Local Roundup: Ex-Smyrna, DSU star Henry new Seaford football coach

Dwayne Henry

Dwayne Henry

Former Smyrna High and Delaware State football standout Dwayne Henry has been named the new football coach at Seaford High.

Henry has coached at both Sussex Tech and Smyrna as well as at DelState. Henry has also worked as an assistant athletic director at Coppin State as well as being the athletic director at Eagles’ Nest Christian Academy.

A first-team All-State halfback at Smyrna as a senior, Henry was a four-year starter at Delaware State in the 1980s. He helped the Hornets win their first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title in 1985 and earn a No. 12 national ranking in Division I-AA.

Once one of the top high school football programs in the state, Seaford has struggled for several years while going through a number of different head coaches.

The Blue Jays have gone just 7-43 over the last five seasons. They went 1-9 last fall, losing their last nine games, while gett8ing shut out in their last five contests.

Seaford recently hired Wesley College men’s basketball coach Jerry Kobasa as its athletic director.

Baseball

Big League, Felton-Harrington 4, Smyrna-Clayton 3: Eric Berardicelli singled home Dylan Martin with the winning run in the ninth inning as Felton-Harrington edged Smyrna-Clayton in District I action on Sunday evening.

Winning pitcher Jordan Simpson struck out five while Cole Gary scored three runs for Felton-Harrington, which improved to 5-2. Felton-Harrington tied the contest at 3-3 on Curtis Reed’s sacrifice fly in the sixth.

John Barkley pitched six innings for Smyrna-Clayton.

American Legion, Fox Post-2 8, DelVets 3: Fox Post-2 (4-1) bounced back from its first loss of the season with the victory on Monday night.

Miquel Rivera went 3-for-3 with two runs and a double for the Kent County squad while Sean Pool went 3-for-4 and Jordan Hutchins went 2-for-3 with a double and three runs scored. Fox Post capped off the win with two runs in the seventh inning.

Winning pitcher Jake Williams gave up two runs in four innings while reliever Sean Hanhauser struck out two in two innings.

Local golf

Wolfe leads Del. Amateur: Cavaliers’ Greg Wolfe fired a five-under-par 67 on Monday to grab a three-shot lead after the first round of the Delaware Amateur Championship at Heritage Shores Golf Club.

Joe Tigani of Fieldstone and Michael Chanaud of Bear Trap Dunes are tied for second after both carded 70s on the opening day of the three-day, 72-hole event being played in Bridgeville.

A pair of Caesar Rodney High grads — Joe Visalli and Jay Whitby — are part of a three-way tie for fourth place. The pair, along with DuPont’s William Gamgort, are four shots back at 71.

The 100-player field was cut to the low 72 players after Monday’s round. Including ties, 74 players made the cut at 12-over-par 84. The field will then be cut to the low 36 players after Tuesday’s second round as the tournament concludes with two rounds on Wednesday.

The 43-year-old Wolfe, from Newark, strung together four straight birdies on the back nine Monday as he played a bogey-free opening round. Whitby, the 28-year-old from Wild Quail, also had four straight birdies in one stretch before a couple bogeys cost him two strokes.

College lacrosse

DSU women joining A-Sun in lax: The Atlantic Sun Conference announced Delaware State as its newest affiliate member for women’s lacrosse, expanding the league to 10 programs starting in the 2017 season.

The Hornets have participated as an NCAA Division I Independent since the program began in 2013.

The Atlantic Sun has grown steadily since play started for the 2012-13 academic year beginning with five members. Over the past three seasons, A-Sun women’s lacrosse has added five affiliates; Furman, Mercer and Old Dominion.

Central Michigan will begin play for the 2016 season, while Elon participated for one season in 2014.

Jillian Lontz has been the only head coach in Delaware State women’s lacrosse history. She was a standout player at Wesley College, serving as an assistant at her alma mater before joining DelState.

“I’m excited that our lacrosse program will join such a great conference as the Atlantic Sun,” said Lontz. “In addition to the new rivalries that conference membership will create, it also provides opportunities for our student-athletes to compete for various honors and awards, and our team to vie for post-season play.”

The league finished with its highest league RPI ranking of 12 in 2015, while teams combined for 36 non-conference wins, a new single-season record.

Local auto racing

Clough wins at U.S. 13: Sterling Clough proved that he has not lost a step in four decades of drag racing.

With nearly a dozen championships under his belt, Clough captured the Top Eliminator final on Friday night at U.S. 13 Dragway and then won the Super vs. Pro Shootout against Tim Foskey, Jr. of Rhodesdale, Md. to cap off a perfect night.

Clough advanced to the Top final with a win over Bobby Insley in the semifinals. Steven Boone did likewise with a win over David Lowe.

The pair had nearly identical reaction lights but Clough was on his game and on his dial running 8.686/152.54 on an 8.68 dial-in for the win. Boone ran a blistering 7.319/182.74 on a 7.29 dial.

It was Ford vs. Chevy in the Pro final as Foskey in his Mustang faced Jim Williams in his Camaro. Foskey was on his dial and took the win with a 10.203/124.55 on a 10.20 dial. Williams ran a solid 9.582/141.84 on a 9.52 dial.

In the Super vs. Pro Shootout, Clough’s .022 reaction was just enough to defeat Foskey, Jr. who had a .033. Clough ran an 8.691/152.61 on an 8.68 to Foskey, Jr.’s 10.192/128.25 on a 10.18.

John Ferguson of Cambridge, Md. rode to the win in Pro Bike while Michael Jefferson of Parsonsburg, Md. took the final in Street Eliminator. Other winners included: Jonathan Osowiecki of Salisbury, Md. in Hot Rod; Keith Riddle of Millsboro in Jr. Dragster 1 and Jacob Bowie of Greensboro, Md. in Jr. Dragster 2.

Action continues on Friday night with E.T. Series racing plus the Jr. Shootout. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. with time runs at 4:30 p.m. and eliminations at 8 p.m.

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