Disaster averted, Salesianum fills soccer schedule with Hodgson, St. Georges

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Brad Myers
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What is going on on with Delaware highschool sports activities?

Sports activities reporters Brad Myers and Kevin Tresolini clarify the issues Delaware highschool sports activities are having getting began for the autumn.

Salesianum College added two extra soccer video games on Friday, bringing the Sals to a full schedule of seven video games and ending the controversy that had Delaware highschool sports activities buzzing.

Blue Hen Flight A members Hodgson (Week 5) and St. Georges (Week 7) agreed to fill the remaining gaps within the Sals’ schedule.

“We’re actually excited,” Salesianum President Brendan Kennealey mentioned. “We simply need to play soccer and deal with something apart from scheduling. I believe that will be welcome to only about everyone proper now.”

The additions go away Sallies’ schedule as follows:

  • Oct. 24 – at Malvern Prep (Pa.), 1
  • Oct. 30 – at Dover, 7
  • Nov. 7 – at Lansdale Catholic (Pa.), 6
  • Nov. 13 – vs. Smyrna, time TBA
  • Nov. 20 – vs. Hodgson, 7
  • Nov. 27 – at Sussex Central, 7
  • Dec. 5 – at St. Georges, midday

Hodgson had been scheduled to play Harmony on Week 5, and St. Georges had been scheduled to face Delcastle on Week 7. That leaves these two colleges with openings, however sources indicated that new video games for the Raiders and Cougars have been shortly being labored out.

“We had a Week 7 recreation, and it was a possibility to maneuver some issues round so different groups can play a extra equal opponent,” St. Georges coach John Wilson mentioned. “For me, if that’s what works for everyone, I’m completely happy we received it achieved. We are able to have soccer now.”

Wilson is president of the Delaware Interscholastic Soccer Coaches Affiliation, which performed a significant position in highschool sports activities returning to Delaware this fall.

A 27-page doc of COVID-19 security protocols produced by the affiliation was instrumental in convincing Delaware Division of Public Well being Director Dr. Karyl Rattay {that a} high-contact sport like soccer might be performed safely throughout the pandemic.

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“We labored so laborious. We have been on skinny ice of not having any soccer,” Wilson mentioned. “And for one little hiccup like this to essentially set us again even additional, I believe that will be extra disappointing than playoffs or no matter is in line for us down the street.”

Strictly from a scheduling standpoint, Wilson’s workforce might be seen as making fairly a sacrifice. Delcastle has not received a Flight A recreation since 2014, a stretch of 39 video games. Salesianum is yearly among the many state’s prime groups in Division I.

However Wilson may be very conversant in the Sals. He got here to St. Georges in 2018 after 13 years as head coach at St. Mark’s, the place his groups battled Salesianum in a standard rivalry recreation yearly.

Wilson added Salesianum to the Hawks’ schedule final season, with the Sals profitable a 14-2 defensive battle. And St. Georges had been scheduled to play Sallies once more this yr earlier than issues over the coronavirus shortened the schedules of all groups from 10 video games to seven.

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Hodgson must also be a really aggressive addition to Sallies’ schedule. The Silver Eagles defeated the Sals 33-20 final yr on the way in which to a 12-0 season and Hodgson’s first DIAA Division I championship. Two years in the past, Salesianum received a 20-18 nail-biter at Hodgson within the Division I semifinals.

Going into this week, Salesianum had solely been in a position to schedule three video games – in opposition to Dover, Smyrna and Sussex Central, all members of the Henlopen Convention’s Northern Division.

The Blue Hen Convention had voted to have every of its eight-member Flight A and Flight B divisions play a full round-robin schedule, which might fill every workforce’s slate with seven video games however go away no flexibility for any Flight A members to schedule Salesianum in the event that they wished.

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Earlier than the coronavirus pandemic closed colleges in March, most soccer schedules have been already crammed and 5 Flight A groups had agreed to play Sallies.

In a letter to Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Affiliation chairperson Dr. Bradley Layfield on Monday, Kennealey wrote that if the problem wasn’t resolved, Salesianum would pursue a short lived restraining order which might place an injunction on the complete DIAA soccer season till the governing physique ensured the Sals might fill out a full, seven-game schedule.

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The difficulty obtained consideration from the Delaware State Board of Training, which oversees DIAA, at its month-to-month board assembly Thursday night time.

“I believe it was very clearly expressed by a minimum of some members of the State Board of Training that they noticed there was an inequity happening,” Kennealey mentioned. “That it was lower than the member faculty on their very own to unravel the issue, that the DIAA wanted to return collectively to resolve this.”

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Salesianum managed so as to add video games in opposition to two Pennsylvania opponents – Malvern Prep and Lansdale Catholic – on Wednesday.

Kennealey nonetheless has issues over these video games as a result of they’re scheduled to be performed in Pennsylvania and will violate DPH steering that requires all soccer gamers to put on masks always.

Pennsylvania highschool soccer guidelines don’t require gamers to put on masks on the sector. However Salesianum athletic director Scott Mosier mentioned the Sals would comply with all DPH and DIAA protocols wherever they play.

Kennealey mentioned the all-boys Catholic personal faculty is able to transfer ahead, hopeful that every one of its soccer video games may be performed.

“We’re glad,” Kennealey mentioned. “We’re completely happy to have a full, seven-game schedule.”

Contact Brad Myers at bmyers@delawareonline.com. Comply with on Twitter: @BradMyersTNJ

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