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St. E’s Hemphill, Ursuline two-sport star among Del. Sports Hall inductees


Dialog reporter


Joe Hemphill and Sarah Gause Flanders are among 10 people who will be inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame at the organization’s annual banquet, to be held May 5 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington.

Hemphill retired from St. Elizabeth High School in early 2014 after serving there for 42 years as the football coach and 41 as athletic director. He also coached golf. In football, the Vikings won three state titles – in 1994, 1996 and 2010 – and reached the championship two other times.

Joe Hemphill
Joe Hemphill

Hemphill, who played quarterback at St. Elizabeth and Wesley College, coached 430 games, which was more than any other Delaware coach when he retired. He amassed a record of 237-180-13. He coached the Blue team twice in the annual Blue-Gold game and was the Blue-Gold camp director for 15 years. At St. Elizabeth, he also served as a guidance counselor and psychology teacher.

As athletic director, he oversaw a growing sports program and the opening of the St. E Center, which includes the 1,000-seat gymnasium, classrooms, exercise facilities and office space.

Flanders was a standout in basketball and track and field for Ursuline Academy, from which she graduated in 1982. She scored more than 1,000 points for the Raiders and continued her hoops career at the University of Delaware.

Sarah Gause Flanders
Sarah Gause Flanders

She was the first player in Delaware basketball, male or female, to be named first-team all-state, which she accomplished in 1980, ’81 and ’82. Flanders attended Georgetown University as a freshman but transferred to Delaware for her final three years. In Newark, she led the Blue Hens to a 56-28 record in three seasons, and upon graduation she was among the career leaders in points, rebounds and blocked shots. In 1984-85, she was the East Coast Conference player of the year.

Flanders was also an accomplished athlete in track and field. At Ursuline, she won the Division II championship in high jump twice and the shot put once. In college, she was among the top throwers in the ECC, finishing third in the conference shot put competition in 1983 and ’85 and fourth in 1984.

Flanders is currently an assistant nurse manager in the Wilmington Hospital emergency department.

The other inductees are:

  • David Yates, a Mount Pleasant High School graduate who was a baseball standout at the University of Delaware and a college golf coach.
  • Carrie Lingo, a member of the U.S. Olympic field hockey team in 2008. She starred in the sport at Cape Henlopen High School and the University of North Carolina.
  • Blaise Giroso, who dominated amateur golf in Delaware for 15 years.
  • Bob Tattersall, football coach at Wilmington Friends since 1968 and the state leader in wins.
  • Bob Neylan, a champion hurdler at Dover High School who later coached the Senators to four state championships.
  • John “Bill” Crowther, a former track and field coach at Mount Pleasant High School who was a longtime official in the sport, including at the 1984 Summer Olympics.
  • Isadore “Izzy” Keil, a trapshooter and multi-sport athlete at the Wilmington YMCA in its heyday as the center of amateur athletics in Delaware.
  • Rob Smith, a former soccer player at McKean High School who was a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team. He played for the Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer.

Doors at the Chase Center open for the induction banquet at 5:30 p.m. on May 5, with a social hour and silent auction preceding dinner at 6:45. For tickets, contact Sue Holloway at sueholloway@comcast.net or (302) 992-0550. Tickets are $65 each, and tables for 10 are available. No tickets will be sold after April 27. Checks can be made payable to DMSHOF and sent to Sue Holloway, 3 Blackberry Lane, Wilmington, DE 19807.