Season in review: Recapping Sussex Central’s 2017 fall sports season

GEORGETOWN – Sussex Central High capped its 2017 fall sports season with three winning seasons and a pair of state tournament appearances.

Here’s a brief look back at how each team fared during the 2017 season.

Cross country

The boys’ cross country squad finished the regular season with a team record of 7-6, turning in the team’s second consecutive winning season.

At the Henlopen Conference championships Saturday, Nov. 4, Sussex Central finished eighth place out of 12 schools. The team’s score of 203 put them one point ahead of ninth-place Indian River.

The girls’ cross country squad finished the regular season with a team record of 2-11, earning victories over First State Military Academy (15-50) and Delmarva Christian (25-31).

At the Henlopen Conference championships, Central posted a team score of 315 to finish 12th in the conference.

Field hockey

In 2017, Sussex Central field hockey finished the season at 3-10-2.

The squad earned victories over Delmarva Christian (5-1), Sussex Academy (4-0) and Seaford (7-0). The team added a pair of 0-0 ties against Woodbridge and Laurel.

In the team’s 4-0 win over Sussex Academy Friday, Oct. 20, sophomore Carly Collins scored a pair of goals and junior Madison Sockriter and senior Kailee Abbott scored one goal each.

Football

Head coach John Wells and his varsity football squad put up an 8-2 record during the regular season.

With just a pair of losses to Smyrna and Caesar Rodney during the regular season, Central earned the No. 4 seed in the DIAA Division I state playoffs.

A 12-7 loss to No. 5 William Penn in the first round Friday, Nov. 17 ended Central’s season prematurely.

With players like Isaac Barnes, Isaiah Barnes and Zion Reed returning for their senior year next year, coach Wells hopes to build off the success of the 2017 season.

Boys’ soccer

In his second season back with the program, head coach Kevin Cash led his Golden Knights squad to their second consecutive state tournament berth.

Following a 10-5 regular season, Central earned the No. 7 seed in the Division I tournament. A 4-0 first-round loss to No. 2 Appoquinimink ended the Knights’ state title hopes Nov. 11.

The Central soccer program has put up four straight winning seasons dating back to the fall of 2014.

Volleyball

The Lady Knights completed the season with a 4-11 record, picking up a season-opening 3-2 win over Woodbridge and a season-ending 3-0 win over Milford on Senior Night.

The Knights also picked up 3-0 wins over Howard HS of Tech Sept. 18 and Seaford Oct. 10.

Starting Friday, Nov. 10, Sussex Central kicked off pre-season practices to prepare for the upcoming winter sports season in Georgetown. First day of real winter sports competition is Friday, Dec. 1.

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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