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Archmere streaks past Concord in volleyball regular-season finale

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CLAYMONT — Archmere’s volleyball team ended its regular season Monday night by welcoming Concord to the Moglia Fieldhouse, and the Auks showed they are ready for the state tournament with a convincing 3-0 sweep of the Raiders.

Set scores were 25-11, 25-11 and 25-14. The Auks finished the regular season with an 11-4 record, winning seven of their last nine matches since the return of senior hitter Justine Pantaleo, who missed the first six matches because of a high ankle sprain. The only losses during that span were to the state’s top two teams, Charter and Delaware Military Academy. Read more »

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Jarome paces Padua to volleyball sweep of Ursuline

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WILMINGTON – It may have been Senior Night at Padua, but when the Pandas needed a boost, they turned to a pair of youngsters. Freshman Emily Jarome carried the load up front, while sophomore Maddie Judge provided support from the service line as third-ranked Padua rallied in game three to sweep rival Ursuline Friday night in Catholic Conference volleyball.

Set scores were 25-17, 25-19 and a wildly entertaining 28-26.

Emily Jarome winds up to deliver another powerful shot toward Ursuline on Friday night. She finished with 13 kills. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

Emily Jarome winds up to deliver another powerful shot toward Ursuline on Friday night. She finished with 18 kills. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

While the Raiders were able to stay close in the first two sets, Padua asserted itself late in each to put some separation between the teams. Behind an outstanding effort from junior Kailyn Kampert and senior Maddie Hughes, Ursuline turned the final set into great theater.

Ursuline opened the third set with a kill from Hughes, and after Padua’s Lauren Mellor answered, the Raiders scored the next four points, the last on an ace by junior Nicole Raiford. With Jarome on the bench, Ursuline went on a five-point run to make it 10-3. After another Kampert kill, Padua scored on an unforced error, and Jarome and Judge re-entered the game and turned the set around.

With Judge serving, Padua scored the next nine points. The run included back-to-back kills by senior Vanessa Crumety. After a Raiders timeout, it was Jarome’s turn. She scored the next four points on kills to turn an 11-8 deficit into a 12-11 lead. The run ended two points later on a service winner by Judge.

The teams were tied at each point from 15 through 18. Jarome left with the scored tied at 17, and after the 18-18 deadlock, Ursuline scored the next four, including another Kampert kill and a service winner by Hughes. Padua, led by Crumety’s high-powered kills, bounced back to tie it again, this time at 22. The Raiders led once more, 23-22, but two unforced errors gave Padua match point. A Hughes block, however, sent the set to extra points.

In the extra play, Ursuline had set point twice, first on a tap kill by Raiford, then on a tap by freshman Taylor Wright. Both times, Jarome evened the score. The Pandas took a 27-26 lead on an unforced error, and Jarome – fittingly – finished the match by crushing her final kill down the left side.

Taylor Wright of Ursuline goes airborne for this serve against Padua. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

Taylor Wright of Ursuline goes airborne for this serve against Padua. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

“The third game was definitely the hardest for us, but it’s really going to help us [in the tournament]. We all have to come together and play so much better and harder,” Jarome said.

In the first two sets, Padua finished with comfortable margins, although the Raiders battled all night. The turning point in the first set was a six-point run by Padua, again with Judge serving, that opened up a 6-6 tie. A Jarome blast ended that set as well.

Ursuline had a few leads in the second, with the largest coming at 7-4 following an ace by Hughes. Sarah Wiley responded with two aces of her own to tie the set at 7, and the Pandas took a modest lead, but one they would not relinquish. This time, Crumety scored set point on a punishing kill sent straight down.

Crumety was one of five seniors honored by the Pandas. The others were Sarah Wiley, Stephanie Annone, Haley Baker and Mary Gallo, who was unable to attend.

Jarome finished with 18 kills, most of the very powerful variety, and three digs. Crumety added nine kills, while Wiley had 25 digs. Ursuline received nine kills from Kampert. Hughes had three kills, three aces and 12 digs.

Padua finished the regular season 12-3 and now waits to find out its seeding for and first-round opponent in the state tournament. The location is also up in the air because the Pandas cannot host playoff action in their gymnasium.

Ursuline is 7-7 and has one regular-season match remaining on Monday night at home vs. St. Mark’s at 7:30. The Raiders have played a very tough schedule and will see if their point total is enough to earn them a tournament berth.

 

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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.

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Walmart helps stock St. Vincent de Paul Society’s food pantry in Easton, Md.

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EASTON, MD. — Recently, when the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) food pantry leadership was confronted with a growing shortage of food items, they asked the Cambridge Wal-Mart’s management for help.

The pantry’s shortages included cereal, tuna fish and beans. Those items and other goods form the contents that fill the Easton-based food bank’s grocery bags provided free to needy residents in Talbot County.

Cambridge Wal-Mart Store Manager Mike Quillen (left) assists Society St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry Director Kathy Weaver and her husband Dick Weaver load groceries from the store on to the Society’s truck. (Courtesy Society of St. Vincent de Paul)

Cambridge Walmart Store Manager Mike Quillen (left) assists Society St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry Director Kathy Weaver and her husband Dick Weaver load groceries from the store on to the Society’s truck. (Courtesy Society of St. Vincent de Paul)

Kathy Weaver, food pantry director, approached Cambridge Wal-Mart Store Manager Mike Quillen with the problem. Quillen responded with a positive, “We’ll take care of it” and has been providing a steady supply of canned goods and other items ever since.

Weaver has called Quillen as a “lifesaver these past few months” when the society was unable to fill its needs from their usual source, the Maryland Food Bank. She added, “I don’t know what we would have done without his willingness to supplement our missing items.”

The Society set records so far in 2014 in the amount of food they have given away to those Talbot County residents in need. They serve an average of 800 individuals and families each month.

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Center is at 29533 Canvasback Drive in Easton. It’s open on Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from noon until 3 p.m. Call 410-770-4505.

 

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Cambridge Wal-Mart Store Manager Mike Quillen (left) assists Society St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry Director Kathy Weaver and her husband Dick Weaver load groceries from the store on to the Society’s truck.

 

 

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Volleyball: Pandas use stellar third set to sweep Spartans

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Dialog reporter

 

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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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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