Jim Harvey returned as Caesar Rodney’s boys tennis coach in 2003, vowing to stay “just for a couple of years.”
He is still there, and Harvey picked up the 300th boys coaching victory of his career on Friday with a 5-0 home victory over Salesianum.
Harvey, in his 31st season, made it 301-86 overall on Monday after the Riders swept Smyrna. He also went 14-4 in two seasons as CR’s girls coach.
“We just have fun out here,” Harvey said. “I tell the kids, the No. 1 goal is to have fun. No. 2 is to try to learn how to play this sport. And No. 3, of course, is to win. It’s always in that order.”
CR has won three of the last four state titles, nipping Tatnall 21-20 for the crown last year. The second-ranked Riders cruising along at 9-0 this year, led by Parker Barton at first singles, Trey Parker at second singles and Chris Gravelle at third singles. Alex Feuerstein and Neil Patel play first doubles, and David Haynes and Cyrus Shanehsaz pair at second doubles.
“I’ve got 10 players who could start,” Harvey said. “It’s a shame for some of these kids, because a couple are seniors and they could be playing for any other school.”
Sals to host Canadian team
The Salesianum lacrosse team has recently been filling its schedule with some of the Mid-Atlantic region’s strongest teams. This week, the Sals’ reach will extend even more.
Salesianum will play host to The Hill Academy of Vaughan, Ontario, Canada – a suburb of Toronto – at 5 p.m. Thursday at Baynard Stadium.
“We’re excited for them to come down and get the chance to play an outstanding program like that,” Sals coach Bob Healy said. “They reached out to us last year, but we couldn’t make it happen. We were able to get them on the schedule this year, and everybody is excited about it.”
The Hill Academy’s website bills the school as “an independent high school for dedicated student-athletes.” The school fields teams in boys and girls ice hockey, boys and girls lacrosse and basketball.
The boys lacrosse team is coached by Brodie Merrill, one of the most decorated players in professional lacrosse history. This will be the team’s fourth trip to the United States this season. In addition to the game against Salesianum, the team will play games against Brother Rice of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Culver Academies of Culver, Ind.; and Radnor, Pa., on this trip.
Healy said he has seen The Hill Academy play on film, but hasn’t seen the team in person.
“Canadians, it’s a different style,” Healy said. “A lot of them are one-handed, lefty or righty. They integrate the box game to the outdoor game, and it’s a fun style to watch.”
Sign ’em up
The spring period for senior athletes to sign national letters of intent with colleges began last Wednesday, and many Delaware high school standouts made their future destinations official.
The highest-profile signing came from Polytech’s Devaughn Mallory, who will play basketball at Delaware State. The 6-foot-7 senior was this season’s Gatorade Delaware Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
Point guard Ricky Hicks, Mallory’s teammate as the Panthers reached the DIAA championship game, signed with Kutztown.
The University of Delaware signed a few in-state athletes, including Wilmington Friends’ Annie Jaskulski (women’s tennis), Middletown’s Ashley Bailey (women’s track and field) and Salesianum pitcher Kyle Hinton (baseball).
Three Sanford athletes will play women’s basketball – Hadiya Tucker at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Aniya Jones at Albright College and Ayanna Thompson at Rosemont College.
Hodgson’s Ariana Fleming (Lincoln University), Wilmington Christian’s Sally Rice (Neumann) and Traneigh Triplett (Wilmington University) and Padua’s Emily Thiemann (Washington College) also will continue playing basketball.
In addition to Bailey, Middletown’s Ashton Dunkley (Temple cross country and track), Rebecca Alexander (Alfred softball), Lydia Beckman (Neumann lacrosse) and sisters Emily and Allison Pantazes (Washington College field hockey and lacrosse) will continue to compete at the next level.
Caesar Rodney’s Rebekah Mills is headed to the Ivy League to run cross country and track at Columbia University. Padua’s Haley Baker will continue her volleyball career at Southeastern Louisiana.
Sussex Tech running back Kani Kane signed with Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa., while Howard two-way lineman Teron Brooker-Parquet will play at Greensboro (N.C.) College.
Sussex Tech basketball player Aubre Allen will play at Lincoln University. Polytech catcher Adrian Hill will play baseball at Lincoln.
Five Delaware Military Academy athletes made their choices official: Sean Naughton (Millersville football), Kyle Swain (Edinboro cross country), Megan Glanz (Penn State Abington cross country), Xavier Glanzel (Neumann lacrosse) and Jon Howell (Centenary College lacrosse).
Rounding it up
Salesianum defender Patrick Lyons has been invited to play in the National High School Lacrosse Championship, Aug. 1-5 in Lake Placid, N.Y. He will play for the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) team, which has won the last four titles.
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