Local Roundup: Smyrna, Lake Forest and Laurel notch victories in boys’ basketball


Smyrna’s Nalik Veasley-Johnson goes for a layup against Dover in the first quarter at Dover. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

Smyrna High built an eight-point halftime lead before holding off Dover, 66-61, in Henlopen Conference Northern Division boys’ basketball on Tuesday night.

Five players scored in double figures for the Eagles (2-0 North, 2-0 overall), including Greg Bloodsworth (15 points), Caleb Matthews (14), Nalik Veasley-Johnson (13), Jaymeir Garnett (11) and Nahshon Sylvester (10).

Smyrna went 15-of-19 from the foul line compared to 5-of-9 shooting for the Senators (0-2, 0-2).

Dover sophomore Eden Davis netted a game-high 26 points, including three three-pointers, while Javon Peace added 21.

Caesar Rodney 74, Polytech 34: Shaft Clark scored 11 points and Davionne Robinson added 10 to lead the Riders to the North victory.

Twelve players scored in the game for CR, which built a 50-14 halftime advantage. The Riders were 23-of-40 from the foul line while Polytech was 0-for-7.

Smyrna’s Caleb Matthews drives to the basket against Dover’s Javon Peace in the first quarter at Dover. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

Micah Saunders tallied eight points for the Panthers.

Lake Forest 82, Sussex Academy 22: Thomas Hoskins scored 19 points to lead four Spartans in double figures in the season-opening victory.

Jaysem Vazquez (14), Kobe Mumford (11) and Shyron Salandy (10) also led Lake Forest, which led 50-10 at halftime.

Laurel 53, Indian River 50: Eric Pilot netted 22 points, including four three-pointers, as the Bulldogs earned the South win in double overtime.

Laurel outscored the Indians, 15-8, in the fourth quarter to send the contest to OT tied at 40-40.

Jamier Felton had 18 points for IR with OrRyin Morris (12) and Kashid Waples (10) also reaching double digits.

St. Georges 73, Delmarva Christian 19: The Royals fell behind, 39-7, by halftime in the loss.

Girls’ basketball

Dover 60, Smyrna 32: Trailing by a point, the Senators outscored the Eagles, 24-8, in the second quarter to take control of the North matchup.

Dover’s Nicole Rainford (13 points), Ja’Nyra Hicks (12) and Riana Sizer (10) all scored in double figures.

Smyrna’s Marqueisha Bennett and Jennifer Sloven both scored 11 points.

Lake Forest 59, Sussex Academy 29: Grace Aguilar and Ke’Aajia Scott netted 16 points apiece to lead the Spartans to the Henlopen South win in their season opener.

Lake Forest outscored the Seahawks, 24-3 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

Kathryn Van Pelt tallied a team-high 10 points for Sussex Academy.

Sussex Central 56, Cape Henlopen 33: The Golden Knights outscored the Vikings, 32-10, in the second half to break open a one-point North contest.

Seaford 37, Milford 17: Tamira Evans netted 27 points — half the points scored in the contest — to pace the Blue Jays to the Henlopen South win.

Kalaysia Reynolds had a team-high eight points for Milford.

College basketball

Hens’ game with Irish a sellout: The Delaware men’s basketball team’s home game against ninth-ranked Notre Dame on Saturday is officially sold out the UD athletic department announced Tuesday.

Two hundred-fifty student tickets remain for the 7 p.m. game, and will be given to the first 250 students that attend today’s home game vs. Buffalo. Students are only eligible if they have not yet received a ticket. Students must have obtained a Notre Dame ticket in advance to attend Saturday’s game.

Bob Carpenter Center doors will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday, one hour earlier than normal.

The game will be the 39th men’s basketball sellout in the 26-year history of the Carpenter Center, and the first since the home contest vs. Drexel on Feb. 23, 2014 that was part of a men’s and women’s doubleheader. The last single game men’s basketball sellout came against 10th-ranked Saint Joseph’s on Dec. 30, 2003.

The Irish will be the highest ranked opponent in BCC history, and just the fourth top 10 opponent to visit Newark. The Blue Hens hosted third-ranked Virginia at the Field House on Jan. 5, 1981, sixth-ranked Temple at the Carpenter Sports Building on Jan. 28, 1956, and the 10th-ranked Hawks in 2003.

The game will be shown on CBS Sports Network (locally, channel 854 on Comcast, 594 on Verizon Fios, and 158 on Dish Network).

UD’s Allen honored: Delaware freshman guard Ryan Allen was named the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week.

Allen averaged 13.5 points during the Blue Hens’ two games last week, and has reached double figures in three straight contests. Allen currently ranks fourth on the team by averaging 11.6 points per game.

College football

Four Wolverines earn ECAC honors: Four Wesley College football players were named to the Division III All-Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference first team on Tuesday.

Freshman defensive end Stefon Woodruff earned ECAC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors and was named to the All-ECAC first team while senior offensive lineman Matt Gono, senior linebacker Samer Manna and sophomore running back E.J. Lee also picked up first-team honors.

College field hockey

Delaware pair named All-Americans: Delaware senior Taylor Lister and junior Greta Nauck were named to Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-American team on Tuesday.

Nauck, the NFHCA Mid-Atlantic Player of the year, CAA Player of the Year and a first-team honoree for the second straight season, finished the year with 56 points on 25 goals and six assists.

Lister was recognized as an All-American for the first time in her career with third-team accolades. A four-time All-CAA honoree, Lister led Delaware with 20 assists.

College track & field

Wesley’s Johnson earns award: Wesley College freshman Tre’ Johnson was named Capital Athletic Conference Field Athlete of Week.

Johnson set the school record in the triple jump at the Diplomat Open on Saturday. Johnson’s mark of 14.17 meters earned him a second-place finish at the event and surpassed Wesley’s previous school mark of 14.07 meters set by Raymond King in 2014.

His mark ranks seventh in Division III.

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