Conference hoops titles up for grabs

Conference hoops titles up for grabs

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Conference hoops titles up for grabs

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The Blue Hen and Henlopen conferences will determine their overall basketball champions on Saturday.

Flight A champion A.I. du Pont (14-5) will meet Flight B winner Howard (18-1) in the Blue Hen Conference boys championship game at 1 p.m. at St. Mark’s. The teams already have met once, with Howard scoring an 84-72 victory at home on Jan. 22.

The Blue Hen girls championship game will match Flight A champion Appoquinimink (15-3) against Flight B winner Hodgson (16-4) at 4 p.m. at St. Mark’s.

The gym will be cleared between the boys game and girls game, and a separate admission of $5 will be charged for each game.

The Jaguars and Silver Eagles did not meet during the regular season. Both went 12-0 in conference play. Micah Edwards, in his first year as Appo coach, is proud to see his team continue its winning tradition after going 20-3 and reaching the state semifinals last season.

“The girls deserve all the accolades they’ve gotten,” Edwards said. “They’ve worked hard, they’ve played hard, they’ve listened. With a new coach and with some different personnel playing more minutes, they’ve done a good job.”

The Henlopen Conference championship games will be played as a doubleheader at Smyrna, with a $7 admission covering both games.

Northern Division champion Smyrna (18-2) will host Southern Division winner Seaford (18-2) in the girls game at 6 p.m. The Eagles defeated the Blue Jays 56-38 at home on Dec. 11, but Seaford comes into Saturday’s game on a 13-game win streak.

The boys game will follow, matching Northern Division champ Cape Henlopen (12-8) against Southern Division winner Polytech (16-3). It also will be a rematch, as the Panthers earned a 59-43 win at Cape on Jan. 22.

Blue-Gold basketball

The 14th annual Blue-Gold All-Star Basketball Games, benefiting Best Buddies Delaware, will be played March 16 at the Bob Carpenter Center.

The games bring together the state’s top senior basketball players. The girls game will start at 1:30 p.m. The Philadelphia Eagles will send a team of players to face local celebrities at 3, followed by the boys game at 4. Linda Ammons, dean of Widener Law School, will be presented the Community Leadership Award.

The Blue boys and girls teams will practice at 6 p.m. March 12 at Sanford. The Gold teams will practice March 12 at Wesley College, with the girls going at 5 and the boys working at 6:30.

The all-star banquet will be held at 6 p.m. March 14 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. Wesley College men’s basketball coach Jerry Kobasa will be inducted into the Blue-Gold Hall of Fame.

Banquet tickets are $27 and must be ordered by March 1. Admission for the game is $10 for adults, $8 for students. Banquet and game tickets may be purchased at http://www.bestbuddiesdelaware.org/bluegold, by calling 691-3187 or by emailing mallorysilva@bestbuddies.org. Game tickets also will be available at the door.

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