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Funding for school nurses, transportation for nonpublic schools in proposed Del. budget

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When Delaware legislators vote on a state budget June 30, their last day in session for the year, funding for school nurses and transportation stipends will be included, albeit at lower levels than in previous years.

The Delaware Catholic Advocacy Network (DCAN) reported Monday that the Joint Finance Committee, which draws up the budget, had restored $533,000 for nursing and $800,000 for transportation for nonpublic schools.

“While these numbers are slightly less than what our schools received last year, they will help families who struggle to send their children to Catholic schools,” DCAN said in a statement.

DCAN expressed confidence that the funding would survive the vote on Tuesday but cautioned supporters to remain vigilant “as the state has been chipping away at these modest funds for the past few years.”

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‘Born Sisters’ Kristen and Kara Zack graduate from Padua to country music’s biggest stage

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A lot of folks from the area are in Dover this weekend for Big Barrel, the second supersized music festival at Dover Downs International Speedway in as many weekends. A pair of recent Padua Academy graduates are among them, but instead of camping out and catching all the acts, they are one of the acts.

Kristen and Kara Zack (classes of 2012 and 2015, respectively), who along with their three bandmates comprise Born Sisters, have been busy preparing for Big Barrel. The three-day festival includes nearly 40 country artists on two stages and features some of the industry’s biggest names, such as Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. The party got underway Friday and runs through Sunday. Read more »

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St. Mark’s senior is doing 22 in 22 for those who served

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Jacob DiSabatino backing awareness campaign on scourge of suicides among veterans and active military

 

WILMINGTON — Jacob DiSabatino has his sights set on a future in the military, but his principal focus right now is to help those current and former service personnel whose future doesn’t seem so bright.

DiSabatino, who will be a senior at St. Mark’s High School in the fall, has started a campaign in Delaware to raise money and awareness of the problem of suicide by active-duty military and veterans. The campaign, 22 in 22, reflects the number of veterans who take their own lives each day. In addition, one active-duty soldier, sailor or Marine commits suicide daily. Read more »

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From Padua to country music’s biggest stage

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A lot of folks from the area are in Dover this weekend for Big Barrel, the second supersized music festival at Dover Downs International Speedway in as many weekends. A pair of recent Padua Academy graduates are among them, but instead of camping out and catching all the acts, they are one of the acts.

Kristen and Kara Zack (classes of 2012 and 2015, respectively), who comprise Born Sisters, have been busy preparing for Big Barrel. The three-day festival includes nearly 40 country artists on two stages and features some of the industry’s biggest names, such as Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. The party got underway Friday and runs through Sunday. Read more »

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Pandas stifle Concord, advance in softball playoffs

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BRANDYWINE HUNDRED – Olivia Ellis had 13 strikeouts and allowed just five hits as Padua defeated Concord, 5-1, in first-round action in the DIAA softball tournament Saturday afternoon.

Ellis, a senior, kept the Raiders off-balance throughout the game, holding Concord hitless into the fourth inning. She mixed a nice fastball with a change-up that caught Concord’s batters off-guard. It is a pitch she said she has been working on.

“I worked on a change-up, and that’s what we threw a lot today to make them more off-balance. We didn’t want to go one or two pitches the whole time; we wanted to mix everything in,” she said.

Sarah Raab collected Concord’s first hit, a double to lead off the fourth, but she could advance only to third. Mary Plasmier tripled with one out in the fifth but could not score.

Padua coach Pete Boyer said Ellis executed the plan to keep the bases empty so that Concord’s big hitters, Jessica Fyock and Rachel Pritchard, could not inflict heavy damage. “We knew they were going to be able to hit the ball, but being able to limit that really helps, and that’s what she was able to do.”

While Ellis was busy quieting the Concord hitters, her team applied the pressure on offense all game long, going down in order in just one inning, the sixth.

The Pandas scored twice in the first to set the tone. Alexis Brooks singled to right field to drive in Hannah Williams, who was hit by a pitch to lead off the game, and Kierstin Fallers, who blooped a double to right. It remained 2-0 until the fifth, when Francesca Marinaro, a courtesy runner for catcher Cam Simendinger, came home on a throw that went out of play as she slid into third.

Concord, the seventh seed that finished a fine season at 15-4, finally broke through in its half of the sixth. With two outs, Fyock dribbled a single down the third-base line. Courtesy runner Lauren Moser came around when the next hitter, Pritchard, launched a double over the head of the leftfielder.

The Pandas added two insurance runs in the seventh in similar fashion, with some aggressive baserunning. Fallers walked and stole second. Shannon McGee reached on an infield single and rounded the base toward second. While she was in a rundown, Fallers crossed the plate, and McGee got back to first safely. Brooks followed with a single and rounded first, and McGee scored before Brooks was tagged out heading back to first.

Ellis finished the game by striking out the side in the seventh.

The Pandas probably should have scored more runs as they had runners in scoring position in the second, third and fourth who did not cross the plate. Boyer said the coaches have been emphasizing offensive pressure, and it showed on Saturday.

“Once you put the ball in play and you put that pressure on, good things happen for you. We were just extra-aggressive. We could have had a few more two-out hits with runners in scoring position, but riding behind Liv and making sure they made the plays, sometimes you do and sometimes you don’t,” he said.

The Pandas (13-6), who are the 10th seed in the 16-team tournament, will travel to second-seeded Laurel and Delaware’s best pitcher, Regan Green, on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Boyer said his team is ready for the challenge.

“We’re excited to play Laurel. Two years ago, we lost to them 1-0 in the semifinals when Regan was coming around, so I feel real confident. The way we put the ball in play, we put pressure on every single inning. So if we do that, then we’re going to be right in that game,” he said.

Ellis seconded her coach. “We’re really at our peak right now and we’ve worked really hard to get to where we are,” she said. “All the girls on the team have worked so hard, in the field especially, and it showed today. They make all their plays. They practice really hard, and that’s why.”

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St. Mark’s, Sals grab top spots in baseball tournament, Auks also in; Padua in softball tourney

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St. Mark’s earned the top seed in the state baseball postseason bracket and will look to regain its Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association championship over the next week and a half. The Spartans, who sport a 15-3 record, open play Saturday at home vs. No. 16 Milford at 2 p.m.

The Spartans are one of three Catholic schools in the tournament. On the other side of the bracket, Salesianum earned the second seed after a 15-3 season. The Sals host No. 15 Sussex Central Saturday, also at 2 p.m. Sallies and the Golden Knights went down the wire when they met on April 11 downstate; Salesianum escaped with a 5-4 win after scoring two runs in the top of the seventh inning. Read more »

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Auks overwhelm Sussex Tech, advance in boys lacrosse tourney

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CLAYMONT – Archmere took the suspense out of Wednesday’s boys lacrosse game against Sussex Tech early, scoring nine times in the first quarter en route to a 21-7 win in the first round of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association playoffs. The Auks, seeded seventh, advance to meet No. 2 Cape Henlopen Saturday at 4 p.m. in Lewes. Cape was a 17-3 winner over Smyrna. Read more »

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Pandas cap regular season softball with 5-3 win over Charter

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WILMINGTON – Alexis Brooks’ two-run single in the top of the sixth inning proved to be the difference as Padua capped its softball regular-season slate Tuesday with a 5-3 victory over Charter. The Pandas improved to 12-6 and are waiting for the playoff brackets to be released to see if their season will continue this weekend. Read more »

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Salesianum tops the field in lacrosse state tournament

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Salesianum will begin the process of reclaiming its state title in boys lacrosse Tuesday night at Baynard Stadium. There, the top-ranked Sals will host No. 16 Delmar in the first round of the state tournament at 6 p.m.

The Sals enter the postseason with a 12-3 record, with all three losses coming to out-of-state teams, including one of Canada’s top squads. The other losses were both by one goal. Salesianum played a schedule heavy on non-Delaware competition; among First State foes, the Sals defeated St. Mark’s twice, along with Wilmington Friends, Cape Henlopen and Caesar Rodney.

Cape scored a major upset last May when the Vikings beat Salesianum for the state championship. They are the second seed this season and will open Wednesday night at home vs. No. 15 Smyrna.

Other Catholic high schools in the field include Archmere and St. Mark’s. The Auks (13-2) are seeded seventh and host No. 10 Sussex Tech at 5 p.m. Wednesday. St. Mark’s finished the regular season 7-7, which earned the Spartans the 13th seed and a trip to No. 4 Tower Hill on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

The other first round matchups include No. 8 Delaware Military Academy vs. No. 9 Wilmington Friends; No. 12 St. Andrews at No. 5 Appoquinimink; No. 14 Concord at No. 3 Caesar Rodney; and No. 11 Dover at No. 6 Milford.

The quarterfinals will be played Saturday at the home of the higher seed. The semifinals are May 27, and the final will take place May 29 or 30. Salesianum’s graduation is set for May 29.

Tickets to the semis and final will be available at diaa.ticketleap.com. Admission to first- and second-round games is $5. The semifinals are $6 and the final $7. The championship will be streamed for a fee at www.nfhsnetwork.com. DIAA tournament apparel is available at diaa.teamip.com.

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Padua dominates at state Division I track meet, wins 16th state title

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Despite losing the best sprinter in Delaware for much of the meet, Padua Academy had no trouble defending its Division I outdoor track and field state championship May 16 at the new Dover High School. The Pandas outdistanced their nearest competitor, Middletown, by a wide margin, collecting 199 points to the Cavaliers’ 76.

Maiya Dendy, the all-state runner headed to the University of South Carolina next year, was hobbled by a hamstring injury that may have cost her wins in two events, but the Pandas were plenty deep enough to overcome the injury. Dendy did manage two victories, in the 400-meter run and as the anchor of Padua’s 4×100 relay team (with Cameron Lucey, Darby Deutsch and Jordan Sobolesky). Read more »

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