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Sals grab early lead, win third straight lacrosse title and ninth overall

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DOVER – Second-seeded Salesianum’s lacrosse team won its third straight title with a 13-5 win over fourth-seeded Cape Henlopen on June 3 at Dover High School. The Sals got a goal by Patrick Drake 15 seconds in and never trailed in winning their sixth title in the last seven years and ninth overall. Read more »

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Cape too strong in girls lacrosse final, but Spartans enjoyed fantastic run

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FREDERICA – Fourth-seeded St Mark’s enjoyed a splendid season in girls lacrosse, going from missing the tournament in 2016 to earning its third finals appearance this season. Unfortunately for the Spartans, they ran into a buzzsaw in No. 3 Cape Henlopen, who captured their ninth straight state championship with a 19-7 win on May 30 at the Delaware Turf Sports Complex in Frederica. Read more »

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Holler dominates as Sals advance in state baseball tournament

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WILMINGTON – The fifth-seeded Salesianum baseball team got an impressive start from junior Eugene Holler and defeated the 12th-seeded Milford Buccaneers, 3-0, on May 27. Holler pitched six innings of shutout baseball, allowing just one hit, before Jack Fiala pitched the seventh for the save.

Salesianum's Joe Setting crosses first base on a run-scoring infield single. (The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

Salesianum’s Joe Setting crosses first base on a run-scoring infield single. (The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

The Sals’ offense scored two runs in the first with a two-out rally. Senior catcher Zach Miller drew a two-out walk and was replaced at first base by courtesy runner Joseph Poma. He stole second and then scampered to third on a throwing error. He scored on an infield single by Joseph Setting, and Setting came around on a hit-and-run double by Zach Gwynn.

Sallies got strong defensive plays from Alex Hinton and Gwynn to keep the 2-0 lead. Bucs freshman pitcher Chad Reichhold did a great job keeping the Sals’ hitters off balance after that first inning. The Sals added an unearned run in the fifth.

Salesianum had six hits, including five doubles by Gwynn, Miller, Hinton, Josh McGwire and Anthony Frechette. The Sals (13-6) will host Hodgson on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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Sals cruise into lacrosse semifinals

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WILMINGTON – Salesianum, the second seed in the boys’ state lacrosse tournament, outscored No. 7 Delaware Military Academy, 15-2, over the final three quarters to take home a 19-4 win on May 27. The Sals advance to the semifinals against sixth-seeded Caesar Rodney on Wednesday night.

Salesianum's Mike Drake (left) gets ready to take a shot against Delaware Military Academy. (The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

Salesianum’s Mike Drake (left) gets ready to take a shot against Delaware Military Academy. (The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

The Seahawks stayed close in the first quarter as Marcus Cook and Dallas Towner scored early goals. The Sals got goals from seniors Mike Drake and Taylor Witherell to lead 4-2 at the end of the first quarter. After A Towner goal to cut the Sals lead to 5-3, Salesianum’s offense exploded. Brett Hobbs, Patrick Drake and Witherell scored in a 42-second span to make it 8-3 lead.

Carter Klassman cut the Sals’ lead in half at 8-4 with 4:34 left in the first half. The Sals picked up five straight goals, including two each from Witherell and Patrick Drake. One of Drake’s was into an empty net when he picked off a clearing pass.  The Sals took the 13-4 lead into the break and added five more goals in the third quarter.

The Sals (13-3) will wait for the time and location for their semifinal showdown with the Riders on Wednesday. The Sals beat the Riders, 17-3, on May 16.

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Auks overwhelm Conrad, advance to boys lacrosse quarterfinals

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CLAYMONT – The fifth-seeded Archmere Auks scored early and often to cruise past No. 12 Conrad, 20-2, on May 24 in a boys lacrosse tournament opening-round matchup. Mitchell Moyer and Cole Bauer each scored five goals to pace the Auks. Read more »

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Pitching, defense carry Seahawks past Pandas in softball tourney

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PIKE CREEK – Fifth-seeded Delaware Military Academy used solid pitching and great defense to edge No. 12 Padua, 1-0, in a first-round softball tournament game on May 23 at Midway Softball Complex. Freshmen Delani Sheehan pitched a seven-hitter, and Alexus Novotny drove in the only run for the Seahawks (14-5).

The Pandas started strong in the top of the first inning as Caitlyn Baxter had a leadoff infield single and advanced to third on a Hannah Williams double with no outs. After a pop out, senior Abby Cunningham hit a fly ball to right fielder Ashlee Conaty, who fired home to nail the speedy Baxter and keep the game scoreless. Read more »

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Spartans hold off Auks, advance to girls lacrosse championship

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BEAR – The fourth-seeded St Mark’s Spartans built up a six-goal lead and held off a furious rally from the No. 1 seed, Archmere, to take a 14-13 victory on May 23 at Caravel Academy. With the win, the Spartans advance to the state championship Thursday night.

The Auks trailed, 14-8, late in the second half before they made their rally. After Archmere scoried with 46 seconds left, the most important groundball of the game was picked up by St. Mark’s junior Kendra Schweizer, who then ran away from the Auks’ defense to seal the win and send the Spartans to the championship. Read more »

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Catholic schools gear up for girls state soccer tournaments

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The girls’ soccer state tournaments start on Saturday as the Division II first round kicks off. The tournament has eight teams in Division I and 12 teams in Division II.

The Division I team to beat is the second-seeded Padua Pandas. The Pandas (12-2-1) went 12-0 against teams from the First State. In those 12 matches they outscored their opponents, 56-1. Read more »

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Seniors shine as Sals finish baseball regular season with a win

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WILMINGTON – Salesianum got big contributions from its seniors in a 7-3 senior day win over Indian River on May 18. Senior Zach Miller had two hits and drove in three runs, and the Sals’ defense turned four double plays.

The Sals (12-6) got on the board first in the second inning. Joe Setting led off with a triple, and Quinn Cassidy walked and stole second base. Senior Brett Nordmeyer then hit a one-out single, driving in both runs. Read more »

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Top seed Archmere joined by Ursuline, St. Mark’s and Padua in girls lacrosse field

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The girls’ lacrosse state tournament begins Thursday with four Catholic schools in the field of 10 teams. The Archmere Auks took the top seed thanks to winning their last 14 regular-season games.

The Auks (14-1) are led on offense by a pair of sophomores in Caroline Donovan and Kate Olsen. They also get key scoring from Riley DeBaecke and Delaney Dearing. The Auks’ defense has been stout this year, with seniors Lorin Donovan, Maggie Malloy and Camryn Howarth leading the way. Read more »

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