Local roundup: Golden Knights drop Panthers for first Henlopen North win

Sussex Central’s Jahlier Pettyjohn shoots against Polytech’s Brandin Obldike and Lathan Notice in the second quarter at Polytech. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

Sussex Central High downed Polytech, 66-56, to pick up its first Henlopen Northern Division boys’ basketball victory of the season on Wednesday night.

The Golden Knights built a 53-42 advantage after three quarters before improving to 1-4 in the North, 2-6 overall.

The Panthers fell to 0-5 in the North, 1-8 overall.

Girls’ basketball

Cape Henlopen 47, Sussex Tech 41: The Vikings outscored the Ravens by 11 points over the last three quarters to rally for the Henlopen North win.

Mehkia Applewhite netted a game-high 17 points, sinking three of Cape’s six three-pointers. Morgan Mahoney added 14 points for the Vikings (6-1), who have won five games in a row.

Sussex Tech’s Airelle Parker had 16 points with Camille Scott scoring 10.


Sussex Central 58, Dover 14: Jaden Savage (160 pounds) had a 43-second pin while Tyler Karr (285) added a 45-second fall as the Golden Knights earned the Henlopen North win on Wednesday.

David Pearsal’s 55-second pin at 152 gave Central another sub-one minute fall as the Knights finished with seven pins in the match.

Also winning by fall for the Knights were Mason Ankrom (120), Cole Jester (138), Brandon Greenlee (145) and Michael Wright (195).
Hugo Harp (220) had a pin for the Senators.

Milford shines at Battle at the Beach: Milford High had a pair of champions and finished second at the Battle of the Beach invitational hosted by Indian River over the holiday break.

Corey Messick won the 106-pound bracket while Anthony Diaz took the 220-pound title. West Chester Henderson High out of Pennsylvania was the team champion while Delaware schools combined to win 11 of the 14 weight classes.

Cape Henlopen earned the most individual titles behind Anthony Caruso (132 pounds), Andre Currie (152) and Chris Handlin (182).

The host Indians had one champion — Ta’Jon Knight at 126 pounds. Lake Forest’s Seth Flemming (145), Sussex Central’s Mike Wright (195) and Sussex Tech’s Jamie Schirmer (285) also won their brackets.


Polytech’s Smith, Smyrna’s Freeman among Hall inductees: Former Henlopen Conference standouts Marianna Freeman (Smyrna) and Tyresa Smith (Polytech) are among six people who will be inducted into Delaware Basketball Hall of Fame on Jan. 26.

Also members of the Hall of Fame’s 12th induction class are Pete Cloud (Conrad, University of Delaware), Mark Harris (Brandywine, Harvard), Decoursey Jamison (Howard) and John Fiorelli (St. Mark’s coach).

Brunch and ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. at the Sheraton Wilmington South, 365 Airport Road, New Castle. Tickets are available at https://debbhof.ticketleap.com/delaware-basketball-hall-of-fame-2019/.

Founded in 2007 by the Delaware Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association, the Hall has previously inducted 54 players and 26 coaches, officials and friends of the sport.

Freeman was a three-time all-Henlopen Conference player Smyrna who went on to start on four Division II Top 10 teams at Cheyney. After coaching Delaware State to the 1981 MEAC regular-season title, she was an assistant at University of Iowa for 10 years.

Freeman then coached Syracuse University for 10 years.

Smith was named the Delaware player of the year when she took Polytech to the 2003 state title. A two-time All-Stater, the Dover native was named University of Delaware’s outstanding senior female athlete and the State’s top athlete of 2007 after leading the 26-5 Blue Hens to the NCAA tournament.

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