Local roundup: Women’s pro soccer coming to DE Turf Complex in 2019

The DE Turf Sports Complex is going to be the home for a new professional women’s soccer team.

Coastal Atlantic Futbol Club and the Youth Sports Institute of Delaware announced on Monday that they will be fielding a team in the Women’s Premier Soccer League, beginning in 2019.

The team will play a 14-game schedule between May and July, with Frederica’s DE Turf as its home base.

“We are proud to welcome Coastal Atlantic F.C. to the WPSL family,” the WPSL said in a press release. “Joe Brown has been an intricate part of the Delaware soccer community for many years and we feel extremely confident that he will run a first-class women’s team.

“We are proud that they have chosen the WPSL to provide young women with the opportunity to compete at a very high level and to continue to pursue their dreams.”

Brown, who is also the girls’ soccer coach at Padua, holds several positions with the groups involved, including DE Turf, CAFC and the Youth Sports Institute of Delaware. He’ll be involved in putting together the new pro team.

There are currently 41 WPSL clubs in the country.

Chevrolet of Dover will be the jersey sponsor for the new Kent County club.

Dover fielded an amateur WPSL club in 2007-08 — the CDSA Future — although the league has gone through a few reformations since then. The state’s other forays into pro soccer have included the Genies (1997-2000) women’s club and the Delaware Wizards men’s club (1993-2000).

Boys’ basketball

Appoquinimink 62, Sussex Central 43: The Jaguars built a 20-point lead after three quarters before picking up the win.

Isaac Pettit netted a game-high 19 points for the Golden Knights.

Delmarva Christian 69, Holly Grove 19: The Royals improved to 11-8 with the victory.

Joshua Vonhof (17 points), Andrew Workman (14) and Austin Giltner (13) all scored in double figures.

Girls’ basketball

Sussex Academy 35, Christiana 25: Abigail Hearn netted 18 points to pace the Seahawks, who outscored the Vikings, 13-4, in the second quarter.

Appoquinimink 53, Sussex Central 43: The Jaguars used a 16-8 first-quarter run before handing the Golden Knights a nonconference loss.

College basketball

MEN, Norfolk State 93, Delaware State 58: The Spartans tied a school record with 14 three-pointers before rolling past the Hornets.

Norfolk State (7-4 MEAC, 9-17 overall) took control in the first half, building a 48-25 lead by halftime. In one stretch, the Spartans tallied 30 straight points before finishing with a decisive 58-9 run.

That came after the Hornets (0-11, 2-24) opened the game on a 16-5 run.

Artem Tavakalyan made 7-of-10 shots overall to lead DSU with 17 points and eight rebounds. Pinky Wiley made 4-of-6 from three-point range for a 12-point night.

The Hornets shot 13-of-23 from three-point range but just 39 percent overall (21-of-54).

WOMEN, Norfolk State 72, Delaware State 50: NaJai Pollard netted 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Hornets (3-8 MEAC, 4-20) in the loss.

The Spartans (14-9, 7-4 MEAC) limited DelState to 28.4 percent shooting from the floor.

Wolverines’ Cameron takes CAC award: Wesley College sophomore guard Brian Cameron was named Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season on Monday.

Cameron registered a pair of double-doubles, averaging 22.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals per contest. He hit a game-winning three-pointer in the Wolverines’ 68-66 win over Mary Washington on Saturday.

Cameron leads the CAC in scoring and three-point field-goal percentage. He averages 21.1 points per game and hits three-pointers at a 47-percent rate.

Hens’ Allen wins award: Delaware freshman guard Ryan Allen earned his fourth Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week award.

Allen led the Blue Hens in scoring during both games on the week, averaging 22.0 points. He has led the team in scoring in seven of the last eight games, including four in a row.

This is the sixth conference Rookie of the Week honor for a Blue Hen this season, as freshman Kevin Anderson captured the award on Dec. 18 and Dec. 26.

UD’s Enabosi honored again: Delaware forward Nicole Enabosi earned her fourth CAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week award.

The junior helped the Blue Hens (15-8, 8-4 CAA) to a pair of wins over William & Mary and Hofstra by averaging 17.0 points, 17.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 3.5 steals and 2.5 blocked shots per game. Enabosi also went 18-of-22 from the free throw line.

Enabosi leads the CAA with 18.3 points and 12.4 rebounds per contest, marks that are good for 63rd and seventh nationally, respectively.

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