Sussex Tech High School
2012 Record: 14-6
Head coach: Steve Perry
Key returning players: Kevin Larkin Jr., Raekwan Deshields, Duane Hopkins Jr., ShiWhan Sykes, Aubre Allen
Key newcomers: Jeff Munro, Trevon Cooper, Billy Ball, Jamont Matthews, Patrick Griffith, Ike Wharton, Eric Jones, TaiRon Abbott
Season outlook: After a disappointing 10-10 season the year before, the Sussex Tech Ravens bounced back in 2012. Tech posted an impressive 14-6 record last season, earning themselves a spot in the DIAA state tournament before falling to Glasgow in the opening round. One of the Ravens’ key strengths last season, aside from their talent on the court, was their size. Last season the Ravens had just three players listed under 6 feet. Heading into their 2013 campaign, the Ravens will move on without five of those players, losing them to graduation. That including 6-foot, 10-inch Devontay Jones and standout guard Jevon Whaley. However, the Ravens have plenty of talent left to compete in the Henlopen Conference this season. After impressive junior seasons, Kevin Larkin Jr., Raekwan Deshields, and Duane Hopkins return for their senior seasons looking to fill the leadership role left behind by six departing seniors. Also, a number of underclassmen hope to add some depth and contribute to the Ravens this season. Jamont Matthews heads a list of talented underclassmen looking to make an impact this season, along with Trevon Cooper, Patrick Griffith and Billy Ball. Even though the Ravens lost some key pieces, they still have a team built to contend. The Ravens open up their season this Friday night when they host defending Henlopen Conference champion Cape Henlopen at 7:15 p.m.
Coach’s quote: “We aim to compete for the [Henlopen] North championship,” said Sussex Tech head coach Steve Perry. “And we want to go further in the playoffs.”
Sussex Central High School
Nickname: Golden Knights
2012 record: 12-8
Head coach: Wes Townsend
Key returning players: Shyheim Ayres, Isaiah Bailey, Tarez White, Wanya Hanzer, Raymond Collins, Luke Williams, Jacob Brown
Key newcomers: Jordaan Brummell
Season outlook: The Sussex Central Golden Knights had a bounce back season last year, finishing 12-8. Sussex Central posted losing seasons the previous three years, winning no more than six games, before earning a playoff berth last season. And while Central was eliminated in the first round of the tournament last season by Newark, they hope to keep the good times rolling in 2013. While Rashad Kelly, Marcus Isler, Thomas Boyer and Jamez Hall have all departed as graduates, the Golden Knights still have some weapons left for the 2013 campaign. Guards Tarez White, Isaiah Bailey and Shyheim Ayres should take care of the back court, while Amontay Clanton, Luke Williams, and Jacob Brown will have to step up their games in the front court if Central is to be successful. The Golden Knights will open their season this Friday night when they host the Polytech Panthers at 6:15 p.m.
Delmarva Christian High School
2012 record: 10-10
Head coach: Ralph Taylor
Key returning players: Kaleb Dekker, Hamilton Schlabach, Tanner Waide, Jeremey Woolsey, Luke Wilson, Joshua Dekker, Matt Dykstra, Logan Waide
Key newcomers: Michael Apgar, Josiah Knapp, Hunter Lied, Craig Richadson, Jared Rohling, Joshua Vonhof
Season outlook: Last season, the Delmarva Christian boys basketball squad posted a respectable 10-10, adding one win to the previous campaigns’ total. The Royals were led most of the season by Steve Barry and Kyle Weed, both have departed as graduates. This year, the Royals will lean heavily on some returnees who made an impact last season and are looking for their games to grow even more this season. Hamilton Schlabach, Kaleb Dekker and Matt Dykstra all contributed to the Royals efforts on both ends of the court last season. Schlabach and Dekker will more than likely be the head of the senior leadership group with Dykstra leading the way for the talented underclassmen. The Royals have shown they can compete within the Independent Conference and look to break through with a better record and perhaps some tournament interest this season. The Royals open up their schedule this Friday when they travel north to take on Archmere Academy at 6:15 p.m.