonathan Gaglione (1 assist), Alex Herka and Charles Hayes also scored for Milford.

Tatnall 16, Indian River 3: The second-seeded Hornets rolled to the tournament victory over the No. 15 Indians.

College baseball

Hutchins among Hens honored: The Delaware baseball program took home five All-Colonial Athletic Association honors Tuesday, led by freshman Joseph Carpenter’s Rookie of the Year award.

It was the second Rookie of the Year captured by Delaware in as many seasons as Billy Sullivan earned the honor in 2018.

Carpenter put together a 24-game hitting streak in the heart of the season to help tally a .300 batting average. His .459 slugging percentage and .827 OPS led the team to go along with his share in the team lead for triples with four.

Senior Kevin Mohollen earned his fourth career third-team selection. He led the team with a .274 average in conference games.

Dover High grad Jordan Hutchins earned first-team honors after leading the Hens with 42 RBI to rank ninth in the CAA. He hit .272 with 16 doubles, second in the conference, and four home runs.

Joining Carpenter on the All-Rookie team are Austin Colmery and Joey Silan.

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