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St. Elizabeth High School earns ‘Superstar’ title for ViFi program

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WILMINGTON – St. Elizabeth High School has been recognized by the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce as one of six Superstars in Education for its Viking Initiative for Innovation program, better known as ViFi.

The effort has changed the way technology is used in the classroom to make the curriculum more effective and more deeply engage students and faculty.

St. Elizabeth is the only nonpublic school in Delaware to receive the honor. Thirty nominations were submitted to the chamber. Read more »

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Hahn, DiVincenzo earn player of the year honors, lead all-state hoops teams

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Adrianna Hahn of Ursuline Academy and Donte DiVincenzo Salesianum School, who led their teams to the girls’ and boys’ basketball state championships last weekend, have been named Delaware’s players of the year. The selections were made by the state’s high school sports media and basketball coaches and were announced Wednesday afternoon. All ballots were submitted before the semifinal and final rounds of the playoffs.

Hahn won the award for the third time, the first player since fellow Ursuline alumna Elena Delle Donne to do so. She adds this honor to her Gatorade Player of the Year Award for Delaware, which she also received three times. This was her fourth selection to the first team. Read more »

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Future looks bright for Ursuline basketball

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NEWARK — As the final minute approached in Ursuline’s 53-41 basketball state championship win over Caravel Academy on March 13, coach John Noonan began emptying his bench, allowing his starters to exit the court to loud ovations from their fellow students and the large contingent of Raiders fans. Kailyn Kampert left the court with Alisha Lewis, Maggie Connolly and Kryshell Gordy, with smiles and high fives all around.

At the next stoppage of play, it was Adrianna Hahn’s turn. Noonan greeted his five-year starter with a hug, one of many she would receive as the seconds ticked off the clock. The Raiders supporters rose to their feet. Later, as Queen’s “We Are the Champions” filled the Carpenter Center, Hahn assessed the present, while a few of the returning Raiders looked toward the future. Read more »

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Sals complete basketball playoff run with improbable state title

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NEWARK – As the seconds ticked away in Saturday’s boys state basketball championship final, Polytech’s Gabe Brown fired up one last three-point shot with about eight seconds to go. It kicked off the rim into the hands of Donte DiVincenzo. The Salesianum senior dribbled the ball upcourt, took a little hop-step and hurled the rock skyward. The buzzer sounded, and the Sals had successfully defended their state title from a year ago with a 52-45 win over Polytech at the Bob Carpenter Center.

DiVincenzo ran in a small circle and jumped into the arms of his waiting teammates as Salesianum completed what, for most of the season, seemed like an unlikely postseason run. The senior, who cemented his legacy at Salesianum, paced the winners with 23 points and 13 rebounds, both game-highs, and another banner for the wall in Father Birkenheuer Gymnasium. Read more »

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Hahn scores 29, leads Raiders to 15th state hoops title

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NEWARK – While many in Delaware’s high school basketball community had written in Ursuline Academy as the girls’ basketball state champion before Friday evening’s final, someone forgot to let Caravel Academy in on the secret. The No. 2 Buccaneers stayed remarkably close to the top-seeded Raiders, but they had no answer for senior Adrianna Hahn, who exploded for 29 points in Ursuline’s 53-41 win at the Bob Carpenter Center.

It was Ursuline’s first title since 2012, Hahn’s freshman year, and the school’s 15th overall. For Hahn, it was the realization of a goal that she personally and the team collectively had set a long time ago. After the game ended, the Raiders and their coaches lingered on the Carpenter Center floor until security asked them and their fans to vacate the building.

Ursuline junior Kailyn Kampert takes to the air while teammates Dakota Raymond (red shirt), Alisha Lewis, Adrianna Hahn and Sabriya Harris watch the final seconds tick off in the Raiders' 53-41 championship win over Caravel. (The Dialog/www.DonBlakePhotography.com)

Ursuline junior Kailyn Kampert takes to the air while teammates Dakota Raymond (red shirt), Alisha Lewis, Adrianna Hahn and Sabriya Harris watch the final seconds tick off in the Raiders’ 53-41 championship win over Caravel. (The Dialog/www.DonBlakePhotography.com)

“This has been our goal since the first day of the season, all 15 of us and the coaching staff,” Hahn said. “We’ve worked so hard, we accomplished so much, and I’m so proud. This is the best way to end it. I didn’t want to leave anything out on the floor. I didn’t want to regret anything. I wanted to give my 100 percent and remember this for the rest of my life.”

Hahn was on a mission Friday, scoring all 10 of her team’s first-quarter points despite Caravel employing a box-and-one defense and draping senior Ky’Asia Stanford on her. When it was over – 10 field goals, four assists, numerous crossovers and several drop steps later – Hahn cradled the state championship trophy that had been her main target since 2012.

Ursuline's Adrianna Hahn drives during the second quarter. She scored 29 points to lead the Raiders. (The Dialog/www.

Ursuline’s Adrianna Hahn drives during the second quarter. She scored 29 points to lead the Raiders. (The Dialog/www.

The Raiders were not at their best in the first quarter, which is when they are accustomed to putting opponents away. Caravel’s offense and ball control were lacking, however, and Hahn gave the Raiders a 10-4 lead after one quarter. Alyssa Irons came off the bench to drain a three-pointer early in the second, and it appeared as if Ursuline might finally have found its momentum.

Over the next three minutes, however, the Buccaneers stormed back, going on a 10-point run to take their only lead of the game at 14-13. Micah Morgan started the run with a layup, followed by another easy bucket from Stanford. The Buccaneers kept pounding it inside, with three more layups by Caroline Davis and two by Morgan.

Ursuline coach John Noonan let his team play its way through the point streak instead of calling a timeout. He said his coaching staff believes in letting the players figure things out on their own.

“They’ve overcome every obstacle all year, and that’s what we were saying there on the bench. Let the kids get out there and fix it. We say it in practice every day, fix it. We don’t believe in blowing timeouts. And that’s exactly what happened tonight. The kids just went out there and played basketball,” he said.

Hahn restored order after the last Morgan field goal with her own layup and a free throw, and the Raiders were on their way. They answered the Caravel streak with a 10-point run of their own, holding the Bucs scoreless for the last 4:23 of the half save for an old-fashioned three-point play by Grace Lange with 11 seconds to go.

An Ursuline player gives the state championship trophy a kiss after Friday night's win. (The Dialog/www.DonBlakePhotography.com)

An Ursuline player gives the state championship trophy a kiss after Friday night’s win. (The Dialog/www.DonBlakePhotography.com)

The teams played evenly throughout the third. When Caravel pulled to within 30-29 with five straight points, the Raiders responded by scoring 10 of the next 12. Seven of those were scored by Hahn, but eighth-grader Alisha Lewis also knocked down her only field goal of the night, and Kailyn Kampert drilled a big trey. Kampert hit six of seven free-throw attempts down the stretch to help keep Caravel at bay.

Kampert was an eighth-grader on the varsity roster when the Raiders won in 2012, and she tied her mother, Sue Manelski Kampert, with her second championship. Sue Kampert was a member of two state champions (1980 and ’81) during her storied career at Padua. Kailyn Kampert said this title means more than the one from three years ago.

“It’s so much better. Obviously, we’re 15 strong and every member matters, but playing for it, there’s no better feeling,” she said.

Noonan said “50 to 100” people had approached him in the days leading up to Friday’s matchup wishing the Raiders good luck, but that he wouldn’t really need it since his team was that good. After all, Ursuline had defeated Caravel by 20 in the regular season. He said that’s nonsense.

“Look, we all watch sports,” he said. “It never happens that way. You beat someone in the regular season, it’s a regular-season game. You beat somebody in the tournament, it’s a tournament game. The intensity level is off the charts.”

The future looks bright for Ursuline, which started a lineup that had one player each from eighth, ninth, 10th, 11th and 12 grades. Hahn is the lone departing starter, and despite the huge hole that will leave, Noonan can look forward to having Kampert, Lewis, Maggie Connolly and Kryshell Gordy return. Gordy was instrumental in the state championship win, grabbing a game-high 15 rebounds, including six on the offensive end. Ursuline finished with a 23-1 record, its lone loss coming in the Diamond State Classic to a Pennsylvania powerhouse.

Kampert finished with nine points – all in the final quarter – and six rebounds. For Caravel, which finished at 16-8, Stanford led with 14 points before fouling out with 2:09 to go, while Morgan added 13.

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DiVincenzo scores 30 to help send Salesianum back to boys hoops final

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NEWARK — Salesianum’s basketball team went through some tough times internally in the last month, coach Brendan Haley said, but the Sals came together as the playoffs approached. As the players grew closer, their play improved, at the right time of the year. As a result, the team will play for its second straight state title Saturday.

Donte DiVincenzo played like a Division I college player Thursday night, scoring 30 points and grabbing eight rebounds as the sixth-seeded Sals upset the No. 2 Mount Pleasant Green Knights, 60-49, in a semifinal contest at the Bob Carpenter Center. The Sals will play eighth-seeded Polytech on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Bob. Read more »

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Spartans’ girls comeback falls just short in 33-32 A.I. win

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GREENVILLE – St. Mark’s girls basketball season came to an oh-so-close end Wednesday afternoon when the Spartans fell, 33-32, at A.I duPont in the first round of the state playoffs. The Spartans, however, gave the Tigers perhaps more than anyone expected and had a chance to pull out a last-second upset.
As it turned out, sophomore Lauryn Griffin’s running 12-foot floater with 13 seconds to go was the difference, as the No. 13 Tigers advanced to play at No. 4 St. Elizabeth in the second round. That game will be played at the St. E Center, although it will not be tonight as scheduled. The date and time will be announced later. Vikings coach Dan Cooney and several of his players attended the game. Read more »

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Four high schools announce scholarship winners

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Ursuline, Salesianum, St. Elizabeth and St. Mark’s have announced the names of eighth-grade students who have been offered scholarships for the 2015-16 school year. All information has been provided by the schools. Read more »

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Thomas scores 1,000th point in Vikings win over Glasgow

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Alex Thomas, the senior forward for the St. Elizabeth girls’ basketball team, scored her 1,000th career point Feb. 19 in a home game against Glasgow. Thomas scored 30 in the Vikings’ 71-17 win, with the last two putting her at exactly 1,000.

The game was stopped briefly as Thomas was honored, along with her parents, Jen and Jeff. Coach Dan Cooney presented her with the game ball. Read more »

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Team effort leads top-ranked Raiders past Sanford, 40-35

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WILMINGTON – With their best player spending extended stretches on the bench in the final three quarters because of fouls, the Ursuline Raiders had an opportunity to see how they would handle adversity. They responded quite well, thank you, in a 40-35 home win over Sanford Wednesday night that pitted the top two girls teams against each other.

No. 2 Sanford, following the strategy employed by earlier Raiders opponents, did its best to take senior all-stater Adrianna Hahn out of the game with tight man-to-man defense. Hahn helped the Warriors by getting into early foul trouble, coming out of the game midway through the second quarter after picking up her third. She hit the bench again in the third after being whistled for her fourth, and, with 4:56 remaining in the contest and Ursuline leading by seven, Hahn fouled out. The Raiders maintained the advantage without her and won their regular-season finale to finish 19-1. Read more »

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