Roundup: Smyrna boys clinch Henlopen North

 

 

Caleb Matthews scored 16 points and Jaymeir Garnett added 14 as the Smyrna High boys’ basketball team defeated Cape Henlopen High 52-36 in a Henlopen Conference Northern Division matchup on Wednesday night.

With the win, the Eagles (11-0 North, 16-2 overall) clinched the Henlopen North title, its first since capturing back-to-back division crowns in 2011 and ’12. Smyrna has also won 11 games in a row.

The Eagles will face Southern Division winner Woodbridge in the Henlopen Conference championship game on Feb. 24 at Cape Henlopen.

Anthony Watson chipped in 12 points for Smyrna while Zubi Nwankwo had nine.

Randy Rickards was Cape Henlopen’s top scorer with 11 points.

College basketball

Wesley 77, Penn State Harrisburg 58: The Wolverines clinched a spot in the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament for the 10th consecutive season with the win on Wednesday night.

The Wolverines are currently tied with St. Mary’s and Marymount to determine the No. 4-6 seeds in the CAC playoffs. In order to earn to earn a home game in the first round of the tournament, the Wolverines need to win against Mary Washington on Saturday with losses from St. Mary’s against Southern Virginia and Marymount against Penn State Harrisburg.

After the game was tied at 13-13 with 12:08 to go in the first half, the Wolverines used a 28-4 run before halftime to take the 42-17 lead over the Lions and never looked back.

Junior forward Paul Clemons and junior guard J.W. Lawson each tallied 20-plus points in the win for the Wolverines. Clemons notched a career-best 26 points on 9-of-15 from the field and 7-of-8 from the foul line.

Clemons also pulled down seven boards. Lawson registered 21 points along with a team-high eight rebounds and four steals. Lawson drained seven of his 13 shots and went 7-of-8 at the free-throw line.

Freshman guard Brian Cameron also contributed with double-digit points in the win. Cameron recorded 10 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Sophomore guard Evan Anderson added seven points for the Wolverines while senior forward Jordan Johnson chipped in with five points and five boards off the bench.

The Wolverines also went 28-of-32 from the foul line.

WOMEN, Penn State Harrisburg 66, Wesley 57: Senior guard/forward Brionna Johnson tallied 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Wolverines in the CAC defeat.

With her performance, the Smyrna High grad joined Angie Owens as the only two players in Wesley women’s basketball history to record a 1,000 points and a 1,000 rebounds in a career. Johnson notched her 1,000 point during the 2015-16 season against Frostburg St. on Jan. 16, 2016.

Sophomore guard Monshea Newsome-Murray came off the bench to lead the Wolverines with 14 points and nine rebounds in the loss. Junior guard Alexus Stroud (Smyrna) chipped in with eight points while freshman guard Paige Hailstock added six points and four rebounds.

Tessa Dolce paced the Lions with 17 points.

The Wolverines (7-17, 3-14 CAC) will wrap up the season when they host Mary Washington on Saturday.

College baseball

UD’s Walter recognized by D1Baseball.com: Sophomore Brandon Walter (Hodgson) was selected one of the top 200 starting pitchers in the nation at the NCAA Division I level, by D1Baseball.com.

Slotting in at number 192, Walter is the third D1 Baseball honoree for the Blue Hens during the past week.

“This is another great recognition for Brandon and our program. Brandon is a fierce competitor and a true ace. It’s great knowing that we can give him the ball and expect big things,” Delaware head coach Jim Sherman said.

Last season the left-hander was the top pitcher on the UD staff and one of the best pitchers in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Overall, Walter led last year’s squad in wins (7), strikeouts (85), innings pitched (89.1) and was second in ERA (3.63). His performance on the mound earned him third team All-CAA honors, a spot on the CAA All-Rookie team, a selection to the CBM/Louisville Slugger All-Freshman team, and he was voted the UD Pitcher of the year.

Earlier this month, Walter was named to the Preseason All-CAA team.

The Blue Hens open the season against Pittsburgh on Friday, in Kissimmee, Fla. First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m.

College lacrosse

Delaware duo earn weekly awards: It was a clean sweep for the University of Delaware men’s lacrosse team as the Blue Hens swept the first weekly Colonial Athletic Association Player and Rookie of the Week honors.

Blue Hen sophomore attackman Andrew Romagnoli earned Player of the Week honors and freshman attackman Charlie Kitchen was cited as Rookie of the Week for their play as Delaware opened the season with a 1-1 mark.

Romagnoli collected eight goals and three assists during the two games. In the season opener against Bucknell, he scored four goals and dished out an assist for five points.

He followed with another four-goal performance, along with two assists, in a six-point effort in the win over Mount St. Mary’s on Feb. 11. Romagnoli has now recorded seven career multiple-goal games in 16 career outings.

Kitchen has gotten off to one of the best starts ever by a freshman in UD history, collecting seven goals and four assists during the two games.

He recorded four goals and two assists for six points in his collegiate debut vs. Bucknell and came back with another huge effort in the win over Mount St. Mary’s as he netted three goals and two assists.

Kitchen became the first UD player to score four goals in his collegiate debut and the first player in head coach Bob Shillinglaw’s 39-year tenure at Delaware to open his career with consecutive hat tricks.

College tennis

UD freshman honored: Blue Hens freshman Brooke Pilkington  garnered CAA Women’s Tennis Singles Player of the Week accolades, as announced Wednesday by the conference.

Pilkington guided Delaware to team wins over George Mason (7-0) and Navy (5-2) with her play in No. 1 singles.

The rookie cruised past Mason’s Sydney Green, 6-0, 6-1, and followed with a hard-fought 6-1, 0-6, 6-1 triumph over Navy’s Amanda Keller.

Pilkington has won three straight and currently leads the Hens with 14 singles wins on the year, including a 3-1 mark in top-flight dual match play.

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