Archmere's Abby Kates celebrates after a block against Saint Mark's

Archmere's Abby Kates celebrates after a block against Saint Mark's

Division 1 Football and Volleyball underwent some overhauls after a turbulent Week 3 of competition.

In Volleyball, the only team teams ranked where they were last year are Ursuline and Conrad, as a new No. 1 stepped forward, only for them to be challenged for the throne this week.

Division 1 Football's Top 6 stayed the game, but then an upset jumbled up the Bottom 4.

This time of year, there's always more questions than answers, but here's how WDEL thinks everyone falls in line going into this week.

FOOTBALL

Division 1

1) Hodgson (3-0, Last Week: 1)

2) Salesianum (3-0, 2)

3) Dover (1-2, 3) 

4) Middletown (2-1, 4)

5) Smyrna (1-2, 5)

6) Sussex Central (2-1, 6)

7) Appoquinimink (2-1, 8)

8) St. Georges (2-1, 9)

9) William Penn (2-1, 10)

10) Sussex Tech (1-2, 7)

DROPPED OUT: None

It wasn’t high-scoring, but William Penn’s 13-7 win over the Ravens was a tough entry into DE competition for the Ravens this year… Smyrna’s victory over Sussex Central figures to loom large when it comes to points at the end of the season, they hold steady… lower-half 2-1 teams’ loss totals: Central (13 to Smyrna), Appo (27 to Sallies), St. Georges (36 to Hodgson), William Penn (42 to Sallies)… Feels like we’ve got some separation, just a matter of someone can get to 7-3 and start shifting bonus points around.

GAME TO WATCH:  No. 2 Salesianum at No. 5 Smyrna (Friday, 7:00) – Smyrna is coming off their nice win over Sussex Central, while the Sals have won against 3 ranked teams by a total of 91 points. Last year the Sals won this 35-16 as Smyrna was struggling late in the season, can the Eagles turn the table?

Division 2

1) Woodbridge (3-0, 1)

2) Friends (2-1, 2)

3) Tower Hill (3-0, 3)

4) Howard (3-0, 4)

5) Caravel (2-1, 5)

6) Archmere (3-0, 6)

7) Saint Mark’s (3-0, 7)

8) Delmar (2-1, 8)

9) Lake Forest (3-0, 9)

10) Delaware Military Academy (2-1, X)

DROPPED OUT: Glasgow (1-2*, 10)

*- Glasgow forfeited their Week 1 victory against Newark.

Woodbridge and Friends once again showed why great things can happen when you let a rivalry develop naturally, yet another one-score game between the not-so-neighborhood foes, we’re just left to wonder if it’ll happen again like 2 of the past 4 seasons… The middle held form, including Delmar, who bounced back from their puzzling loss to Parkside to defeat Queen Anne’s… DMA re—enters in place of Glasgow, whose 2-0 start has been marred by a Week 1 forfeit to Newark and then a 14-point loss to McKean that might go a long way to making Flight B a one-bid league.

GAME TO WATCH: No. 7 Saint Mark’s at No. 6 Archmere (Saturday, 2 p.m. - WDEL) – A rare Saturday afternoon special on WDEL (Wesley is off) gives us a chance to catch 2 of the division’s 6 unbeaten teams after 3 weeks. The Spartans have given up 7 points in each of their 3 victories, while the Auks have only given up 32. Could be a defensive struggle… Auks could use a win with Woodbridge looming next Friday.

VOLLEYBALL

1) Archmere (5-0, 2)

2) Saint Mark’s (5-0, 3)

3) Padua (4-1, 1)

4) Ursuline (3-0, 4)

5) Conrad (6-0, 5)

6) Newark Charter (5-0, 7)

7) Tower Hill (2-3, 10)

8) Indian River (4-1, X)

9) Appoquinimink (3-1, X)

10) Smyrna (4-2, X)

DROPPED OUT: Wilmington Charter (3-3, 6) , DMA (2-3, 8), Friends (1-4, 9)

At the top, Archmere gets the slim edge over Saint Mark’s. While the Spartans defeated No. 1 Padua, they’ve lost a set this year, while Archmere hasn’t… The next big change comes after Newark Charter, who moved up a slot after their win over Wilmington Charter… The Force also lost to Caesar Rodney, while DMA lost to Smyrna giving the Henlopen Conference its best week in a long time… Taking the Force out of the Rankings also knocked out Friends, who lost to them in 5 sets…. This opened up all sorts of holes at the bottom of the rankings. Appoquinimink takes advantage, as they took a set off of Conrad and defeated C.R., with the other slot going to Indian River, who has gone 12-0 in sets after being swept by Ursuline. They’ll get tested by that C.R. team on Tuesday with DMA on Saturday to truly see where they fit into this equation… Smyrna also jumps in as they hold a win over previously-ranked DMA.  

GAME TO WATCH: No. 2 Saint Mark’s at No. 1 Archmere – There’s plenty of ranked match-ups this week, but the Spartans and Auks will get to battle to see who should be No. 1 in front of the usual loud crowd at the Nest.

FIELD HOCKEY

Division 1

1) Cape Henlopen (5-0, 1)

2) Polytech (2-1, 2)

3) Padua (3-2, 3) 

4) Wilmington Charter (2-2, 4)

5) Concord (4-1, 5)

DROPPED OUT: NONE

After a lot of losses last week, the only setback in the past 7 days was Padua’s tight 1-0 loss to Cape, although the Vikings dominated on the stat sheet.

GAME TO WATCH:  D1 No. 1 Cape Henlopen at D2 No. 1 Delmar (Tuesday, 4:00) – There are teams that want to spoil this sentence “The unofficial state championship will be determined Tuesday afternoon”. Last time they played on Delmar’s Bermuda grass, it was a wild 6-3 battle. Penalty corners will be huge.

Division 2

1) Delmar (4-0, 1)

2) Tower Hill (2-2, 2)

3) Indian River (5-0, 3)

4) Lake Forest (4-0, 4)

5) Caravel (4-2, 5)

Only loss was by Tower Hill to nationally-ranked Hill School of Pennsylvania. No need to alter anything here. There are 2 remaining unranked/undefeated teams left: Friends and Sanford

GAME TO WATCH:  D1 No. 1 Cape Henlopen at D2 No. 1 Delmar (Tuesday, 4:00) – There are teams that want to spoil this sentence “The unofficial state championship will be determined Tuesday afternoon”. Last time they played on Delmar’s Bermuda grass, it was a wild 6-3 battle. Penalty corners will be huge. (Yes, the game is so big it’s the marquee attraction for both divisions)

BOYS SOCCER

Division 1

1) Salesianum (7-0, 1)

2) Appoquinimink (3-1-1, 2)

3) Caesar Rodney (4-2, 3)

4) Cape Henlopen (3-1, 4)

5) Wilmington Charter (4-1, 5)

Appoquinimink earned the 2-0 win over C.R., but then had to rally past Concord 3-2, a reminder that trap games can be a thing in a very competitive Flight A.  Otherwise, another week where Division 1 held to form.

GAME TO WATCH: Appoquinimink at Newark (Thursday, 3:45) – Speaking of key Flight A games, Newark has run off 4-straight since their 2-1 loss to open the season at Caesar Rodney. The Yellowjackets just ended Brandywine’s 21-match, regular-season winning streak.

Division 2

1) Wilmington Friends (5-0, 1)

2) Archmere (5-0, 2)

3) Indian River (4-0, 3)

4) Brandywine (5-1, 4)

5) Saint Andrew’s (3-1, X)

DROPPED OUT: M.O.T. Charter (4-1-1, 5)

M.O.T. Charter’s brief stay in the rankings ended after their 3-0 loss to Archmere where they were outshot 27-2… Saint Andrew’s drops in by comparing their 3-0 loss to Archmere, where the shots were 14-7 Auks.

GAME TO WATCH: Saint Mark’s at Brandywine (Tuesday, 6:30) – After losing their long winning streak, Brandywine faces a Saint Mark’s team that is on the edge of being ranked themselves after a win over fellow 1-loss Glasgow. Winner almost certainly will be ranked next week, while the loser probably slides off the chart.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

Division 1

1) Salesianum (1)

2) Wilmington Charter (2)

3) Cape Henlopen (3)

4) Caesar Rodney (4)

5) Concord (5)

Division 2

1) Tatnall (1)

2) Archmere (2)

3) Wilmington Friends (3)

4) DMA (4)

5) Newark Charter (5)

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

Division 1

1) Padua (1)

2) Wilmington Charter (2)

3) Appoquinimink (3)

4) Caesar Rodney (4)

5) Concord (5)

Division 2

1) Ursuline (1)

2) Saint Mark’s (2)

3) Mount Pleasant (3)

4) Tatnall (4)

5) Newark Charter (5)