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Delmar volleyball team features several returning players Head coach- Karen Lewis Years coaching- first Last season- 3-9, 6-11 Returning players- seniors Gabby Andrade (libero/middle hitter), Elise Breda (middle hitter), Meghan Gordy (outside hitter), Kelsey Murrell (setter/outside hitter), Annika Nichols (setter/middle hitter), Brittani Scott (setter/outside hitter), Jayme West (middle hitter), and Carolyn Zimmerman (middle hitter) and junior Sarah Smith (outside hitter) Newcomers- Juniors Kayla Haney (outside hitter/setter), Shanna Hearn (middle hitter), and Abby Tingle (outside hitter) Team strengths- the return of nine skillful and experienced players and the talent of the newcomers Outlook for season- “Our team motto is: the impossible is possible. Our goal is to win.”

Delmar varsity field hockey team looks to contend in South

Laurel varsity field hockey coach Margo Morris, right, looks on during one of her team’s Seaford Play Day games. Morrs has been pleased with her team’s play in the pre-season. Photo by Mike McClure

Laurel field hockey continued pre-season and her players’ experiences with the softball and basketball programs, both coming off winning seasons, will help her team reach this goal. “Everything after that (an above .500 record) we’re just going to celebrate it and we’re going to enjoy it,” said Morris, whose team topped Wicomico High, 5-0, in a scrimmage last Thursday. “We know now that we’re probably better than the average team but we don’t know where

we stands with the best teams.” Morris knows the road to a winning season will not be an easy one given that he team plays in the always tough Henlopen Conference. She sees Indian River, Milford, Delmar, Cape Henlopen, Smyrna, Sussex Tech, and an improved Polytech team as some of the teams to beat in the conference. “It’s just going to be tough all the way through. The Henlopen Conference, it’s tough,” said Morris.

Seaford High field hockey

Woodbridge High field hockey

Head coach- Robin Verdery Years coaching- 16 Last season- 5-9-3, 6-9-3 Returning players- Anna Duryea, Hilary Cooper, Jamie Swain, Taylor Swain, Courtney Torbert, Haley Quillen, Erin Wootten, Kelsey Hoch, and Paige Venables Newcomers- Alexis Carey, Elizabeth Perciful, Jenna Wills, Whitney Wright, Molly Cain, Ania Sypek, Maria DeMott, Alison Schwinn Team strengths- team works well together Concerns- defense Key losses- Kelsey Riggleman and Erin Taylor Outlook for season- “Look to win every game and make it to states.”

Head coach- Connie Bean Years coaching- second Last season- 2-10-3 overall Players lost- five or six graduates Returning players- seniors Heather Solomon, Sam Smith, Grace Reardon (co-captain), Liz Walk, and Lindsey Cook; sophomores Kelli Warner (cocaptain, goalie), Rachel Doyon (inner), and Kelsey Johnson (wing) Newcomers- freshman Taylor VanVorst Goals- look to beat last year’s record Outlook- “It’s a good start. They’ve had a much better start than last year.”

See next week’s Star for more Fall sports previews.

Delmar Mitey Mite schedule

Delmar Jr. Pee Wee schedule

9/6- at Harrington, 5 p.m. 9/13- home vs. Milford, 10 a.m. 9/20- home vs. Lower Sussex, 10 a.m. 9/27- at Wicomico (Salisbury), 9 a.m. 10/11- at Smyrna, 9 a.m. 10/19- home vs. Woodbridge, 10 a.m. 11/1- at Seaford, 9 a.m.

9/6- home vs. Seaford in Berlin, 1 p.m. 9/13- home vs. Milford, noon 9/20- home vs. Lower Sussex, noon 9/27- at Wicomico (Salisbury), 11 a.m. 10/11- at Smyrna, 11 a.m. 10/19- home vs. Woodbridge, 10 a.m.

Head coach- Susan Elliott Years coaching- 1 Last season- 12-0-1, 17-0-1 Returning players- Seniors Lindsay Lloyd (midfield) and Shannon Wilson (GK); juniors Alyssa Martin (midfield) and Amanda Campbell (attack); sophomore Lauren Massey (back) Newcomers- Junior Lauren Ruark (attack) and freshmen Carlee Budd (midfield) and Taylor Elliott (attack) Team strengths- team unity, great attitude, and speed on the line Concerns- lack of varsity experience Key losses- Mallory Elliott (out for season with ACL injury); Alison Bloodsworth (Salisbury University) and Katie McMahon (leading scorers last year); Maribeth Beach (key defensive player) Outlook for season- “We look to contend for the Henlopen South title.”

Ricky Elliott posts back to back victories in Delaware Late Models By Charlie Brown Ricky “the Rocket” Elliott was back at Delaware International for the second week in a row on Saturday, Aug. 23 and posted his second consecutive win in the 20-lap Super Late Model main. It was far from a cakewalk for Elliott as he narrowly avoided a couple of tangles to take the lead at the white flag. Rick Whaley took the green and immediately moved to the high groove with Staci Warrington chasing in second. Warrington got out of shape on lap two and dropped to fifth as the caution came out for Bryan Driver and Kerry King in the second turn. Defending point champion, Donald Lingo, Jr. was now running in second with Ross Robinson holding down third. Elliott had been struggling through the field from his eighth starting spot and was up to fourth before David Hill and Jon Callaway momentarily dropped him out of the top five. Elliott fought back and was running third behind Whaley and Lingo by the halfway sign. With five to go, Lingo lost power and Elliott had to dive to the infield to avoid the tangle. The caution was out but both Callaway and Ray Davis, Jr. had gotten by Elliott for second and third. Callaway challenged Whaley for the lead on the restart but quickly found himself being challenged as Elliott made a

charge with time running out. Elliott took second with three to go and then edged by Whaley to take the lead at the white flag. Elliott, in the Seaside Builders/Rocket took his fifth win of the season with Whaley second. In a photo finish for third, Callaway barely edged Davis, Jr. and Hal Browning closed strong to finish in fifth. Heats were won by Warrington and Lingo, Jr. “I seemed to be in the wrong place at the right time all night long until right at the end,” laughed Elliott. Eric Vent was glad that he started on the pole in the in the 15-lap Crate Model feature. By the end of lap one, 13 of the 22 started had been involved in two separate pileups. When things finally settled down, Kelly Putz would chase Vent the rest of the distance. Barry Beauchamp made it a good battle as he kept the pressure on Putz. Vent crossed the line first for his third win in the Clark ’s Pool/Lazer. Putz finished in second with Beauchamp third. Chris Hitchens put on a good run to finish in the fourth spot and Joe Warren survived being in one of the crashes to finish in fifth. Fast time was set by Vent in qualifying.

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