Local roundup: Wells, Manlove win football state coaching awards

Sussex Central High’s John Wells and Woodbridge’s Ed Manlove were both named the state’s football Coaches of the Year on Monday night.

Wells won the award in Division I while Manlove received it in Division II at the Delaware Interscholastic Football Coaches Association’s annual banquet.

Under Wells, Sussex Central won the program’s first DIAA Division I state championship in December. The Golden Knights finished 11-1, also capturing the Henlopen Conference Northern Division crown.

Woodbridge, in Manlove’s last season before he retired, captured the program’s second Division II state crown in the last three seasons. The Blue Raiders won the Henlopen South title and went 11-2 after ending the season with a 10-game winning streak.

Woodbridge linebacker Brock Keeler won the state’s Maxwell Award as the Player of the Year.

Indoor track & field

Dover, Smyrna take titles: Dover and Smyrna High repeated as the boys’ and girls’ team champions, respectively, at the Henlopen Conference indoor track & field championship meet.

The event was held on Thursday at the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill, Md.

Dover’s boys finished with 154 points to place ahead of second-place Cape Henlopen (92) and third-place Caesar Rodney (77). In the girls’ meet, Smyrna totaled 182 points to out-distance second-place Dover (96) and third-place Caesar Rodney (95).

The DIAA state championship meet is slated for Saturday at the Prince George, Md. Sports Complex.

Boys’ basketball

St. Thomas More 60, ECHS@DSU 44: The Ravens out-scored the Hornets, 35-23, in the second half to sew up the victory.

Joshua Hayward and Omari Burris tallied 22 points each for St. Thomas More.

Delmarva Christian 64, First State Military 46: The Royals (12-1) used a 20-4, first-quarter run to take control.

Andrew Workman netted a team-high 20 points for Delmarva Christian with A.J. Kwiatkowski adding 11.

Girls’ basketball

Delmarva Christian 49, Milford 19: Grace Fetterman scored 14 points to pace the Royals (9-4) to their fifth-straight win.

Delmarva Christian built a 30-9 halftime advantage.

Wrestling

Caesar Rodney 55, St. Georges Tech 18: An 18-second pin from Kevin Hudson (285 pounds) capped off the Riders’ non-conference victory.

Mason Bush (120), Jackson Dean (145) and Ryan Rigby (182) also won by fall in under a minute for CR.

The Riders’ other pins came from Patrick Wisniewski (132), Benedict Anderson (138), Riley Tracy (160) and Jacob Garrett (195).

Cape Henlopen 47, Indian River 25: The Vikings won the final six individual bouts of the match — including five by pin — to rally for the win.

Cape trailed 25-13 before the final 34-point run. Registering pins for the Vikings were Eduardo Saez (182), Anthony Caruso (132), Finbar Rishko (138), Juan Lares (145), Andre Currie (152) and Jackson Handlin (160).

The Indians, who won five-straight matches before Cape’s late run, got pins from Ian Shaubach (113) and Collin Hudson (120).

Local baseball

Dover holding youth session: Dover High’s baseball program is holding a community night for children in fourth through sixth grade on Feb. 27 at the school’s batting cage.

The session is free and will be held from 5-7 p.m. To reserve a spot contact coach Dave Gordon at david.gordon@capital.k12.de.us.

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