Delaware Sports Zone

By- Sean Greene
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A perfect record in sets and Padua’s upset of No. 1 Ursuline catapulted Tower Hill volleyball to the top spot in this week’s WDEL/Delaware SportsZone High School rankings.

Football held steady, although Glasgow’s run since their opening upset loss to Indian River has them back in the mix for the Flight B title.

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

DROPPED OUT: None

No Top 10 upsets this week, as Sussex Central defeated Sussex Tech, Polytech edged Cape Henlopen, and William Penn rallied past Concord.

GAMES TO WATCH: Middletown at Salesianum (Friday, 7:30pm) and Sussex Central at Smyrna (Friday, 7pm) – Too good of a twin-bill to not highlight both.

The Cavs and Sals play part 2 of the Smyrna-Middletown-Salesianum regular season triangle after Middletown defeated Smyrna back in Week 1. The teams have met in the last two tournament semifinals, with Salesianum sweeping the Cavs in 2015, and Middletown returning the favor last year. The Zach Gwynn (Sals) vs. Drew Fry (Cavs) QB matchup is highly intriguing.

Smyrna and Sussex Central likely have a conference title on the line Friday night (unless Polytech continues to play spoiler). Last year Smyrna scored at least 54 points in every regular season game, except when they had to hold on for a 22-14 win over the Golden Knights. Fluke? Smyrna only hed a 16-9 lead at halftime over CR last week before a 32-point 3rd quarter. This seems like a prime time for an upset, or can Smyrna make a statement?

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

DROPPED OUT: Archmere (3-2, 10)

Archmere has dropped two emotional games over the past two weeks… Meanwhile, Glasgow has suddenly put their season-opening loss to Indian River in the rear-view, combining to defeat Brandywine and St. Elizabeth 70-13, their key Flight B games are still ahead… DMA lost their first game of the year to Hodgson, which didn’t earn them a demotion in the rankings.

GAME TO WATCH: A.I. duPont at Glasgow (Friday, 7pm) – The Flight B chase begins to get real, as the Tigers face Glasgow and Howard over the next two weeks. Howard and Glasgow meet in Week 10.

FIELD HOCKEY
D1
1 Cape Henlopen (7-2, 1)
2 Polytech (5-2, 2)
3 Dover (3-2-2, 4)
4 Sussex Tech (5-3-1, 3)
5 Padua (6-1, 5)

DROPPED OUT: None

D2
1 Delmar (9-0, 1)
2 Lake Forest (6-2, 2)
3 Tower Hill (6-0, 3)
4 Caravel (5-0-2, 5)
5 Milford (4-4-1, 4)

DROPPED OUT: None

Caravel tied Archmere, while Milford dropped their 3rd game this year to a Division 1 opponent, a distinction that becomes less important with the split tournaments this year. Friends, Archmere, and Smyrna are other teams playing very close to the ranking level.

GAME TO WATCH: Polytech at Cape Henlopen (Thursday, 6pm) – A possible Division I state championship preview, Cape has allowed just 2 goals since their 6-3 loss to Delmar.

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

DROPPED OUT: None

Ursuline’s loss to Padua left room at the top, and Tower Hill gets the edge over the Pandas with their perfect record in sets so far this season, all of the other results this week held to the rankings… Indian River is 8-0, but they’ve lost several sets to non-ranked opponents this year.

GAME TO WATCH: Padua at Tower Hill (Wednesday, 5:30) – Amazing how the scheduling powers find a way to help us settle rankings debates. Padua has dropped 5 sets this year, so something will have to give.

BOYS SOCCER
D1
1 Salesianum (7-1, 1)
2 Appoquinimink (7-1-1, 2)
3 Cape Henlopen (9-1, 3)
4 Caesar Rodney (6-2, 4)
5 Sussex Tech (5-3, 5)

DROPPED OUT: None

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

DROPPED OUT: None

A week devoid of upsets in soccer has been rare, but that’s what managed to take place this past week… Can only imagine this will last for so long.

GAME TO WATCH: Appoquinimink at Salesianum (Saturday, 1pm) – It’s unfortunate that these rivals are playing in the middle of prime American Football time, but a solid rivalry has developed between these two Division 1 powers. Salesianum held the Jags without a shot on goal in the 2016 state title game.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
D1
1 Salesianum (1)
2 Charter of Wilmington (2)
3 Appoquinimink (3)
4 Caesar Rodney (4)
5 Cape Henlopen (5)

DROPPED OUT: NONE

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 Charter of Wilmington (2)
3 Smyrna (3)
4 Appoquinimink (4)
5 Concord (X)

DROPPED OUT: Sussex Tech (5)

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

DROPPED OUT: NONE

The Salesianum Invitational jumbled the mix. Concord was the top finishing D1 Girls School, besting Sussex Tech and Polytech to make their way into the Top 5, while Mount Pleasant finished well ahead of DMA to move up a spot in Division 2.

Boys Division 1 remained the same, but Mount Pleasant’s 7th place finish put them ahead of DMA and Friends, earning them a slot in the Top 5.

RACE TO WATCH: The next major in-state meet is the Salesianum Invitational on October 7.

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