Local Roundup: Polytech girls defeat IR, Rider boys top Milford, Central wrestlers win

Polytech High jumped out to an 11-point first-quarter lead before posting a 43-29 victory over Indian River in girls’ basketball on Monday evening.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Panthers (8-6), who built a 33-19 lead after three quarters.

Yaa Afriyie netted 12 points with Courtney Turner adding 10 for Polytech.

IR’s Kaylah Briddell scored a team-high 10 points.

Delmarva Christian 51, Worcester 33: Gracie Fetterman scored 16 points with Camryn Breasure and Kandice Schlabach adding 10 each to lead the Royals to the win.

St. Elizabeth 60, Cape Henlopen 24: St. Elizabeth built a 42-point advantage going into the fourth quarter of the nonconference victory.

Boys’ basketball

Caesar Rodney 57, Milford 49: The Riders (10-4) outscored the Buccaneers by a combined 28-20 in the second and third quarters before snapping a two-game losing streak.

Shaft Clark (15 points), Timothy Spence (14) and Dajuan Williams (10) all finished in double figures for CR.

Terrell Gibbs scored a game-high 19 points for Milford.

Laurel 101, Sussex Academy 18: Ten players netted at least four points for the Bulldogs in the Henlopen South win.

Laurel was paced by Eric Pilot (19), Da’Jion Garrison (18), Andrew Risper (14) and Vance Joseph (10).

Delmarva Christian 65, Worcester Prep 48: Trailing by eight, the Royals outscored Worcester, 31-15, in the second quarter to take control.

Joshua Vonhof and Christopher Vonhof tallied 18 points apiece for Delmarva Christian (10-7) with Andrew Workman adding 13.

Wrestling

Sussex Central 46, Indian River 22: The Golden Knights ran off three straight pins from 160 and 182 pounds to sew up the victory.

Central totaled seven pins in the win, getting falls from Mason Ankrom (106 pounds), Rashad Stratton (132), Jaden Savage (145), Devin Pearsall (160), Tyler Bunting (170), Michael Wright (182) and Hiram Lasher (220).

William Rayne (113) picked up a pin for the Indians.

College basketball

MEN, North Carolina A&T 54, Delaware State 51: The Aggies outscored the Hornets, 26-21, in the second half to pull out the MEAC victory.

It was A&T’s 11th straight victory at home.

WOMEN, North Carolina A&T 75, Delaware State 55: The Aggies used a 29-9 third-quarter run to put away the Hornets in the MEAC matchup.

Keke Barber cut the Aggies’ lead to only 35-28 in the third quarter before A&T (8-1 MEAC, 13-8) netted the next 21 points. A&T’s lead grew to as many as 30 points.

College football

Hens hire QB coach: Delaware football coach Danny Rocco has hired former James Madison and Florida A&M head coach Alex Wood to be the Blue Hens’ quarterback coach.

Wood also had a stint as QB coach with the Minnesota Vikings.

“We’re really excited to have Alex join our coaching staff,” said Rocco. “He brings an impressive resume of success and has been an outstanding coach for a number of years at a variety of different places and levels.”

Delaware has largely struggled at the quarterback position for several years. The Hens currently have a logjam at QB, including three seniors with starting experience.

One of those seniors is former Middletown High standout Darius Wade, who transferred from Boston College in the offseason.

Matt Simon will remain the Hens’ offensive coordinator but will focus on the running backs instead of QBs. Also, tights end coach Bill Polin will now coach the offensive line.

Wood has coached for over 35 seasons, including being the head coach at FAMU for the past three seasons.

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