One of the most exciting scenes in Delaware high school sports every year is watching boys and girls basketball teams scream, “We’re going to The Bob!” after winning their second-round games in the state tournaments.
Those teams can still make it to the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center next month, but they will have to win another round to do it.
“We don’t have The Bob for the quarterfinals anymore, at least for this year,” Kevin Charles, executive director of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association, said Monday. “What will happen in the future, I’m not sure.”
The DIAA boys and girls quarterfinals have been held at the Bob on the first weekend in March the last few years. But the Colonial Athletic Association pushed its basketball schedule back one week this season, and the Blue Hens will still be occupying the Carpenter Center. The UD men will host George Mason on Saturday, March 2, and the UD women will host Drexel on March 3.
So the DIAA boys quarterfinals will be held March 5 and the girls quarterfinals will be played March 6. The games will be played on the home courts of higher-seeded teams or at sites selected by the tournament committees.
The action will shift to The Bob for the boys semifinals, which will start at 6 p.m. March 7, and the girls semifinals, which will start at 6 p.m. March 8.
The Bob also will host both championship games, with the boys on March 9 and the girls on March 11. Starting times for those games will be announced later.
“The university let us know well in advance, and they worked with us the best they could to find alternate dates,” Charles said. “Of course, their needs will always come first.”
Here’s hoping the quarterfinals return to UD soon, giving dedicated fans a chance to watch four great games in one day and giving more teams a chance to say, “We’re going to The Bob!”
The Sanford girls basketball team struggled through a difficult early-season schedule, losing four of its first six games. But now the Warriors are the hottest team in the state.
Sanford (12-4) has won 10 in a row, including a 58-37 victory over then-No. 3 Caravel last Tuesday and a 44-37 win over highly touted Middle Township (N.J.) on Sunday in Hammonton, N.J.
“We had to understand what everyone can and can’t do,” Sanford coach Marcus Thompson said. “We were putting in four or five players who are either new to the school or haven’t played at the varsity level. We had to establish roles, get the kids to understand them and be confident that if they do those things, they’ll be successful.”
Junior Alison Lewis has been leading the way, averaging 18.3 points per game in four wins last week.
“She has been playing phenomenally,” Thompson said of Lewis. “She has to be one of the top two players in the state right now.”
Recruiters are noticing, as Thompson said Lewis is receiving interest from Delaware, George Washington, St. Joseph’s, Drexel, Fairleigh Dickinson and Sacred Heart.
A brief altercation broke out during the third quarter of last Thursday’s Pencader Charter at Brandywine boys basketball game. A player from each team was ejected after tangling while trying to rebound a missed free throw during Brandywine’s 68-40 victory.
DIAA rules require any player who is ejected to be suspended for the following game. The ejected Brandywine player sat out Saturday’s 39-30 loss to St. Mark’s, and the ejected Pencader Charter player will sit out today’s home game against Howard.
Charles said Monday that DIAA is still obtaining information from both schools and seeking videotape of the incident. Charles said additional disciplinary action could be taken once the DIAA’s investigation is completed.
Rounding it up
* A.I. du Pont is seeking a junior varsity baseball coach. Send resumés to athletic director Mark Alley at Mark.Alley@redclay.k12.de.us. Deadline for applications is today.
* The William Penn wrestling team will honor the late Harold Hoagland at 6:30 p.m. Saturday during its home wrestling match against Charter. Hoagland, 86, died Dec. 20. The 1945 William Penn graduate was the sports historian for the school and wrote countless articles about Colonials games for the New Castle Weekly. He also worked for Brosius Eliason Lumber for 41 years and coached baseball for the American Legion and New Castle Senior Division Little League. He was inducted into the Delaware Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.
* Charter School of Wilmington’s Vinny Casey earned his 100th career victory on Saturday. He is believed to be the first Charter wrestler to reach the milestone.
* Conrad edged Wilmington Christian 63-56 last Friday in a triple-overtime girls basketball thriller. The Redskins’ Morgan Grubb registered a triple-double with 25 points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds. Grubb hit a long 3-pointer to send the game into the third OT.
* Salesianum swimming coach Chip Hannig will be inducted into the York College Athletic Hall of Fame on May 4. Hanning held York records in the 50-, 100-, 200-, 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle when he graduated in 1976 and was part of three relay teams that held school records. He was an NAIA national qualifier in the 50-yard freestyle in 1976.