Local roundup: Panthers pick up first football win 42-13 over Indian River

Polytech High rolled to a 42-13 victory over Indian River as the Panthers picked up their first football win of the season on Friday night.

It was the second year in a row that Polytech (1-1) topped the Indians (1-1).

The contest was played at Kent County’s Turf Field just outside Dover.

Franklin, Md. 28, Smyrna 14: The Maryland squad downed the Eagles for the second-straight year.

Three-time Division I defending state champion Smyrna also started a season 0-2 for the second season in a row.

Lake Forest 43, Tatnall 7: After a tough two-point loss at Wilmington Friends in its season opener, the Spartans (1-1) bounced back with a convincing win over another Independent Conference team on Friday.

First State Military 21, Seaford 14: After earning the program’s first varsity win a week ago, the Bulldogs improved to 2-0 on Friday night.

The contest was played at the Kent County Turf Field.

Salesianum 9, Sussex Tech 0: The Ravens trailed only 2-0 at halftime before Sallies finally closed out the victory in the second half at Baynard Stadium.

Suitland, Md. 55, Cape Henlopen 13: The Vikings dropped to 0-2 after losing the nonconference matchup on the road.

Delmar 35, St. Mary’s, Md. 23: In a back-and-forth contest, the Wildcats took control in a game played at Salisbury University.

Delmar has won 13 straight games since falling to St. Mary’s, 33-15, last season.

College soccer

MEN, California 2, Delaware 1: The Blue Hens evenly battled Pac 12 opponent California on Friday night but dropped a tough one-goal decision to the Bears at Edwards Stadium.

Trailing 1-0, the Hens (1-4) responded just over 10 minutes into the second half off a corner kick, as junior Halvard Ramstad lofted a shot from five yards out into the top left corner of the cage to pull Delaware even. The goal was Ramstad’s first of the season and the third of his Blue Hen career.

However, Cal regained the lead in the 69th minute when Francisco Perez crossed a low pass from the right side to Alonzo Del Mundo, who knocked home the game-winner from eight yards out.

Delaware concludes its West Coast swing on Sunday with a 4 p.m. ET match against defending national champion Stanford.

WOMEN, St. John’s 3, Delaware 2: The Red Storm broke a 2-2 tie late in the contest to top the Blue Hens.

College volleyball

Delaware 3, Bryant 2: Behind 25 kills from junior Cailey Bracken, the Blue Hens edged Bryant, 3-2 (25-15, 23-25, 29-31, 25-21, 15-11).

Bracken’s 25 kills were a season high and match high, while senior Brooke Robertson posted 19 kills on a season-best .429 attacking clip. Junior Maria Bellinger also hit double-digit terminations with 12 of her own. In total, 10 Blue Hens recorded at least one kill today, with sophomore Julia Hayes recording six. As a team, UD outhit the Bulldogs .358 – .158 and posted 73 hammers.

College golf

McCall to coach Hornets: Former Wesley College coach Rick McCall has been hired as the new head coach of the Delaware State women’s golf team.

McCall replaces Scott Thornton, who has led the program since its inception in 2012.

McCall, who served two legendary stints as head men’s coach at Wesley, was most recently head golf instructor at Wild Quail Golf and Country Club.

While at Wesley, he led the school to 12 conference championships, six NCAA top-25 finishes, including a second place showing in 2003. He also produced the Wolverines’ only national championship, coaching Chris Noll to the individual national title in 2002.

McCall’s coaching career also includes nine conference Coach-of-the-Year awards, three Mid-Atlantic Coach-of-the-Year awards and one NCAA Division III Coach-of-the-Year honor. He guided the Wolverines to 10 straight conference championships from 1999 to 2008 and coached 10 individual conference champions during his tenure.

In addition, McCall has been honored with the Delaware State Golf Association Annual Award (1989), Pat Knight Award for lifetime contribution to junior golf (1993), and two Philadelphia PGA Junior Golf Awards (1995,1996).

McCall has also served as Head Golf Instructor at McCall Cecchett Academy (1999-2007) and was Head Golf Professional at Maple Dale Golf and Country Club in Dover from 1965 to 2004. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, he was inducted into the Wesley College Athletics Hall-of-Fame in 2015.

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