Local roundup: Hillers’ Cleary, Padua’s Quickel tied for lead at state golf tourney

Female players have dominated the DIAA golf state tournament lately.

They started off on Tuesday like they’re ready to do it again this year.

Tower Hill’s Jennifer Cleary and Padua’s Haley Quickel both shot two-under par 69s to tie for the lead when the state tournament got underway on Tuesday at Cripple Creek CC in Dagsboro.

Tatnall freshman Anthony Ciconte is tied for third, one shot back at 70 after the first 18 holes of the 54-hole event.

Caesar Rodney’s Akira Pavey is part of a five-way tie for fourth place at 73, four shots off the lead. Archmere’s Phoebe Brinker, who won individual title in both 2018 and ‘16, as well as 2018 winner Ester Park of Wilmington Charter, are also part of the tie for fourth.

Female players have won the state championship three years in a row.

Three-time defending state champion Tower Hill topped the team standings with a score of 300 on Tuesday. Caesar Rodney is in second place with a 310 while Tatnall is third at 311.

Women’s basketball

DSU has No. 1 recruiting class in MEAC: Delaware State’s women’s basketball signing class has been ranked tops in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, according to the ESPNW Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.

The report ranked the Hornets No. 1 in the MEAC for the strength of their 2019-20 class.

Delaware State has signed 10 new players for next season, including six junior college transfers and two ranked among the top 75 national recruits.

The Lady Hornet signings listed for the 2019-20 season include: Alexis Moragne, Lyric Turner (JC), Melisa Sam (JC), Naomi Shorts, Zoe Holmes (JC), Janasia Law (JC), Sharajah Collins (JC), Lior Halevi, Miajah Bullock (JC) and DeMaurea Moore (JC).

Law is listed No. 62 among all 2019-20 women’s basketball newcomers (No. 1 in MEAC), while Collins is No. 73.

Delaware State, under first-year head coach Dave Caputo, posted a 7-21 overall record including a 7-5 home mark during the 2018-19 season.

“We know games aren’t won on paper or with rankings, but its nice to see our recruiting efforts recognized,” said Caputo.

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