As it has been for the past several years, the local high school ice hockey team is made up of a combination of students who attend two different schools. However, when they are on the ice, they are one unit – and a very successful one.
On Feb. 21, Tatnall/Newark skated to its third consecutive Delaware High School Hockey League title with a 5-4 overtime win against the Harrington Havoc at the Fred Rust Ice Arena in Newark.
A Harrington goal with 24 seconds remaining in regulation forced the overtime, but Pen Sailer found the back of the net just 31 seconds into the extra period to win it for Tatnall/Newark.
“We have been successful as a unit for the past three years because we do not think like we are Newark or Tatnall but rather a team,” assistant coach Mike Albertson said. “We have been lucky enough to have a core group that came in as freshmen and have worked hard to continue to get better.”
Newark High players include senior captain Dante Albertson, who scored in the championship game, senior Daniel Manglass and junior Josh Henk.
“I was approached on the ice after this past win and was reminded by the seniors that they told me they would never lose another playoff game after they were embarrassed as freshmen with a heartbreaking loss to St. Marks,” Albertson said. ”It was extremely easy to coach this group and they will never be forgotten.”
Newark High’s Zeke Dawkins placed third in the 3200-meter run with a time of 9:52.16 and Zaid Barnes of Christiana finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 44-06.00 at Saturday’s DIAA Indoor Track State Championships, held in Landover, Md.
“I knew going into the race I had a chance to place well,” Dawkins said. “I’ve been in a great place with my training and all that was left was to execute at states, and I was able to do that taking 14 seconds off my personal record and finishing third. I’m satisfied for now, but there’s still a lot of work left to do [during the spring season].”
Swimming and wrestling states
Two of the most grueling individual sports host championships this weekend on opposite ends of the state, as swimmers race and dive at Rawstrom Natatorium at the Carpenter Sports Building in Newark and wrestlers grapple on the mats at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes.
Newark Charter will be well represented in both sports as several swimmers and wrestlers vie for individual state titles.
Newark Charter boys who qualified for the DIAA Swimming and Diving Championships are Sritan Pittala (50, 200, 500 free; 200 individual medley; 100 butterfly); Ben Doughty (50, 100, 200 free; 100 butterfly, breast and back; 200 individual medley); Cole Zippe (50, 100 free); Kishan Bonis (50 free, 100 butterfly); Logan Blackburn (50, 100, 200, 500 free, 100 back); Connor Barnes (50 free); and Goodwin Cobb (50 free).
Girls who will swim at states are Amanda Caruccio (200,100 free); Stephanie Dryden (50 free, 100 back); Ashley Feldmann (50 free); Lyla Fruehstorfer (50, 100 free); Anna Gliwa (100 free); Adrika Gunin (100 back); Megan Kelby (50, 100 free); Kate Menzer (200 IM, 100 butterfly); Sreeya Pittala (200, 500 free); Ryann Price (100 breast); Maya Rigor (100 fly, 100 back); Hannah Strong (200 IM, 100 butterfly); and Riley Wilson (100 breast).
Newark Charter wrestlers who qualified for the DIAA Wrestling Championships after a successful showing at last weekend’s Independent Conference Championships are Justin Farquhar (106-pound weight class), Sam DiTomasso (132), Joey Jones (152), Kaydn Rose (182), Ryan Lynch (195) and Goodwin Cobb (285).
Newark High School’s Mark Escobar is wrestling in the 120-weight class bracket, Zaid Roberson at 170 and Michael Manglass at 182.
Newark High’s male swimmers competing at states are Malakai Brotman (50 free); Bailey Polecaro (50, 200 free); Ethan Easterby (200 individual medley, 100 breast); and Daniel Manglass (diving). Females are Ixel Dakin (50 free); Elizabeth Walsh (100 butterfly, 100 breast); and Rachel Tims (diving).