Diamond State Athletic Conference

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The Diamond State Athletic Conference is a high school sports conference organized in 2007,[1] featuring charter and private schools in New Castle County, Delaware. The teams participate in a variety of sports including football, boys and girls soccer, track and field, cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls indoor track, boys and girls outdoor track, wrestling, boys and girls lacrosse, baseball, softball, cheerleading, boys and girls swimming, and field hockey. Conference titles (and an automatic berth to state tournaments) are awarded based on the best record at the end of the regular season or in championship competitions between the schools.

Membership and History[edit]

Members as of the 2021-2022 school year include:[2]

Former members of the conference include St. Thomas More Academy (Delaware), Campus Community School, Delmarva Christian High School, Wilmington Christian School and Red Lion Christian Academy. Seven of the eight schools in the conference are classified by DIAA as Division II schools (Wilmington Charter is classified as a Division I school).[6][7]

A similarly named conference that consisted of large schools from Kent and Sussex County existed until the 1969-70 school year when the Henlopen Conference was formed. Members until 1969 were: Smyrna, Dover, Caesar Rodney, Milford, Seaford, Lewes, Georgetown and Middletown; Middletown being the lone member from New Castle County. Lewes and Georgetown were the first schools that decided to migrate from the Diamond State Conference and join and eventually every team from the Diamond State Conference (except for Middletown) joined the Henlopen Conference. Middletown, as the only New Castle County school, moved to a conference composed entirely of New Castle County schools after one year of playing as an independent because they were barred from joining the Henlopen Conference due to the conference by-laws regarding geography.[8][circular reference]

State Championships[edit]

Total number of State Champions by members of the conference in the Fall,[9] Winter[10] and Spring[11] sports seasons. Years listed may predate membership in the conference.

  • Archmere Academy (30)
    • Fall (19) - Football 2A (2021, 1982, 1980, 1979), Boys Soccer DII (2019), Girls Volleyball (2014, 1987, 1986), Boys XC DII (2008, 2007, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1997, 1995, 1994, 1991), Girls XC DII (2003, 1992)
    • Spring (11) - Softball (1990), Boys Tennis (2002, 1993, 1992, 1982, 1981), Girls Tennis (2009, 2007, 1993, 1986, 1985)
  • St. Elizabeth High School (10)
    • Fall (3) - Football 2A (2010, 1996, 1994)
    • Winter (7) - Boys Basketball (2018), Girls Basketball (2021, 2013, 2007, 1985, 1982, 1979)
  • Charter School of Wilmington (17)
    • Fall (7) - Girls Volleyball (2019), Boys XC DI (2019, 2015), Girls XC DI (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009)
    • Winter (9) - Boys Swimming and Diving (2016), Girls Swimming and Diving (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008)
    • Spring (1) - Girls Soccer DI (2005)
  • Delaware Military Academy (4)
    • Fall (2) - Girls Volleyball (2016, 2015)
    • Spring (2) - Baseball (2021), Girls Soccer DII (2018)
  • Newark Charter School (4)
    • Fall (2) - Unified Flag Football (2017, 2016)
    • Winter (2) - Girls Swimming and Diving (2019, 2018)
  • Conrad Schools of Science (1)
    • Winter (1) - Girls Basketball (2018)
  • First State Military Academy (0)
  • MOT Charter School (0)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DIAA Board of Directors' Meeting Minutes". September 20, 2007. Archived from the original on August 12, 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
  2. ^ "Diamond State Conference".
  3. ^ Buzby, John. "Red Lion Christian football fallout continues". MaxPreps. Retrieved 30 March 2022.
  4. ^ Myers, Brad. "Sussex Academy leads shift in high school conferences". Delaware News Journal. Retrieved 30 March 2022.
  5. ^ Lang, Mike. "Catholic school athletic directors tackle challenges with fall sports set to begin Sept. 28". The Dialog. Retrieved 30 March 2022.
  6. ^ "Charter of Wilmington leaving Blue Hen Conference". delawareonline. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  7. ^ Green, Sean (2017-08-25). "What's new in Delaware high school sports in 2017-18?".
  8. ^ "Henlopen Conference". Henlopen Conference. Wikipedia. Retrieved 30 March 2022.
  9. ^ "DIAA Fall Champions" (PDF). DSSAA. State of Delaware. Retrieved 30 March 2022.
  10. ^ "DIAA Winter Champions" (PDF). DSSAA. State of Delaware. Retrieved 30 March 2022.
  11. ^ "DIAA Spring Champions" (PDF). DSSAA. State of Delaware. Retrieved 30 March 2022.