Myles Cale had plenty of choices when it came to signing a college basketball scholarship.
The explosive, 6-foot-4 senior from Appoquinimink wants to make a mark wherever he goes, and he believes he has found the place in Seton Hall.
“I thought it was just the right fit for me, for the academic program and the athletics,” said Cale, who recently signed a National Letter of Intent with the Pirates. “I feel I can impact their program and maybe get to the Big East championship again. That would be wonderful.”
Seton Hall went 25-9 last season, defeating eventual national champion Villanova in the Big East Tournament championship game before falling to Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Cale is ranked 63rd overall and 17th among shooting guards in the Class of 2017 by ESPN.com. A first-team All-State pick as a junior, Cale averaged 26.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 3.4 steals per game as Appo finished 13-8 last season and lost to Smyrna in the second round of the DIAA Tournament.
“Myles is a gifted athlete who knows how to score the basketball, and the sky is the limit for him,” Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said.
Cale was also recruited by Xavier, La Salle, James Madison, Maryland and Temple. He likes the role the Pirates’ coaching staff envisions for him.
“They want me to bring up the ball and play the wing, almost like Isaiah Whitehead did, their guard who just went to the NBA,” Cale said. “They want me to attack the basket and be a scorer.”
Cale has been working out through the offseason, sharpening his shot and improving his ball handling. The Jaguars, who have a new coach in Brian Hoffses, open the season Dec. 8 at Hodgson. Cale said he wants to earn Player of the Year honors and help Appo reach the Bob Carpenter Center during the state tournament.
“I just want to lead this team as far as possible,” he said.
Several other Appoquinimink athletes have also made their college destinations official, including Haley Jones (Georgian Court softball), Brady Stamper (Liberty baseball), Ryan Steckline (Monmouth baseball), Erica Steinmetz (East Stroudsburg lacrosse), John Weglarz (Delaware State baseball) and Josh Wright (Harford Community College baseball).
Colonials still going
William Penn football coach Marvin Dooley thanked his team following last Saturday’s 38-21 victory over Sussex Central in the opening round of the DIAA Division I football playoffs. Because the Colonials put Dooley in position to do one of his favorite things – practice on Thanksgiving morning.
Third-seeded William Penn (10-1) reached the semifinals for the third straight season. The Colonials won the state title in 2014, then lost to Smyrna 30-13 in last year’s semis.
Second-seeded Smyrna is back as this year’s semifinal opponent, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Smyrna’s Charles V. Williams Stadium. William Penn led the Eagles 13-0 just before halftime last year, only to see Smyrna score the final 30 points.
The Eagles went on to win the state title over Salesianum the following week, and will take a 20-game winning streak into Saturday’s game.
“Smyrna is a great team. We know that,” Dooley said. “They’ve been up there all year. We know what they’re going to do. It’s a matter of can we stop them?
“We’re going to have to score points, because they’re going to score some points. The possessions will be crucial in that game. Come up with a way to steal a possession, get a turnover. They haven’t been stopped since they played us last year. They’ve been winning ever since. I’m just thankful for the opportunity to go down there.”
No quit in Central
Sussex Central fell behind 21-0 at William Penn last Saturday, as a touchdown was called back by an illegal block and the Colonials’ Myles Goodson-Tatum returned a fumble 97 yards with the Golden Knights on the brink of scoring.
But Central quickly made it a game with two touchdowns in the final 17 seconds of the first half, and battled to the end in what became a 38-21 loss in the opening round of the DIAA Division I playoffs.
“We pride ourselves. We call it the SC way,” Golden Knights coach John Wells said. “We don’t ever want to quit. You can’t do it. I don’t believe in it. I don’t quit, and our kids don’t quit.”
Sussex Central, a perennial playoff contender in the past, went 6-4, 5-5 and 5-5 the previous three years to miss the postseason. This year, the Golden Knights grinded out a 7-3 record to make it back to the playoffs.
“We had a tough schedule, no breaks,” Wells said. “But the kids responded. We had some heartbreaking losses and bounced back and won the games we needed to make the playoffs. I’m very proud of them.
“We’ve been out of the playoffs for the last three years, so to get back into it was one of the goals this year. We’re happy with that.”
Rounding it up
— The senior all-star volleyball matches were played Saturday night at Padua. The Catholic Conference defeated the Diamond State Conference 2-1, Diamond State defeated Independent Conference 2-1 and Blue Hen Flight A downed Blue Hen Flight B 3-0.
— Salesianum goalkeeper Gavin Campbell and Charter of Wilmington’s Eamon O’Connor have been selected to play for the East team in the High School All-American soccer games Dec. 3 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
— McKean edged Seaford 48-47 and Newark Charter bested Caesar Rodney 24-20 last week in the semifinals of the inaugural Special Olympics DIAA Unified Flag Football Tournament. Second-seeded McKean will meet fourth-seeded Newark Charter in the championship game on Dec. 3 at Delaware Stadium, between the Division I and Division II football title games. The flag football game is expected to start at about 4 p.m. Tickets are $8, with admission good for all three championship games.
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