One of these years, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell may have to send Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley a peach pie.
But it hasn’t happened yet, and 10 of the state’s high school boys basketball teams will do their best to make sure it doesn’t happen this year when the Governor’s Challenge Basketball Tournament is played Thursday through Sunday at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury, Md.
Twenty of the tournament’s 38 games will match teams from Delaware against teams from Maryland. The governor of the state that wins the most games will receive a dessert from the losing governor, and Delaware is 3-0 so far. That means O’Malley has sent Markell a Smith Island Cake each of the last three years.
Cape Henlopen, Christiana, Delmar, Dickinson, Indian River, Laurel, Milford, Seaford, Sussex Central and Woodbridge will try to keep the sweets coming this year. Each of the teams will play two games over the three days.
The event also offers a chance for University of Delaware fans to see a future Blue Hen – point guard Kory Holden of J.M. Bennett High in Salisbury. Holden will lead the Clippers against Dunbar (Md.) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and against Randallstown (Md.) at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The tournament also will feature two special events on Friday – a 3-point Shootout at 6:30 p.m. and the M&T Bank Slam Dunk Contest at 9. Seaford’s Juan’ye Paul and Indian River’s Brian Arthur will compete in the shootout, while Seaford’s Trevor Savage and Laurel’s Kenny Hopkins will display their best dunks.
Tournament passes, good for all three days, are $25 for adults and $15 for ages 11-18. Daily admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 11-18. Children under 11 will be admitted free. Tournament passes may be purchased in advance at http://www.salisburychampionships.org or by calling (410) 548-4911.
Salesianum linebacker-running back Troy Reeder received the 42nd Michael DeLucia Sportsmanship Award last week. The award is presented annually to a senior Catholic school football player in greater Wilmington who has exemplified outstanding performance, attitude and character on and off the field.
“This is the award that I’m most proud of, of all that I received this year,” Reeder said. “It means so much to bring it back to Salesianum, and I couldn’t be prouder to have received it.”
The award, presented by Tom DeLucia, was founded in memory of Michael DeLucia, who died of meningitis when he was 18 months old. Michael was the son of Tom DeLucia, a 1952 graduate of Salesianum, and Patricia Dorris DeLucia, a 1955 graduate of St. Elizabeth.
Reeder, who has committed to play linebacker at Penn State, rushed for 1,154 yards and 18 touchdowns and had 96 tackles, 3½ sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as the Sals finished 11-1 and won the DIAA Division I state championship. He also was named the state’s Defensive Player of the Year in voting by media and the Delaware Interscholastic Football Coaches Association board of directors.
Green Knights break streak
It had been 18 years since Mount Pleasant had knocked off A.I. du Pont in boys swimming, but Green Knights coach Kelli Bradley had a feeling last Wednesday’s meeting at McKean could end the frustration.
“I kept telling them, ‘Every point counts. Every point counts,'” said Bradley, who has been involved with Mount Pleasant swimming for 27 years. “They didn’t even ask about the score until they were pretty much ahead. They just kept competing and working hard to get every point.”
The Green Knights (3-1) won seven individual events and took two of three relays on the way to a 100-70 victory.
“Last year, we had a pretty competitive team,” Bradley said. “But this year’s freshmen really helped us, and the depth that we’ve built with our juniors and seniors.”
Freshmen Kyle Morken (50 and 100 freestyle) and Bryce Ciecko (100 butterfly, 500 freestyle) each won twice and combined with juniors Chris Lynch and Jensen Morris to win the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays. Morris also won the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke, and Lynch took the 100 backstroke.
“They did know it was a big deal,” Bradley said. “They were so excited. It was really kind of cool to see how excited they were, to be a part of history for us.”
Bradley also credited seniors Jeff Kappers, Miguel Barajas and Seir Khan – all of whom have been in the Green Knights’ program for four years – and sophomore Jason Barnes with adding the depth that is critical to a team victory.
“We were able to pull out a pretty big win,” Bradley said. “It was a lot of fun to actually win and be part of that. I’m hoping we can continue that throughout the season.”
Rounding it up
* The 11th annual A.I. Tiger Wrestling Classic will be held Friday and Saturday at A.I. du Pont High School. The event has attracted 14 teams, including Division I top-ranked Smyrna and teams from Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia. Varsity action begins at 10:30 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $8 Friday, $10 Saturday or $15 for a two-day pass.
* Host William Penn piled up 267 points on Saturday to edge Parsippany Hills (N.J.) for the team title at the 20-team Howdy Duncan Invitational wrestling tournament.
The Colonials got individual titles from Roddy Honey (113 pounds), Daniel Crawford (182) and Tim Dooley (285). Delaware Military Academy, which finished third in the team standings, also had three individual winners – Shane Cawman (106), Joe Czjakowski (120) and Xavier Glanzel (132).
Delcastle’s Brandon Wolfe was named the outstanding wrestler after winning at 170. Lameck Muaka won for Charter of Wilmington at 160, and Mount Pleasant earned the sportsmanship award.
* Archmere’s Steven DiStefano has committed to play baseball at Ursinus College, where he has been awarded an academic scholarship.
* Caravel’s Emily Neal has signed a letter of intent to play softball at Massachusetts.