Season in review: Sussex Central’s 2017 spring season

GEORGETOWN – With the DIAA state championship action in the rear view mirror, the 2017 spring sports season is officially in the books across the state of Delaware.

The Golden Knights didn’t finish the spring season with any state championships, but a few spring teams did turn in impressive 2017 seasons.

Baseball: 10-8 record

The Golden Knights’ baseball squad didn’t let a slow start prevent them from finishing the season on a high note.

After beginning the season 1-5, Central won nine of the last 12 games of the season. This included a six-game win streak.

The 10-win season surpassed last year’s 9-9 campaign, but fell just shy of earning a DIAA state tournament appearance.

With just four seniors on the 2017 roster, head coach Todd Brock will have plenty of experienced players on his 2018 squad.

Golf: 6-9 record

The golf team dropped its final three matches to cap the regular season at 6-9.

As a team, Central finished under 200 once this spring – a 196-295 victory over Woodbridge Wednesday, April 12. In the win, Braden McCabe earned the match’s medal, turning in a 47.

The sophomore McCabe, Kole and Kade Bullock and senior Robert Hassler were a few of the team’s top scorers throughout the regular season.

Boys’ lacrosse: 0-11 record

Despite finishing the regular season 0-11, Central’s lacrosse squad put up a few solid performances during the 2017 season.

Central put up 15 goals in a five-goal loss to Lake Forest Monday, May 1.

Girls’ soccer: 3-10-2 record

Head coach Kevin Cash made his return to the Sussex Central girls’ soccer program this spring.

Two of the team’s three wins this season came in shutout fashion, pulling off an early-season 2-0 victory over Laurel and a 1-0 win over Glasgow in early May.

Central recorded back-to-back ties against Sussex Academy (1-1) and Dover (0-0).

Central’s senior midfielder Merci Diaz will be taking her soccer career to the next level, playing at Goucher College next year.

Softball: 14-4 record

Central dropped the first two games of the season, but a dominating 12-game win streak put Sussex Central in great position late in the regular season.

Behind strong pitching performances from senior Hayley McCabe, Central put up a 14-win season and snagged the No. 8 seed in the state tournament this spring.

An 11-5 first-round loss to Delmar ended the Lady Golden Knights’ season prematurely, but it doesn’t make the regular season run of 12 straight wins any less impressive.

With only three players graduating, head coach John Wells can expect his squad to make an even deeper run in the tournament next year.

Tennis (boys): 0-14 record

The boys’ squad finished the season with an 0-14 team record, coming the closest to a victory Wednesday, April 12 against Milford (3-2).

Brandon Littleton defeated Milford’s Haoyu Huang 3-6 7-6 6-4 in the third singles match and the Cole Breedlove/Josh Reynolds duo defeated Milford’s Jordan Tribbett/Nicholas Jackson 6-0 4-6 6-2 in the second doubles match.

With all but four players being freshman and sophomores on this year’s squad, the Golden Knights will return nearly all of its roster for next spring.

Tennis (girls): 1-13 record

With the team’s lone win coming in a 3-2 match against Lake Forest, the girls’ team also didn’t have any top finishers in this year’s Henlopen championships or state championships.

In the team’s 3-2 win over Lake, juniors Luisa Cadeza Lujan (first singles) and Kelly Orledge (second singles) pulled off decisive victories. Juniors Hannah Pistoia and Karen Ventura Lopez pulled away with a 6-3 6-3 victory in the second doubles match.

Losing two seniors this year, the girls’ squad will also return a majority of its roster next season.

Track & field

During the regular season, the boys’ squad finished 5-4, picking up wins in the team’s first three meets of the season.

The girls’ squad finished the regular season with a 3-9 record.

At states, Central’s boys’ squad finished 13th out of 17 teams in the Division I championships.

Senior DiJon Hall finished first in the state in the Division I discus throw event.

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

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