Roundup: St. Thomas More boys defeat host Milford

Gregory Bloodsworth scored 19 points as the St. Thomas More Academy boys’ basketball team held off a late rally by Milford High for a 48-42 victory in a nonconference game Thursday night.

Aaron Scott chipped in 14 points for the Ravens, who improved to 8-2. Host Milford (5-3) was led by Brion Murray, who scored 12 points.

St. Thomas More was up by 16 after three quarters before the Buccaneers went on a 27-14 run in the fourth to close the gap before time ran out.

Girls’ basketball

Delmar 33, Salisbury School, Md. 18: Carly Covington paced the Wildcats with a game-high 14 points in a game contested on Wednesday night.

College baseball

Blue Hens select captains: University of Delaware baseball head coach Jim Sherman announced Thursday that junior outfielder Tyler Dean, sophomore pitcher Ron Marinaccio, and junior pitcher Burk FitzPatrick have been selected to lead the 2016 squad as tri-captains.

The trio will lead a young team that features just one senior and just nine juniors on its 34-man squad.

“We are excited to have Tyler, Ron, and Burk continue the long tradition of leading the Blue Hen baseball team as captains,” said Sherman, who will enter his 16th season as head coach of his alma mater and his 23rd season overall as a college head coach. “These guys are outstanding leaders both on the field as well as in the classroom and in the community.”

Delaware, which has advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament each of the past four seasons, posted a 26-24 record last season and will need to replace six position players who started 40 or more games. Four of the top seven pitchers return.

Dean, a right-handed hitter from Dagsboro(Indian River High), is a two-year letterwinner who appeared in 30 games with four starts as sophomore in 2015. He batted .318 for the season and contributed nine runs and two runs batted in and hit his first career home run vs. La Salle.

“It is an honor to be selected as one of the leaders who will be helping this team to succeed,” said Dean, an organizational and community leadership major. “It adds pride to my game and I am looking forward to representing the state of the Delaware and the University.”

Marinaccio was one of the top young pitchers in the CAA in 2015 when he earned a spot on the CAA All-Rookie team and captured the team’s Pitching Most Valuable Player Award. The criminal justice major saw action in 11 games and posted a record of 4-3 with a 4.11 earned run average. He started 10 games and struck out 43 batters in 61.1 innings of work.

FitzPatrick will be seeing his first action as a Blue Hen this spring after sitting out last season after transferring from the University of Maine. The history major appeared in 16 games at Maine during the 2014 season following an all-region career in high school.

College softball

Hornets announce schedule: Coming off a 21-23 (14-4 MEAC) mark in 2015, which included its second consecutive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) North regular season title, the Delaware State softball team announced its schedule for the upcoming 2016 season Thursday afternoon, headlined by playing its first 19 games away from home.

“We accomplished a lot this fall and I’m excited for this spring season,” said second-year head coach Amber Jackson.   “We are on a mission and will be relentless in our pursuit of excellence. We travel to some different places this year, and the players are ready to get out there and represent Delaware State University.”

To begin the season, the Columbia Blue & Red will play five games in the UNC Wilmington Invitational (Feb. 19 – 21).  Along with facing UNCW twice, DSU will take on Rhode Island in a pair of games, in addition to a single-game matchup against Lafayette.

The following weekend, Delaware State will head to Charleston, S.C. for a cluster of games as part of the Charleston Southern Tournament (Feb. 26 – 28).  After opening the festivities against MEAC foe Savannah State, DSU will again face the Buccaneers twice, followed by two games against UT Arlington.

March, meanwhile, will feature the Hornets returning to their home s soil to face in-state foe UD (twice) and Bucknell (twice) in the Blue Hen Blast (March 4 – 6).  Delaware State will then head back to the Tar Heel State, this time for a five-game stretch within the NC State Challenge (March 11 -13) against the Wolfpack, Northern Illinois and Loyola (Ill.).

After opening conference play with a three-game series at UMES (March 19 – 20), DSU will play nine of its next 11 games at home, beginning with Norfolk State (March 25 – 26).  The Hornets will continue conference action at home against Coppin State (April 2 – 3), followed by a two-game series at Delaware (April 6).  To wrap up their home stretch, the Hornets will take on Hampton (April 9 – 10), who ended DSU’s 2015 campaign with a 7-4 comeback victory in the MEAC Tournament.  DSU was also swept by the Pirates during the regular season.

Next on the slate for the Hornets will be back-to-back three-game road series against conference opponents Morgan State (April 16 – 17) and Howard (April 23 – 24), DSU’s regular season will conclude with back-to-back doubleheaders at home against Drexel (April 26) and La Salle (May 3).
As for the MEAC Tournament (May 12 – 14), it will take place in Ormond Beach, Fla., hosted by the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats.

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