Local Roundup: Hornets get ready for football season

Strengthening and conditioning coach Joel Welch putting the Hornets through exercise routines during practice Friday. (Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

The Delaware State football team hit the field for its first official preseason practice at Alumni Stadium on Friday afternoon.

The session was heavy on individual and position drills, in addition to plenty of special teams work. The Hornets practice again today from 4-6 p.m.

DSU kicks off the season on Aug. 31 at Delaware at 7 p.m.

The Hornets, coming off an 0-11 season, have been picked to finish last in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

“I believe we have taken the right steps to be competitive in the MEAC this season,” said third-year coach Kenny Carter. “We return more than 50 players from the 2016 squad, led by many sophomores and juniors who have gained valuable experience while developing a dogged determination through the struggles of the last two years. In addition, we have our strongest class of newcomers since I arrived and several players who sat out due to injury last year are back and ready to contribute.”

Hornet quarterback Keenan Black sets his offense during practice Friday. (Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

College softball

Wolverines add assistant coach: Seventh-year coach Juli Greep recently announced the addition of Townsend native Nina Marcano as an assistant coach for the Wesley College softball team.

A two-time All-Capital Athletic Conference catcher for the Wolverines, Marcano holds school career records in runs scored, hits, triples, at bats, stolen bases and runs batted in. She also is tops on Wesley’s single-season lists for triples, hits and runs batted in.

In 2017, Marcano earned All-CAC first team, All-Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Division III South first team and National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Atlantic Region second-team accolades. She was named Wesley’s Female Athlete of the Year while being nominated as Wesley’s representative for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.

She was also a runner-up for the Division III HERO of the Year award by HERO Sports and twice honored by Fastpitch News as their Division III National Player of the Week.

“I’m very grateful to have been given the opportunity by Coach Greep to continue being part of the game,” Marcano said. “I’m so excited to be back around the squad and I am looking forward to the season and what it holds.”

Special Olympics

Perdue makes Special Olympics donation: The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, awarded Special Olympics Delaware a $10,000 donation during a ceremony on Aug. 3 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.

The Foundation has supported Special Olympics Delaware for the past five years, aligning itself as festival sponsor at the annual Special Olympics Truck Convoy. The funds provided lunch and entertainment for hundreds of truck drivers, supporters, and Special Olympics families following convoy drive through scenic Sussex County in support of Special Olympics.

This year the Foundation is doubling its support to $10,000 and aligning itself as an official sponsor of the event along with FedEx Ground and Walmart.

Perdue drivers with their big rigs have participated in the Truck Convoy since the event’s inception in 2003. The 2017 Truck Convoy is scheduled for Oct. 7 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.

Local football

CR hosting flag football tourney: The Caesar Rodney High football program is hosting a flag football tournament on Aug. 12.

There will be both a ‘Family Fun’ tourney, for $3 per player, or a competitive tournament with six-player squads at a cost of $30 per team. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with the event beginning at 10.

Food, games and a moon bounce will also be available.

Little League

Dover holding fall registration: Dover Little League is having registration for its Fall Ball baseball and softball programs.

Players, ages 5-16, in Kent County, including Dover, Camden-Wyoming, Marydel-Hartly, Smyrna-Clayton and Felton-Harrington, are eligible.

Registration is being held at the Dover Little League boardroom on Aug. 9 and 16 (6-8 p.m.) and on Aug. 5, 12 and 19 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.). A birth certificate is required and registration is $50 per player.

Managers, coaches and umpires are needed. For more information, call Bill Leslie at 302-535-2067.

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