Local roundup: Smyrna clinches Henlopen North volleyball title

The Smyrna High volleyball team clinched its sixth consecutive Henlopen Conference Northern Division championship on Thursday.

The Eagles defeated Sussex Tech 3-0 in their season finale. The victory gives Smyrna a 6-1 record in Henlopen North play.

Smyrna finished tied with Cape Henlopen at 6-1 but own the tiebreaker by virtue of a 3-1 head-to-head win over the Vikings on Sept. 19.

Set scores for Smyrna against Sussex Tech were 25-14, 25-12, 25-14.

Smyrna will play Indian River, the Southern Division champion, for the Henlopen Conference title on Saturday at Woodbridge High at noon.

Indian River 3, Sussex Central 1: The Indians earned a four-set win on Thursday.

Indian River won the first two sets 25-14, 25-22 before the Golden Knights stayed alive with a 26-24 win in the third. Indian River ended the contest with a 25-11 fourth set.

Polytech 3, Woodbridge 0: Natalya Byrd had six kills as the Panthers won in straight sets 25-18, 25-7, 25-10.

Field hockey

Lake Forest 2, Smyrna 1: Elle Wood netted the overtime-winner for the Spartans off an assist by Haydan Parker.

Parker also scored for Lake Forest in the second half to send the game to overtime. Madison Simpson provided a first half goal for Smyrna.

Delmar 9, Padua 0: Josie Hollamon earned a hat trick in the first half to pace the Wildcats to a nonconference victory.

Morgan Bradford recorded three assists and one goal for Delmar. The Wildcats remained unbeaten, ending the regular season at 15-0 overall and having outscored their opponents 116-4.

Dover 1, Sussex Academy 0: Alayna Gigliotti’s goal in the first half was the only scoring as the Senators earned the win.

Cape Henlopen 4, Caesar Rodney 0: The Vikings scored four goals in the second half to break open a game which was scoreless at halftime.

Cameron Smith netted a pair of goals and an assist to pace Cape Henlopen.

Indian River 11, Seaford 0: Nine different Indians scored a goal, led by Kinsley Hall and Emma Ruley who each had two goals.

Boys’ soccer

Caesar Rodney 2, Dover 1: Ayden Brown and Lyod Coutilien each had a goal in the second half as the Riders rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit in Henlopen North play.

Ismail Ismail scored the Dover goal.

Sussex Central 5, Smyrna 0: Armando Lara scored twice as the Golden Knights won the Henlopen North contest.

Johnny Garcia, Alexis Lemus-Perez and Ervin Perez-Roblero also scored for Sussex Central.

Milford 3, Cape Henlopen 1: Ander Gutierrez-Perez and Samuel Dominguez tallied first half goals and the Buccaneers held on for a Henlopen North win.

Emanuelle Carranza provided an insurance goal for Milford in the second half. Jacob Alt scored for Cape Henlopen.

Indian River 2, Laurel 0: Jordan Illian netted one goal and assisted on the other to lift the Indians to a Henlopen South victory.

Alexander DiLuzio added a goal for the Indians.

Delmar 5, Lake Forest 0: The Wildcats scored three times in the first half before adding two more in the second in Henlopen South action.

Women’s soccer

Delaware 2, Elon 0: On a cold Thursday night at Stuart and Suzanne Grant Stadium, that desire was evident as Delaware dominated the field en route to a 2-0 defeat of Elon, in a battle of teams jockeying for seeding heading into the upcoming CAA Tournament.

Senior Dani Kabat and junior Gabby Johnson scored the goals for the Blue Hens, who picked up their 11th victory of the season, tying the third-highest win total in a single season in program history.

Sophomore Kamryn Stablein picked up three saves en route to the team’s ninth shutout of the season.

The nine shutouts is the second most in a single season and Stablein is just the third Delaware keeper with eight or more shutouts in a season (Melissa Kulp – 1995, Sheena Hunter (13)).

College field hockey

Washington 1, Wesley 0: Washington’s Kailyn Brandt scored off a penalty stroke in the 38th minute for the only goal of the game as Wesley dropped to 9-7 on the season.

Men’s basketball

DSU’s Wiley earns preseason honor: Delaware State guard Pinky Wiley has been named to the 2019-20 Preseason All-MEAC Men’s Basketball Third Team, in voting by league head coaches and sports information representatives. 

As a sophomore during the 2018-19 season, Wiley was tops in the MEAC in steals (2.1 pg) and fourth in assists (4.4 pg). In addition, he was third on the Hornets and 27th in the MEAC in scoring (9.5 ppg), including a 10.8 point per-game average in MEAC games.

Bethune-Cookman forward Cletrell Pope was selected as the 2019-20 Preseason MEAC Player-of-the-Year. He’s joined on the First Team by BCU teammate Malik Maitland, Charles Williams of Howard, Damani Applewhite of South Carolina State and Dejuan Clayton of Coppin State.

Also, Delaware State has been picked to finish ninth in the 10-team 2019-20 MEAC men’s basketball regular season race. The Hornets were 11th in the 2018-19 MEAC standings with a 2-14 league record. DSU upset No. 6 seed Savannah State in the 2019 MEAC Tournament before falling to eventual champ North Carolina Central in the tournament quarterfinals.  

In a razor-tight vote, three-time defending champ North Carolina Central is the voters’ choice to win the 2019-20 MEAC regular season race. Bethune-Cookman was selected second.

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