SMS teams ready to get their seasons going
They get a little later of a start since they aren’t permitted to practice in the summer, but the Selbyville Middle School fall sports teams are ready to get things going for their 2019 seasons following two weeks of preparation.
The SMS football team is once again coached by Jesse Bare, and the team has hopes of continuing last season’s success when they went 6-1 overall.
Bare will be assisted by Tim Clausen, Lance Keeler, Larry Biasotto and Kevin Custis.
The Indians will welcome back a strong group of eighth-graders, who saw plenty of playing time last year. Among them are running backs Kyle Custis and Jeremiah Handy. The offensive line will be anchored by Austin Grise and Dylan Everett, while tight end Ty’Juan Jurado can help stay in to block or head out to catch the ball in the passing game.
“The team is looking forward to another strong showing, and winning season for the 2019 campaign,” Bare assessed. “The Indians will return an experienced line and several running backs that had lots of playing time during the 2018 season. So far, we’ve had great leadership from the eighth-graders, and that is a trend they hope to continue throughout the season. On offense, we will feature power and speed, which is a great combination to have, as well as a strong line. On defense, we hope to capitalize on our speed to keep opponents out of the end zone.”
The Indians were set to open their season on Thursday, Sept. 19, on the road at Beacon Middle School (after Coastal Point press time). Their first home game will be against the other half of the Cape Henlopen middle schools, when they host Mariner at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26.
Sally Craig is back at the helm of the SMS girls’ volleyball team, and her squad has their work cut out for them to top last season’s perfect 10-0 run, as well as the Delaware Middle School Classic Volleyball Invitational tournament championship.
Craig is assisted by Lisa Stetler and Bill Croal.
The Indians will look to a quartet of eighth-graders to lead the charges this season. Grace Fiorilla will lineup as an outside hitter, as will Alisa Tyre and Jade Wilkins. Taylor Conaway is penciled in as the team’s setter. Seventh-grader Leilani Ehlers is a dual-threat player from her outside hitter and setter spots.
“We hope to have another successful season, but also know we have a target on our backs,” Craig said. “Since we’ve only lost two matches in the past four years, everyone is out to beat us. Five of our starters from last season are now playing JV and varsity at the high school, so it’s a rebuilding year for us. Our B team from last year also went undefeated, and all seven of those players are returning. We are confident that this motivated, dedicated group of players will carry on our winning tradition.”
SMS will open their 2019 campaign by hosting Georgetown on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Other home dates include Oct. 7, 9, 23 and 28. All matches start at 4 p.m.
The Indians will be back at the Delaware Middle School Invitational on Friday, Oct. 25, with the tournament being hosted at Smyrna this year. The team is also hosting a dine-and-donate event at Fox’s Pizza at Bayside on Wednesday, Oct. 23.
Taylor Miller is certainly excited about the upcoming season for the SMS field hockey team. Following last year’s 5-2-4 overall mark, Miller and assistant Betsy Bare have a strong nucleus of players returning, which should help to continue the winning ways of the past four seasons.
The offense will be led three eighth-graders, Macy Blades, Addison Jerns and Grace Robinson. Defensively, SMS will count on fellow eighth-graders Raegan Kansak and Katie McHale to help goalie Maddy Neal against the opposition.
“After many of our girls have moved up to Indian River after last season, we have many spots to fill,” Miller admitted. “Our eighth-graders and other returning players are working hard and stepping up to take over those positions. We also have some new players this season that are going to be ones to watch. We are excited to see what this season brings and can’t wait for games to start.”
They won’t have to wait much longer, as SMS will begin their 2019 season on Wednesday, Sept. 25, on the road at Laurel. They will be home on Monday, Sept. 30, against Beacon. Other home opponents include Seaford (Oct. 2), Mariner (Oct. 14), Smyrna (Oct. 28) and Millsboro (Nov. 6). All game times are at 4 p.m.
Neal Barch is back for another season at the helm of the SMS boys’ soccer team, and he will be assisted by Justin Brooks-Ward. Barch has been leading the SMS program for more than 20 years.
The team has 31 players rostered for this season, which includes 12 players in eighth grade, 11 players in seventh grade and eight players in sixth grade. No additional information was available before Coastal Point press time.
By Jason Feather