Roundup: Wesley’s golf coach Rick McCall announces retirement

After a successful career as the Wesley College golf coach, Hall of Famer Rick McCall will step down after the spring season.

McCall has been the Wolverines’ coach since 1995, leading Wesley to 12 conference championships and six NCAA Division III Top 25-finishes, including a second-place finish in 2003. The Dover resident helped bring the Wolverines their only national championship, coaching Chris Noll to a 2002 individual Division III title.

McCall’s career includes nine conference Coach of the Year awards, three GCAA PING Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year awards and one NCAA Division III Coach of the Year award. He coached the Wolverines to 10 straight conference championships in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference and the Capital Athletic Conference from 1999 to 2008 and coached 10 individual conference champions.

Among the awards that McCall has won are the Delaware State Golf Association Annual Golf Award (1989), Pat Knight Award for his lifetime contribution to junior golf (1993), and two Philadelphia PGA Junior Golf Awards (1995, ‘96). McCall also holds various posts in clubs and organizations in the Dover community.

“The best part of coaching has been the kids, hands down. Watching them grow as people and as golfers has been the most rewarding part of my career,” said McCall.

“I’ll definitely still be around the game,” he added, “It’s what I’ve done for most of my life.”

“Coach McCall’s contributions to the Wesley athletic department and the Wesley golf program have been outstanding. We have been lucky to have him coaching for us as long as he has,” said athletic director Mike Drass.

The Wolverines ended their fall season this past weekend with the second annual Andrew Geyer Memorial Tournament.

Volleyball

Smyrna 3, Lake Forest 0: The Eagles picked up a 25-7, 25-9, 25-3 victory over the Spartans.

Sarah Workman had a team-high seven kills for Smyrna while Erin Smallwood (2 aces) and Marqueisha Bennett adding six apiece. Kylie McCusker had three aces and 15 assists.

Woodbridge 3, McKean 2: The Raiders won the first two sets before coming back to win the match in a tiebreaker.

Woodbridge won by scores of 25-22, 26-24, 19-25, 23-25, 15-8.

Delmar 3, Salisbury Christian 1: The Wildcats won the final three sets to post the 23-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-19 victory.

Delmar was paced by Avery Wheatley (19 kills, 3 aces, 10 digs), Le’Zhane Holmes (15 kills) and Samantha Lehman (30 assists).

Indian River 3, Seaford 0: The Indians won the Henlopen South match by scores of 25-4, 25-11, 25-13.

Leading IR were Samantha Mumford (2 kills, 7 aces) and McKenzie Johnson (1 kill, 5 aces, 13 assists).

Boys’ soccer

Sussex Academy 1, Woodbridge 0: Nathanael Riddle’s first-half goal lifted the Seahawks to the Henlopen South victory.

Adam Krim made 14 saves for Sussex Academy, which finished with advantages of 17-14 in shots and 2-1 in corner kicks.

Woodbridge’s Leslie Hayes made 16 saves.

Indian River 6, Seaford 1: Johan de jesus Cordoba (1 assist) scored the Indians’ first two goals in their Henlopen South win.

Arturo Mora Salas, Andrew White, Jared Cordoba and Mikie Mochiam (1 assist) also scored for IR, which outshot the Blue Jays, 22-2.

Seaford’s Evan Nibblett stopped 13 shots.

Lake Forest 8, Howard 2: The Spartans tallied five goals in the first half before registering the nonconference victory.

Field hockey

Padua 5, St. Thomas More 0: The Pandas tallied four first-half goals before blanking the Ravens.

Goalie Ryan Anderson made 13 saves for St. Thomas More.

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