Delaware State News

When Madison Brengle wins a big tennis match, she usually does it in her own style.

But that was especially true for the Dover native’s first-round victory at the Australian Open on Sunday night.

The 59th-ranked Brengle beat 102nd-ranked Dayana Yastremska by a seesaw 6-1, 0-6, 5-0 in the women’s singles draw of the Grand Slam event. Yastremska withdrew from the game before the final game.

The stats that caught the most attention were Yastremska’s 60 unforced errors against just one winner for Brengle. Yastremska had 31 winners.

But it all ended in a win for Brengle, who next faces 13th-seeded Naomi Osaka. Brengle, 31, has only faced 24-year-old Osaka once before, beating her in an ITF match in 2013.

Brengle, who recovered from a leg injury sustained in a warm-up tournament last week, has now passed the first round of the Australian Open five times since 2015. But she doesn’t has not reached the third round since 2016.


Smyrna 53, William Penn 12: The Eagles bowled six, including four in the first period, before posting the non-conference victory on Monday night.

Michale Blair (152 pounds), Tyler Downward (195), Kael Howell (220), Chijoke Eule (285), Gabe Giampietro (120) and Qwantez Watkins (126) all won in the fall for Smyrna.

Indian River 48, Woodbridge 30: The Indians missed three straight pins midway through the game before moving to 7-0 with Henlopen South winning.

Fall winners for IR were Tyler McManus (120), Evan Forjan (132), James Esque (138), Angel Mora-Salas (145) and TJ Burke (285).

The Blue Raiders got pins from Parker Short (106), Terrance Felipa (160), Nickolas Akers (170), Quincy Risper (195) and Ellis Cannon (220).

The Indians also posted a 60-15 victory over AI DuPont in a non-conference game on Monday.

St. Mark’s 45, First State Military 18: The Bulldogs dropped a no-conference decision to the Spartans on Monday.

college football

The hens add the WR transfer: The Delaware football team has added a high profile transfer in Presbyterian College wide receiver Jalyn Witcher.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Arkansas native announced his decision on social media over the weekend.

“After an incredible visit, much prayer, and a humbling conversation with my family, I would like to say that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at the University of Delaware!!” he posted.

As a freshman last fall, Witcher had a game-high 80 catches for 1,120 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was named FCS All-American by AP and finished seventh in the Jerry Rice Awards list in voting for top freshman.

college basketball

WOMEN, Delaware 79, Northeast 60: Jasmine Dickey scored 31 points to lead four Blue Hens by double digits in Sunday’s CAA victory.

Delaware (3-0 CAA, 9-4 overall) led by just four before beating the Huskies, 31-16, in the fourth quarter for their third straight win. The Hens have won six straight against the Huskies (2-2 CAA, 8-6 overall).

“I like this team because we are resilient,” said UD coach Natasha Addair. “We looked at the score, at no time did we hesitate or did we ever play not to lose. We had to make sure we had to finish it playing Delaware basketball; it was about getting the saves we needed, finishing plays, knocking down free throws and rebounding.

Dickey sank 14 of 17 four shots and grabbed 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. Ty Battle followed with 15 points and 19 rebounds while adding four steals.

Tyi Skinner and Paris McBride (six rebounds) each added 12 points.

The Hens wrap up their three home games Tuesday with a 6 p.m. game against James Madison.