To help celebrate Delaware SportsZone’s second season covering Delaware High School Sports, we’re looking back at some of the best games covered during the previous year.
We did our best to find the best combination of the game’s importance, drama, and memorable moments, while also trying to include as many sports as possible.
Part 1 of this series highlights games 20 through 16.
Today – Games 20-16
Wednesday – Games 15-11
Thursday – Games 10-6
Friday – Games 5-1
Baseball – Caravel 6, Sussex Central 5 (12 inn.) – May 16, 2017
Sussex Central was in the midst of a late-season push in an attempt to sneak into the postseason, when they took a 2-run lead into the 7th inning at Caravel. Tyler Juhl played the poor host, as he hit a 2-out, 2-run homer to the the game, and then as the clock approached 11pm, delivered the game-winning RBI for the Bucs. Sussex Central ended up falling short in their hopes of the postseason, while Caravel went on to win the state championship.
Football – William Penn 27, St. Georges 24 – September 9, 2017
The hidden secret to a high seed in the Division II Football Tournament is to collect wins over Division I opposition. In a matchup that will now be a Flight A battle in 2017, St. Georges took the lead late in the 4th quarter when Jalen Smith scored, but Colonials’ QB Zach Burton rallied his team in a rare night home game (that was moved to Caravel’s turf field), diving into the end zone with 1:40 left to secure the victory.
William Penn ended up making the semifinals, where they lost to eventual champion Smyrna. St. Georges didn’t earn the win that night, but won their next 8 games, and ultimately reached the Division II semis.
Boys Basketball- Sanford 72, St. Elizabeth 63 (2OT) – DIAA 2nd Round – March 3, 2017
Sanford coach Stan Waterman’s 500th career victory did not come easily. Trailing late in the game, Jyare Davis was able to hit a late shot to force overtime. With their backs against the wall in the extra session, Marcus McCollum drained a three-pointer to send the game to double overtime, where the Warriors then ran away with the win.
This wasn’t even the best ending between the teams this season, as we’ll see later on in the countdown.
Girls Soccer – Middletown 4, Appoquinimink 3 (OT) – May 10, 2017
It never hurts to have the best player in the state on your team, and Middletown took full advantage of that in this cross-town battle that settled the Flight A crown. Poarch exploded for three goals in the first 9 minutes, making it look like a rout, but Appoquinimink had other ideas.
They collected a pair of goals before halftime, and then Maddie Carr tied the game, sending the battle into overtime.
Poarch again came through, clinching the title for the Cavs. Alyssa later suffered a season-ending injury, but we’ll see later in the countdown, it didn’t derail Middletown’s title dreams. Appoquinimink girls soccer will also appear again during their season of overtime battles.
Girls Basketball – A.I. duPont 63, Concord 59 (2OT) – DIAA 2nd Round – March 2, 2017
The second rounds of the two basketball tournaments in Delaware featured three double-overtime games, including this battle of Flight A teams trying to earn a spot at the Bob Carpenter Center. A.I. duPont’s combination of freshman Ber’nyah Ward-Mayo and senior Lauryn Griffin shined on the tournament state, with Ward-Mayo collecting 31 points, while Lauryn Griffin hit some late free throws to lock up a date with Caravel.