Play ball! Prep teams return from spring break, FCA Bucks seeking football players

Play ball.

We’re back from spring break, and that means prep sports games gain importance every week from here until the regular season concludes.

And that’s actually not as far away as it seems.

Henlopen Conference track and field championships are scheduled for May 7. From there, every other regular season will begin reaching its respective conclusion, with baseball’s May 20 final day of play being the last scheduled.

That means less than a month from now – or just slightly more in the case of baseball and softball – we’ll be watching state tournament games.

This week features some intriguing games for nearly every local squad.

Perhaps the most telling will be what Milford baseball does, as the 4-0 Buccaneers have scheduled games against Caesar Rodney and Sussex Central, two teams who look like solid postseason bets.

Battle of the Bell… or bat, in this instance… rival Lake Forest will also see how much a contender it is with bouts against North foes Polytech and aforementioned CR scheduled. The 3-1 Spartans already have two wins versus the North this season, which is something Lake baseball hadn’t done in a long time.

Another baseball team we should find out more about this week is Sussex Tech. The Ravens are off to a 6-1 start this season but that sole loss – against Caesar Rodney – is to the only team they have played thus far that looks like a legitimate state tournament team. Tech hosts Dover on Thursday and the Senators appear again to be the class of the Henlopen Conference.

Softball, for once, takes a backseat. While there are some interesting matchups slated for the upcoming week, most involve fringe playoff teams that are at the moment seemingly a step behind Henlopen heavyweights Polytech, Delmar and Laurel. That perception, however, could all change if one or two of those squads scores an upset in the coming days.

Wednesday night, Milford’s boys’ lacrosse team plays its biggest game to date. For the Bucs, a win at Delmar would all but clinch their first Southern Division championship. Granted the division is small, three schools still don’t have teams, but the victory would also keep Milford undefeated this season.

FCA Bucks football

It’s never too early to talk football.

Soon the FCA Bucks, a local club/travel football team for high school students that are home schooled or attend campuses that don’t carry the sport, will begin spring practice sessions.

Potential players or their parents should contact the Bucks’ coaching staff at for more information.

This year’s team, which begins regular season play in the fall, will call Delmarva Christian’s campus its home. Away games will be played in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, most of them on Saturdays.

Fall practices begin in August. The Bucks, if enough players join the program, are looking to add a junior varsity team this year as well.

“We are hoping to attract many additional potential players to join us this season, as we believe that our program offers the many values learned in the great sport of football, as well as the benefits of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes,” Bucks coach Charlie Darling said by email.

From the Sussex County Sports Desk

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