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St. Mark’s, Archmere seniors named co-winners of football’s DeLucia Award

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WILMINGTON – John Dougherty of St. Mark’s High School and Matt Gallagher of Archmere Academy have been named the recipients of the 2014 Michael DeLucia Sportsmanship Award, presented annually to a senior football player from a Delaware Catholic high school. The award, which has been given for 43 years, goes to a player “who has exemplified outstanding performance, attitude and character on and off the field.” Read more »

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One loom at a time, Holy Cross Knitting Club makes a difference

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DOVER – It’s a Friday afternoon in December, and most of the students at Holy Cross School have taken off for the weekend. But in a room in the school’s Early Childhood Center, some 70 first- through eighth-graders have gathered in the season of giving to help those who could really use some.

At tables throughout the large room, students laughed and talked as they knitted winter hats. Atop two desks, a pile of hats in a variety of colors steadily grew; there would be more than 100 by the time the meeting ended. Read more »

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Boys basketball: Third-quarter burst lifts St. Elizabeth past Howard

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WILMINGTON – Mike Piekarski scored the first six points of the third quarter as St. Elizabeth turned a one-point halftime deficit into a lead, then held off a talented Howard squad in an entertaining 64-54 Vikings win Monday night at the St. E Center. With the victory, the Vikings improved to 4-1 already on the young season as they played their first home game in front of a near-sellout crowd.

Piekarski’s half-dozen points were part of a 13-0 run to begin the second half for St. Elizabeth, which trailed, 27-26, at intermission. He and sophomore Malik Curry scored 15 of their team’s 19 points in the third, giving the Vikings a 45-33 lead heading into the fourth. Piekarski said he wanted to set an example after the half. Read more »

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New coaches seek first wins as girls hoops gets into gear

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Two games tonight lead off the girls’ basketball schedule for the week.

Tuesday

William Penn at St. Mark’s, 7:15 p.m. The Spartans hope to get win No. 1 for new coach Kayla Miller.

St. Elizabeth at Caesar Rodney, 7:15 p.m. Meanwhile, in Kent County, the Vikings open the season and a new era with coach Dan Cooney, a longtime assistant at St. Elizabeth.

Wednesday

St. Thomas More at Salisbury (Md.) School, 5 p.m.

Ursuline at Sussex Central, 6:15 p.m. The Raiders are one of the best teams in Delaware, but the Knights are ranked fifth and are playing at home.

Thursday

Concord at Padua, 5:15 p.m. Both teams won their openers and are ranked in the top 10.

Archmere at William Penn, 5:15 p.m

Saturday

Brandywine at St. Mark’s, 1:15 p.m.

Largo (Md.) vs. St. Elizabeth, at the Tina Thompson Classic in Washington, D.C., 2 p.m. Caravel, Sanford and Ursuline are also in this event, which takes place all day in three locations.

Ursuline vs. Long Island Lutheran (N.Y.) at the Tina Thompson Classic in Washington, D.C., 5:20 p.m.

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Boys basketball returns with games every day this week

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High school basketball is under way, with this week marking the first full week of games. Here are the schedules for the boys.

Tuesday

St. Mark’s at William Penn, 5:15 p.m. St Mark’s opens its season behind senior Matt Williams against the Colonials, who are starting with a new coach.

Archmere (1-0) at Wilmington Christian, 6:15 p.m.

St. Elizabeth at Dickinson, 6:30 p.m. The Vikings are 1-1, while Dickinson is off to a 2-0 start.

Wednesday

St. Thomas More at Salisbury (Md.) School, 6:30 p.m. The Ravens are 2-1 already, with the last win coming against Delmarva Christian.

Thursday

St. Andrews at Archmere, 6:15 p.m.

Friday

St. Elizabeth at Concord, 5:15 p.m.

Saturday

Wilmington Friends at Archmere, 12:15 p.m.

St. Mark’s at Brandywine, 12:30 p.m.

William Penn at Salesianum, 7:30 p.m. Salesianum will be looking to erase the taste of last week’s loss at Howard.

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Their time has come: Recent scholastic basketball standouts have become coaches

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The high school basketball season is now underway, but one of the best girls teams in the state will not be competing this year. Instead, those players will be on the sidelines, whistles around their necks and clipboards in their hands.

A look at the five Catholic high schools in New Castle County that have girls basketball – Archmere, Padua, Ursuline, St. Elizabeth and St. Mark’s – reveals a who’s who of recent hoops talent that is now passing along their experience and knowledge as coaches. Those staffs include all-staters, 1,000-point scorers, state champions and big-time college talent who now want to guide the next generation. Read more »

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St. Elizabeth drops boys basketball opener at A.I. duPont, 74-69

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Jordan Money takes a shot for St. Elizabeth. He scored 19 for the Vikings. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

Jordan Money takes a shot for St. Elizabeth. He scored 19 for the Vikings. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

GREENVILLE – Friday night’s boys’ basketball game between A.I. duPont and St. Elizabeth followed a familiar script, and the story was a sweet one for the Tigers as they defeated St. Elizabeth, 74-69, in the season opener for both teams at the A.I. duPont Tip-Off Tournament.

A.I. jumped out to an 8-0 lead to start the contest, allowed the Vikings to climb back into a lead, then righted the ship and took a five-point advantage into halftime. The Tigers threatened to blow the game wide open in the third, watched as St. Elizabeth made it a battle again, opened up a sizable lead in the fourth, and held on to begin the season with a win. Read more »

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Howard passes, shoots its way past Salesianum, 59-52

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WILMINGTON – Despite rumors that he might not be ready, Donte DiVincenzo was in uniform and started for Salesianum on Friday afternoon at sold-out Howard, but the Villanova signee’s contributions weren’t enough to help the defending state champions stave off a 59-52 defeat at the hands of the Wildcats.

Howard held the high-scoring DiVincenzo in check for much of the game, and the Wildcats showed they will be one of the contenders for Salesianum’s trophy come March. Howard continually went to the drive and kick, and four players scored in double figures against the Sals. Two of those were sophomores, who complemented the senior-heavy roster. Kineph Turner, one of the sophomores, led the way with 17 points. He said he was “a little nervous” coming into the opener, “but I knew I had to get in the gym and get ready for this game.” Read more »

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Archmere grad earns Atlantic 10 academic honors

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John Mascioli, a graduate of Archmere Academy, has been named to the Atlantic 10 Conference cross country All-Academic Team, the league announced today. Mascioli is a sophomore at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

The All-Academic Team was selected based on performance in the classroom and on the trails. Runners must carry a grade-point average of 3.0 for their entire academic career. Mascioli finished 17th at the Atlantic 10 championships on Nov. 1 with an 8k time of 25:11.4 to help the Hawks to a third-place finish. As a freshman, he was named the conference’s Most Outstanding Rookie Performer.

The Wilmington native, a chemistry major, set new personal records in the 8.4k and 10k this season and was St. Joe’s consistent No. 3 runner this fall. The team will conclude its season this Saturday at the IC4A Championships in the Bronx, N.Y., at Van Cortlandt Park.

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Veterans take center stage at annual Immaculate Heart of Mary School tribute

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Dialog reporter

 

WILMINGTON – Immaculate Heart of Mary School has sponsored its Bring a Veteran to School Day for the last six years, and Deb Pace has been there for five of them. The Wilmington resident spent four years in the Navy in the early 1990s and now has a son, Angelo, who is a fourth-grader at IHM. She said she wouldn’t miss this day.

“It’s hard not to well up,” Pace said. “They do such a great job.” Read more »

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