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Sussex Tech’s Brittany Joseph slides home safely for the first of three first inning runs in her team’s 6-0 win over Caravel in the state championship game at Sports at the Beach. Photo by Mike McClure

Sussex Tech softball: 2007 year in review By Mike McClure The Sussex Tech varsity softball team entered the 2007 spring sports season with some high expectations after going 19-4 overall in ‘06. The Lady Ravens went on to outscore their opponents, 196-33, losing to only Caravel and Sussex Central during the regular season before defeating both teams in the state semifinals and finals for their first ever state championship. “Our number one goal is to become a team. Our motto this year is “A team lives when you abandon yourself”,” Sussex Tech head coach John Marvel told the Star at the start of the season. “We have a lot of experience back. We’ve been blessed that our program is at a point where we have high expectations.” The following is the 2007 year in review: 3/22- Sussex Tech 8, Smyrna 3- Brittany Joseph knocked in five runs including three with a home run, Hope Cornell doubled and homered, and Kim Owens

struck out 12 in a three-hitter. Heather Frech also had two hits as the four seniors stepped up in the opening contest. 3/23- Sussex Tech 9, Easton 0- Sophomore Brooke Tull struck out 13 and allowed three hits in the shutout while Frech and Rhonda Warrington each drove in three runs. 3/27- Sussex Tech 8, Polytech 1Owens notched the win while Frech, Warrington, and Megan Lathbury each ripped a triple in the Raven victory. 3/30- Sussex Tech 4, Laurel 3 (10 innings)- The Bulldogs gave the Ravens their first hard fought battle of the season as neither team could score through the first nine innings. Sussex Tech scored four runs in the top of the 10th and held off Laurel’s rally in the bottom of the inning for the narrow one run win. Joseph and Tull each collected a pair of hits and Tull struck out 19. 4/2- Sussex Tech 15, Seaford 0Joseph struck out 10 and drove in five runs and Tull had a double, home run, and

✳ JUNE 14 - 20, 2007 five RBIs to help pace Tech. 4/14- Sussex Tech 13, Chambersburg 7- Melony Thompson had two hits and four RBIs, Frech collected a pair of hits including a three-run home run, and Cornell also hit a three-run home run. Joseph and Owens added three hits a piece. 4/17- Sussex Tech 12, Delmar 1Joseph struck out 12 batters, Lathbury and Cornell contributed three hits each, and Owens and Tull had two hits in the Raven win. 4/19- Sussex Tech 7, Cape Henlopen 3- In a preview of the state quarterfinals, Sussex Tech topped Cape as Tull struck out 12 in a three hitter while driving in three runs. Cornell doubled, tripled, and knocked in three runs. 4/23- Caravel 6, Sussex Tech 3- Defending champion Caravel handed Sussex Tech its first loss of the season in a nonconference game. Warrington drove in two runs and Lathbury had one RBI in the defeat. 4/24- Sussex Tech 10, Lake Forest 1The Ravens bounced back with a conference win over the Spartans as Joseph homered and struck out 11, Thompson hit a home run, and Lathbury had two hits. 4/28- Sussex Tech 10, Concord 0Joseph struck out 10 and had two hits, Frech went 4-for-4, and Cornell chipped in with a pair of hits in the non-conference win. 4/30- Sussex Tech 13, Indian River 2Tull tossed a two-hitter and Owens had two doubles in the Sussex Tech victory. 5/1- Sussex Tech 11, Woodbridge 0Joseph fired the team’s first and only nohitter of the season and hit a home run. Fellow Laurel resident Kim Owens also homered. 5/3- Sussex Tech 16, Caesar Rodney 0- Tull struck out 10 and had a one-hitter

and Jenna Allen and Cornell collected three hits apiece. 5/8- Sussex Tech 10, Milford 0- Tull struck out 13 in another one-hitter while adding a pair of doubles at the plate. Warrington also had two doubles for the Ravens. 5/9- Sussex Tech 29, Dover 0- The bats stayed hot as the Ravens thumped the Senators behind three home runs by Thompson and five hits by Joseph who homered twice. Cornell also had three hits including a pair of home runs and dove in six runs. 5/12- Sussex Tech 13, Saint Dominic 3- Joseph earned the non-conference win, Owens collected three hits and drove in four runs, and Tull tallied three hits and three RBIs for Sussex Tech. 5/14- Sussex Central 3, Sussex Tech 1- The Knights won the battle of the unbeaten Henlopen Conference teams in this April 4 makeup but the Ravens would get their revenge in the state tournament. Tull allowed four runs and had the team’s lone RBI. 5/15- Sussex Tech 4, Padua 0- Tull struck out 17 in a one-hit shutout in Sussex Tech’s final game of the regular season. Sussex Tech entered the state tournament with a 17-2, 12-1 regular season record. The undefeated Knights got the second seed, the defending champion Caravel Bucs were the top seed, and the Ravens were seeded third. Sussex Tech went undefeated when it counted, beating William Penn, 25-4, before a pair of one run wins over Cape Henlopen (4-3) and Sussex Central (3-2) to advance to the championship against Caravel. This time the Ravens got the better of their New Castle County nemesis with a 6-0 win to take the state crown.

ATTENTION: EYE ON THE BALLSussex Tech senior Heather Frech makes contact with a pitch as head coach/third base coach John Marvel looks on during the Ravens’ quarterfinal win over Cape Henlopen. Sussex Tech went on to top Sussex Central and Caravel to win the state championship. Photo by Mike McClure

Five Western Sussex softball players named first team all-state The following local softball players were named first team all-state for high school softball: Brooke Tull, Sussex Tech, pitcher; Brittany Joseph, Sussex Tech, second base; Amanda Horsey, Laurel, shortstop; Hope Cornell, Sussex Tech, outfield; Kim Owens, Sussex Tech, utility Sussex Tech’s Heather Frech was named second team all-state as an outfielder. No other local players were named to the second team or honorable mention.

Sussex Tech’s Nennstiehl is lone local all-state girls’ soccer player Sussex Tech goalkeeper Katie Nennstiehl was recently named to the girls’ soccer all-state third team. The senior was the only player from this area named all-state.

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June 14, 2007  

ALUMNI OF ALL AGES - LHS class of 1957 celebrates 50-year reunion, page 18. And DHS holds commencement ceremony for brand new grads. Page 20...

June 14, 2007  

ALUMNI OF ALL AGES - LHS class of 1957 celebrates 50-year reunion, page 18. And DHS holds commencement ceremony for brand new grads. Page 20...