On March 28, Bob Hastings reached a milestone that was decades in the making.
When the Brandywine girls tennis team topped Dickinson 5-0, it was the 200th victory of Hastings’ coaching career.
“They were as happy about that as I was, and this is my first year with them,” Hastings said of his team. “They were so happy for me, and that’s just the kind of girls we have here.”
The vast majority of Hastings’ wins came at Seaford, where he started the boys tennis program in 1972. He coached the boys for 12 years, then guided the Seaford girls team for 15 years.
Hastings moved north last year when his wife took a job in Wilmington. He coached the Brandywine boys to a 7-7 mark in 2012, then took over the girls team this spring. The Bulldogs are 3-0 going into today’s match at Mount Pleasant.
“I never like to make predictions, especially with a young team like this early in the season,” Hastings said. “We’ve played three matches, but we haven’t played some of the best teams on our schedule. We have a lot of young players, and we’re just trying to build a team.
“They’re a nice group of kids to work with. They’re really working hard, and if we don’t do well it won’t be because they don’t want it. It will be because some other people play better tennis than we do.”
Junior Amy Snyder is playing first singles for Brandywine, with sophomore Sidney Abili at second singles and sophomore Kelly Reese at third singles. Seniors Symone Hackett and Chatnea Davis team at first doubles, with senior Felicia Anderson and junior Eileen Zaborsky pairing at second doubles.
The team is going to celebrate Hastings’ milestone with a dinner at Seasons Pizza tonight.
“We’ve had some good seasons, and tennis has changed a lot since I started in 1972,” Hastings said. “Many more schools are playing, the competition is much tougher, equipment has gotten better and coaches have gotten better.”
Classic lineup set
Diamond State Classic director John Gretchen has finalized the field for this year’s four-day girls basketball extravaganza, to be held Dec. 27-30 at the St. E Center.
Two teams – Oregon City (Ore.) and Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) – will travel more than 2,500 miles to play in the tournament’s eight-team national bracket.
Defending state champion St. Elizabeth and 2012 state champ Ursuline will also compete in the national bracket, along with North Canton Hoover (Ohio), Central Dauphin (Pa.), Wilson (Pa.) and McDonogh (Md.).
Caravel, Padua, St. Mark’s, Concord, St. Thomas More, Caesar Rodney, Delaware Military Academy and Tatnall will compete in the tournament’s other brackets, along with St. Vincent Pallotti (Md.), Damascus (Md.), John Carroll (Md.) and Harriton (Pa.). Pairings for all of the brackets will be announced later.
Gretchen also announced that the 2012 Diamond State Classic contributed $13,000 to the B+ Foundation, $4,000 to Special Olympics Delaware and $2,000 to Kay’s Kamp.
on the move
Four senior members of Middletown’s two-time defending Division I state championship football team have made their college choices. Linebacker Nick DiGati and running back Jamar Baynard will play at Wesley College. Wide receiver Thomas Davis will walk on at the University of Delaware, while lineman Jacob Smulski will walk on at Coastal Carolina.