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St. Mark’s inducts six into Hall of Honor

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WILMINGTON — St. Mark’s High School added six members to its Hall of Honors on Oct. 23 as part of the school’s second annual Alumni Weekend. The hall recognizes graduates, faculty, staff and friends who have served St. Mark’s.

This year’s class brings to 34 the number of inductees. Previous inductees were honored for service or professional accomplishments; significant contributions to their students and the St. Mark’s community; and special service to the school.

The class of 2014 included:

• Margaret Carney McCaffrey, Class of 1973. McCaffrey, the first of nine children of Jack and Ann Carney to graduate from St. Mark’s, was recognized for her long record of loyal and generous service. Most recently, she gave a leadership gift to help complete the renovation of the school theater.

• Father James Nash, Class of 1980. Currently the pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Easton, Md., Father Nash was honored for his service as a spiritual guide for the school, chairman of the board of directors, and for being an ardent proponent of St. Mark’s. He has been a board member since 1994 and chair the last two years.

• James and Judy Groff, who were recognized for being the most loyal, dedicated and generous donors to St. Mark’s each year. They established a scholarship in memory of their daughter, Julie A. Groff, a member of the Class of 1984. Jim Groff is a member of the school board, serving as chairman of the finance committee.

• Joe O’Neill, who served at the school from its opening in 1969 until his death in 2009. O’Neill was a counselor and cross country coach, the only coach until 2008. His four daughters – Amy (1989), Elise (1992), Maureen (1994) and Megan (1996) – are all graduates, and his grandson Brendan is a senior.

• Geraldine Talley, who is a longtime teacher, as well as founder and director of St. Mark’s EMMAUS program. EMMAUS provides academic support to students with diagnosed learning disabilities. Her children Justine (199$) and Kyle (1997) and grandson Jacob Beck (2013) are graduates.

The weekend continues tonight when the Spartans’ football team hosts Caesar Rodney at 7 p.m. The boys’ soccer team plays tomorrow afternoon at 12:30 p.m. vs. William Penn.

Volleyball: Pandas use stellar third set to sweep Spartans

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MILLTOWN – After two entertaining but not exactly crisp sets of volleyball Monday evening, Padua led St. Mark’s, 2-0. Whatever was said after the second set must have sunk in because the Pandas, ranked third in the state and getting ready to defend their state title in the postseason, came out a different squad in game three. Padua overwhelmed the Spartans in the third set en route to a sweep in a Catholic Conference match.

The Pandas used a balanced attack, with Haley Baker and Megan Barnett contributing from the service line and Emily Jarome, Stephanie Annone and Vanessa Crumety from the front to overwhelm St. Mark’s in the third set, 25-12. The Pandas won the first two sets, 25-19 and 25-22. Read more »

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Archmere falls to DMA in five sets

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CLAYMONT – A packed house filled the Moglia Fieldhouse on Monday night to watch host Archmere against the state’s second-ranked team, Delaware Military Academy, in a key Diamond State Athletic Conference match, and they were treated to a tense, five-set thriller won by DMA.

Archmere put the Seahawks in rally mode early by jumping out to a 17-6 lead in the first set, thanks to the defense of libero Tori Falasco and the kills of Zoe Akoto. DMA used a few aces from Sydney Fulton and thunderous kills by Victoria Taylor and Cassie Kowalski to score 10 straight. After another run, the Seahawks had a 24-21 lead. Archmere fought off two set points, but DMA took the first one on a double hit by the Auks.

Archmere rebounded from that disappointment to take the next two sets, 25-14 and 25-21, and the Auks looked poised to hand Delaware Military its first loss to an in-state opponent this season. Taylor, however, had other ideas, booming several kills in the fourth set, which DMA won by a 25-20 count.

The deciding fifth set was back-and-forth until DMA went on a run and was able to close it out with a 15-11 win.

Taylor led the Seahawks with 33 kills, while Kowalski added 19. Fulton recorded 54 assists for DMA, which is now 12-1 and fighting for the top seed in the state tournament. The Seahawks’ next game is Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Wilmington Christian.

Archmere received 16 kills from Akoto, while Falasco had 26 digs. The Auks are 8-4 and play their remaining three matches at home, with the next one Thursday vs. St. Mark’s at 6:15 p.m.

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Key games on soccer, football schedules this week

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The boys’ soccer and football seasons are winding down, which means there are a lot of important games this week for the Catholic school teams.

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Tournament seedings could hinge on girls games this week

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The girls’ regular seasons are winding down and some teams are fighting for the playoffs while others are trying to improve their tournament seedings. This is the week to do it.

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Spartans take latest Holy War over Sals, 28-21

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WILMINGTON — St. Mark’s was glad to have senior quarterback Matt Williams back from injury, as his three touchdown passes helped the third-ranked Spartans defeat Salesianum, 28-21, Friday night at Baynard Stadium. Williams, who missed the first five games due to a knee injury, completed 18 of 30 pass attempts for 202 yards to lead St. Mark’s, and he added some key runs to extend drives.

Salesianum got on the board first after Williams’ lone mistake of the evening. After an interception to end the first quarter, the Sals scored on the first play of the second when Colby Reeder broke a tackle and ran for a 51-yard touchdown. Read more »

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Catholic youths urged to ‘shine brighter and brighter’

October 18th, 2014 Posted in Youth Tags: , ,

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By Catholic News Service CARSON, Calif. (CNS) — Immaculee Ilibagiza, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, told a crowd of more than 6,000 junior high and high school students that if she can forgive the person who killed most of her family in the 1994 massacre, then “anybody can forgive.” “I have gone to the prison to meet the person who killed my family and I offered forgiveness, truly in peace,” she said to the crowd gathered Oct. 14 at StubHub Center in Carson. Read more »

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Sals soccer returns to win column with win over Spartans

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WILMINGTON – It was Senior Night at Salesianum, and the Sals soccer team sent their veterans out in style, defeating archrival St. Mark’s, 7-0, at Baynard Stadium.

Looking to end a two-game losing streak, both shutouts, the Sals got on the board early when Conor Samuels buried one past a diving goalkeeper in the 13th minute. Five minutes later, Jordan MacFarlane sprinted down the left side and beat Spartans keeper John Perry for a 2-0 lead. Read more »

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Padua sweeps Friends for fourth straight volleyball win

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ALAPOCAS – Third-ranked Padua overcame a slow start Thursday afternoon to sweep host Wilmington Friends, 25-18, 25-18 and 25-19, in nonconference volleyball. It was the Pandas’ fourth consecutive win, improving their record to 10-3.

Padua fell behind the Quakers, 5-1, in the first set, but they fought back for a 12-11 lead, thanks in part to the defense of Vanessa Crumety. Friends rebounded to go up, 16-13, on two kills by Maya Johnson, but Emily Jarome and Stephanie Annone led a ferocious 12-2 run to end the set. Read more »

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Concord takes volleyball battle of the Raiders over UA

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WILMINGTON — Abby Dischert had 21 kills and Emily Panchak added 19 as the Concord Raiders proved to be too much for the Ursuline Raiders in a nonconference volleyball match. Concord took the match, 3-1, in four entertaining sets.

Concord won the first set, 25-17, behind the big two and sophomore Gabriella Portincasa, whose back-to-back kills made the score 24-16 en route to the win. Ursuline bounced back in set two behind Kailyn Kampert and Aria DiLiberto, earning a 25-18 win. Read more »

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