Delaware Sports Zone

(Updated October 16, 2017)

FOOTBALL
D1
1 Middletown (6-0, Last Week: 1)
2 Smyrna (4-2, 2)
3 Salesianum (4-2, 3)
4 Sussex Central (5-1, 4)
5 Hodgson (5-1, 6)
6 William Penn (3-3, 5)
7 Polytech (5-1, 8)
8 Sussex Tech (3-3, 7)
9 Caesar Rodney (3-3, 9)
10 Cape Henlopen (2-4, 10)

DROPPED OUT: None

Only minor changes were required, as higher-ranked Middletown and Smyrna won their games over Salesianum and Sussex Central. Hodgson’s win over William Penn flipped those programs, while Polytech’s continued success slides them up a peg, as they get ready for a 3 -game stretch against Central, Dover, and Tech that will show whether the feel-good story of the season can have a playoff ending.

GAME TO WATCH: Polytech at Sussex Central (Friday, 7pm) – Not sure many people had this pegged as a battle of 5-1 teams coming into the season. Polytech is riding a 5-game winning streak, while Central needs to shake off the effects of Will Knight’s 7-touchdown performance. Central could still get to 9-1, which could make the race for the 2nd bye interesting. Hodgson still has to face Middletown in Week 10, and Smyrna and Salesianum have a date in Week 9.

D2
1 DMA (5-1, 3)
2 Milford (4-2, 9)
3 Woodbridge (5-1, 1)
4 A.I. duPont (6-0, 6)
5 Friends (5-1, 2)
6 Caravel (3-3, 4)
7 Saint Mark’s (5-1, 10)
8 Howard (4-2, 5)
9 Glasgow (4-2, 7)
10 Delmar (5-1, 8)

DROPPED OUT: Archmere (3-2, 10)

Milford snapped Woodbridge’s 16-game winning streak, and certainly opens up the Division II chase, the Bucs would be unbeaten in Division II except they gave up the late FG to DMA… Speaking of Bucs, Caravel lost to Howard, but this was the Maryland variety that certainly wasn’t a bad loss… We had AI and Glasgow ranked 6/7 last week, so an OT game between them makes sense, although 0-0 in regulation?… Saint Mark’s also picked up an upset (in our rankings) over Howard… DMA beat Milford, who beat Woodbridge, who beat Friends, that’s how the top 5 (with AI) got shuffled this week, and everything else feels like picking out of a lotto machine, to be honest. There was an attempt to reward quality victories, Delmar’s two toughest in-state games are week 9 and 10 both at home against Milford and Woodbridge,
while AI’s win over Polytech is looking better and better with each passing week… My guess is there are some overreactions in here, but we’ll see how it plays out.

GAME TO WATCH: Howard at A.I. duPont – (Friday, 7:00) – Did Howard get caught looking ahead to the first of their two key Flight B games? A.I. duPont has that quality win over Polytech, and if they can win again this week, they’ll have beaten the other Flight B contenders in back-to-back weeks. A Howard win could create a 3-way tie if Glasgow can then beat Howard later in Week 10. Saint Mark’s also faces DMA in an intriguing Saturday night game on WDEL.

FIELD HOCKEY
D1
1 Cape Henlopen (8-2, 1)
2 Polytech (6-2, 2)
3 Dover (4-2-2, 3)
4 Padua (7-1, 5)
5 Smyrna (5-3-1, X)

DROPPED OUT: Sussex Tech (6-4-1, 4)

D2
1 Delmar (11-0, 1)
2 Lake Forest (8-2, 2)
3 Tower Hill (8-0, 3)
4 Caravel (7-0-2, 5)
5 Milford (5-5-1, 4)

DROPPED OUT: None

Caesar Rodney upset Sussex Tech, which opens the door for Smyrna, who tied Sussex Tech, but beat CR earlier this year… Division 2’s only change came with Milford dropping a spot, although their strength of schedule is way higher than the two undefeated teams ahead of them.

GAME TO WATCH: Sussex Tech at Dover (Tuesday, 7pm) – 

Another game in that crowded Henlopen North chase… Dover holds the win over Cape, but a loss to Polytech, so this is a must-win to continue a chance at a conference title.

VOLLEYBALL
1 Padua (11-0, 2)
2 Ursuline (9-1, 3)
3 Tower Hill (9-1, 1)
4 Saint Mark’s (7-2, 5)
5 Charter of Wilmington (7-3, 4)
6 Archmere (8-3, 6)
7 Red Lion (8-3, 7)
8 Tatnall (7-3, 8)
9 Conrad (7-4, 10)
10 Newark Charter (4-6, 9)

DROPPED OUT: None

Last week we jumped Tower Hill over Padua because they were perfect in sets on the year, but then the Pandas swept the Hillers, who then needed 5 sets to defeat Conrad… Saint Mark’s won a 5-setter over Charter to earn another promotion, while Conrad defeated Newark Charter to earn the same honor… Newark Charter is still ranked due to their strength of schedule, something that can’t be said for 11-1 Delmarva Christian, and 9-1 Sussex Academy and Indian River.

GAME TO WATCH: Padua at Archmere (Friday, 6:15) –
Another big test for the new No. 1 squad, as they have to face the Auks in a usually raucous gymnasium. Charter also hosts Ursuline on Thursday night.

BOYS SOCCER
D1
1 Salesianum (9-1, 1)
2 Appoquinimink (9-2-1, 2)
3 Cape Henlopen (11-1, 3)
4 Caesar Rodney (8-2, 4)
5 Charter of Wilmington (6-4-1, 5)

DROPPED OUT: Sussex Tech (5-5, 5)

D2
1 Indian River (8-2, 1)
2 Saint Andrew’s (10-0, 3)
3 Tower Hill (8-1-1, 4)
4 Saint Mark’s (7-3-1, X)
5 Caravel (6-3-1, 2)

DROPPED OUT: Conrad (5-2-2, 5)

Appoquinimink and Salesianum didn’t disappoint, as the teams were level on shots, but the Sals won 2-0… Here’s hoping they meet again… St. Georges is 6-2-1, but they are being dinged for a weak Division I strength of schedule at the moment, their big test comes next week… Division II squads Newark Charter, Conrad, and Archmere were all considered for that ranking spot that
Saint Mark’s took after their win over Caravel

GAME TO WATCH: Laurel at Saint Mark’s (Tuesday, 4pm) –
Laurel has some excellent quality, and have played strong soccer since the early loss to Seaford, it will be nice to have a data point for the Henlopen South after this game.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
D1
1 Salesianum (1)
2 Appoquinimink (3)
3 Cape Henlopen (5)
4 Sussex Tech (X)
5 Charter of Wilmington (2)

DROPPED OUT: Caesar Rodney (4)

D2
1 Tatnall (1)
2 Saint Andrew’s (2)
3 Newark Charter (3)
4 Archmere (4)
5 Mount Pleasant (X)

DROPPED OUT: Friends (5)

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
D1
1 Padua (1)
2 Smyrna (3)
3 Appoquinimink (4)
4 Cape Henlopen (X)
5 Charter of Wilmington (2)

DROPPED OUT: Concord (5)

D2
1 Tatnall (1)
2 Newark Charter (2)
3 Ursuline (3)
4 Mount Pleasant (5)
5 DMA (4)

DROPPED OUT: NONE

Appoquinimink boys’ strong showing at the Killens Pond Invitational shuffled up the Division I deck, as Cape and Sussex Tech also finished ahead of Charter… Cape’s girls also finished ahead of Concord, bumping them into the top 5, as Charter’s finish slid them down, despite Olivia Brozefsky’s win in the event.

RACE TO WATCH: The Joe O’Neill Invitational Friday afternoon at Bellevue, usually a great test for Delaware teams going into the conference and state meets.

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