Wilmington Charter's Taylor Gillis hits an ace against DMA

Wilmington Charter's Taylor Gillis hits an ace against DMA

Middletown and Sussex Central's football victories forced some major changes to the Top 5 in this week's WDEL/ESPN930 Delaware High School Sports Rankings.

Sussex Academy makes their first appearance of the season, while Smyrna field hockey also earned a spot in the Top 5 with a quality win last week.

FOOTBALL

Division 1

1 Middletown (6-0, Last Week: 1)

2 Hodgson (6-0, 4)

3 Sussex Central (5-1, 5)

4 Smyrna (2-3, 2)

5 Salesianum (4-2, 3)

6 Dover (5-1, 6)

7 St. Georges (3-3, 7)

8 Caesar Rodney (4-2, 8)

9 Appoquinimink (3-3, 9)

10 Sussex Tech (2-4, 10)

DROPPED OUT: None

Middletown stays at No. 1 after their win over Salesianum, but the rest of the top 5 got flipped. Sussex Central’s win over Smyrna opened up the No. 2 spot, where undefeated Hodgson takes over, on the strength of their win over the now-No. 3 Golden Knights… Smyrna and Salesianum stay ahead of Dover, for now…. The rest of the Top 10 stayed steady.

GAME TO WATCH: Dover at Smyrna (Friday, 7pm – WDEL) – Smyrna could dig themselves into an inescapable hole if they fall to their Henlopen North rivals. Dover’s defense has not been anywhere near as sturdy as Sussex Central’s, meaning a Dover win may need to come in shootout form, which with Javon Peace and Jordan Magee is certainly possible. A Dover victory would put them in the driver’s seat for 2nd place in the North, and would feel a little better about getting into the dance.

Division 2

1 Delmar (6-0, 1)

2 A.I. duPont (5-0*, 2)

3 Friends (4-1, 5)

4 Archmere (5-1, 4)

5 Woodbridge (4-2, 6)

6 Howard (5-1, 8)

7 Saint Mark's (4-2, 7)

8 Saint Elizabeth (4-2, 3)

9 DMA (3-3, 9)

10 Tower Hill (5-1, X)

*- 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: Milford (3-3, 10)

Saint Elizabeth’s turbulent season continued, as they suffered their 2nd blowout loss in 4 weeks… Friends returns to No. 3, after it starts to seem like the loss to New Church wasn’t as bad as it initially seemed… Tower Hill rejoins the rankings at No. 10, although they really don’t have a quality win, their loss is to an unbeaten Harford Tech squad, they shouldn’t be tested until week 10 at Friends.

GAME TO WATCH: A.I. duPont vs. Howard (Saturday, 1pm at Baynard) – How the Flight B Conference will be won. Last year, Howard won the regular season game, with A.I. duPont claiming the playoff battle. An A.I. win keeps them atop the tournament projections, while a Howard loss would put them into a mix of teams near the cut line.

VOLLEYBALL

1 Padua (11-1, 1)

2 Archmere (12-0, 2)

3 Ursuline (9-1, 3)

4 Wilmington Charter (9-2, 5)

5 Saint Mark's (7-4, 4)

6 Friends (6-4, 6)

7 DMA (6-5, 8)

8 Conrad (8-3, 9)

9 Tower Hill (5-6, 7)

10 Newark Charter (7-5, 10)

DROPPED OUT: None

Only a couple of changes here, as Wilmington Charter’s win over Saint Mark’s made for an obvious flip, while Conrad’s win over Tower Hill forced a jumble at 7-8-9, as DMA’s win over Conrad allows for the promotion as Tower Hill dropped two spots.

GAME TO WATCH: Wilmington Charter at Ursuline (Thursday, 6:15) – Ursuline’s senior night game figures to be the last major regular-season test for the Force, who just celebrated Madeline Matheny’s 1,000th career kill on Monday.

BOYS SOCCER

Division 1

1 Salesianum (7-2, 1)

2 Wilmington Charter (9-1, 2)

3 Cape Henlopen (10-0-1, 3)

4 William Penn (7-1, 4)

5 Appoquinimink (7-2-2. 5)

DROPPED OUT: None

Division 2

1 Caravel (7-2, 1)

2 Indian River (8-0, 2)

3 Archmere (9-1, 3)

4 Friends (9-0, 4)

5 Sussex Academy (7-2-1, X)

DROPPED OUT: Saint Mark’s (6-4-1, 5)

Only one ranking change this week, as Sussex Academy enters following a pair of Saint Mark’s losses. Saint Mark’s tie to Laurel, plus SA’s 2-goal victory over the Bulldogs, becomes the rationale for the flip.

GAME TO WATCH: Cape Henlopen at Caesar Rodney (Tuesday, 5:30) – Despite Cape’s tie to Sussex Tech two weeks ago, this will likely determine the Henlopen North champion, with a tie being enough for CR. Last year CR won 3-0, this year they’d try to end Cape’s unbeaten season.

FIELD HOCKEY

Division 1

1 Cape Henlopen (8-1, 1)

2 Padua (8-0, 3)

3 Polytech (7-2, 2)

4 Sussex Tech (7-2-1, 5)

5 Smyrna (7-3, X)

DROPPED OUT: Dover (5-5, 4)

Division 2

1 Delmar (10-0, 1)

2 Tower Hill (6-2, 2)

3 Caravel (10-0, 3)

4 Indian River (6-3, 4)

5 Lake Forest (6-2-1, 5)

DROPPED OUT: None

Smyrna’s victory over Polytech led to an interesting dilemma in Division 1, as there are truly 6 teams for 5 slots. We don’t normally like to use records as a tiebreaker, but Smyrna has the better win, giving them a slot in the top 5 over Dover, but…

GAME TO WATCH – Smyrna at Dover (Thursday, 7pm) – After their win over Polytech last week, Smyrna could make a case for a ranking, and perhaps a top-4 seed, if they can upend Dover on the road. They still have Cape Henlopen to follow, so a victory could be very important.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

Division 1

1 Salesianum (1)

2 Wilmington Charter (2)

3 Caesar Rodney (3)

4 Concord (4)

5 Appoquinimink (5)

Division 2

1 Tatnall (1)

2 Saint Andrew's (2)

3 Archmere (3)

4 Newark Charter (4)

5 Saint Mark's (5)

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 Tatnall (1)

2 Ursuline (2)

3 Saint Mark's (3)

4 Newark Charter (4)

5 Saint Andrew's (5)

DROPPED OUT: NONE

RACE TO WATCH: Joe O’Neill Invitational (Friday, 3pm at Bellevue) – One of Delaware’s fastest XC courses usually tests state records.