Year in review: Revisiting the biggest sports moments from 2017

It’s been a hectic year in local and high school sports across Sussex County.

From inspirational performances, to individual feats accomplished, to state and world championship victories, 2017 has produced its fair share of exciting moments.

With the calendar year coming to an end at midnight this evening, it’s the perfect time to take a brief look back on some of the notable sports moments from across the county.

Feb. 11, 2017

At the Henlopen Conference championships, IR’s Colin Crandel (boys’ swim) and Cape’s Bill Geppert (girls’ swim) win the Henlopen Conference Coach of the Year awards.

Feb. 14, 2017

Sussex Central wrestling captures the Division I DIAA Dual-Meet championship at Smyrna High with a 32-30 victory over the defending champion Smyrna Eagles. It was longtime head coach Phil Schultie’s final dual-meet as coach, ending his 41-year tenure as the Div. I state champion.

On the Div. II side of things, Indian River wrestling fell just shy in the dual-meet state championships. Leading 30-15 at one point, IR would fall to Milford, 34-30, in the final to finish as the Division II runner-up.

March 2, 2017

Sussex Tech girls’ basketball, earning the No. 8 seed and a first-round bye in the DIAA state tournament, defeats DMA, 45-35, to earn a trip to the Bob Carpenter Center for the DIAA state quarterfinals.

March 18, 2017

Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder holds a meet-and-greet with five kids from the Nanticoke “Grant A Wish” program at the annual Good Health: A Community Health Event & Partner Expo event in Laurel, DE.

Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder meets and takes selfies with five kids from the Nanticoke “Grant-a-Wish” program at a meet-and-greet at the annual Good Health: A Community Health Event & Partner Expo (Sussex Post/Ben Heck).

April 10, 2017

In early April, Delmarva Christian High School became the first southern Delaware school to launch a boys’ volleyball program. The team opened its junior varsity schedule with a match against Salesianum April 10 and finished its eight-match regular season schedule at 7-1.

May 2, 2017

Old Tymers Softball enters 20th year in existence. Former NFL player Charles “Bo” Wood is president of the 13-team league for players aged 60 and older.

May 4, 2017

In a 9-0 shutout win over Laurel, Indian River senior Maddie Hogsten scored her 100th career goal, joining former teammate Brooke Beam as the only two soccer players in school history to reach the 100-goal mark. She scored a hat trick in the nine-goal game.

May 24, 2017

Sussex Tech wins first-round DIAA state tournament game just a few days after senior catcher Shannon Lord was injured in a car accident. The team put up a “Play for Shan” poster in the dugout and would go on to defeat Wilmington Charter, 3-0, in first-round action.

May 26, 2017

Indian River softball, seeded No. 10 in the state tournament, upset No. 2 Lake Forest with a 7-4 victory in the DIAA quarterfinals. IR would go on to fall to eventual state champion Milford, 18-5, in the semifinal round.

June 17, 2017

The Gold squad shuts out the Blue squad, 44-0, in the annual DFRC Blue-Gold football game at the University of Delaware. Jordan Marvel represented Sussex Tech; Timothy Jones and Christian Moore represented Sussex Central; Griffin McCormick represented Indian River. Smyrna quarterback Nolan Henderson earned the game’s Most Outstanding Player award.

June 24, 2017

Delaware North defeats Delaware South, 12-5, in the semifinal round of the annual Carpenter Cup Classic at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

July 26, 2017

For the second consecutive season, Milton’s Major Baseball little league squad captured the state championship to earn a trip to Bristol, Conn. for the Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament. Milton punched its ticket to Bristol with a 10-0 shutout victory over Brandywine.

With a 10-0 shutout over Brandywine, Milton LL clinched its second straight Major Baseball state title in July (Sussex Post/Ben Heck).

Aug. 6, 2017

Georgetown/District III defeats Asia-Pacific, 4-0, to capture the Senior Softball World Series championship in Roxana, DE. Manager Craig Kormanik’s all-star team finished 6-1 over a seven-day span to capture the title. Taylor Wroten threw every pitch in all seven tournament games.

Sept. 7, 2017

Indian River football opened its 2017 campaign with a thrilling 21-20 upset victory over Glasgow behind three touchdown passes from quarterback Jalen Snead. With under a minute to play, Snead’s 5-yard TD to K.J. Custis proved to be the game-winner. It turned out to be IR’s lone win of the season.

Oct. 30, 2017

Smyrna defeats Indian River, 3-0, to win the volleyball Henlopen Conference championship at Woodbridge High. Smyrna earned the No. 9 seed in the state tournament, while IR earned the No. 7 seed and a first-round bye.

Nov. 18, 2017

Sussex Tech field hockey traveled up north to University of Delaware to compete in the DIAA Div. I state championship game. Although the dream season ended with a 1-0 loss to Cape Henlopen on the UD turf field, the girls capped the 2017 season with an impressive tournament run despite being the No. 8 – and final – seed in the bracket.

Jakayla Sample hit a home run to help lead Georgetown/Dist. III to a 4-0 Senior Softball World Series title in August (Sussex Post/Ben Heck).

Dec. 2, 2017

Smyrna and Delmar football captured the DIAA football state championships at University of Delaware. Smyrna, with a 30-27 win over Middletown, earned its third straight Div. I title, while Delmar defeated Milford 14-7 for its seventh overall Div. II football title.

Dec. 27, 2017

Indian River and Sussex Tech boys’ basketball each captured a pair of wins to earn bracket championships at the annual Governor’s Challenge holiday tournament in Salisbury, MD.

The Sussex Tech Lady Ravens, picking up a 62-26 win over Thomas Stone (MD) and a 46-32 win over Damascus (MD), also won its respective bracket at the Governor’s Challenge.

With 2017 on its way out, we can officially shift our coverage focus on the 2018 sports calendar.

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