Ursuline's Abigail Rzucidlo spikes a point against Saint Mark's

Ursuline's Abigail Rzucidlo spikes a point against Saint Mark's

Division 1 football needed a substantial makeover, while Ursuline cross country reached No. 1 in a very busy week in Delaware high school sports.

Just about every sport had a major move somewhere in its top 10.

Volleyball will wrap up its regular season this week, with the tournament starting next week.

FOOTBALL

Division 1

1 Middletown (6-1, Last Week: 1)

2 Hodgson (7-0, 2)

3 Sussex Central (6-1, 3)

4 Dover (6-1, 6)

5 Salesianum (5-2, 5)

6 Smyrna (2-4, 4)

7 St. Georges (4-3, 7)

8 Sussex Tech (3-4, 10)

9 Caesar Rodney (4-3, 8)

10 Appoquinimink (4-3, 9)

DROPPED OUT: None

The top spot was the easiest decision, as Middletown’s loss to USA No. 3 IMG Academy shined a positive light as the Cavaliers were able to manage a touchdown, something many teams have struggled to do this year… Dover’s victory over Smyrna jumps them up a couple of slots, as the Eagles slide down, but their results against St. Georges and Caesar Rodney keep them in the top 6… Sussex Tech’s big win over CR jumps them up in that pool of 3 teams at the bottom of the rankings.

GAME TO WATCH: Smyrna at Sussex Tech (Friday, 7:00) – A playoff elimination game, as the Eagles have to bounce back from a disappointing night against Dover, without their Head Coach. A victory would give them a chance to hand Salesianum a painful loss, which could be even bigger if the Sals fall for a second straight year to Westminster. Can the Ravens continue to find their offense?

Division 2

1 Delmar (7-0, 1)

2 A.I. duPont (6-0*, 2)

3 Friends (5-1, 3)

4 Archmere (6-1, 4)

5 Woodbridge (5-2, 5)

6 Howard (5-2, 6)

7 DMA (4-3, 9)

8 Saint Mark's (4-3, 7)

9 Saint Elizabeth (4-3, 8)

10 Tower Hill (6-1, 10)

*- A.I. DuPont led Christiana 14-0 when their game was suspended in the 2nd quarter. The future status of the game has not been officially determined, at this point we’re not counting the result in the standings.

DROPPED OUT: NONE

There was some internal discussion at the sports desk whether we should rank 5-2 McKean, but the Brandywine loss has us waiting to see how they play against A.I. duPont before sliding them into the rankings… That said, DMA becomes the one promoted team with their win at Saint Mark’s, while Saint Elizabeth also drops, as they have lost to 1-3-4 by a combined 124-0… Tower Hill is 6-1, but also is suffering from a strength of victory problem.

GAME TO WATCH: Woodbridge at Saint Mark’s (Friday, 7pm) – Two teams who aren’t in a hurry for another loss with tough week 10 games looming. Woodbridge ends with Delmar, while Saint Mark’s plays Salesianum. Last year Woodbridge won this game 42-0.

VOLLEYBALL

1 Padua (12-1, 1)

2 Archmere (13-1, 2)

3 Wilmington Charter (11-2, 4)

4 Ursuline (11-2, 3)

5 Saint Mark's (8-5, 5)

6 Friends (8-5, 6)

7 DMA (8-5, 7)

8 Conrad (9-3, 8)

9 Newark Charter (8-6, 10)

10 Tower Hill (7-6, 9)

DROPPED OUT: None

Padua’s win over Archmere in a Friday night showcase keeps them at No. 1, while Wilmington Charter moved up a spot after their victory over Ursuline… Newark Charter’s 5-set upset of Saint Mark’s certainly put a wrench in the rankings at the bottom, as you have to pool that with their loss to DMA… Saint Mark’s defeated everyone else around them, while Newark Charter lost to Conrad and DMA, meaning we’ll jump the Patriots over Tower Hill, but they’re blocked from going much further, but hopefully bring hope we could see some upsets in the state tournament.

GAME TO WATCH: Ursuline at Padua (Thursday, 7:15) – Padua swept away the Raiders on Pennsylvania Avenue, but now they go up the hill a few blocks for their rematch. Ursuline scored 23, 22, and 19 points in the losing sets, so the thought is they could make this more than a 3-setter.

BOYS SOCCER

Division 1

1 Salesianum (9-2, 1)

2 Appoquinimink (9-2-2. 5)

3 Wilmington Charter (9-2-1, 2)

4 Caesar Rodney (8-3, X)

5 Cape Henlopen (11-2-1, 3)

DROPPED OUT: William Penn (10-2, 4)

Division 2

1 Caravel (8-2-1, 1)

2 Indian River (9-1, 2)

3 Archmere (11-1, 3)

4 Friends (12-0, 4)

5 Sussex Academy (8-2-2, 5)

DROPPED OUT: NONE

After Salesianum, it appears you can throw a blanket around the next 4-6 teams in Division 1, with Appo, Wilmington Charter, CR, Cape, William Penn, and Delcastle all holding wins against each other that would justify being ranked… Division 2 stays the same, although Brandywine is now 12-0, there isn’t a quality win on their schedule that screams for them to be ranked.

GAME TO WATCH: Wilmington Charter at Salesianum (Thursday, 7:30 at Baynard Stadium) – A preview of a possible tournament attraction, Charter has had as many tight games with the Sals as anyone over the years.

FIELD HOCKEY

Division 1

1 Cape Henlopen (10-1, 1)

2 Padua (9-0, 2)

3 Polytech (10-2, 3)

4 Sussex Tech (9-2-1, 4)

5 Smyrna (8-3-1, 5)

DROPPED OUT: NONE

Division 2

1 Delmar (12-0, 1)

2 Tower Hill (9-2, 2)

3 Caravel (12-1, 3)

4 Lake Forest (8-3-1, 5)

5 Indian River (7-4, 4)

DROPPED OUT: None

In Division 1, the top 4 teams won, and Smyrna tied Dover in the game we said would go a long way towards determining which should be ranked, so we stayed with Smyrna… Lake Forest’s victory over IR caused the only flip in Division 2.

GAME TO WATCH – Delmar at Polytech (Thursday, 4pm) – While these two can’t meet in the state tournament, after Polytech’s victory over Caravel on Monday, a Delmar win could show just how much their lead in Division 2 could be.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

Division 1

1 Salesianum (1)

2 Wilmington Charter (2)

3 Caesar Rodney (3)

4 Concord (4)

5 Polytech (X)

DROPPED OUT: Appoquinimink (5)

Division 2

1 Tatnall (1)

2 Saint Andrew's (2)

3 Friends (X)

4 Saint Mark's (5)

5 Newark Charter (4)

DROPPED OUT: Archmere (3)

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

Division 1

1 Padua (1)

2 Caesar Rodney (4)

3 Cape Henlopen (2)

4 Wilmington Charter (3)

5 Smyrna (5)

DROPPED OUT: NONE

Division 2

1 Ursuline (2)

2 Tatnall (1)

3 Saint Mark's (3)

4 Mount Pleasant (X)

5 Archmere (X)

DROPPED OUT: Newark Charter (4), Saint Andrew's (5)

The Joe O’Neill Invitational flipped around the rankings, although the fast and mostly-flat Bellevue course isn’t the same as the DIAA championships on the hilly Brandywine Creek State Park Course.

RACES TO WATCH: Conference Championship Meets (DSAC Thursday at Lums Pond, Blue Hen Friday at Bellevue) – The countdown to the New Castle County Championship and DIAA Meet are on.

WDEL/Delaware SportsZone Sports Director. National Sports Media Association's Delaware Sportscaster of the Year (2013).