Delaware high school spring sports preseason rankings

Athlete of the Week: Kryshell Gordy
Senior plays key role as Ursuline wins third straight DIAA Girls Basketball championship.
Final seconds of Caravel boys victory
O’Koye Parker fouled with 2.4 seconds left, hits free throw to give Caravel 48-47 win over St. Thomas More in DIAA semifinals.
Athlete of the Week: Alexis Bedford
Newark senior wins fourth consective girls 1-meter diving title at annual DIAA meet.
Athlete of the Week: Zach Spence
Salesianum sophomore earns 106-pound title at DIAA Individual Wrestling Championships
Athlete of the Week: Dawson Grinnage
Versatile senior brings hard work, versatility to fifth-ranked Hodgson boys basketball team
Sussex Central wins D-I wrestling title
Golden Knights edge Smyrna 32-30 for first state wrestling title since 2008
Milford rallies past IR for fourth straight state DII wrestling title
Bucs win last four bouts, prevail 34-30
Athlete of the Week: Blair Atkins
Wilmington Friends swimmer shows versatility as Quakers go 10-1 in dual meets
Athlete of the Week: Cameron Lewis
Senior’s final attempt travels 48 feet, 5 inches to win boys shot put title at the DIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships
Athlete of the Week: Lauryn Griffin
Senior reaches 1,000 career points, leads eighth-ranked Tigers to 11-2 start.
St. Georges 53, Woodbridge 52
Kyson Rawls’ three-point play with 9.6 seconds left wins it for Hawks.
Stan Waterman named DSBA Coach of the Year
Boys basketball coach honored after guiding Sanford to sixth state title in 25 years
Athlete of the Week: Jordan Money
St. Elizabeth senior leads Vikings to 7-4 record, No. 9 state ranking midway through season.
Watch: Cape loses first dual of season against Smyrna
Cape Vikings hosts Smyrna Eagles in High School Wrestling
Athlete of the Week: Bryce Ciecko
Mount Pleasant swimmer expects to contend in two individual events at upcoming DIAA championships.
7-foot-2 Smyrna center has unlimited potential
The sky is the limit for Azubuike “Zubi” Nwankwo, a 7-foot-2 junior center at Smyrna who has only played basketball for four years
Charlie Hope delivers final pin for William Penn
Charlie Hope scored a pin in the final match at 285 to clinch William Penn’s 39-31 victory over Charter of Wilmington
Money hits game winner for St. Elizabeth
Jordan Money banked in a 10-foot shot with four seconds remaining as St. Elizabeth rallied for a 57-56 win over Sanford on Thursday night.
Athlete of the Week: Tony Wuest
Smyrna junior has had an outstanding season with victories in the Ray Oliver, Milford and Mount Mat Madness tournaments, plus a third-place finish at Beast of the East.
Athlete of the Week: Natalie DePaulo
Junior leads Wilmington Friends to title in New Castle Insurance Cup at the Diamond State Classic.
Athlete of the Week: Jay’Juan Jones
Unseeded Jones from A. I. du Pont places at Beast of the East wrestling.
Athlete of the Week: Danaziah Brown
Archmere senior has 15 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals in one-point loss to Conrad
Athlete of the Week: Josh Hutchinson
Senior linebacker was in on 13 tackles as Eagles defeated Middletown 36-14 for second straight DIAA Division I championship
Athlete of the Week: Bo Anderson
Junior goalkeeper made 13 saves as Tower Hill won its first DIAA Division II soccer title with a 4-2 victory over Indian River
Smyrna, Middletown look to reignite rivalry in Division I title game
Smyrna, Middletown look to reignite rivalry in Division I title game
Woodbridge, Friends title game a rematch of Week 3
Friends looks to avenge their only loss of the season against undefeated Woodbridge in the Division II football state title game.
Smyrna lineman Jerren Carter paves the way for high-powered offense
Smyrna lineman Jerren Carter paves the way for high-powered offense
Middletown junior Kedrick Whitehead helps provide balanced attack
Middletown junior Kedrick Whitehead helps provide balanced attack
Friends football in D-II title game
Seniors Matt Denney, Andrew Jaworski, Justin Beneck and Henry Gise help Quakers reach final for first time since 1984
Woodbridge players cherish state championship opportunity
Blue Raiders face Friends in first state title game
McKean, Newark Charter prepare for inaugural Unified Flag Football title
McKean, Newark Charter prepare for inaugural Unified Flag Football title
Middletown’s DelPercio and Whitehead help decorate the tree at DIAA media day
Middletown senior receiver Anthony DelPercio and junior running back Kedrick Whitehead maximize their camera time during DIAA football media day leading up to the DIAA football state finals.
Athlete of the Week: Keegan Cahill
Quarterback leads Newark Charter into Special Olympics DIAA Unified Flag Football championship game
Woodbridge defensive line
Blue Raiders’ front four of Shymere Vessels, Brian Ireland, Blaize Rayford and Leah Styles wreaks havoc on opponents
Charlie Hope Jr. anchors middle for Colonials
William Penn linebacker benefits from coaching of father, a William Penn grad and former NFL player
Athlete of the Week: Victoria Taylor
Senior blasted 24 kills as Delaware Military Academy edged Ursuline 3-2 for its second straight DIAA Volleyball championship
Delmar field hockey wins first girl’s state title in school history
Delmar defeats Tower Hill 3-0 to win its first girl’s state title in school history. 2016 marked the fifth time in six years that Delmar reached the state title game.
Tower Hill scores four in first half to claim D-II soccer title
Tower Hill scores four in first half to claim D-II soccer title
Salesianum claims seventh straight soccer crown
Salesianum defeats Appoquinimink 2-0 to win its seventh consecutive DIAA soccer title.
Female student excels as football coach
Julia Catalano loves football, and wants to coach in college and the NFL.
Athlete of the Week: Tymere Wilson
Junior linebacker had 23 tackles, including three sacks, as Glasgow won the Flight B title with a 22-7 victory over St. Georges
Daija Lampkin signs with Alabama
Middletown sprinter chooses Crimson Tide over more than 30 interested colleges
Slam Dunk to the Beach field announced
Annual three-day boys basketball showcase at Cape Henlopen High features 20 teams playing in 18 games
Wilmington Friends coach Tattersall reaches 300 wins
Wilmington Friends coach Tattersall reaches 300 wins
Athlete of the Week: Haley Jones
Senior has two goals, one assist as Jaguars finish field hockey season with 6-0 win over Newark
Doc’s #delhs football picks
Dr. Colllin Auttible weighs in on this week’s Delaware high school football games.
Athlete of the Week: Gentry Meinecke
Brandywine senior excels in field hockey, academics for Bulldogs
Doc’s #delhs football picks
Our resident expert came oh soooo close to perfection last week.
Athlete of the Week: Isaiah Jean Baptiste
Senior midfielder helps Golden Knights clinch Henlopen North boys soccer championship
Doc takes his picks show on the road
Expert predictions on EVERY Delaware football game Friday and Saturday.
Athlete of the Week: Naomi Bowser
Smyrna junior consistently lowering times as one of state’s top cross country runners
The Doc is back to make his #delhs Week 6 football picks
The Doc is back to make his #delhs Week 6 football picks
Athlete of the Week: Kirsten Longueira
DMA senior reaches 1,000 career digs for defending DIAA champion Seahawks
Doc’s #delhs football picks, Week 5
Salesianum or Middletown? Find out who Dr. Colin Auttible selects.
Smyrna’s Atkinson inspiring teammates
Smyrna High senior, Colby Atkiinson, who had to give up his athletic career when he was diagnosed with leukemia his freshman year, but now inspires his teammates and his community.
Athlete of the Week: David Bowman
Milford running back scores three touchdowns in 42-13 victory over Conrad
Doc’s #delhs football picks Week 4
It’s raining, it’s pouring … awesome football picks
Athlete of the Week: Gavin Ford
Salesianum junior adds offensive punch to six-time defending state champions
Unified flag football season kicks off
Partnership between DIAA and Special Olympics expands to eight teams, and adds playoffs and a state championship game.
Athlete of the Week: Madelyn Judge
Libero anchors defense for the third-ranked Padua volleyball team
Doc’s HS football picks Week 2
Middletown-William Penn highlight the schedule.
Jon Dorenbos inspires Caravel long snapper
After Jake Reed met Eagles long snapper, Jon Dorenbos, he sent him an email, asking if Dorenbos could work with him on long snapping.
Zachariah Burton signs with Virginia
Defensive back to graduate from William Penn in December, enroll at Virginia in January and participate in spring practice
Salesianum 7, Caravel 0
Top-ranked Sals shut out Buccaneers in early season soccer matchup
Athlete of the Week: Mickey Henry
St. Elizabeth offensive tackle helps Vikings rush for six TDs in win over McKean
Dover coach Rudy Simonetti looks to turn program around
New coach comes from North Jersey to take over Senators in his first high school head coaching job
Doc’s Week 1 #delhs football picks
The mad scientist returns for another season of Delaware gridiron action.
Delaware high school football Div I preseason rankings
Delaware high school football Division I preseason rankings
Delaware high school football Div II preseason rankings
Delaware high school football Division II preseason rankings
Woodbridge favored in Henlopen South
Blue Raiders return much of team that reached Division II semifinals
New Newark coach Barry Zehnder
Newark alum Barry Zehnder reolaces Butch Simpson, who coached the Yellowjackets for 39 years
Ten can’t miss Delaware high school football games
With each of Delaware’s 43 high school football teams about to embark on nine- or 10-game seasons, there will be no shortage of action throughout the fall. Here are 10 games that will capture a lot of interest on each weekend of the season.
4-foot-8 football player relishes hitting
Brandywine High School junior Felicia Perez strives to make an impact
Brad Myers tours the state on the first day of football practice
News Journal high school sports reporter Brad Myers travels the state for the fifth annual Gridiron Tour as he goes from school to school on the first day of football practice in Delaware.
Tatnall football to play night home game
Hornets to bring in temporary lights for Sept. 30 game against Tower Hill.
Coaches prepare for high school football season
Delaware high school football coaches begin preparation for the start of the season on the first day of practice.
Austin Colmery (2) of St. Mark's dodges an inside pitch against Smyrna last season. Colmery is one of several returnees for the defending state champs, who begin this season ranked No. 1 by The News Journal.

Austin Colmery (2) of St. Mark’s dodges an inside pitch against Smyrna last season. Colmery is one of several returnees for the defending state champs, who begin this season ranked No. 1 by The News Journal.

Spring is the busiest season for high school sports, with the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association sanctioning competition in baseball, softball, boys and girls lacrosse, boys and girls tennis, golf, girls soccer, outdoor track and field and Unified track and field.

If The News Journal’s preseason rankings hold true, many of the defending champions in those sports will be tough to beat.

Right on cue, the temperature is expected to plunge into the 30s – accompanied by a 20-mph wind – for the first day of the spring season Wednesday. But we’ll be sweating it out as the state tournaments conclude during the first week of June.

St. Mark’s opens the season ranked No. 1 in baseball. The Spartans have won nine of the last 14 state titles, and have several key pieces returning from last year’s 20-2, DIAA championship team. Caravel, which has won two titles in the last six years and lost to St. Mark’s in last year’s final, should contend again.

The lack of a truly dominant returning pitcher makes softball difficult to predict. Sussex Tech, which returns much of an 18-3 team that lost to Caravel in the state final, will start the season on top. But the defending champs can never be counted out, and Lake Forest, Smyrna and Charter of Wilmington have plenty of experience coming back.

Salesianum has won five of the last six DIAA titles in boys lacrosse, so it’s hard to look anywhere else for a No. 1 team. But it will be a long time before we see how the Sals (16-3 last year) stack up against a Delaware opponent. Sallies’ first 12 games will come against teams from five different states and Canada, before the Sals close the regular season against in-state foes St. Mark’s, Cape Henlopen and Caesar Rodney.

Cape Henlopen has a new girls lacrosse coach in Lindsey Eichner. The Vikings also have a 99-game in-state winning streak, and eight consecutive state championships. So Cape is ranked No. 1 again until further notice.

Padua is just as dominant in Division I girls soccer, with a 41-game unbeaten streak and five straight state titles. The Pandas finished second nationally in the USA Today/National Soccer Coaches Association of America spring rankings last season, and begin this year ranked ninth nationally and first in Delaware.

Caravel has won all three Division II girls soccer titles since DIAA split the sport into two divisions in 2014, and the Buccaneers will open this season on top. But Newark Charter returns all of a promising team, and Indian River, Sanford and Archmere also look to contend.

Defending champion Tower Hill is ranked No. 1 in golf. But two players who helped the Hillers win the 2016 title – DIAA individual champion Phoebe Brinker and her brother, Ty – have transferred to Archmere and could launch the Auks into contention.

Caesar Rodney swept the team titles in boys and girls tennis last season, and the Riders have talented lineups again. The CR boys will start the year ranked second behind Tower Hill. The CR girls are ranked first, followed by Archmere and Charter of Wilmington.

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1. St. Mark’s (20-2) final 2016 ranking 1

2. Caravel (16-5) 2

3. Middletown (16-5) NR

4. Cape Henlopen (14-6) NR

5. Appoquinimink (14-5) NR


1. Sussex Tech (18-3) 1

2. Lake Forest (14-7) NR

3. Caravel (19-3) 3

4. Smyrna (13-6) 2

5. Charter of Wilmington (15-6) NR


1. Salesianum (16-3) 1

2. Appoquinimink (14-5) NR

3. Tower Hill (14-4) 4

4. Archmere (13-5) 2

5. Caesar Rodney (10-7) NR


1. Cape Henlopen (17-1) 1

2. Polytech (14-3) 2

3. Tower Hill (14-4) 5

4. Caravel (14-3) 3

5. Charter of Wilmington (14-2) 4



1. Padua (18-0) prev. 1

2. Caesar Rodney (16-2) 2

3. Charter of Wilmington (11-4-1) 4

4. Middletown (14-1-2) 3

5. Appoquinimink (11-4-1) 5


1. Caravel (14-3-1) prev. 3

2. Newark Charter (11-5) NR

3. Indian River (16-3) 1

4. Sanford (13-4-1) 5

5. Archmere (12-2-2) 2


1. Tower Hill (14-0-1) 1

2. Archmere (10-5) NR

3. Appoquinimink (15-0) 4

4. Caesar Rodney (17-1) 3

5. Salesianum (10-2-1) 2


1. Tower Hill (11-2) 2

2. Caesar Rodney (15-0) 1

3. Charter of Wilmington (12-1) 3

4. Archmere (11-2) 5

5. Tatnall (8-5) NR


1. Caesar Rodney (14-0) 1

2. Archmere (13-0) 2

3. Charter of Wilmington (11-2) 3

4. Tower Hill (12-2) 4

5. Dover (10-3) NR

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