BERLIN- State playoff seedings for several fall sports were released this week and many of the Decatur teams will have a tough row to hoe to make any real advances in post-season play.
The Decatur men’s varsity soccer team finished the season with a 6-5-1 record and earned the number-9 seed in the state Class 3A-East region tournament. The Seahawks will face number-8 Hebron on the road tonight. The winner will get a shot at top-seeded River Hill early next week. The only other Bayside Conference team in the 3A-East tournament is Bennett, which is seeded third.
Decatur goes into the post-season with a mixed bag in terms of any momentum. The Seahawks blanked Mardela, 6-0 last Tuesday in a game during which five players scored goals, but followed that up with a 4-1 loss to Bennett two days later. The win one, lose one pattern has played out all season for Decatur.
The Decatur girls’ varsity soccer team has a nearly identical path in the state regional tournament. The Seahawks finished 6-5 and earned a number-8 seed in the 3A-East bracket. Like the boys’ team, the girls will face number-9 Hebron in the first round with a possible date with top-seeded Reservoir hanging in the balance.
Unlike the boys’ varsity team, which flip-flopped between wins and losses all season, the Decatur girls’ team was streaky. In late September, Decatur won two in a row over Snow Hill and Mardela, followed by a three-game losing streak in mid-October with losses to Parkside twice and Bennett once. They turned that mini-losing streak around by winning their last three including wins over Wicomico, Bennett and Kent Island.
Meanwhile, the Decatur varsity field hockey team finished 3-8-1 in the regular season, but will have the opportunity to make some noise in the state playoffs. Unlike the soccer teams, the field hockey team was sent to the Class 3A-South bracket and earned a number-7 seed. The Seahawks have a first-round bye, but will face second-seeded Huntingtown in the second round.
BERLIN- The Berlin Dolphins Juniors ran their winning streak to three games last week, pounding the Salisbury Terps, 33-12, in a key Salvation Army Youth Football League contest. The outcome was never really in doubt from the beginning as the Berlin Juniors, ages 11-13, controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball for much of the contest. … Continue reading
Stephen Decatur football players Delonte Tate and John Rich are the last two recipients of the Atlantic Physical Therapy “Tough Guy of the Week” awards for their contributions during the Seahawks’ two big win in the last two weeks. Pictured above, left is Tate (center) flanked by Coach Bob Knox and ATP lead therapist Charles Curran. Pictured above, right is … Continue reading
BERLIN – When trick-or-treaters young and old head out for the annual Halloween tradition tomorrow, the scariest sights they might see are the “No Candy at This Residence” signs posted on the doors of dozens of registered sex offenders in the area. The rather ominous signs adorned with a sneering pumpkin were sent out to the roughly 1,200 registered sex … Continue reading
OCEAN CITY – The bad news is, it now appears the 85-foot section of concrete and steel contractors are in the process of removing from the Route 90 bridge will not find a home in the waters around the resort area as part of a growing artificial reef system, but the good news is, the huge slabs could be used … Continue reading
OCEAN CITY — In the brief this week, Councilman Joe Hall wants to create a new program for area kids, one of the town’s wastewater clarfiers gets the nod for repair and the permit fees for special and private run events in the town of Ocean City might be getting a bit pricier. Hall Pitches New Kids Crabbing Program At … Continue reading
BERLIN – A law passed by the Berlin Mayor and Council last spring has not been included in the official Berlin town code, a council member discovered recently. Last spring the town council voted to remove a sunset clause placed on sewer and water allocations. If an allocation went unused for 10 years, under the previous regulations that are still … Continue reading
BERLIN – Backyard chickens should not be banned, according to some Berlin residents, despite the recent controversy over one resident’s pet poultry. “There’s a lot more people in town that have chickens and are doing it right,” said Kate Patton, who is thinking of adding chickens to her property to produce healthy eggs and teach her children about where food … Continue reading
SNOW HILL – The Worcester County Commissioners and the County Sheriff’s Office last week were dismissed as defendants in the $125,000 civil suit filed in June by an Ocean Pines man erroneously named as a defendant in a press release issued to local media, but the case moves on against the author of the document. During a hearing last week, … Continue reading
OCEAN CITY – Nearly a year after a long-time Ocean City police sergeant filed a discrimination civil suit against the town and its police department, alleging he was bypassed for promotion to lieutenant when he was activated into service as a Coast Guard reserve officer following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorists attacks, town attorneys this week reiterated his lack of … Continue reading