A handful of Henlopen Conference athletes left Dover High with state titles on Friday evening.
But a lot more are hoping to do the same thing after the two-day DIAA track & field state championship meet concludes with what is expected to be a long, hot day on Saturday.
Friday’s schedule included premiliminaries and some finals in the boys’ and girls’ Division I and II meets.
Individually, Smyrna High multi-sport athlete Devin DeMoe added to his resume by capturing the boys’ Division I high jump title with a top height of 6-foot-4.
Sussex Tech’s Yougendy Mauricette has also had an impressive career. On Friday, he won the boys’ Division I long jump with a leap of 23-3.50.
Downstate athletes took the top four spots in the event with Mauricette followed by Dover’s Jakwon Kilby (22-0.75) and Munir Powell Holloman (21.2.75) while DeMoe was fourth (21-1.75).
A Henlopen athlete also took the boys’ Division II high jump as Lake Forest’s Earl Downing won the title with a leap of 6-4.
In the boys’ Division I 3,200-meter relay, Cape Henlopen’s Brian Spoonaugle, Liam O’Donnell, Bejamin Clifton and Julian Callaway won the title by the narrowest of margins over Polytech. The Vikings were clocked in 8:10.65 with the Panthers coming in at 8:10.68.
In the team standings, the usual top programs have the early leads: Padua (Div. I girls), Salesianum (Div. I boys) and St. Mark’s in both Div. II girls and boys.
The first events on Saturday are slated for 9:30 a.m. with the finals scheduled for 4:15 p.m.
Cape Henlopen 6, Delmar 0: Josh Reinhold pitched four perfect innings and only allowed one hit in five frames as the Vikings won the Henlopen Conference championship.
Reinhold and Brogan Evick combined to throw a three-hitter as Cape blanked the South champion Wildcats for the second time in four days. Offensively, the Vikings were led by Brian Fleming (3-for-4, double, 2 runs), Austin Rhue (2-for-2, 2 RBI) and Nick Cox (2 RBI).
The victory was the 16th in a row Cape (17-2).
Andrew Callaway had a hit for the South champion Wildcats.
Dover 4, Hodgson 2: Hunter Chambers struck out 10 in six-plus innings and also went 2-for-3 to pace the Senators.
Brandon Yoder earned a save while adding a hit for Dover.
Tower Hill 7, Milford 1: Aydin Zimmerman had two of the Buccaneers’ four hits, including a solo homer run, in the loss.
Middletown 11, Smyrna 8: The Eagles fell to 5-9 with the loss.
IR’s McCabe among scholarship winners: Indian River’s Brynn McCabe and Conrad’s Benjamin Williamson were the top winners as the DIAA announced its DIAA/Harry Roberts-Senior Scholar Athlete awards.
The award is named in recognition and memory of Dr. Harry Roberts, the former superintendent of the Caesar Rodney School District who served DIAA on several committees.
McCabe and Williamson were both awarded $2,000 scholarships. The other female winners were Newark Charter’s Mary Catherine Anson ($1,500) and Concord’s Rylee Waslyn ($1,000).
The other male winners were Brandywine’s Ethan Hann-Deschaine ($1,500) and Newark Charter’s Flynn Miller ($1,000).
Coppin State 15, Delaware State 5: Top-seeded Delaware State’s bid to capture the school’s first MEAC Tournament championship in more than three decades has become much tougher.
After the loss to No. 2 Coppin in the tourney’s second round on Friday, the Hornets must now win three consecutive games in the next two days to achieve their goal. DelState was slated to face No. 3 Maryland-Eastern Shore on Friday evening.
Coppin outscored Delaware State 11-1 after the teams were tied 4-4 through three innings in the game, played at Norfolk State.
Delaware State starting pitcher Krew Bouldin had two hits and an RBI while Trey Paige had a run-scoring triple in the first.
Delaware 5, Northeastern 4: The Blue Hens’ victory sets up a showdown in Saturday’s regular-season finale to determine the final spot the CAA Tournament.
Delaware (8-14 CAA, 25-25 overall), which needs to sweep the Huskies during the three-game weekend series, have won the first two games going into Saturday’s 1 p.m. contest in Hannah Stadium. The Hens are playing their last season under coach Jim Sherman.
Bryce Greenly (Milford) reached base four times, with two hits, two runs and a pair of RBI. He then came in as a reliver to get the final five outs.
The Huskies loaded the bases in the seventh, but Dom Velazquez (Dover) got a strikeout looking to escape the jam. Velazquez earned his fourth win of the season after allowing two runs in three innings of relief.