Delta’s storybook boys’ tennis season came to an end Saturday morning with a loss to the back-to-back state champion North Central Panthers in the IHSAA State Final Four.
Second-ranked North Central won 5-0, although 9th-ranked Delta pushed hard at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. Junior Joe Wegener lost 5-7, 5-7 at No. 1 singles, and seniors Jay Robillard/Nick Wilson fell 6-7 (7), 3-6 at No. 1 doubles.
North Central went on to beat top-ranked Carmel 3-2 in the championship match Saturday night.
North Central, a school of 3,500 students, now has 19 state championships in boys’ tennis. Carmel, with more than 4,500 students, has 8 state titles in boys’ tennis.
In the last three seasons, Delta has been eliminated by North Central in the semi-state in 2012, by Carmel at the state quarterfinals in 2013, and by North Central in the state semifinals in 2014.
Delta entered the season in a rebuilding mode after losing five of its top seven players. But first-year varsity singles players Joe Wegener, freshman Jason Wegener, and sophomore Alec Robillard grew up quickly to help the team win 25 matches, second-highest total in school history.
Joe finished 16-13 at No. 1 singles, Jason was 20-7 at No. 2 singles, and Alec finished 27-2 at No. 3 singles. Alec’s victory total set a school record for varsity victories for a sophomore.
Jay Robillard and Nick Wilson anchored the strong Delta doubles lineup. They won 28 straight matches (all in straight sets) before falling in Saturday’s match to North Central’s Patrick McAuley and Alex Bertolini, 7-6 (9-7), 6-3. McAuley was the state doubles champion in 2013. Saturday’s match featured outstanding fast-action points with Robillard and Wilson building a big first-set lead before the North Central duo battled back to win in a heartbreaker for the Eagles.
Juniors Matt Hapner (23-3) and Jacob Brewer (19-3) dropped a 6-1, 6-2 decision at No. 2 doubles. Those two boys and fellow junior Nick Bantz (11-0) helped the Eagles go 26-3 at No. 2 doubles this fall.In addition to Jay Robillard and Wilson, senior Gregg Walker will graduate. The other 24 players return, giving the Eagles a strong nucleus for the 2015 season.
On Monday, October 20, a new security measure will go into effect at Delta High School. The main door (#1) and the gym door (#5) will be locked during the school day. Students and patrons arriving after 8:40 a.m. will need to push the call button located at each door. After being properly identified, an office staff member can unlock the door. As always, students arriving late or any visitor should report immediately to the school office.
Play It Forward
Delaware Community Schools is asking our alumni and community to “Play it Forward.” As a district, we are taking on a $2.9 million project that will include a new look and improved safety for many of our athletic facilities.
If you are interested in reading more about the project and how to become involved, please follow this link to the DelCom Foundation Website.
by Michelle Kinsey in the May 16, 2014, edition
of The (Muncie) Star Press detailed some amazing
statistics about Delta's early college program
(University of Delta High School).
Full article (pdf file)
This school year, Delta students will earn 1,232 college credits from Ball State University and 1,934 credits from Ivy Tech.
Seventy percent (140 of 201) of the graduating seniors at Delta have at least three hours of college credit. Fifty-eight percent (109 of 188) of the juniors have at least three hours of college credit.
Students graduating this year will leave Delta after saving more than $480,000 in college tuition.
The University of Delta High School is the clear leader in East Central Indiana with its early college program.
The University of Delta High School saves students (and parents) money and time!
Safety Tip Line
Delaware Community School is reopening the Safety Tip Line. The new tip line is being provided by Com Net. If you would like to report school safety concerns, please contact Delta High School at 288-5597 and ask for an administrator or you can call the tip line after school hours to report your general school safety concerns. In case of an immediate emergency, patrons would always call 911. The phone number for the Safety Tip Line is 747-1632.
Teachers Offer Tutoring
Tutoring is available in all subjects after school from 3:35 to 4:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the library. Teachers are volunteering to staff the tutoring.