School: Sussex Central High School
Nickname: Golden Knights
2012-2013 Record: Boys (5-8) Girls (2-11)
Head Coach: Jen Novak
Key Returning Players: Greg Taylor, Rosemond D’Orleans, Kevin Simms, Kevine Nocks, Malik Bullock, Jamez Hall
After a 2-win season as a team the previous season, the Sussex Central boys bounced back last campaign going 5-8 on the year. This season, with some returning standouts the Golden Knights hope to make even more improvements during this campaign. They are led by returnees Greg Taylor, Rosemond D’Orleans, Kevine Nocks, all of whom hope to compete at the conference and state levels. Also, senior Jamez Hall could give the team a boost if he is cleared to participate after requiring surgery to repair a torn ACL. The Ravens are also looking for contributions from newcomers William Ortiz, a junior distance runner, and from freshman runner Rodney Pacheo.
From the Coach: “Our numbers are not big as expected, so we are lacking in depth across the board,” said Tech Head Coach Jen Novak. “We have a large group of distance runners who are dedicated and committed to the sport. Obviously, every student-athlete will be able to see what type of condition they are in after the first meet. From there, we will individually set goals for the season, looking to improve every meet. It is our hope that we have more individual state qualifiers than last season, as well as some competitive relay teams.”
School: Sussex Tech High School
2012-2013 Record: Boys (8-3) Girls (8-3)
Head Coach: Lou Nicoletti
Key Returning Players: Brianna Hall, Margaret Boachie, Castaysha Lewis, Kayleen Garrison, Chelsea LeCates, Natasha Taylor, Aquiila Cartwright, Christian Sivles, Patrick Fediman, Victor Rueda, Sam Hete, Jake Bamforth, Robbie Westhoff, Sonny Landis, John Crimmins.
Season Outlook: With many standouts returning to both the boys and girls teams for Tech, they look to once again compete at a high level amongst the rest of the Henlopen Conference. For the Boys, Victor Rueda, Robbie Westhoff, John Crimmins and Aquiila Cartwright all return to the fold. As for the girls, All-State honoree Brianna Hall and All-Conference runners Castaysha Lewis and Margaret Boachie return for the Ravens. With a very versatile and deep squad, the Ravens look to be just as dangerous, if maybe a little more, this season.
From the Coach: “Our expectations this season are to be more competitive than last year,” said Sussex Tech Head Coach Lou Nicoletti.