Sussex Tech winter athletics poised to make noise in playoffs

GEORGETOWN – Most schools will have at least one team per season that makes a deep run in the DIAA playoffs. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even see two teams making some noise in the postseason.

This winter, however, the Sussex Tech athletics department is enjoying success across the board.

From both basketball squads, to wrestling, to both swim teams, it’s the end of January and Sussex Tech has winning records from five winter sports teams as we head into February.

Boys’ basketball (13-2)

Impressive turnaround for Sussex Tech, coming off a 5-15 campaign a season ago, as first-year head coach Damon Ayers has his Ravens team riding an eight-game win streak following Saturday’s big 74-62 win over William Penn.

Seniors Khalil Bolden (20 points) and Jaquan Burton (15 points) led the way for the offense in the team’s 12-point win over William Penn, but a different player could lead the scoring on any given night for the Tech boys.

The team’s only two losses this season have come against Smyrna (75-61 on Dec. 12) and Cape Henlopen (61-51 on Jan. 2), who have a combined 22-4 record between them this season.

With five games left on the regular season schedule, Tech is likely to land a high-seed in the DIAA tournament this year.

Tuesday, Jan. 30, Tech will travel to Smyrna and put its eight-game win streak on the line before coming back home for a home showdown with cross-town rival Sussex Central Friday, Feb. 2.

Girls’ basketball (10-2)

Head coach Justin Davis and his Lady Ravens squad, coming off a DIAA quarterfinals appearance last year, started the season 9-0 before dropping a pair of close match-ups to James Bennett (48-41) and Hodgson Vo-Tech (48-42) last week.

In the team’s 10 wins, the Lady Ravens are beating opponents by an average of 18.4 points this year. With eight games remaining on the 2018 schedule, just three of the remaining opponents currently have winning records.

In Tech’s most recent win, a 54-44 win over Polytech Tuesday, Jan. 23, junior forward Janiya Stevens led the scoring with 18 points and senior Aliyah Browning recorded 10 points.

Tech’s two games this week include a home match-up with Smyrna Tuesday, Jan. 30 and a road game at Sussex Central Friday, Feb. 2.

Boys’ swimming (6-1)

The boys’ swim team has dropped just one meet, 106-64 against Caesar Rodney Jan. 16, and all seven of the team’s meets have been on the road as of right now.

The team’s first home meet will be against Indian River Tuesday, Jan. 30. A tri-meet Sussex Central and Polytech Thursday, Feb. 1 will wrap up the regular season schedule ahead of the Henlopen Conference Championships at Sussex Academy Saturday, Feb. 10.

Girls’ swimming (7-0)

The girls swim team has yet to drop a meet, with the most recent win coming against Sussex Academy 106-64.
Like the boys, the girls’ first home meet will be against Indian River Tuesday, Jan. 30.

Head coach Michele Thomas and her squad will have a tri-meet against Sussex Central and Polytech Thursday, Feb. 1 to wrap up the regular season schedule ahead of the Henlopen Conference Championships at Sussex Academy Saturday, Feb. 10.

Wrestling (12-5)

The wrestling squad has just four dual-meets left this season before the Henlopen Conference Individual championships (Feb. 16 and Feb. 17) and the DIAA Individual State championships (Feb. 23 and Feb. 24).

Most recently, Tech picked up a pair of wins in a tri-meet with Indian River and Concord.

Tech used five pins to earn a 43-26 win over IR and six pins in a 58-18 win over Concord.

Next on the schedule is a dual-meet against Polytech Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m.

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

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