Putting a high school football schedule together doesn’t seem to be easy for anybody in Delaware these days.
This year, for instance, scheduling got a little more difficult for Henlopen Conference Northern Division teams when St. Mark’s High had to drop down to Division II.
A year ago, the Spartans played four of the North’s seven teams in football.
And that came after the growth of the Blue Hen Conference left upstate teams with fewer nonconference dates. Again Henlopen teams had to scramble to find games.
This season, Dover High found a couple nonconference dates with Dunbar and Baltimore Poly — which is hardly surprising considering that the Senators’ Dante Jones used to coach in Baltimore.
But Dover was left with just a nine-game schedule after another Baltimore school had to drop the Senators.
So Senator athletic director Aaron Harris, with the help of Lake Forest and Sussex Central, figured out a way to get Dover back a 10th game.
As things stood on Friday, the Senators will now play Lake Forest on Sept. 25. Once annual opponents, Dover and Lake Forest haven’t played in football since 2008.
In order to do that, Dover needed Lake to drop Queen Anne’s (Md.), which it was already slated to play on Sept. 25.
And the Spartans accomplished that by having Sussex Central pick up Queen Anne’s. Central, which also had only nine contests, happened to have its open date on Sept. 25.
Harris said the solution was in the works “for quite a while.”
“We were definitely looking to fill our schedule,” he said. “We’re happy to (have it filled) now so we can just get the season rolling.”
Harris back as AD
As the item above suggests, Aaron Harris has been rehired as Dover High’s athletic director.
He will also return as the Senators’ wrestling head coach.
Remember, Harris was only an emergency hire as AD last fall after Jeff Savage moved to North Carolina. There was also the question of whether Harris would be permitted to be both athletic director and a varsity head coach.
But, after interviewing again for the AD position this summer, Harris is happy to say the Capital School Board is bringing him back to both positions.
“It’s a great place to be,” Harris said about Dover. “The facilities are great and we’re going to do great things in the future. I’m definitely happy to be at Dover.
“We’re working hard, we’ve got our youth club going,” he said about the wrestling program. “We’re going to make some noise, we’ll see.”
Hens looking up
The voters in the Colonial Athletic Association preseason football poll figure Delaware still has some work to do.
The Blue Hens were predicted to finish only sixth in the 12-team league in the poll announced on Tuesday. But you’ll get no complaints from senior receiver Jerrell Harrison.
“I kind of like being picked low starting off the season,” he said in an interview on Bluehens.com. “A lot of us look at our team as underdogs. People don’t see us as serious contenders. But, as you can see from previous history in the CAA, a team that was picked eighth could win the CAA championship.
“I don’t mind it. I take it as motivation.”
Delaware reports for the start of preseason camp on Friday.
Odds & ends
Bowlers Danny Yonker of Milford and Forrie Brown of Wilmington each won silver medals in the four-man team and doubles events. Yonker captured the gold in singles, while Brown placed fourth.
Swimmer Robin Long of Newark captured three gold medals and a fourth-place ribbon. Teammate Ginger Shaud of Rehoboth won two silver medals, a bronze and a fourth-place ribbon.
Both Gareys are also the youngest players on their teams — they were just 15 at the Little League cutoff date.
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