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PAGE 46 Delmar football continued time with the varsity team last season and will be looked to for key contributions this year. Flores and Fothergill each saw their playing time increase as the season went along last year. Fothergill started on defense and saw some time on offense and will play both ways this year. Mattox (LB/FB) played mainly JV last year but will play both ways for the varsity team this year. DeShields (FB/LB/DE) saw a little time with the varsity while Jamel Jones started against Indian River. “We don’t have a veteran team but they’ve got some experience,” Hearn said. The team’s seniors include: Disharoon, Cody Thompson, Jackson, Seth Benson, Scott Wroten, Ethan Daugherty, Michael McIntyre, Forse, Bradshaw, Tyler Bobby Disharoon Thompson,

MORNING STAR Jameson Jones, and Jamel Jones. Hearn sees Milford, Indian River, and Laurel to be among the teams to be in the Henlopen South, but believes there is a lot of balance in the division with Woodbridge, Seaford, and Lake Forest added to the mix. “We’ve got our hands full being competitive in the South,” said Hearn. “I think it’s a good group this year, very balanced.” Due to an out of state team backing out of a non-conference game, the Wildcats will only have four home games during the regular season. Instead of opening the season at home, Delmar has to travel to Baltimore to face St. Frances on Saturday. “That’s (four home games) kind of a downer for us because we play well at home,” Hearn said. “That’s tough to open up with three away games (St. Frances, Cape Henlopen, and St. Elizabeth). We’ll see how well we travel.” Hearn calls the opener against St. Frances a “curiosity” because the 100 year old Baltimore school is fielding a football program for the first time this year. He expects the opposing team to be young and athletic.

Woodbridge football team returns several key players Head coach- John Parker Years coaching- 11th at Woodbridge Team strengths- The 2008 team had nearly 50 players out for the team which includes 10 committed seniors and 14 juniors. In addition, several key players return with varsity game experience. Concerns- Although there is an excellent turnout for the team this year, depth and game time experience and injuries are a concern. In turn lack of experience leads to many team members playing 48 minutes and having to learn several positions. Returning starters: seniors R.C. Jefferson (OT/DT), Jorge Young (FB/LB), Doug Coppock (RB/DB), Dustin Lones (OT/DT), Zach Lonergan (OG/LB); juniors Jeremy Messick (OC/DT), Josh Quinones (RB/DB), Morgan Weaver (TE/LB), Austin Perry (QB/DB), T.J. Jefferson (OG/LB), Greg Seay (WR/DB), Dashawn Collins (WR/DB); sophomore Justin Benson (OC/DT) Key newcomers- seniors RaShawn Felder (WR/DE), Marcus Nock (WR/LB), Slivestre Villalobos; juniors Trevor Westcott (WR/DB) and Kevora Brown (OT/DT); sophomore Alex Matos (FB/DT); and freshman Jobias Blockson (WR/DB) Key losses-Woodbridge lost seniors Kevin Moss, Doug Washington, and Danny Cabrera to graduation. In addition, sophomore and two way starter Trez Kane is out with a knee injury.

Seaford soccer soccer team looks to make state tourney

• SEPTEMBER 4 - 10, 2008

Jester wins Delaware Modifieds at Delaware International Speedway By Charlie Brown Matt “the Joker” Jester took the lead just before the halfway sign and took advantage of the caution free 25-lap NAPA Big Block Modified feature to record his second win of the season at the Delaware International Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 23. Adam Jarrell led wire to wire and ended a 10-year drought to post his first career victory in the 15-lap AC Delco Modified main. H.J. Bunting and Joseph Watson collected the heat wins in the Big Block Modifieds. Rookie Chad Clark was in perfect form as he set the pace from the drop of the green in the feature. Howard O’Neal held the second spot until lap six when Jester, who had started in fifth, moved by to take up the chase. Jester had caught Clark by lap 10 but Clark was not willing to give up without a fight. On lap 11, Jester used the low groove in turn one to pull even then take the lead going down the back straight. With Jester in front and Clark solidly in second a battle shaped up for third between O’Neal, Jordan Watson, Joseph Watson and H.J. Bunting. Jordan climbed to fourth by lap 15 with Bunting following into fifth. The final laps would go quickly with the race staying green. Jester had a comfortable lead in the top groove with O’Neal for third and Bunting staying in tow to take fourth. Robert Dutton got by Watson with three to go to hold down fifth. Jester, in the Clearview Farms/Teo stopped the clocks at 8:35.185 for his second win of the season. Clark made no mistakes to finish in the second spot with O’Neal third. Fourth went to Bunting and Dutton rounded out the top five. “I was definitely glad to see it go caution free,” said Jester. “We kind of hit on something for the feature. We’ve been tearing up quite a bit of stuff here lately so hopefully the money will help us out.” The 15-lap AC Delco Modified feature

may not have been caution free but it was perfect in the eyes of drive Adam Jarrell. Jarrell started on the pole with teammate John Curtis in second. Tim Trimble took advantage of a lap three restart to get by Curtis for second. Joseph Tracy climbed to the third spot but not for long as Michael White dropped him to fourth just before halfway and Westley Smith was turning in his personal best running in fifth. Curtis’s drive ended on the final lap as he made a bid to regain fourth from Smith and spun in the second turn. Jarrell didn’t let his opportunity for his first career win escape him as he held off Trimble on the final lap to take the win in the Taylor & Messick/Bicknell. Trimble finished in second with point leader White in third. Fourth went to Smith for a personal best and Tracy, who set fast time in qualifying, rounded out the top five. Tim White made it three in a row in the 10-lap Mod Lite feature. Cody Belote and pole sitter James McKinney tangled before the first lap was in the books. Alan Passwaters inherited the lead and held the top spot until lap four when Tim White moved on top. The race was caution free after the first lap tangle and White was able to build up enough of a lead to keep the hard charging Ricky Wheatley at bay to win in the CLC Cabling/Lightning. Wheatley finished in second with Curt Miles, Jr. third. Fourth went to Brandon Dennis with Passwaters rounding out the top five. Fast time in qualifying was set by White. The 10-lap Vintage Stock Car feature went right down to the wire. C.J. Schirmer took the lead from Mel Joseph, Jr. on the first lap but could never shake him. Coming to the checkered in lapped traffic, Joseph, Jr. went low and Schirmer went high around a lapped car with Joseph’s Ritter Farms coupe getting the victory by about a foot. Schirmer finished in second with Morris Tucker, Rick Loveland, Jr. and Dave Schamp rounding out the top five. First sportsman was John Irwin.

Head coach- Tim Lee Years coaching- 19 Last season- 8-3-2, 9-5-2 Returning players- Seniors Abraham Cruz (For.) and Daniel DeMott (Mid.); juniors Tim Halter (Def.), Philip DeMott (Def.), and Oscar Castrejon (Mid.) Team strengths- unity Concerns- replacing graduated seniors Key losses- Trevor Lee (Messiah College) Outlook for season- “We will compete for the conference and enter the state tournament.”

Preview forms still needed from varsity sports coaches Preview forms still have not been received for the following varsity sports teams (as of Tuesday, Sept. 2): Seaford cross country and Laurel boys’ soccer. Please send completed preview forms to the Star at sports@mspublications.com or 302-629-9243 (f).

Delmar Sports Scene column to return in next week’s Star Tommy Young’s Delmar Sports Scene column will return in next week’s edition of the Laurel Star. Subscribe to the Star today for weekly coverage of the Delmar varsity sports teams.

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Delmar Pop Warner Pee Wee football 2008 schedule 9/6- at Harrington, 7 p.m. 9/13- home vs. Milford, 2 p.m. 9/20- home vs. Lower Sussex, 2 p.m. 9/27- at Wicomico, 3 p.m. 10/11- at Smyrna, 3 p.m. 10/19- home vs. Woodbridge, 2 p.m. 11/1 at Seaford, 11 a.m.

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