Roundup: Nine downstate boys teams, 10 girls in state hoop tourneys

DOVER — Nine downstate teams made the boys’ basketball field while 10 made it in the girls’ basketball state tournament bracket as the DIAA announced the fields for both events on Friday afternoon.

St. Thomas More (17-3) was the No. 2 seed in the boys’ 24-team field while Caesar Rodney (19-1) took the second seed in the girls’ bracket.

The girls’ tournament begins on Tuesday with eight first-round games. The higher seed hosts those contests, which begin at 7 p.m.

In Tuesday’s games involving downstate schools, No. 16 Lake Forest (14-6), hosts No. 17 Milford (12-8), No. 9 Laurel (17-3) hosts No. 24 Delaware Military (12-8), No. 13 Cape Henlopen (12-8) hosts No. 20 Mt. Pleasant (12-8), No. 12 Hodgson (14-6) hosts No. 21 Delmarva Christian (9-11), No. 15 Howard (14-6) hosts No. 18 Dover (9-11) and No. 14 Sussex Central (14-6) hosts No. 19 St. Thomas More (13-7).

CR and No. 8 Sussex Tech (14-5) were among the top eight seeds receiving first-round byes.

In Thursday’s second round, CR will host the winner of the Howard-Dover game while Sussex Tech will host the winner of the Laurel-DMA contest.

The boys’ tournament begins on Wednesday with eight first-round matchups at 7 p.m. No. 16 Caesar Rodney (14-6) hosts No. 17 Cape Henlopen (14-6), No. 13 William Penn (11-9) hosts No. 20 Lake Forest (12-8), No. 12 Milford (12-8) hosts No. 21 Red Lion Christian (11-8), No. 15 St. Mark’s (15-5) hosts No. 18 Indian River (12-8) and No. 11 Sanford (12-8) hosts No. 22 Laurel (12-8).

Woodbridge, Smyrna and St. Thomas More all received first-round byes and will play their first games on Friday night.

Fourth-seeded Woodbridge (18-2) hosts the winner of the William Penn-Lake Forest game, No. 5 Smyrna (12-8) hosts the winner of the Milford-Red Lion game and St. Thomas More will face the winner of the St. Mark’s-Indian River matchup at a site to be determined.

While St. Thomas More has hosted first-round games in the past, criteria for hosting second-round games are more strict. The state tournament committee ruled that the Magnolia school did not meet its six-point criteria for hosting a second-round game.

Women’s basketball

Elon 57, Delaware 48: Sophomore Nicole Enabosi registered her 14th double-double of the season, but it wasn’t enough as Delaware fell to Elon.
Despite the loss, the Hens (14-13, 8-8 CAA) have secured a spot in the upcoming CAA Tournament as either a four, five or six seed.

Delaware senior Erika Brown led all players with 14 points while Enabosi posted 12 points and 12 rebounds to go along with two assists, a blocked shot and a steal.  Brown added seven rebounds and three assists for the Blue Hens.

Essence Baucom and Jenifer Rhodes each collected 11 points for the Phoenix, who improved to 22-6 overall.  With a 14-2 conference record, Elon is tied atop the CAA standings with James Madison.

College baseball

Old Dominion 2, Delaware 1: The Delaware baseball team (0-5) received a great performance from sophomore lefty Brandon Walter, but ultimately fell to Old Dominion.

The lefty starter pitched six and one-third two run innings, allowing just six hits, but was undone by a pair of two-out singles by Kurt Sinnen in the first and third innings.

At the plate, the Blue Hens struggled to figure out Old Dominion starter Adam Bainbridge and reliever Sam Sinnen who limited UD to just one run on eight hits.

After Bainbridge pitched five one-run innings, the Monarchs received four shutout innings from the younger Sinnen to close the game.

Kevin Mohollen paced the Hens, going 2-4 with an RBI triple.

College softball

Hornets drop a pair: Delaware State lost to Western Carolina 3-1 in its season opener before falling to USC Upstate 7-1 later in the day.

In the Western Carolina matchup, Polytech product Shaina Reed pitched four innings in relief for Western Caroline, with three strikeouts to earn the victory.

Jordan Casey had two hits in five at bats (.400), while Vanessa Washington was 2-for-6 on the day (.333) for DSU.

College golf

Wesley starting women’s program: The Wesley College athletic department announced Friday that the College will be adding women’s golf as an intercollegiate sport, beginning with the 2017-18 academic year.

Wesley becomes the only Division III school on the Delmarva Peninsula to sponsor women’s golf. The addition of women’s golf would bring 18 NCAA-sponsored sports to Wesley, bringing the sport offerings to nine women’s sports and nine men’s sports.

“We are excited to add women’s golf as our newest sport at Wesley College,” Director of Athletics Mike Drass said.  “Adding women’s golf gives those female athletes in our area a chance to compete at the Division III level.”

Steve Malkowski will be the head women’s golf coach. In addition, Rick McCall Jr. will succeed his father, Rick McCall as the new men’s golf coach following the retirement of the elder McCall after the spring season.

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