The Delmarva Christian boys’ basketball squad has their eyes on returning to the DIAA State Tournament in 2021 after tasting the quarterfinals in 2020. They defeated Tatnall 52-50 in the second round before falling to Sanford in the quarters.
Gone from the 2020 Elite 8 team are ESIAC Player of the Year Andrew Workman, Wyatt Kwiakowski, Nate Moyer, Seth Stevens and Chris Vonhof.
“We’re extremely excited for this season,” said head coach Micah Twedell. “This team isn’t working to be as good as last year’s squad; they’re working on being the best team they can be. We’ll be a completely different team this year. DCHS is reloading, not rebuilding.”
Returning to the team is lone senior Chase Hesson. Juniors are Riley Briggs, DaMir Camper, Loubens Fleurima, Jeremiah Hannah, Trey McGee, Malachi Matthews, Jayden Palmer, Zach Smith, Brayden Stonebraker and Jayson Handy. Sophomores are Gabe Herling, Carter Breasure and Evan Murray. Rounding out the squad is freshman Edward Higgins.
Gone from the Royals’ schedule are the ESIAC schools from Maryland and all Henlopen Conference teams. They have been replaced by Caravel, Friends, Saint Mark’s, MOT Charter, Salesianum, St. Elizabeth, Archmere, Freire Charter School, First State Military Academy, Delaware Military Academy and Tatnall.
“We’ve made our regular-season schedule as difficult as it’s ever been,” said Twedell. ”But we return one of the best sophomores in the state in Gabe Herling. We’ve also added a few guys to the roster, including former [Wicomico High] standout Jayson Handy. This team will hang our hat on being a tough-nosed, physical defensive team.”
The Royals will open their season Monday, Jan. 11, at Caravel Academy, then compete Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Wilmington Friends. Their first home contest will be Tuesday, Jan. 19, when they will host MOT Charter.