Local Roundup: Wesley to host Framingham in D-3 playoff game Saturday

Mike Credle of Wesley is caught from behind by Deiontae Curry of Christopher Newport after a first half pass reception on Saturday. Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

Wesley College’s success in the NCAA Division III football playoffs has always been one of the program’s proudest achievements.

So it was especially difficult when the Wolverines missed the playoffs last year for the first time since 2004.

But Wesley made its playoff absence a short one.

On Sunday evening, the Wolverines (9-1) saw their name go up in a playoff bracket again when they were awarded an at-large berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.

Wesley will host Framingham State, Mass. (8-2) in the first round next Saturday at noon.

“Making the playoffs was like standard operating procedure for 13 straight years,” said coach Chip Knapp. “Even when we lost early in the season a couple times during that span ,.. it kind of got to the point where we expected to be in the playoffs. We knew we were.
“It was tough. It was just a different year last year.”

Framingham State is the champion of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference. The two teams also played in the first round of the 2015 playoffs with the Wolverines topping the Rams, 42-22.

Wesley linebacker Dante Daniel stops Christopher Newport’s Jaquan Findley after a short pass.

Wesley will be making the program’s 15th NCAA playoff appearance overall and 14th in the last 15 seasons. The Wolverines have reached the national semifinals six times, the last time coming in 2014.

Framingham State is making the program’s fifth NCAA playoff appearance. Wesley moved up two spots to No. 10 in Sunday’s D3football.com poll while the Rams are unranked.

The winner of the Wesley-Framingham State game will face the winner of the Bridgewater-Delaware Valley game. The Wolverines topped DelVal, 24-18, in triple overtime in September.

Wesley’s Fry honored: Wesley College freshman quarterback Drew Fry (Middletown) was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Offensive Rookie of the Week on Sunday.

Fry completed 8-of-10 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns in the Wolverines’ 42-7 victory over Christopher Newport on Saturday.

College volleyball

Delaware 3, Hofstra 2: Senior Maria Bellinger hammered home 27 kills to lead the Blue Hens, who won a five-set thriller (21-25, 25-20, 20-25, 25-22, 15-12) to clinch a spot in the CAA Tournament.

The two teams will square off again in Hempstead, N.Y. when the CAA tourney opens there on Friday. No. 3 Hofstra and No. 6 Delaware will play at 7 p.m. at the Mack Physical Education Center.

Sunday’s victory was the Hens’ first win in Hempstead since 2013. It will be their first appearance in the CAA Tournament since 2016 when they were also the No. 6 seed and advanced all the way to the championship match.

College basketball

WOMEN, Delaware State 69, Georgian Court 48: Reserve forward Melissa Sam led the Hornets with 16 points and eight rebounds as DSU (3-1) won it third straight game on Saturday night.

The Hornets trailed only once after Division II Georgian Court netted the first two points of the contest.

Lanayjha Ashe also finished with 16 points as well as seven rebounds. Sharajah Collins was the third Hornet in double figures with 14 points and seven rebounds.

Maryland 99, Delaware 55: The No. 8 Terrapins built a 47-point lead after three quarters before keeping the Blue Hens (0-3) winless.

Junior guard Tee Johnson led Delaware for the second straight game. finishing with 15 points while sophomore Jasmine Dickey contributed 14 points and a team-best seven rebounds.

The Hens committed 25 turnovers, which lead to 41 points for the Terps.

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