Delaware Sports Zone

By- Sean Greene

A quintuple overtime game and a top-5 team playing with just 3 varsity players left the boys basketball rankings tough to sort out, with two weeks to go in the season.

Ultimately, Saint Mark’s dramatic loss to Salesianum in 9 periods was enough to vault them into the rankings, while Sanford was left at No. 3, since their suspended players returned on Saturday.

The other sports remained the same, although Milford wrestling jumped from No. 3 to No. 1 as they won the meets that mattered at the DIAA Wrestling Championships.

(Updated: February 12, 2018)


1) Cape Henlopen (15-2, 1)

2) Smyrna (15-2, 2)

3) Sanford (12-5, 3)

4) Sussex Tech (14-4, 4)

5) William Penn (14-3, 5)

6) Salesianum (10-5, 6)

7) St. Georges (12-5, 8)

8) Saint Mark’s (11-5, X)

9) Caesar Rodney (11-5, 10)

10) Caravel (10-5)

Dropped Out:  Indian River (12-6, X)

The biggest question was what to do with Sanford. They were crushed by Saint Elizabeth, but had just three regular varsity players… At their best, they are a reasonable choice to be picked to win the state tournament, at their worst, they could be an early out if they can’t follow team rules. We’ll lean to the upper side of their talent for now… Caesar Rodney’s win over Indian River knocked out the Indians, and left a debate between Saint Mark’s and Mount Pleasant to enter in. Saint Mark’s gets the edge with their wins over Caravel and Saint Elizabeth, while Mount Pleasant is 13-3, but a down year in Flight B has been killing their chance for a quality win (which could change Tuesday)l… Caravel was about to drop out with the loss of Tre Alderman, but a 70-35 win over Woodbridge convinced us to keep them in.

GAME TO WATCH: Mount Pleasant at Salesianum (Tuesday, 7:30, WDEL) – As stated above, Mount Pleasant has an excellent 13-3 record, but really no marquee victory, a victory here could really help their seeding. Salesianum continues their incredibly difficult schedule, as they play their first game since the 5OT classic vs. Saint Mark’s.


1) Sanford (13-3, 1)

2) Conrad (15-2, 2)

3) Caravel (13-4, 3)

4) Ursuline (9-9, 5)

5) Howard (13-4, 6)

6) St. Elizabeth (13-3, 4)

7) Hodgson (17-2, 7)

8) Sussex Tech (14-2, 8)

9) Padua (12-5, 9)

10) Archmere (10-7, 10)

Dropped out:  None

There was only one top-10 loss this week, as Ursuline turned the tables on Saint Elizabeth, flipping the teams, although we slid Howard up to give them credit for the win over the Vikings eariler this year.

GAME TO WATCH: Sussex Tech at Caesar Rodney (Tuesday, 5:30) – CR has won 6 straight since the surprising loss at Cape Henlopen, while Sussex Tech can almost surely clinch a perfect run in the Henlopen North with a victory.



1) Caesar Rodney (13-2, 3)

2) Smyrna (12-5, 1) L CR

3) Salesianum (14-3, 2) L CR

4) Sussex Central (8-4, 4)

5) Dover (12-5, 5)


Caesar Rodney earned a tri-championship in the Henlopen North, but had to wrestle in the opening round as the No. 3 seed. No problem as they avenged losses to Smyrna and Salesianum to win the title.

DUEL TO WATCH: Individual Championship Final (Saturday, 6pm, Cape Henlopen)


1) Milford (14-5, 3)

2) Laurel (6-2, 2)

3) Indian River (16-4, 1)

4) Archmere (13-2, 4)

5) DMA (7-2, 5)


Milford’s wins over Cape and Central going into the tournament proved no fluke, as they stormed their way past Henlopen South rivals Indian River and Laurel to win their 5th-straight state title… Archmere and DMA once again went down to the final bout, proving they might have been the best-matched teams all year.

DUEL TO WATCH: Individual Championship Final (Saturday, 6pm, Cape Henlopen)


1) Salesianum (9-2, 1)

2) Charter of Wilmington (9-1, 2)

3) Conrad (8-2, 5)

4) Archmere (7-3, 3)

5) Caesar Rodney (11-1, 4)



1) Newark Charter (9-1, 1)

2) Padua (6-1, 2)

3) Charter of Wilmington (8-3, 3)

4) Ursuline (7-3, 4)

5) Appoquinimink (12-2, 5)


The countdown to the state championships are on, as Conrad’s boys picked up a key victory to remind the state they should be contenders at UD a week from Saturday.


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