Local roundup: Hen products showcase skills at Pro Day, Hornet softball players honored

Blue Hens defensive lineman Bilal Nichols is measure in the broad jump at UD’s Pro Day on Monday. (Delaware sports information/Mark Campbell)

Nine former Delaware football players got their chance to impress NFL scouts when the Blue Hens held their annual Pro Day at the Field House on Monday.

The group of players on hand included Anthony Jackson, Grant Roberts, Blaine Woodson, Diante Cherry, Brandon Whaley, Bilal Nichols, John Nassib, Simba Gwashavanhu and Eric Patton.

Blaine Woodson, a UD defensive lineman, is measured by a Ravens’ representative. (Delaware sports information/Mark Campbell)

Approximately 23 scouts, including at least one NFL general manager, from 20 different pro organizations were there to get measurements and conduct tests in the vertical jump, bench press, broad jump, three cone drill and shuttle drills, along with on-the-field drills with each position group.

Defensive lineman Nichols, a potential draft pick, was the marquee player in the group.

“I’ve been extremely blessed to have incredible coaches and teammates throughout my career and they all helped us get to this day,” he said. “To be able to showcase my abilities and skills in front of so many NFL organizations, it’s an honor for me just to have that opportunity.”

This year’s NFL Draft is set for April 26-28.

“I’ve been preparing for this day for a long time, it’s a day we’ve all dreamt about,” Woodson added. “Now it’s just time to hope that someone gives us a shot.”

College softball

Two Hornets honored: Delaware State catcher Desiree Moreno was selected as the MEAC’s Player of the Week, while Hornet infielder Alyssa Diaz shared Rookie of the Week honors announced by the league today.

Moreno batted .429 with two home runs, eight runs batted in and 12 total bases to help the Hornets to a three-game sweep of Maryland-Eastern Shore in the season-opening MEAC North series last weekend. For the season, she leads the DelState with a .409 batting average, six homers and 17 RBI.

Diaz batted .624 with five RBI in the Maryland-Eastern Shore series.

College bowling

DSU 12th in tourney: Delaware State was 12th out of 32 teams at the prestigious Music City Classic, hosted by Vanderbilt University, last weekend.

DSU, currently seventh in the National Tenpin Coaches Association top 25 poll, was one of 20 nationally-ranked teams in the weekend invitational.

Despite a 6-7 overall tournament record, the Hornets had the top finish among four Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference teams in the tourney. The Hornets were 4-5 vs. other nationally-ranked opponents in the tourney.

Individually, Delaware State’s Elizabeth Burkholder was 11th in the field of 207, and tops among MEAC competitors, with a total pinfall of 1,027 for a five-game average of 205.4. Burkholder topped the 200 mark in three games, including a high of 237.

College track & field

Hornets 4th in meet: Delaware State finished fourth in overall score with 75 points at the Maryland Invitational, this past weekend.

The relay team provided 14b points for the Hornets, the 1,600 relay team, comprised by Kavante Dawson, Julian Brown, Hanqaamo Lintiso, and Trenson Terry finished second with a time of 3:29.77.

The quartet of Julius Allen, Kiyair Lambert, Kendall Leach, and Edwin Rosembert finished third in the 400 relay with a time of 43.68 seconds.

Trenson Terry, who helped the 1,600 relay team finish in second place, also finished in second in the 400-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 57.49 seconds. In addition, Terry placed third in the long jump with a distance of 6.50 meters.

Adam Funkhouser finished second in the pole vault with a distance of 3.82 meters. Robert Duncan finished third in the discus with a mark of 45.22 meters.

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