Roundup: Smyrna eliminated by Appo in softball tourney first round

No. 10 Smyrna High dropped a 7-3 decision to seventh-seeded Appoquinimink in the first round of the DIAA softball state tournament on Saturday afternoon.

The Jaguars (15-4) advance to Tuesday’s quarterfinals where they will play at No. 2 Sussex Tech at 4 p.m. The Eagles finish the season at 13-6.

Smyrna beat Appo, 8-1, on May 19.

Sussex Tech 9, Hodgson 2: Second-seeded Sussex Tech opened the state tournament with a victory over No. 15 Hodgson on Saturday afternoon.

The victory was the sixth in a row for the Ravens (16-2).

Sussex Tech next hosts seventh-seeded Appoquinimink in Tuesday’s quarterfinals. The Jaguars downed Smyrna, 7-3, in their first-round game.

It will be the first time the Ravens reached the second round of the tourney since 2013.

Red Lion Christian 14, Cape Henlopen 5: The 13th-seeded Lions scored four runs in the first inning and five more in the second in knocking off the No. 4 Vikings.

Abbey Smith went 4-for-4 with two homeruns and six RBI for Red Lion (11-8), which plays at No. 12 Wilmington Charter in Tuesday’s quarterfinals.

For Cape (14-5), Kaeli Willey also homered twice for the Vikings with Hannah Jones adding a homer and two hits.

The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for Cape.

Lacrosse

BOYS, Archmere 19, Delmar 3: The fifth-seeded Auks cruised to the quarterfinal win over the No. 13 Wildcats on Saturday.

Archmere (13-4) will take on top-seeded Salesianum in the semifinals on Wednesday. Delmar, the Henlopen Conference Southern Division champion, finishes at 11-5.

Salesianum 17, Sussex Tech 1: No 1. Sallies rolled into Wednesday’s semifinals with the decisive win over the Ravens.

Sussex Tech ends up 10-7 this season.

College track & field

Wolverines take NCAA titles: Wesley College’s track & field program won its first two NCAA Division III national championships on Saturday in Iowa.

Wesley’s 400-meter relay team, comprised of De’Vaughn Trader (Delmar), DaJahn Lowery, Anthony Simpson, and Greg Taylor, was dominant from the opening gun, racing ahead of the pack in the first two legs and crossing the finish with a record-breaking mark of 10.01 seconds.

The Wolverines’ time set an NCAA championships record and stood as the second-fastest mark ever at the Division III level.

Just a few hours after winning that title, Wesley freshman Simpson brought home another national crown. The Baltimore, Md. native sprinted to gold in the 100-meter dash.

Simpson ran a 10.68 into a strong head wind to top the competition and earn the first-place finish. It wasn’t his fastest time, but it was enough to take home the crown.

The two national championships arejust the second and third championships in Wesley history. Chris Noll won the men’s golf national championship in 2002.

With the two first-place finishes combined with Trader’s sixth-place finish in the long jump on Thursday, Wesley finished with 23 points as a team.

Wesley women earn All-America honors: For the second time in as many seasons, the Wesley College 1,600-meter relay team of Quadira Minus, Elizsha Streeter, Briana Artis and Angel Hall earned All-American honors by finishing third in the event at the NCAA Division III National Championships on Saturday.

The foursome of Minus, Streeter, Artis, and Hall combined to finish third in a time of 3:45.59, besting their season-best. The same group earned third place in the event at the Indoor NCAA Division III National Championships as well.

Hillman just misses NCAA finals: On Friday afternoon, a mere 14 inches was all that separated Delaware sophomore Sarah Hillman from a trip to the NCAA Division I Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Championships.

The Polytech High grad set a school record in the discus and finished 15th overall at the NCAA East Regionals at North Florida’s Hodges Stadium.

Hillman’s best toss of 170-feet, 3-inches shattered her own previous school record (165-2) by over five feet, but her 15th-place finish was just three places shy of qualifying for the NCAA national championships.

Hillman’s 15th-place finish was the second-highest ever by a Delaware athlete at the regionals and the best since Kelli McDonald placed seventh in the pole vault in 2009.

The first UD weight thrower ever to qualify for the regionals, Hillman was trying to become only the second UD women’s track & field athlete to advance to the national championships and join UD Athletics Hall of Fame member Candy Cashell, who competed in the high jump in both 1985 and 1986.

Hillman capped an outstanding 2016 outdoor season in which she earned All-East honors in the discus and shot put and set a school record in the discus. She won seven individual meet titles earlier this season, including first-place finishes in the discus at Navy, Princeton, and the Delaware Classic.

She also was the lone Blue Hen to compete at the Penn Relays where she finished seventh in the discus.

Reach the Delaware State News newsroom at newsroom@newszap.com

You are encouraged to leave relevant comments but engaging in personal attacks, threats, online bullying or commercial spam will not be allowed. All comments should remain within the bounds of fair play and civility. (You can disagree with others courteously, without being disagreeable.) Feel free to express yourself but keep an open mind toward finding value in what others say. To report abuse or spam, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box.