The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Todd Stanford

January 6, 2012

A happy return for Delgado

It's already been an exciting sports year for Benny Delgado, the Shikellamy senior who's seemingly come out of nowhere to surprise opponents in football and now basketball.

Delgado joined the football team in midseason, then ran for more than 100 yards twice and even had a 75-yard, two-touchdown performance in the Braves' loss to Shamokin in the District 4 Class AAA semifinals.

Currently, Delgado is a starting forward on a Shikellamy team that's undefeated at 7-0.

"It shows everyone else on the team that here's a kid ... who didn't start as a junior, but he continued to work hard and do a lot of stuff in the summer to get better," Braves coach Tim Foor said. "Now he's being rewarded by starting in his senior year."

Delgado grew up in the Shikellamy School District, but his family moved to Puerto Rico before his freshman year of high school. They moved back near the end of his sophomore year -- after the basketball season ended. Delgado played JV ball last year but never saw the floor in varsity games.

That's obviously changed this year. Delgado has started in every game, and he's averaging 7.3 points per game.

"He's starting to get a little success," Foor said. "Which can be good and bad, (because) now the more success he gets there's more pressure to continue that success. It's a different type of attitude he has to carry around now. So now he's counted on to be a contributor, both offensively and defensively. For us, he's nice because he's an undersized forward (at 6-foot-1), but he makes up for it by being very athletic. ... He's a little quicker and a little faster than most other teams' (power forwards). He's bought into the system we have."

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