Senior Joe Cain was named Player of the Year and a national All-American to lead four Salesianum players in the top 11 of the All-State boys soccer team.
The team was determined by the votes of Delaware High School Soccer Coaches Association members. Appoquinimink junior Sam Jester, Salesianum senior Dylan Huber and Charter of Wilmington senior Calvin Smick were next on the top 11 list, and all were named regional All-Americans.
DIAA Division I state champion Salesianum (17-0-1), which finished second nationally in the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings, also placed seniors Ben Lundgaard and Jason Norat among the top 11.
Other members of the top 11 were Dover senior Christian Whitney-Smith, senior Sam Izzo of Division II state champion Indian River, Caesar Rodney senior Chimaobi Ikwuagwu, Cape Henlopen senior Maximilian Euler and St. Georges senior Tarweh Helb.
Gatorade honors Wade
Middletown quarterback Darius Wade has added one more honor to the shelf before heading to Boston College.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior was named the Gatorade Delaware Football Player of the Year on Thursday. The two-time first-team All-State selection started 48 games for the Cavaliers over four years and was named the state’s Offensive Player of the Year last season.
Wade passed for 2,662 yards and 35 touchdowns this fall for Middletown (10-2), which lost to Salesianum in the DIAA Division I championship game. He also has served as an elementary school mentor, volunteered to feed the homeless and assisted with a middle school literacy program and a baseball league for students with disabilities.
Wade has already signed his national letter of intent and plans to graduate early and enroll at Boston College in January to be eligible for spring football practice.
Blue-Gold coaches named
Delcastle’s Cordie Greenlea will lead the Blue team, and Laurel’s Glenn Phillips will guide the Gold team during the 59th annual DFRC Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game, set for June 21, 2014, at Delaware Stadium.
The game benefits the Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with intellectual disabilities. The coaches were selected by the Delaware Interscholastic Football Coaches Association.
Greenlea just completed his third season as head coach at Delcastle. He has plenty of Blue-Gold experience, serving as an assistant coach for the Blue team in 1999, 2001 and 2012. Delcastle assistants Dave Battafarano and Pat Hines, Tower Hill head coach Kevin Waesco and Brandywine head coach Tom Wood will join Greenlea on the Blue staff.
Phillips also completed his third season as head coach at Laurel. He first represented the Bulldogs as a player for the Gold team in 1999. He has attended every Blue-Gold game since and served as an assistant coach for the Gold in the 2013 game.
Laurel assistant Joey Deiter, Woodbridge assistant Eston Ennis, Sussex Tech head coach Mark Quillen and Milford head coach Mike Tkach will join Phillips on the Gold staff.