Morgan showed up when the deal went down Jan. 30 at the Big House, as Cape hosted top-ranked Conrad in front of the biggest crowd ever to watch a regular-season Cape girls’ game. Mahoney hit for 13 points, including three from three-point land, and her confidence was contagious as teammates followed her lead. “Morgan has gotten in a great groove and is performing at a very high level right now,” said coach Pat Woods. “She is more aggressive and shooting the lights out. She has earned every bit of the confidence she is playing with right now.” She’s averaging eight points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks per game. Morgan had 12 points in Cape’s 63-19 win over Dover Feb. 4, including two from downtown.
Carlin is Cape’s inside player who brings a rebounding ruggedness with relentless defense to the starting lineup on the girls’ basketball team. In the electric win over Conrad Jan. 30, Carlin pulled down a season-best 18 rebounds to go along with two blocks as she battled 6-foot-4 Ja’Nylah Whittlesey, holding her to nine points. “Carlin has been practice/game MVP more than any other player on our team,” said coach Pat Woods. “She consistently makes game-winning plays that can sometimes be overlooked by people who haven’t played or coached. But her effort and energy and toughness are seen by all.” She’s averaging five points, eight rebounds, two steals and one block per game.
A sixth-grader at Beacon Middle School, Nick won the 88-pound weight class at the Steve Stewart Middle School Wrestling Classic. After defeating two opponents to reach the finals, he won a 9-1 decision over defending champion Stanley Pete of Laurel. The title capped an undefeated season where he compiled a 13-0 record in his first year of middle school wrestling. Nick also wrestles for the Henlopen Hammers Wrestling Club during the season and in the off-season. He won the Bucs Holiday Classic and the Camp Barnes Classic in December. Nick won the Delaware Kids Scholastic State Championship last year. Nick is a multi-sport athlete who also plays football for the Cape Vikings Pop Warner and baseball for Lewes Little League.
A Milford eighth-grade point guard wearing No. 1, Kashmier snapped like heat lightning Feb. 3 in front of a packed Milford Academy gym, scoring 39 points in a 65-59 overtime win versus Postlethwait. Middle school games are six-minute quarters with the overtime period being three minutes. Wise scored from the inside and outside, and handles the basketball like a yo-yo on a string. Milford beat Selbyville 53-29 Feb. 5 to complete the regular season 11-0. Kashmier hit for 32 and 34 points earlier in the season. “He only played in the fourth quarter three times this season and still averaged 28 points a game,” said coach Tony Hazzard. Kashmier is on the honor roll and takes honors classes. “He also has this dog in him that’s very rare to see at his age. He wants to guard the best player while also doing what he can do on the offensive end,” Hazzard said.