As the summer begins to wind down our athletes at Milford Senior High School begin their conditioning for the 2011 fall sports season. On Monday, August 15 preseason practice began across the entire state as athletes from Milford prepared for another year. Milford High School will continue to be part of the Northern Division of the Henlopen Conference for the next year. This conference includes competitive schools such as Caesar Rodney, Cape Henlopen, Dover, Smyrna, Sussex Central, and Sussex Tech. Milford Athletic Director, Glen Stevenson, is looking forward to another great season coming up. With only a few weeks before the season begins, the fall sports of football, soccer, field hockey, cross country and girls’ volleyball will be here before we know it.
Milford’s football team is in rebuilding mode as it comes off a 3-7 record. Just two years after winning the State Championship in the Southern Henlopen Division the Buccaneers look to build their presence in the Northern Division. Moving to the Northern Division, Milford has seen bigger and stronger athletes and has put a great team together to go nose to nose with these teams.
“We are anticipating a tough team this year,” commented Athletic Director Glen Stevenson. “The offensive line will be a huge contributing factor and many of the boys will be playing both ways.”
The football team has a lot of returning players from last year including most of the offensive line. Their first game against Concord on Saturday, September 10 will be a big test for the Bucs early in the season. Their first home game will be Friday, September 23 at 7:30 against Sussex Tech.
The Milford Boys’ Soccer team is looking to improve its season under the direction of Coach Ken Outten. Last year the boys were just under .500 and are looking forward as they set their eyes on a playoff berth. “We have a real good group of guys who have been playing together for a while,” commented Coach Outten. “I’m real excited to see the possibilities.” The first game for Boys’ Soccer will be held on Tuesday, September 13 at home against Indian River.
The Varsity Field Hockey team will be getting a new head coach and a fresh round of new talent as Andrea Fleming takes on the challenge of coaching a young team. With 1 senior, 8 juniors, 9 sophomores and 14 freshmen trying out to make the cut, Coach Fleming commented that there are several “great young leaders and skilled players on the team.” The team will be set this Friday as Coach Fleming looks to have a winning season and make the State Tournament.
Coach Czar Bloom looks to continue the success of the Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country team after coming off a great season last year. Bloom’s coaching also led the Milford Boys’ Track & Field to win the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association Division II state championship to cap a perfect season this past spring. “This is one of the most veteran groups I have coached and they are coming off one of our best seasons,” commented Bloom. “We have a strong group coming back.” Coach Blooms is ultimately aiming to make the playoffs and the State Tournament but stresses that this season will come “one step at a time”. The Boys’ and Girls’ first meet will take place at the Milford Millpond Nature Reserve against Seaford High School on Wednesday, September 14 at 4:00pm.
The volleyball team will begin its first season since it was allowed as a new sport in the Milford School District last October. Coaches Sanya Eaglesten and Shawn Snyder are very excited for the new season and look to begin the process of developing the sport in the Milford area. “We had 40 girls show up the first day of practice,” commented Coach Eaglesten. “They were a great set of hard working girls.” During the first year the coaches hope to teach the athletes the basics of pass, set, spike and grow the program as quickly as possible.
On Friday, August 26 the Milford Senior High School will be hosting a fan appreciation night at Briggs Stadium where all fall sports teams will be presented before a tri-scrimmage between the Milford, Laurel and Howard football teams. The event will begin at 6:00pm, is open to the public and free food will be available for all that attend.
For more information on fall sports teams, their schedules and records visit http://buccaneers-sports.com/.