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Wednesday, September 28
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Thursday, September 29
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Friday, September 30
6:30pm Phillies vs New York Mets
Saturday, October 1
12:00pm Saturday Football Center
12:30pm Wesley College Pre-Game Show
1:00pm Wesley College at Southern Virginia
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2:30pm Phillies vs New York Mets
7:30pm NFL Football Kansas City at Pittsburgh

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CR's Kemp catching on at receiver for Wesley

By Sean Greene 6:12pm, September 28, 2016
VIDEO: Alex Kemp on transitioning to wide receiver (PHOTO Courtesy: Wesley College Athletics)
Caesar Rodney alum Alex Kemp is blossoming at a position he might not have been expecting to play at Wesley.

Kemp started at quarterback in the 2014 Delaware DFRC Blue/Gold All-Star Football Game, but months before that, he was told he'd have to switch positions.

Wesley had rising junior Joe Callahan holding the QB slot, as he was working his way towards a record-breaking year that earned him a tryout, and ultimately a roster spot, with the Green Bay Packers.

Kemp says he was told in the spring of 2014 the Wesley staff had worked out a plan to try him at receiver, a completely new position for the Magnolia product.

"The thing we saw since he came to Wesley was his speed, we couldn't see that in high school. With that speed, it was impossible to keep him off the field."

One thing that kept him off the field in 2014 was an injury, as he earned a medical redshirt.

The extra time gave him time to study his new position, and when he hit the field for training camp the following summer, Kemp said he dealt with a learning curve.

"I knew it was going to be hard to get off of the jam press. Learning all of the plays, I knew all of the plays, but learning them from all three (wide receiver positions) is a lot harder."

In 2015, he made a substantial impact, being named an NJAC Offensive Rookie and Special Teams Player of the Week over the course of the season. He had 44 catches for 653 yards and 8 receiving touchdowns, and even had a 38.0-yard average on 29 punts.

Kemp said he's been able to call on his quarterbacking experience at Caesar Rodney, even more than just the two passes he threw last year.

"It gives you a chance to read the defense better. At quarterback, you have to know what the defense is doing to call the play. At wide receiver, you can help the quarterback and see what coverage they're in and alert him and he can do what he does from there."

Kemp added that switching positions has given him a different perspective when things don't quite work out offensively.

"As a quarterback, our coach would always say our receivers' jobs were to catch the ball. Them not catching it was frustrating, but now in that position sometimes I don't catch every pass, so I see where they're coming from as well."

Kemp missed part of training camp this year with another injury, and had just 3 catches for 17 yards against Delaware Valley in the season-opening loss, but has 7 catches for 202 yards and 2 touchdowns over the past two games.

"We've got to be healthy, we've got to be able to go," Drass said. "Now we get to the second and third week of the season, and he becomes more of a go-to guy. I think that's what he wants to be, he wants to ball, he wants to be the guy that our offensive is built around. I think that will continue to happen, just because of his speed and playmaking ability, but we've got to be in shape and ready to go."

As for the quarterback thing, while there are no regrets as Drass sees Kemp as a top prospect at receiver, he did note that had the timing been a little different, there could have been a different outcome.

"If he stayed at quarterback, he'd be our starting quarterback right now."

As is, Wesley is happy with the speedy Kemp at wide receiver, and he sophomore figures to be a tough cover when teamed with Bryce Shade on the outside.

Kemp and 1-2 Wesley travel to Southern Virginia University for a NJAC match-up Saturday at 1pm. Pre-game on WDEL begins at 12:30pm.



Archmere's Lexi Kelly – Delaware SportsZone Athlete of the Week

By Sean Greene 9:04pm, September 28, 2016
VIDEO: Sean Greene speaks with Lexi Kelly
Archmere volleyball's Lexi Kelly is this week's Delaware SportsZone Athlete of the Week.

Lexi had a key block early in the 5th set to pace the Auks to a victory over St. Mark's Tuesday night.

Volleyball is a family affair for the Kellys. Nikki, a twin born just 30 minutes before Lexi, is also on the Auks, the same team their older sister Madeline also played on in high school. Oldest brother Bryan also played the sport at Salesianum.

Lexi says the natural sibling rivalry has spawned excellent playing partners over the years.



"I have a lot of people to compete against in my family. We're a competitive family, so we're all striving to be the best, so it's a lot of fun. When we go on vacations we all play against each other."

On the court at Archmere, Lexi's teammate Amy Thomson says Lexi is one of the team's emotional leaders.

"She adds so much. She's always singing on the court. She's always so excited, we love her, she's so much fun."

Speaking of singing, while Lexi hasn't decided on what she wants to study in college yet, she enjoys her music in film class at Archmere with Damian Demnicki.

"It's really fun, we watch movies and evaluate them with and without music."

Archmere hopes Lexi Kelly keeps hitting the winning chords on the volleyball court, as they try to make another run at a volleyball state title.



Kemp homers, Castro has 3 RBIs, Braves rout Phillies 12-2

By Paul Newberry/AP 8:49am, September 28, 2016 - Updated 2:03am, September 29, 2016
Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer, Daniel Castro had three RBIs and Dansby Swanson also drove in two runs, leading the surging Atlanta Braves to a 12-2 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

Mike Foltynewicz (9-5) pitched two-hit ball over five innings in his first start since Sept. 12, when he left a game against Miami with a left calf contusion.

The Braves won for the ninth time in their last 10 games, building some momentum for 2017 and their move to SunTrust Park. They have 21 victories in 34 games since Aug. 21, bouncing back from a dismal start.

Adam Morgan (2-11) lasted five innings, giving up 10 hits and nine runs, the most he's allowed in a dismal season.



Kim hits pinch-hit HR, Orioles beat Jays 3-2

By Ian Harrison/AP 2:03am, September 29, 2016
Hyun Soo Kim hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the ninth inning off Roberto Osuna, and the Baltimore Orioles beat Toronto 3-2 on Wednesday night to move within one game of the AL wild card-leading Blue Jays.

With Toronto ahead 2-1, Jonathan Schoop singled with one out, pinch-runner Michael Bourn stole second and Kim homered on a 3-2 pitch into the visiting bullpen in right, causing the Orioles relievers to jump in celebration.

Osuna (3-3) has five blown save chances, including two in his last three appearances.

Mark Trumbo hit his major league-leading 46th home run, a solo drive off Jason Grilli in the eighth.

Brian Duensing (1-0) got one out, and Zach Britton finished for his 47th save in as many tries.



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