In the second part of our series featuring local all-state selections we take a look at the top players from Dover, Lake Forest and St. Thomas More.
The Dover Senators featured seven spring sports all-state selections in baseball, boys’ lacrosse, and girls’ soccer.
On the diamond, Nick Spadafino (First-Team), Jordan Hutchins (Second-Team), Tyler Cullen (Honarable-Mention), and Tevin Thomas (Honorable-mention) earned honors. Meanwhile, girls’ soccer players Lauren Low (Third-Team) and teammate Kerri Lussier (Third-Team) earned all-state honors for the Lady Senators. Boys’ lacrosse standout Ryan McQuaide earned third team honors to round out the Senators selections.
Seniors Spadafino and Cullen, along with sophomores Hutchins and Thomas helped lead the Senators baseball club to an impressive 14-4 record this past season. Dover advanced to the state semifinals, falling to eventual state champion Caravel.
Seniors Low and Lussier helped lead the Lady Senators soccer team to a 7-7 record. The two seniors helped lead Dover to three straight wins to end the season, but they fell short of making the state tournament.
While McQuaide and the Senators boys’ lacrosse squad weren’t able to make the state tournament this season, finishing with a record of 6-8, the senior played all-state caliber lacrosse despite missing multiple games due to injury.
“It’s a great feeling to receive all-state honors for the second year in a row, despite missing eight games due to a torn meniscus in my right knee,” said McQuaide. “I know that this is an award that I couldn’t have received without the help of my teammates and coaches, so I’m grateful for the group we had this year.”
While the Dover program struggled this season McQuaide, who will play lacrosse at Yale next season, believes the program is in good shape moving forward.
“I believe the program will continue to grow as a contender in the state,” said McQuaide. “Coach Coveleski has created a blue-collar mindset that is a good fit for our program and has showed us that Dover can challenge some of the top teams in Delaware.”
Even though he’s suited up in Senators’ colors for the last time, he’s excited about his future.
“I’m ecstatic to be a part of the Yale lacrosse program,” McQuaide said. “Over the past four years my family has pushed me to be a hard worker on and off the field so it was a great feeling for us that it paid off.”
Lake Forest earned two all-state selections during the spring season including Chris Sipple who earned Second-Team honors on the diamond, and Morgan Gannon who was named Third-Team all-state in girls’ soccer.
Sipple helped lead the Spartans to an impressive 10-8 record on the baseball diamond this season as a pitcher, infielder and outfielder. He’ll return for his senior season next year hoping to help the Spartans reach the state tournament.
Gannon, a senior this season, helped lead the Lady Spartans to a 10-4-1 record this season which was good enough to earn a berth in the state tournament where they fell in the opening round to Mt. Pleasant.
For the Ravens, senior Alexa Schimp earned Third-Team honors for her work on the soccer field this season. Schimp, who plans on attending Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where she’ll be playing field hockey this fall, helped lead the Lady Ravens’ building soccer program to a 5-10 record this past season.
“I’m thankful to be recognized as one of the higher ranked players in soccer,” said Schimp. “I have spent the last four years, and many years before that, working hard and giving 100 percent in every practice and game. It’s a great reward to be recognized for all the hard work I’ve put in.”