Recapping Milford’s 2017-18 winter sports season

MILFORD – With the final whistle of Milford High’s 2017-18 winter sports season, student-athletes are already well into spring sports mode at this point in March.

That doesn’t mean we can’t take a few minutes to recap the accomplishments of the Buccaneers’ winter sports teams.

Boys’ basketball

Following last season’s 12-8 season and second-round state tournament appearance, Milford’s boys’ basketball squad lost four seniors to graduation – Brion Murray, Tymire Riddick, Tyler Timson and Chris Sampson.

This season, with just two seniors on the roster – Tyreke Benson and Parker Chandler – the boys entered the 2017-18 season with a crop of 11 sophomores and juniors. Head coach Bob Spath knew there would be some growing pains as a handful of his players see their first varsity action.

The season started off strong with a pair of wins over Sussex Academy (75-31) and Delmar (66-55). With another big win over Sussex Academy (65-35) Jan. 23, the Bucs would move to 4-5 on the season before dropping nine of its last 11 games of the season to finish 6-14.

Girls’ basketball

Much like the boys’ team, the girls’ squad went 12-8 with a second-round state tournament appearance last season before losing key seniors to graduation.

After losing all five starters from a season ago, the girls’ team finished 0-20 this season with just one senior, Kalaysia Reynolds, on the roster.

Swimming

Both swim teams enjoyed success throughout the 2017-18 season.

The boys squad finished with a 5-5 record, while the girls finished 6-4. Both teams pulled off Senior Day wins over Seaford to finish the regular season on a high note.

At conferences, the boys earned 137 points and the girls earned 125 points as they each placed sixth as a team.

The Bucs sent a total of 11 swimmers to the swimming state championships at University of Delaware.

Junior Benjamin Sobota stole the show, as he broke Milford’s school record in the 50 freestyle in the preliminary round at states. His time of 22.32 broke the Milford record previously held by Stuart Barr.

Sobota was also the only Milford swimmer who earned a spot in the state finals, placing fifth overall with a time of 22.55 in the 50-freestyle state final.

Wrestling

The wrestling squad accomplished just about everything they had set out to accomplish.

Although the boys hit a few bumps on the road during the regular season, dropping its first dual-meet to a Div. II program in five years with its 33-30 loss to Indian River Wednesday, Jan. 17. Five days later they would drop a second one with a 38-37 loss to Laurel.

Snagging a No. 3 seed in the dual-meet state championships, the Bucs avenged those two losses with a state semifinal win over IR and a 38-28 state championship win over Laurel to capture Milford’s fifth consecutive dual-meet state title.

One week later, the Bucs took fifth at the Henlopen Conference Championships and, a week after that, senior Robbie Rosser (120) placed first in the Individual State Championships at Cape Henlopen High. Junior Eric Bennett placed second in the 195-pound weight class.

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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